Mass Comments is the blog of Loyola’s School of Mass Communication, featuring the writings of selected faculty. Below are some instructions for submitting and editing posts on Mass Comments. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Web Team via email@example.com.
Permitted bloggers can log in with their user name and password at the following URL:
Once logged in, you will see your dashboard. This gives you a quick summary of your activity on Mass Comments.
Click the Write link at the top left of the page. This brings you to a web form where you can write your post. You will need to provide a title, content for the post itself, and some descriptive tags (more info below). You can save your post using the Save button on the right side of the page. Once you have finished writing and wish to publish your post to the blog, click the Publish button.
You can view a list of all Mass Comments blog posts by clicking the Manage link at the top left of any admin page. The list will display both your saved drafts and all published posts. You may only edit a post if you are the author. To edit such a post, click its title in the list.
The editor toolbar gives you a variety of controls when writing a blog post. Hover your mouse pointer over each button for more information. Below you’ll find some additional info on the the buttons/controls highlighted in the image:
- Insert More tag – Clicking this button will split your post in two. Any content above the split will appear on the Mass Comments homepage, followed by a Read the rest of this entry link. Anything below the split will be viewable only on the permalink page for the post. It’s always a good idea to split lengthy posts so other content doesn’t get bumped too far down the homepage.
- Show/Hide Kitchen Sink – Show/hide the second row of buttons/controls on the toolbar.
- Format – Choose the format of your content from this drop-down box. You’ll rarely need anything other than Paragraph for regular content, and Heading 3 for headings within a post.
- Remove formatting – If you copy and paste content from Microsoft Word or a web page, highlight it and hit this button to strip any HTML tags that may cause display problems. Alternatively, you can use the button just to the left of this to paste text safely from Word.
Bloggers may upload and add images to their posts via the Add Media button above the editor toolbar. More information on this will be posted here soon. If you require assistance in the meantime, please contact the Web Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may add tags to your post so it can be associated with similar content on Mass Comments. This makes it easier for users to find out more about certain topics. You can add tags in the appropriate field below the editor. Separate each tag with a comma. Enter as many as you like; you can always remove them later. Click the Add button once you have listed all your tags.