Here’s a short video on creating your first blog post…
Here’s a short video on creating your first blog post…
If you haven’t applied for being an ‘Author’ on our website, you first must be a PVWG Member … learn how to be a Member here, and then from your Member Admin screen, apply to be an Author User on WordPress … learn how to use the Member Admin here.
Once you have applied to be an ‘Author’ you will receive an email with your Username and Password that you will use to access the WordPress Admin area at http://www.pvwg.com/wp-admin.php.
The Admin screen looks like the following.
I will use my ‘Author’ account to demonstrate the following pages. Enter YOUR Username and Password into the fields like this…
Before you click on the ‘Log In’ button, I recommend you click in the box beside ‘Remember Me’ so that when you want to log in again in the future, your Username and Password will already be in the boxes, and all you will do is click on the ‘Log In’ button… this little tip will save you a lot of time and frustration when you can’t remember your Password.
If you do forget your Password, you can click on the link … ‘Lost Your Password?’ … below the main white box and your current Username and Password will be emailed to your email address that you have registered as an ‘Author’ with WordPress.
The first screen you will see after logging in is called the ‘Dashboard’ and looks like this…
This is the Dashboard that is used by ‘Author’ users… it is a simplified version of the regular WordPress Dashboard. You will have access to your Posts only, not those of other Authors.
On the left border of the screen you will see the links to the pages that you will use. We will be going through each of these areas in this and some up-coming posts.
For today, I am going to begin with the ‘Profile’ link and its page. This is an important first task to complete.
Click on the ‘Profile’ link.
On the images below I am showing you how my Profile is completed. If you complete yours the same way you will save some time in figuring out what everything is for. Of course you need to use YOUR information, not mine.
In the ‘About Yourself’ section, the ‘Biographical Information’ appears below each blog post that you publish, so viewers will see this automatically. You can change this information at any time by returning to your Profile and updating it.
The ‘New Password’ is only used if you want to change your Password, otherwise leave this section blank.
In the ‘Avatar’ section, you can upload an image of yourself that will appear with your posts. and comments.
Click on the ‘Choose file’ button, and select the image on your computer that you wish to use, and ‘Open’ it.
When you are finished making any changes on the Profile page, click on the blue ‘Update Profile’ button at the bottom of the Profile page.
If you make a mistake, simply return to this Profile page and correct the error, and then click on the blue ‘Update Profile’ button again.
To access YOUR Member Admin area, the link appears in the top right corner of your Member Info Profile… ‘Update info’
For a complete description of how to view your Member Info Profile, review my last post… Using the Members page
When you click on the ‘Update info’ link, the next page allows you to enter your email address and your password to access YOUR page on the Member Admin area..
Your email address is the same address as the one where you receive our weekly newsletters.
Your password is the password that you entered when registering as a Member of PVWG… unless you have changed it.
If you forget your password, click on the ‘Retrieve Your Password’ button below the form on the page. An email will be automatically sent to your email address with your current correct password.
Please note that your password is case sensitive.
After entering your email address and password, click on the ‘Submit’ button to enter your Member Admin area.
For our demo, I am using my ‘Jim Faelker’ Member Admin. I have already entered my email address and password to access this next screen.
When you access your Member Admin, your name will appear at the top of the page.
The Dashboard of your Admin area presently includes three general areas … one below the other.
I will begin at the top of the Dashboard for our tour.
In the first row on the LEFT side, you have the opportunity to edit/update the information that appears on your Member Profile in the Search results on the Member page … simply click on the ‘Edit Profile’ link and the resulting page will display a form with your existing information appearing. You then can change, or add to, or delete any of this information. Remember to click on the ‘Submit’ button at the bottom of the page to save your changes.
If you change your email or your password, you will need to log in to your Admin area again with the new email or password.
You can also add an image of yourself that will appear on your Member Profile … click on ‘Add Image’.
The instructions for choosing and uploading your image are detailed at the top of the ‘Add Image’ page.
One special note here: if you are using Internet Explorer as your browser, the upload of your image will NOT work. You will need to use another browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox or any other browser.
In the first row of your Member dashboard and on the RIGHT side, you can click on the link … ‘Author on PVWG Blog’ … to request an ‘Author’ User account on our WordPress website blog. Simply complete the form that appears on the linked page and click on ‘Submit’. An email request will be sent to PVWG with your information, and once your new User account is set up, you will receive another email with the information you need to access the WordPress Admin area to begin publishing your own articles on the PVWG website.
On down the Dashboard page to the second row … this row deals with your use of our PVWG Store.
To add a NEW book, product, or service, click on the ‘Add Product’ link. On the new page, you complete the form that appears and click on ‘Submit’.
When adding the ‘Link’ to another page or another website, please be sure the link is correct. The link you provide is used on the Product Listing that appears in the Store to direct the viewer … your buyer … to the page where he will purchase your product.
After you click on ‘Submit’ you will see a new link to ‘Add an Image’ for your product … e.g. your book cover. Adding this image is a similar process to adding an image to your Member Profile.
