MCHS Blog FAQs

Blog FAQs

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Blog FAQs

 

Welcome to the MCHS Member Blog FAQs and Tutorials!

For information on specific blog functions, please refer to the tabs above. The FAQs below provide general blog information.

 

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What features are included in this blog? Can I print an article in a printer-friendly manner?
Who can have a blog? Can I receive notification when new blog articles are posted?
What kind of topics can the blog be used for? What happens to my blog if I discontinue my membership?
How do I navigate in the blog? What if I have other questions or have a problem using the blog?

 

What features are included in this blog?

We have included basic and advanced features necessary for anomalous research topics. Important features include:

  • Blog home page with a preview of your articles.

  • Printer friendly print feature.

  • WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get) that features numerous options including style, look, smileys, and previewing your article.

  • Create/edit feature.

  • Delete article and comments feature.

  • Insert images, audios, and videos from a URL or upload them to our server.

  • Spell check feature.

  • Insert YouTube video feature.

  • Draft feature that allows you to publish the article when you're ready.

  • Unpublish feature to remove an article from public access (only you and Admin can see it).

  • Blog title and description so readers get an idea of what your blog is/will be about.

  • Space for information about you.

  • Custom side block that accepts HTML so you can do your own custom section.

  • Comments section with WYSIWYG editor for members to add remarks about your articles.

  • Email notifications when someone posts a comment about your articles.

  • Last 10 article titles/links shown on sidebar.

  • Archive feature on sidebar listing the titles/links all of your articles by month and year.

  • Statistics section on sidebar that shows when your blog was created as well as the number of articles, comments, and views your blog has received.

  • Your 5 most commented on articles.

  • Recently commented articles.

  • Keyword search in the form of a tag cloud so that visitors can search articles by the keywords (tags) you've added to your article.

  • A control panel that allows you to edit your blog information as well as turn on/off certain sidebar features.

  • Search engine friendly URLs so search engines can index your articles more easily (coming soon).

  • Custom meta tags to enhance search engine friendliness (coming soon).

  • RSS feed/subscribe capability.

  • Email subscribe feature for your blog followers.

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Who can have a  blog?

The blog is available to current and paid members only, however, the public can still read all published articles.

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What kind of topics can the blog be used for?

The MCHS blog is intended for metaphysical and life topics.  

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How do I navigate in the blog?

The link tree or breadcrumb feature of the site is a good way to know where you are at in the blog as well as to navigate backwards. You can click on the links between the >'s to go to that page. The link tree is located just below the main navigation bar on the top left of the page. It will look something like:

 

Metaphysical Church of Humanistic Science > Forum > Blog Directory > Your Blog Name > Article Name

 

In addition, two other icons are located on individual blog homes and search results pages. The Blog Directory icon: , and a member's blog home: .

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Can I print an article in a printer-friendly manner?

Yes, just navigate to the article you want to print, then click on the Print icon . You can also use your browser's Print Preview feature to see what your article will look like. The printer friendly feature strips most website graphics and colors from the printed copy. Images contained within articles are preserved.

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Can I receive notification when new blog articles are posted?

Yes, there are two methods for notification of new articles. First, navigate to the specific blog to which you desire to subscribe. Then, choose either the RSS Feed or the "Subscribe to this Blog" link. The RSS Feed subscription is available to anyone, but you must be a MCHS member to utilize the email subscription option. The latter method will email you whenever an article is published by the author you chose. Note: The RSS Feed page may differ between various browsers.

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What happens to my blog if I discontinue my membership?

Your blog will remain in tact for at least 90 days during which you can choose to renew your membership. Your blog will likely be deleted after 90 days if you do not renew your membership, therefore, it is a good idea to have a backup of your blog articles if you no longer wish to be a member.

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What if I have other questions or have a problem using the blog?

Please direct questions and report any problems to admin@mchschurch.org. When contacting Admin, please be as clear and specific as possible.

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Create New Blog

 

Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

= Video Tutorial Available. Click on "Video Tutorials" tab above.


