Instructions for authors

To write a post on the blog click on this link to log in. You will need a username and password- if you have not been given one already then contact Jo.

When you arrive at the blog dashboard, click on “Write”, and then “Write Post”.

Provide a clear and concise title for your post in the “Post Title” box. Don’t make this too long as it will be truncated by some feed readers and rendered meaningless.

You write text in the box below the title. Various options for formatting are allowed here, including bold, italic, bullets and numbers. To apply formatting to some text, highlight it and choose from the icons.

To insert links to other websites, highlight the text that you wish to link from (like this) and click the icon that looks like links of chain. In the small window that pops up,  fill the website you wish to link to in the Link URL box, in the Target box choose the option to open in a different window, and in the Title box type some descriptive text. This is the text that appears when you mouse over a link without clicking on it. It is important to include this for accessibility reasons. Hover the mouse over the link above to see what this in action.

To add an image to your post, you should first resize it in a photo editor so it is small enough to appear on the page without taking ages to load. Then in wordpress, go to the “upload” section below the main text box. Browse for the image, give it a title and a description and click “Upload”. In the text box, click where you want the image to go and click on the tree icon to choose the image you have just uploaded.

You can save your blog post without posting it by clicking on the “save and continue editing” button. To save it as a draft for posting later, click the “save” button. You should add your post to a category by choosing one (or more) from the list on the right hand side.  If the category you want isn’t in the list, then add it by typing in the box above the list.

Check your post for spelling by clicking on the “ABC” icon but be aware that it checks for American spelling and therefore picks up words like “centre”.

Finally, when you are ready to post your blog, click on the “Publish” button, then up at the top of the page click on “View Site” to see what it looks like. If you see a mistake, click on the “edit” option (which will only appear to people who are logged in) to come back to the writing window. Make your edits, then click “save” to see them posted.

Finally, if everything goes wrong and you can’t figure out why or what to do, contact Jo!