In order to help our leagues grow and maximize their potential, the website is designed to be open to anyone who’d be interested in creating content. You can get yourself setup with an account that will let you create and publish content to the website.
The first thing you’ll need to do is create an SSG WordPress account. This is the account you’ll use to post content to the website. This account is different from your account on Discord and on the SSG forums.
This is for content relating to hosted SSG leagues and is also what is tied to our leagues’ incentives program. For more information on how to meet incentives, head over to our League Membership page.
This is for coverage outside of any SSG leagues and is a more formal process that League Coverage. You’d have a significant audience for things like game reviews, game tips, top 10 lists, something you love (or hate) about a game, etc. You’d produce 2-4 articles, videos, etc. per month to be kept on as an official contributor.
- Written content would fall anywhere from 500-2000 words with a focus on quality and keeping a consistent schedule.
- Videos, podcasts, or other media would fall between 5-20 minutes with the same focus on quality and consistency.
To begin creating posts, you can either continue to read the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video from Mike Lowe.
Creating a Post
After you have an activated account, your will have the ability to write a post and submit it for review. A post is essentially any sort of content appearing on the main website. Posts can take on many forms, and we primarily use them to write news stories/editorials, deeper stats/analysis segments, and even media such as podcasts and videos.
- Once logged in on the website, head back to the website’s homepage. From there, you can create a post by click on the “+ New” button at the top of your browser’s window, and then clicking “Post.”
- You’ll want to assign your post to the appropriate league category (or game and format if you’re a contributing writer).
- You can find images here. For instance, here’s one I found for Mike Trout. The site simply asks us to provide a citation for any images we use, and they make it super easy and create one for us: On the left-hand side, you can see a link that says, “Use this file on the web.” Click that, and then just copy what’s in that Attribution area. So for this image, I’d copy “Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons.” You can copy and paste the citation into the caption of the image once it’s been uploaded to SSG, and it’ll show up under the image once you publish your post.
- You can also either create your own image/graphics or even find legal images on Google. Images from Google must be labeled for reuse via the Google Images filter. Here is a link to explain how to use the filter–it’s very easy. Be sure to also include the proper citation!
- Images must be uploaded and then inserted into the “featured image” area which can be found in the lower right-hand side of your post/draft. Other images can be placed directly into the article, but only the “featured image” will appear as the primary image for your post. Featured images are always best as a larger landscape image so that they properly appear on the website’s homepage.
- Spend a moment and give your post a good proofreading before submitting for review. You can also save posts as drafts and come back to finish them later on.
- Once submitted, you should receive an email (we do too) letting you know it’s been submitted.