Adding & Modifying Posts

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.

History of The Internet

What is The Internet and Where Did it Come From?

​The Internet or "Web", as it is commonly referred to, is not really anything new.  In one form or another, it has actually been around since man first discovered caves and realized their potential. Certainly, having a roof over your head was a big plus. Protection from the elements and the occasional falling asteroid was all the rave and pretty soon, everybody wanted one.  The Cave Market boomed!!

However, 9 out of 10 archaeologists agree1,  that it was not the protection aspect of caves that was so appealing to early man.  No, the main attraction of caves was the advertising space.  All those walls... just crying out to be tagged in one form or another.

1  67.5% of all of statistics are made up on the spot.

Of sure, it started out innocently enough, probably as cave art to serve as public service announcements.  A simple drawing of a mastodon devouring one of the tribe. The message: "Stay away from Mastodons".  Good tip, thanks.

However,  we have discovered numerous ancient caves where the walls are littered with drawings of herds of antelope-like creatures all gathered together on a plain or around a water hole. Above the drawings are cryptic characters that we have not been able to interpret... but most likely they said something like "Eat at Cronks" or "Last Stop for Gas Before The Bronze Age".

So, today we call it "The Web".  Back then, it was "The Wall".  But both had the same purpose and function.  A public bulletin board of sorts to share information and promote enterprise. (Cont)