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Users Guide

Registration

Registered members can; set accounts to public or private, journal (post) in public, private and password protected mode, and read and comment on members “public” posts.

Privacy and Security is in your hands. You have 100% control of your account and everything you write.

How to Register

To register for an account select the “Register” button located on the main menu. Fill in the required information and check your email for the account confirmation request. Once your account is confirmed, you can sign in and edit your profile.

Note; Email activation is required within 24 hrs for all new accounts. Any accounts not activated in 24 hrs will be deleted. If you missed the activation, please try to create a new account.

Account Settings

How to Change Password

Select the “Account Settings” located under the “Profile” menu option. You will see the following;

To change the Password select the * asterisks symbol and enter your current and new password then select update password. Passwords must be strong for security reasons.

How to Edit Privacy Settings

To Edit Privacy Settings select the padlock symbol to access the “Profile Privacy” settings.

Profile Privacy allows you to choose who can view your profile and to hide your profile from other “Members” and in the directory. In privacy mode only you can view your profile.

How to Delete Your Account

To delete your account select, the garbage can, and enter your password and select the “Delete Account” button. This will erase all of your account data from the site.

Profile

How to Edit You’re Profile

To edit your profile, select “Profile” from the main navigation menu, after the page loads you will see the following;

To edit your profile select the cog icon to the right of your name and select “Edit Profile” from the drop-down menu. Once the page reloads the options for changing the cover photo, member photo and the about you information box will be visible. It’s similar to Twitter.

Change Your Cover Photo

To change your cover photo select “Change your cover photo” in the center of the cover image.

Another drop-down menu will appear, select “Change your cover photo” again to display the upload cover photo box. Select an image to upload and save the changes.

Note; The default cover photo size is 300px x 600px. The maximum upload file size is 953.7MB.

How to Change Your Member Photo

To change your member photo select the camera overlay image in the center of the default member photo.

A drop-down menu will appear, select “Change Photo” to display the upload photo box. Please make sure that the photo is 300px x 300px. The maximum upload file size is 953.7MB. Select an image and save the changes.

Note; if you have trouble uploading images try disabling your anti-virus program temporarily.

How to Add Your Profile Description

To add a profile description locate the text box below your profile name. You will see the words “Tell us a bit about yourself…” in the box. Profile descriptions can be 180 words or less.

Profile Post and Comments (front-end)

The black menu with the five icons (Posts, Comments, Add New Post, Edit Post, and Private Message) located below the profile description are for accessing posts, and comments. And provides easy access to add a new post and edit posts on the front-end, and the private message feature too.

How to Access the Dashboard (backend)

Registered members can access the “Dashboard” by hovering over the link “Burden Talk” located on the black bar in the upper left-hand corner and selecting “Dashboard” from the drop-down menu.

The Dashboard area gives you easy access to Posts, Media, Comments, and additional Profile settings, and options.

How to Edit Your Dashboard Profile

To access additional profile options select “Profile” on the left sidebar menu. You will see the following;

Add, enter or change the desired profile information and select the “Update Profile” button located at the bottom of the page.

Note; the “About Yourself Bio” information is different than the profile description located below your name. This description will display below your posts in the journal.

Journal & Posting

Journal Members

To access the Members Directory select “Members” from the main navigation menu. Only available to registered members.

To visit a members profile, select a members name or image. Once the profile page loads, you can select one of the three icons (Posts, Comments, and Private Message) to access a members posts and comments, and send a private message.

If the member has hidden their profile or set posts to private or password protected, you will not be allowed to access to them.

Journal Posting Categories

I’ve selected six categories for posting.

Categories for posting include;

  • Encouraging
  • Expressive Writing
  • Personal Stories
  • Reflective Writing
  • Reminiscing
  • Self-Reflection

How to Post a New Journal Entry (on the backend)

After logging in, you will have limited access to post and upload images. These options are available on the top menu bar (seen in the screenshot below) located along the top of the website.

To post a new journal entry, hover over the word “New” on the top menu bar and select “Post” from the drop-down menu. You will see the following “Add New Post” page.

The first step is to enter the page title (Enter title here) and then select a “Category” on the right of the post entry box.

