- Logging in
- Add a new post
- Welcome guide
- Add a title
- Add your byline
- Add a featured image
- Keep saving
- Write your article
- Understanding blocks
- Final checks
Type: www.leedsnow.co.uk/admin in your browser URL bar and log in using the username and password. You’ll find that on MyBeckett.
The first thing you’ll see is the dashboard.
Here you’ll see recently published posts, comments, and site stats – that’s how many people are looking at your stories.
Add a new post
There are a couple of ways to add a new post.
- Hover over the ‘+ New‘ option at the top of the page and choose ‘Post‘.
- Hover over ‘Posts‘ in the left-hand menu and choose ‘Add new‘.
- Use the ‘Quick Draft‘ box on the dashboard – but this isn’t recommended as you will have very limited options.
You may get a pop-up that says ‘Welcome to the block editor’.
This is a mini-tutorial.
You should read it as WordPress gets frequent updates, so the pop-up could introduce new tools not mentioned in this guide.
Or you can take a look at WordPress’ own detailed guide to the block editor.
Add a title
The first thing to do is add a headline.
It doesn’t have to be perfect and you will change it once you’ve finished writing your story.
But you need a headline from the start so you can find your post among everyone else’s.
Add your byline
It’s a good idea to add your byline next, so you don’t forget later on, and so it’s clear who’s editing which posts.
Add your name in the Author box.
This will either be at the bottom of the post, or in the right-hand column.
- Click on the ‘Guest‘ tab.
- Add your full name, e.g. Katie Hall
- Add your Twitter URL, e.g. https://twitter.com/kljhall
- Add a brief bio, e.g. Katie is a Leeds Now journalist
- Add your profile picture – make sure you save the filename as firstname-lastname.jpg, e.g. katie-hall.jpg and save it in the ‘Byline images‘ folder
You’ll need to fill this box in for each new post, but once your profile picture is in the media library you’ll be able to add it without uploading a new one.
It’ll look like this on your published post:
Add a featured image
All posts must have a featured image before they are published.
This should be a high quality photograph that represents your story.
It must be in landscape orientation with a ratio of 4:3, e.g. 1200 pixels by 900 pixels.
Add your featured image using the ‘Featured image‘ section in the right-hand column.
If you can’t see the right-hand column, click the settings cog icon next to ‘Publish’.
- Click ‘Set featured image‘.
- Click on ‘Upload files‘
- Upload your image (cropped to the right size/orientation and saved with a descriptive filename)
- Add ‘Alt text‘ – this should describe what’s in the image for someone who can’t see it.
- Add ‘Credit‘ – this should be the name of the person who took the image, or detailed copyright information such as the Creative Commons licence.
- Add ‘Credit URL‘ – if the image is from social media, Flickr or Unsplash, for example, add a link to the original image
- Click ‘Set featured image‘
Add the relevant categories for your story in the ‘Categories’ section in the right-hand column.
Most stories should be in just one of the main categories, plus ‘Newsdays’.
The excerpt is the summary of your story that appears on the homepage of Leeds Now.
Add it in the right-hand column beneath the Featured image section.
Make sure you save your work regularly.
This is a good time to click ‘Save draft‘.
Write your article
Now write your story.
Your first line should be the strap – 15 words that sell the story.
Make it bold. You can do this by selecting the text and pressing ‘CTRL B’ on your keyboard, or by clicking the B that appears in the pop-up.
The rest of your copy should be written as normal, not in bold.
WordPress lets you add content using different types of blocks.
The default block is Paragraph, which is for general writing. This is what you’ll use to write your copy.
Click the + symbol on a new line to add a different type of block.
The most common ones will appear, but click ‘Browse all’ to see what’s available.
Here you will find all sorts of content types, including:
- Embeds for lots of different media
Hover over a block-type and it’ll give you a brief description so you can see if it’s what you need.
You can also search for the block you need.
Type in ‘Soundcloud’ to embed audio from Soundcloud, for example.
You should preview your work regularly so you can see what it’ll look like when its published.
Click ‘Preview‘ and ‘Preview in a new tab‘.
When your final draft is ready you need to do several checks before publishing.
- Preview it and read it through.
- Sub-edit it – correct any mistakes, rewrite sentences that aren’t clear.
- Add in sub-headings and pullquotes.
- Get someone else to read it – they will spot things you’ve missed.
- Make sure you’ve got a featured image, byline, excerpt, at least one category, and all your images have the right copyright credit.
When your tutor gives you the go-ahead, click ‘Publish‘.