Help Page

How to Create a User Account on RI

  • Before you can participate by posting comments and articles in the RI Future community, you will need to create a user account.
  • Visit this link:
  • Enter your username (this will be how your name will appear on the blog) and email address, then click Register.
  • Check the email account used to register and get the Username and Password.  Enter the Username and Password here:
How to Add an Image to Your Profile or Edit Your Password
  • Sign into your account.
  • At the top right of the screen, it will read “Howdy, [username]”  Click on that and then “Edit My Profile
  • You can upload an image that will display next to your name when you post articles or leave comments.
  • You can also edit your password, add a link to your own website, or add a short bio.

How to Post an Article on RI

  • Sign into your account here:
  • Once you’re signed in, a gray menu bar appears along the top on the page.  Click on “Rhode Island’s Future” to access the administration panel.
  • In the administration panel, along the left column, click Posts > Add New
  • Enter post title and text
  • Select the appropriate category for the post and add relevant Tags (these are additional keywords that describe what the post is about)

How to Add Hyperlinks to an Article

  • In the text bod on the Add / Edit Post screen, highlight the text you would like linked, then click on the icon at the top of the box that looks like a chain link.
  • Add the destination URL, check the “Open link in new window/tab” box, and then click the blue “Add Link” button.
How to Change the Post Date of an Article
  • Whenever an article is updated, please change the post date so that the article comes back to the top of the blog.
  • When you’re in the edit post screen, in the right column will be a “Publish” box.  In that box, you’ll be able to change the publish date.
  • NOTE: If you want to write an article and have it be posted at a future time, use this feature.
How to Get Your Article to Display in Front Page Slider
  • Across the top of the front page is a slider that displays the 4 most recent “Featured” articles.
  • To have your article appear in the slider, select the “Featured” category, along with any other related categories relevant to the article content.
  • NOTE: If you want an image to display in the slider box, see below.
  • NOTE: If you have a video embedded in the Excerpt field, DO NOT select the “Featured” category as the video will not display correctly in the slider.

How to Add Images to an Article

  • There are two different ways images are displayed for the posts: internal images are contained within the post itself, and excerpt images are thumbnails that display next to the truncated text on the front page, in search results, in category and tag sorting, and in the front page slider.  Images make the website look much better, so please do both!
  • To embed an image in the post, place the cursor where you want the image to appear and click “Insert/Upload” above the icons for the text box.  In the popup box, you can upload a photo from your computer, link to a photo online, or search for a photo in the media library that was previously uploaded.  In all cases you should size the image so that it fits well in the post and also use the alignment feature to wrap the text around the image (rather than having the text below the image).  Title the image appropriately since search engines appreciate this, then click the “Insert into Post” button.
  • To create an excerpt image, you need to upload it from your computer.  So if the image is online, save a copy to your computer before you begin.  In the Add Post screen, scroll to the bottom of the page.  At the bottom of the right column, click on the “Set featured image” link.  Select the file from your computer, title it appropriately, set the alignment, and then click “Use as feature image.”  Once the photo appears in the background in the Featured Image box, you can close the “Set featured image” popup box.
  • If you want an embedded image in the post AND an image for excerpts, you must do both.
  • Click the blue publish button at the top.

Adding Video to a Post

  • You will need to paste the embed code for the video in two places because videos are displayed in two separate ways on the blog.
  • Create a new post following the above directions.  In the new post screen, click on the “HTML” tab on the top right of the text window.  Paste the embed code for the video.
  • ALSO, scroll to bottom of page and paste the embed code in the Excerpt box.  This excerpt box will display the videos on the front page without having to click into the actual post.
  • Click the blue publish button at the top.
  • IMPORTANT: If this post is going into the slider at the top of the front page DO NOT insert embed code in Except box.
  • NOTE: The Visual tab in the add/edit post screen will only display a yellowish colored box where the video will appear; the video content will appear once the article is published.


