Writer’s Guide

Welcome to LTCL Magazine!

 

Writer’s Guide (this page): Getting all new writers started on LTCL Magazine. These short 3-10 minute videos show you what the publication’s capabilities are and how to register yourself as an LTCL Writer. The guide will also show you the steps in publishing an article.

*Writers Guide does NOT teach you writing skills*

 

Writer’s Workshop (link below): Where writers can improve their skills. Writing for the online format is completely different than a term paper. Workshop will help you learn the do’s and don’ts!
Click the button to the right and enter the writer’s workshop: Writer Workshop

Click full screen in the videos below for a clear picture in HD

Step 1. Registering on LTCL

Step 1 – Register on the Site & Dashboard Basics

After you register I will get an email notification you did, but feel free to email me as well so I can change your settings from subscriber to author. (alexcruz@livingthecollegelife.com)

We will usually change your settings the same day you register.

Video Summary:

  • Learning how to finish your writer profile once you receive author privileges
  • Understand how the Dashboard works on WordPress
  • Learn how to create a new post
  • Understand what a mini site is and how to make a new post on there

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Step 2 – Learning How to Publish Post Basics

 

 Step 2 – Learning How to Publish Post Basics

Video Summary

  • Understanding the general WordPress layout when creating a post
  • Introduction of the writer modules such as where to insert the article title, content, select categories, tags, featured image. We cover on how to use modules in following videos.
  • Starting an example of a basic article with a featured image and sample content
  • How to save your article as draft or pending *Do not publish it yourself*

Step 3 – Learning How to Use Short Codes and Dress Articles

Step 3 – Learning How to Use Short Codes to Make Your Article Look Nice

Video Summary:

  • Learning difference between Visual and Text view on the edit post dashboard
  • Learning how to expand the Kitchen Sink and overview on the top row of options that are basic word edits
  • Explaining all the Heading Sizes and showing examples
  • How to paste your from word, use quotes, insert divider, use tabs, toggle boxes, and drop cap.
  • Introduction to the other short codes and how they work
Links to see live examples of Short Codes

You can’t put more than one slider or tabs shortcode on a page/post at once.

Step 3 – Continued – More Short Codes and Inserting Images Inside Article

Video Summary

  • Here we explain a few more short codes and how they will work
  • Learning how to insert an image within the content of article
  • Learning how to align your image inside your post

Step 4 – Featured Image Settings and Featured Video

 

Step 4 – Featured Image Settings and Featured Video

Video Summary

  • How to change featured image size to full width, medium width, small, or hidden. Examples shown too.
  • Inserting YouTube video as Featured *Featured image will still be used*
  • Image must be minimum of 650px wide and 350px tall

Step 5 – Finishing Your Article and Making it Google Friendly

Step 5 – Finishing Your Article and Making it Google Friendly

Video Summary

  • Inserting YouTube video inside post
  • Learning how to finish up an article by using the Google tool which does all the work for you

 

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