Blog 101

computerIf you’re still feeling your way on how this site works, or just need a refresher on how these sites work, here’s a quick primer:

Blog – short for web log, a website designed as an easily updated list of content entries called posts, usually displayed in reverse chronological order, i.e. most recent on top. If you’d like to learn more about blogs, there’s a good explanation on Wikipedia.

Post – individual blog entry. Each of our news articles is published as a post, the most recent of which are displayed on the Home page of our blog. If you click the headline of a story, it will take you directly to the post on its own page. Learn about how to submit a news item to our blog by visiting our About page.

Follow – this functionality sends a notification via email, RSS, Facebook or other blog when new stories (posts) are published. You can subscribe to our blog to get notifications when we publish new content by clicking the ‘Follow‘ button on the Home page (upper right) to enter your information and how often you would like to be notified of new content. To receive our weekly newsletter, please see our sign-up form.

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Search – one of the easiest ways to find content on our blog. You find the search bar in the upper right hand side of the Home Page. Simply enter one or more keywords in the search field and click enter. You’ll see posts matching your keyword phrase. For example, enter ‘used uniforms‘ to find all related items. This will give you a more narrow set of results than just using the category filter for ‘Uniforms‘. Another way to search for content is to click on a link in ‘Categories‘ in the sidebar of our Home page or in ‘Archives‘ on the About page. You can also click on a tag at the top of a post to find like posts.

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Older Posts – you can scroll through all the posts ever posted on our blog in reverse chronological order by scrolling to the bottom of the screen and clicking ‘Older Posts‘.

Categories – grouping of posts by general topics. You can click on a topic from the list of categories on the right side of our Home page. Assigned categories are also listed at the top of each post. Clicking the category there will filter the site content to display only the posts assigned to that category.

Tags – another way to organize content on the blog. Tags are a searchable and clickable way to display all posts with the selected tag. Tags are also listed at the top of each post.

Archives – grouping of posts by month and year they were published. If you know a particular post was published in June of 2016, you can go the ‘Archives‘ drop down menu on the sidebar of the About page, click on ‘June 2016‘ and you’ll see all of the posts that were published in that date range.

WordPress – free blogging tool and user-friendly publishing site. Our news is currently hosted on the website – which leads us to our next point…

Advertising – currently publishes limited ads on post and tag pages to underwrite those services it offers for free to users. However, we are looking into affordable and manageable ways to remove the ads from our blog. In the meantime, you can block these ads by blocking cookies in your web browser settings. For instructions on how to do this, see the Help menu or online support for your particular browser, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.