Adding content to cosmicdawn.dk

As a DAWNer, you are able to contribute in making this website a better place. By default, your content will have to be reviewed by an admin, but if you're a regular contributor, there's no problem in having your privileges increased to be able to submit directly.

Posts and pages are edited primarily in the Beaver Builder drag-and-drop page builder, although some meta information is edited in WordPress' built-in editor. The first time you use these editors, you'll be offered a guide, but I've tried to make the guides below so that you don't really need to go through this. If you're happy with how the templates look, you can more or less just click-and-edit. If you want more fancy stuff, here's an ultra-quick crash course in Beaver Builder:

Ultra-quick crash course in Beaver Builder

Beaver Builder is a versatile drag-and-drop page builder for WordPress.

Row, columns, and modules

A page consists of rows which hold one or more columns.

Modules such as text, images, buttons, or self-written html can be added to a column by clicking the + in the top right. This is also where you'll find empty rows, as well as some saved elements with pre-formatted style (to have a consistent layout on our website).

Most used modules

The most basic modules are found under "Standard Modules", but you'll find more under "UABB Modules" and "WordPress Widgets".

Saved modules include

  • Accordion; gray & rounded (for information that folds out)
  • Single button / button group (buttons using the DAWN blue / orange)
  • Info box (for brief info, with more info on the "backside" if you hover the mouse over the box)
  • Table of contents (for longer articles with headings/subheadings this gives an interactive overview)

The image below shows the most used elements:



Editing and manipulating modules

Modules can be duplicated, deleted, moved around, resized, and (most importantly) edited:



Advanced editing

Clicking the beaver in the top left gives more options, such as previewing and adding your own CSS.

For more information, take the guide tour when you first open Beaver Builder, or consult the Beaver Builder Tutorial.

Table of contents
    Add a header to begin generating the table of contents

    Events: Adding an events in the calendar

    • From your dashboard, go to
      • Events → Add New
    • Add information in the appropriate fields. The most important ones are in bold face:
      • Title
      • Permalink (if you want another URL than suggested)
      • Event date and time
      • Possibly "Organizer contact info"
      • Some text in the Text Editor (e.g. title and abstract for a talk)
      • Category/ies (e.g. "Talks at DAWN")
      • Possibly tags (e.g. "Reionization" if that's what the talk is about.
      • Possibly a Featured Image (e.g. an image of the speaker)
    • Hit Publish

    Journal Club: Editing the page

    The DAWN Journal Club is our weekly paper discussion session. There are two reasons why you might want to edit this page, namely to 1) edit the list of moderators, and 2) to add the current week's discussed papers:

    Edit the list of moderators

    If 1) you would like to be a moderator, or 2) you have just been this week's moderator and need to move yourself to the bottom of the list, or 3) wish to swap time with a colleague, follow these steps:

    1. Log in to the DAWN website.
    2. Go to the Journal Club page.
    3. In the top bar, click Beaver Builder.
    4. Scroll down to the "List of moderators" accordion (the gray bar with blue text) and click this module.
    5. In the popup, click "Edit item" at the "List of moderator" item (which is the only item).
    6. In the new popup editor, choose the "Text" tab, rather than the "Visual" tab.
    7. You can now edit, add, delete, or move a row in the table. If you're not used to HTML code if might be a little confusing, but one row is enclosed in the <tr> and </tr> tags, and consists of three columns with <td>/</td> tags, as seen in the figure on the right.
    8. Finally, you click
      Save   → Save   → Done  → Submit for Review

    Add discussed papers

    If you are the current moderator, you should add the papers we discuss to the history:

    1. Log in to the DAWN website.
    2. Go to the Journal Club page.
    3. In the top bar, click Beaver Builder.
    4. Scroll down to the "History" section and click the module containing the accordions (the gray bars with blue text).
    5. In the popup, click "Edit item" under the current year.
    6. In the new popup editor, select the "Visual" tab.
    7. Highligt last week's papers (from the Date to the moderator name; this will include the separator bar.
    8. Copy, paste, and edit (you may need to remove the extra space).
      1. To edit a link, click it, click the ✎ icon, then the ⚙️ icon, and update the URL and text.
    9. Finally, you click
      Save   → Save   → Done  → Submit for Review

    New page: Creating a page from scratch

    You're welcome to create new pages on this site if you think something is missing. A guide will appear here at some point. Until then, the easiest way is to look for a page on the site which looks similar to what you have in mind, and then contact the admin. I can then create a template for you which you will be able to edit at your will.