On the RIGHT side of the second row, you can click on the link … ‘View My Products’. This link opens a page displaying a list of all the products you have added to the PVWG Store. To the right of the product Name appear links to pages that allow you to:
All of these processes are quite straight forward so are not described further here.
On down the Dashboard page to the third and final row …
On the LEFT side of the bottom row, you can click on the link … ‘View Member List’. The next page displays a list of all the present Members of PVWG displayed in alphabetical order by First name. At the top of the page is a ‘Sort Selector’ where you can select the sort order by either First name or Last name. After making your selection, click on the ‘Change Sort’ button. The page will reload with the list in the Sort Order you selected.
The actual list that appears on the page is updated automatically when new members register, or when existing members ‘retire’.
And finally on the RIGHT side of the bottom row is a link to ‘Useful Links’. This ‘Useful Links’ page will continue to grow as new links to websites are added in the future. You will also find links to videos that describe
I hope you find this info useful.
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Click on the Member page link in the top menu of PVWG.com
To Search for a Member, use the Search tool on the left of the Member page.
Enter the First Name initial and Last Name initial in the search box.
I am going to search for my name … Jim Faelker.
So I enter a ‘j’ in the First Name initial box, and a ‘f’ in the Last Name initial box. You can enter ‘j’ or ‘J’, and ‘f’ or ‘F’.
And then click on ‘Submit’.
As an alternative, or in addition, you can enter the full First Name in the First Name box and/or the full Last Name in the Last Name box.
The search results appear below the Selection box area after you click on ‘Submit’.
Using only the ‘Initials’ search, as I write this, the following search results appear.
Using only the ‘Full Name’ search, the following search result appears.
For me, it is easier to type in two initials than to type in a full name and risk spelling either the first or last name incorrectly. I personally always use the ‘Initials’ search even though I then will have a short list of names to choose from.
Of course as our member list grows larger, that short list will grow longer too. At the time of this writing, our member list totals only about 300 people.
After clicking on the name of the member in the search results list, a new screen of contact information that the member has chosen to provide, appears to the right of the list of names.
I am continuing on with this demo by using my own name as the sample.
In the upper right corner, beside the red arrow is a special link to the Members Admin area where each member can change or update their Member Profile information, as well as other Member functions. I will demonstrate the Member Admin in a separate blog post tomorrow.
You will see below all the contact info is a form to send an email to me. This form does not disclose my email address to the viewer/sender. Of course, if I choose to reply to this email, the sender will then know my email address. When a viewer sends an email using this form, a copy of his email is also emailed back to his own email address for his records.
So how does a Member control the information that appears on his Member Info Profile?
When a new member first registers, the registration form includes some required information, and another group of information fields that are optional depending on what information is applicable or that the member feels he wants to include.
Let’s now see how a new member would register.
Back at the top of the Member page on the right side is a link that when clicked opens the registration form in the space below the link.
Here then is the registration form that appears.
Below the first red arrow are the four required information fields
Below the second red arrow is a long list of possible info items that the member can provide information for… none of these are required, but may be useful if the member wishes to be contacted, or to have the viewer know more about him.
At the bottom of the form are three special areas.
The first red arrow points to the box that prevents the ‘robots’ from registering … we only want real live people as members.
The third red arrow is the link to ‘Submit’ the registration form info for processing.
My next post tomorrow will cover the Members Admin area.
Douglas Allen Danielson—husband, father, automotive machinist, draftsman, architect, USCG licensed captain, marine surveyor, adventurer, freelance writer—a man with careers of varying success in each of these endeavors. He has been writing articles for West Coast magazines since 1997. He is presently writing mystery/adventure novels about a young San Diego yacht-delivery captain who can’t seem to stay away from trouble and beautiful women. Doug is a long-time member of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group, helped start the Writers Conference in 2006, and was moderator at the group’s weekly meetings for several years. Doug and his wife Karen currently reside in Puerto Vallarta Mexico.
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|By Amy Cook(Source: November, 2002 issue of Writer’s Digest)COPYRIGHT HISTORYThe idea of copyright was inserted into the Constitution by the founding fathers “to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by securing for limited times to authors the exclusive rights to their writings.”
A copyright is a form of property and, like any other property, copyrights may be bought and sold, leased, traded and willed. The Copyright Act grants to authors a bundle of exclusive rights over their work. These include:
So many writers utter the incorrect assumption, “My work isn’t copyrighted.” Under current law, a copyright exists as soon as an original work of authorship is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. You own the copyright to your work as soon as you write it down or save it on your computer.
You might ask, “What does it take to be ‘original?’” A low level of creativity is needed to meet the terms of originality. There needs to be “some spark of creativity,” as one judge put it.
Copyright protection applies to both published and unpublished works. A work is published if it has been made available to the public. If you have posted your work on a Web site, or it was printed in your church bulletin, it has been published.
