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SETTING UP THE

WORDPRESS THEME

The Community Journalism Wordpress theme was specifically designed to help people share news with their communities. The theme is easily customisable even with little technical knowledge, and contains features such as a scrolling headline area, built-in news categories, social links and advertising space. It is also a fully responsive design so it looks great on laptops, tablets and mobile phone screens.


This guide starts from the basis that you already have Wordpress installed onto your hosting and that you can access your Wordpress settings area. If you’re just starting out and haven’t got this far, we recommend going to the main Wordpress site where they have comprehensive guides on how to do this: http://wordpress.org If you want to install a Welsh language version of Wordpress, then you can download a special Wordpress package from: http://cy.wordpress.org Once you have Wordpress installed, you can then progress to loading the Community Journalism Theme and customising it to suit your needs. If you would like more details on using Wordpress in general then the main Wordpress website is a great place to start.

Installing the Wordpress theme Firstly, download the theme file (community-journalism.zip) from the Centre for Community Journalism website and save it to your computer. When you download the file, IT'S IMPORTANT you click the right hand button on your mouse to download, as you need to keep the content in the .zip file. Double clicking on the file will result in the file being opened - it cannot be installed in this format. It must be saved as a .zip file. Next, get to your Wordpress settings by typing the web address directly into your browser’s address bar – this is normally your website name followed by /wp-admin e.g. www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin.

Put your username and password in the boxes and click the Log In button


Installing the Wordpress theme

In the Menu on the left hand side click on: Dashboard > Appearance > Themes

Click: Add New


Installing the Wordpress theme

Click: Upload theme

Click: Choose File

Find the file: community足journalism.zip and click choose


Installing the Wordpress theme

Click: Install Now

Click: Activate

This theme needs plugins to work. A note will appear at the top of the screen prompting you to download the relevant plugins. Click: Begin installing plugins


Installing the Wordpress theme

Select the option: Install

Click to put a tick in the box: Plugin


Installing the Wordpress theme

Click on the button: Apply

Click: Return to required plugins installer


Installing the Wordpress theme

Select the option: Activate

Click to put a tick in the box: Plugin


Installing the Wordpress theme

Click: Apply

On the top left of the screen click on your website name to see the theme activated on your website.


Installing the Wordpress theme

Cliciwch: Add Image i ychwanegu eich logo

This is how the website looks with the theme installed, without being personalised. You'll see the name you've given your website and a list of categories already on the screen. The next steps are to personalise the website to suit you using these categories: Create Categories and Personalising the Theme. You can either choose your categories or add your personal details next. We will show you now how to change the categories, but you can leave this step until you have added your personal details. The order is up to you.

Click on your website name at the top left of the page to return to the dashboard


Changing the Categories

Click: Posts then click: Categories

Type the name of your category, eg; News then click the button: Add New Category Repeat this process for every category 足 eg; Sport, Entertainment, Business, etc


Changing the Categories

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You now need to arrange the Categories in the Menu. This step is essential for your categories to appear on the website. On the left of the screen 1) click Appearance 2) click Menus


Changing the Categories

Click: Categories

Click: View All


Changing the Categories

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Click to add a tick in the box next to each category you want to appear in the main menu on the website. E.g: I've just created the categories: Business, Entertainment, News and Sport 足 so a tick is needed by each category you wish to select. Then, click the button: Add to Menu


Changing the Categories

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The categories will appear on the website (from left to right) in the same order as they appear above (top to bottom) To change the order of appearance on the website drag and drop each category above until they are in the order you want them on the website

When you are happy with the order of the categories click: Save Menu


Personalising the Theme

On the left hand side of the page click: Appearance then click Options

To add your logo, under the Appearance tab, click Add Image

Select your image from your computer then click on the image (you will see a blue tick appear in the top right corner of the logo image) then click the button: Select


Personalising the Theme

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To change the colour of the theme from pink you can either (1) click in the box and drag the circle to the colour of your choice or (2) if you have a colour code for your brand/logo you can type it in the box and click Save Options on the right

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Click on the Settings tab . If you want your Twitter feed to appear on the website add your Twitter name here 足 without the @ at the beginning If you want to enable the 'What's On?' section on the website, tick the box (1) to include this section. This step is optional NOT essential


Personalising the Theme

Click on the Social Links tab. If you have Social Media accounts you can display links to these on your weblsite.

