Posting to the website can feel daunting at first, but don’t worry! It’s actually quite easy once you get the hang of it. In this How-To, I’m going to walk you through all the things you need to do to post your very first article.
1. Create An Account
Before you’re able to post anything, you’ll need to create an account. It’s a simple form you need to fill out in just a few minutes. If you need more detailed instructions, check out our How to Create an Account article.
2. Notify the Sage or Acolytes that you want to Post something
Every person who creates an account has access to only the most basic browsing and commenting features at first. This is for security reasons, but you can easily upgrade your account by notifying either the Sage (Kane) or the Acolytes (Lorcan or Zarka) using the contact form or through other means like Facebook, Text, or Face to Face. An upgraded account will allow you to publish articles, stories, and other contributions you desire.
They will then notify you of when your account has been upgraded or you’ll see a black tool bar appear at the top of your screen when you log in like this one:
3. Add New Post
With your account upgraded, you can now add a post! In the Black Tool Bar, you should see a “New” button that when hovered over, will give you an option to create either a New Post or a New KB Article. But which to use?
- Create a New Post if you want it to show up in the Blog. Posts are great for general announcements, lore stories, or journal entries.
- Create a New KB (Knowledge-Base) Article if you want it to show up in Library. KB Articles are great for instructional information (like this tutorial), documentation, or recorded shire history.
In this tutorial, we’ll be creating a Post. After reading, if you still have any questions on where your amazing content should go, feel free to reach out to the Sage or Acolytes.
4. Write Your Post
After you click on New Post, you’ll be taken to a new screen or Dashboard where you can write out your content. If it’s your first time writing a post, you’ll see several helpful tooltips to familiarize yourself with the program, but feel free to dive right in.
You’ll notice that it doesn’t look like a classic word editor, like Google Docs or Microsoft Word. It’s okay though. It’s actually much simpler than that. In a nutshell, you’ll be creating a series of “Blocks” and stacking them on top of each other to create your final post.
There are blocks for text, images, lists, quotes, headings, etc… All sorts of things you might want to use in your posts. You’ll see the “Plus” button at the top of the page and beside every “block”. You can click on those Plus buttons to select what type of content you want to add next or just click “Enter” and start typing like normal. A text block will be created automatically every time you want to add a paragraph.
On the right side of the dashboard is your menu. There are two tabs: Document and Block. The Document tab controls settings for the whole page, while the Block tab will show you settings for just the block you are currently working on.
5. Filling in the Details
Once you have finished writing, it’s time to fill out a few details to put the finishing touches on your post. Most of these final details will be done in the Document tab on the right side of the page.
Select a Category
If you click on the “Categories” menu item, you’ll be given a list of 4 Categories (Articles, Journal Entries, Lore Stories, and Uncategorized). You’ll want to select which category closely matches the type of Post you’ve written. Remember, articles are very general like announcements. Journal Entries are personal thoughts and notes. Lore Stories are stories that take place in the fictional world of Terrasylvae and showcase our personas.
Create an Excerpt
If you click on the “Excerpt” menu item, you’ll be given a simple text box. This excerpt is what will show up in the Blog, beneath the Post Title, and can be used to describe your post or encourage others to read it. Think if it as a little teaser that would make someone curious or interested to read the full post. If doesn’t have to be long. A sentence or two is perfectly fine, even if it’s just something you copied from your post.
Add a Comment Question
Below the main post, is a section called “Comment Question”. This is the final detail you’ll want to add before submitting your post for review. The Comment Question will appear below your article and can encourage others to comment/ponder and start a discussion about what you’ve written.
6. Submitting Your Post
When you’re satisfied with your awesome post and are ready to submit, the final step is to hit the big “Publish” button at the top right of your screen. Just to be safe, it will double check that are ready and if you are, you can click the “Submit for Review” button. This will then allow an Editor to review your post. If there are any concerns, they will reach out to you with their questions, so you can help answer them.
If they don’t have any questions and everything looks good to go, they will approve your post and it will then be published at the top of the Blog and on the Homepage since it the most recently post published! Woot!
After all that, your amazing story or article is out for others to read and learn from. Thank you for taking the time to contribute your creativity and thoughts to the group and we can’t wait to see what you come up with next!