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27th-Jun-2010 09:09 pm
Post Interface

Make sure when you're starting to write your post that you have a title for it (fig. 1).

It is always helpful to write your posts with the Visual tab selected instead of HTML (fig. 2) as it shows you your post in real time as it will appear once published.

Categories are very useful for keeping the subjects of your posts organized. Once you begin adding categories, you can select them for future posts in the Category section (fig. 3). Get into the habit of placing every post under an appropriate Category.

Post Tags (fig. 4) are also useful as they provide a means for users to find different things by an index. Tags are a lot more specific than the more generalized Catergories, so use them in much the same way - but let your tags pinpoint the specifics. When your fans want to find things later on with regard to specific games/players/atheletes/etc., they will be able to find them in the Tags. As with Categories, get into the habit of adding necessary tags to every post.

The Publish module (fig. 5) is your final step before your unpublished drafts go live. You can save your draft to be finished at a later time, preview the current draft to see if it needs any editing before it goes live, and then at last you hit the Publish button to post the entry.

To allow others to link to and repost your blog entries, you may wish to go back as soon as possible after posting the entry to edit it. Switch to the HTML tab (fig. 2) and add a social bookmark link. I recommend using Get Social Live. To make it work you'll need the post title and permalink (URL) from the posted entry. Here's another great site you can copy and repost the code from - use any choices from this list as well at the foot of your post, the more the better. Try to get into the habit of doing this each time you post and offer as many options as possible for the benefit of your users, it really helps gain visibility for your posts!

Creating Links

When you want to turn your text into a link, highlight only the text you wish to make linkable. Once highlighted, you'll see the Insert/edit link option (circled here in red) become available. Click the button and the options dialog will pop up (see next image below).

Link Options

Enter the link URL and title in the appropriate fields. For Target, I always select the option that forces links to be opened into a new window so that the user never has to navigate completely away from the page you have them on or go back to find it. It is always a good rule of thumb to make your link text appear in bold so that it is much easier to keep links separate from regular text. Older users and those with por eyesight appreciate this.

Inserting/Editing Images

Directly above the posting option buttons (bold, italics, etc.) you'll find the buttons to inserting different media files such as images, videos, audio, etc. Once you've uploaded your images, they will need to be edited if they are part of a written story so that the text wraps itself around the image. To do this, click directly on the image - it will turn blue and an image edit button (fig. 1) will appear in the upper left corner. Click that and you'll bring up the Image Edit options dialog box. This can only be done when you are in Visual mode, so make sure the Visual tab is selected (fig. 2).

Fine Tuning Image Edits

In the Image Edit tab of the dialog box (circled here in red), your first options are to Size the image as it will appear within your post and choose the Alignment the image will be placed in (fig. 1). I personally think the best choices are left or right so that your text can flow in a more professional looking way around the image. A good rule of thumb in deciding whether or not to place an image left or right is to see the placement of the image in the previous post and choose the opposite alignment for the current one.

The Image Title option allows you to add text that will only appear when the user hovers over the image, and the Image Caption allows you to enter text directly beneath the image, which is useful for identifying any people in the image itself (fig. 2).

If you wish for your image to be a link to another page or website, enter the URL you wish to redirect to in the Link URL field (fig. 3).

Advanced Image Editing

Clicking the Advanced Settings tab (circled here in red) gives you more options for the look of the image in your post. The default setting is to leave a white border around all of your images - if you do not wish to have a border, enter "border: 0;" (minus quotations) into the Styles field (as shown in fig. 1).

The Target field (fig. 2) when checked will open the link in a new window while keeping the current window open. I always use this option.
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