More Detailed User Instructions

Opening a New Article in the Tellus Text Editor

  • If you are on the Home Page, you can start a new article simply by clicking the “+ NEW” button on the menu bar as shown above and select “POST” from the drop down menu.
  • You can also start a new article by clicking “New Post” on the drop-down menu under the Members Heading.
  • If you are NOT logged in, the system will automatically log you in and open a fresh article for you if you have stored your credentials in the system.
  • If you have not told your computer to remember your credentials – or you are using a different computer – you will be asked to log in before you can post a new article.
  • You can log into the system manually by going to the bottom of page and logging into this box:
  • You can ALSO log in simply by clicking on the MEMBERS button on the Main Menu and then selecting “Log In” from the Drop Box.

Getting Started: Enter a Working Headline

  • The WordPress editor will open a small black menu bar at the top of your screen, which will look like this:




  • Note that your name should appear in the upper right hand corner of the menu bar. If it doesn’t, contact an editor.
  • Also note that the Featured Image warning will not go away until you have submitted a featured image.
  • It is a good practice to enter a working headline where it says “Enter Title Here.”  Headlines can be changed, but it is difficult to find an article that doesn’t have an headline attached to it.
  • Go to the bottom of the page and click on Save DRAFT in the PUBLISH section, as shown here:
  • DO NOT CLICK ON PUBLISH until you have finished your article. Clicking on Publish immediately publishes the article in “as is ” condition.
  • Note the box to the right. This is where you assign a featured image to the article. More about that below.

Adding a Featured Image

  • Your featured image displays next to the summary of your article on the home page. It is also attached to the listing wherever your article appears.  It appears above the Headline on the article itself.
  • Featured images are very important.
  • You can use any image that is stored on your computer.  Images must be stored  on your local hard drive in order to upload them into our system
  • Your article will not publish until the featured image is set. Therefore, it is a good practice NOT set the featured image until the article has been completed.
  • Click here for more information about Featured Images

Entering Article Text

  • 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.
  • 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 inline images to your articles

    • The first image in an article is referred to as the featured 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 bottom of the 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 “PUBLISH” button.
  • If this button is not highlighted, check to make sure that you have installed a featured image and that you have selected a category for your story.
  • Once the article has been published, it is a good practice to go back to the Home Page to make sure that the article appears correctly. You should also re-read the article as it appears on the website.
  • If you need to make editorial changes, scroll to the bottom of the article and click on the “EDIT” button. (This button is only available to the author of the article or to a senior editor.)
  • Click on the Update button that will replace the Publish button to save your changes.