Quick Tour of the Article Editor
Simon Joinson | Help | Published Sep 28, 2011
Creating your own content on dpreview.com is quick and easy with our new Article Editor. Whether you're writing a quick blog post, a product review, passing on a tip for getting the best from your camera or simply sharing the story behind your favorite shot, this guide should help you get started.
Creating a new article
Articles are created from the Articles tab of your profile. You can also click on 'Manage your Articles' link on the main Articles index page.
|You can access and create your articles by clicking the 'Manage your articles' link at the top of the articles index page||Click on 'Begin writing a new article' in the Articles tab on your profile|
When you click on the Begin writing a new article link you'll be prompted to enter a title and select a category from the drop-down menu
|Give your new article a title||Pick a category from the list - this will be used to help users find your content.|
The Article Editor
You should now see the article editor open with an empty (blank) page. The article editor allows you to add and format text, add images, and insert videos and tables to create content in the dpreview.com style. Although the software is still very much in beta, we've been testing it for several months and are pretty confident that it is stable and reliable enough to open up to public testing. We will be fine-tuning the editor, adding features and cleaning up some of the interface over the next few weeks, and there are a few minor issues (common to all browser-based editors) that we're aware of, but hopefully there is enough here for you to get your teeth into.
The toolbar at the top of the article editor offers basic formatting, image insertion and layout and link, video and page creation tools.
Hover over any tool in the toolbar to find out what it is. The tools offered in version 1 are:
- Edit page title
- Add a page
- Delete a page
- Format (paragraph, header styles)
- Bold, italic (standard keyboard shortcuts work here)
- Insert a horizontal rule
- Lists (bulleted or numbered)
- Increase or decrease indent
- Add or remove a link to highlighted text
- Remove formatting
- Find, Find and Replace
- Undo and Redo
- Insert, edit and layout images
- Embed YouTube or Vimeo video (by pasting a link)
- Create and edit a table
If you want to add tabulated information use the table creation and editing tools on the right-hand side of the toolbar.
|Create a table by defining the dimensions in rows and columns, then click on OK|
|You can now enter data directly into the table - it will expand to fit the text as you type.|
Embedding a video
Click on the Embed a video button and paste the YouTube or Vimeo URL. It's that simple. The result should appear immediately on the page, as here:
Saving, properties and publishing
Once you're ready to share your creation with the world you'll need to do a couple more things. Start by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the Edit Article window. This will close the window and return you to the article's management page.
|The article manager is where you edit basic properties, add a summary and tags and link the content to specific products, if you wish. It's also where you publish, unpublish and delete the article.|
In the article manager you'll need to add a summary (a couple of lines of text describing the content). You can also add tags and / or associate your article with products in our database (which will allow us to automatically link to it from product pages and forums in the future).
Once you're ready to publish click on the Publish button at the top of the page. You can always edit the article or even 'unpublish' later. In the first version of this tool your articles will appear on your profile page (you'll find handy buttons for sharing them via Facebook or Twitter), and you are welcome to post links to your articles in the relevant forum. User generated articles also appear at the bottom of the Articles index page, and we're working on tools to allow users to search, browse and discover each other's content more easily. This is where tagging and product association will help widen your audience.
We will add user content searching/browsing and the ability to submit articles for inclusion in the official dpreview.com editorial section very soon.