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Writing an Article on the Hillcrest Site

Writing an article for the Hillcrest Toastmasters site is easy to do by logging in to the frontend of the web site. Before logging in you will see the public view of the website as shown below:

Resources Menu Before Logging In

Before you log in, the "Resources for Toastmasters" menu only shows a menu option for the list of useful articles.

The Hillcrest Toastmasters web site public resourses list.
The Hillcrest Toastmasters web site public resourses list.

Log In to the Website

To log in to the web, use the login panel at the bottom of the right side of the screen. You should leave the “Secret Key” box blank unless you have previously changed your account profile to use Two Factor Authentication.

The Hillcrest Toastmasters web site public resourses list.
The Hillcrest Toastmasters web site public resourses list.

Resoures Menu After Logging In

After logging in, the Resources list adds options for creating articles and events.

The Hillcrest Toastmasters web site club members resourses list.
The Hillcrest Toastmasters web site club members resourses list

Write a New Article

To write an article select the "New Article" option from the "Resourses for Toastmasters" menu option.

The New Article menu option opens up the dialog for writing articles
The New Article menu option opens up the dialog for writing articles

Use Standard Text for Article Titles

For articles about weekly winners, match the title to the other similar titles.  For weekly winners, use something like "Weekly Winners - January 5, 2018" as the title. The text need not be long; the text shown in the figure or other articles will do. For best Google results, use the full name of the club, the city and the awards.

For new Hillcrest Toastmasters articles on weekly winners, use the title Weekly Winners - date
For new Hillcrest Toastmasters articles on weekly winners, use the title Weekly Winners - date

To Add Photo, Select Image Button at Bottom of Editor Window

To add the photo of the winners, select the "Image" button at the bottom of the editor window.  If you have changed the editor in your profile, the "Image" button may show up in the top toolbar of the editor.

To upload and insert the weekly photo of winners, select the image button
To upload and insert the weekly photo of winners, select the image button

Navigate to the Weekly_Winners/2018 Folder Before Uploading Images

Since there are so many images, it helps to sort them.  Navigate to the Weekly_Winners/2018 (or the current year) folder before you upload images.

Navigate to the Weekly_Winners/2018 folder before uploading the photos.
Navigate to the Weekly_Winners/2018 folder before uploading the photos.

Use the Browse and Upload Buttons to Select Files and Upload Them

To upload images, scroll to the bottom of the window and use the "Browse" button to select the images on your computer. When you have selected your images, use the "Start Upload" button to upload the files.

Before upload images, please resize them to 800 pixels wide, as this works well in website articles, and generates a file that is about 100 kilobytes.  An image straight from your cell phone can be 1-2 megabytes; these take a long time to load in a browser and take up a lot of space on the web server. To resize before uploading, open the image in Paint or another image editor, and export it using an 800 pixel wide resolution.

Use the Browse and Upload Buttons to Select Files and Upload Them
Use the Browse and Upload Buttons to Select Files and Upload Them

Update the Image Description, Caption and Title

Update the image description, caption and title.  You can use the same text for all three or different text if you want to.  The description is used by browsers that can't display the image and by search engine crawlers (Google) to figure out what the web site is all about.  The title and caption are displayed with the image.

Update the Image Description, Caption and Title
Update the Image Description, Caption and Title

Set the Category to “Weekly Winners” to Place Article on Home Page

The web site is set up so that articles in certain categories show up in different places.  Aricles in the "Weekly_Winners", "Club_Contest_Winners", "Home" and "Announcements" categories are automatically placed on the home page with the most recent article at the top.

Set the Category to “Weekly Winners” to Place Article on Home Page
Set the Category to “Weekly Winners” to Place Article on Home Page

Fill in Description for Preferred Google Snippet for Page

Scroll down to the Metadata section and fill in the Description field.  This is used by Google and other search engines to figure out what is on the page.  Google frequently uses this as the snippet that it displays with search results.

Fill in Description for preferred Google Snippet for Page
Fill in Description for preferred Google Snippet for Page

Scroll to Top and Save

When you are done, scroll back to the top and select the "Save" button to save and publish your article.

Scroll to Top and Save
Scroll to Top and Save

Using Categories to Place Articles on Specific Pages

The Hillcrest web site is configured so that articles in specific categories are automatically placed in specific pages:

  • Articles in the Weekly Winners, Club Contest Winners, Home and Announcement categories go on the home page, most recent first.
  • Articles with the Winners tag show up in the list of articles under the Winners menu option
  • Articles in the Officers category go in the list of articles under the Club Officers menu option
  • Articles in the Resources category go in the list of articles under the Resources for Toastmaseters menu option

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