Once you have a Wordpress account, you will be able to add posts to your blog. Follow the steps below to update your blog. Visual aids are screenshots to help with the process.
If your blog is hosted on Wordpress' free hosting (your blog url looks like http://YOURBLOGNAME.wordpress.com), you can go to http://wordpress.com and login with the Wordpress account you have created. Visual Aid
If your blog is hosted on a washingtonandlee.net domain, you can login by accessing your dedicated login page (http://YOURBLOGNAME.washingtonandlee.net/wp-admin) or by going to your blog, scrolling down to the bottom of the page and finding the "Site Admin" link under the "Admin" or "Meta" header. Visual Aid
Step 2: Once successfully logged in, you will land on your blog's dashboard page. On the Dashboard, you can see all the stats for your blog including number of visits and recent comments. To create a new blog post, look at the left menu and click on "Posts," or if the menu is collapsed, you will click on the push-pin icon. You can also access the "Posts" page by clicking on the word "Posts" in the "Right Now" window on your Dashboard. Visual Aid
Step 3: To create a new post, click on the "New Post" button next to the Posts title. You may also click on "Add New," found under the "Posts" item in the left menu. Visual Aid
Instructions for a text only post: For a simple text post, give your blog a title and enter the body text in the text box below the title. You may insert hyperlinks to external sources in your text. Simply highlight the text you wish to serve as a link and click the unbroken chain link icon in the gray area above the area for entering body text. Once you are done entering your text, select a category your post falls under. If the category that you are posting under is a "Child" (a subcategory of a main category) of a "Parent" (a main category), you must select both the "Parent" and the "Child" category. If you wish to save your work and come back to it later, but do not wish to publish it, you can click the "Save Draft" button. If you want to preview what your post will look like in the full-blog environment, click the "Preview" button. Your spelling can be easily checked by clicking the spellcheck button to make sure you haven't been typing a bit too fast. If you are satisfied with your post and want it to go live, click "Publish." Visual Aid
Instructions for a text and images post: You may also add images to your posts. Simply upload the images from your hard drive to your Wordpress account. Follow the steps below. (NOTE: With certain blogs, such as the Campus Life blog, the featured image is the ONLY image that you will likely be adding to the post - see featured image instructions further down the page.)
Editing and adjusting the appearance of your image: You may find that you want to change the image's position from left to right, make it smaller, or add some space between the text and the image (padding). This can be achieved easily by following these steps. *This may not work in Internet Explorer 9!
Instructions for adding a link to a .pdf file: You may want to link a PDF to your blog post, and this can be done easily by following these steps:
Featured Image Field: What is a featured image?? A featured image is different from an image embedded in your post because it is meant to be displayed elsewhere on the site, not necessarily on your post. A featured image may show up as the thumbnail on the blog feed being fed to your main website, or as a large teaser image that tempts the viewer to click through to your blog post. Using the Campus Life blog as an example, the featured image is both the thumbnail being sent out with RSS feeds, as well as the image being displayed to the left of each blog post. Each Wordpress site uses featured images differently, but we will do our best to give you an overview of how to place one, as well how to prepare images for this field.
If your blog is hosted on wordpress.com, you may have to look into how your particular theme uses featured images (it may not). If it does, there is likely a image size (such as 400px X 400px) that work best for their use. If you require help in figuring this out, please contact the web team via our web tracking form.
If your blog is hosted on washingtonandlee.net, you likely have a plugin that will automatically resize your photos for all their particular uses. You will not have to resize them, that will be done automatically.
How to upload a featured image:
What are "Post Tags" and why do I want to add them? Post Tags are short expressions that help describe what your post is about. If you are writing a post that is associated with Dining Services (which would be your category), but the topic was about food allergies, then you would benefit from adding a post tag titled "allergies." Post tags are meant to be the topical tags that help associate your post with other similar posts, and thus make it easier for a student to find all posts related to "allergies" or "marketplace," no matter what category the post first appeared under. (Remember, categories are what are used to mark and deliver your content to the correct page it is supposed to display on - a post tag will not achieve that!) Visual Aid