How to use the Journals Site


Thank you for signing up to join the GVN Journal site. We hope that you find it a useful resource for keeping in touch with your friends and family while you are on your placement.

Logging In

You can login to your WordPress account at Please note that login names and passwords are case sensitive. If you do not have a journals account and would like one, please contact your volunteer coordinator.

Profile Information

When you login to the journals site, you will be taken to your personal details page. Here you can update your email address, password, and other information. We also ask that you update your Biographical Info section – this will be displayed on your author page, which you can find at

Writing Posts

Each new journal entry you make is called a post. This information on writing posts is taken from (this journals site is powered by the popular blogging tool WordPress).

To write a post:
1. Log in to your journals account.
2. Click the Posts tab.
3. Click the Add New sub-tab.
4. Start filling in the blanks.
5. Select your program.
6. When you are ready, click Publish.

It’s as simple as that, but if you’d like to find out more, keep reading:

The title of your post. You can use any words or phrases. Avoid using the same title twice as that will cause problems. You can use commas, apostrophes, quotes, hypens/dashes, and other typical symbols in the post like “My Site – Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid.” WordPress will clean it up for the link to the post, called the post-slug.

Post Editing Area
The blank box where you enter your writing, links, links to images, and any information you want to display on your site. You can use either the Visual or the HTML view to compose your posts. For more on the HTML view, see the section below, Visual Versus HTML View.

Preview button
Allows you to view the post before officially publishing it.

Publish box
Contains buttons that control the state of your post. The main states are Published and Draft. Published status means the post has been published on your blog for all to see. PDraft means the post has not been published and remains a draft for you. If you select a specific publish status and click the update post or Publish button, that status is applied to the post.

After you save your post, the Permalink below the title shows the potential URL for the post. The URL is generated from your title. The commas, quotes, apostrophes, and other non-HTML favorable characters are changed and a dash is put between each word. If your title is “My Site – Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid”, it will be cleaned up to be “my-site-heres-lookin-at-you-kid” as the title. You can manually change this, maybe shortening it to “my-site-lookin-at-you-kid”.

Allows you to save your post as a draft / pending review rather than immediately publishing it. To return to your drafts later, visit Posts – Edit in the menu bar, then select your post from the list.

Publishes your post on the site. You can edit the time when the post is published by clicking the Edit link above the Publish button and specifying the time you want the post to be published. By default, at the time the post is first auto-saved, that will be the date and time of the post within the database.

The program the post can be classified in. It is important that you select this.

If you would like more information about writing posts in WordPress, please visit

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