Tell the full story in long form

Want to tell the full story?  To get started click on New under the Stories tab on the left navigation bar in the WordPress dashboard.

Enter the headline for the article. In the box to the right of the title, choose your title size for the Story Page, if you would like it to be different from the default option.  If you would like a secondary headline or deck for the story, type it into the appropriate box in the right-hand column.

Either type or paste the main body of the story in the main box on the page.

Every story has three options for its story page: Full-Width, With Sidebar, or Long-Form. Simply, select which you would like. The default for this option can be set on the SNO Design Options page under the options for Story Page and Comments. This story is currently using the Long-Form style.

Scroll down to the box with category choices in the right column and select the appropriate category. The Showcase category is best used for the top area or showcase carousel on the homepage. You may assign a story to multiple categories, but this will cause it to show up in multiple places on your homepage.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and find the set Featured Image box on the right-hand side; click on the set featured image link.

Click on Upload Files in the upper left-hand corner, then click select files or drag and drop the picture you would like to be the featured image for the story. The picture will upload and a set of fields/boxes will appear to the right. Type your caption in the caption box and type the photographer’s name in the photographer box. If there is a staff profile for the photographer, this field is what will enable your site to automatically link this story to that staff profile.

Click the Set featured image button in the lower right-hand corner. You will now see your featured image show up in the featured image box.

Complete the Custom Fields as needed then scroll up and click Publish. The Publish button is in the right column about halfway down. If you return to edit this story, this button will have changed to the Update button. After making any changes to the story or its settings you will need to have click the Update button for them to take affect.

Choose the right image size for online

Size your horizontal photos to 900px wide by 600px tall at a resolution of 72 dpi in RGB color mode before uploading them to your site. Always save photos in .jpg format. Your site will display vertical photos fine (except in the Showcase box), but the formatting of the text around them won’t be as clean. Vertical photos should always be sized to 600px wide. The size of the photos in the Showcase area will vary based on which style of Showcase box you have selected; your site will automatically crop photos to fit the Showcase area, if you upload a photo of the wrong dimension.

Use the recent sports scores widget

Your site includes a scrolling sports score box widget that can be set to display in any of your widget areas.  To adding a sports score, click on New under Sports Score on the left navigation bar in the WordPress dashboard. Enter placeholder text in the title box. This title will not be displayed on the site, but it is necessary to ensure that your score is saved properly in the database. Then Fill out the fields for Date, Score, Opponent’s Score, Opponent, and Sport. If the sport result is a “placement” rather than a score, simply type the placement in the Score box and leave the Opponent’s Score box blank. Click Publish

If you’ve purchased the SNO Sports Center package, you’ll also have these widgets: SNO Sports Schedule Widget and SNO Sports Standings Widget.

Analyze site traffic with Google Analytics

Once you start producing content, you’re going to want to know who’s reading it. Your site is setup with Google Analytics, a robust reporting tool from Google. Each week you’ll receive an e-mail report of your previous week’s site statistics. You can review the report with your staff to learn how viewers are finding and using your new site.

If you would like to be able to log in to your Google Analytics account to get a comprehensive view of your site stats, submit a support request and provide us with a gmail address, and we’ll add you to the account.

Add user accounts for editors, staff members

The WordPress publishing system allows for multiple user accounts and administrative privileges. Your setup already includes a user account for the adviser. You can add as many users as you want to your site giving each one a unique role.

Users who are Administrators have access to all the administration features, including comment moderation, theme options, widgets, galleries, and polls.

Those users who are set up as Editors can publish articles, manage articles as well as manage other people’s articles, etc.

Authors can can publish and manage their own articles.  Contributors, on the other hand, can write and manage their articles but not publish articles. And a Subscriber can read comments/comment/receive news letters, etc.

To add user accounts, click Add New under the Users tab on the left navigation bar in the WordPress dashboard, complete the new user fields, and click the Add User button.

How to add a video to your site

You need to use a third-party video hosting service to store and serve video. These services are built specifically for serving high quality video, and their accounts are free. Start by creating an account and uploading video to a video-hosting site. After you have uploaded your video clip to an online video service, locate and copy the embed code for the service’s video player. Each provider will have code that looks slightly different.  

Next you can add your video as a standalone story. Click on New under the Stories tab on the left navigation bar in the WordPress dashboard. Then enter the Title for the article. If you have a story or short explanation of your video, paste that in the main text-editing window, but do not add your video in this window.

Paste your video embed code in the custom field labeled Video Embed Code below the main text-editing window. If you want to give credit for the video, add a name in the Video Credit Line Custom Field box. If there is a staff profile for this name, this video will automatically be linked to that staff profile.

More information on how to complete this process can be found here:

Avoid double story placement

If you place stories in more than one category, say both Showcase and Sports, the story will display in both of these sections on the homepage.  The recommend way of working with this is to place a story in the Showcase category first, and then once other stories have displaced it as a top story, change the story to be in Sports category.  This way the story will be filed correctly, but it will not display twice.

Also when placing stories in a subcategory, you do not need to also place them in the parent category.