This page will serve as a resource for all the Editors of Polycount and continue useful information for making blog posts, articles/interviews/tutorials, images and so on.
Page 1: Creating posts with Wordpress
Page 2: Important information regarding image types for Posts, and Polycount colours
As an Editor at Polycount you will be using Wordpress for creating blog posts or adding content to the News page. Wordpress can be accessed from any computer, using your Polycount username & password.
To access Wordpress, click here. I suggest you bookmark this URL as well.
There are 2 types of content you can create with Wordpress: Posts & Pages.
As an editor, your primary update will be a Post. Posts are the typical blog post and will show up on the front page of Polycount.
Within a Post, you can do any of the following:
Pages are identical in creation as Posts, but they are not added to the blog queue or display. They are simply given a URL and contained within the same design rules as blog posts. Content pages are used for things such as important pages for Polycount (advertising, contact us, etc.), Contest pages, and so on. Editing101 - the page you're on now - was created as a page. As an editor you will likely not be creating Pages.
Both can be accessed from the left side menu of Wordpress. Take the time now to poke around in those menu's.
As an Editor you will be uploading your own images to Polycount for your posts. While its not 100% set in stone, there are guidelines for what image sizes to use for which type of post and where to access them, found on here.
Adding Media to Wordpress is simple. There are 2 major ways of doing this: Through the left-side menu or directly in the Post editor.
Clicking 'Media' from the left side menu will show you the current library. Any of these images can be clicked on to receive relevant information (URL, caption (if there is one), and so on). Any information saved here is universally used for this particular image. So if you drop this image in multiple posts it will maintain its properties set here.
With the Media button clicked, you will notice a drop-down menu appears with 'Add New' as the second available option. Clicking this will bring up the interface for adding new media to the library. It's fairly straight forward so I won't get in to details. I will suggest, though, that you use the Browser editor and NOT the Flash editor as it can be buggy from time to time. Also, check out all the available image options (justification, whether it opens in a new window (it should), and so on).
This is done while in the Post editor. Clicking this button will bring up the Image tool for adding images to the library. The tool is fairly straight forward so I won't go in to details. Once your image is upload, be sure to use the 'Insert into Post' button to that your image is added. Also, check out all the available image options (justification, whether it opens in a new window (it should), and so on).
Rather than writing explicit details for creating a post - as its pretty straight forward as far as editors go - I'll hit important areas via an FAQ.
Q. The editor looks to not have many options for editing text. Are there more options available?
A. Yes, be sure to expand the kitchen sink. It's the button below or you can hit Shift-Alt-Z
Q. Where do I add Tags to my post?
A. On the right is a menu called 'Post Tags'. You can add new tags there. Common tags for our site will pop-up as an option as you type.
Q. Where do I control when my post goes live?
A. By default your post goes live when you hit the PUBLISH button on the right. If you look on the right hand side, in the Publish section, you will see an area that says, 'Published on'. Click the Edit button and change the date & time you'd like your post to go live.
Q. I'm writing an Exclusive post for Polycount, what do I need to know.
A. Exclusive posts for Polycount - that is, content that is 100% exclusive to us (like this interview with Ryan Clark) - have a few more areas you need to take care of. They are:
There are different types of posts you'll be making for Polycount, they are:
Here are brief descriptions for each Post type:
3D Community News (Bunched or Single)
General News (Bunched or Single)
A. Bunched posts are News posts containing multiple news bits. Generally 'low impact' items can be placed in here. Low impact meaning the post may not be for everyone but artists will enjoy it. Try and end each bunched post with a question for the reader, to entice commenting. Check out this bunched post for an example of how it was written.
A. Single posts are News posts containing 1 news bit. Generally this is 'high impact' news that the majority of our user base will find useful. Check out this single post for an example of how they're written.
This is the image size to use whenever using a banner internally of all EXCLUSIVE Polycount posts.
File location: Dropbox > Polycount > ~Website Images > exclusive_banner_template.psd
Example usage: http://satellite.polycount.com/2010/05/17/creator-of-crazybump-ryan-clark-2/
VERY IMPORTANT: You will notice that this image is outside of the blogs width, which is because it was placed as a typical image. This image specifically MUST be placed with this method.
This is the image size to use whenever using an image on the front page of all EXCLUSIVE Polycount posts.
File location: Dropbox > Polycount > ~Website Images > exclusive_frontimage_template.psd
Example usage: http://satellite.polycount.com/category/interview/
This is the image size to use whenever using images internally of all EXCLUSIVE Polycount posts.
File location: Dropbox > Polycount > ~Website Images > exclusive_internal_template.psd
Example usage: http://satellite.polycount.com/2010/05/17/creator-of-crazybump-ryan-clark-2/2/#start-reading
NOTE: This resolution is also the same that the front page images are for our exclusive articles. And while they are the same sizes, please use the appropriate PSD files.
For this sort of news there's 2 image sizes you can use.
This is the image size to use whenever using images internally of all GENERAL Polycount posts.
File location: Dropbox > Polycount > ~Website Images > general_internal_template.psd
Example usage: http://satellite.polycount.com/2010/05/16/welcome-to-the-new-polycount/