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  • 1. Wordpress Manual Cultural arts Blogs New York[Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract istypically a short summary of the contents of the document.Type the abstract of the document here. The abstract istypically a short summary of the contents of the document.]Cultural Blogs5/1/2011
  • 2. Table of Contents1. The Dashboard ...................................................................................................................................... 3 Right Now.................................................................................................................................................. 3 QuickPress ................................................................................................................................................. 4 Recent Comments ..................................................................................................................................... 4 Recent Drafts ............................................................................................................................................ 5 The menu .................................................................................................................................................. 62. Writing Posts ......................................................................................................................................... 7 Writing Your Post ...................................................................................................................................... 73. Formatting Content in WP .................................................................................................................... 8 Built in Formatting Options....................................................................................................................... 8 Using the Editing Icons .............................................................................................................................. 84. Post Options ........................................................................................................................................ 115. Saving and Publishing your Posts ........................................................................................................ 12 Sticky content.......................................................................................................................................... 126. Working With Images in WP ............................................................................................................... 13 Adding Images to Posts & Pages ............................................................................................................. 13 Uploading Image Files to the Server ....................................................................................................... 13 Positioning Images in Your Content ........................................................................................................ 13 A Note on Image Sizes............................................................................................................................. 147. Writing Pages ...................................................................................................................................... 158. Adding Slides to the header ................................................................................................................ 169. Adding a slideshow to the Portrait Category ...................................................................................... 1710. Adding Events ................................................................................................................................. 17
  • 3. 1. The DashboardThe Dashboard is the first screen you see when you log into the administration area of your blog. Themain idea of the dashboard is to give you a place where you can get an at-a-glance overview of what’shappening with your blog. You can catch up on news, view your draft posts, see who’s linking to you orhow popular your content’s been, or check out and moderate your latest comments. It’s like a bird’s eyeview of operations, from which you can swoop down into the particular detailsDefault DashboardThe Dashboard (by default) will look like the following:Right NowThe Right Now module offers an “at-a-glance” look atyour blog’s posts, pages, categories, and tags. Clickon the number and you’ll be taken to the associatedscreen. There is also a count of total, approved,pending, and spam comments. You can also click onthe numbers to load the appropriate commentsscreen.
  • 4. QuickPressQuickPress is a mini-post editor that allows instant content creation from the Dashboard. Youcan include a title, body text, media files, and tags in the post, and have the option of saving itas a draft or publishing immediately. For additional options such as adding categories or settinga future publish date, you should use the Add New Post screen.Recent CommentsThe Recent Comments module has a lot of new functionality to make working with commentsquick and easy from the Dashboard. It will show up to 5 of the latest comments on your blog.If you hover your mouse over one of the listed comments, action links will appear, letting youApprove/Unapprove, Edit, Reply, Mark as Spam, or Delete.
  • 5. If you click on the Reply action link, a form will appear, letting you reply to the commentdirectly from the Dashboard.Recent DraftsThe Recent Drafts module displays links to your most recent drafts, allowing one-click accessfrom the Dashboard. If you create drafts using QuickPress, they will appear in this moduleimmediately.
  • 6. The menu Dashboard. The Dashboard is the overview of your WordPress site and where you start when you login. A summary box, quick post, recent comments and WordPress information are standard. Other information including statistics can be added as well. Posts. Add a new entry, edit, change tags and add categories. The area of the site where content is created. More on creating a post coming soon. Media. In your post, you have the ability to add images and video. Once uploaded, they appear in the media library. Links. Links creates you ‘Blogroll’ – a list of recommended sites for your visitors. If you look to the right in this post, you will see my blogroll comprised of my favorite websites. Pages. A page is information that you want to keep prominent. Contact info, history or any other details you want visitors find easily can be added. You start with an “About” page when WordPress is installed. Comments. When a reader leaves a comment on your post, it will appear here awaiting your approval. You can also view all comments and spam via the link.Slides. Enables you to add / edit pictures in the header of the blog.Events. Add events to calendar.
