How to Cross Post to Ritza's Social Accounts
Ritza publishes the content it creates for clients across its social media channels and blogs. At the time of writing this article, these social channels include Dev.to, Hashnode and Beginner Python Projects.
This guide contains detailed instructions on how to cross post to the above mentioned channels.
We'll start with Dev.to where Ritza has the greatest following. When posting to Dev.to you should ensure the following:
- You're posting under the Ritza account and not a personal one. You can check this in the top left section of the "Create Post" page.
- You include the Canonical URL for the article or the URL for the original post. To do this, click on the hexagon shape at the bottom of the "Create Post" page and enter the Canonical URL in the popup that appears.
Often times the articles we post on Dev.to contain relative links to images referenced in the articles. This works well for the site where the article was originally published but on Dev.to the images won't be rendered if we simply copy and paste the original
mddocument as it is. We need to change the relative image links to absolute links for the images to be rendered. An example of this would be changing this relative link,
/images/tutorials/28-technical-challenge-site/site-functionality.gifto this absolute link,
You add at least one tag to the post to increase its reach
Click on the Ritza profile icon to the top right section of the Ritza Hashnode dashboard. On the dropdown that appears click "Start New Article" and you'll be redirected to the "Create Post" page. Once there, you should paste the same version of the article that you posted on Dev.to with the absolute links and not relative links.
- In order to set the canonical url for a Hashnode post, click on the "Publish" button on the top right section of the "Create Post" page. This should trigger an options screen to slide in from the right. Scroll to the bottom of this options screen until you find a section titled "Are you republishing?". Paste the canonical url in the field named, "Add Original URL".
- You should also include tags for your post. To do so, scroll to the top of the options screen and you will find a section titled, "Select tags". Add any tags there that are relevant to the article you're about to post.
- Finally, when you're done you can click on the "Publish" button.
Beginner Python Projects
On Beginner Python Projects we don't post the actual article itself but only a reference to where the original article is hosted. If an article doesn't have a cover image you should create one for it using canva or any other editing tool of your choice.
The structure of posts on Beginner Python Projects should follow the format below:
Write the title in the "Post title" field
Add the cover image using the "Add feature image" option at the top of the screen
Include a "Where is it?" bold heading below the title with the text "Find the tutorial here" beside it. Please note the "here" should link back to the original article.
Include a "What is it?" bold heading below the "Where is it?" heading. Beside the "What is it?" heading you should write a short description about what the tutorial is about and what readers can hope to learn after going through it.
Include a "What you need to follow?" bold heading below the "What is it?" paragraph. Write a short description besides the "What you need to follow?" heading talking about what readers need to have in order to complete the tutorial for example prior programming experience level and any tools used in the tutorial.
Click on the rectangle icon to the right of the "Publish" button and an options screen should slide in from the right. On this screen you should:
- Add any tags relevant to the article you're posting under the "Tags" section.
- Write an excerpt in the "Excerpt" section. An Excerpt is a short description of what the tutorial is about.
- Remove your personal account as the author and instead set the Ritza account as the author.
- Add meta data for the article by clicking on the "Meta data" section below the "Authors" section.
When you're done you can click on the "Publish" button to publish the article.