    News: Writing a story

    News stories on the DAWN website are so-called posts which have the special Category "News from DAWN". Posts are at the heart of WordPress, and are what e.g. bloggers use for their entries. You can also subscribe to all posts if you have an RSS reader installed, using feed:https://cosmicdawn.dk/feed.

    On this site, posts are used primarily for news stories and for wikiDAWN articles (see below). News stories automatically pop up on the front page, in the main section's "News" field.

    To have a consistent layout for the news stories, both in terms of structure and in terms of fonts, font sizes, etc., please follow these three steps:

    1. Duplicate the template

    In your dashboard's left menu, click Posts.

    This will show you the list of all posts. Locate the one called
    News story templateDraft

    Hovering over this post, click Duplicate. This will open up a duplicate of the template in the WordPress Editor.

    2. Edit meta-information

    In the WordPress editor, you should follow this list to add meta-information. The numbers in this list correspond to the numbers in the image below the list.

    1. Edit the post title.
      • This is the title shown in the list of news, and it's also the title shown in a Google search. It doesn't have to be the same as the title of your story, but should be related; e.g. a shorter version.
    2. Check that
      • a) the Post Layout has both a right and and left column, and
      • b) its Category is "News from DAWN". If you're writing a Danish story, choose "News in Danish". If there's also an English version (there should be), please de-select "News from DAWN" so that both don't show up in the news list — instead just link from the two to each other.
    3. Add tags.
      • E.g. "Galaxies" and/or "Grants & awards". Just start typing, select old tags, or add your own. These are used to link posts together.
    4. Change the Featured Image.
      • Like the post title, the "featured image" is shown in the list of news, and is also the image that will show up in a Google search.
      • Further down (4b), make sure that the Featured Image Location is set to "Hide".
    5. Write an excerpt.
      • This is the text shown in the list of news, but not in a Google search. If you don't write anything, it will automatically use the first 30 words.
    6. Edit the URL slug.
      • The "slug" is the last part of the URL. For searching purposes, it's a good idea to make this the same as the title, but with hyphens instead of space. You can edit the slug in two different places.
    7. Write a meta description.
      • This is what is shown in a Google search. It could be the same as the excerpt, but doesn't have to.
    8. You're now ready to add your content.
      Hit Launch Beaver Builder to open your post in the Beaver Builder page builder.

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    3. Write the content

    The content of your story is edited not in the built-in WordPress editor, but in the more versatile "Beaver Builder" drag-and-drop page builder.

    There are a multitude of cool options with Beaver Builder. If you're happy with the look of the template, all you need to know is that modules (text boxes, images, etc.) can be duplicated,  deleted, moved around, resized, and (most importantly) edited.

    If you want more features (interactive info boxes, buttons, accordions, etc.), you can take the ultra-quick guide in the top of this page.

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    A news story should consist of

    1. Title
    2. Lead paragraph (Danish: "manchet")
    3. Main image
      • Image caption
    4. A number of sections, each consisting of
      1. Heading
      2. A number of paragraphs, each consisting of a few (!) sentences
      3. Possibly an image with caption.
        • The image can either fill the whole width, or it could be wrapped in the text (for small images).
    5. Possibly a final section with links for more information.

    Text editor

    Clicking a text box opens the text editor. Here, you'll have the option of editing in "Visual", where you can click buttons to emphasize text, add links, etc, or you can edit in "Text", where you can use html syntax.


    Once you're happy with your story, you click

    Done  → Submit for Review

    in the upper right corner and wait for your post to be accepted by an admin.

