STEP 1: Enter headline and body text
- Click on Add New¬†under the Stories¬†tab on the left navigation bar in the WordPress dashboard.
- Enter the Title for the article.
- Either type or paste the article body¬†in the Post field.
- Click Save.
STEP 2: Select a Category.
NOTES: The Top Stories category is always used for the scrollbox/main story on every design.You may assign a story to multiple categories, but this will cause it to show up in multiple places on your homepage.
- Scroll down to the box with category choices in the right column and select the appropriate category.
STEP 3: Add a Photo.
NOTES:¬† Size your horizontal photos to 750px¬†wide by 500px¬†tall at a resolution of 72 dpi in RGB color mode before uploading them to your site.¬† with the exception of the Top Stories boxes.¬† Always save photos in .jpg format.¬† Your site will display vertical photos fine (except in the Top Stories box), but the formatting of the text around them won’t be as clean.¬† Vertical photos should always be sized to 500px wide.¬† The size of the photos in the Top Stories area will vary based on which style of Top Stories box you have selected; your site will automatically crop photos to fit the Top Stories area if you upload a photo of the wrong dimension.
- Locate and click the first icon (Upload/Insert) to the right of the words Add media¬†just above the field where you enter the body text.
- Click Choose files to Upload.
- A navigation window will open.¬† Find the photo you want to upload.¬† Highlight it.¬† Press Select.
- Click “Use As Featured Image” button.
- Click the small X¬†in the top right corner of the overlay box. You do not need to click Save Changes.
STEP 4: Complete the Custom Fields.
NOTES:¬† Not all of these features will show up on the homepage, but they will show up on a story’s permalink page.¬† While the descriptions for each custom field make its purpose obvious, read below for more information.
- Writer:¬†Be sure to add a writer for each story — this is what will connect the story to a writer’s profile on the staff page.¬† You must spell the writer’s name exactly the same as when you set up the writer’s staff profile.
- Job Title: You can add something like “Staff Writer” or “News Editor” in this box.
- Caption: This will display beneath the photos.
- Photographer: This will add a photo credit line between the photo and the caption — this will also connect the photo to profiles on the staff page.
- Slideshow ID:¬†Before using this, create a gallery of photos with the NextGen gallery.¬† In the box, you simply need to enter the gallery’s ID number, and a slideshow will display on the permalink page.¬† Learn more about adding Slideshows and Galleries.
- Gallery ID:¬†Similar to the slideshow feature, but when you place a gallery ID number here, it will display thumbnail photos which will be enlarged when clicked on.¬† This feature is ideal if you want to display larger, full screen photos with captions.
- Video Embed Code:¬†Use the embed code from any video on any site.
- Video Credit:¬†¬†This will create a credit line just below the video on the permalink page — this will also connect the video to profiles on the staff page.
- Related Stories:¬† Set to “No” to hide the list of related stories on the permalink page for this particular story.
- Audio:¬†Once you’ve uploaded an .mp3 audio clip to your site, you can paste the URL of the uploaded clip here, and it will generate an audio player on the permalink page.¬† NOTE:¬† You can also link to .mp3 files hosted anywhere on the Web; you don’t need to upload them to your site.
- Secondary Embed: This box is used just in case you have two videos or embedded features in a particular story.
- Secondary Embed Credit Line:¬†This is a credit line for the secondary embed code.