The Erotic Art News Network uses WordPress as its control panel. WordPress is a powerful blogging tool and there is plenty of information online about how it can be used if you are not familiar with it, though here is a quick guide to get you started!
Setting Up Your Blog
Once your blog has been activated by the network administrator you will receive an email with your username and password.
A fresh blog will have one example post, a contact form, and one example page.
The first post called “Hello World” can be deleted and replaced with your first blog post.
To create a new blog post click “Add New”. This will take you the form to add a new post like the one below.
Using the form, enter the title of your post, then add the content of your post through the larger box below it.
To add images to your post, click on the first square box next to “Upload/Insert”.
This will bring up a box like the one below. To upload an image click “Select Files” and browse your computer for the image you would like to upload. You can select more than one image in the same folder at the same time by holding down the shift key while clicking on the files.
Once the images have been uploaded a new box will appear like the one below.
You can select the alignment you would like to have the image inserted as and also what size you would like it to appear.
You can ignore all these options if they are not important to you.
When you are ready, click “Insert into Post” and you will be taken back to the post form where you can continue editing your post.
The first image in your post will be used as a thumbnail.
When you are writing a new post, on the right hand side there is a box called “Categories”. Tick the box for the category you would like your post to be in. You can select more than one category, though please do not abuse this feature by adding your post to all categories.
There are five default categories on the network you can add your posts to.
- News – For general news and updates.
- Events – Doing an exhibition or holding an event? Keep the world updated through this section.
- Gallery – You’ve got a new paintings? Excellent! Show off your work through the Gallery section.
- Headlines – This section is for extra special news that your would like to highlight. More information on this section is below.
- Erotic Art – For anything that doesn’t fit in the other categories
You can create new categories if you like, though we recommend sticking to these 5 general categories so your posts can be appropriately indexed by the network.
Headlines is a special category you can use to highlight posts. If you include a post in the Headlines category it will appear at the top of the page in the Headlines box shown below.
If you would like to see how your post will look before you publish it, click “Preview” and this will open a new window show how your post will look. To continue editing, just close this window.
When you are done editing your new post click “Publish” and your post will be live! If you would like to save your post, but don’t want it to go live yet, click “Save Draft” and your post will be saved for editing later, but won’t be visible to visitors on your blog.
Your blogs header can only be changed by the network administrator. If you would like to use your own banner at the top of your blog please send your banner in jpg format to the administrator via email.
Maximum banner size is 930px x 200px.
The network administrator can also add your own Google Analytics to your blog so you can keep track of the visitors to your site. Just email the network administrator with your Google Analytics ID and it will be added to your account!
RSS is what is used by blog visitors to follow your blog through their own RSS reader. As soon as you make a new post, it will be added to your site’s RSS feeds so that your followers will know. to view your RSS feed, just add /feed/ to the end of the url of your sites pages. For example, the main RSS feed for the Erotic Art News Network is http://www.eroticartnews.com/feed/ .
If you are familiar with RSS and would like to use Feedburner for your RSS feeds, please contact the network administrator and they will change your site’s feed for the Feedburner feed.