How to add an article to Leeds Now

Logging in

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.

Dashboard

The first thing you’ll see is the dashboard.

See stats, comments and recent posts on the Leeds Now 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.

  1. Hover over the ‘+ New‘ option at the top of the page and choose ‘Post‘.
  2. Hover over ‘Posts‘ in the left-hand menu and choose ‘Add new‘.
  3. Use the ‘Quick Draft‘ box on the dashboard – but this isn’t recommended as you will have very limited options.

Welcome guide

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.

The author box is either at the bottom of the post area or in the right-hand column
  1. Click on the ‘Guest‘ tab.
  2. Add your full name, e.g. Katie Hall
  3. Add your Twitter URL, e.g. https://twitter.com/kljhall
  4. Add a brief bio, e.g. Katie is a Leeds Now journalist
  5. 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:

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’.

The featured image option is in the right-hand column. Can’t see the column? Click the cog.
  1. Click ‘Set featured image‘.
  2. Click on ‘Upload files
  3. Upload your image (cropped to the right size/orientation and saved with a descriptive filename)
  4. Add ‘Alt text‘ – this should describe what’s in the image for someone who can’t see it.
  5. Add ‘Credit‘ – this should be the name of the person who took the image, or detailed copyright information such as the Creative Commons licence.
  6. Add ‘Credit URL‘ – if the image is from social media, Flickr or Unsplash, for example, add a link to the original image
  7. Click ‘Set featured image

Categories

Add the relevant categories for your story in the ‘Categories’ section in the right-hand column.

The categories section often takes a few moments to appear – be patient!

Most stories should be in just one of the main categories, plus ‘Newsdays’.

Excerpt

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.

The excerpt should be a summary of your story that entices readers

Keep saving

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.

This pop-up will appear at times, allowing you to make text bold or turn it into a link

The rest of your copy should be written as normal, not in bold.

Understanding blocks

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.

You can bring your story to life using various WordPress blocks

Here you will find all sorts of content types, including:

  • Heading
  • Image
  • Pullquote
  • Map
  • 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.

WordPress will show you an example and description of each block

You can also search for the block you need.

Type in ‘Soundcloud’ to embed audio from Soundcloud, for example.

Preview

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‘.

Final checks

When your final draft is ready you need to do several checks before publishing.

  1. Preview it and read it through.
  2. Sub-edit it – correct any mistakes, rewrite sentences that aren’t clear.
  3. Add in sub-headings and pullquotes.
  4. Get someone else to read it – they will spot things you’ve missed.
  5. 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‘.