 

 

How do I create a new blog?Video tutorial available on this topic.Video Tutorial

To create a new blog, your MCHS membership must be current and active. Each member may have one blog with no limit on the number of articles.

 

To create your blog, simply click on the "Create New Blog" button on the upper right side of the blog page (see screenshot below). Give your new blog a title, brief description (100 characters max), and write a little bit about yourself (HTML allowed). The description and personal info will appear in the right sidebar of your blog home page. You can change these later in the Control Panel if necessary. Once you've completed filling in your information, click on the "Create Blog" button.

 

Once your blog has been created, you can begin posting articles. See the "Article Management" tab above for instructions on how to post/delete articles.

 

 

 

 

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Article Management

 

Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

= Video Tutorial Available. Click on "Video Tutorials" tab above.


 

This section will answer many of your questions on posting articles to your blog. Please also watch the video tutorials that highlight selected features.

 

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How do I post an article to my blog?

What is the maximum file size for uploads?

What do all of the icons in the editor do?

Can I insert a YouTube video in an article?

What are Tags used for?

How do I edit an image or media once it is already in an article?

How do I edit an article?

Is there a spell check option?

How do I delete an article?

When I edit an article, all I see is html code, no WYSIWYG. Why?

Can I preview an article before posting?

How do I customize my sidebar?

Can I unpublish an article to make it private?

 

Can I use/upload images in an article?

 

Can I use/upload audios/videos in an article?

 

What kind of files can I upload?

 

 

How do I post an article to my blog?Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

Simply click on the "Create New Article" link in the top, right menu of your blog home page. You will then see the WYSIWYG editor. You can either write your article in the editor or write it in a word processor (recommended) and then paste it in the editor. To paste, use CTRL + V (or CMD V for Mac's). The paste buttons may not be supported by all browsers. Once you have written your article, click on the "Publish" button to publish it now, or the "Save Draft" button to save it and publish it later. To publish it later, go to the article and click on the Publish icon in the upper right corner next to your article title.

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What do all of the icons in the editor do?

Hover over an individual icon to see a description of its function. You can also try it out to see what it does. If you don't like the result, click on the "Undo" icon if necessary.

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What are Tags used for?

Tags are used so people can search for keywords to find articles. You should add keywords from your article separated by commas. These keywords will then appear in the Keyword Cloud in the main directory and on the right sidebar.

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How do I edit an article?Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

Simply go to the article you want to edit, and click on the Edit link at the top right or bottom right of the article. You can then edit the article and save it.

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How do I delete an article?Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

Simply go to the article you want to delete, and click on the Delete link at the top right or bottom right of the article.

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Can I preview an article before posting?Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

Yes, click on the icon located in the top row (left) on the WYSIWYG editor. Your preview will open in a new window (make sure pop ups are enabled for this site). 

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Can I unpublish an article to make it private?Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

Yes, click on the Unpublish link at the top right or bottom right of the article. Once you do, the link will change to Publish. This means that only you and Admin can see unpublished articles. You can use the Publish link to publish it again in the future if you choose.

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Can I use/upload images in an article?Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

Yes. You can either use images stored on a different website or you can upload your images to our server. To insert an image, click on the icon. You can then add the Image URL or upload a file by clicking on the icon just to the right of the Image URL field (see the screenshot pic in the next question).

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Can I use/upload audios/videos in an article?Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

Yes. You can either use media from a different website or you can upload your media to our server. To insert media, click on the icon. You can then add the URL or upload a file by clicking on the icon just to the right of the File/URL field (see screenshot below). Be sure to specify the type of media you are inserting in the "Type" field, i.e., Flash, Quicktime, Shockwave, Windows Media, Real Media. Bear in mind that if you choose Quicktime, Windows Media, or Real Media, your readers will need these players installed to view your videos. Windows Media player is a commonly installed player in most computers. Mac's will likely have Quicktime.

 

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What kind of files can I upload?

