Tips for contributing to the ASQ Raleigh site

To get started adding content to the ASQ site, you need to be assigned a user name and password. Then login to the “back-end” of the system. The first page you see will be a “Dashboard” with a vertical menu down the left hand side. The two menu selections you’ll use most often will be

Post > Add New – to add new content to the “news stream” for the section

and

Pages > Add New – to add new content that’s not time sensitive

Note that information on the last several conferences has been converted to “posts”. When starting to post the information for QIT 2016, look at how those are set up (posts in the conferences category) to be sure they get linked into the menu structure appropriately.

 

Use the “Post > Add New” for items that fall into a category (page about categories needs to be updated) and “Pages > Add New” if you are creating one of the web pages that have been assigned to you.

One distinction between “Posts” and “Pages” is that “Pages” can be found on the “Site Map“, while “Posts” will show up in either the category or the date-based “Archives” for the site.

Here are some specific instructions for entering different kinds of information:

  1. How do I create a new event?
    Add a new post and then scroll to the bottom of the “write post” page. You’ll find an event section where you enter the date/time of the event. Putting information in that section will automatically add the post to the Events category. Note that it can also be in other categories as well. See also the tips about categories.
  2. What if I want the event to show up as a news item (in the sidebar) or an announcement (on the publications page)?
    Simply click the boxes next to those categories to put it into those as well as the Events category. See tips about categories.
  3. How do I add a new publication?
    Upload it (if necessary).
    Create a new post and mark it for the Announcements, Articles or Newsletters category
    For other publications (e.g. brochures), edit the publications page and link to it.
  4. How do I change the Quality links?
    In the admin tool, go to Blogroll > Add Link to add a new link.
    Go to Blogroll, My Link Order to change the order of the links.
  5. Why is there content on some pages that doesn’t appear on the Edit screen for the page?
    Some of the content on the pages (e.g. publications, events) comes not from what folks have written for the page but is assembled by querying the system for information that has been entered in other places — typically as posts. The layout and other details for that content is controlled by a PHP “template file” on the system. If you have administrative rights you can see/change the template files by going to Presentation > Theme Editor. However, since there can be subtle connections between the different parts of the dynamic system, if you have a comment, suggestion, or correction, please forward it to the administrator.
  6. How do I get the advanced toolbar so I can paste my article from MS Word?
    Click the “toggle toolbar” button a couple of icons to the right of the “remove link” icon.
    Toolbar-with-visual-advancedThat will bring up a toolbar with a “paste from Word” function:
    Toolbar-paste-from-word
  7. Why would I want the “paste from Word” function”?
    Pasting directly from Word can introduce odd characters as well as extraneous HTML codes into the post. Those can be difficult to delete “by hand”. If you “paste from Word” much of the formatting that translates well to the web is preserved, and the extra “cruft” is left behind.
    See also: http://engtech.wordpress.com/2006/09/03/wordpress-tips-alt-b/
    Using the “paste from Word” function also works to copy a table from Excel or Word into your post.
  1. How do I register for the system?
    Contact the web site administrator. Registration has been turned off for the general public.
  2. How do I break up my content into more than one page?
    There are a couple of ways to do this. You can go into “code” view and insert <!–nextpage–> where you want the page break to occur. The system will then add “Page 1 2 …” links at the bottom of each part of the “page”.
    Another way is to create brand new pages (Write > Pages – look for “Create a New Page” link. Then, look on the right, and make set the new page’s parent to the one that already exists but is getting too long. Put part of the content onto that new page. Then go back to the first page and put a link to the new page in it.
  3. When I look at my post from the Archives page, it looks different — there’s no HTML and the links aren’t active. What’s up with that?
    Well, the snippet that shows on the archive page is the “excerpt”. If you didn’t put anything in the “optional excerpt” box (find it below the “upload files” section of the edit page) when you entered the post, the system does its best at a quick summary (assuming the Archives page is going to be pretty long and its more important to give people a quick update on lots of articles than to show the entire text of the posts). It’s suggested that you take a couple of minutes and write another sentence or two (without any links) in that Excerpt box so that will show up when a “short version” of the post is needed.
  4. Where can I learn more about this system?
    See www.wordpress.org.