Admin Tool Help – Adding Receipts

 

Let me know if this video works and I’ll make more!

Tips:

  1. Save time by taking photos in portrait mode.  Most phones work great for this.
  2. Your receipt photos appear clearer if taken against a dark background but most important thing is good light.
  3. Make sure your receipt includes the Merchant Name, Date, and TOTAL amount.  If anything is not quite readable, write it on the receipt NEAR the unreadable entry.
  4. Please don’t mix personal purchases with GSG reimbursable purchases.  If you have to, just annotate on the receipt which item(s) are GSG.   Don’t try computing a total as we’ll do that and adjust tax.
  5. Selective screen capture on MAC is Apple-Shift-4.   Selective screen capture can be done using snipping tool.

Hints and Tips for Better Posts

This site is intended to be used by many people so here are a few hints and tips to keep your web administrator happy and keep the quality of the site high!

Quality Counts

  • The best thing you can do for a post is define a good title.  Posts that are named “7 ways to do xyz” are read much more than “Exploring XYZ”.   Keep posts short and direct.
  • When linking outside the MauiSchoolGardenNetwork site, always use “New tab or page (target=”_blank”)” option.
  • Please avoid writing in “blog speak”.  We don’t expect you to be a professional writer but avoid phrases like “Click here”, “Here’s a link” and similar phrases.  Instead just reference the title or other reference (i.e. Instead of “Click here to read 7 ways to do xyz”  use “Another great article you may enjoy is 7 Ways to do xyz

Using Categories

  • Each post should have one primary category.  When you are setting categories, you will see the word ‘Permalink’ appear. If a primary category is set, it will appear in bold.  Please use the primary category that makes the most sense. If you don’t know whether or not to select a category, check out this category guidance.   For example, if you are writing an article about how your school planted bananas, select the primary category of Planting.  Additional categories could include your school, Maintaining, etc.
  • You can and should use multiple categories.   However, if in doubt, don’t use it.   For example, don’t put something in the MSGN Newsletter category unless someone has asked you to write an article for the newsletter.

Uploading Images and Media

  • We encourage you to have at least one photo with every post.  Even if you are referencing a video or  Flickr or Picasa slide show, select one image to use as the Featured image.  This will show up as the thumbnail on the post excerpts.
  • Please do not try to upload full sized photos to the site.  Guidance is a maximum long-edge length of 700 px at 72 dpi.  If you get an error uploading photos, please let the webmaster know.
  • When you put up a image and are referencing another site, it is often good practice to link the photo to the site. (Kids click on photos … not words!)    To do this, in the image editor,  change the Link URL to the referencing link.  Go to the Advanced tab and select “open URL in new window”.

Page Formats

  • Please do not change the default format of a page.  Consistency is key in items being user friendly.  The site is set up to use 2 formats.  One for most MSGN and general content (wide post with 1 sidebar) and one for Special Programs (sidebar2, post, sidebar 1).  

 

 

Using SlickrFlickr

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Slickr Flickr is a WordPress plugin that has TONS of options that allow you to post from multiple flickr accounts, display photos in different ways, select photos based on tags, sets or as a album.   Here is the Slickr Flickr call to the same set as the previous post. You can include captions (from Flickr) and select by set or tags and have a gallery (default as shown), Galleria or slide show (see later). Also it allows you to specify any flickr user you want! You can even put a tiny photo gallery on your school’s page!

Flickr is a photo storage and sharing site. It is free for some amount of bandwidth each month. If you exceed that bandwidth (too many large photos!) you can upgrade for less than $30/year. These tools assume use of Flickr. You can also use programs like Picasa or upload limited photos directly to the site. But kids are so cute that you’ll have tons of photos so we recommend Flickr.

First I’ll leave off the square brackets [sqbr] to show you the “code” and then leave them in so you can see the result. API key shown is not a real key!
[sqbr] slickr-flickr id=”42776317@N03″ use-key=”y” api_key=”4cb00f193acb518cb00f193a761f409d7a” search=”sets” set=”72157625178339192″ thumbnail_size=”small” [sqbr]

RESULT

I also suggest that you usually add a link back to the Flickr slideshow with all the photos in the set. Here’s the code for that

View the entire slideshow (xx photos) on Flickr!

The Slickr Flickr Attributes (Parameters) are as follows:

  • id – the Flickr ID of the user – you can get this from http://idgettr.com/
  • group – set to ‘y’ if the Flickr Id belongs to a group rather than a user (default is n)
  • use_key- set to ‘y’ to force the use of the API key (default is n) Since we will be using multiple flickr accounts, set to ‘y’
  • api key – your Flickr API key – this allows you to fetch up to 50 rather than just 20 photos – but only when searching tagged photos, groups or favorites not for sets or friends. To find or create your Flickr API key, login into your Flickr account, under menu item YOU, select Your Apps. You’ll see the cryptic key or set one up.
  • search – photos (default), groups, favorites, friends or sets
  • tag – identifies what photos to display – (but is ignored where the search is for friends, groups or favorites)
  • tagmode – set to ‘any’ for fetching photos with different tags – default is ‘all’
  • set – number of the photoset – used when search=sets
  • items – maximum number photos to display in the gallery or slideshow (default is 20)
  • type – gallery, galleria or slideshow (default is gallery)
  • captions – whether captions are on or off (default is off)
  • delay – delay in seconds between each image in the slide show (default is 5)
  • transition – slide transition time in seconds (only available in Slickr Flickr Pro edition)
  • start – number of the starting slide in the slideshow or ‘random’ for a random start (default is 1) – only applies to the slideshow
  • autoplay – on or off (default is on) – only applies to the galleria right now
  • pause – on or off – default is off
  • orientation – landscape or portrait (default is landscape)
  • size – small, medium, m640, large or original (default is “medium” but only use “original” or “medium” for galleries and only use “large” if you actually have large photos on Flickr – over 1024 width typically)
  • width – width of slideshow (only available in Slickr Flickr Pro edition)
  • height – height of slideshow (only available in Slickr Flickr Pro edition)
  • thumbnail_size – square (75x75px), thumbnail (100x75px), small (240x180px) – default is square
  • thumbnail_scale – percentage scaling factor – default is 100 – recommend the range is between 50 and 100 to maintain image quality and performance
  • photos_per_row – narrow the gallery to limit the number of photos per row – values would typically be in the range from 2 to 6
  • align – center, left or right (default is left)
  • border – show a border around the slideshow images – on or off (default off)
  • descriptions – on or off (default off) – show the photo description underneath the caption
  • flickr_link – on or off (default off) – make the caption a link back to the photo on Flickr
  • link – send the user to another URL when they click on the slideshow
  • attribution – line that can be used to credit the photographer above the slideshow or gallery
  • sort – date, title, or description
  • direction – ascending or descending – used when sorting photos

Here’s what the GALLERIA looks like.

And here is the slideshow!

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Here is a training video about an easy way to use Slickr Flickr