Posting to our Blog

The following is what I have figured out about writing things to the blog portion of our site.  Fair warning: there may be easier and better ways of doing things – I am not a blogging expert.  If I find (or someone tells me) better ways, I will update that information here.

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You can get to our blog page by pressing the Write button on the menu.

 

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Once at the blog page, you will see excerpts of the posts that people have made, with the most recent posts first.  Click on the post header or on the Continue reading link to see the full post, and to be able to follow, like, and reply to the post.

Anyone may reply to a post, although the reply will not be shown on the website until the author has approved at least one reply from the replyer.  To start a new post, you must be a person authorized to do so.   What this means is that you need to log into WordPress.com, and be in the list of people authorized to post to our site.  If you want to be able to post as yourself, you will need your own account.  If you don’t want to have to bother with setting up and remembering the credentials for your own account, I have set up a generic shared account for our use.  Contact me (Murray), and I will either send you an invite to create your own credentials, or send you the shared credentials.

Logging In

WPLoginOnce you have a set of credentials (username and password), you need to log into WordPress.com.  If you scroll to the very bottom of our website, there is a link that will take you to the WordPress.com login page.  Click on this picture (at the bottom of the webpage, not the example to the right) to go to the login page.  A new tab will open on your browser, displaying the WordPress.com login page.  Enter your user name and password and press the Log In button.

Once you are logged in, WordPress.com will display the RivendellCommunity site with a WordPress menu bar above it.  Note: if you go directly to WordPress.com to log in, instead of using the link on our page, you will not automatically return to the RivendellCommunity page.  You can manually navigate to it by entering Rivendellcommunity.wordpress.com in the browser URL field.

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At the top left is the My Site button that will let you edit the website.

 

 

 

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At the top right are a couple of useful buttons:

  • the Write button lets you create a new blog post
  • the Personal Settings button (circle with head silhouette) lets you modify your account settings or log out of WordPress

 

Creating new blog post

There are two ways to start a new blog post.

  • Press the Write button at the top right on the WordPress menu, orWriteButton1

 

  • BlogPostAddButton1Press the My Site button at the top left and then press the Blog Posts Add button.

 

 

 

 

Using either method, you will see an edit screen that WordPress has displayed.

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There are a lot of things you can fiddle with here, but a few of the most important:

  • The “Title” field above the text formatting bar is where you put the title for your blog post.  Every blog post should have a unique title
  • Below the text formatting bar is where you put the contents of your blog post.  Contents may be text, pictures, links to other content, etc.
  • The WPMediaButton button lets you upload media (pictures, etc.) to the website and place them in you blog post.
  • The WPContinueButtonbutton adds a break in your blog.  Everything above this break is included in the excerpt displayed on the main blog page, and everything below the break is show only if you click on the “continue reading…” link.  For any but a very short post, you should always include one instance of this on your post.
  • If you want an image to show at the top of your blog post and on the main blog page excerpt, set a “Featured image” in the blog post settings.
  • If you want to edit the raw HTML to add or modify things in the blog post that you can’t control in the text edit mode, you can switch to the HTML edit mode.  Normally you do not need to do this (and shouldn’t unless you know HTML).

Once you have added a title and content to you blog, you will see a Publish button WPPublishButtonappear at the upper right.  Push this button before leaving the page to publish the blog post on our website.  It is all right if you have not finished editing the blog post – you can come back later and finish it.  Pushing the Publish button saves your work.

WPPublishedBlogYour blog post is now listed on our blog page (Write button from our menu).  It shows as an excerpt: if you added a “continue reading…” break, then only the content above the break will be shown.  To see the full content click on either the blog post title, or on the “continue reading..” link.

 

Editing an existing blog post

The procedure for editing an existing blog post is to log into WordPress, open the blog post, click on an Edit button, make the changes, then click on the Update button.

Log into WordPress according to the instructions in the “Logging In” section, above.

WriteMenu1If you are using a PC, then at the top right of the blue-green header of the web page, find and press the Write button

WPMobileMenuClose1If you are using a mobile device with a narrower screen, instead of finding the navigation menu buttons, you will see a Menu button.WPMobileMenuButton1.  Press this button to open a navigation menu list just below the Rivendell Community heading.

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Press the Write button.

WPMobileEditButton1This will display the blog page with excerpts from the blog posts.  The most recent blog post will be at the top. Scroll down until you find the blog post you want to edit.  Scroll to the end of the blog post excerpt, where you will find the author, date, and an Edit button.  Press the Edit button.

WPMobileUpdateButton1WordPress will open the blog post for editing.  Make your changes to the blog post.  When you are done, press the Update button at the upper right to save the changes to the website.

 

 

 

Commenting on a blog post

The procedure for commenting on a blog post is to open the full version of the post, scroll to the bottom, and typing your comments in to the Reply field.  You do not need to be logged into WordPress.com to make comments.  WordPress will ask for an email address to identify the commenter.

WriteMenu1If you are using a PC, then at the top right of the blue-green header of the web page, find and press the Write button

WPMobileMenuClose1If you are using a mobile device with a narrower screen, instead of finding the navigation menu buttons, you will see a Menu button.WPMobileMenuButton1.  Press this button to open a navigation menu list just below the Rivendell Community heading.

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Press the Write button.

This will display the blog page with excerpts from the blog posts.  The most recent blog post will be at the top. WPMobilePostOpen1Scroll down until you find the blog post you want to edit.  Click on the title of the blog post to open it.

 

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Scroll to the end of the full post.  Below the author and date, there will be a “Leave a Reply” field.  Type your comment into the field.  WordPress will display 3 identification fields.  You must specify something for the email and name fields.  You can leave the website field blank if you want.  When you are done entering your comment, press the Post Comment button at the bottom right.

 

 

WPCommentAwait1Before the comment actually appears on the website, the author of the blog post must approve the comment for display.  This is to prevent trolls from using our site to link to sites we would rather not be linked to.  To indicate this to the replyer, the “Your comment is awaiting moderation” message is displayed in the reply.

Approving a comment to your blog post

To check for pending comments to your blog post, and to approve/disapprove comments, you must log into WordPress.com using the procedure documented above.  WPNotificationsButtonOnce logged in, with the WordPress menu displayed above our website, click on the Notifications button WPNotificationsButton2 at the top right.  WordPress will display a list of notifications for your account.

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Click on the comment notification.

 

 

 

WPCommentApprove1You have several options for dealing with the comment.  You can:

  • Approve the comment, which will add it to the website
  • Trash the comment, which will remove the notification but not add the comment to the site
  • If the comment is obviously spam, use the Spam button to mark it as spam.  WordPress.com will try to keep similar spam from reaching our website.

WPCommentApproved1If you approve the comment, it will appear below your blog post as a “thought”.

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