How To Publish On Midas Oracle Using WordPress
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- WordPress – (documentation – videos)
How To Appear Under Your Full Name
- Login to Midas Oracle.
- Go to “Users” and then to “Your Profile”.
- Type your full name in the “nickname” box —first name, middle name or its initial, last name.
- Update your profile.
- In the “display name publicly as” menu, choose your full name.
- Update your profile —yeah, for the second time.
Web Usability Principles
- One idea = one blog post. If you have other ideas, publish each of them individually.
- Write casually.
- Put your most important sentence(s) in bold. Remember: The Internet citizens do not read on the Web; they scan. Help them scanning your text.
- Link to the outside world, if possible.
- Craft a short but informative blog title, using the keyword(s) you’re using in the body of your blog post. Be precise and elliptic; no puns (keep them for the text body).
- For more information on Internet usability, see Jakob Nielsen. In particular, see: Blog Usability: Top Ten Design Mistakes in Weblogs.
Visual Editor Vs. Plain Editor
- In your user profile page, you will spot this option, “Use the visual editor when writing“. You can have this option checked, or not. The “visual editor” is a user-friendly editor with a graphical user interface. The alternative is a plain, simple editor where the code is apparent. You choose!â€¦
- At times, you will have to click on “HTML”, so as to insert there some video widget codes or some chart widget codes. (Beware that, for some widgets, you should publish right away without clicking back to “Visual” —otherwise, the codes will be broken.)
How To Write A Post
- Don’t use the “QuickPress” function on the dashboard —it is a minimalist writing area.
- Put your mouse at the right of “Posts”, on the left-side menu. Spot the down arrow, and click on it. Once you see the sub-menu, click on “Add New”.
- Alternatively, spot the “New Post” menu on the upper-right area of your screen.
- You fill in the body text in the writing area. Don’t use the “Split post with the More tag” function or the “Optional Except” zone.
- Put your most important stuff in the first paragraph (that’s called the inverted pyramid), and put your most important sentence(s) in bold.
- Write a descriptive post title.
- Above the writing area, you’ll see that you can shorten the permanent link (a.k.a. “permalink”). Use a series of keywords, each separated by a hyphen (“-”). (Upon publication, WordPress will automatically translate your spaces into hyphens.)
- To insert a link, select the anchor text, click on the “Chain” icon (“Insert / Edit Link”), paste the URL, do not change the default “Open Link In The Same Window”, and write a short link title (which helps readers predict where they are going to go if they click).
- On the right, under “Categories”, you can select the appropriate category(ies).
- On the right, type your tag(s).
- Spot the “All In One SEO Pack” box, just below the writing zone. In the description box, paste your most important sentence, or make up a good log line that describes your content. In the keyword box, paste there your list of tags (which you have copied from the tags box).
- You can either publish right away (“Publish“), or save your text as a draft (“Save Draft“) for a publication at a later date.
- For more information about how to write a post, please read the documentation of WordPress: Writing Posts. (Additionally, you can watch some didactic videos at WordPress.tv.)
- If you run into trouble, contact Chris Masse.
- You can end up your blog post with a footnote, stating your full name, your social status, the name of your organization, your site URL, and the ways to contact you (your e-mail address, made non-clickable to avoid the spammers, and/or your business phone number).
- Of course, all these details are also published on each author’s page, but that would require the readers to click on the link embedded under your name at the bottom of your blog post, which they seldom do, alas.
How To Paste Code
- Copy the source code from your source.
- In WordPress, click on the “HTML” tab (at the right of the “Visual” tab, in the “Write Post” area), paste the code lines there, and then return to the “Visual” mode.
- For some widgets, you should publish right away without clicking back to “Visual” —otherwise, the codes will be broken.
- If WordPress automatically deletes your codes (even when you publish right away without clicking back to “Visual”), then contact Chris Masse, which will check on the “Unfiltered HTML” capability in your account.
How To Insert A Visual Representation
- Insert a static chart or a picture already posted somewhere on the Web (including on Midas Oracle): Put your cursor where you want the image to be implemented, and click on the “Add Media” icon (“From URL”). Insert the URL and write up a short image description. Click on “Insert”.
- Insert a static chart or a picture located on your local computer: Click on on the “Add Media” icon (“From Computer”). Insert the URL and write up a short image description. Click on “Insert”.
- To embed a link into that image, select it, click on the “insert/Edit Link” icon, and add the external URL.
- More information, from the WordPress documentation: – Using Images – Using Image and File Attachments –
How To Embed A Chart Widget
- Insert a dynamic chart (i.e., a chart that will update itself in future): You have to implement a bunch of code lines provided by your chosen prediction exchange. Click on the “HTML” tab, paste the code lines there, and then return to the “Visual” tab. The chart will be placed where your cursor is in the “Visual” tab, and it will update itself in the near future each time a reader loads the blog post (a.k.a. webpage). Beware, though, that after two months or so after the contract expiry, the prediction exchange will likely drop support for that dynamic chart.
- It’s maybe a good idea to add a static chart, in addition to a dynamic chart, to any blog post, for the reason that the dynamic chart won’t be supported by the exchange server after the contract expiry.
How To Embed A Video Widget
- Paste the video widget code in the “HTML” area.
- For the YouTube video widgets, you should publish right away without clicking back to “Visual” —otherwise, the codes will be broken.
- Each Post Author is free to do whatever he/she wants —i.e., cross-posting the full text on Midas Oracle, or posting a summary with a link to his/her original blog post on his/her own website.
- Our readers prefer to have the duplicated blog post published in its entirety on Midas Oracle —i.e., cross-posted. Once you have pasted your text, add a line saying that it has been cross-posted from your blog, with the deep link to your original blog post —as opposed to a link to the root of your blog. Follow this piece of advice from the Google Webmaster Central blog: “If you syndicate your content on other sites, make sure they include a link back to the original article on each syndicated article.”
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