Put the information in the relevant box. Remeber to add the full URL 足 including http://www. After adding all your accounts click: Save Options

If you've added your social media accounts they will appear at the top of the screen on the right. Clicking on each icon will open the relevant Social Network.


Advertising Enabling Adverts or Google Analytics are both optional NOT compulsory

The theme allows you to display two adverts on your Community Journalism website. If you wish to display adverts on your website click the box next to Enable Advertising. Then click on Pages > All Pages. On the following page click on the heading Advertising. Write here the information you would like readers to see when they see 'the ad space 'Advertise on this site?' then click the Update button. You can also enable Google Adsense. For more information on enabling Google Adsense go to: https://www.google.com/adsense

Google Analytics

Google Analytics can help you track visitor traffic to your site and create a picture of your audience and their needs. For information on how to use Google Analytics go to: http://www.google.com/analytics/


Check your changes so far...

If you want to check your changes and see how your new website looks so far, click on your website name on the top left of the screen

Google Analytics

The screen shoould look similar to the image above if you have uploaded a logo, changed the colour, added your Twitter feed and enabled Advertising


Adding a Story and Image

Click on your website name, top left of the screen, and return to the Dashboard Click on Posts then click on All Posts This will show you all stories 足 published and draft 足 that have been written on your website. Then click Add New


Adding a Story and Image

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You MUST follow these three steps to publish a story: 1) Write a story headline. 2) Write the story 3) Upload a photo or image to publish with the story. Click on the button: Add Image


Adding a Story and Image

The theme will open your Media Library when you add an image to a story. At the moment the only image in your Media Library is the one you have uploaded as a logo. Click on Upload Files.

You can drag and drop your photograph or image or click on the Select Files button *Ideally the photo/image should be at least 630 pixels wide *


Adding a Story and Image

You can upload multiple photographs/images but you must select one as the main header image to go with the story. Click on the image you want to use and you'll see a tick in the top right corner of your selected image. Click Select at the bottom right of the screen.

You can add a brief description underneath the image


Adding a Story and Image The steps on this page are optional NOT compulsory

If the photograph was taken by a photographer or contributor who needs recognition for their work, you can add their name and URL here. Fill the correct information in the relevant boxes. The name will appear on the bottom right of the photograph/image on the website. Clicking on the photo will lead to their website, if one was added.

You can also give recognition on every story to all contributors. Click Add a Reporter. Input the information and click the Add a Reporter button Remember all the information added here will go live on the website so make sure you check how much of their information the contributor is happy for you to publish.


Adding a Story and Image

Under the Categories section on the right side of the screen select one relevant category (e.g; Entertainment) Don't click several categories unless you specifically want to repeat the same story on several pages. The only additional box you'll need to select is Slider Story if you also want the story to appear on the carousel on the front page.

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Under the Publish section on the right of the screen there are three options to consiter. Whilst writing each story it's worth pressing the Save Draft button (1) regularly. You can also press this button after writing a story if you're not ready to publish it yet. It allows you, or another member of the team, to publish the story at a later time. Pressing the Preview (2) button allows you to see exactly how the story will look when published. When you're sure the story is ready, and the image looks fine in the preview, you can press Publish (3). Congratulations! 足 you have published the first story on your new website


Adding a Story and Image

Click on your website name, at the top left of the screen, to see your published story on the website.


Adding a Story and Image

If you credited a photographer/contributor for their image, their name will appear on the bottom right of the screen. It is a clickable link that can lead you to the photographer's website or a social media account.

If you gave credit to any contributors who helped with the story the details will appear on the right of the article, under the heading 'Contributing Reporters'.


Adding users to your website

on the left hand side of the Dashboard click on Users

Fill in the details, choose their role (Subscriber, Contributor, Author, Editor or Administrator) then click Add New User Repeat for every new user

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