Tuesday, September 25, 2007

How to make a long post

It took the better part of four hours and some disgustingly potent coffee, but you now have a great way of making long posts to our blog! With this method, readers on the front page of the blog will only see a snippet of your post, but readers on the post page will see the complete post.

Click on "Post Page" below to see the rest!

These steps assume that you want the beginning of your post to be the preview. If you really, really want something different, let an administrator know and we'll help you out.

Step 1: Put your entire blog post into the new post text box under the "Compose" tab. If you want to format your post, now is the time to do it.

Step 2: Click on the "Edit Html" tab.

Step 3: Find the spot where you want the preview to end. Put the cursor there and paste the following:

<span class="frontpageonly">

Click on "Post Page" below to see the rest!</span><span class="postpageonly">

If you want to change the "Click on..." text, go ahead, but don't touch the span tags unless you know exactly what you're doing.

Step 4: Scroll all the way to the bottom. Paste the following to the end of the post:

You're done!

As always, those of you who know HTML/CSS are welcome to apply that knowledge to this system. Play around with the frontpageonly and postpageonly classes to your heart's content, but try not to break the blog in the process.