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This 'how to' comes to you courtesy of Tim Harvey who posed this question in the help forum:

"I want the same (text) information to appear on multiple pages. I should be able to write it up on one page, then some how include it in other Sites pages and have it display on each page (not a link, but the text). How do I do this?"

and then went on to find this neat solution for himself:

Use an Announcement page combined with multiple Recent Posts gadgets. Using a single 'post' on the Announcement page, that post then can be made to appear in other pages in the site.

While this is not as ideal as creating a page and simply including it in multiple pages so it displays in each location, using an Announcement page comes close.
  1. The Announcement page can be established any where in the site (it does NOT have to be created at the root level, and you can have more than one)
  2. Create a "New post" on that page consisting of the text you want to appear in the other pages.
  3. Create an instance of the Recent Posts gadget. This appears in the list brought up by Insert, at the very bottom called "Recent posts," (which doesn't make it obvious that it's for 'Announcements.')
  4. When you insert it, the idea is to have a single post with the information you want shown.
  5. You may have to finesse the appearance to get it right using the 'Recent announcements' form. It is accessible as "properties" when you insert it on your page.
  6. To replicate it, simple copy the initial instance you created, then paste it on each page you want it to appear.

Example - the text below is from Sample Announcement Page

  • Untitled Post
    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum.

    It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout. The point of using Lorem Ipsum is that it has a more-or-less normal distribution of letters, as opposed to using 'Content here, content here', making it look like readable English. Many desktop publishing packages and web page editors now use Lorem Ipsum as their default model text, and a search for 'lorem ipsum' will uncover many web sites still in their infancy. Various versions have evolved over the years, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose (injected humour and the like).
    Posted 25 Aug 2011, 10:10 by Philip Ridout
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