Creating a blogpost

How do I create a blogpost? Don't panic, it's as easy as creating an article in the CMS. It just looks a little different.

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Our Böll web universe also includes blogs, such as the (German language) Russland-Blog, Klima der Gerechtigkeit, Heinrich von Arabien, the Medienvielfalt-Blog of our scholarship holders (all German language) or the English Young Voices of Europe. The main difference compared to the websites is the shortness of the articles and the regularity of posting.

Below, you will learn how to create a post and how to assign an image to it. The second part is about how to add further media and how to change the site structure.
 


Steps to create a blogpost

Step 1: Login

Step 2: Creating a post

Step 3: Inserting text

Step 4: Inserting the teaser (excerpt)

Step 5: Formatting text

Step 6: Uploading the Featured Image

Step 7: Last amendments and publishing
 


Step 1: Login

When you want to write a post, you will first need access to the admin interface. In order to gain that, add /admin at the end of the blog URL, for instance: http://young-voices.boellblog.org/admin

You are supposed to already have login credentials. If you forgot your password or if you don't have login data yet, please write a short email to internetredaktion@boell.de or the person in charge of the international offices.

 

Note: Before you see the typical logon screen, you will be asked to login to our blog system in general. We have created this additional logon screen out of security reasons. Username and password for this additional logon are the same for all users. If you don't know these data yet, please contact the Internetredaktion.

Step 2: Creating a post

After your successful login, you will be taken to the dashboard of your blog. Here you can see your latest posts, updates, comments etc. In order to create a post, please click on Posts - Add New in the sidebar on the left of your page.

Step 3: Inserting text

You can insert text into the text editor field now. Please note: Don't just copy the text directly from Word. The reason why you shouldn't do this is, that the Word-formatting will be transmitted and the text will not be displayed correctly.

That is why you should first copy the text into an editor such as Wordpad or Textedit. These are simple word processing programs which automatically erase existing formats from text. You can find these programs in the Accessories of your computer.  Another way to insert text would be to just type it directly into the editor field.

Step 4: Inserting the teaser (excerpt)

To provide simple access and to attract users to click the post, you can write a teaser. It is called "excerpt" in WordPress and shouldn't be longer than 200 characters. These are three short sentences. Learn here how to write a good teaser.

In some of our blogs, there is a special teaser field where you can just type in your teaser.

In addition, it is recommended to copy the teaser, re-paste it at the beginning of your main body text and to make it bold. This way, everybody will see it, even if he/she doesn't access the post from the startpage.

However, most of our blogs don't have a special teaser field. If you want to add a teaser, please follow these steps:

Write or paste the teaser in front of the main body text and make it bold:

This is what it looks like in the editor:

And this is what it looks like on the startpage:

The system automatically displays the first approx. 370 characters as teaser. This is to be changed. Always insert a so called Read More tag at the end of your teaser. This results in cutting the teaser text shown on the blog startpage exactly at this mark.

This is what it looks like on the startpage:

Step 5: Formatting text

You can now proceed by formatting the rest of the text. Very important! Please use subheadings. They make reading on a screen much easier. Add a subheading after every two or three paragraphs and format it using Formats - Headings - Heading 4:

Don't forget the links! The great thing about online texts is, that you can easily link to other (internal or external) pages. Mark the text which is to be linked and click on the button with the chain symbol. Here you can enter the URL (link address).

You can also create paragraphs with bullets or enumerations. Notes (such as editor's notes) have to be made italic font. The same applies to translation information and the date of the initial publication at the end of the text.

We also have a nice quotation box. Mark longer text passages and click on the quotation marks in the editor bar. The quotation will then be hightlighted and shown in a framed box:

Step 6: Uploading the Featured Image

Your text will look better with an image. To insert one, click on Set featured image  in your sidebar (bottom right) and upload the image:

The image which you have uploaded will now be shown in the Media section. This is the place where you can add a capture and add annotations such as image title and ALT-text for image.

Important: You have to provide the creator's name and license. To do so, go back to the post editor and provide the credits as follows:

Photo: Christian Schnettelker (Flickr)(Link to original: CC-BY (Link to license)

If the image is under a Creative Commons License, a link must be set to the license deed. Unlike our CMS, WordPress doesn't set the link automatically. Here is an overview of existing licences:

If you don't know, what that means, please read our article on Creative Commons and on How to find Creative Commons licensed images.

Step 7: Last amendments and publishing

Read through and check the formatting. This is best be done using the Preview. The preview button is in the sidebar on the right. Have you set subheadings? Are they formatted Headline 4? Do the links work? You can now add appropriate tags and choose a category (if you have any for your blog). The category here is the subpage on which your post is supposed to be shown. When ready Publish/Update.

That's it: Congratulations! Your post is now in the blog.