WEBSITE GUIDELINES

PROFILING

When you want to feature someone on the website, please ensure

  1. The person being profiled is child-safe, reliable and respected in the homeschooling community. The last thing we want is to give a voice to people who are dangerous to children, or eager to seek a spotlight. Our website is currently the first stop for people seeking information about homeschooling in Singapore. Let’s be vigilant about who we profile.
  2. You have permission. If it is an interview, the interview must be vetted by the interviewee. We want to be respectful in the process of obtaining information. If any at point, the interviewee does not feel comfortable about anything in the article, he/she should be able to change the information.
  3. You have fact checked. Verify statements or research given. This way, you can ask for more clarity on behalf of the readers, or stop inaccurate information from being published on our website.

    As a publisher, you are responsible for the information you give readers access to.

PUBLISHING

Each post must have : 

  1. A feature header photo 
  • Ratio : 2000px x 1200px. (E.g. I use an imaging app “Image Size” to help me resize to the desired proportions. I use an ipad.)
  • You can pick a header image from royalty free, copyright free websites like Unsplash or Pexel. Or an original image that is clear and relevant to the story.
  • 1 header image is good enough. I personally prefer a header image to putting image in the post. This is because the proportions of the header image is consistent. It will resize according to the gadget you use. The header image helps to give a visual setting/illustration for the story. 
  • If you want to have images in the post to illustrate the story, by all means. Use the caption function if you need to explain the image, or give credit. 
  • If you need to give credit for the photo, do it like this: Photography : BB Studios (no need to italicise. The Caption function will automatically do it)
  • You can upload the header image via Library > Add Media. Or under DOCUMENT section, click on “FEATURED IMAGE” and follow the instructions there.
  1. Story 
  • Check for connections. Is the story clear for the reader? Any parts that need to be explained more? You want to publish something that is good AND easy to understand.
  • Check for grammar and spelling errors. Be a descriptive grammarian. It is a more respectful approach.  
  • Check for paragraphing. Make sure the reader doesn’t get fatigued reading long paragraphs. A book reading experience is different from a web reading experience. 
  1. Sources 
  • This is not just recommended but crucial. We should link and give credit to sources where necessary. This helps us be upright in our writing (as we engage with ideas outside of our own) and be a creditable source of information. This helps us be accountable in the eyes of others too. As critical thinkers, we should allow room for disagreement and debate. Where to place sources? You can do so in 2 ways: 
  • If your sources need to be listed as an appendix, create a separate paragraph at the end called FURTHER READING or SOURCES. List down the resources according to Chicago style
  • You can link directly in the story if you want the reader to make immediate connections. Eg. I find the idea of Indian deportation in America a familiar political tactic. 
  1. Final disclaimer or Contextual Connection
  • This is not necessary if the category has already stated it at the beginning. E.g. see Opinion category. it states clearly that the Opinion pieces are personal opinions and not indicative of the entire homeschooling community.
  • A final disclaimer is useful at the bottom “This article was written in response to __” so that people know the context.
  • A contextual connection is a link to the bigger context of the article. “This story was written for the COVID-19 series.”
  1. “Read More” button
  • This is to ensure that readers don’t get fatigued scrolling down the main home page. Usually you put the “read more” button after the first paragraph. But if you feel a second paragraph is required for the reader or story to make a bit more sense, it is fine. 
  • How to find the button? Create a separate paragraph. Click the + sign. Go to “Layout”. Click “Read More”. 
  1. Categorisation
  • Before you know it, we will be an archive of wonderful stories and opinions about homeschooling in Singapore. But let’s make it easy for people to find information. Categorisation is very important for web stories. You MUST do it like this : 
  • 1) Find the right category to place the article. There is a list of options in the DOCUMENT section under CATEGORIES. If there are no categories that suit the article, create a new category. 
  • If you create a new category, it has to be updated in the MENU section. Go to MENU > [add category] > Move it up/down/under the umbrella category you want. Click SAVE.
  • 2) under the DOCUMENT section of the story, fill in a few TAGS. This way, people can find the articles they want via tags if they do not like searching under categories. TAGS are more nuanced. E.g. a story may come under the category of “OPEN HOUSE” but under TAGS, it could be categorised as “Dads”, “Homes”, “Cooking”, depending on what the story teller intends to weave. It is easier if you want to find all the Cooking related articles, TAGS will be most helpful.
  • Publish

All the above functions mentioned are available to these roles : Author, Editor, Administrator.