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How to add to the THS site


By Richard Frankum - Posted on 31 May 2011

There's been a bit of discussion on the Google Groups mailing list about the use of this site. I thought I'd make a quick guide for how to make a blog entry. If you're comfortable with HTML, it's quite easy. First, you have to have an account on the tokyohackerspace.org site itself. If you don't have one, sign up online or talk to us about it. start bar
As you can see here, I currently have my language settings in Japanese, so the Japanese options on the tab bar are active. On the right-hand side of the page you can find the login: login
And once you have logged in, you will see the actions you can take for the site. On the left is the Japanese, on the right I've switched to English. loggedin Japanese logged in English
Clicking "Create Content" brings up a menu where you can choose the kind of information you want to post. Since I want to put this tutorial as a Blog Entry, I'll choose the first entry. Content types
There are three components to a Blog Entry,

  1. the Blog header
  2. the Blog article itself
  3. pictures, etc. that are referenced in the article

First, the blog header information:

blog header


  1. the title of the article turns into its headline and part of a direct URL for linking.
  2. tags are used on the THS site for searching and making automated lists. For example, if I add the "KitchenHacks" tag, this blog entry would be referenced automatically from the KitchenHacks group page.
  3. Here you specify the language of the article.

the Blog entry itself

Once you start writing the article, you can "split" the window. The top window will appear as the summary on the front page of the site, so you want to write a small introduction at the start of your article. Place the cursor between the introduction and the rest of the article, and click "Split summary at cursor". split at cursor
As you can see, I wrote my blog article using HTML tags for links and pictures. This means I have a couple points of administration. First is letting Drupal know that I'm using complex tags. Under the "Input Format" tab I need to specify "full HTML". This will activate the <img> and link tags. choose HTML for inline images

HTML resources

I also need to upload the images and other resources I've used in the article. Picking an image at a time and uploading them stores them on the server, and a link URL is given. Use this URL in the article image tags. upload the pictures referenced
Finally, the "Publishing options" tab allows you to position the article on the site. If you want your blog entry to be added to the front page, click the tab. Marking an article "sticky" will keep it at the top of a list. For example, this will keep things like "How to get to the Hackerspace" at the top of the front page. Please don't mark your blog entries sticky without good reason. Do you want the content promoted to the front page?
Good luck, and if you have any questions please feel free to bring them up. Either asking on the Google Groups list, talking about the site at the Tuesday meetings, or direct email to me or the site admins, let us know!

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This is an awesome write up!!
Thank you!

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