Using WordPress

Making a new article

You should have received an email with your login and password. Make sure you have it handy: you’ll need that information for these steps.

  1. Visit this WordPress site. Good news: it looks like you’re already here!
  2. Select Log in under Meta — you might need to scroll down.
  3. Fill in your login details and select Log In
  4. Up at the top, press + New and pick “Post” or “Page”
    • Not all accounts will offer all options. For example, Candlemas participants will only see “Post”
  5. Fill in your article as you wish
    • You don’t need to do it all at once!
    • The editor will save drafts automatically but you can always select Save draft at the top to be sure.
    • Press Preview now and then to see how it’ll look for visitors.
    • The article will not be visible to others until you Publish it.

Publishing your article

Once you’ve filled in your Page or Post, it’s time to get ready to Publish:

  1. Choose a title for your article. Choose carefully! The title is used in at least three ways:
    • Displayed at the top of the article
    • Displayed as the name of the article when linked from other pages
    • Used to calculate the article “slug” which is part of the web address of the article (this can be overridden manually in some cases)
  2. For a Post: choose a Category
    • Articles made for an event, such as Candlemas, should select that event.
    • It’s possibly to choose more than one category but it’s usually best to only choose one. If you’re not sure, ask the Webminister.
  3. For a Page: choose the appropriate Parent Page in the “Page Attributes” section.
    • This will make sure your new page goes into the correct menu.
  4. If the Checklist section is present, review the items shown there.
    • Items marked with a star must be resolved before publishing. If you can’t resolve one, or you think it shouldn’t be required, please contact the Webminister.
    • Other items are optional but it’s still probably a good idea to resolve them all.
  5. Press Preview one last time and make sure it looks right.
  6. Press Publish and answer any questions that pop up.

Rules and Recommendations

  • In general we try to keep this website family-friendly. This means avoiding harsh language, nudity, or violent content, as well as limiting content that might offend a reasonable person. If you think your article might push these boundaries or if you believe your work warrants an exception to these guidelines, please discuss with the Seneschal and the Webminister before attempting to publish the article.
  • You must have formal permission for any content (text, pictures, sound, and video) contained within your article, explicitly allowing the use of that content on this website.
  • There’s no strict limit on the size of images, but as a general guideline:
    • Landscape (horizontal) images should be no more than 1024 pixels wide
    • Portrait (vertical) images should be no more than 1200 pixels tall
  • Which image file format should you use?
    • In many cases the differences are minor, so if converting image files doesn’t sound like fun to you then you can probably just use what you have.
    • If your image is already a JPEG then converting it to PNG will probably make it larger with no benefit!
    • For images with smooth color changes (like photos) it’s usually best to use JPG/JPEG
    • For images with sharp color changes (like diagrams, cartoons, or line art) it’s usually best to use PNG
  • Because video files can be very large, most video content should be hosted on a video hosting service and embedded on this site.