  • 7. 2. Writing PostsEnter the Worpress Admin Panel and Click the Posts tab.The Post tab is the default when you enter the writing section. If you wish to write a pageinstead of a post you would select the Pages tab.Writing Your PostGive the Post a descriptive Title. This title will appear at the top of your post and will becomethe linked text that links to this post in other pages. It also becomes the default file name forthe post unless you use the Permalink editing feature just below the title box to specify aspecific, perhaps shorter, file-name in the URL path.You would use the permalink editor to give the URL file-name a shorter version than the title ofthe post. If your post is titled “Best Blog Post Ever” the default URL to that page would besomething like www.domain.com/best-blog-post-ever/ which is rather long. By editing thepermalink name you could enter best blog post and the URL would then becomewww.domain.com/best-blog-post/Write your content into the Post area. Use the graphic editing icons to format your text. (Please go tonext chapter Formatting Content in WP)
  • 8. Note: If you previously wrote your text using a word processor, like Microsoft Word, you willtransfer lots of formatting when copying and pasting the text into your Wordpress editor. Itwill produce much unnecessary code (click to “html view” to see). To avoid this first pasteyour text into a simple text editor like Notepad (all Microsoft operating systems include theNotepad program). This will strip all the formatting from Word into pure text. Then copy andpaste from Notepad into Wordpress. You will now need to add your formatting as you wouldlike it displayed on your website.There is a button in the text editor options for pasting text from MS Word, but it is fickle and does notreformat everything. Best to just turn it into plain text then reformat to cleaner HTML code with the WPeditor buttons.3. Formatting Content in WPBuilt in Formatting OptionsWhen writing a post, or a page, in the text editor you simply type your text. The basicparagraph formatting will create itself as you hit the enter key at the end of each paragraph.These icons will cover many of the basic formatting functions you would need to use. Morefunctions are available by clicking the advanced toolbar icon on the far right. Where the arrowis pointing in the image below.Using the Editing IconsFor most of these icons you would select (click and drag with your mouse) your block of textyou wish to apply it to then click the icon to apply the formatting. Other tools like insertingimages requires that you just click on the area of the content you wish to place the image thenclick the icon and enter the information in the pop-up. Its all pretty basic like using any wordprocessor.
  • 9. Bold - select an area of text and click the bold icon Italics - select a block of text and click the italic icon Strike Through - Adds a line over your text through your text Unordered List - creates bullet lists Ordered Lists - instead of bullets it will auto number your list Outdent - undo an indent Indent - indent a section of text to create block quotes Align Left - aligns text to the left Align Center - centers your text Align Right - aligns text to the right Add Hyperlink - select the area of text you wish to be the link and click the link icon. Addthe link URL, choose if you want it to open in a new window or the same window. Then give thelink a Title to describe what its linking to. Remove Hyperlink - use this to remove a link Split Post - inserts the <!–more–> tag to split your post. This shows just a brief intro onyour main blog page with a link to the full post where they can read the rest. Spell Check - spell checks your text. For on the fly spell checking we recommend usingFireFox as your web browser. It has built in spell checking for any text you enter into formsonline. Underlines misspelled words in red as you type. Help - This does not offer much help. But it does include a list of hotkeys, in place of usingthe icons, for fast typers who use the WP editor often.
  • 10. Advanced Tool Bar - This icon will open the icons outlined below. You would think some ofthem should be in the main toolbar but these are newer tools recently added to the editor. Formatting - Use this drop down to select your heading levels. No need to usethe paragraph one as Wordpress will turn your basic text into paragraphs automatically. Underline - underline text with this icon Font Color - change color of a selection of your text Paste as Plain Text - to paste text copied from another source so as to strip all formattingfrom the copied source Paste from Word - to paste from a word doc & remove the unneeded formatting codesthat Word will try to add. Remove formatting - to remove formatting for a selection of text, perhaps cut and pastedfrom another source Insert Embedded Media - insert multi media files such as video clips Insert Character - for adding special characters not available on your keyboard. Things likethis ¥, £, ©, Æ, or é. Undo - undo your last change Redo - redo your last undo
  • 11. 4. Post OptionsBelow the text editor are a number of features and advanced options for your post. Here youassign things like categories, tags, allow or disallow comments, etc.. We highlight the main onesyou would be using by adding a screenshotimage of that feature.Tags - assign tags to your Post. Tags are anotherform of categorization of your posts. If your WPtheme displays tags then you may wish to usekeywords related to the post in the Tags box.Separate them by comma’s. Categories - attach your post to a Category. You can add new Categories here. Categories can be also managed in the Manage/Categories tab. If you neglect to assign the post to a category your it will be assigned to your default category. Please note: select ‘news’ or ‘portraits’ if you want the post to appear in the corresponding sections.Excerpt ONLY FOR PORTRAITS - you can use excerpts to add the biography to the portrait post. It will appear on the right side next to the portrait post.
