If you’ve been “asked” to prepare articles for the website and would like to try your hand at entering them in yourself, then this article is for you. Don’t be afraid. If you can type an email, post a Facebook comment or prepare a MS Word document, its about that simple.
Well, its actually a little closer to writing a MS Word document because we have about the same level of formatting options. None of which you have to use… but you can if you want impress people.
But first, lets cover some basics and take away the little secrets about our Content Management System (CMS). That’s what our website is. Okay, its actually WordPress, a very popular Content Management System. But if we refer to it as a CMS, it sounds more complicated and evokes mystery and awe. So a CMS it is, damnit.
This ‘CMS‘ uses two types of documents to present information on the screen. One is Pages and the other are Posts. Both are nearly identical. Pages are actually web pages, like the Menu pages. They rarely change and make up the basic foundation of the website. To prevent complications, you can neither add or modify any of these.
But the Posts on the other hand, these are meant to have new ones created and modified. These are created in groups, assigned to Categories and presented as such. For example, this website has a Post Category named News Stories which are new News stories you find posted on the News page under the Event and News menu item. There is another category named Events which are posts about the upcoming Events at the lodge. They’re similar, but Events are taken down after the Event happens and News stories run for about a month or so.
Other Categories are Americanism, Veterans and Drug Awareness where those chairpersons have traditional shared articles regularly about the their subject. It’s through these regularly submitted articles that the website can be a voice of it’s lodge members and not limited to the web staff.