How to Submit Articles to Tellus 0

Logging into The WordPress Editor

  • Go to www.tellusnewsdigest.com (bookmark the page; you will be coming back frequently.)
  • Go to the bottom of the page, where you will find the login box as shown.
    loginbox
  • Enter the credentials you have been given. (As long as you use the same browser, the browser should remember your credentials.)
  • The WordPress editor will open a small black menu bar at the top of your screen, which will look like this:
  • That’s the only change you will see, so don’t blink and miss it.

Inserting an article in the Tellus Text Editor

  • Click on the “+ NEW” button on the menu bar as shown above and select “POST” from the drop down menu.
  • You should now see the data entry screen, which looks like this:

  • Enter the headline in the box where it now says Enter Title Here and click on the “Save Draft” button in the right sidebar as shown. This is important because it is really hard to find untitled articles that get autosaved before you have inserted the headline.
  • BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO CLICK ON THE “SUBMIT FOR REVIEW” BECAUSE YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO MAKE ANY FURTHER CHANGES TO THAT ARTICLE UNTIL IT IS RELEASED BY AN EDITOR.
  • When you open the “Add New Post” window, the editor should be set to text mode.  If it is not set to text mode, you MUST click on the “Text” button. This switches the data entry form from “visual” mode to “text” mode.
  • Inserting articles into the text mode strips away any buried code that could damage the website. It also removes the hyperlinks from the article. (The text mode button is highlighted below)
  • Now, you are ready to post your article. COPY your ENTIRE ARTICLE and paste it into the the text window.
  • Next, SWITCH from TEXT mode to VISUAL mode.  Hit “SAVE DRAFT” again.
  • Once the article is in visual mode, insert paragraph breaks between the paragraphs.
  • Find the references to source articles quoted in your article.
  • Highlight the name of each source.
  • Then click on the hyperlink button in the menu bar as shown below:
  • This will open up the hyperlink insert dialog box as show below:
  • Insert the complete URL of the source document where it says “Paste URL or type to search.”
  • Next, click on the star symbol, which will open this dialog box.

  • Check to make sure that the correct URL appears in the UPPER box and that the LOWER box has the name of the publication you are citing. If it doesn’t, you can re-enter the text but remember that whatever you type into the bottom box will appear in the text of your article.
  • Finally, check the Open in New Window Box and save the Link by clicking the save button at the bottom of the dialog box.
  • You will have to do this for each link you enter, but the good news is that, while we don’t want to see less than three hyperlinks references, we don’t want more than six links in an article either, unless they are really necessary. Act accordingly.
  • Save your work after each hyperlink you add.
  • Do not insert URLS into the text of your articles. When citing a publication or website, use the formal name of the website, not the worldwide web address.
  • You can only have one link to any given reference in you article. You can refer to the same reference as many times as needed, but only the first instance of the reference can be hyperlinked.

Inserting Subheads into your Articles

  • Subheads are important for a number of reasons. These are especially important for breaking up longer articles.
  • You can add a subhead simply by writing the subhead text, highlighting the text and then selecting the appropriate subhead from the drop down box.
  • With the line of text highlighted, go to the paragraph box in the menu bar: 

  • Use the drop down menu to select the size of the subhead.
  • DO NOT USE HEADING 1 OR HEADING 2. They are too large for our page format.
  • You can also use the menu bar to insert numbered lists, bullet lists.
  • If you click on the last button on the right, you will get another row of control buttons, which should be pretty easy to figure out from here.

Adding images to your articles

    • The first image in an article is referred to as the primary image, and it must be at the top of your article, immediately below the headline.
    • Find an appropriate image that illustrates your article.
    • Do this by typing the name of the person or the subject that you need an image to represent into the search window of your browser.
    • Click on “Images” on the menu bar immediately below the search box.
    • Scroll through the images that result from your search and pick one that suits you and your story.
    • Left click on that image to expand the image to full size. (This only works with full size images.)
    • Next, right click on that image and select “copy image” from the drop down menu.  If the drop-down box does not have a “copy image” choice, then the image you have chosen is not available and you will have to find another image.
    • Once you have found and copied the image you want to use, click over to your open article and put the cursor where you want the image to appear. The first image should always be directly below the headline.
    • Right click with the cursor in that position and select “Paste.” Note that you cannot move an image once it has been pasted into place. If you make a mistake here, you have to delete the image and start over.
    • If this doesn’t work – if no paste choice appears in the drop-down box – you have selected a protected image and you have to try again with a different image.
    • If it works, you can now adjust the size and placement of the image by simply clicking on the image which will bring up the image control panel which looks like this.
  • You can use this panel to relocate the image horizontally. To increase or decrease the size of the image, simply grab the box on the UPPER RIGHT HAND CORNER to increase or decrease the image size. If the box isn’t visible, simply click on the image again.
  • REMEMBER that the primary image must be at the beginning of the article and must be the full width of the text window.
  • Additional images can be placed wherever you want to put them. These images should not be full size.  Click on the placement buttons to allow the text to flow around the article. The first button forces text to flow around the right side of the image. The second button centers the image and does not allow text to flow around the image. The third button forces the text to flow around the image. The last button forces the image to left side of the page but does not allow text to flow around the image.

To submit your article

  • Go to the PUBLISH BOX on the Right Side Bar and click on “Save Draft.”
  • Next,  RIGHT CLICK  on “Preview” and select “Open Link in a new Tab.”
  • This will open up a copy of your article in a new tab to the right of the one you are in, which will remain open.
  • The new tab shows you the article as it will appear when it is published. Review the article in Preview Mode and make note of any changes you want to make.
  • The article will still be open in the tab immediately to the left of the Preview tab. If you need to make changes, please do so and save the draft again.
  • When you are satisfied that your article is ready for publication, click on the blue “Submit for Review” button. 
  • This tells us that your article is ready for review but you have to do one more thing: close the article.
  • Close the article by simply clicking on “All Posts” in the menu bar on the left side of the screen.

CONGRATULATIONS!  You’re done.  We know this sounds like an awful lot of things to remember. Once you have done it two or three times, you will find that it actually quite easy to remember and you will easily complete the steps as described. If not, this article is always here for you to review as needed.