  • 12. 5. Saving and Publishing your PostsAs you write your posts, Wordpress will begin to autosave your post as a draft. Use the Save orPublish buttons when you are ready.Before publishing the post you can use the Preview button to see how it will look first. Rightclick on the Preview button then open it in a new window or new tab so you can easily jumpback to the write post page.When you click the Publish button you will then be redirected to a new Write Post page.The little calendar option just above the Save and Publish buttons will allow you to post dateyour blog posts. They will remain unpublished and then later go live on the site at your presetdate and time. Click the edit link and those options will appear for you.Your drafts will not be published live onto the website until you select the Publish button. Toedit draft posts you’ve not completed and published click on the Manage tab. Here will be thefull list of your posts. It will indicate which are published and un-published. Click the Title link ofyour draft post to continue writing and then publish it.Sticky contentAllows you to add “portrait” and “news” to the homepage. The featured image and the text until the“read more” tag will be displayed.Please note, you always have to deselect the option, in order to remove the content from thehomepage.
  • 13. 6. Working With Images in WPAdding images is relatively easy using the image upload feature in the post or page editor. Besure to read the “Note on Image Sizes” at the bottom of this page. It’s quite important.Adding Images to Posts & PagesFirst have your cursor set at the spot in your post, or page, where you want the image toappear. Following the steps below will paste the image code at that spot in your editor.Should you want to move the image to another location within the body of your text an easyway is to switch to HTML view, find the portion of code for that image, copy, cut and paste it tothe new location in side the text while in HTML view.Uploading Image Files to the ServerClick the “Add an Image” icon in the Add Media section above the editor buttons.Then go and hunt for your image file on your computer and hit the upload button.The folder on your web server in which Wordpress will be placing the image files must have its“File Permissions” set to allow remote uploads. If you get errors here saying the file could notbe moved to the folder ask your web designer, or whoever set up wordpress for you, to changethose file permissions.Positioning Images in Your Content
  • 14. Next you will be presented with a number of options before placing the image in your post.Give the Image a title. By default it will use the file name, you can change it. You may add acaption that will appear below the image. Description too if you like, but not really needed.You can choose to have the image link to something. This can be very handy if you want toupload a large image. You can have a smaller sized on inside your post but have it link to alarger version you’ve already uploaded to the server. Visitors can then click the link to view afull sized image without breaking the layout of your site.You can set the alignment of the image and how text will wrap around it, or not wrap around it.You may also set some size constraints here too. When you upload an image using the imageuploader in Wordpress it also creates a small thumbnail file of the image. So you may choose todisplay just the thumbnail in the post and have it link to the normal image. Or a medium sizedversion or the full sized file.Now click the “Insert Into Post” button.A Note on Image Sizes
  • 15. Images on your computer are sized in pixels. The space you have to place an image inside a post or pageis limited to the width, in pixels, the content area your Wordpress theme allows. If the size of yourimage extends beyond the width of the content area it can mess up the layout of your site and possiblyforce your sidebar down to the bottom of the page.Typically, many Wordpress themes are designed to be 800 pixels wide (the width of a 15″ monitor). Nowthat more internet users are now using 17″ and bigger monitors some wordpress theme designs aregoing wider than just 800px. Your sidebar may take up 200 to 300 pixels. There may be some paddingaround your content area, and you may be left with an effective width 570 px to work with.7. Writing PagesPages are different from blog posts in that they are static pages outside the flow of updatingposts. They often form the main navigation to sections of your site that tend not to change.These can be as basic as as an About Us page or a Contact Page or it could include a wholeseries of articles and sub-pages that reside off of higher order pages in your sites navigationstructure.Writing a page is similar to writing a post. After Clicking the Write tab click on the Pages tab.Again, like writing a post you give your page a title. This title will appear at the top of your pageas the headline. It also becomes the default file name for the page unless you use the Permalinkediting feature just below the title box to specify a specific, perhaps shorter, file-name in theURL path.You could use the permalink editor to give the URL file-name a shorter version than the title ofthe page, should the title be long and wordy. You can also use it to cover different variations onyour keywords for that page. This can help with your search engine traffic.
  • 16. 8. Adding Slides to the headerGo to “add New”Give the Image a title. By default it will use the file name, you can change it. You may add acaption that will appear below the image. Description too if you like, but not really needed.Click on “set featured image”. You can select a picture from your Computer, URL or Medialibrary. The picture should be 840 X 360 px.
  • 17. Before you save your image, don’t forget to click on “Use as featured image”.After saving click on “slideshow 1”And add a title.9. Adding a slideshow to the Portrait CategoryWill follow10. Adding EventsWill Follow

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