Acceptable upload file types are:

  • Images: jpg, jpeg, gif, png.

  • Media: swf, dcr, mov, qt, mpg, mp3, mp4, mpeg, avi, wmv, wma, wav, wm, asf, asx, wmx, wvx, rm, ra, ram

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What is the maximum file size for uploads?

The maximum size for images is 100 MB. The maximum size for video and audio files is 300 MB.

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Can I insert a YouTube video in an article?Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

Yes. Simply click on the icon in the editor to open the dialogue box. Then you must insert the YouTube video ID of the video you want to appear. NOTE: you only need to add the ID, not the entire URL, ex: uHPg262Kr9c. You can find this at the end of the YouTube video URL. The default width/height settings will usually be just right.

 

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How do I edit an image or media once it is already in an article?Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

Simply go into the edit mode and right click on the image/media you want to edit (see screenshot below). You can then select the edit option you want .

 

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Is there a spell check option?

Yes, just click on the spell check icon .  Misspelled words will have a red underline. Firefox and Google Chrome also have built-in spell checkers with custom dictionaries.

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When I edit an article, all I see is html code, no WYSIWYG. Why?

This is an issue with Google Chrome and, occasionally, Firefox. Just refresh your screen and the WYSIWYG editor will appear.

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Managing Blog Settings

 

Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above.

= Video Tutorial Available. Click on "Video Tutorials" tab above.


 

How do I add my picture to my blog?

Your blog picture is automatically taken from your MCHS Profile picture. To add or modify your picture, scroll up to the top navigation bar and click on Profile. Then scroll down near the bottom and look for the Modify Profile section > Forum Profile Information. You can then modify or upload your picture.

 


How do I customize my sidebar?

You can create a custom sidebar block in your control panel as well as customize the "About the Author" block. Your custom sidebar can contain HTML and up to 10,000 characters. Bear in mind that the sidebar is narrow, so don't place any wide graphics or tables in your custom block or it will distort the dimensions of your blog page. Also, you can give your custom block a name, otherwise it will show "[Your Name]'s Block."

 

You also have control over which sidebar items are displayed or not by ticking the checkboxes.

 

 

Video Tutorials

 

All Flash Videos Open in New Windows

 

Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above. How to Create a Blog [Length: 2:43]
Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above. Posting and Managing Articles Overview [Length: ] COMING SOON
Video tutorial available on this topic. See tab above. Uploading and Embedding Images, Media, and 3rd Party Videos [Length: ] COMING SOON
   

 

 

About Blog Software

 

ParaNexus Blog Module Version 1.0 February 15, 2010

© Copyright 2010 ParaNexus Anomalous Research Assoc. Inc.

 

This blog software was custom written by Michael Jones and Doug Kelley to integrate into the website. The MCHS site itself is built on an SMF platform with Tiny Portal and several custom modifications. Michael Jones, ParaNexus' Technology Director, took the lead on this project and was primarily responsible for writing the PHP and Java Script software. Doug Kelley, MCHS Founder, was primarily responsible for overall web design, graphics, and layout. Project development began in September 2009 and the first version was released in February 2010.

 

This blog module was developed out of need; no other adequate blog module was available at the time that integrated with SMF and Tiny Portal.

 

This blog module consists of over 4,300 lines of PHP code, and over 550 lines of CSS style sheet code. Several hundred work hours and many wee-hour nights were invested in this project interspersed around work and life schedules.

 

Acknowledgements

MCHS Admin would like to thank Michael Jones for taking the lead on this project and, in the process, gaining an efficient knowledge of PHP programming that will make other web projects even better. We thank a number of people for helping to test the beta version, most notably, Sharon West, for also offering feedback on the old blog software that led to the development of this project. The development team would also like to acknowledge TinyMCE for the WYSIWYG editor used in creating articles, Bryn Jones for the plugin that allows media and image uploads, and Function Design Studio for the icons that were used in this project. Finally, we express appreciation to the software development community for publishing scripts, tutorials, and information that helped us to complete this project.

 

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