Blog Use

How to add a post

You can post to this site if you are an Author and have an account with the lab. Generally you would want to go to the dashboard and select the menu item Posts, and Add new to write a new entry. The blog post will have a title, and the content which you can edit in the text box below the title. You can save drafts, and you can make the visibility of the post public or private using the Publish window on the right of screen. You can preview how your post would look, and you can update and revise your own post as you go.

When you publish a post, it can be identified by categories and by tags – use existing labels, or create new ones. The categories and tags allow for indexing of posts which are also indexed chronologically and archived periodically. A post can have multiple categories and tags, and so we can create whatever ones are likely to be searched by. When you select a category for your post from a list, your post will be shown under whichever categories you select. You can also tag your posts with keywords that you make up at the time. As we progress, we will generate a Tag Cloud of the most written-about topics.

Press it

Under Tools is a very useful browser tool that allows you to post about a webpage you are currently reading. It will generate a link to the page, and a space for you to write something about the page/content. I used to use this a lot as my way of annotating my web-readings.

How to add a page

A page is different from a post in that it is static and doesn’t get archived or categorised. Pages (like this one) allow for the creation of a static website for the sort of material that doesn’t change over time, like the “About” page, the “Purpose” page, and this page of how to edit things. Generally you will be adding posts, not pages. However we might want a page that links to useful forms or stuff like that.

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