NCSITE Officers Embark on Digital Journey of Blogging

…or “How to Post to the Involver blog on NCSite.org”

If you are a current NCSITE officer or aspire to be one in the future, one of the new responsibilities (and we will make sure to add it the Operations Manual next year) for NCSITE leaders is to occasionally post articles to this Involver Blog on ncsite.org.

Before you start to consider resigning your post, know that the process is actually quite easy and it only takes a few simple steps to contribute to the website and keep NCSITE members informed on what is happening in the organization.

Just follow these simple steps below:

  • Go to ncsite.org, click on MEMBER LOGIN, and log into your profile with your username (typically membership number) and password.

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  • After logging in you will see a black WordPress bar at the top of the website. This signifies that you have some contributing role in the NCSITE website.  These roles are broken down into several categories explained here:
    • Administrator – somebody who has access to all the administration features (membership, events, webpage editing, etc.) within the site.
      • NCSITE.org Administrators: President, Vice President, Secretary, Operations Chair, Membership Chair, Executive Associate, website consultants
    • Editor – somebody who can publish and manage posts including the posts of other users.
      • NCSITE.org Editors: TEC Chair, TPC Chair
    • Author – somebody who can publish and manage their own posts.
      • NCSITE.org Authors: SDITE Representatives, Section Directors, SIC Chair, CVC Chair, Users Group chairs, Local Meetings Chair, and Claire Brinkley

 

  • In order to start a new post, mouse over NEW on the WordPress bar and click POST under it when the drop-down appears.  Give the page a second and a user-friendly entry screen for adding a new post will come up. The layout is mostly self-explanatory and similar to a miniaturized word processing program.  You do not need to know code and HTML to author a post.

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  • Simply begin by adding the title.  Try to come up with a headline rather than just a generic title.  For example, rather than “How to Post to the Involver Blog on NCSite.org,” you might come up with something like “NCSITE Officers Embark on Digital Journey of Blogging.”  I know….you will have to fire up those synapses on the right side of your brain, but you can do it.

 

  • Once you have a title, go over to the Categories box on the right side and select one main category and a subcategory below it, if appropriate, that summarizes the theme of your post.
    • For most officers, you will select ARTICLES and EVENT REVIEW because you will be posting about one of your recent meetings or outings.
    • NCSITE NEXT is for articles discussing new initiatives and improvements for the Section.
    • EVENTS is for news on upcoming events.
    • GENERAL NEWS is for… wait for it… SURPRISE, general news items.  Council meeting minutes can go here.
    • JOBS BOARD for job postings.
    • PROJECTS feeds the project slides on the home page.  Stay away!!!

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Confused, yet…maybe this just reminds you of a movie you saw once.

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  • As you work on your post, you may want to format it to make it more aesthetically pleasing and easier to read. That is already built into the editor and format tools are available on the toolbar above the main section of the post.  The most commonly used tools are on the top line.  Hit the symbol that looks like a keyboard to expand the tools to a second line.  Mouse over the rest of the icons to see the formatting functions.One note for headings (drop down on the second line), simply highlight the text you want to make a heading and then select a font preset from the drop down.  Try to stick with Heading 3 or 4.

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  • Note that web and email addresses do not automatically populate in typed text like it does in Word or other processors. To add a link, highlight the text for the link and then click the 1st paperclip item icon on the top line to add a hyperlink.  You will be able to add a web address, email address (remember to use mailto:whoever@TLAengineering.com format here) or a page on the NCSite.org website with the Search box below.Also, try to avoid actually using the email address in the text.  Hyperlink someone’s name or position with their email.

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  • You are also encouraged to add photos to your post. This is a simple task.  Just click in the text where you want to add the photo and click on the ADD MEDIA button above the toolbar.  Here you will see the NCSite.org library of images and documents.  The photo or document you want may be here, but more than likely you will have to add it to the library.If it is not already on your screen, click on the UPLOAD FILES tab and choose the image files to add to the library.  Note the size of your photo before uploading it to the website.  Resize photos to 800 pixels wide for full-page width, and proportionally for ¼-, ½-, and ¾-page width.

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    The image will upload and you can then insert it into the post.  Once the image shows up, you can left-click on it to change the image position and size.

 

  • Finish the post using these tools. While editing your post and when the post is completed, click SAVE DRAFT in the block on the top right.  Afterwards, then click on PREVIEW and a new tab will open with a preview of the post.  Review it for formatting and appearance.  Use the preview tab to go back and edit the post appropriately.When the post is trully completed, click on PUBLISH to post in to the blog.  If you would like for an Editor or Administrator to review the post before publishing, click on SAVE AS DRAFT and let them know the post is ready.

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WELCOME TO BLOGGING!  The NCSITE Secretary thanks you.