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Setting up FB integration

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To setup your blog so that posts go directly onto your Facebook page, you will need to login to facebook first and then with your blog open in another tab, click on blog settings.
1) Then scroll down and quick on the Login with Facebook button
2) a new window/tab will open asking you to give permission to use the app.
3) click allow.

you're done.
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Gallery Quick Start: Phoca Gallery Users Only

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Phoca Gallery is an image gallery for Joomla! CMS. It includes the component, modules and plugins and allows users to display images or Youtube videos in many different styles.

To get started quickly, the first thing you should do is create at least one category to hold your photographs. You can do this from the front end or back end of your site. We've created one gallery, creatively called "Sample Gallery." (Feel free to delete it, or unpublish it if you want to use it as a reference.)

Create a Gallery:

From the backend:

You go to Components » Phoca Gallery » Categories » [New] or [Edit]

To create a category you only need to fill in the title and press [Save]. Phoca Gallery creates the alias. All other fields are optional.

From the frontend:

Make sure you are signed in, then go to User Menu » Add Photos » Main Category or SubCategories

Fill in the title and press [Create]

Uploading images:

From the Backend:
For Adding One Photo:

Go to Components » Phoca Gallery » Images  » [New] and press the [image] button besides filename.

For Adding More than One Photo:

Go to Components » Phoca Gallery » Images  » [Multiple Add]
You'll get a screen with 3 boxes. In the first box you see a screen with the files and folders present on you server in images/phocagallery. If you want to upload the image to an existing folder, click on that folder. If you want to upload the image to a new folder, go to the 'folder' box and type the folder name and press [create folder].
Next go to upload files, press [browse], select the files you want to upload and press [start upload].

From the Front End:

Go to User Menu >> Add Photos >> Images. Click [Browse] to navigate your computer and locate a photo. Type in a Title and Description. Click [Start Upload] (Note to upload multiple photos all at once, go through your site's backend).

Adding Your Gallery to the Menu

Once you start creating galleries, you'll need to create a menu item so your visitor's can see them. We have already created a sample gallery, we'll just change it to your new gallery.

From your administrative backend:

Go to Menus >> Main Menu >> Gallery

On the right hand side, under Required Settings, select the name of your new gallery from the drop down list. Then click [Save and Close]

image gallery

That should get you started with your photo gallery. There are a number of other cool features available with this component, including integration with Facebook and Google Picasa and much more. For detailed instructions on using this application, you can view the developer's website at phoca.cz/documentation/

We are also available if you need any assistance.

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Administering Your Blog

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Creating Categories

Having different categories for your blog makes it easier for your visitors to find articles that interest them. It also helps increase your rankings in search engines. Above any blog post is the blog's dashboard menu, pictured below:

dashboard

At the very right of that menu is a link titled "Dashboard." Hovering over the word "Dashboard" brings up several options including adding categories.

To Add a Category go to Dashboard >> Categories. Click "+Add New Category"
Type in a name and select whether its a main parent category or a subcategory. Privacy defaults at viewable by everyone. If you want an image to show in the category then click "choose file" and upload an image. Click Save and you're done.

Update Your Bio

When a visitor reads your blog, he may want to know a little more about you so its also a good idea to keep your profile up to date. To edit your profile or add a profile photograph go to your "My Blog" menu and click on User settings. Here you can give your blog a title and description as well as upload an avatar. There are other options here including changing the look of your blog entirely, linking to your Twitter, Facebook, and/or Feedburner accounts, and other options. Once you are happy with your changes, click the [Save Settings] button at the top of the page.

Comment Preferences

There are several ways to configure the way your blog handles comments. There are off-site comment engines such as Disqus or IntenseDebate. These are comment systems that give you moderation, social networking integration, and instant access to thousands of communities and millions of conversations.

However, it is not necessary to go with one of these options as EasyBlog is capable of handling comments by itself. You can even set it up to require approval before publishing. We have set up your site with the EasyBlog comment system as default and administrative approval for comments is required. However, changing it is completely up to you.

You will need to setup an account with either Disqus or IntenseDebate.com before setting up your comment system. The accounts are free. I prefer the Disqus program, but either will work.

If you do want to use Disqus or IntenseDebate for your blog, go to the administrative backend of your site and change the settings:

To use Disqus:

Go to Components >> EasyBlog >> Settings >> Comments >> Integrations. Enable Disqus.

Get your Disqus' short name by logging into your Disqus.com account. On Settings page, scroll down to "Basic Settings" tab. Your short name is the one that in highlighted in yellow.

Copy paste (or insert) your short name inside Disqus short name field and Save or Apply.

To use IntenseDebate:

Login to IntenseDebate.com. From the Toolbar, go to Sites >> Add Blog or Site. Add the URL to your website. Click Next Step. Select Generic Install. You will be directed to the 3rd page which prompt you with a snippet of code that contains your account keys and go to the Administration area of your website.

Code Snippet

Inside your Backend, go to EasyBlog administration page > Settings > Comments > Integrations tab. Enable IntenseDebate comment by setting to "Yes". Paste the code inside Intense Debate Code area. Click save.

Social Media Integration

A blog isn't of much use unless somebody reads it. EasyBlog allows you to notify your Twitter followers, Facebook friends and LinkedIn contacts whenever you post a new blog, with auto postings.

The developers of EasyBlog have written comprehensive instructions on setting up the social media sites with your blog. Rather than retyping them here, we recommend you visit their site: http://help.stackideas.com/tags/integration.

 

If you're concerned about setting it up yourself, we'd be happy to assist you.

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Getting Started With Your Blog

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Whether you want to jump right in and start writing, or want to just try it out, here's how to get you up and running quickly.

Sign in to your new site. Once you are signed in a new menu will appear titled "My Blog".

blog menuWriting to your blog:

Go to My Blog >> Write New Post

Select the category you want the new post to appear in. We've created a starting category for you. Enter the blog title, and write to your heart's content. You can format your text using the text editor toolbar which looks similar to any word processing software toolbar. If you're not sure what an icon does, hover your mouse over it and a popup will tell you what it does.
Note of caution: If you are taking a long time to write, you might want to go up to the top every so often and click save as draft.

save draftAdd Photo

To add a photo to your blog, locate the image icon in the text editor toolbar and click browse to locate the photograph you want to add. If you want the image to wrap around your text, click align left or right. You can also add a caption now if you like. Save and your photo is now included in your post.

Below the text box there are other options, but none are required to get started. Once you are finished writing, scroll to the top of the page and click on the [Publish Now] button.

 

That's really all that's required to start blogging, however there are some more tips to help you administrate your blog.

Administering your blog

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Adding Files and Documents

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 In this tutorial we discuss how to add files to your website. Documents can be in just about any format including Microsoft Word, Excel, zip files, PowerPoint presentations, Flash files, etc.

Click on the arrow to start the video.

Steps:

Step 1: Log in to your website.

Step 2: Locate the User Menu in one of the columns on your site and locate the Add Files link.

Step 3: Scroll to the bottom of the page that appears and click on the Submit link.

Step 4: Click on the Browse button, which will bring up a window to navigate to the file located on your computer. (If the file is already on the internet, paste the link in the text box below that.)

Step 5: Fill in the form text boxes with the title, category, description, etc.

Step 6: Click on the file format icon that corresponds with the type of file you are uploading. For instance a Acrobat PDF icon will show users that they are downloading a pdf.

Step 7: Click on the save button. Your file is uploaded and you will see a note that the file has been added.

    More tutorials are available for specific areas at Pastisenterprises.com. You can also contact us at any time for more assistance.

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