1. WHAT CAN’T BE COPYRIGHTED?
Titles, names, short phrases, slogans, facts, ideas, procedures and public documents are some of the things that cannot be copyrighted (though trademark or patent protection may be available.
While facts themselves are not copyrightable, the selection, coordination or arrangement of facts in an original way does qualify for copyright. For instance, say you are compiling a restaurant guide. The underlying facts, such as an establishment’s name, address and phone number are not copyrightable, but the way in which you organize your guide–by cuisine, location, price, etc.–is protected under law.
2. COPYRIGHT NOTICE
As of March 1, 1989, it is no longer necessary to put a copyright notice on your works. This fact is important in two ways. First, writers who forget to add a copyright label to their work do not have to worry that it could fall into the public domain. Remember the mantra: A copyright exists from the moment the work is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Conversely, when you are doing research, do not assume that if there is no copyright notice on a document that it is free for the taking. The work may or may not be in the public domain. You will have to investigate further.
While not necessary, it’s a good idea to use the mark on your work because it identifies you as the owner, the year of creation (or publication as the case may be), and puts others on notice that the work is protected. Infringers would not be able to claim that they didn’t know the work was copyrighted. In infringement cases, “innocent” infringers receive substantially less punishment than willful infringers. A proper copyright notification contains three elements: the copyright symbol (or the word “copyright” or “copr.”), the name of the author and the year.
3. COPYRIGHT DURATION
So how do you tell if a document is copyright protected? Works that are in the public domain–because either they were never protected, their copyright expired or they were created by the federal government–can be used without obtaining anyone’s permission.
Works created on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 retroactively extended the duration of copyright protection an additional 20 years from the previous “life of the author plus 50 years.”
Creative types are divided over the extension, and the U.S. Supreme Court will decide in spring 2003 whether Congress exceeded its power and violated the “for a limited time” language of the Constitution. Most copyright owners, of course, want to keep their works for as long as possible. Opponents consider the legislation to be corporate welfare (one of the major proponents was the Walt Disney Co., whose early films were reaching the end of their copyright term) and argue that the extension inhibits creativity by depleting the public domain.
Before 1978, the copyright term was 28 years and renewable. There are all sorts of amendments, conventions and treaties that make the status of pre-1978 copyrights murky. Generally, works published between 1923 and 1963 last for 95 years from the date of publication if they were timely renewed. For works published from 1964 to 1977, the copyright lasts for 95 years because those works were automatically renewed by legislation enacted in 1992.
The best way to know a work’s status is to conduct a copyright search. You can pay the folks at the Copyright Office an hourly fee to do a search for you; you can do it yourself at the office in Washington; or you can do a limited search on their Web site, www.loc.gov./copyright
4. COPYRIGHT REGISTRATION
Although not necessary to protect your work, registering your copyright with the Library of Congress does provide benefits unavailable to those who do not register. To register your work, send the Copyright Office an application form, fee, and copies of your work. See the Copyright Office Web site for specifics. Your copyright will be effective on the date the office receives all necessary documents and fees, regardless of how long it takes to process.
You’ve written your masterpiece, labeled it with copyright notices, even filed it with the Copyright Office. Then you see a portion of it in someone else’s book, article or Web site. What do you do?
There are several remedies available through the courts. The offenders can be ordered to stop infringing (called an injunction), and the infringing materials can be destroyed, with a payment of damages to you. If you have registered your copyright, statutory damages and attorney’s fees are available in an infringement suit. Statutory damages range from $200 to $30,000 per infringed copyright (not per number of infringements). A willful infringer can be liable for up to $150,000 and even do jail time. If you have not registered, only actual damages and profits are available. This means you could recover the money you have lost by not being able to sell reprint rights as well as any profit your infringer made selling your work.
6. FAIR USE
“Fair use” is a defense to a copyright infringement claim. The Copyright Act allows the limited use of a copyrighted work for “purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship or research without the consent of the copyright owner.” Note that this list is illustrative and not exhaustive.
Courts look at four factors to determine fair use:
1. the purpose and character of the use, such as whether it is commercial or not-for-profit.
Courts seem to give the most weight to this fourth element: Is the copying complementary to (though not necessarily complimentary!) or a substitute for the original work? For instance, excerpting a small portion of a book in a review further creates a market for the book, whereas copying a novel’s entire themes and characters, or reproducing a nonfiction book’s greatest revelation, would tend to reduce the market for the original. WD
Amy Cook is an attorney and literary agent, and WD’s Ask the Lawyer columnist.
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Maria Ruiz is a published author of short stories. Her stories have appeared in Kings River Life Magazine and Green Prints. Her book, I’ll Be in the Fourth Grade Forever is available at Amazon Kindle http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_14?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=i%27ll+be+in+the+fourth+grade+forever&sprefix=I%27ll+be+in+the%2Cdigi
She is currently working on a book of short stories. Her short stores, under the Series “PUFFS of Smoke” are available at Amazon Kindle Store. These include Vivian, Russ, Bobby Joe and others.