Notes

Once you log into your account, you arrive at the DASHBOARD. If you have more than one blog, you might need to go to DASHBOARD>MY BLOG and select the Art Lot blog.

Once you are at the dashboard for the Art Lot, you will see a  menu of controls/settings on the left side of the window.

What follows is a list of those controls/settings that are most relevant to the blog at this time. Sept. 13, 2010

POSTS

  • This is where you create and manage posts
  • More instructions to come, but not on this page.

POSTS>CATEGORIES

Categories is the mechanism by which posts are organized on the blog. They determine where posts will show up. Categories are also a mechanism for searching for and sorting posts. A post can be assigned one or more categories since you might want the post to show up in more than one place.

  • artists:
    individual artist’s bio and link to web site
  • events:
    openings and special events. All posts that fall under this category should be given chronological publication dates; not necessarily the same date as the event itself but such that the posts will appear in chronological order of the events. A post will not appear on the blog until its publication date. The publication date must precede the event date so that readers receive advance notification.
  • exhibitions:
    this is a parent category that should not be used. However, all posts that fall under this parent category should be given a publication date as noted above under events.
  • exhibitions>current exhibition:
    information on the current exhibition. This might be a press release along with an image. Each artist’s name can link to individual bio post (artists).
  • exhibitions>past exhibitions:
    same as above. When an exhibition ends, the post needs to be updated by unchecking “current exhibition” and checking “past exhibitions.”
  • exhibitions>upcoming exhibition:
    same as above. When exhibition becomes current, the post needs to be updated by unchecking “future exhibition” and checking “current exhibitions.”
  • images:
    any post that contains images or is primarily image based.
  • press releases:
    The press releases can be input as text or uploaded as a PDF and linked to from the post, or both.
  • Uncategorized:
    this is the default category and cannot be deleted. Don’t use it but know that it will automatically be assigned to a post if no category is checked. If no other category is checked, your post will probably not show up where you expect it to.

PAGES

  • ABOUT: Static page
  • ARTISTS: alphabetical listing, names link to individual posts
  • HOME: This page is updated to contain current information—current exhibition, events, openings, cancellations, rain dates, etc.
  • NOTES: This page
  • UPDATE: This page will provide instructions on updating the blog, most of which is already mentioned above in the categories section, but I thought it would be good to have a check list of what needs to be done within each show cycle.

COMMENTS

  • All commenting is turned off on this blog. It’s a headache you don’t need right now.

APPEARANCE>WIDGETS

  • This is where you add things to the sidebar. There is lots of stuff here, a lot of which I don’t understand, but I put what I thought was important and useful into the sidebar. It can be changed at any time.

APPEARANCE>WIDGETS>WIDGET AREA>IMAGE

  • This places an image on the sidebar. The image width should be set to a max. of 200px wide. I don’t think we are using, this at the moment.

APPEARANCE>MENUS

  • use a custom menu

APPEARANCE>EXTRAS

  • No: Enable mShots site previews on this blog
  • Yes: Display a mobile theme when this blog is viewed with a mobile browser
  • Yes: Hide related links on this blog, which means this blog won’t show up on other blogs or get traffic that way.

APPEARANCE>HEADER

  • This is where you  can upload a custom header image to be shown at the top of the site instead of the default one. You will be able to crop the image after you upload it. Images of exactly 940 × 198 pixels will be used as-is.

SETTINGS>GENERAL

  • This is where you set the title and tag line of the blog. They are the two pieces of text that appear above the header image.

SETTINGS>SHARING

  • This is where you enable the Sharing button that will appear at the bottom of every page and post. This allows people to share the page/post on Facebook and other social media sites. You want to encourage this.
  • If you don’t want the Sharing button to appear on a given page or post, scroll down to the bottom of the web page where you create the page/post and uncheck the box for “Show sharing buttons on this post.”
  • You don’t see the Sharing button at the bottom of this page because I unchecked the box.