Posting a Story
Frequently Asked Questions
eMediaAdmin is started by entering the URL of the software in your
Internet browser (For best results, use a recent upgrade of Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer). For example, the Navigator location line would look like this:
If you installed it in a different directory, use it instead (such as http://www.somemachine.org/cgi-bin/emediaadmin/).
Depending on how it is configured, your browser may show a webpage that asks for your password.
It may also ask you to select the month and year of the project you currently want to work on. eMediaAdmin defaults to the current month and year.
When you use eMediaAdmin to create a webpage, it also updates a database containing recent headlines (with the URLs and short story descriptions). Plus, it recreates your front page (maybe /index.html) and the current section page (for example, if you are creating a page for your "Local Sports" category, then the table of contents for your "Local Sports" section will be updated with the new headline and link to the new webpage.) Also, eMediaAdmin will add a new entry to your archive page for the current month and year.
These options can be turned off; and then you can manually use the menu options (shown below) to reupdate your table of contents pages.
The Menu (The main interface)
- Help -- clicking opens a new browser window with instructions.
- Change month and/or year -- selects a new date for uploading and creating archives. (Also, shows what is currently set.)
- Advanced Upload -- brings up a control page used for uploading a story and image.
- Briefs and Announcements -- brings up a control page for adding to your current Briefs and Announcements page. (The Briefs and Announcements are pages that can contain several short news bites that you may consider as being to short to warrant their own webpages.)
- Add Link -- you can also add headlines and links to your table of contents pages and archives with out uploading a story. This is useful, if you want to link to an outside webpage or a webpage you uploaded (maybe ftp) without creating with eMediaAdmin.
- Edit HTML -- you can bring up the actual HTML of a webpage, edit it, and then resave it.
- Upload File -- you can transfer a file (image, webpage or whatever) from your computer to the server that eMediaAdmin is running on. This saves time, so you don't have to start up your FTP client, just to transfer a few files. With this option, you can choose the filename (and directory) for saving it.
- Update Front Page -- This will recreate your front page (maybe /index.html) using your template and the most recent headlines and links. An option allows you to choose how many headlines to use for each section.
- Update Section Page -- Recreates a section (like a Sports category) using your template and the most recent headlines and links relative to that section. An option allows you to choose how many headlines to use.