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    Writing Tutorial

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    Some of you may have a blog attached to your Artist Website, others simply a static page of text for artist statements or CVs. This brief article is an introduction into writing, editing, and saving your work on these types of pages.

     

    Basic Opening and Changing Pages

    If you have followed the steps above, you can now start writing. If you wish to edit an existing Post or Page – simply find it by clicking on Posts or Pages in the Dashboard. Click on the Title of the Post or Page you want to edit for it to open.

    Click the main content box (the blank white area underneath all of the formatting buttons, such as B (bold), I (italic), U (underline), etc).

    Type away in this area. The content is up to you!

    When you are finished, click Publish (the prominent button on the right hand side). If you go to your site and refresh your browser window, you should see your new content.

    The formatting buttons are mostly straight forward. If you have used Microsoft Word, Gmail, or Hotmail you should be familiar with most of them. The only thing that you might need to learn how to do is to link words to other pages (yours or other’s website addresses). The same process is used to make images into links (clicking on an image and clicking on the link button can make a link out of an image).

    Changing Font Size, Color, etc.

    There are a number of ways to change text. Each theme has ‘default’ fonts, sizes and colors. In coming software updates, I’ll be incorporating ways to change the defaults across the whole website.

     

    But for now, you can change the size, color or font of any text within your pages (see a different tutorial for changing your large name at the top of your site).

     

    To get more editing functions, simply click this button (with the little squares) on your editor:

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    It will open up some more options. Highlight the text (all of it, if you want), and change the font size, color, font, etc. here.

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    Here is the text larger in your editor:

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    And here is text larger, and pink, on a website.

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    Keep in mind that if your site uses a light text on a black background, but your editor uses a black text on a white background, you might have readability issues. Forcing your text white or very light could make it almost unreadable in your white background editor… so I’d leave color as is, but change size for readability.

    Linking to other Websites

    1. Write the text that you want to make into a link.

    2. Highlight that text – by clicking at the start of the text, holding down your mouse button, and dragging across to the end of the text.

    3. Click on the ‘link‘ button (the top middle button that looks like three links of a chain)

    4. Fill in the appropriate information in the pop up window that opens:

    • Link URL: Copy and paste full web address of the page you want to link to. Don’t forget the http:// at the start, eg. to link to this page you would copy in http://artistwebsite.org/basic-writing-…g-and-blogging/
    • Anchors: You can leave this empty.
    • Target: For internal links (links to other pages on your own website), choose “Open in this Window / Frame” from the dropdown menu. For external links (links to pages on other websites), choose “Open in New Window (_blank)”
    • Title: The title of the link (what it says when people hover their mouse over the link). Eg. “Home”, “Annabel on Etsy”, “My Holiday on Flickr”, etc.
    • Class: Also leave this blank.

    Click Update, and your link should be all set.

    If you wish to remove a link, just highlight the link as above, and click the broken link button, to the right of the link button, instead.

    You can also make images links, just as easily as text. To do it, highlight the image by clicking on it once, then follow the same steps as above.

    Adding Video to Pages

    Whilst you can add video to your site in the same way as images (above), WordPress still has some limitations – in terms of file size, and how it appears on your site. This will change over time, but we still recommend artists upload their videos to a site like Vimeo.com or YouTube.com, and embed them into their site from there.

    One of the advantages of this approach is that these sites form another way for people to find your work – each of these websites have some of the largest audiences on the internet. And your work appearing as ‘related’ to other videos forms good connections with other artists and viewers.

    The best way to show how to embed a YouTube video is for me to – well – embed a YouTube video here, in a WordPress site! There are similar tutorials for Vimeo, and if this becomes out of date, there is always new versions to be found.

    One thing this tutorial stresses is telling you to switch from “Visual” to “HTML” view, when editing your post or page. You will quickly know if you chose the wrong option, as you will see a bunch of code, instead of a shiny new video!

    Adding a New Page

    There are two types of pages: “Pages“, and “Posts“. Most Artist Websites use Pages, not Posts.

    Page is a static (permanent) page, for things like CVs, Artist Statements, and the like. They are added and usually sit there permanently in your menu bar.

    Post, on the other hand, is usually a small or quick blog entry. Once a Post is written, the older ones get pushed down the page, forming a collection of entries, over time.

    If you have a blog, and wish to add a new Post, simply Login to your site with the login and password sent to you, and click on Add New, in the Dashboard (for most people this is on the left hand side, under Posts).

    If you want to create a new Page, the process is the same – only you select Pages > Add New, once you have logged in to your Dashboard.

    To begin, type the title you want in the title field (the long, thin, empty white rectangle under “Add New Post”).

    Other Tips

    • If what you see in the content box looks like gobbledegook, you might accidentally be in ‘HTML’ (not ‘Visual’) mode. To change back to Visual mode, click the Visual tab on the right hand side, above the content box. (Advanced users might want to use the HTML mode to do some tricky things, like embedding YouTube videos. A tutorial on this is coming soon).
    • Double Line Breaks? If you hit enter at the end of a line, your text will go down a paragraph break, which is the WordPress default (as single line breaks are created by the program – due to wide or narrow screens requiring different carriage returns). If you would like to force a single (small) line break, simply hold down shift when you press enter.
    • If there is anything that is still not clear about basic text editing and posting, try googling your question with “in WordPress” in the inquiry. For instance – “How to make images links in wordpress“. One of the reasons we chose WordPress as the CMS (content management system) for Artist Websites was the amount of support tutorials there are – there are really thousands. Many artists have become WordPress experts just through these types of tutorials.

    Other Tips

    Troubleshooting

     

    If your new page is not appearing in your site’s menu, you may have an Advanced Menu system. Advanced menus let you have complete control on how your menus appear, and can include (or exclude) just about anything. This short video will teach you everything you need to know about them (skip to 2:08 if you already have an Advanced Menu started for you).

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    Something unclear or missing? I know lots is! But let me know what you most need, below.

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