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.
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.
Resoures Menu After Logging In
After logging in, the Resources list adds options for creating articles and events.
Write a New Article
To write an article select the "New Article" option from the "Resourses for Toastmasters" menu option.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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