Jun 162014
 
Introduction

Remapedia was originally developed using a Wiki based application. Unfortunately development of the base application made it less suitable for our use and at the same time other applications developed in a direction which suited us. In particular the very popular blogging application WordPress became more popular as a content management system (in its stand alone version – not that hosted commercially at WordPress.com). Remap has been using WordPress for the Remap Newsletter for some time now and it has proven to be reliable and easy for authors to enter information so we adopted it as the platform for Remapedia.

The idea of Remapedia is to allow Panels to enter their own projects and illustrations.  This removes the inevitable bottleneck which occurs if material has to be sent to a central point for entry.

Before being able to enter new projects you need to obtain a login name and password to give you editorial access. However, no registration or login is needed to read any part of the Remapedia).  You can get a login from Ian Midgley (ian@remapgroups.org.uk)

Preparing Information

WordPress allows information to be prepared and entered in a number of ways and users can chose the one that suits them best. It can be entered online using the WordPress built in editor or it can be prepared off line using a local text editor. Generally our users of the newsletter have found it is easier to use the second method for preparing articles as it is easy to save local copies and work on them over a period of time.

Please bear in mind that what you write in any editor and what appears on screen may not be quite the same so you may need to learn the idiosyncrasies of your chosen editor.

A number of available free editors are listed below at Annex A, try as many as you wish however, for Windows users Windows Live Writer is the recommended first choice and the one covered in these instructions. If there are any Mac or Linux users or Windows users who use different editors I would appreciate it if you could let me know your experiences with those editors and how to install them.

For Mac users the only free editors are the Firefox browser based ones

Installing an Offline Editor- Windows Live Writer

These instructions apply to Windows Live Writer (WLW). Two versions of Live Writer exist which have different layouts. The first is for Windows XP, the second version is for all later operating systems (including Windows 8 even though it says only up to 7). CAUTION – when installing Live writer it comes as part of a “live” package with a variety of other applications you may not want. Make sure you de-select those packages you don’t want after the initial loader is downloaded.

Setup Windows Live Writer 2011

Before starting this please email me for a login name and username to allow you to edit the trial Remapedia contents.

Time required to set up Live Writer 8-12 minutes

Download the Windows Live Writer 2011 setup program.

Select “Choose the programs you want to install.”

Uncheck everything except for Writer. Click Install. You’ll be prompted to restart your computer once the install completes.

Note: Please be patient while waiting for the install process. It can take several minutes to install Writer.

Once you have restarted, you can find the new program in your Start Menu. Go to All Programs > Windows Live > Windows Live Writer.

When you start Windows Live Writer for the first time, you’ll be prompted to configure the program to connect to your blog.

  • For “What blog service do you use?”, select WordPress (Or “other blog type” in the XP version) and click Next.
  • · For “Add a blog account”, enter the Remapedia blog address of www.remapedia.org.uk your user name, and password, then click Next.

Once you select your blog type, you’ll be prompted to allow Live Writer to detect you blog theme, click Yes. (This feature will allow you to view your blog post like it’ll look on your blog before publishing.)

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The final screen should say “Your blog has been set up.” If you’d like, you may edit the Blog nickname before clicking Finish.

Now, you should see an [untitled] post screen. On the Home tab, your Blog nickname from the previous screen will appear next to the Publish button.

Adding Plug-Ins

Plug-ins are small programs designed to extend the functions of the base program. Livewriter will work perfectly well as it is, however, if you want to add files as downloadable links (for example a downloadable CAD file or a download of some software you have written) you will need to add  a plug-in to allow you to do so. You do NOT need to use this just to add pictures

Unfortunately Microsoft has abandoned Live Writer so you cannot add them through the built in function.  Instead go to http://insert-file-plugin-for-windows-live-writ.software.informer.com/  and download the Insert File Plug-in. The file you download should be called insertfileplugin.msi  once downloaded run it and it will install the plug-in to Live Writer.

Once the configuration is complete, you can start writing new articles using Windows Live Writer. Just type in your blog post title and content in the spaces provided, and use the formatting buttons as you normally would. Adding images is easy using the icons or links on the right hand side of the Windows Live Writer window. You can select a category using the dropdown menu at the bottom of the screen. PLEASE – make sure you always select one, and only one, category for each post. This will normally be the Hamilton Index category which you will find in the categories box.

You can save work as a “Local Draft” (found in “File” on the menu bar) until you are ready to post it which you do by pressing the “Publish” button.   You can also retrieve files you have posted for editing if you want to add to them or alter them after posting.  You can’t delete files using Live Writer.

Layout for entering Jobs

The prescriptive form layout of the old yearbooks made the descriptions rather stilted. There is no form layout in the new system but it is suggested you follow the sequence of describing the problem-describing the solution and then illustrating the solution and describing the benefit the client gained. There are examples already on the site which you can follow.

Preparing Pictures for use

Before using pictures on the Remapedia PLEASE make sure you have prepared them so they are at an appropriate size and resolution for the web. If people upload large numbers of multi-megapixel photographs the site will become very slow and we will run out of server space. Live Writer has a facility where if you load a large picture you can reduce its displayed size using normal corner scaling handles. This won’t reduce the file size however.

Most pictures should be at no more than about 800×600 pixel size (usually less) and a resolution of 96DPI. This should give you images no greater than about 500k in size.  Please don’t post multi-megabyte images. To prepare pictures use either your normal photo editing software and look for a “save for web” or similar option or use one of the many photo resizing programs around such as Irfan View or “Free Photo Resizer” http://download.cnet.com/Free-Picture-Resize-Starter/3000-12511_4-10297789.html (If anyone has any other favourites please let me know).  More information on photography for Remap can be found at http://remaponline.org.uk/remapedia/2013/04/technical-guide-to-photography-for-remap/

Embedded Video

The new system should also accept video sequences in posts, I haven’t tried this yet but again try to keep the file sizes down to the minimum necessary.

ADDING MORE THAN ONE NEW POST

When adding more than one post per session DO NOT (in Livewriter at least and probably other editors) delete old text and enter new, always go to the menu and select “New Post”.  If you fail to do this the text from the previously entered post will be overwritten as WordPress keeps track of pages by its own numbering system not by titles and thinks you have edited your last post, not started a new one.  This internal numbering is useful as it allows you to have a number of separate posts with the same title.  If you inadvertently edit rather than restart a post the older overwritten text can usually be recovered so if you have lost a significant body of work please contact Peter Parry.

Annex A

Available Editors

The following offline editors can be used to prepare work for entry into the Remapedia.

Mac

· Blogo

· Ecto (Commercial – costs $20)

· MarsEdit (Commercial – costs $40)

Windows

· Windows Live Writer (Free) users from XP to Windows 8. Note there are two versions, one for XP and one for later operating systems, make sure you chose the right one)

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=8621

· Raven (Free but has not been updated for a while)

· Microsoft Word (2007 or newer)

Linux

· BloGTK (Free) http://blogtk.jayreding.com/

Multi-platform

· Scribefire (Firefox Add-on) Free, http://www.scribefire.com/

· Shareaholic (Firefox Add-on) Free, https://www.shareaholic.com/tools/firefox

Installing

Live Writer instructions have been given.  For others you are on your own (and please, if you use any others send me details of how you managed).

Some Editors will ask for something like an XML-RPC (or API) endpoint, which will be your blog domain followed by “xmlrpc.php". This will be :-

http://remapedia.org.uk/xmlrpc.php

Any desktop application will also require a username and password – this is the username and password that you will have been provided with to login to WordPress.com.

 June 16, 2014  Posted by at 16:32 Remapedia Help