|HOW TO USE BroughtonStreet.com, Part 1.|
|Written by Chris Frederick|
|Tuesday, 27 November 2007|
OK, so you've signed up for BROUGHTONSTREET.COM, the premier online resource for downtown Savannah's business district. You're all excited, and don't know where to start. What you do know is that you were promised free advertising, and you want it rightnow. How do you use this silly thing?
We've got a few answers for you right here.
Alright, heads up, class. Look alive. I'm only going to say this once. (Actually, I'll say it once, but you can look at it over and over. The Internet's a beautiful thing, ain't it?)
First step: go the homepage, http://www.broughtonstreet.com. Here's what you'll see:
By now you're used to looking at the other goodies on the page, but the highlighted part of the screenshot above is what you really want to pay attention to for right now. It's where you login using the username and password you got when you first signed up.
After you sign in, the homepage will now look like this:
See, it's a little different, and reflects the fact you're now logged in. The new choices you get, the User Menu, gives you two options: editing My Details, and Submit News/Photos.
First things first. Let's let everybody know who you are! Click on My Details. You'll see something like this (the only difference here is that you should see a grey blank space instead of the ugly mug of your author):
Now, in addition to showing you some stats about how long you've been around, how many people have looked at you, and other things, this page gives you the option to Update Your Profile (your contact and promotions info) and Update Your Image (show the world your pretty face with a JPG, GIF, or PNG file picture).
Well, that wasn't so tough, huh? Here comes the step we're all riled up about: writing stuff about yourself! Awesome. Click on the Submit News and Photos to see this:
OK, there's a lot of info here, so let's pick it apart:
The blue floppy disk (remember those?) is to save what you're doing and submit it to the BROUGHTONSTREET.COM editorial board for review. The big red X is to cancel.
Title is what will appear as the main title of the article once it's posted. Try to make this catchy.
Introtext image: If you want a picture to show up before the reader decides to click "read more...", upload it here. Think of this as the "storefront" of the article.
Maintext image: Once you get 'em inside, use this to put up a picture in the actual article text.
Whew. I know that's a lot, but don't worry, you're doing great. Now comes the really fun part: pouring out your heart and soul to the online masses with the text editor.
Wow, that's a lot of options. For right now, all you need to worry about is that you click in the blank space to type, and that some of the options (highlighted above) work just like they do in Microsoft Word. Everything else will be covered in Part 2 of our tutorial (coming soon). What you type here will the first stuff that shows up (the "storefront", remember?).
What you type in the next box will be the bulk of the article:
Once you're finished composing your masterpiece, click the blue floppy disk to send it in. After editorial review, the article will then be put online! (Providing you followed all the rules. But of course you did, right?)
That's all you need to know to get started. Have fun!
SIDE NOTE: Some of you have already gotten in touch with us about one particular thing that happens in the "Submit News/Photos" page. Something like this:
All this means is that you probably used the "Back" button on your browser to leave the page. The text editor prefers it when you use either the blue floppy disk or the big red X to finish or cancel your business. As long as you do one of those two things you shouldn't see this anymore. Good luck!
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 November 2007 )|
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