New Contributor Guide

Hello and welcome to We Are The Mighty!

If you’re new around here, this guide is intended help you with the basics of submitting a We Are The Mighty article for editing. Please read the other guides on our Style and Headline formatting as well.You should have already received an email with your username and password. You’ll login to our WordPress content management system using those credentials. Please change your password after you login to something more secure (in the “Profile” section).To login, you’ll need to go to this page, which is http://www.wearethemighty.com/wp-admin and put in your username/password. Once you login, you’ll see this screen:Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 12.14.24 PMThere’s not much that’s relevant to you on this screen. On the menu to the left, you can click “Profile” to edit your personal profile, change your nickname, put in a bio, and any relevant social media profiles. This information will show up on your profile page on the site (Your email address never will, unless you put it in your bio).

To begin writing a post, hover over “Posts” and click “Add New.”

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That will bring you up to a new post window. When you first login, since this is a new account, the add new post page is going to display a bunch of stuff that’s not really necessary. The basic stuff you need is the Title, Content, Categories, Image, and Tags. All the other stuff is usually for editors.

Here’s what you should be seeing:

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We’re going to go ahead and streamline your add new post screen so it’s only showing what you need it to show. Go ahead and click “Screen Options” in the top right and it will pull down a box where you can choose what to display.

In the screenshot below, I’ve kept checked what you’ll need. All the other stuff is not really necessary, although you can keep it if you want it.

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Ok, now we’re ready to start writing. Don’t worry, once you get your screen set up here, you won’t have to do it again. This is how it should look:

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As you can see, you’ll type in your headline in the Title box, and write your content in the body. It’s just like Word. Feel free to use Italics, Bold, or add images in the content if it’s necessary (via “Add Media”).

The key things you must have before submitting a post for editing are:

  • Headline
  • Content (please follow the Style Guide)
  • One category chosen
  • 2-3 keyword tags. If your content has stuff about sergeant majors and regulations, then you’d have “sergeant major” and “regulations”as tags, for example.
  • An Image

On the last point: You’ll need to choose a good photo. You won’t be able to upload images to WordPress, so if you find a good one, please just put a link into the body of the article.

Now that you have everything you need, the last step is to submit it for editing. If you just click “Save” on a post, it will save it as a Draft. Editors NEVER look at your drafts. A draft tells an editor you are still working on it. You need to set the post for review to let an editor know that you’d like us to take a look.

For contributors, that means clicking “Submit for Review.”

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From here, it will be put in our editor’s queue for review. If it’s all good, we’ll edit and schedule for future publication. If it needs changes, you’ll receive an email with our comments/suggestions and it will be placed back in “Draft” so that you can edit.

Once you make the changes, you’ll again place it in Pending status and we’ll take another look.

Now, read our other guides:

Headlines — How to write a great headline 101.

Style Guide — This is a must-read to learn our formatting, writing basics, and miscellaneous elements of style that need to be followed.

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