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March 07, 2014 | About WhatFarmingIs.com
How To Publish Articles Once You're Logged In
Step-by-step instructions on how to publish an article.
March 07, 2014 | About WhatFarmingIs.com
How To Publish Articles Once You're Logged In
Step-by-step instructions on how to publish an article.

Basic Publishing

  1. Write your article first, and mess around with the rest of the tasks afterward.
  2. Choose a title that summarizes your article.
  3. File the article under an appropriate category. 
  4. Upload a cover photo. This has to be landscape orientation, meaning it's wider than it is tall. Choose an image that's relevant to your story, and don't use images from elsewhere on the internet unless you have written permission, or it's a public resource like a land grant university. Take your own photos!
  5. Write a couple sentence summary to entice the audience to click your article. If you get stuck on what to write, pick a couple sentences in the article that you think do the best job of introducing your topic.
  6. Use subtitles (optional): Subtitles help users navigate through longer articles, and it's a way to keep people on track with your story. To add subtitles, highlight the text that you want to change into a subtitle. When the menu appears, click the icon all the way to the left, and select Subtitle.
  7. Add links (optional) to reinforce your story, and to reference any resources you've mentioned. You can also copy and paste links from YouTube and Vimeo to automatically embed videos

Images & Slideshows

Using the menu beneath the text box where you type in the article, you can add images and galleries:

  • Scrolling Gallery: If you have a collection of images to add, this is the best way to do it. They'll be displayed full size, and the reader scrolls through them like a slideshow.
  • Sidebar Gallery: A reader clicks a small image off to the side of the page to open an image gallery. These are intended more for supporting details.
  • Single Image: One image, the same width as a paragraph.

This is an example of a SINGLE IMAGE. That's Dr. Howard Bliss checking manure samples for parasites. His microscope is wired to a TV so each farmer can see what's going on, and judge whether de-worming treatment is necessary.

THIS IS A SCROLLING GALLERY Nate is a retired dairyman. The first time I met him and his wife, Judy, they hosted me for nearly a week, and Nate introduced me to farmers and agribusiness people all around Western New York.
That's Nate and Judy's granddaughter, Cleo. She's teaching grandma how to scribble on self portraits with her smartphone.
Judy never smiles in my photos, so I asked over and over again for Cleo to say, &#qGrandma has poopy in her pants!&#q
An old milking stool that Nate and Judy's daughter, Mitzi, painted.
More dairy decor.
At the base of the clock is one of Nate's favorite photos of himself.
Judy took it during harvest season, when he was still running the farm.
Nate still keeps up to date with the agriculture industry.
He writes for a dairy magazine called The Milkweed, and sometimes jokes that it's the National Enquirer of the dairy industry.

If you're using images, include captions to explain what's going on in the photo, or why it's important to your story. Once you've filled in the worksheet for whatever kind of multimedia you're inserting, add the short code at the top of each worksheet (starts with #s) wherever you want to insert it.

The media will show up in the published version of the article. On your end, you'll only see the #s codes, but when the article is published they will be replaced with the images or quotes that you set up. It is always a pound sign (#), a lowercase s, and a number. For example: #s8

If you've filled out a worksheet, and haven't typed the code into your article , the top of the worksheet will be colored pink, and there will be a warning icon all the way to the left. Once it's typed in someplace in your article, the top of the worksheet will turn blue, and you'll see a star all the way to the left. 

Make sure the code is included before you publish! If you want to delete an entire multimedia item, hit the trash can icon at the top of the worksheet.

Issues & Suggestions

I designed the site myself, and it's really important to me that it's easy for all of you to use. If you run into issues, find that something isn't well-explained, or feel that there is an important feature lacking, please e-mail me at Michael@WhatFarmingIs.com

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