The ‘News site’ site template of MOSS 2007 is probably one of the most used templates for companies which use SharePoint for their internal intranet. It allows you to add news items to a specifically designed site in a user friendly way. Editing the news items is done on the page itself, with extra functions for checking in/out pages, publishing concept and final versions and much more.
One of the questions many people asked me is: “Is it possible to add extra columns to the default news site?”. Offcourse it is! Just go to the article pages document library and add a new column. Unfortunately there’s one little problem with that approach: your newly added column won’t show on the ‘edit page’ but only on the document properties page. That’s not cool, since your users would have to switch back and forth between the ‘edit page’ layout and the document properties to fill in all columns. You would much rather add the column to the ‘edit page’ layout and perhaps show it on the article too, right?