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Please make sure to read the Wordpress Guide prior to logging into the Wordpress administrator panel.

RegBlog Instructions for Editors

Those with Editor accounts will have the following abilities:

  • Add new posts
  • Edit posts
  • Delete posts
  • Manage your profile

Editors will also have the ability to manage Pages content. For RegBlog, Editors will have no need to ever modify Pages. WARNING: Modifying page settings can drastically alter layout and functionality.

Posts

When creating new Posts, there are only 5 fields to keep in mind.

  1. Title
  2. Content
  3. Categories
  4. Tags
  5. Featured Image

All other areas of the editor should be ignored.

  1. Title

    The Title of a Post will be displayed in a list of posts, as well as on the single post page. You can use any phrases, words or characters. Avoid using the same title twice as that will cause problems. You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, hypens/dashes, and other typical symbols in the post like “My Site - Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid”.

  2. Content

    The Content of a Post is the body, or in this case the article. You can use either the Visual or the Text view to compose your posts. Images may be inserted into post content using the editor buttons, or via HTML.

  3. Categories

    The Categories of a Post can help divide Posts into sections. RegBlog has a few main categories:

    • News
    • Analysis
    • Opinion
    • PPR News
  4. Tags

    The Tags refer to micro-categories for your blog, similar to including index entries for a page. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags. Add new tags to the post by typing the tag into the box and clicking “Add”.

  5. Featured Image

    The Featured Image is the main image associated with a Post. The Featured Image of a Post will be displayed in many locations where the Post is listed, as well on the single post page. The Featured Image is very important, as it will often be the only graphical addition to a Post.

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RegBlog displays Featured posts in two separate locations:

  • Home Page Featured Post Slider
  • Sidebar ‘Featured’ Widget

Both locations display the 5 most recent Featured posts. To designate a post as featured, simply add that post to the ‘Featured’ category.

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Week in Review

Week in Review posts get treated differently than all other posts. All Week in Review posts should be in the ‘Review’ category and be tagged with ‘week-in-review’.

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NOTE: Week in Review posts must be tagged with ‘week-in-review’ or they will be displayed on the home page. Adding this tag also prevents the author from being displayed on Week in Review posts.

Authors

Every post in Wordpress needs to be assigned an author. To add a new author, follow the steps below:

  1. Login to the Wordpress Administrator.
  2. Click on Users in the main left-side navigation.
  3. Click on Add New at the top of the page.
  4. Fill in the fields, and then click ‘Add New User’.
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Even if nobody will be logging into the author accounts, each account will still need an email address associated with it. The existing accounts use *account_name*@regblog.org.

IMPORTANT: There are 5 different options in the Role drop-down menu. Be sure to select Author by default. If you would like the author to appear in the Featured Contributor widget, add a photo and bio first — then change their role to Contributor (a photo/bio is required before you change their role to Contributor).

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Contributors Page

The Contributors page displays all users (regardless of role) who have a picture set in their profile. To show an additional user on this page, give that user a profile picture. To stop showing a user on this page, remove the user’s profile picture.

  1. Login to the Wordpress Administrator.
  2. Click on Users in the main left-side navigation.
  3. Find the author you wish to add/remove. Hover over the author’s row and click ‘Edit’.
  4. Scroll down to the section of the profile called ‘User Photo’. From here, you can add or remove this author’s profile picture.
  5. When finished, remember to click ‘Update User’.
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The Featured Contributor Widget displays all Wordpress users with a role of ‘Contributor’. There are five different Wordpress account roles: Administrator, Author, Contributer, Editor, and Subscriber. To add a new author to the pool of Featured Contributors simply change their account role to ‘Contributor’.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Only users with a user photo and bio should be set as a contributor.

  1. Login to the Wordpress Administrator.
  2. Click on Users in the main left-side navigation.
  3. Find the author you wish to add/remove. Hover over the author’s row and click ‘Edit’.
  4. Scroll down to the section called ‘Role’ and change the dropdown menu to ‘Contributor’.
  5. When finished, remember to click ‘Update User’.
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To remove an author from the Featured Contributor Widget, simply change their role from ‘Contributor’ to ‘Author’.

The Featured Topic Widget located in the footer displays 3 posts tagged with a specified tag. The widget can take unlimited tags, and will choose one tag at random to display posts from. Tags are specified in the widget’s options by entering in a comma-seperated list of tag ‘slugs’. To find a tag’s ‘slug’:

  1. Login to the Wordpress Administrator.
  2. Click on Posts->Tags in the main left-side navigation.
  3. The Slug column of the table shows the slug for each tag.
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Once you have the slug of the tag you wish to feature in the Featured Topic Widget you can add it to the widget options.

  1. Click on Appearance->Widgets in the main left-side navigation.
  2. On the right side click on Default Secondary Column 3 to expand it.
  3. Click on Tag Spotlight Widget to expand it.
  4. The second field is a comma-seperated list of the tags to be featured. Simply add the new slug to this list to have it added to the widget.
  5. Click ‘Save’ when you are finished.
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Full Story Page Bios

Every user can have a bio associated with their account, although these are only displayed on the Contributors page. Author bios can be displayed at the bottom of each full story page as well. In order to show a bio at the end of a full story page you must add the bio directly using custom fields on individual full story pages (Posts).

  • Login to the Wordpress Administrator.
  • Click on Posts in the main left-side navigation.
  • Find the post you wish to add a bio to and click ‘Edit’.
  • Scroll down to the sections ‘Author 1’ and fill in the desired information.
  • For posts with two authors, you may also fill out the fields under the ‘Author 2’ section.
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This widget displays a custom menu. The widget can contain links to pages within RegBlog, or links to external sites. These links can be easily changed by updating the ‘Links’ menu.

  1. Login to the Wordpress Administrator.
  2. Click on Appearance->Menus in the main left-side navigation.
  3. Select ‘Links’ from the menu dropdown and click ‘Select
  4. To link to a page on RegBlog, check the box next to the desired page in the Pages section on the left side of the screen. Then click ‘Add to Menu
  5. To link to an external site, expand the Links section on the left side of the screen. Enter a URL and the Link Text. Then click ‘Add to Menu
  6. Once finished, make sure to click the blue ‘Save Menu’ button.
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Adding Date Ranges to Posts

Posts in the Series category use date ranges instead of dates. You can assign a date range to a post.

  1. Login to the Wordpress Administrator.
  2. Click on Posts in the main left-side navigation.
  3. Find the post you wish to add a bio to and click ‘Edit’.
  4. Enter the desired date range in the Date Range box located under the content editor.
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