Step by Step Instructions

 

The STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS are in a PDF format to make it easier for you to download and print them out as needed. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD BINDLESNITCH STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS v6

The instruction sheet will open in a new tab to the right of the current tab.  You can switch back and forth between tabs if you need to review the instructions. These instructions will change from time to time as the website continues to develop. When that happens, you will see UPDATED INSTRUCTIONS   to alert you to the changes that we have made in the system.

Better yet: click HERE for the video showing the step by step process. It’s  not nearly as complex as it sounds.

For your convenience, here’s a shorter summary of the instruction sheet:

  • Write Your Articles Off-Line (best practice)
  • Insert type-styles and hyperlinks in the draft of the article
  • Use Bold Type for Subheads
  • Do not insert images: they will not transfer
  • Remove Double Spacing between words before you transfer article
  • MAKE SURE YOU HAVE INSERTED A EXTRA LINE BETWEEN PARAGRAPHS
  • Save article in your word processor with the same title used in the post
  • Go to BindleSnitch.com
  • Move cursor to MEMBERS
  • Select Login from drop down menu
  • Submit Credentials
  • Return to Members
  • Select NEW POST from drop-down menu
  • Insert Your Headline (44 TO 68 CHARACTERS ONLY!)
    • Do not start a headline with a punctuation mark, a Roman numeral or an Arabic number. It screws up the archive functions.
    • Avoid using punctuation marks in headlines. They take up space.
    • Use Headline Case (and read the Associated Press Headline Case Rules)
  • Verify that the VISUAL TAB has been selected on Text Box
  • Switch PITCH to SAVE AS DRAFT in the PUBLISH Box
  • Paste entire article into the text area
  • Review your text. If you have lost your paragraph breaks, replace them manually.
  • If you are using sub headings in your article, highlight the subheadings and use the paragraph box to change them to Heading 3. Do not use any other Heading.
  • If you are using sub-heads (recommended for articles longer than 800 words,) highlight the TEXT you want to use as the sub-head, click on the paragraph drop-box, and select HEADLINE 3. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER HEADLINE SIZE.
  • Do not change ink colors. Use only black ink.
  • Save your work after each change.
  • CHECK HYPERLINKS.  Repair as needed. (See instructions for details on hyperlinking.)
  • Insert inline images. (Optional. Recommended for articles of more than 800 words. See detailed instructions for how to do this.)
  • Pay attention to the Check Box. You cannot submit an article until all of the items are green.
  • CATEGORIES: You can have one – and only one – category per article but you cannot publish an article without a category attached to it.

  • DO NOT USE THE ABOUT BINDLESNITCH OR THE TOP PICKS CATEGORIES. THESE ARE RESERVED FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. (If you do this you will piss us off and we will move your articles to Et. Cetera. )
  • TAGS: You must have at least one tag per article.  You can have up to eight tags per article.Tags are usually the names of persons and organizations referred to in your article.
  • EXCERPTS: Excerpts are VERY important. Excerpts are picked up by our WordPress theme and used to create links to your articles from our pages. They are also used by search engines to define your articles. BindleSnitch is designed so that you cannot save an article until you have inserted an excerpt. Here are the excerpt guidelines.
    • Excerpts should be approximately 250 characters. The first two and a half lines of text from your article usually works out to be the right number of characters. (This will often be identical with the lead sentence of your first paragraph.) This is what the excerpt box looks like. It is directly under the text area
  • FEATURED IMAGE: ALWAYS DO THIS LAST
    • Adding the Featured Image should be the last thing you do before you publish an article.
    • This prevents you from publishing articles prematurely.
    • Every article must have a featured image.
    • The featured image will appear ABOVE the headline for your article when the article is displayed on the screen. The featured image will also appear in the excerpt of your article on the Home Page, the Category pages and the archives. See detailed instructions for inputting featured images.
    • Featured Images MUST BE 640 pixels wide and 480 pixels tall or a 1.333 to 1 ratio.
    • You can use any image in your media library for your featured image. You cannot use a video clip.
    • Simply click on SET FEATURED IMAGE, then click on SELECT FILE and select any image in your media library.
    • You can use your own picture as your featured image.
    • Except for your own picture, DO NOT KEEP REUSING THE SAME IMAGES.
    • Do not use the featured image AGAIN in the text of your article.
    • We reserve the right to replace offensive or otherwise inappropriate images.
  • WRAPPING UP:
    • Right click on the PREVIEW button and select “Open in a New Window.” This will open up a copy of the article as it will appear on the website.
    • Review your work then click on the PUBLISH button. Articles are published immediately after you click on the publish button..
    • Now, go to the home page and make sure that your article appears in the left hand column. If it doesn’t send us an email.
    • Make SURE that your headline takes up at least two lines on the post preview on the home page.
    • Make SURE that your headline does not extend to more than three lines in the post preview.
    • Next, click on the category that choose for your article. Make sure that your article appears in the category listing and that the headline fits in the space.
    • Click on your article on the home page and make sure that the article opens properly.
    • Read your article one more time in its final condition.
    • If you need to edit or revise your article, you can do so simply by scrolling to the bottom of the article and clicking on the EDIT button that you will find there. Save the changes by clicking on the UPDATE button, which will replace the PUBLISH button on the dialog box.

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