PLEASE NOTE: some updates have changed many of the instructions and details below. We are leaving these instructions here because we may go back to this method of post creation and post editing, and because many of the steps are still relevant but just in slightly different locations.
STEP ZERO: DISQUS Account
To Post Comments in the Disqus Comments Sections of our stories, you need an account with Disqus. DO NOT USE a Yahoo Mail account for this. If you are trying to create an account but it just doesn’t seem to work, we know Gmail accounts work, and Prontomail or PROTONmail. Do Not Use YAHOO Mail For Your Disqus.
Step 1: WORDPRESS
Log into http://www.wordpress.com – Create a new account if you do not have one
Step 2: WRITE BUTTON
Click on the upper right side of screen where it says WRITE
Step 3: HEADLINE
Add your title where is says ADD TITLE. After your title, you can get creative and create another “sub-title” that is smaller than a main title, but it is more prominent than ordinary text. You may create SUB-Headlines below that, in increasingly smaller sizes. They are still bold and they stand out, but smaller than a headline.
Step 4: PARAGRAPH BLOCKS
Choose a Paragraph block to copy and paste or start writing your story into (you can also change the style if you choose by clicking at top left of the block and to change font). I just keep clicking Enter to make space between the paragraphs but you can also click on the + sign to add a new block instead.
Please don’t copy and paste 100% of the articles you are finding. You should paste enough to give the reader an idea of the full story, but then it should urge the reader to click on your link to the ORIGINAL STORY. And always include the author’s name for their proper credit.
Step 5: IMAGES
Be sure to add at least one photo to your story by creating a new block and selecting the icon box in the upper left that says ADD MEDIA. Then “upload” an image from your computer, or “INSERT” one from any URL or internet address of an image.
This set of choice boxes lets you add types of data boxes, and it is where you can FORMAT your text, create links, select types of data, etc.
Step 6: FEATURED IMAGE
Specify a “featured photo” on the far right by clicking on DOCUMENT – FEATURED IMAGE – SET FEATURED IMAGE and choose a new photo you want to upload, or select one of the images you inserted into the story already. If you do not specify a “Featured Image”, the preview of your story will be just a black box.
SEE BELOW FOR A BETTER VIEW OF HOW STEP 6 IS TO BE DONE
Step 7: HTML LINK TO ORIGINAL STORY
In a new block at the very bottom of your story, create a “LINK” to the original story (if your story was inspired by something on another site). Click in your new block and select the icon box that says ADD EMBED. Paste the address line from that original story. Then select CONVERT TO LINK.
Step 8: READ MORE Option For Long Stories
If you have an exceptionally long story, you may choose to have the story appear shortened, with the option for the reader to click on a READ MORE button to reveal the rest. Start at the location where you want the break between VISIBLE and HIDDEN. Then click above on the READ MORE button. Click ok.
Remember to first select the text that you want originally hidden.
Step 9: IZOOTO NOTIFICATIONS
On the far right column, look for “Izooto Notifications”, and check the box “Send notifications on Post Update”. This step will let our community members receive an alert on their smart phones if they signed up for that service.
Step 10: ADVERTIZING REMINDERS
We include now a reminder at the bottom of all stories to ask our readers to please click on some ads while they’re on our site. We’ve created quite a few formats, and they’re fun. At the very bottom of all content in your story, add a physical LINE to create a break, and then ADD MEDIA and select from the MEDIA LIBRARY. In the SEARCH field on the right, type in “ADVER” …….and wait a few seconds for the images to fill in. All of our “Advertisement” images start with the letters ADVER. So when the images all appear, select one you like and add it. Then CENTER it.
Step 11: POSTING
Click at the top right of screen on PREVIEW to preview your story to see if you like how it is or want to make any changes
Final Step: PUBLISHING
Click at top right of the screen on PUBLISH to post your story
CONGRATULATIONS, you have now posted a story 🙂