How to write a blog post

As part of the NBB 401 class, you will be required to write blog posts and photo posts about the places you visit while in Paris.  See the instructions below for tips on how to upload text and images into your post.

WYSIWYG Editor – You can either write the text of your post in a word document and then copy and paste that text into the “Visual” tab on the blog, or you can type the text of your post directly into the “Visual” or “Text” tabs.  Add content easily to your post via the WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) editor (“Visual” tab). This editor functions like a standard word processor and gives you the ability to easily produce a formatted document without having to know HTML. In order to make more advanced changes not supported by the Visual editor, you may view the raw code by clicking on the “HTML” tab (“Text tab) to the top right of your post.

Uploading / Inserting Images – Add images to your post / page by clicking the icon to the right of the “Upload/Insert” heading to the top left of your post content. You will be given the option of dragging and dropping files from your computer or selecting them manually. Once media items are uploaded, you can edit their properties by selecting the “Gallery” link on the top of the “Add Media” dialogue. Click “Show” for the item(s) that you want to edit.

*Title – You can add a brief descriptive title for your image. This will help your image (and your story) to be found by search engines.
*Alternative Text – This is the text that will seen if the image cannot be displayed (i.e. if the reader has a slow connection or is using a screen reader).
*Caption – If left blank, then only the image will be displayed. If caption text is added, this will automatically by included as a caption underneath the image in the post / page.  Captions are required for the photos you upload for both your blog posts and your photo posts.
*Link URL – By default, WordPress will insert a link to the physical location of the image on the server, so that users who click the image on your page will be redirected to the full image. If you would like this to direct the reader elsewhere (i.e. to another page), then you can type the alternative URL here. If, on the other hand, you do not wish your image to be a link, simply delete the URL text or click the “None” button.
*Alignment – Determines the location of the image relative to the text on your page.
*Size – WordPress will recommend alternative image sizes depending on size of your original image. WordPress processes image by producing three versions of your image, or different sizes, in addition to uploading the original. Oftentimes people will upload very large image files that take a long time to display, especially on slower connections. The benefit of making use of these built-in size options rather than simply resizing your original image using HTML is that these refer to smaller files that load more quickly.

To insert the uploaded image into your post, click the “Insert into Post” button. Images will automatically be added wherever you have placed your cursor within the post/page content.