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Uploading to Brighton Noise – Contributor Guides

Thank you for your contribution to Brighton Noise! The notes below should help guide you through the process of uploading gig listings,previews, reviews and photograph galleries. If anything is unclear, or you encounter a problem, you can contact Cat (cat@brightonnoise.co.uk) or Matt (matt@brightonnoise.co.uk)

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Uploading gig listings to Brighton Noise

* Go to the Brighton Noise admin page – http://brightonnoise.co.uk/wp-admin/

* Log on with the username and password supplied by Matt.

* You will be taken to the BN ‘Dashboard’. In the left hand column, chose ‘Posts’ and then ‘Add new’.

* You should be taken to the ‘Add new post’ page. Go to the bottom right hand side of the page and under ‘Categories’, click ‘Listing’. The page layout will change and should now display the fields you need to complete in order to list the gig.

* Enter a title for the listing (the headline artist or name of the event). This will not be displayed on Brighton Noise, but the listing will not save if you don’t include a title.

* Use the web link sent to you by Brighton Noise to find out the information for the following fields:
– Venue (choose from the drop-down menu)
– When (date of gig)
– Doors open (choose from drop-down menu, 24 hour clock)
– Age restriction (if you cannot see this information, leave blank)
– Ticket price (For example ‘£6’ or ‘£6.50’. If the price of the gig isn’t listed and it doesn’t say that it’s free, please leave blank)
– Ticket URL (the full website address for the gig tickets, for example http://www.wegottickets.com/event/161339)

* You may need to do some research to find out if the gig has a Facebook event page, which you can enter into the ‘Event URL’ field. One method is to open a new browser tab or window, use Facebook to search for the gig. Enter the band name in the search field and click the search symbol (magnifying glass). Then filter your results by choosing ‘Events’ from the column on the left of the page. If you cannot easily find a Facebook or other event page for the listing, just leave this field blank.

* We like to add a gig image wherever possible (although it is not imperative). It can be easiest to use the poster image from a Facebook event page, or an image from the headline band’s Last FM page.

* You will need to go to the page and save a suitable image to your computer first. Once you have chosen the photo, Go to the ‘Gig Image’ field and click ‘Add Image’. The ‘Add Media’ pop up box should appear. Click ‘Select Files’ and navigate to the photo you would like to insert. Once you have chosen the photograph, click ‘open’ and the file should upload in a couple of seconds. Once uploaded, click ‘Select image’.

* Next add the band information, firstly typing the name of the headline artist in the ‘Headline Act’ field. (type in the name of the headline artist)

* We then supply a link to a website about the band in the ‘Headline Act URL’ field. You just need to paste in the URL here. Try to ensure if there is more than one artist with the same name that you link to the correct band, it can be tricky to know sometimes! If you are listing a Brighton band that plays in the city regularly, you might want to check the Brighton Noise page below as a first port of call. This has every gig ever listed on BN, so for regular listings or bands that share the same name, you might want to use the links from a previous post, as they should be reliable: http://www.brightonnoise.co.uk/everything

* Alternatively, you can paste a link to the headline artist’s Last FM page. If you cannot find a Last FM page or there isn’t very much information on the site (as there often isn’t for smaller bands), you could also try Facebook/Myspace or a Google search for the artist’s own website or soundcloud. It doesn’t matter which page you use, whatever you think is suitable.

* For Headline Act Listen URL, you will need to search for the band on Soundcloud. If possible, copy and paste a link to the artist’s Soundcloud page (for example http://soundcloud.com/abiwade) rather than just a song (for example http://soundcloud.com/abiwade/hope-1). If the artist doesn’t have a Soundcloud page, then a song is fine. If you cannot find a link to a Soundcloud, then you can insert a link to the artist on YouTube here instead, as this also looks good on the site (for example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90oJPa0Pm8c)

* Moving on to the ‘Promoter’ field, if you know the name of the organisation putting on the gig, choose this from the drop down menu here. If they don’t appear on the list, then leave blank.

