Introduction and Logging In
Welcome to Independent Magazine’s new website! This document will guide you through the basics of using the website: adding and editing articles, advertisements, widgets, and configuring menus. For clarification or additions, please contact Kate Lee at email@example.com
The Wordpress Dashboard is located at https://independent-magazine.org/wp-admin/. If you are not currently logged in, you will be presented with a login screen. Enter your credentials and press “Log In” to be redirected to the Dashboard. If you are on a private computer, you may check the “Remember Me” box to stay logged in for future visits.
You can customize which elements appear on your Dashboard landing page by using the Screen Options drop-down in the upper right portion of the screen.
At the very top of the page is the Wordpress Admin Bar. The Admin Bar appears both in the Dashboard and on the main site whenever you are logged in. It allows you to jump quickly between the site and the Dashboard and allows you to add new items or edit the item you are currently viewing.
On the left hand side of the Dashboard is the main menu. This menu may show more or fewer options depending on your level of access. Menu items have submenus, which appear either when hovering over the menu item or after clicking.
This section will walk you through the nitty gritty of adding and editing magazine articles.
Adding an article
There are several different methods for adding a new article. You may use whichever works best for your workflow.
Admin Bar: To add an article from the Admin Bar, simply click the “+ New” button. You may also hover over the “+ New” button and select “Article” from the drop-down.
Dashboard Menu: To add an article while viewing the dashboard, you may also hover over the “Articles” menu and select “Add New Article” from the fly-out. Or, you may click “Articles” which will show you a list of all the articles that are on the site, and click the “Add New Article” button which appears above that list.
My preferred method is clicking the “+ New” button in the Admin Bar. I like it because it uses the least number of clicks. However, you may find uses for the other methods, and knowing about them may help you with figuring out something else in the Dashboard.
You will be redirected to the Add New Article screen. This screen is a web form, where you fill out different sections of the article. Some fields are required some or not. The bare minimum for posting an article requires a Title, Body, Featured Image, Author, and for the article to be categorized by Type. The remaining fields, while useful and interesting, are not mandatory.
There are two ways to get to a particular article's editing screen.
Way #1: While logged in, browse to the article you wish to edit. The Admin Bar should show an option with an icon of a pencil and the words "Edit Article". Clicking this will bring you to the article's editing screen.
Way #2: While in the Wordpress Dashboard, click "Articles." This will bring you to a list of articles. You can choose between "All," "Published," and "Draft" by clicking the appropriate link at the top. Find the article you wish to edit either by browsing or searching, and click on the article's title to be brought to the editing screen.
The Home Page
The Independent's homepage contains a number of sections that are unique to it. Here's how to use them.
The featured articles are the three articles that appear at the very top of the homepage. Their images are big and their titles are overlaid. To feature an article, you must tag it as 'featured' - do this in the article's editing screen under Themes (tags). Simply type in 'featured' and hit Add, then save the article.
Three articles can be featured at any one time, and they show up in reverse chronological order.
One important note on the featured articles: Be sure to feature different articles than would show up in the Most Recent Articles feed, or else both sections become redundant.
Most Recent Articles
This section is simply a feed of the most recent articles posted to the site. There is at this time no way to alter the feed or keep an article out of it; it simply shows whatever the most recent articles posted are in reverse chronological order.
Three Action Items
Underneath the Most Recent Items is a section that is split up into thirds. Each third has a different message / action item associated with it.
This section is controlled via Widgets. Please see the section of this manual about Widgets to learn about how to use them.
Widgets are little functionalities that can be used in certain areas of the site that have been 'Widgetized.' The Independent's website uses Widgets in three places: 1. In the sidebar 2. On the homepage, below the Most Recent Articles. 3. In the footer.
You can examine the widgets at play via the Dashboard. Widgets are available as a submenu to Appearance. Click Widgets and be brought to the Widgets screen. You will see three options: Sidebar, Footer Widget, and Homepage Widgets.
Sidebar: You may add as many widgets as you like to the Sidebar. The more Widgets you add, the longer the Sidebar will become. Currently, the Sidebar has an Email Subscription Widget and Advertisements.
Homepage: The homepage has room for three widgets. We are currently using widgets that show arbitrary text.
Footer: The footer has room for one widget, and we are currently using the Email subscribe widget.
We are using an advertising plugin called AdRotate. There are many manuals and usage guides available for perusal on their website at http://www.adrotateplugin.com/support/knowledgebase/. I'll go over some of the basics here.
All the ads are kept in the AdRotate menu in the Dashboard.
To add or edit individual Ads, click "Manage Ads." Click "Add New" to add anew ad, or click on the title of an ad you wish to edit.
Click "Manage Groups" to see the different groups of ads. This decides which ads will show up where. You can choose which ads show up at the top of the site, on the sidebar, etc.
The Independent's Author pages allow for a great deal of customization. You may add a picture, a description, a website, and a Twitter.
Author pages are edited under the Articles section in the Dashboard. Hover or click on "Articles" and go to the "Authors" submenu. You can then click on an individual author and customize all the fields. The custom information will appear on the author's page along with an index of all the articles s/he has written.