The text widget is a really great tool for customizing your Areavoices blog because it can take HTML code. “Oh, goodie,” you say sarcastically, “I do love HTML.”
But HTML isn’t as complicated as it might initially seem. And, with just a few simple codes, you can get some nifty-looking stuff. For example, here’s a screenshot of an item on my own blog. (Click on the image for a larger view.)
The highlighted section was created with the “text” widget. Here’s how I did it. (Oh, quick note, different themes may allow different widgets so I don’t know that this is possible in all themes, but it works in the default “Twenty Eleven” theme).
First, you click on “Widget” in the “Appearance” menu. Then, drag the box labeled “text” over to the box labeled “main sidebar.” (See below – Click image for a larger view.)
The “About Shane” part is just the text I typed into the text box label. All the rest of it is created by entering text and HTML into the “text” area. Here’s the code for what you’re seeing:
- The picture of me and my family - “<img src=”http://shane.areavoices.com/files/2013/04/fam-little.jpg” alt=”Me and my crew”>”
- The intro paragraph is like this. No coding necessary - “Hi, I’m Shane Mercer. I’m the community content coordinator at The Forum, the daily newspaper in Fargo-Moorhead. Being the CCC sorta makes me the blog guy around here. Here are some facts about me:”
- This is the bullet list: ”<ul>” start the list. “<li>” marks each bullet point; “</ul>” closes the list. So here’s how it looks:
<li>I grew up in Tennessee
<li>I’m married to Amy; we have three kids
<li>I love BBQ (And I don’t mean mean Sloppy Joes)
<li>I play a Taylor guitar
<li>I shoot a Nikon camera
<li>My dad is a missionary to Peru…
- This is the link at the bottom - ”<a href=” means you’re inserting a link. Here’s the syntax for the link”Wanna <a href=”http://shane.areavoices.com/about-shane/”>know more</a>?”
And there’s tons more you can do with it. Links to favorite sites, photos of your cat, clickable thingies that can make that email box pop up!
Okay, so was that helpful or just really, really confusing? Maybe it sounds cool, but you don’t think you could ever pull it off. Don’t worry; we can do it! I’m here to help. Call me!
You can get more blog help here.
Throughout the last couple of years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in both the number of people writing blogs and the traffic these blogs are attracting. People are loving what they’re reading in our blogging community and Forum Communications is happy to be the vehicle to bring this blog content to you.
But with the tremendous growth, sometimes we’re stretched pretty thin trying to keep up. More spammers are trying to gain access to our readers and our spam filters are having to work overtime. The result is sometimes legitimate blogs get marked as spam. If that’s happened to you, just let me know as soon as possible and we’ll get you unmarked.It’s a quick fix.
Also, on occasion some of our bloggers are getting an error message when they try to log in. Again, the result of high traffic. Here’s what Product Development Manager Chris Welle says,
Right now the issue is that during the morning – due to high traffic – the site will become very slow to respond. This will make it incredibly difficult to post new content in the morning. My short term recommendation would be to try and post your stories in the afternoon while we continue to isolate and implement other solutions.
Weird characters in your blog? Send an email to email@example.com with the URL of your blog so we can put you on our list of sites that need to be fixed. Thanks!
Let’s say you’d like to put some really fancy layouts and styles in your posts. The Visual tab is kind of limiting and you don’t know a thing about composing in HTML. That’s precisely what the Paste from Word tool was made for.
Programs like Microsoft Word or other desktop publishing tools have a lot of formatting and design options in them. You can paste those designs to your blog by opening the kitchen sink option and clicking the Paste from Word button.
A window will pop up instructing you to paste your text into it. The easiest way to do this is to go to your completed Word document, hit CTRL + A to select all of your text and then CTRL + C to copy it. Then return to your post in the dasboard and click on the pop up window. Hit CTRL + V and your text will be pasted into the window.
Click the Insert button and your formatting will appear in your post! All you need to do is enter your tags and categories if you use them, then click Publish.
An added bonus of this method of posting is if you save the Word document to your computer you will always have a back-up of your posts if your blog is ever lost or corrupted.
If you would like to see what articles and pages visitors are viewing on your blog you can request the WordPress Stats module be added to your dashboard.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request the stats module. Be sure to include the name and URL of your blog!
After the module is added you may see a login screen in your dashboard. You can ignore this. It will go away after twenty minutes or so. Then you will start seeing graphs and numbers!
You can change what information displays on your dashboard by clicking the Configure link. To get the link to pop up hover your cursor over the area in the upper right corner of the module.
Choose your settings, then click Submit to save.
When you know what your visitors are reading you can start molding your blog in to a site people return to.
If you’re working on a post and you have images to add that aren’t in your media library yet you can upload them right from the Add New/Edit Post page.
Before you add image files to your media library take note of their file size. Due to server constraints and because we want to continue to provide this service for free there is a 500MB limit to your library. For the same reasons we also have a limit of 2MB per file upload. It may be necessary for you to resize your images. There are many ways to do this – Photoshop, GIMP and IrfanView are probably the most popular image editing tools available. Familiarizing yourself with one of these pieces of software will help you conserve storage space.
Once your images have been edited so they are an appropriate size for the web you can add them to your media library.
Step 1. Click the Add an Image icon.
Step 2. Click the button to Select Files.
Step 3. Locate the image or images on your machine and select them to upload.
Step 4. Add or edit the relevant information for your image.
Step 5. Choose the alignment and size that best suits your image and post, then click the button to Insert into Post.
And that’ll do it!
Once the image is posted into your blog you can edit it if something looks amiss.
Step 1. Click the image to get the Edit and Delete buttons.
Step 2. Click the icon on the left to bring up the Edit window. Make any changes you need and click Update.
And that’s how you upload images to your blog while composing posts!
If your stats module was missing or broken at any point in the last month it should be fixed now. We’ve been in contact with the team at WordPress and have repaired any broken connections and granted all the right permissions.
If you are still missing your stats module please let us know so we can get it back up!