South Florida 912 - October 29, 2009

Finding your way around the site

The site is organized into a small number of static pages (like this one), and a larger number of  “posts”, which are placed on the pages, sorted, and viewed by means of the “category” in which they reside.  There are three ways to find information: 

 If you click on the “Archives” box, also on the right, you will get a listing of all the posts on the site for a particular month.   The “Archives” tab on the top will give you all of the site content on one page.

Pages, Posts, and Comments

There are three main types of content on our site, intended for different types of communication.


Registered Users

The site supports a number of different types of users:

There are also a few other users (editors and administrators) who are able to modify the posts of others and manage the site “plumbing”.
It is currently the site policy that anyone can register and become a subscriber, members of the South Florida 912 Project are designated as contributors, (or authors if they are frequent creators of content), and the group editorial board are editors.


Entering Comments

Comments are the easiest way to contribute content to our site.  For any post, simply select the single page view by clicking on the title of the post, and scroll down to the bottom where there will be a text area for entering your comments.   When you click on the “submit comment” button, your comment will appear as it will to others, including your photo or avatar (if you have created one).   At any time, you may edit or delete your comment.   If you are not a member of the 912 project with Contributor authority or greater, your comment will be “moderated”.  This means it will go on a queue to be approved by the site before it is visible to other users.  The reason for this is to prevent spam or material that is offensive to others from appearing on our public forum.  We do encourage comments from all readers however, not just members, and will attempt to approve and post all comments as soon as possible.


Creating and Editing Posts

To create a post, you must have “Contributor” authority or higher (all 912 members are in this category).  Posts are created from a link on the right hand side of most pages, under  your name at the top right, or by using the “Create New Post” button at the top of the 912-blog page. 



This will take you to the post editor, where the first thing you should do is give the post a title in the blank box at the top, and select a category for the post from the pull down list in the right hand column. More about categories later.

Under the title box is a toolbar that contains formatting aids, and to its right is a couple of tabs for selecting the editing mode.  Normally, you would select “visual”, and use the toolbar icons to apply formatting like bold text, lists, centering, etc.   If you want something special, you can select “html” mode and format explicitly.  Keep in mind that the overall theme stylesheet is in effect if you do this.  The toolbar can be expanded to 2 lines by clicking on the second icon from the right (which provides twice as many tools).    You can also expand the editing area to full screen by clicking on the third icon from the left.  The fourth from the left is a spellchecker.

You should save your work frequently, by using the “save draft” button in the upper right.  You can preview how the post will appear with the “preview post” button.  When you are done, publish the post by clicking n “Submit for review” or “Publish Post” if you have Author privileges.




The Importance of Categories

The category to which a post belongs determines where it will appear on the site.  For example, if you would like your post to be part of the “Take Action” area for a local project, you should check the box for “local” under “action”.  You can check as many category boxes as are applicable to your post so it will show up in all the contexts that it belongs.

There are 2 special categories:  “Featured” and “Featured Video”.  If either of these are selected, the post will appear on the front page story carousel.  To use this category there is an additional step though – you must provide a picture to highlight the story (or some image such as a logo), and link it to the story using the “articleimg” field.  This is done by scrolling towards the bottom of the post editor page and selecting the tag from the pulldown list.  The url for the picture is placed in the box.  The image should be uploaded first.  See the figure below. 









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