Blog Formats & Features

By Daniel Tomberlin posted 01-10-2019 13:26

  
A simple guide outlining common features useful to PSConnect bloggers while in the blog editor...

Headings

Headings (like that directly above) can be utilized to improve the design of your blog, along with other element. To create a heading go to the Styles menu under Formats > Headings and select a heading of your choice, then type your heading. To start your next line in default font size hold Shift on the keyboard and press Enter at the same time (Shift+Enter). This will conduct a line break down to normal sized texted. Do the same to add a new heading after normal sized text further into your blog.

Inserting Media

Inserting media, images, and files can be done through the menu or icons, depending on your need, see below for common media inserts. Also, media can be edited after it has been inserted by clicking on the media and then clicking on the highlighted icon that coincides with that media, see below.

Embed Video

Further below is a video inserted using the Insert/Edit Media icon, pasting a YouTube link in the Source field under the General tab, and then typing a pixel width in the first field of Dimensions. If you keep Constrain proportions checked the height will scale appropriately after clicking Ok. Tip, if you need to edit this embedded media it's easiest to delete it and start over.

EXAMPLE:



Upload Video

The video further below was uploaded and inserted from a local device using the Insert/Edit Media icon. Instead of pasting a link into the Source, click the folder icon and upload your video file into your own personal file library (Media Uploader). Here you can also create folders and organize files that you've used in your blogs (right click in that area for more options). Btw, this video is easily resizable after it has been inserted by simply dragging a corner.

EXAMPLE:



Thumbnail Picture

This insert is done through the menu (Insert > Thumbnail Picture). They have preset sizes under the Thumbnail Display Settings, but the size can easily be adjusted after it has been inserted by dragging the corner and you can setup the image to be clicked for full size display in a separate web browser tab, which can only be tested after Publish.

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EXAMPLE:

thumbnail image
Also, "Add Text here" is placed to the right of the image and can be directly edited after the image is inserted into the editor.

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Note, you have to manually set the break where you want your text to 'wrap' below the image, which is done by clicking on the last empty line at the bottom of the editor or below the image. Also, the column of text next to the image will not wrap as the web browser window width decreases until that width decreases to the width of the image, then it will fall underneath the image.

Uploaded Image

This image was inserted using the Insert/Edit Image icon. The image is inserted at it's actual size or max width of blog frame, unless you set the pixel width by adding it in the Style field under the Advanced tab. For example you'd add "width:450px" if you want the width to only be 450 pixels across. Also the caption is displayed directly under the image, left justified, when Published (not centered within the gray border around the image as seen in the editor). This method is not easily flexible as the previous method.

EXAMPLE:

Image Caption



Paste Image

The image below and those images that are not under the "EXAMPLE:" above have all been pasted from the clipboard as is with this example. So one could simply use the Windows Snipping Tool to copy a screenshot region and Paste it directly into the blog editor by using your right click menu or pressing Ctrl then V at the same time on your keyboard (Ctrl+V).

EXAMPLE:

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Insert File

You can insert a file into your Blog if you want too using the file icon next to media icon. After you select the file to insert it will place it in your blog as a link to be downloaded upon clicking. Below is an example of a file that has more information on other common features used in PSConnect. Take a look!
PSConnect_Quick_Guide.pdf



Note, almost everything you see in the editor is exactly how it will be seen after you publish it with the exception of certain media, like an uploaded video will just display a place holder and an image Caption will not be centered but left justified and without the gray border around the image as you see it in the editor.


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