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    How to Make a Blog Post

    Step #1 – Write the Post

    Log into the Admin section of wordpress by going to http://www.ilkastyle.com/wp-admin Navigate to “Posts”, then click on “Add New”.  Enter a title and then write (or copy and paste) your blog post text as normal.

    Step #2 – Add Images to Your Post

    Make sure to pick an image that is bigger than 940 pixels wide.

    Then download and save it to your computer in the file Downloads –> Website Images.

    Edit images in Picasa, export to Downloads–>Website Images–>Export. (remember to delete the words in the box for “Name of Exported Folder”, and click the button for “Use Original Size”.

    Go to post, make sure your cursor is pointed to where you want the “Top of Post” image to be inserted.

    Next click “Upload/Insert” and upload your image to WordPress. From the media box:

    • Command+A (select all), and Command+C (copy) the File Url of the image
    • Click use this image as a Featured Image
    • Click Insert Into Post (full size)

    For Slider Image  – copy and paste the file url into the “custom fields” area.

    • Remember to chose “slider Image” from drop down, and paste (Command +V) the image Url.
    • Click “Add Custom Field”, choose “slider destination from the drop down list.
    • Copy the link from the Shortcode button, and paste the link in the corresponding box.
    • Also be sure to check the “Slider” category box

    For Full Size Image At The Top Of the Post – Insert the image into the “post content area”

    For Square Featured image – Choose “Use Image For Featured Image” from the upload media box.

    Videos

    Get Images from Flickr for your blog. Watch the Video Next open up Picasa, to resize the image. Watch the Video After you’ve resized the image, upload it to WordPress and insert it into your post. Watch the Video

    Step# 3 – Subtitles and Image Credit

    The proper way to do SubTitles. Watch the Video.
    How to give credit to the Artist on Flickr. Watch the Video.
    Also, you can copy and paste the code below and then paste the link to the artist and the Artist Name in the appropriate spot

    photo by: Artist Name 

    Step #4 – Getting Fancy Pants

    To make your image show up properly on the home page slider. Watch this Video.

    Notice the “Custom Fields” area below your post – they are how you customize this blog post for the slider. Essentially, all you NEED is the following:

    1. featured_slide_img  – The “featured_slide_img” custom field will allow you to enter a URL to the image of your choosing. Just upload it from the “Add Media” button above this text-editor and grab the File URL from the image. Remember it needs to be 940 x 284 px to fit into the slider.

    Some optional things you can add:

    2. featured_slide_caption – Quite simply, this field will add a basic text caption to the bottom of your image.

    3. featured_slide_destination – Want this slide to link to somewhere? Add your destination URL here.

    4. launch_this_in_a_lightbox – Want to launch a lightbox from the slide? Use this one instead of the “featured_slide_destination” and whatever link you put in there will load into a lightbox. Keep in mind there are limitations to this – it’s probably best to just link to images unless you are pretty comfortable with the prettyPhoto slider settings.

    Other Useful TidBits

    Themeology comes jam packed with useful features, like shortcodes, custom admin options, several custom page templates, and more! This page will walk you through the basic shortcodes that come pre-installed and ready for action:

    Shortcodes

    Shortcodes are a cool feature in WordPress that essentially allows you to do some pretty incredible things by just inserting a “shortcode” into a page or post. Using Shortcodes is a breeze, just insert one where you want the relevant content to show up and, whallah!, it works like magic. Here’s a list of just a few of the shortcodes included in Themeology. Remember to replace any squiggly brackets “{” with square brackets “[“, and for the shortcodes that require customization (like the donation shortcode), edit the information in functions/shortcodes.php. Enjoy these!

    1. Related Posts

    Related posts are an easy way to get your visitors staying longer on your blog. There’s tons of plugins to display them, but you can also use this simple shortcode and be in business in mere seconds!

    {related_posts}

    Source: http://blue-anvil.com/archives/8-fun-useful-shortcode-functions-for-wordpress

    2. Multiple Column Content on a Post or Page

    Just wrap the following shortcodes around a “left” and “right” column of content and the Theme will do the rest – whallah, 2 columns on one page or post!

    {left_col}Your Left Column{/left_col}
    {right_col}Your RightColumn{/right_col}

    This is the Left Column

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    This is the Right Column

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    This is the Center Column

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    3. Google Adsense Integration

    Use this simple little shortcode to include Google Adsense directly into your pages and posts!

    {adsense}


    Source: http://www.wprecipes.com/how-to-embed-adsense-anywhere-on-your-posts

    4. Premium Content for Members Only

    You can offer premium content for registered visitors by using this shortcode on the premium content pages and posts!

    {access capability="switch_themes"}

    Source: http://justintadlock.com/archives/2009/05/09/using-shortcodes-to-show-members-only-content

    5. Remove WordPress automatic formatting

    Use this shortcode to display code snippets on your blog and remove that pesky WordPress automatic formatting on certain portions of text.

    {raw}This is some unformatted text{raw}

    Source: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/280732

    6. Add administrative notes

    Use this shortcode to leave messages on posts that can only be seen by other admins. The blog owner can now, for instance, make editorial notes on a post.

    {note}This is an editorial note - only visible to admins!{/note}

    Source: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/02/mastering-wordpress-shortcodes/

    7. Grab the last image in a post

    Use this shortcode to display the last image in any particular page or post!

    {postimage}

    Source: http://www.wprecipes.com/wordpress-shortcode-easily-display-the-last-image-attached-to-post

    8. Create a Send To Twitter button

    Use this shortcode to send posts to Twitter, automajically!

    {twitter}

    Source: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/02/mastering-wordpress-shortcodes/

    9. Embed an RSS Feed

    Use this shortcode to display an RSS feed directly in your posts and pages.

    {rss feed="http://feeds.feedburner.com/MakeDesignNotWar" num="5"}

    Source: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/02/mastering-wordpress-shortcodes/

    10. Embed an RSS Button

    Use this shortcode to display an RSS button directly in your posts and pages.

    {subscribe}

    Source: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/02/mastering-wordpress-shortcodes/

    11. Display your blog stats using shortcodes

    Display all sorts of awesome information about your blog by installing this plugin and using these shortcodes:

    {pagerank}
    {feedburner_subscribers}
    {alexa_rank}
    {technorati_authority}
    {technorati_rank}
    {user_count}
    {post_count}
    {page_count}
    {comment_count}
    {trackback_count}
    {avg_comments_per_post}
    {category_count}
    {tag_count}
    {link_count}
    {google_backlinks}
    {yahoo_backlinks}
    {delicious_bookmarks}

    Source: http://www.improvingtheweb.com/wordpress-plugins/blog-stats/

    12. Add a Donation Button

    Replace the default ‘account’ with your paypal email address, and output using Make a donation. Remember you can override the default ‘text’ too in the shortcode. You can style this link with css (as ive done) easily.

    {donate}

    Make a donation Source: http://blue-anvil.com/archives/8-fun-useful-shortcode-functions-for-wordpress