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Add new research, education, meetings or deadlines

  1. In the WordPress admin menu, find and click “Posts”, click Add New.
  2. Add a title
  3. Find the “Categories” meta box and check the category that is related to the content you’re creating.  For example, if you’re adding a meeting, check the box next to “Meetings & Deadlines”.
  4. Once you check the appropriate category, certain custom content fields will appear (For example, if you check “Meetings & Deadlines”, you’ll see options to add a Start and End Date, but if you select “Research”, you’ll see options to add the status of the study as well as the PIs.  Complete the relevant fields for your new post (such as adding the Start Date if it’s a meeting.
  5. In the main content editor (just below the page title), add the main content for this post.  NOTE:  It’s important that you do not copy and paste directly from another text editor or PDF unless you are in PLAIN TEXT MODE.  To properly copy and paste content into WordPress, you should select your document (in Word, Pages, etc.) and then turn your text editor into Plain Text Mode.  Once you do this, copy and paste the plain text over into the WordPress content editor (just below the title of the page you’re creating).  Then, go through and make sure to add line breaks for paragraphs, headlines, bold/italicize text, and add links where appropriate.  This is a bit more work then just copy and pasting without turning on plain text mode, but it will make sure that no weird characters, HTML or other formatting gets added.
  6. Add an image.  Find the Featured Image meta box and click Set Featured Image.  Upload your image.  The image width should be roughly 1000 pixels wide for the best results (it’ll look good, but it wont’ take forever to load).  After you upload your image, you can see the image width (the first number) in the “Attachment Details” section.  If the number is larger than 1000, click Edit Image, change the first number to 1000 (the second number will auto change), then click Scale, then Back.  Then, select the image to add it as the featured image for your new post.
  7. Protect the content for members only.  If the page you’re creating should be for members only, then scroll down and find the “Restrict this content” meta box.  Click to expand it if it isn’t already expanded.  Change the dropdown from “Everyone” to “Members of membership level”, leave the first option (Members of any membership level) checked.

Add general pages

If you need to add a general page, the steps are very similar to the above; however, instead of going to Posts, Add New, you’ll want to go to Pages, Add New.  Then, follow the same steps as the above to add content (there won’t be category options when creating general pages.

Add pages to the header menu

Right now, Michael is the only person with admin access (which is necessary to add menu items).  If that needs to change, please ask Michael to update your user account to “admin”.

  1. To add / manage items that appear in the header menu, go to Appearance, Menus.
  2. Select “Header” from the dropdown at the top of the page and click Select (if it’s not already selected)
  3. Notice how the Menu Structure is setup with parent-level pages and then child-level pages that are slightly indented below the parent.   For example, “Research” is a parent and “Active Projects” is a child.
  4. To add a new page or post to the menu, find the page or post in the left “Add menu items” section.  Check the box next to the page or post you’d like to add, then click “Add To Menu”
  5. Once the item is added to the menu, drag-and-drop it to the appropriate place within your Menu Structure (drag it slightly to the right to indent inline with other child pages)
  6. Save your menu