Frequently Asked Questions for Editors
This page is a resource for Editors of the AMWA site. If you have a question that is not addressed here, please let us know and we’ll add it to the list. Enjoy and happy editing!
You can also edit a page by finding it on the wordpress dashboard (www.amwa-doc.org/wp-admin/) — click “pages” on the left menu, and then find or search for the page you want to edit.
This is what the edit page looks like. You type your content into the large text field, and you can format it using the tools in the toolbar. Some further explanation of the tool bar area:
For a video on logging in and editing, click here.
This will bring you to the “Add a New Page” page.
Once you are in here, you can name your page and enter your content. Remember to choose a “parent” page to help keep the site organized — this should be whatever your page would be categorized under in a site hierarchy. You have the option to save a draft, preview your page, or trash it. Once your page is complete, hit “publish” to go live.
Once you have selected your post type, you create it the same way you would a page, by assigning a title and filling in the content. Events have extra fields to fill out, such as time and location.
If you scroll down while adding/editing a blog post, you’ll see the Featured Image link. Make sure to set a featured image before publishing; it should be a picture of the writer.
For PC users:
- Right click on the image file in the File Explorer, select “Open With,” then select “Paint.”
- Click “Image Menu” and select “Stretch/Skew Image.” Change the Horizontal and Vertical percentages to a percentage less than 100. Keep the percentages equal to preserve the aspect ratio. Click “OK.”
- “Save As” to save the resized image and preserve the original file.
For Mac users:
- Right click on the image file and select “Open With,” then select “Preview.”
- Click the “Show Markup Toolbar” button shown with the image of a toolbox, which will display a toolbar at the top of your image.
- Click “Adjust Size” indicated by a square with arrows pointing towards two corners. This will open a new panel.
- Click the dropdown menu on the top right and select “Percent.” Change the values for both width and height to a number less than 100. Both numbers should be the same.
- You can also change the image resolution using this menu. For the field that says “Resolution” enter a smaller number than what was in the field. 72 dpi is a common size for web content. Click “OK” to view the resized image.
- “Save As” to save your resized image and preserve the original file.
There is a size limit to the files that we upload to the website. If you are getting an error when trying to upload, try to resize the image. For photos, see the question above.
If you have several images to resize, you can run a bulk resize: https://bulkresizephotos.com/. This tool allows you to resize many photos at once.
You can use the shortcode generator (blue nectar shortcodes button) to create the code, then add content (such as photos).
To add columns in order to display content side by side, use the page editor. Columns are added by using some “shortcodes” provided by the theme of this site. To use the shortcodes, first click the blue button at the top of the content editor that says Nectar Shortcodes.
Next, you will use the dropdown menu at the top of the dialog box to choose the column shortcodes in the width that you would like the column to be. The shortcodes have both opening and closing codes. Be sure to put your content in between the opening code and the closing code for that column. You don’t have to use the content editor within the shortcode dialog box, you generate the shortcode and then edit the content in the wordpress editor.
Example: Half column shortcodes with centered text.Your content such as text or images goes here. You can edit these using the normal WordPress editor.
[\one_half] The final column for each row is marked as “last” as you can see in both the opening and closing of this shortcode.
To add a youtube video to a page, you will need to get the embed code from the video’s youtube page.
For a video on adding videos to the AMWA site, click here.
If you’d like to add a new profile to the Faces of AMWA gallery, go to the Faces of AMWA page on the dashboard, and select “add new.”
For a video on editing/adding profiles to Faces of AMWA, click here.
To add a slider, go to the “Nectar Slider” area of the dashboard, and click “add new.”
Fill out the Add New Slide page. Start by uploading your image. You’ll then have the option to add a header and caption, decide on font color, decide alignment, and configure links/buttons.
Once you have filled out the form, scroll back up. You may want to test your slider first. To test how your slider looks, select “slidertest” in the slider locations area. Publish, then find the “slidertest” draft page using the pages menu. You can look here to see how your slider looks. You can return to the nectar slider area, find your slider and make edits, and repeat this as many times as you need. Once you are happy with your slider, you can select the slider page you would like to publish it to, hit publish, and then your slider will be live!
If you’d like to edit the footer content, you’ll first need to get to the Widget area of the dashboard. This page is where you can set up different “widgets” in different areas of the site. You should always be careful when adding new widgets to the site, because you can’t be sure of how they will look and function. We have been using the “Text” widget in the footer, which allows us to include custom text in the footer areas.
You can click on the area and widget you’d like to edit, make your changes, then save. Your edits will now appear in the site footer. If you’d like to add a new widget to the footer, you can drag it into the area’s box, customize it, then save.
To create a page that only logged-in members can access, or to make an existing page members-only, go to “add new page”(for new page) or “edit page” (for existing page). Find the WordPress Access Control in the top right corner. Here, you can select “Only accessible by members.” You can also limit access by role, and customize the redirect page (if you leave this field blank, the user will be directed to the login page.) Once you have filled this out, click save. You now have a members-only page!
The site is organized using a hierarchy that depends on parent pages. A parent page represents the section of the site that your new page falls under. For example, a biography page for an AMWA leader would be assigned the parent page “Leadership.” A page about benefits for students would be assigned the parent page “Students”.
It is important to assign parents so that the site stays organized and pages are easy for editors to find. When you assign a parent, the new page becomes “nested” under the parent, so when looking in the pages section of the dashboard, it is easy to expand and hide sections of the site.
See below on how to select a parent page.
To edit the part of the image that appears in the thumbnail version (for example, if you want the thumbnail to be zoomed in on the person’s face), follow the simple tutorial below:
A “carousel” is a shortcode feature that create a horizontal scrolling effect. You can add this to a page by clicking the blue “nectar shortcodes” button, selecting Carousel, and then filling out the options. This will insert the base code into the page.
You can add content to the carousel as “items.” In the edit screen, you find the Carousel short code, and then add your new content between [ item ] and [ /item ] (without the spaces – like how the Rosalie Slaughter Morton photo and caption is listed in the image). Make sure your item is listed between the initial carousel short code and the closing [/carousel] snippet. An easy way to do it is just copy and past an existing item and then replace the content with your new content. You can have as many items as you’d like in a carousel. Once the carousel has more than three items, it will begin the horizontal scroll.
- Click the “Add Media” button
- Upload the images you’d like to add to the gallery.
- On the left side, click “Create Gallery”
- Select the images you’d like to include in the gallery. Click “create a new gallery.”
- You can reorder images, change sizes, and edit captions here. Once finished, click “insert gallery.”
To edit an existing gallery:
- Hover over the gallery in the edit screen and click the pencil icon.
- Here, you can reorder the images, change image sizes, edit captions, and add images to the gallery (“Add to Gallery” on the left hand side.
- When finished, click “update gallery.”