Blogging with hypotheses.org – a short intro

https://hypotheses.org/

The following tutorial is meant for those who have no experience with blogging and will tell you how to write an article/blogpost complete with hyperlinks and pictures here africana.hypotheses.org. It is adopted from a tutorial I originally wrote for a different scholarly blog (intersex.hypotheses.org/3307) and should work for any of the many, many scholarly blogs kindly hosted by https://hypotheses.org/.

Invitation and login

Before you can login to the backend (where all the magic blogging happens), get in touch with us so we can set up an account for you. All we need is an email address; if you prefer a specific user name, please let us know, otherwise we will create one for you (‘firstnamelastname’ style).

You will receive an invitation email which is automatically generated and may be in English, French or German. It contains a link which you have to confirm shortly after receiving the email; otherwise, it expires.

Einladungsmail

Invitation email (language may vary)

Once this is done, you simply login at https://africana.hypotheses.org/wp-login.php (or click ‚Login‘ at the top bar of the blog’s homepage). The backend presents you with a simply word processor-like interface, and a menu to the left which contains a few additional options, including ‚Profile‘. Here, you can change your password and your ‘public name’ which appears in all your contributions (blogposts, comments). Note that unlike your ‘public name’, your user name cannot be changed. The user name (which you mainly need to log in) is not normally visible if you set a ‘public name’.

Writing your post

Screenshot of the backend

Once you hit ‘Post‘ / ‘Add new‘ the backend will present you with somethings that really looks like a simple word processor, and if you happen to use Word or Open Office, it will feel very familiar. The ususal shortcuts work (ctrl+b, ctrl+c, ctrl+v and so on), for example. The menu is simple, layout options are limited, and I personally recommend to keep the layout indeed simple. The blog is read by people using different devices with difference screens (anything from 4″ mobile phones to desktop computers) and different operating systems, the more complex the layout is the more likely is it that something looks odd for at least some users.

If you like, you can use Word or the like to write text and than copy&paste it; actually I recommend this if you want to write a blogpost with footnotes. Simply insert footnotes when writing the text; once you insert the text in the backend, the footnotes will reappear in slightly different form.

Screenshot of the backend

If you want to know what the blogpost will look like, use the Preview button in the upper right corner of the backend. In practice, much will depend on the device used by the reader, but nonetheless the preview can be helpful.

The right colum also contains the menu categories and tags; if you want to, can use these menues, but feel free to leave this to me. Both tags and categories can also be changed later on.

Much more importantly, do not forget to hit “Save Draft” every now and then. Feel free to publish the post yourself (the orange Publish button will do exactely this), or simply let me know that you are done so I can add tags, insert a pdf version (if you like), and the like.

Links

 

Blogpost may, and often will, contain hyperlinks. The relevant button in the word processor menu in the backend is shown above. Simply highlight the text, hit the button, and the menue shown below appears where you enter (or paste) the URL you want. I recommend that you make the link open in a new tab; in order to do so, click on the “link option”-gearwheel in the menu shown below, and tick the box next to “Open link in a new tab”.

Pictures

The button “Add media” allows you to upload all sorts of files including pictures. Once uploaded, the pictures can be inserted in any blogpost. If you have done so, simply click on the picture to open a very simple context menu; clicking on the pen symbol will give you a few more options, namely adding a caption. Please provide the source of the image here. In addition to the ususal details, please also state whether the picture is in the public domain or whether a specific licence applies. The blogpost you are reading, for example, is licensed under the Creative Commons licence known by the shorthand CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Adopted from: Wilhelm Busch, Plisch und Plum (1882). Source: Projekt Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/buch/plisch-und-plum-4189/1). Public domain.

In addition to pictures that will appear in the blogpost itself, you can add a preview image; for this, use the “Featured Image” button in the lower right corner of the backend, and choose from the media files (or upload another picture). This image will appear at the start page https://africana.hypotheses.org/ (depending on the layout, actually).

That was it?

Actually, yes. Happy blogging!

Christof Rolker

Christof Rolker is a historian interested in the Middle Ages, esp. canon law, kinship, family, sex and gender, and the use of symbolic goods (names, coats of arms etc).

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