SITE-WIDE UPDATE AREAS: These are various areas on the home page, class pages, parent resource page that populate based on assigned CATEGORIES.
Overview on how WordPress works – Easy WordPress Guide
There is some static info (will not change) in the top section about the classes.
All teachers will update their pages by entering POSTS.
Once you are logged in go to the ADD NEW POST area on the left side of the dashboard (backend of site) in the black area toward the top or top of the page where it says +NEW .
CATEGORIES you assign to your posts will tell the post where to appear on the pages. The ones teachers will use will pertain to their classes and are titled by CLASS(Upper, Middle or Lower) ELEM then subject. See these pdf’s for diagrams of the pages with each section labeled with the assigned CATEGORY for that section:
When you enter a new post the old one is replaced. But the past ones can be seen by scrolling or clicking on the category.
HOW TO POST:
1 Login to site.
2 Click ADD NEW POST (from left hand menu on Dashboard)
3 Title it Weekly Work 8/29 etc…., Project for X Dates…. (IGNOR the DIVI Builder, you won’t need it).
4 Select a category (right side of page halfway down or so)- “Lower Elementary”, “Middle Elementary”, or “Upper Elementary” for your page. If you are posting for another class, there are categories pertaining to those too. Categories tell the site where to put the content to be seen on the front end of the site.
5 You can use “Preview” – to see the content before it’s published.
6 Click PUBLISH – when you are satisfied with the post and ready for it to be live. OR you can SCHEDULE it to publish at a certain time.
7 You can also select to save it as a DRAFT and come back to it later.
8 Check your page: always go to your class page and make sure what you have done looks correct.
***there is an autosave that will save any changes after a certain amount of time. But if you close the window without saving your work before the autosave saves, then you could lose work. So always remember to “Publish”, “Save as Draft”, or “Update” before closing the window.
ADDING AN IMAGE:
You can use the media library by clicking “add media” on the top left of the editor while you are posting. It will take you to the media library where you can upload an image or select one we already have. You can resize the image within the post by dragging the corners and you can tell it to justify left or right or center etc…
ADDING A document:
To add a document for download ~
• go to the media library.
• Upload the document there (I recommend using pdfs whenever possible).
• After it uploads, click on the file to see it’s URL. Copy this to paste into your post.
• Go to your post type whatever words you want to make link to the file, then highlight the file and paste the URL into the prompt that comes up.
• Click on the gear on the prompt. The screen that opens will have a checkbox that says “open in new window”. Make sure you check that. Then click “add link”.
BEST PRACTICES WHEN POSTING
- ALWAYS Assign a CATEGORY.
- You must hit UPDATE to make your changes active.
- IMAGES (see below for free image sources and what’s okay to use) horizontal is best when possible. Not too big. (1mb and under).
- Use images with ALTERNATE TEXT filled in.
- Featured image – if you have more than one image in a post, you can assign one as a featured image in order to tell the search function which to use as a thumbnail on index pages if someone searched the site.
- Check “open in new tab” when using LINKS in the post.
- Newest posts always show first.
- Preview changes – if you want to see it before you make it live.
- PROOFING – it’s a good idea to get second and third eyes on posts when possible, so ask someone to proofread for you.
- There is an autosave feature as you are working. If you made a change but didn’t hit “Update” if will save the page every few minutes for you. But it does not publish the changes. You must hit UPDATE to make your changes active.
**** In order to get your parents in the habit of checking the site *****
Email the information to them when you have posted it. Include the specific URL to your class page. (Debbie will have the parents email list for you).
- Do not use images off the internet that are not royalty free unless you are given permission. This would open up Kingfisher for copyright infringement. Take your own images or get them from a royalty free source – I have listed some below.
- This is a good overview of what you can and can’t do specifically for students and teachers and it contains a list of free sources as well (bottom of the post): https://www.theedublogger.com/2012/02/09/the-educators-guide-to-copyright-fair-use-and-creative-commons/
LIST OF IMAGE SOURCES:
Stencil – free icons and images
Getty – Free editorial use within WordPress (Getty will have a credit line however) ~ to access click GETTY IMAGES next to ADD MEDIA from within post at the top of the text editor area. From there you can search for free images.
Depositphotos.com – you can buy a cheap package of 10 or 50 or whatever for $6 per and less.
Take your own to illustrate whatever you are talking about….I can give pointers if you want.
unsplash.com – free great images although not a ton to choose from.
OTHER SOURCES from the article above:
Creative Commons Search http://search.creativecommons.org/ – Search many sites at once *Our Favorite!
http://www.stockvault.net/ – Free images from photographers around the world
http://www.kozzi.com/ – One free photo per day
http://findicons.com/ – Huge resource for avatars or small images
Flickr Advanced Search https://www.flickr.com/search/?q=&l=cc&ct=0&mt=all&adv=1 – Use advanced search filters to show only CC licensed images
http://morguefile.com/ – Free stock photos
https://openclipart.org/ – Public domain clipart
BEST PRACTICES for IMAGES:
- best if horizontal – RATIO 2:1 works best.
- can edit images in media folder (sometimes a little quirky)
- may need to Regenerate Thumbs or Compress individually for changes to take affect
- PLUGIN – Compress JPEG & PNG Images – will optimize images upon upload – 500 images per month
- Use at least 300px x 300px images. Any smaller will be fuzzy on some feeds and pages (depending on where they show)
- Add ALTERNATIVE TEXT – good for SEO