Publishing an article that’s formatted properly on the Plastiras website is not difficult, but takes a few steps to get just right.
Step 1. Log in to the WordPress Dashboard of the website here:
Step 2. Go to the Posts listing from the side menu of the WordPress Dashboard. You can choose to create a new post from here, or edit an exiting post from the list.
Step 3. Once you have clicked through to your post, make sure the editing interface is in “Backend Mode” (may take a little while to fully load). If you see the “Backend Mode” button then click it to swap into Backend Mode. If you see the “Classic Mode” button, then you’re already in Backend Mode.
Step 4. Select the “Article template” by clicking on the template button and choosing “Article with Staff Bio”.
Step 5. Paste or type in the title of the article. This will create the visible url for the page, which is then listed this way by search engines.
Step 6. Edit the content of each ‘block’. You can alter the content by first rolling your cursor over the block you wish to change in order to bring up the green editing pop-up selector. Click on the ‘pencil’ tool to begin editing that content block.
* the pop-up appears in the centre of the content block, which may be currently off screen. If this is the case, just scroll down to the block’s centre point and roll your cursor over it again.
Step 7. Once the pop-up editor window is displayed you can edit the content of that block. Pasting Word text into the html editor can sometimes deliver unexpected formatting. It may be better to convert the Word text to simple plain txt before copy and pasting – and then completing the formatting with the html editor tools. Once you have finished editing, close the editor pop-up window by clicking “Save Changes”. (Don’t forget to do this!)
Step 8. The first ‘highlighted’ paragraph is formatted as “H3” text. To do this use the first drop-down menu in the editor tool strip, under the “Add Media” button.
Step 9. It is worth making incremental publishing saves to your page as you continue to edit. This way your work will not be lost if the connection times out, or you get logged out for another reason. Click the “Publish” (or “Update”) button in the top right corner box of the page to make your new post ‘live’ (we will hide it again in a moment).
Step 10. In order to hide the page from general view on the website while we’re first editing it, change the “Status” to ‘scheduled’ by clicking the ‘Edit’ button next to the “Status” and entering a future date/time in the interface. The post will now not display on the website until that future time/date. This is also how we schedule posts to publish automatically on a particular date/time.
Step 11. Once you have finished editing the article’s content you may need to update the Author details at the base of the article. To do this, open the editor window and change (manually is recommended to keep the formatting) the name of the staff member. Then copy/paste in the new staff description underneath. Then click on the photo to ‘edit’ that photo using the ‘pencil’ button (were going to replace it).
Step 12. Click the “Replace” button to find the right staff image in the Media Library.
Step 13. Find the right staff image in the Media Library (you may have to scroll past a number of icon images to get to the staff images). Note that there are two copies of staff images in the library – square ones and portrait ones. We’re using the square ones in the article bios here. Click on the image you want.
Step 14. In the image summary column on the left of the library, scroll down to make sure the display setting for the image are set to Alignment: Left, and Size: Thumbnail. Then click the “Replace” button. Remember to click the “Save Changes” button in the pop-up window, and then click the “Update” button at the top right of the page editor to save all the changes to the published page.
Step 14. Set the post category to “News”. It may not display in the article listings if this is left unset.
Step 15. Each article wants a “Featured Image” which displays at the head of the article itself, but is also used in all the thumbnails of the article around the website. Click on the Set Featured Image link in the right column of the editor.
Step 16. Choose an image you have already loaded in to the Media Library, or you can select “upload Files” button and upload a new image to the library then and there. Once uploaded, click on the Set featured image button. Remember to go to the top of the page and click “Update” to publish your changes to the website.
Step 17. Sit back and enjoy seeing your content publish automatically to the website on the date and time you set in the “Status” field.
Step 18. Should you make an error that you accidentally ‘update’ to the website, you can go back through the article “Revisions” (listed under the “Status”) and re-publish an older version of the article. This is basically your “Undo” button should things go wrong.