Getting started: Create your profile

Create your identity

C3 Web Tutorial Establishing your profile page is the place to start! Not hard, but there are a few steps.

  1. Enter profile fields, be sure to enter “EXTRA” fields.
  2. Create and upload a 150 pixel square head-shot (be descriptive in your file name*)
  3. Create up to 3 portfolios to display your talents
  • * imagine an image library with hundreds of images all named “headshot.jpg.”Create specific file names that include your initials(” _ab”) and other details that describe the file.jpublic150pxSq.png

Once you have logged into the C3 site, you will be forwarded to the dashboard. For those of you who are new to WordPress this is where you will create web content.

Step 1.

From the left select: Users>Your Profile You will then be prompted to fill in details about yourself in the following screen.

Just a thought to keep in mind, you are a blogger now so these fields let your readers know who you are. They are visible on your on your author page.  And referenced by the posts that you make on the site.

Right click on the image at the right
and select view image to view it at a legible size.

*Note you will want to change your password. As the default password is not a secret





Step 2.
Create and upload a head-shot that is 150 pixels square. Create your image in either .jpg or .png format using the graphics application of your choice.

Now you are ready to upload this image to the shared Media Library for the entire site. “Shared” means that every image must have a unique descriptive title. If everyone were to upload an image by the name of “HeadShot.jpg” we’ll have hundreds of files all with the same name. The Media Library will be disorganized and cumbersome.


A helpful hint is to have multiple browser windows or tabs open while editing your posts. so that you can more easily upload, images for inclusion in your post, edit your text and preview. Right clicking on a link will provide you with the options shown here, highlighted in yellow.

Opening Multiple windows or tabs helps











Getting Started 2: Create Your Portfolio

After you have submitted your Profile, the next thing to do is create your Portfolio. Each member may have up to three distinct portfolios, but only one portfolio within any one Portfolio Category (like Art Director/Designer, Photographer, Web Design/ Development, etc.).

Once you have logged in to the C3 site, you will be forwarded to the dashboard. For those of you who are new to WordPress this is where you will create web content.

Step 1.

From the left select: Portfolio > Add New. You will go to a new Portfolio page. In the text field at top where the cursor is blinking, title your portfolio. If you are going to only have one, your name would suffice. If you are going to having multiple portfolios, differentiate your titles, such as John Smith – Illustration and John Smith – Graphic Design. Once you have titled your portfolio, click the Save Draft button at upper right. As usual, save as you go. Your portfolio will not be publicly visible until you click the blue Publish button at right.

Step 2.

Under the title area is the content edit window. Mouse-over the icons to see what their function is, although most should be familiar from other applications. Click your mouse in the edit window. To add text, you can either type directly in the window, or paste. If you are pasting from Word, it is important to click the Paste from Word icon in the middle of the bottom row and paste into the window that opens. This will strip out formatting and other bloat from your Word text. DO NOT paste text from Word directly into the Edit window. You can use the other icons by clicking on them to make various adjustments to your text, including styling and coloring. To review, Save Draft and click the Preview button at upper right.

To add a photo or graphic (in .JPG, .GIF or .PNG format), click the Upload/Insert text or icon right above the two rows of icons at the top of the edit window. From the Add Media window that opens, either drag & drop or select the file from your computer to upload it. Alternately, you can click Media Library at the top of the Add Media window to insert a photo or graphic you have previously uploaded.


It is best to use a photo at its file size, so resize your photos to the desired pixel width before uploading. Alternately, you can upload a photo at a larger size (say 1200 pixels in width), place it in your Portfolio at a smaller size (medium is suggested), then when a viewer clicks on the image, it will open in a separate window at the larger size.

Text typed into the Caption field will create a caption under the image.  Alignment is text wrap (or not). If you have resized your image to the desired size, use Full Size in the Size selector. You can add your image to a Media Category (in this case – Portfolio under Member). Click Insert into Post and your image will do just that. If you click on a graphic in the edit window you will reveal icons to Edit or Delete the image.

If you want a photo to appear with your Portfolio excerpt (what shows when a viewer searches for a creative), you can do so by adding an image to the Featured Image window at lower right.

Your Profile information is automatically added to your portfolio, and appears in the right-hand sidebar. In the Edit area, it shows up under your content window as Custom Fields. If you have made changes to your Profile after you have created a Portfolio, you will need to also make those changes in the Custom Fields area or it will still show your original information or image.

Using the Photospace Gallery
If you would like to use the gallery with a featured image and thumbnails to the left that users can click through, follow these simple steps:

1. Enter a blank line after your text in the visual editor box
2. Type the word “photospace” – Include  a square bracket on either side of the word “photospace.” This is the shortcode that activates the gallery.
3. Click Upload/Insert
4. Upload images
5. Save draft or publish

The Photospace plugin automatically inserts your images into the post gallery style. You do not need to click “insert gallery.” If you do accidentally, you’ll insert a photo into your text. It can simple be deleted from the visual editor and it will still remain in your gallery.

That’s the basics. Play around. Have fun showing off your work!


Author Tip: How To Choose The Correct Post Category

When you’re writing a blog post that provides new/useful information to our site visitors — i.e., a resource — you have three choices how to assign it to a category. Here are the guidelines to follow:

Arts & Creativity Resources identifies posts on the fine arts side of creativity; for and about painters, authors, crafters, sculptors and other artisans. Typical topics are:

  • Gallery and museum events
  • Creative inspiration and the artist’s process
  • Recent activities, showings and exhibitions of C3 members
  • The cultural scene in and around Chicago

Media Arts Resources identifies posts on the commercial arts side of creativity; for and about designers, illustrators, printers, copywriters, photographers and other communications arts practitioners. Typical topics are:

  • Graphic design, typography and illustration
  • Web site and user experience design and development
  • Video and motion graphics
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Technical topics, tutorials, software reviews and shortcuts

Small Business Resources identifies posts on creative as a business; for and about running your own small company and succeeding in today’s world. Typical topics are:

  • Pricing your services
  • Legal issues with intellectual property and copyright
  • Tips for self-promotion and finding new clients
  • Dealing with difficult and/or slow-paying clients

The home page “slider”

tutorial … just to make sure everyone understands what is possible for the homepage slider ….

  • The slider elements are “fed” via settings made on posts created in the “featured stories” category
  • Remember: wordpress allows for double categories so any item could be added to this group
  • Each piece of the slider is linked (via the image) to the relevant post
  • The elements fed to the slider are: image | title | excerpt
  • The title of the slide is the title of the post
  • Settings for: image & description – are best set via the “dynamic content metabox” settings in the right sidebar in post edit view
  • The number of “slides” can be set, or can show all members of the “featured stories” category
  • The slides are shown in reverse chronological order
  • This means that if there are more items in the group than the specified number of slides – the older posts/slides will drop out of the rotation
  • And adjusting the publish date of a post will control the order of the post/slide shown