Now you can begin writing in the post entry box. The styling options along the top are optional. When you finish writing, select the “Publish” button on the right.

The post link will now appear in your profile under the posts menu option. If the post is public, it appears on the homepage and category page too.

We will cover Post Privacy Settings and Editing Posts below.

It’s important to note; the benefits of journaling are in daily writing, not in styling the post or incorporating fancy images. Try to focus on writing daily. However, you can learn How to Use the New WordPress Block Editor to style and create better journal posts.

How to Add Images to a Post

Again the benefits of journaling are in daily writing, not in styling the post or incorporating fancy images. However, if you desire to include a featured image at the top of your post or an image further down the post here’s how you accomplish the task.

First go to the Dashboard, then hover over the word “Media” on the sidebar and select “Add New” from the drop-down menu. Then drop files in the box or click on “Select Files” to locate the image on your device and upload.

Now go to the post (Dashboard > Posts > All Posts) and select the post. On the right side located at the bottom of the page is “Featured Image” click to access the Media Library images or to upload an image here (Maximum upload file size: 8 MB). Once the image is selected, click “Update” to save the changes.

How to Make a Post Private

In the “Add New Post” or “Edit Post” section you will see a “Publish” section to the right of the page title.

In the Publish section is a “Visibility” setting with an eye icon and the word “Edit” in link format. Select the “Edit” link to display the drop-down menu with privacy options for the post.

There will be three settings listed;

  • Public
  • Password
  • Protected

Private Public allows everyone to view the post.

Password Protected only allows people with the password to access the post.

Private only allows the creator of the post to access the post.

To change the settings for a post select the desired visibility, click the OK and then Update button to save the changes.

How to Edit a Published Post

First you need to locate the post to be edited. To find it visit your Profile and select “Posts” from the dashboard menu. Then select the post title to view the post page.

After the post loads in the browser, look for the words “Edit Post” on the black menu bar located along the top of the website. Click on this option to open the post in the writing and editing mode again. Edit the post and click the Update button to save the changes.

How to Delete a Published Post

First you need to locate the post to be deleted. To find it visit your Profile and select Posts from the dashboard menu. Then select the post title to view the post page.

After the post loads in the browser, look for the words “Edit Post” on the black menu bar located along the top of the website. Click on this option to open the post in the writing and editing mode again.

To delete the post select the “Move to Trash” link located in the Publishing section on the left.

How to Post a New Journal Entry (frontend)

Posting on the front end is easier than the backend since access is on the Profile page. After logging in, go to your “Profile” and select “Add New Post” (the fifth option) from the menu bar.

Then fill in the Post Title, select a Category, write the post (post description) and select a Featured Image (optional). You can provide an optional short description for the post too.

When finished, select either “Create Post” or “Save Draft.” To make the post private set the post privacy settings as stated above.

Important Note; All posts created and published on the frontend are automatically set to public. This allows all visitors to access and read the journal post.

How to Edit a Post (frontend)

To edit an existing post on the frontend, select “Edit Posts” on the menu bar. A listing of all your posts will be visible;

Then select the “Edit” option next to the post you want to edit. The edit post page will load giving you access to edit and save the post when finished.

Private Messaging

Burden Talk includes a fully functioning Private Messaging system from the frontend. Allowing registered users to send a private message to other members. And receive announcements (updates and notifications) from the Administrator (Linda M Carleton).

How to Access to the Private Message

Select the envelope icon in the menu bar. The following screen will load;

Private Message Options include;

  • Message Menu
  • New Message
  • Message Box
  • Settings
  • Announcements

Message Menu – is the default “Home” button for accessing Private Message.

New Message – is for creating a new message.

Message Box – is the same as “Message Menu.”

Settings – allows you to set your default settings for Private Message. Here you can choose to allow others to send messages, and set email preferences for message alerts. Alerts include; when you get new messages and announcements. You can also block users.

Announcements – notifications from the administrator are located here.

How to Send a Message to Members

Visit the Members Profile page. Select the “Message” icon. If members allow other members to send private messages the following message box will appear.

Fill in the Subject, write a Message and select “Send Message.”

Download the Users Guide

You can download and save a copy of the Burden Talk Users Guide in PDF format anytime.

Download: Burden Talk Users Guide PDF