Here are the “Contributor Post Submission Guidelines” and tutorial for Contributors/Authors here on Design Soak Magazine. Before writing your first post, make sure you read this completely. You will be writing posts using WordPress, which is very easy to use.
Below is a post screen-shot that I’m going the use as an example for this tutorial. It only has one image, but it should give you an idea on how a post should be constructed in the Admin panel.
NOTE: To become an author, read this first.
As can be seen in this example, a post on Design Soak has a main title, followed by copy text and images. The credits should go near the bottom of the post, but please also attribute any inspirational work you choose in the top paragraph, too. If you want a better idea of how posts are setup, just check out my recent posts to get a feel for how posts should “flow”.
1. Here is content that is NOT allowed: Nudity in any form, sex, lustful imagery, “fantasy imagery”, violence, swearwords in copy text or images (this included blasphemies such as “o.m.g”, Jesus, “Oh my..” and so forth), images from stock libraries that are for sale & images from author sites that state “that their work my not be reproduced without permission”. This blog is run by myself, Andrew Kelsall, who is a Christian Designer. This is not a “Christian site”, but please make sure that nothing you post would be deemed inappropriate to Christians or any other religion. Also, stay clear of writing posts about religion in general (which included religious symbols). Stay clear of politics, too.
2. I have 2 categories for ‘humor’ and ‘bizarre’, but please choose post images for these categories wisely. I try not to post articles about humor too often, though. I don’t want posts that are crass or offensive. Design Soak is mainly about Design and Inspiration, so try and focus on these types of posts: Illustration, 3D, animation videos, graphic design, sculpture, web design, web dev, photography art and anything else inspirational!
3. Try to optimize images for the web as much as possible; striking a balance between file size and how good they look when saved.
4. The longer the post is, the better, but feel free to do shorter “one image and byline” posts if you want, too. Posts with 300-600 words of copy work best.
5. Do NOT copy text from other sites and pass it off as your own. If you quote a author statement for example, make sure that this is either stated, or quotemarks/blockquote is used.
6. Design Soak now has more than 200 posts. Do a quick Google search and make sure that your content hasn’t been written before on Design Soak.
7. If you blog about, for example, a set of illustrations that have just been published on another blog, don’t copy the post. Use some of the images from their quoted source, but do your own writeup and attribute the following: Original source (display ‘Copyright ©’) and the source where you found the work shown (use “Via”).
8. Use English or American-English spelling. It’s up to you (For example: colour/color).
9. Please spell-check the post before submitting it. Make sure the grammar is good too. We all makes mistakes, but please be careful.
10. Finally, only write about work you thing will be popular. Again, for inspiration on the type of work that appears on Design Soak, take a look at some posts.
Now that you know what you can and can’t write, here’s how you setup a post:
1. Choose a Post Title that will engage the reader. Try to use a keyword in here, too.
2. Here is where you type your content. If you don’t like to use code, make sure the tab at the top is set to “visual”.
3. Fill in the SEO (search engine optimization) fields properly. Remember, we want search engines to find your post, so use keywords where needed.
4. If you know how code works, go into the HTML editor (from step 2) and copy the first paragraph and image from your post. Paste this into the excerpt box. If you can’t do this, don’t worry as I’ll do it for you when reviewing your post.
5. Choose just one category that suits your post.
6. Choose between 1-3 tags.
7. When you’re still writing the post, just save the draft. But when it’s complete, click the “Submit for review” button. This will then send the post to my (Andrew Kelsall) admin area where I will review the post and publish it (if it’s up to the right standard).
1. Use the upload box to upload images.
2. Choose a title for the image.
3. Choose an alternate text. This text will appear on screen readers, and must describe the image.
4. If you upload a large image, you can link to it here.
5. When uploading images, the images MUST be EXACTLY 667 pixels in width. if you want, you can upload larger images then select the appropriate check box. BUT, any small images need to be enlarged first. Programs like Photoshop can do this.
6. Inset image into post.
→ Content that is NOT allowed: Sex, lustful imagery, “fantasy imagery”, violence, swearwords in copy text or images (this included blasphemies such as “o.m.g”, Jesus, “Oh my..” and so forth), images from stock libraries that are for sale & images from author sites that state “that their work my not be reproduced without permission”. Also, I don’t want nudity in any form. To make things a little clearer—it’s probably best that you don’t do posts that show people in any kind of sensual pose—especially photography.
→ Content that is IS wanted: Posts on Illustration, 3D, animation videos, graphic design, sculpture, web design, web dev, photography art and anything else inspirational!
→ Images MUST be 667 pixels wide (but any height).
If these Guidelines are not followed, your post may be rejected, so I don’t want to waste your time. This post will remain on-site so you can always refer to it for guidance.
Finally, once your post is published, please share it across your social network. I will promote it too!!
If you have any questions or queries regarding these guidelines, please contact Andrew Kelsall.