A simple guide to contributing to the Cuckmere-Ouse Bird Blog

WordPress is a great blogging platform, in part because it’s easy to learn how to use it.

Becoming a contributor

Drop me a line to let me know that you’d like to become a contributor. There’s no obligation attached to this – you can post as often or as little as you like.

I’ll add your details to the list of users for this site, and you’ll be emailed an invite, containing instructions for how to set up a login username and password.

Once you’ve done this, you can start posting.

Visit this address: https://cuckmereousebirdblog.wordpress.com/wp-admin

and enter your login details.

Writing a post

To write a post, follow the instructions at http://codex.wordpress.org/Writing_Posts (there’s a handy video to take you through each step).

You can write a simple text-only post. Just a list of birds if you like. Make sure you specify the date, or state ‘today’ if you’re posting the sightings on the day they were made.

You can add images or video if you want. Click on the little square button (next to ‘Add media’ – as illustrated on the right) to add a picture. In the window that appears, you can choose your image, control the size of the picture and where you want it on the page.

Mess around with the settings and click ‘Preview’ to check how it will look when published.

Once you’re happy, click ‘Publish’. I will then be alerted that there’s a post ready to go up, and get it live asap.

And if you’ve messed anything up that you don’t know how to undo, don’t worry! Just email me and I’ll sort it out.

Being a good web citizen

If you’re republishing images from elsewhere, please check that they are not under copyright and clearly reference the creator. And if you republish information from elsewhere (e.g. sightings published on other websites) please reference and link to the source.

To insert a link, highlight the relevant words in your blog post and click the ‘link’ button in the toolbar just above the text window. Then write or paste in the web address and click ‘OK’.

For lots more advice on using WordPress, visit the official site’s Frequently Asked Questions pages. And if you get really stuck, please email me and I’ll try to help.

Have fun!

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