How to Blog

Figure 1 :: The Dashboard

Figure 1 :: The Dashboard

Once you have registered on the site and been made into an Author, you can post a Blog on the website (a Blog can be a report of a ride, tour, social event, etc or a news item).

Go to the Dashboard, hover your mouse cursor over Posts and click on Add New (see Fig 1).

Figure 2 :: Post Editor

Figure 2 :: Post Editor

This will take you to the Editor window (see Fig 2). There is a lot in this window that you can ignore, at this stage, but you need to start by typing in a Title for your blog at the top.

Below this you will find a toolbar for the area where you type in the Content of your blog. Again, most of these buttons can be ignored, but the important ones will be covered later (please resist the tempatation to go overboard with formatting your text – we would prefer that all the pages of the site have a similar appearance, i.e. same background and text colour, same font, same layout, etc).

Figure 3 :: Enter Title and Contents

Figure 3 :: Enter Title and Contents

Type in your content – hopefully, more than shown here (see Fig 3). There is only one more essential task left to do.

Figure 4 :: Choose Category

Figure 4 :: Choose Category

Look further down on the right to find the Categories area (see Fig 4). Select  a category that is relevant to your blog (you can choose more than one, but do so with care).

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Figure 5 :: Preview Changes

Scroll back up to the Publish box at top-right and click the Preview button – you should then see what the post will look like when published (see Fig 5). If you are not happy with the appearance or contents, click the back button on your browser and continue to edit. If you are happy, click the back button and click the Publish button in the Publish box.

Figure 6 :: Status has Changed

Figure 6 :: Status has Changed

You should now see that the status of the post has changed – there is a message at the top and in the Publish box (see Fig 6). By clicking the View post link at the top, you can now view the published post (see Fig 7).

Figure 7 :: View Page

Figure 7 :: View Page

If you need to make further edits to your post, you can do so by clicking the Edit link (with pencil & paper symbol) below the title. Finally, check that your post appears in the appropriate category list – either click on the link in the category menu on the right of the page (if it is a blog) or click on the News link in the menu at the top (if it is a latest news item) to see the listing (see Fig 8).

Figure 8 :: Category Listing

Figure 8 :: Category Listing

A listing of the blog category (in this case Rides) showing the post at the top of the list (since it is the latest).