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    Outreach: Listing a contribution

    Please add your media appearances, popular science articles, and other outreach activities to the site.

    A guide will appear here at some point. Until then, you can just contact the admin and have them do it for you.

    wikiDAWN: writing an article

    wikiDAWN articles on the DAWN website are so-called posts, with the "wikiDAWN" category. Additionally, in order to sort the articles and for your article to appear on the wikiDAWN main page, add a sub-category. For example "IT" and "Newcomers & Visitors" are two of the sub-categories you can choose between.

    On this site, posts are used primarily for news stories and for wikiDAWN articles. wikiDAWN articles automatically appear in their relevant categories on the wikiDAWN front page.

    We would like the wikiDAWN articles to have a consistent layout, both in terms of structure and in terms of fonts, font sizes, etc. The easiest way to create a wikiDAWN article is the following:

    Duplicate the template

    In your dashboard's left menu, click Posts.

    This will show you the list of all posts. Locate the one called
    WikiDAWN Article TemplateDraft

    Hovering over this post, click Duplicate. This will open up a duplicate of the template in the WordPress Editor.

    Be sure that you have duplicated the template, and that you are editing the duplicated version before you begin making any changes.

    Click image to enlarge.

    Editing meta-information

    In the WordPress editor, you should follow this list to add meta-information. The numbers in this list correspond to the numbers in the image below the list.

    1. Edit the post title.
      • This is the title shown in the list of news, and it's also the title shown in a Google search. It doesn't have to be the same as the title of your story, but should be related; e.g. a shorter version.
    2. Check that
      1. a) the Post Layout only has a left column, and
      2. b) its Category is "wikiDAWN". Additionally choose a relevant sub-category to make it easier to find you article. The sub-categories can be found under the wikiDAWN category; they are slightly indented.
    3. Edit the URL slug.
      • The "slug" is the last part of the URL. For searching purposes, it's a good idea to make this the same as the title, but with hyphens instead of space. You can edit the slug in two different places.
      • The URL is wikiDAWN/sub-category/your-slug, where "your-slug" is whatever you choose it to be.
    4. You're now ready to add your content.
      Hit Launch Beaver Builder to open your post in the Beaver Builder page builder.

    You can add meta-data to the article, in the Yoast SEO tab at the bottom of the page. This meta-data is for instance the excerpt that is shown in Google Search results. If you would like to add this to your wikiDAWN article, see the description under News: Writing a story.

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    Contents

    You can now begin editing the contents of your wikiDAWN article.

    Fancy Title

    The template has a very basic heading, which is the standard heading we use for our wikiDAWN articles. However, we have provided an alternative, fancier heading where you can include a background picture of your choosing. If you wish to use this then enter Beaver Builder and;

    1. Remove the existing title from your page
    2. Click on the + in the top right corner, select "Saved" and drag-and-drop "Fancy wikiDAWN Title" to the top of your page.
    3. Click on "Row Settings" in the top left corner of the heading module and select "Style" in the popup window.
    4. Scroll down to "Background Parallax" and choose between different methods of selecting a background image; upload your own image, or select from our gallery.

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    Table of Contents

    The template has a  table of contents, which updates automatically, you add new sections, subsections etc. You can change the depth of the table of contents by clicking "Row Settings" for the table of contents, and choosing which heading types you would like to have included. If you plan only to write a very short article, then feel free to remove the table of contents – it can always be added again, if the article expands.

    Now you can add content to the article. Use the header and text box that are in the template, and duplicate them if you need more boxes/headers. Delete any of the rows in the template that you would not like to use.

     

    Text editor

    Clicking a text box opens the text editor. Here, you'll have the option of editing in "Visual", where you can click buttons to emphasize text, add links, etc, or you can edit in "Text", where you can use html syntax.


    Once you're happy with your article, you click

    Done  → Submit for Review

    in the upper right corner and wait for your post to be accepted by an admin.

    Click image to enlarge.

     

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