HowTo: Post Files

Here’s a link to a two minute video on how to post (“Publish”) a PDF file (e.g. our Voice newsletter) onto the SVMHA Website. Click: Video Link.

Below is a step by step text version of the directions.

Many types of content can be posted on our HOA website. All are easy to do with a computer or tablet and even a cellphone, and can then be accessed by our community via their computers, tablets or cellphones. You can even Post (aka Publish) new content from a phone or tablet. It’s easy to print anything that’s on our website to share with others, make a PDF, or to save and read offline.

How To Post PDF Files
This brief intro is for posting PDF files like the ones Bob has created with the app he uses for doing the Voice. Other types of files like Image files are handled similarly, and adding or interspersing your new text content is also easy to learn. By posting PDF files you will get to know the system well enough to share any PDF or image file, and adding text will be a trivial next step.

Please keep in mind that it’s COMPLETELY safe to experiment on our site. You can experiment without clicking “Publish” and nobody else will ever see it. Even if you Publish, it’s easy for you to Delete anything you’ve done. Also, anyone with the site’s Editor “Role” or higher access can edit or delete for you.

It’s also pretty easy to create fancy content like the Voice from scratch on our site. Then that content can easily be printed or shared as PDF files after it’s Published here.

Steps To Post Files On
a. Log In.
b. Create a new “Post” draft.
c. Add a Title.
d. Choose a “Block” of content.
e. Save, Preview & Publish.

a. Log In.
Launch a web browser app and type in the address.
For ease, use this special shortcut link and Bookmark it in your browser:

Anyone with a posting “Role” account like the ones given to new Volunteers on our site can use this link, since they’ll then put in their own SVMHA “Username” and “Password” at the prompts. If you’re a San Vicente resident & HOA member and would like a Role that enables you to contribute posts, please contact the HOA using the Contact form at the bottom of the Home page. With a few minutes a month, you can help the HOA and your neighbors.

b. Click “Write blog post” at lower-right.

Click “Write blog post” at lower-right of the Edit screen

c. Add a Title. Just click “Add title” and try to keep it short. For periodic things like this example Voice or Meeting Minutes, please us the same format as prior posts on the topic so they’re easy for the site to list and for people to find. This practice Voice post is named in the same style as previous Minutes posts (Month Day Year) and Voice or Calendar posts (Month Year).

d. Choose a Block (item). This can be text, images or many other things, but since we’re posting PDF files of the Voice and Calendar that were created in a different app we just want those 2 Files. Note that many of the types of things displayed on the list require a more expensive subscription to WordPress (host of our inexpensive site), so it saves money to stick with text, images, and files. Video can be included by posting it to YouTube (or some other free service), and simply adding a Link (use the chain link icon) to put a link in the text here on our site. That’s how the video link above was done.

There are different ways to select Files, and we’re going to use the black Plus sign at the right. When you click that, a list of popular icons pops up in a box and it may contain a “File” icon to click. If not, click the “Browse all” black bar at the bottom, and a taller version of the box pops up at the Left. Scroll down (note the thin scroll bar atop the right edge) slightly if needed, to find the icon for uploading a “File” Block item. (In the “Media” section of the box, “File” is the 5th item)

Note that while you can just start typing Text below the Title line, you MUST select the Image or File type to insert an Image or File (e.g. PDF), or else the entire Post might be blank below the title. This may happen even though the post looks ok in Edit mode.

Drag your file from your computer (or tablet or phone) to the box that opens, (or click the “Upload” button to be guided through a selection process that lets you browse the files on your computer). WAIT while the file is uploading from you to the SVMHA website, and it appears on your screen. You’re almost done already.

e. Save, Preview, and Publish. First we’ll Save a “Draft” version of what we’ve done. Click the icon for that, at the upper-right of the screen.

Then we’ll open a Preview tab or Window to see how it will look. Click twice on the Preview icon next to the Save icon. Preview lets you see it as a Desktop computer will, or a Tablet, or a Mobile phone. Presuming you’re doing this on your computer, choose Desktop and click Preview. It doesn’t matter though, because the website automatically displays all content so it will look and operate best on the device you or our visitors are using at any moment. You can scroll up and down again, to see how it fits with the website header lines and side columns.
Next close the Preview tab or Window. Now, back in the Add New Post tab or Window, just click Publish twice, and you’re Done!
You can find and click the round portrait at upper right to Log Out, or just close the browser and shut off your computer.

When the Preview looks good, close the Preview tab (or window) and (after clicking Save again if you’re super cautious) click the “Publish” button highlighted in upper right of the Add New Post tab or window. DONE!

Now you can:
Shut down your computer, go offline, close your browser, etc. or:
Click the fancy “W” inside a circle, square black icon at upper-left, then the “Profile” icon that looks like the gray silhouette of a person inside a circle at the upper-right, and last the square “Log out” button at the left.

All this took vastly longer to type (and exponentially longer to make the video linked to above) than to actually post a PDF or image file. After a couple of posts, it takes about a minute to post a PDF. Typing up and Publishing this text post like with an added video link and image file took half an hour.