How do I register?
I’ve registered. How do I post?
A few notes to start off: WordPress, which is the software we’re using for Found in Translation, has 2 “sides”. One is the front side, which is basically all of the content like the main page, individual post pages, and this FAQ page. All the front-side pages have the same “Found in Translation” title, the dandelion banner, and links on the right. The back side is the one that you can use as an author to write and edit posts, and do other things that blog administrators do. Don’t be surprised that it doesn’t look like the Found in Translation front-side pages–all the thousands of WordPress blogs out there have basically the same back-side.
OK, so here are the instructions:
- Login using the “Log in” link in the “META” section in the right column (below “Asides” and “Categories”)
- Enter your Username and Password. After you click “Login” you’ll be taken to the Dashboard screen, with site statistics, recent comments, and other information. Important actions are in the left-hand column.
- Find “Posts” at the top of the left-hand column and click on “Add new”. This will take you to the “Add New Post” page, where you have a field near the top of the page for your post’s title, a large open box for you to compose your post, buttons at the upper right for you to save (and keep private) or publish (and make public) your post, a field below that for tags for you to give specific identifiers to your post (like “BLC” or “Berkeley” or “Winter 2009″), and a list of categories below that, for classifying your post more generally.
- Write your post as you would using a word processor, using the editing tools directly above the open text box. You can “preview” with the button at upper right as many times as you’d like, to check how the post will look. The preview will open in a new browser tab.
- Enter your title in the top text field.
- Click off the boxes for post categories. You can choose as many categories as you like. For “Asides and Announcements”, be sure to click the “Asides” box. This will cause your post to appear in the rightmost column, “Asides and Announcements”, on the front page of Found in Translation.
- Add any tags you’d like to be associated with your post. Separate tags by commas and click the little “Add” button when you’re done.
- When you’re ready to publish your post, click the blue “Publish” button on the right side of the page.
- Congratulations! Your post is now published. You’ll see a notification in the top part of the page, highlighted in yellow. You can keep editing the post from this page, or you can return to the site using the links at the top of the page.
What are Asides, and how do I write one?
Asides are the posts that appear in the rightmost column on the front page of Found in Translation. Asides are generally shorter than the posts in the left-hand column, and can be used to share news, announcements, opinions, or to ask questions, to introduce yourself to the Found in Translation community, etc. Feel free to innovate!
In order to post an Aside, follow the general instructions for posting, and pay specific attention to step #6.
How do I link to another webpage in my post?
When you’re typing your post from the “Write Page” screen, highlight the word(s) you want to create a link to with your mouse (as if you’re going to cut them). Then click on the chain icon in the middle of the line of icons, and enter the URL (address) of the webpage you want to link to.
How do I include an image in my post?
From the “Add New Post” or “Edit Post” pages, follow these steps:
- Click on the square image icon to the right of the words “Upload/Insert”. These icons are just above the editing toolbar that sits on top of the large text box for writing and editing your post.
- After you click on this icon, the screen will turn dark gray and a box will open in the middle of the screen, giving you several options for inserting an image. Click the appropriate tab at the top (“From Computer”, “From URL”, etc.) depending on where the image is located.
- For files from an external URL, click the “From URL” tab and enter the source URL (where the image is located online) in the “Image URL” field, the Image Title, and the Image Caption. Choose the alignment of the image. If you’d like the image to be linked to another page or website (so that when people are reading your post, they can click on the picture and go to another page), enter the site URL in the “Link Image To:” field. Skip to Step #6
- For files from your computer, click the “Select Files” button, and choose the file from your local computer (If you have problems with this, click the “Browser uploader” link.)
- When you select the file you’ll see a dialog box open, with several options. Enter the title, Caption, and Description for your image. If you’d like the image to be linked to another page or website (so that when people are reading your post, they can click on the picture and go to another page), enter the site URL in the “Link URL” field. Choose the alignment of the image and the size you’d like the image to appear in your post.
- Click “Insert into post”. The dialog box will disappear, the rest of the screen will turn light, and the image should be visible in the middle of your post.
- (Optional) Edit the image by clicking once on the picture, and then clicking on the left icon.
Note: Smaller image files (under 300kb or so) are optimal for blog posts. Larger files will slow down the site, so please edit your files before uploading if possible. To be optimally sized for Found in Translation, images should be no wider than 470 pixels (though you can edit the size the image appears by editing the image (Step # 7 above).
How do I get the images to look right in my post? The text is wrapping right around the picture.
It’s a bit of a pain, but for the time being you need to click on the “HTML” tab and put this code before the code for your picture: < div class=”captionfull” >, and put the closing tag,< /div >after the code for your image. (remove the spaces after the < and before the >)
How do I embed audio in my post?
If there’s an audio file online, you can link to the file by creating a hyperlink (previous question). You can also insert an audio player that will play directly from your post, like on this post. To do that, write the following where you want your audio player to appear:
[ audio:http://URL_where_your_audio_file_is_stored.mp3 ]
And remove the spaces between the brackets and the words inside the brackets.