One response to “Help Page”

  1. Nancy Green

    Hi Bob Plain,
    I seen you at Netroots. I saw Michelle Obama speak in Warwick RI in 2008, is this something you would want to post on RI Future? Michelle was amazing, and I thought of that night when I heard news reports that she hit it out of the field at the Democratic Convention.
    Michelle Obama came to CCRI in Warwick, RI to campaign for her husband on February 21, 2008.

    This writer had the cool experience of seeing the future First Lady in her own Alma Mater.

    It was an unusual venue. The CCRI Warwick building is a 70’s futuristic concept in concrete. The common area sits at the base of a series of spiraling ramps. The Obama people were greeting all who walked in the front doors, but not all were there for the rally–classes were in session. It was cold, and heavy winter coats were draped on the walls of the ramps as the speakers on the platform below addressed the large and curious crowd. The event went off flawlessly. The speakers were convincing. Michelle Obama was passionate and eloquent as she addressed the crowd sitting in chairs on the ground floor, and  gazing down at her from the ramps. I am a product of the sixties, with all its grief and violence against those who spoke too loudly in public. I was glad to see this exercise of free speech and courage. ‘Nuff said. 

    2/21/2008 From CCRI in Warwick (across the street from where Midland Mall used to be)

    I went to CCRI, Knight Campus in 1973.  I think the building wears well, it’s a radical design, all poured concrete and ramps. I was wondering whether the campaign stop by Michelle Obama would take place in the large auditorium, or in the common area in the center of the building. That is a huge open space bordered by spiraling ramps that lead to the upper floors.

    Doors were set to open at 5:45.  At 5:40 I turned onto the exit off Rt. 95S and hit a traffic jam.  There is a left lane that leads to a turn light to the college–it was full.  I got someone to let me in, and saw cars behind and in front trying to wedge into the lane. It took about 10 minutes to get up to the light.  At the bottom of the hill, where a wide drive leads up to CCRI, there were 5 or 6 picketers protesting illegal immigrants.  There must have been almost 100 Obama lawn signs on the road up.

    The huge parking lot was mostly full. There’s always night classes on week nights, so I can’t say how it would look normally, but the rows were lettered and I had to drive down to ‘K’, the 11th tier, before I found a space. There was a full moon and it was cold.

    The entrance to the school is a wide concrete ramp leading to the front doors. A lone man stood holding a sign for Ron Paul.

    Inside the door were rows of tables with volunteers signing people in. The speech was in the common area. Volunteers were trying to steer people down onto the ground floor, but it was irresistible to walk up the ramps and look down on the crowd and the stage.  How many people I don’t know.  The floor was mostly full and the ramps were solidly lined with spectators all the way to the top.

    It was a happy crowd, diverse in age and race. I went up the stairs to the top of the ramps, and looked down on a sea of people.  Some were waving signs and holding banners. Music played on the sound system. It wasn’t too loud, and there was a lot of soul, including the Staple Singers ‘I’ll Take You There’. Of course they kept us waiting until after 6:30. The program began with the National Anthem. Attorney General Patrick Lynch asked for a  moment of silence for the five-year anniversary of the Station Nightclub Fire. Then he got into the spirit, rousing huge cheers when he said that for the first time anyone can remember, Rhode Island’s primary on March 4th really counts.  He introduced Michelle Obama’s brother, Brown University basketball coach Craig Robinson, who warmly commended his sister’s accomplishments and introduced her as “the next first lady of the United States”.

    Michelle Obama spoke about her husband’s start as a long-shot candidate, and how with each success they “raised the bar”. A well-chosen metaphor for listeners who knew about bars of race and gender and class.  And a devastating response to the Clinton campaign’s need to downplay the amazing momentum the Obama campaign has generated.

    I hated to leave, but I was supposed to be somewhere else, so I just appreciated that I got to hear some of the speech, and be a part of the crowd, and see people happy and full of hope.  It’s been a long time.

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