Hey there! Since a lot of the contributors are new to WordPress, I thought I'd run through some of the posting features on our site and help everyone out a bit. I know the screen seems a bit intimidating at first, but it's not too bad once you get used to it~ Click to enlarge any of the screenshots.
Click it. Make sure you click "Upload Files", then you can upload your image by dragging and dropping the file or clicking on the "Select Files" button.
After uploading your image, scroll down to the "Theia Smart Thumbnails Crop" section.
Here you can see the original image that you have uploaded and 3 thumbnail previews of different sizes (square, portrait and landscape). The size of your final thumbnails may vary depending on your theme. You can click anywhere on your image to select the point of interest. This is the area that will be included in the thumbnails. By default, it is located in the center of the image. If you want to focus the thumbnail on a certain character, for example, all you have to do is click around the character you wish to focus on in the image until the thumbnails look correctly aligned to you. This is so that even if you use a larger picture for your featured image, when the picture is resized to go on the front page of the website, you don't end up with wonky thumbnails where someone's head is half cut-off.
Once you are satisfied with your thumbnail (for our website, the landscape thumbnail is about how your thumbnail will look on-site) click the "Set featured image" button and you're set.
NOTE: The larger the image, the better. By default, the format of each post is set to "image", meaning that when you full-view the post, the featured image will appear again at the top. However, if your image is smaller than 720x450, this will make that image look really stretched out. In that case, you should change the post format to Standard and then insert your featured image at the top of your post via the Add Media button, instead, that way it doesn't look stretched out.
Except, of course, your name and icon will be there instead of mine. Then all you have to do is type in your friend's name (you can also add someone by putting in their email address) and as long as they have Contributor status or above, you can add them as a co-author. You can add as many co-authors as you wish to collaborate with your post, but only one person can edit the post at a time, so you'll have to take turns.
The first is the kitchen sink button. Once you click that once, the sink should stay open every time you return to the page, but this opens up a lot of different options that might be useful. You can use the indents, for example, to make a nice list like this:
- ooh I'm indented
- ooh I'm indented again
- ooh I'm indented
If you ever get lost, that little help button on the end should also clear up a few of the features.
The second button, the one that looks like a mask, is the shortcodes button. With it, you can put in the nice post dividers, create toggles to hide spoilers (since someone has to click the toggle to reveal the text), create dropcaps, pull quotes, different list styles, and more! The best way to figure out what one of those does is to just try it and preview your post to see what it looks like. You can make a post look quite nice if you add some of those shortcodes in and experiment with different image placements.
- Click the Add Media button.
- Upload your images.
- Since you uploaded the image(s) on this page, they will now be attached to it. Our themes uses these attached images and displays them.
- When you’ve uploaded your images, you can now manage your attached images by selecting this option:
- To re-order images, simply drag them around in the media popup. To remove them, simply delete them.
- Captions will appear below the images. To test this out, preview your post and see what it looks like.
- Make sure that you change the post format from Image to Gallery.
- You never need to click the “Insert Image” / “Insert Gallery” button unless you want to add a default-type WordPress image or gallery in the page content section. In all other cases, our themes grabs the attachments automatically.
- If you want to add an image in the content of the page, but it shows up in the slider as well, do the following:
- Go to Media > Add New in the WordPress sidebar.
- Upload the image you don’t want to show up in the gallery/slider.
- Copy the direct link to this image.
- Insert it on the page via the HTML-tab of the editor by using the image src tag.
Most of the other options on the sidebar and below this box on the page are superfluous. You shouldn't really touch them unless you have a reason to. But if you keep the above in mind and remember to tag your post and put it into the proper categories, you'll be making plenty of nice OJ posts! Best of luck to you all and we look forward to seeing more posts from you. :3