*Use the ‘Event Name’ field if the event is part of a festival or night, for example the ‘Bleeding Hearts’ night or ‘Vive La France Festival’. Otherwise, leave blank.

* If you have them, add the support act names and band info pages (Last FM or similar).

* If you feel that the gig should be recommended by Brighton Noise, tick the ‘Recommended’ box.

* In the ‘Mini Preview’ box, copy and paste any relevant information about the gig that is included on the ticket link or Facebook event page. If there is no mini-preview available, the next best thing is to copy and paste some information about the headline act from Last FM. You will need to judge here how much to copy if the text is very long.

* Under the preview box are some additional fields, incase there is a joint headline act for the gig, which can be entered in here rather than listing the artist as a support act.

* Please ignore the ‘Migrated Band Info’ field.

* Scroll back to top of the page. You can use the preview button to check the listing if you wish. If you are happy, click ‘Publish’.

* The post has now been sent to the BN team for publishing, and as soon as it has been approved it will appear live on the website!

Uploading previews and reviews to Brighton Noise

* Go to the Brighton Noise admin page – http://brightonnoise.co.uk/wp-admin/

* Log on with the username and password supplied by Matt.

* You will be taken to the BN ‘Dashboard’. In the left hand column, chose ‘Posts’ and then ‘Add new’.

* Once you are on the ‘Add new post’ page, enter the title of your preview/review. This will usually be just the name of the headline artist or event name (later on we will provide a link to the Brighton Noise listing for the gig, which will show the full line up of artists playing on this page as well).

* On the bottom right hand side of the page, under ‘Categories’, click either ‘Preview’ or ‘Review’, depending on which you are posting.

* Copy and paste your preview/review text into the main body of the post. There are two tabs on the top right of the box (‘Visual’ or ‘HTML’). Make sure that you have clicked the ‘HTML’ tab.

* If you have mentioned any artists, record labels, promoters, venues, or other key words that can be linked to an external webpage, you can add hyperlinks now.

* For example if you have mentioned Bo Ningen, open a new tab or window with your internet browser, and go to the web page you want to link to. For example, if you want to link to information about the band, go to their Last FM page. Copy the webpage URL (http://www.last.fm/music/Bo+Ningen?ac=bo+ningen).

* Back on the Brighton Noise dashboard, highlight the text within your review that you want to hyperlink (‘Bo Ningen’). Click the ‘link’ button at the top of the text box, and paste the webpage URL in the pop up box. Please make sure you tick the box that says ‘Open link in a new window/tab’.

* Repeat this step as many times as needed until you have linked everything you’d like to.

* Next, add images to the review/preview. For a preview, we usually take an image from the band’s Last FM page. You will need to save a suitable image to your computer first. For a review, we ideally like to have some photos taken on the night included in the text. If you have taken photos, then please include a couple here. If a Brighton Noise photographer was at the gig, you can use images from their gallery (we will credit them as photographer at the end of the review). Again, you will need to save the images to your computer.

* The first image used in a review should be landscape – this is important as portrait images will not display correctly on the Brighton Noise homepage. Subsequent images can be either portrait or landscape.

* A preview image (as well as the first image for a review) should be added at the very start of the text. Place the cursor before the first word, and click ‘Upload/Insert’ at the top of the text box.

* The ‘Add Media’ pop up box should appear. Click ‘Select Files’ and navigate to the photo you would like to insert. Once you have chosen the photograph, click ‘open’ and the file should upload. Once uploaded, scroll to the bottom of the pop up box. The first image you add to a preview/review should always be aligned right. Make sure ‘Right’ is checked under the ‘Allignment’ row. You can ignore everything else here, and click ‘Insert into post’.

* For a review, depending on length, you may well wish to add additional images. Use your cursor to place the images where you would like them. Repeat the steps above to locate the image and insert it into the text. The second image uploaded should be aligned left, and the third right, so that they alternate on the page.

* You may need to play around with the positioning of the images to get a well designed page. You can use the ‘Preview’ button at the top right of the page to help you do this.

