Adding and Editing Posts
We use WordPress to manage our site, and there are many resources available to assist you beyond the scope of this guide. The following links will help you get up and running with WordPress:
MQR uses a custom WordPress theme. Adding a new post is the same as a default WordPress installation, however, there are extra steps and options we will cover in the following sections. In addition to this guide you can find a good deal of information about using WordPress in the WordPress documentation and support forums.
- After logging in you will be taken to the Dashboard.
- The menu on the left contains all of the activities you can do in WordPress.
- Hover your pointer over Posts to expand the list of options. Click Add New to create a new post.
- If you need to edit a post later, you can click Posts or All Posts to see a list of all posts. Find the post you wish to edit—you will only be able to edit your own—and then click on the post title to edit.
- You’ll see several options when you hover over the post title: Edit, Quick Edit, Trash, and Preview/View.
- Edit will bring you to the main edit page
- Quick Edit will allow you to make some quick and simple changes (like adding or removing tags and assigning posts to the blog category)
- Trash will remove your post and move it to the trash (but not delete it, which needs to be done in a separate step)
- Preview/View. The editing process is very similar to adding a new post.
- Once on the New Post Page, enter or paste your title into the Title box.
- Then enter or paste your text into the text box. Block paragraphs, no indents.
- If you are copying your text from outside of WordPress, it will do its best to retain your formatting. Some formatting may not be retained and there may be some unexpected results so always preview your text. (TextFixer.com is a useful resource for working with text on the web.)
- You can perform additional formatting using the toolbars just above the main text box. For example, if you want to make a word bold, select that text and then click on the B icon. This process is similar to programs such as Microsoft Word. NOTE: There are quite a few options.
- Hovering over an icon will give you an idea of what it does. You should see two rows of options (the second may be hidden). If you see only one row, click on the Toolbar Toggle icon at the far right (# 6 in the illustration) to show all options. We’ll discuss adding links below.
- To facilitate text entry you may wish to make the main text box larger. To do so, simply drag the lower right corner of the box to your desired size.
- You can also toggle Distraction Free Writing mode for full-screen editing by clicking on the icon in the options above the text box.
- As mentioned above, the Toolbar Toggle icon (#6 in the illustration) will show or hide the second toolbar above the text box.
- The Add Media button allows you to add images and other media to your post. We’ll explain this in more detail below.
- All posts must also include an excerpt for display on our homepage and throughout our site.
- You may supply custom text for the excerpt or you copy text from your post.
- We’ll explain this in more detail below, however, the excerpt should be a short intro about your post.
- Check “Blog” from the category options on the right of your screen.
- Add tags, separated by commas, in the tag box on the right of your screen. Tags are key concepts and descriptors of the content of your post, and they are used to help visitors find related content on the MQR site. You’ll note that as you type, WP will pop-up existing tags for your convenience, if you click on the pop-up, your tag will be entered automatically. In order for the tag feature to be useful, be consistent in your tagging and use previous tags when applicable. For example, if you were to add the tag “poetry” you should make sure it is listed as “Poetry” (capital “P”) and not “poetry” to link it to other posts using the same tag. You can also choose from a list of commonly used tags by selecting that option below the tag box.
- WP will periodically save your work for you, but it’s a good idea to save your work as you work. You can use the preview option to see how your post will be displayed once it is posted to the site. Use this feature as you work and particularly once you are ready to submit your post for review.
- Once you are satisfied with your post and have previewed it, submit your post for review. Notify the Blog Editor so that the post can be reviewed and scheduled for publishing.