Here are some brief notes about administering your web log:
Accessing the Admin pages:
You can access your admin pages by logging in with the supplied username/password combination I originally provided when I set up the blog. If you’ve forgotten your username/password, please contact me for a replacement.
Once you log in, there will be an additional link in the “My Links“ titled “Admin“. Click on this link to access the Admin pages. Under some conditions, there may be a secondary login. Use the same username/password you used to login the first time and check the “Remember Me“ link to avoid this extra login in the future. Once there, you should see a web page with 7 tabs; Posts, Articles, Feedback, Links, Galleries, Stats, and Options.
To get back to your blog’s home page, click on the Blog Title link in the upper right of the admin page.
NOTE: In some cases I have seen a prfectly good login fail to bring up the Admin link. I’m not sure exactly what the problem is, but in one case, stopping and restarting the browser fixed the problem. In another case, I re-booted the computer. Finally, in yet another scenario, I found that clearing cookies from my IE browser fixed the problem (in IE, Tools > Internet Option > Delete Cookies button). This last step will clear cookies from other applications as well, so don’t do this unless you really need to.
Adding new posts is the main activity of a blog. Click on the “New Post“ link to add a new entry. Make sure to add a subject title and the body of the entry. On most browsers, the edit area of the blog entry is called a ‘rich text’ editor. This means you can edit the contents with ‘what you see is what you get’ capabilities. You can change the font, color, etc of your entry.
The rich text editor has a spell checker (you may need to download an additional component to use it). It also has a “Remove Font Formating“ button and a “Word Clean“ button. These buttons allow you to clean up specialized formatting from a source document when you “cut and paste“ into your blog entry.
I recommend that you keep formatting to a minimum as it will sometime conflict with the style of your blog.
Make sure you click on the ‘Post’ button to save your work
Before you start adding blog entries, it would be good to create some categories. Categories can be associated with each post. I recommend setting up a few to start with, and add more as you think of them.
Articles are like posts except they are better suited for longer pieces.
Article Categories create links under a “Story Categories“ link box that provide access to articles in each category. You can only assign one category to each article.
The Links tab allows you to define links of favorites that you want to share with your site visitors.
Link Categories create blocks of links that provide access to links in each category. You can only assign one category to each link.
The Galleries link allows you to set up multiple galleries, each with multiple images. First define an image gallery. Once defined, click on the small down button at the right end of the “Add New Image” bar. Then you can upload images via the browse button to find the local image for upload. When you save the image, the application uploads your image into the server (may be a little slow with large images) and then creates thumbnail images used for previewing the images.
The Options tab allows you to make configuration changes and your password.
The Configuration link allows you to change the Title, Sub Title, Blog “Skin”, and other aspects of your blog.