* If you have used a Brighton Noise photographer’s images, at the end of the review, you will need to credit the photographer. So that it is clear who wrote the piece as well, write the names as in this example:
– Words: Joe Blogs
– Pictures: Joanna Blogs

* You can then hyperlink the names to the contributors page on Brighton Noise.

* Under the text box, you should see the ‘Provided By’ field. Even if you have included the reviewer’s name above, you will still need to choose their name again here from the drop-down menu.

* Next you will need to link the post to the listings page for the event on Brighton Noise. To do this, open up another new window in your web browser and go to the Brighton Noise website. Go to the listings page for the event being previewed/reviewed (past listings remain live on the site, you can find them easily by searching on the homepage).

* Once on the listings page, the webpage address will be displayed by your internet browser at the top of your screen. The web address will look something like this: ‘http://www.brightonnoise.co.uk/listing/?p=6417’

* You just need to copy the number at the end of the address, so in the example above, copy ‘6417’. Going back to the Brighton Noise dashboard, paste this number in the ‘Listing ID’ field.

* You can ignore the ‘Flash Until Date’ field as this will be completed by a Brighton Noise editor.

* Scroll back up to the top right of the page, and click ‘Submit for review’.

* The post has now been sent to the BN team for publishing, and as soon as it has been approved it will appear live on the website!

Uploading images to Brighton Noise

* In order to speed up the uploading process, it is advisable to resize your images so that the files are not too large. Around 640 x 400 pixels usually works well. There is a maximum upload file size of 8MB.

* Go to the Brighton Noise admin page – http://brightonnoise.co.uk/wp-admin/

* Log on with the username and password supplied by Matt.

* You will be taken to the BN ‘Dashboard’. In the left hand column, chose ‘Posts’ and then ‘Add new’.

* Once you are on the ‘Add new post’ page, enter the title of your image gallery, which should be the artist/band in the images. If you are uploading photographs of support acts as well as the headline act at the same gig, please upload each set of photos to a separate gallery.

* On the bottom right hand side of the page, under ‘Categories’, click ‘Gallery’.

* Next, click the ‘Upload/Insert’ link which is below the title box. This should take you to the ‘Add Media’ pop up box.

* Choose ‘select files’ and using the browser, navigate to wherever you have saved your images.

* You can select multiple files using the ‘ctrl’ button. Once you have selected all the images you want in the album, click ‘open’. This will upload the images.

* Once all the images have uploaded, click ‘save all changes’ at the bottom of the box.

* On the next page, you just need to scroll to the bottom and click ‘insert gallery’. Ignore ‘gallery settings’, you don’t need to change anything here UNLESS you want to change the order the images appear in, which is up to you.

* The galleries display images from the bottom of the list to the top. If you wish to rearrange the order, click on the image title and drag to the desired position (the pale blue highlight shows you where the photo will appear as you drag). Once done, scroll to the bottom and click ‘insert gallery’.

* You should now be back at the ‘add new post’ page. Scroll down to the ‘Provided By’ section, under the gallery box. From the drop down menu, select the name of the person took the images.

* You will need to link the gallery post to the original listings page for the event on Brighton Noise. To do this, open up a new window in your web browser and go to the Brighton Noise website. Go to the listings page for the event photographed (past listings remain live on the site, you can find them easily by searching on the homepage).

* Once on the listings page, the webpage address will be displayed by your internet browser at the top of your screen. The web address will look something like this: ‘http://www.brightonnoise.co.uk/listing/?p=6417’

* You just need to copy the number at the end of the address, so in the example above, copy ‘6417’. Going back to the Brighton Noise dashboard, paste this number in the ‘Listing ID’ field.

* You can ignore the ‘Flash Until Date’ field as this will be completed by a Brighton Noise editor.

* Scroll back up to the top right of the page, and click ‘Submit for review’.

* Your gallery has now been sent to the BN team for publishing, and will soon appear live on the website!

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