I posted this when we first moved to the new software, but according to my mother many people are confused about how to do things. I’m moving this back to the top so people can find it again.
Let me know if you need your passwords resent to you. Jim should also have them.
This post is a brief “how to” do some basic tasks in wordpress.
Your first task is to log on. Most pages have a section called “Meta,” and most “Meta” sections have a link called “Login.” Click on this link. It will ask for your login and password (I sent these to your email. Send me a request for one if you don’t have it. After you log in, you will be on a page called the dashboard. Note: If you don’t see a “Login” link on your page, you can get there directly. For example, http://elders.hoferfamily.org/wp-login.php will take you to the parent’s log in screen, and http://elders.hoferfamily.org/wp-admin/ will take you to the dashboard. Obviously, change “elders” to your own page name.
There are several menu items across the top of the dashboard that will get you to anyplace you need to go. Not all of the menu items will work for you. I’ve set most of you up as “editors” on your pages. If you want “admin” privileges, please let me know. Keep in mind that with admin privileges you can screw stuff up, and then Jim or I have to fix it.
Writing a post: Click on “Write” from the menu or “Write a post” from the dashboard. This brings up the “Write post” page. Fill out the title and the text of your post, click on the “Publish” button, and your post is put on your page. You can also do things like assign categories (which you have to create yourself), change the author name, prevent comments, and so on. If you have any questions on this, let me know.
Posting a picture: Below the “Post” box is something called “Upload.” Click on the “Browse” button to bring up a new dialog box. Find your picture and click “Open”. Click on the “Upload” button on the bottom right (next to the “Cancel” button” to send your picture to storage. You’ll now see a couple more tabs to allow you to browse your pictures. Click on the picture your want to post. A small menu will appear. Click on “Using Thumbnail” to switch to “Using Original.” Click in the Post section where you want your picture to appear. Click “Send to Editor” on the pop-up menu. A common problem is for people not to change “Use thumbnail” to “Use original” and you end up with a tiny picture.
Comments are a bit more of a pain in the ass. You have to be registered with each page in order to post comments. It’s not that big a deal, but be aware. Also be aware that your comments won’t show up until the page’s owner approves them for display.