Step by Step Instructions

Open a New Post

  • If you are logged in, simply click on the NEW button in the black menu bar at the top of your page and select POST.
  • If you are not logged in, click on the MEMBERS button on the main menu and select New Post from the drop down menu. (You will be logged in automatically when you do this.)

Insert Your Headline

  • Insert your headline in the box under ADD NEW POST
  • Go to the bottom of the page and click on SAVE DRAFT

Insert Article Text

  • Make sure that the Tellus Text Editor is in Visual Mode.
  • Copy the entire text from your word processor and paste it into the text box.
  • Review your text.  If you have lost your paragraph breaks, replace them manually.  There should be one double-space between paragraphs.
  • Save your work again.

Add formatting

  • If you did not add text formatting (boldface or italic) BEFORE  the transfer, you can add formatting to your text
  • If you are using sub-heads (recommended for articles longer than 800 words,) highlight the sub-head, click on the paragraph drop-box, and select HEADLINE 3.
  • Do not change ink colors. Use only black ink.
  • Save your work

Hyperlinks 

  • We recommend that each article have at least three hyperlinks. Search engines like hyperlinks.
  • Sometimes hyperlinks do not get transferred properly. It is important that you check to make sure that the hyperlinks are in place.
  • If the hyperlinks are missing, go through your draft, find each occurrence where a hyperlink should be, highlight the anchor text and insert the correct URL  for that hyperlink.
  • Here are the steps for creating hyperlinks:
    • Highlight the anchor text. This is usually the name of  a person who is being quoted or the name of the source publication.
    • Click on the hyperlink insertion tool
    • Paste the hyperlink into the text box
    • Click on the Blue Arrow to save the hyperlink

Uploading Images

  • Images must be royalty-free, common domain materials or your own original work product.
  • Images must be present on your hard drive.
  • Position your cursor where you want the image to appear.
  • Upload images by clicking on the ADD MEDIA button at the top of the text box.
  • Click on the SELECT FILE button.
  • Find the image on your directory.
  • Click on the image you want and then click on the OPEN button at the bottom of the form.
  • This stores the image in your private media library.
  • This system works for images and video clips.

Inserting Inline Images

  • To insert an image or a video, position the cursor at the point where you want to insert the image, and click on the ADD MEDIA button.
  • Select any image listed in your media library and the image will appear in your text. If the image or video isn’t in your media library, click on  ADD ME then on UPLOAD FILES and finally click on
  • You can change the size of the image and change its position on the screen using the image controls.

Categories

  • Each article must have one – and only one – category.
  • You cannot publish your article until you have inserted a category.
  • You can choose any of the categories in Group A.  (These are the same categories that appear on the main menu in the GREEN BAR at the top of this page.)
  • All articles appear on the home page in the chronological order in which they were published, most recent first.
  • Each article is also posted to a category page.
  • Categories are used to determine which section of the website the article will appear.
  • Only one category per article. DO NOT ADD ADDITIONAL CATEGORIES.
  • We reserve the right to change categories at our discretion.

Tags

  • Tags are very important. Tags are used to generate the keywords that search engines search for
  • Tags are also used to give credit where credit is due by citing the individuals and organizations you have referenced in your articles.
  • Tags are almost always proper nouns, and include the names of individuals and organizations mentioned in your article.
  • If you mention an individual or an organization in your article, then those individuals and organizations should be listed in the tags. Please limit yourself to eight tags per article.
  • Separate tags with commas.

Setting the Featured Image

  • DO THIS LAST: Adding the Featured Image should be the last thing you do before you publish an article. This prevents you from publishing articles prematurely.
  • Every article must have a featured image. The featured image will appear in the excerpt of your article on the Home Page and the Category pages.
  • The featured image will ALSO appear ABOVE the headline for your article when the article is displayed on the screen.
  • You can use any image in your media library for your featured image. You cannot use a video clip.
  • Simply click on SET FEATURED IMAGE, then click on SELECT FILE and select any image in your media library.
  • You can use your own picture as your featured image.
  • We reserve the right to replace offensive or otherwise inappropriate images.

Publish Your Articles

  • Do a final save on your article by clicking SAVE DRAFT.
  • Then click on PUBLISH.
  • Articles are published immediately after you click on the publish button.
  • It is a good practice to immediately return to the Home Page and review your article.
  • If you need to edit or revise your article, you can do so simply by scrolling to the bottom of the article and clicking on the EDIT button that you will find there.
  • Authors cannot delete articles. If you need to delete an article. contact one of the editors for assistance.

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