How to ad a new post and Image to the blog
In order to add a new post to the blog follow the instructions below. These are the basics. By following these instructions you will be able to add a post, link and picture. You can play around with the more advanced settings once you got the hang of it. The only way to learn is by trying everything, don't worry you won't break it.
The first step is to login.
To login go to http://www.bokkom.co.za/blog/wp-login.php using the username and password which you used to register with at http://www.bokkom.co.za/blog/wp-login.php?action=register
After you logged in you will be presented with a screen similar to the one shown below.
Click the arrow next to the "Post" menu in order to open the post menu.
From the post menu select "Add New"
The window below will now open.
In this window you must (see points marked in image above):
I find it easier in the beginning to first create your new post with text only so that you get the hang of it. You can always add pictures later on.
To add an image:
Click in the edit box at the place where you would like to insert your image.
Then click the image insert button as shown in the image below
If you click the image insert button window will pop-up which looks like the one below. In this window there is a button you can click to select the file you would like to add.
Click the button and select the file from your computer.
PLEASE NOTE: Although the software will resize your image to the required size it will be better if you can resize it before you upload it. This can speed up the process. The software only resizes the picture once it has been uploaded, so if you upload a huge file you will only be wasting your own time and bandwidth. If you do not know how to resize a picture read this article at http://pietpetoors.com/blog/resize-photographs/ . 640x570 pixels is big enough for pictures to be loaded onto the blog.
Once you selected the file and clicked the "open" button the follow screen will show the upload progress. Wait for it to fully upload the picture. It will automatically go over to the next screen once uploaded.
Once uploaded it will go to this screen
In this screen you can add some attributes to your image.
Fields 1 2 and 3 must be filled in. Field 4 is not that important. At 5 you select where the picture must be placed in the article, centre works best with the blog software. At 6 you select the size of your pic and once you completed all of above you can click the "Insert into Post" button at point 7.
The pop-up screen will now close and you will see your image in your post.
Note that the edit screen is a bit small and not easy to see your post. To switch to full screen view click the button showed at the arrow above.
If you are in full screen mode you must first switch back to normal mode by using the same button before you can save or publish your post.
Adding a link to another page or web site
You can also link the text in your article to another web site or web page. This how to do it:
If you look at the image below you will note that if no text are selected the hyperlink button is not click able.
Select the text you would like to link to another page and you will see that the hyperlink button immediately becomes click able.
Now click the left one of the two link buttons as indicated above. You will note that a small window will pop up.
You can link a word or some words to another page or if you would like visitors to see the actual link you are linking to you can even include the whole link and link that to the other page as shown above.
Save and Publish
Once finished you can either save your work and continue with it later or you can publish it. See image below. If you save as draft the post will not be visible to the public. Your post will only be visible on the blog once you pressed the "publish" button. You can even preview your post before you publish it.
If you created a page and would like to publish it immediately you do not have to save first and then publish, you can hit the publish button immediately if you are sure that everything is correct.
One last trick - adding an excerpt
The main page of the blog displays the last 10 posts posted. If you have a looong article it will stuff up the front page of the blog. In order to show only a short excerpt of your article do the following:
Once you completed your article look for a suitable place
to cut off your article. This can be after your first picture or where
ever you feel is a good place. When you enter the excerpt line the blog
will automatically add a line which says
To do this, find the place where you want to cut your article. Then hit enter once to create an extra line.
Now click the excerpt button as indicated in the image below. Once you clicked the button the software will add a line underneath your text and it will display the word "more" at the end of the line. This indicates where your post will be cut. That is all you have to do, now save or publish your article. I normally leave this step for last.