We need a custom Wordpress function that allows us to add links to our press releases and articles that mention us in the news (we call that section In the News). We had a function like that on our old site but we just migrated to a new design and new server and would like to start over with some different functionality. Part of this project will be to help us move the old posts (including images for the In The News section) to the new format that you create. There are a couple plugins (Press, News, Events for example) but they don't do exactly what we want but feel free to use them as your base code to modify. I do like how that plugin put the Press Releases in the left menu in the admin for someone to easily find it. Our current setup isn't as easy.
For Press releases, we would like our PR manager to add the date (should default to today's date if we can), the title of the press release, the link to the press release (opens in a new window), and also be able to select "Customer" or "Consumer". We have two kinds of press releases, one for everyday people (Consumers) and one that is a B2B focus (Customers). They will be displayed in either a sidebar or the content area of the site, we're not sure yet so please make sure it works in either.
The "In the News" section will be similar to press releases except with images. I have a sample link to show you in a private message of how it is currently setup. I think we want it similarly setup and the image should always have a fixed image width so that if the person uploads a larger image it should correct itself and not mess up the display page. The article should link from the text and from the image and open a new window.
So to sum it up, here is what we need...
1. Press release page - Create a new press release section where a user can add date, title, link, and a way to choose "Customer" or "Consumer". Move over all the old posts to the new format. Also, we need to display that information nicely on a page or in the sidebar.
2. In the News - Create a new, easy to use form for us to enter the date, article title, link, and image. Move the posts and images from the old "In the News" section and import into your new system. Also, we need to display that information nicely on a page or in the sidebar.
We would like these functions to be able to be used by someone with a "user" status within Wordpress and not have to be an admin.