F.A.Q.

Registration

 

  • The form for the registration is located under the box “Enter”. The process of registration is simple and requires only the creation of a nickname (username) using English letters only and an active mail address which will be used to send you a password on the completion of the registration. Your username is case sensitive.

 

  • All registered users will have the status of “Subscriber”. This gives the ability to read all records and add comments (only). In order to move to the rank of active blog user and start writing your own blog posts, contact the administrators (Irinushka or Ultra) and they will update your status.

 

  • When you log in to the site for the first time, your first page will be Your Profile page. Here you can change your password to a password which will be more convenient to use in the future.

 

  • Also note that you can use either the Visual or the HTML view to compose your posts. The visual mode lets you see your post as is, while the HTML mode shows you the code and replaces the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor buttons with quicktags.
  • By default the “Use the visual editor when writing” mode will be selected. If you are pasting a text written with Word instead than with a pure txt editor, select the HTML editor before pasting and afterwards apply the styles available here.

 

  • Here you can also change your nickname and the name which will be displayed for public view. Type in any name you wish into the “Nickname” text box and press the “Update profile” button. In the same window but under the “Display name publicly” you will see your new nickname appear in the drop down list. Select it and press on the “Update profile” button again.

Note: You can always visit this section later by clicking on the Profile option.

 

  • The username (registration) name will remain the same whatever name people will see under your comments (this will be the one you selected from the drop down list under the “Display name publicly”).

How to write a post

 

1. After you receive a confirmation from one of the site admins that your status has been changed and you can write your own blog posts now, log in to the web-site and click on the Write tab

2. Start filling in the blanks. As needed, select a category, add tags and make other selections from the options below the Post text box (read further the explanations for each section)

3. When you are ready, click Publish.

 

Publish Status

Shows three states for the post: Published, Pending Review, and Unpublished. A Published status means the post has been published on your blog for all to see. Pending Review means the draft is waiting for review by someone else prior to publication. Unpublished means the post has not been published and remains a draft. If you select a specific publish status and then click the Save button, that status is applied to the post. For example, to save a post in the Pending Review status, select Pending Review from the Publish Status drop-down box, and then click Save.

 

Save

Allows you to save your post as a draft rather than immediately publishing it. To return to your drafts later, click the Manage tab, click the Drafts link that appears below the Manage Posts title, and then click your draft post.

 

Permalink

After you save your post, the Permalink below the title shows the potential URL for the post.

 

Preview this Post

Allows you to see in a new browser window how your post will look before officially publishing it. This option appears as soon as you fill in the Title box

 

Tags

Refers to micro-categories for your blog, similar to including index entries for a page. Posts with similar tags are linked together when a user clicks one of the tags.

 

Categories

The general topic the post can be classified in. It is mandatory to select. It is set up according to the author (e.g. Irinushka’s Blog). Your own category will appear after you post your first message in your blog. So before it appears you need to select “Uncategorized” category.

 

Excerpt

A summary or brief teaser of your posts featured on the front page of your site as well as on the category, archives, and search non-single post pages.

 

Trackbacks

A way to notify other web-sites that that there are links to them in the post.

 

Custom Fields

Offer a way to add information to your site. In conjunction with extra code in your template files or plugins, Custom Fields can modify the way a post is displayed. These are primarily used by plugins, but you can manually edit that information in this section.

 

Comments & Pings

Options to enable interactivity and notification of your posts. This section hosts two check boxes: Allowing Comments and Allowing Pings. If Allowing Comments is unchecked, no one can post comments to this particular post. If Allowing Pings is unchecked, no one can post pingbacks or trackbacks to this particular post.

Note: there is further explanation as to how TrackBack and PingBack works if you follow the link to “trackbacks and pingbacks” which you can find right under the “Allowing Pings” option.

 

Password Protect This Post

Allows you to keep this particular post private so that only those with the password can read it. Be sure and write down the password and keep it in a safe place.

 

 

 

 

 

How to insert an image

 

If the photo is already uploaded on a web site and you have a link to it, then you just press the “Insert/edit image” icon (with a green tree) which is located in the menu bar under the Post option. In the pop up window insert the link to this image and set up other parameters according to how you wish your image to be placed in the post.

 

If you wish to upload to the web-site your own image which you will use for your post, you need to carry out the following steps:

 

1. Above the Post menu bar you will find “Add media” options with four choices. Press on the first icon “Add An Image”

 

2. In the following window under the Choose File tab press on the “Choose files to upload” button.

 

3. Click on the “Browse” button and select the image file on your computer. Then, give the image a title and description if you want, select its positioning (alignment) in your post and size of how it will be displayed in your post.

Note: By default you have File URL selected which will allow the image to be displayed in your post. If you select Post URL it will display a link to the image rather than image itself. After the post with this image is published, you can click on this link and it will open the image in its full size. If you select None then the image will not be a link

 

4. When you’re done, click on the “Insert into Post” button.

 

Note: Thumbnail size is set to 250×150 pixels

 

 

  • Upon insertion of the image into your post you can adjust its size by right-clicking with your mouse on the image and dragging by one of the handle points which will appear around the image after you click on it.

 

  • If you earlier selected the image to be displayed in Thumbnails size then resizing it manually after upload, will affect the quality of the picture.

 

 

 

Also you need to keep in mind the following recommendations regarding images’ upload:

 

1. The width of the text field in the post is 480 pixels. So it is advised to set the width of your photo to 480 pixels or less.

 

2. There are no limits to the file size of the uploaded pictures however it is wise to think about the speed of the image display for other users. It is better if you stick to the maximum image size 500 KB. If you work with Photoshop, please use the Save for Web option and select jpg format for photos and gif format for diagrams or drawn graphics, also choose the “optimize” option to get a good balance between file size and quality.

 

 

 

 

 

Adding comments to other blog writers’ posts

 

You can add your comment to any of the articles/posts unless the author of the post has locked the article/post in which case only the author can add comments.

 

 

 

 

 

That’s briefly about all you need to start your blogging activity within our portal. We hope you enjoy the experience of sharing your thoughts with us.

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