Posting Tutorials

Welcome Eager Poster!

Heads up this place is a work in progress! as time goes on everything you need to get posting will be here :D


 How to start a post

It’s simple to start a post. You can either click the + New button on the WordPress header located on top of the page OR click the ‘New Post’ link located under your WordPress Gravatar. Do note that you must have a WordPress account and be logged in. The login for WordPress is located on the right-hand side of the page. Oh, and it IS possible to post from the WordPress app in case you get the urge to post while on the go.

Setting a Featured image


The TakuChat Colors

Site identity is important and maintaining the color scheme is part of that. So if you’re wondering what colors we use for the site here’s a list.

Colors:

#849E34 – Accent green
#D4FD5C  - Night Yellow Green
#CA4B5E – Night Red
#6DC2ED – Night Light Blue
#15345C – Accent Dark Blue

Adobe Kuler Link

Grays:

#333333 – BackGround

#222222 – Body

Black & White

(TBD)


How To Post A Gallery

To post an image gallery you need to upload your pictures. Click the ‘Add Media’ icon next to ‘Upload/Instert’ at the top left then simply drag and drop your pictures from your computer.

Click ‘Save all changes’ which should take you to the gallery tab. From here you can reorganize your gallery and change specific image details.

The most important factor is selecting “image attachment” in the section below, this ensures the gallery loads images in lightbox.

Click ‘Insert gallery’ and you’re done!

Inserting an image

Inserting an image involves the same steps as posting a gallery when it come to uploading an image.

You can insert from a URL as well. In either case, select your image then select “Insert Into Post”, simple as that!

Also note other options like captions and image position on the page. We won’t explain this here as its something you can experiment with later.

Lightbox

Lightbox is a snazzy effect that lets you view all the image in a post from one little pop up window inside the page. Really quick, really cool.

check out this example…just…click it, go ahead.

BOOM. Sexy huh? All images that link to an image will appear like this. Please make sure you select “Link to image” when putting images in your post.

But please never link an image in your post that is hosted on another site. If you must, use a service like Tinypic pasted the link there, and uploaded to their servers. This way there’s no issue of your image being blocked for hot linking since most sites black that (yes even we do).


Post writing Guidelines

Punctuation

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University states that a comma splice occurs “when two independent clauses are connected with only a comma.” If you have two clauses that could stand on their own as sentences, don’t use a comma between them. For example, the following is not acceptable:

“I really like Final Fantasy XIII, it has gorgeous environments and an entertaining gameplay model.”

Use a semicolon to emphasize the first clause or to give both of them equal emphasis:

“KingKellogg is a pretty cool guy; he kills aliens and isn’t afraid of anything.”

Use a colon to emphasize the second of two independent clauses:

“FellowMusicFan has a special announcement: he’s running for president!”

Do use commas, however, for introductory clauses:

I really appreciate all the hard work you guys are putting into the site! Thank you, everyone!

That being stated, the Oxford comma, “an optional comma before the word ‘and’ at the end of a list,” according to Oxford Dictionaries, is optional. I personally prefer it.

The Purdue Online Writing Lab also gives several helpful rules and uses for apostrophes, which include the following:

1) Using apostrophes for nouns’ possessive forms
2) Using apostrophes to show omission of letters
3) Using apostrophes to indicate certain plurals of lowercase letters

When dealing with contractions, try mentally expanding them in order to understand if and how apostrophes should be used:

“Takuchat’s doing well in terms of user base. Takuchat is growing in terms of popularity.

Possessive proper nouns (that is, nouns that signify ownership and are also referring to specific people, places, or things) require apostrophes in English:

KingKellogg’s incredibly buff six-pack makes me cry.

Normal plurals do not:

These hamburgers are unevenly cooked.

Contractions and possessive forms, however, are not interchangeable. “On its own” is phrased correctly, while “on it’s own” is not. To elaborate, the latter phrase would be fully expressed as, “on it is own,” which makes no sense.

Plural possessives, however, generally do have apostrophes at their ends:

The fans’ and the bloggers’ hopes of hearing Gabe Newell sing “Amazing Grace” at the concert were not disappointed.

Cite your sources

If you are going to make a claim about a gaming announcement, such as an upcoming release, cite it. If you are going to repeat a person’s words, whether you are directly quoting the source or simply paraphrasing (defined by Merriam-Webster as “a restatement of a text, passage, or work giving the meaning in another form”), cite it. The specifics of how you cite a source can be left for discussion or personal decision (that is, I’m not going to force all editors to adhere to APA or MLA style, for example), but one way or another, given any idea that does not clearly and specifically belong to an article author, the reader will benefit from being able to trace that idea to a reliable source.

Plagiarism has no place on Takuchat.

Word choice

Your = possessive. “I hope your day at the abattoir goes well!” (“You’re” would be inappropriate here and would be rendered, “I hope you are day at the abattoir goes well!”)
You’re = contraction of you are. “You’re looking lovely in that black dress. Ready for our rock climb?”

Their = possessive. “Their public approval rating is very high, at least on Tuesdays when they halve the price of their ice cream.”
They’re = contraction of they are. “They’re not looking to expand, however. They are dealing with too many logistics issues as is.”
there = many different parts of speech depending on context; an easy thing to remember, for example, is to not use it when referring to people. “There is an apple on my head, isn’t there?”