Blog Instructions

A blog is used to share current thoughts about a Virtue of the week. It is usually time-based and new blogs are added to the top of the blog list. To help find related blogs, each blog is tagged with appropriate categories. This will become easier to understand as we go through the process of adding a new blog.

Create a New Blog

Login

Login to your account. The Login URL, Username, and Password is provided by your webmaster. You will be logged into your Dashboard.

Posting

On the top navigation bar is “+ New“. Hover the mouse over “+ New“. A drop down menu will appear. Left click on the top item, “Post“.

Titling Blog

You will be taken to a new blog page. Near the top is “Add New Post“. The next line is a box with the words “Enter title here“. Left click in the box. Type in your title for the blog. Then left click on the big open space below. This will cause a Permalink to be generated under the title box. This is the URL for the blog you are about to enter.

Date of Blog

If today is a meaningful date for this blog, you can skip this step.

To modify the date of the blog, locate the “Publish” section on the right navigation bar. Left click “Edit” at the end of the line of “Publish Immediately Edit“. This will display a date and time form. Change the information to your preferred date and left click on “OK“. It will now display something similar to “Publish on: (date) @ (time) Edit“.

Assigning Categories

On the right navigation bar, locate “Categories” section. There is a list of categories which are already in the system. Use the side bar to scroll  up and down the categories. If you see a category which fits your blog, you can left click on the box in front of the category to make a check mark. You can left click on as many categories that apply. If you need a new category, there is a “+ Add New Category” at the bottom of the list. Left click on “+ Add New Category“. A box will appear underneath. Left click in the box. Enter the new category. Left click on the button “Add New Category“. Your new category will now appear at the top of the list with a check mark already entered. Normally a category is one of the virtues.

Publishing

At anytime, you can publish the blog. Left click on the “Publish” or “Update” button in the right navigation bar.

Typing Your Blog

Icons

There are several lines of icons at the top of the content window. This is a subset of html functions and other options to custom format your blog. Mouse over the icons to see their descriptions. The special icons vfvirtue, vfdictstart, vfdictitem, and vfdictend will be described in the Virtue Instructions.

Visual Mode

On the right hand side above the icons are two modes of operation, “Visual” and “Text“. You will be using the “Visual” mode most of the time. Left click on “Visual“. The “Text” mode is raw html code for more experienced users.

Adding Text

Type or copy/paste your blog. Use icons to format the blog.

Quotes

For a quoted text in your blog, use the vfquote (vfquote: Quote) icon. Position your cursor at the location you want a quoted text. Left click on vfquote (vfquote: Quote) icon. A vfquote window will appear. Enter the Quote in the Quote box and the Author in the Author box. Left click on the “Insert” button. A short-code will appear in your blog with your quote and author properly formatted. Do not use double quotes inside your quote. It will not work. If you need double quotes, use two single quotes in a row.

Poems/Byline

If you have a short poem and desire a byline on the right side, use the vfauthor (vfauthor: Author) icon. Position your cursor at the desired byline location. Left click on vfauthor (vfauthor:Author) icon. A vfauthor window will appear. Enter the Author in the Author box. Left click on the “Insert” button. A short-code will appear in your blog with your author formatted to be right justified.

Media

The “Add Media” button can be used to add media to your blog.

Special Features

The square bracket pair (insert short-code) icon can be used to add special features to your blog. NOTE: Do not use square brackets in your blog. They are reserved for short-codes.

Publish

At anytime, you can publish the blog. Left click on the “Publish” or “Update” button in the right navigation bar.

View/Edit Post

Left click on the “View Post” in the top navigation to view your work. To return to the editor, left click on the “Edit Post” in the top navigation.

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