Creating A New Post or Page
|1.||If you are not logged in, locate the user panel and log in (if you are viewing this online, you have successfully logged in). If you are using a public computer or a computer which can be accessed by others, make sure “Remember me” is not checked.
If you do not have an account, you can create an account from here. If you have lost or forgotten your password, you can initiate the process to reset your password.
|2.||Once logged in, the user panel will display your name or user name. it will also display options to allow you to public an article, review comments [note: comments are disabled on our installation] or logout.
To create a new article, you will select “Publish.” This will launch the Dashboard in the editor mode.
The editor page has a number of different options and features which may be selected for an article. The options chosen will determine how the article is displayed, under what menu item the article will be displayed, if at all, when the article will become active, when the article will expire, if the article contains a podcast, what keywords will be used to index the article in search engines, what excerpt will be used if the article is posted in social media, etc.
|4.||To the right of the Title field is the “Publish” pane. In this pane, you fill find the following options:
The next pane you will be concerned with is the ‘Category’ pane. The category you select will determine which menu item the article will appear under.
The categories available will be allowed or disallowed based on the user’s rights. Depending on the user’s rights, it is also possible to add new categories. Please note: adding a category here will not automatically create a menu item on the public side of the website.
If you are creating a prayer request or announcement, the Category setting is used to place the item in the correct location.
|6.||The next pane is the “Tags” pane. Tags are keywords. These keywords will be used by search engines to help index your article. These are the words you believe one would be most likely to use while searching the internet for an article like yours. For example, if the article were about salvation, based on John 3, you might use tags such as, “Jesus, John, salvation, saved, repentance, heaven, hell” These tags can also be used to search for and group similar articles on the website.|
|7.||The next pane is the “Post Expiration” pane. This pane will allow you to set a date and time when the post will no longer be visible to the public.|
|8.||The large text-area is where you will do the actual editing of the article.
The two most prominent fields in the editor are the title field and the text area. You will also see a toolbar . The toolbar should be familiar to anyone who has used a modern text editor such as MS-Word.
The first thing you may want to locate is the “Toggle Toolbar” button. Clicking this button will expand the toolbar to add additional buttons.
Our editor is one example of a plug in which his free, but has a paid version with many more features.
When adding text to an article, it is tempting to edit the text and format it in another editor such as MS Word. While it is possible to copy and paste directly from editors like MS Word, the formatting codes in editors like MS Word are not always compatible with web-based editors such as this one. Therefore, when copying text from another editor, please always use the “paste as text” option by clicking on the “paste as text” button. Pasting in this manner will cause you to lose any formatting you created in the other editor. However, you will be able to edit the article with no formatting surprises.
|9.||Adding media is also simple. Immediately above the toolbar and below the article’s title, you will see the add media button. Clicking on this button will open the media dialog.
If the media you wish to add to the article already exists in the library, all you need to do is locate it. You can filter the items by the type of item (audio, video, image, items uploaded specifically to this article or items which have not been attached to an article), you can search by the date the item was uploaded or you can search by the filename of the item. Once you locate the item, click on it. A panel to the right will appear which will allow you to edit its meta-data and insert it into the article. For audio and video files, the metadata is especially important and should be verified before the item is posted. After you have edited the item’s meta data, click on insert. The item will be inserted at the cursor’s position in the article.