September 15, 2012 at 12:11 pm #17032
This topic is clearly very incomplete and will be extended as time permits.
You can respond to posts with comments anywhere provided you are logged in, but to post an article you need to follow the link in the admin bar (at top of page) or use the button in the sidebar to navigate to the new post page.
This might seem a lot of rules and rubbish if all you want to do is post some pictures of your favourite hiking trail, and that is Ok, but hopefully you understand I am trying to make something work for everybody here – and of course that means rules. Hopefully though it will be painless, if you do please try to read this.
- You must be logged in to post!
- Generally speaking, logged in users will have the contributor status set for them automatically. But if you are a travel blogger, industry provider or are otherwise approved, you might have Author status.
- Contributors will essentially be able to add any material that is in the scope of Adventure Travel in its broadest sense, however contributor posts will be subject to moderation in advance of publication.
- Once approved contributor posts will have their own page, and will appear on the home page, destinations page or activity pages, according to the categories you set for them (right hand column in the editor).
- Experienced bloggers and industry voices will be able to request Author’s status and gain greater control over the published piece without having to await moderation.
- Posts must be in English. I cannot accept other languages because it makes for a moderation nighmare.
- Posts can include whatever pictures, YouTube video’s, and or text you would like to include, so long as they do not use profanity, promote hate crime or pornography, and providing they do not link to off topic websites (vitamins, finance, fashion, dancing babies, dog biscuits, strange habits, head-lice or anything else unrelated to the Adventurebods focus)
- Commercially oriented posts are more than welcome, providing you meet the criteria mentioned above; link to your website, to other blogposts, to YouTube videos, to social-media etc., but see the proviso below.
- Proviso 1: Commercial posts cannot however promote travel or tourism portals, travel or tourism directories, travel or tourism industry forums. The focus of all content and links should be aiming at single operators, traveller or blogger experiences. In exceptional and discretional circumstances, the boundaries of this might be moved – contact me, Andy Seabrook, on the tab at left with your propositions.
- Proviso 2: Peripheral subjects that are acceptable for posts include such things as clothing and equipment, and while posts of this nature are acceptable, it is not deemed in the best interest of our users if it overwhelms the front-page or other main pages. Accordingly, I reserve the right to throttle-back on such posts and inhibit the pace of publication.
- If this all seems a bit too much you could just wax lyrical on Central Plaza!
Editing your first post:
Don’t be put off by the rules, they are there to keep this working for everybody. All you need to really worry about is a title and the content. The rest of this below are guidelines that you will probably want to adhere to as more posts are added.
It’s good practice to write the content outside of the online interface as there is no spell checker for instance – proofing may be much better in Microsoft Word, or OpenOffice.
If you are concerned with the html aspects, there is a tab – at top right of the content box that you can toggle, although again you may want to use an external editor; Notepad++ would be a good choice.
You don’t need to learn any sort of coding to use WordPress as a contributor, just use the visual tab.
Save as a draft – top right of page – regularly. Don’t forget to Publish or set to Pending when you have finished.
- Titles as short as possible or they will look horrible (possibly truncated) on the front page or in other archive pages, as well as search results etc.
- Try and make sure titles have some semblance of the topic in it, abstract may make you look funny or clever but may reduce your footfall.
- The post body should preferably be over 300 words – this will increase the page ranking for your post and get you traffic from across web searches (See the Yaost SEO box below the content box for further guidelines)
- Don’t let the SEO stuff put you off. You will get organic traffic from visitors looking around the site without regard to this (but the more of this that give a thought to SEO the better off we all will be).
- Use the excerpt box particularly if your posts don’t have a strong lead-in, better still reword the post. The content of the excerpt box is used to override the text of the main body for use where a snippet is displayed instead of the full post; On the front page, category pages, destination, activities, perspectives, search results, author’s post lists etc.
- Set the category, it effects the visibility of your post and the pages that it’s snippet will be displayed on.
- Set the destination, activity, perspective as appropriate. Please keep this succinct as it affects the amount of time I have to moderate/edit the contributor posts. Extreme and regular abuse of this function, will simply mean I have to restrict you to a contributor status, or put your posts to the back of the pile if they require moderation.
- You can tag manually but there is an automatic function in case you forget
- Featured image will be automatic if you don’t specifically select one.
- IMPORTANT Lastly you need to save as pending or publish, according to your status. If you forget to do this and you forget – you may likely lose your work.
If you have any other questions please use these forums, and please feel free to help others. I will endeavour to make these guidelines more complete as time passes.
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