Most projects have a "News" section on their front page.
This is typically implemented using BOINC's forum system. News items are stored as threads in a special forum, named 'News' by default (you can change this by defining a constant NEWS_FORUM_NAME in project.inc). This forum should have 'is_dev_blog' set to 1, so that only project admins will be able to create threads (non-admins will, however, be able to reply to threads). The forum-creation script ops/create_forums.php creates this forum.
To show news items on your front page, include
in your index.php (the "5" says to show the 5 most recent items).
Prior to 12/2009 (specifically r19949), news was stored in a flat file html/project/project_news.inc. To convert this to forum format, run the script html/ops/news_convert.php
Temporary news items
You may want to show "temporary" news items, e.g. saying that your project is offline. To do this, copy html/user/sample_motd.php to motd.php and edit it.
The resulting items will be shown at the top of your news if you put
just before show_news().
If your database server is down, only temporary news items will be shown.