The BAPO website is designed to be a collaborative platform which can be edited without requiring any particular technical knowledge. Content can be written directly to the site, or it can be copied from offline documents such as Microsoft Word or Apple Pages. The BAPO site is based on the WordPress platform which is an open source content management system and uses the Guttenberg . Learn more about WordPress and The Gutenberg editor.
Log into your BAPO Dashboard and if you have permission to edit the site, you will see the Publish tile. Click this tile, then click Create a new post and you will be taken to the site editor. You have to be granted permission to be able to draft or publish content so if you do not see this option, please contact a member of the committee or firstname.lastname@example.org
Create your first post
Add a title and write the content of your post. As you type a menu bar will appear to allow you to format the text as you type. The text will be saved in blocks, each heading and paragraph will be a separate block. You can change the order of your blocks using the up and down arrows.
To add an image, click the plus icon and select Image. This will bring up a menu either upload a new image, or select an existing image from the media library. You can also drag and drop images directly into the body of your article and they will automatically be added to the media library. Also select how you want your image to appear, the best options are usually to the left or right of the text for small images, or in the centre for large images.
Set of multiple images
If you have multiple images to be displayed together, use a gallery. For example if there are three keynote speakers at a particular conference. Upload images by dragging and dropping or clicking upload, or select existing images from the media library. The site will automatically try and arrange them in the best way, which will probably be different for different screen sizes. Usually side by side for large screens and one above another on small screens.
As you type, your text will be formatted as a paragraph. You can change a paragraph to a heading by clicking the Transform icon and selecting heading. Select the appropriate heading level (h1, h2, h3 etc).
To create a link to another page either on the BAPO website or anywhere else on the internet, select the text which you want to make into a link, click the Link icon from the menu bar and enter the URL. You can apply links to lots of things, for example images, text and headers.
Learn more about blocks
There is more information on how blocks work at this address: https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/
Preview your post
You do not need to save your draft, it will be done automatically as long as your browser remains connected. To view your post, click preview, then click Preview in a new tab. Try adjusting the size of your browser window to see how it will look on desktop / tablet / mobile devices.
Publish your post
If you have permission to publish your post, then it will go live as soon as you click Publish. Ensure to preview it first to check the formatting before you do this. If you don’t have permission to publish your post then it will need to be reviewed by an editor before it goes live.
Use columns to place content side by side. Decide if two, three or more columns would be needed depending on what you are displaying, select whether they should be equally sized or if one should be bigger than the others. Create a set of columns by bringing up the Block menu and selecting Columns. Within the columns you can then add other blocks, for example text, images, lists, YouTube videos etc.
Create an excerpt
The first paragraph or so of your article will automatically be used to create an excerpt. This is what will be displayed along with the title on front page of the site or in the App. If you want to reword the Excerpt click the settings icon, then select the Post header, then find the Excerpt text box. Any text which you enter here will form the excerpt to your post. For more info Learn more about writing Excerpts.
Create a custom URL
By default a URL will be created for your post based upon the title of your article, for example bapo.co.uk/how-to-edit-content/. This can be changed if required, for example if you plan to Tweet a direct link to your post. To do this click the settings icon, find the URL Slug text box and change the text to something short which represents the content of your article. For more info Read more about Permalinks.
Change the banner appearance
The title of your post will appear with a banner. By default this is a plain blue area with white text. You can change the colours and even use a background image or gradient. Examples of pages with customised banners are the Fellowships page and the Podcast page. When you apply a custom banner, the same settings are used whenever your article is displayed as a tile, for example on the Resources navigation page. To set a banner image, upload an image to the media library and post the URL in the Banner Image box, the recommended image size is 800x400px and the recommended format is PNG or JPEG. To change the colour of the text or the background enter the desired colour in hexadecimal format, for example #0099FF for light blue and #003366 for dark blue. You can find the ideal colour using a colour picker. To use a gradient, this must be entered in CSS format, you can create the required code using a gradient tool.
An overview of the types of content
Posts are intended to be brief snippets of information which are presented in time order. For example letting readers know that a podcast episode has been published, abstract submission is open, or if a new BAPO publication has been released.
Categories & Tags
Categories are a hierarchical way to organise content. Think of it like a filing system. A post or page about an annual BAPO conference would be given the Conference category, which is a part of the Events category. This allows readers to filter posts and pages according to categories and subcategories.
This is how people navigate around the BAPO site. There ought to be links to each page somewhere in the menu to allow readers to find it.