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  1. Writer creates story text and activity.
  2. Illustrator creates illustrations and coloring pages.
  3. Designer lays out final pdfs and story image.
  4. Designer sends to writer:
    1. Story image
    2. All, preschool, 1-4, 5-6
    3. Coloring pages PDF
    4. Separate activities as individual PDFs
    5. Writer uploads all pdfs and adds all tags and descriptions on

Designer prepares…

  • Story image.
  • downloadable content.

Writer adds…

  • Story
  • Character
  • Activity
  • Coloring page

To add a story, click on “add new post.”


  • Title (no quotation marks)
  • Story synopsis (2-4 sentences)
    Excerpt/lesson (1 sentence)
  • Categories (religion, character, geographic region/affinity, country)


  • Story image and select featured image.
  • PDFs (all, preschool, 1-4, 5-6, coloring page)


  • All
  • Preschool
  • Grades 1-4
  • Grades 5-6
  • Story image
  • Coloring page

To add an activity, click on Media, “add new.”

Upload each activity separately.

Tag appropriately:

  • First, tag as “activity.”
  • Then, tag as either Activity-Experience (like chai tea event), Activity-Live It (like sharing the Gospel or a humanitarian project), Activity-Puzzle (like crossword) or Activity-Arts and Crafts.

To add a coloring page, click on Media, “add new.”

Upload each coloring page separately.

Tag appropriately:

  • First, tag as “coloring page.”
  • Then, tag as CP-story, CP-character, CP-flag, CP-other.

To add a game, click on Media, “add new.”

Upload each game separately.

Tag appropriately:

  • First tag as “Games.”
  • Then, if the game is something physically active, tag “games-physical.”

To add a video, click on Media, “add new.”

Video should be .mov format, h.264 encoded. 480px high is fine.

Tag appropriately:

  • Tag as “Video”
  • Tag with primary character, country, religion (like stories)

Then upload video thumbnail. Again, 480px tall is good. GIF format.

Tag appropriately:

  • Tag as “Video Thumbnail”

Technical Info:

Plugin Usage:

  • AdRotate – used to create and display the sidebar content blocks
  • Advanced Most Recent Posts Mod – used to display the “more stories” widget. Used to exclude “KidsLikeYou” from the stories widget, rather than using the built-in Recent Posts widget
  • Breadcrumb NavXT – to display breadcrumb navigation
  • Cleaner Gallery – used to integrate Lightbox into gallery displays. May not be needed soon, per Tag Gallery developer.
  • Contact Form 7 – for Contact Us form
  • Lightbox Plus – for Lightbox display of galleries
  • List category posts – for shortcode [ catlist ] to list posts by category in pages
  • Media Tags – to organize WP Media uploads, and to query by tag
  • Redirector – creates the autoredirect for Adventures -> Stories back to Adventures
  • Tag Gallery – shortcode [ tag-gallery ], works with Media Tags to create galleries from media tags
  • W3 Total Cache – to speed up site in general. Reduces db queries by storing common queries on server disk. Also minifies js and css.
  • WordPress Database Backup – automates db backup by email

Custom Shortcodes:

  • [ mtlist tag_name=’some tag’ ]
  • [ mtvidgal tag_name=’some tag’ order=’sort order’ orderby=’sort key’ posts_per_page=’number of posts per page, -1=all’ numberposts=’how many to pull’ ]
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