FAQs

Here we hope to answer all the questions you may have.  If you are stuck, and the answer isn’t here, you can contact us below.

How to log in

The login page and other useful pages are all under ‘Post’ on the top menu.

If you haven’t already registered, click on the Register page instead.  To register you need to give your email address and a username.  You will then receive an email.  Click on the link to confirm.

You are then asked to set a password.  DO NOT USE THE SAME PASSWORD AS YOU USE FOR SOMETHING ELSE.  If you use the suggested one, make a note of it.

How to write a post with images

This website is open to you writing a post.  First you need to Login.

Under the Post + Edit menu, click on Create a Post. A form page will open.  Give your post a title, type in some text.

Click on Save Draft now and regularly (button at the bottom of the page).  You can save it as a draft, continue writing, or come back later. Click Submit when it’s ready.  A moderator will look at it before it goes public.

Adding images: If you have just one image, you can ignore the ‘Add Media’ button, and just add it as a Thumbnail. – Click on the + sign in the Thumbnail row below your text. This will give you an image in all the sizes you need.

For the image dimensions, the ratio used for the top image on your post page site is 2×1, so if your image is close to that ratio, it won’t get cropped. If you want a different size on your post, or want several images, use Add Media.

To add video – see the separate FAQ.  It’s even more simple than adding images.

Categories: Choose one. Otherwise the moderator will choose one for you.

Tags: These help people find your post. Add some key words that someone who would be interested in your post might use to search. Key words can be 1, 2 or 3 words long.  Separate them with a comma and end with a comma.

Tip:  After clicking Save Draft, you can right-click Edit my Posts to open it in a new browser tab.  Find this post, and click on the first symbol to view what it looks like.  Then back in your first tab, you can continue editing.  Then in your second tab, you can refresh to see what it now looks like.

How to embed a video in your post

This is a hundred times easier than you might think.

First your video needs to be on YouTube or Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/).  Both have free accounts.  Registering with Vimeo is simple and quick.

(We recommend Vimeo because once uploaded, you can choose whether your full name is visible or not, whether the video is visible on Vimeo too, and which website domains it can be embedded in.  So you have full control.

When your video is uploaded, copy the url for the video page (e.g. http://vimeo.com/70410xxx).

Then on a new line, somewhere on your post, simply paste this url between the words embed and /embed in square brackets, like this:

[ embed ] xxx [ /embed ]

Note:  there should be no spaces between the words ’embed’, the square brackets and your url. (I have included spaces just to stop it trying to embed a video here!)

You can position the video anywhere on your post, on a new line. It will appear as a screen to fit the space, with the same margins as your text.

That’s it!  Click Save Draft.  Click Submit when you’re done.

Tip:  After clicking Save Draft, you can right click Edit my Posts to open it in a new browser tab.  Find this post, and click on the first symbol to view what it looks like.  Then back in your first tab, you can continue editing.  In your second tab, you can refresh to see what it now looks like.

How to change or edit a post you have written

First you need to Login, with the same username as when you created the post.

Under Post+Edit on the top menu, click on Edit my Posts list, and click on the pencil symbol beside the post you want to edit.

As before, you should regularly click Save Draft.  When you’re done, click Submit.  It will not go public until it has been viewed by a moderator.

Tip:  The symbol before the pencil enables you to view the post as it will look on the website.  So you can right click on that first symbol to view your post in a new browser tab.  Then back in your first tab, you can continue editing.  Then in your second tab, you can refresh the page to see what it now looks like.

How to change your visible name

If your full-name appears against your post, and you only want your first name or a short name or nickname, then Login, and go to Edit my profile on the Post+Edit menu that appears when you are logged in.

Look for Display name publicly as. Click on the arrows on the right hand side enables you to choose between the options. Choose, then click the Update button at the bottom of the form.

Tip: If you want to use a different short name or nickname, then in the row above, first type in a Short name that you want to use. Click Update to save this name, and then choose it from ‘Display name publicly as’.

A change will affect your past posts, as well as future ones.

How to comment on a post

You need to Login to comment.  At the base of a post is a box for comments.

You can also rate posts using the 1-5 stars.  Rating a post is a way to keep it visible on the home page and category pages, even when it’s no longer the most recent.

Contact us if you have a suggestion, or a question that is not answered above.

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