How to Create Long Form Content with Long Form Storybuilder
The final part of the guide to the Long Form Storybuilder WordPress plugin will show you how to use the plugin to create stylish and beautiful long form posts and pages.
Step 1) Login to the WordPress Dashboard.
Step 2) On the Admin Panel, click on Appearance >> Customise.
Step 3) You will arrive on your Home Page, and the Customise panel will be seen on the left-hand side. To get started turning a post into a Long Format post, find the Post you want to change and click on it.
Step 4) When you have clicked on your posts, a new option will appear on the Customise panel, called Long Format Page Sections. This is where you can start creating your Long Form Content, using a variety of options. Before you do this, scroll down the page to read the 3 step guide on how to publish amazing stories with Long Form Story Builder.
Step 5) When you have read the three part guide, choose the post/page you wish to turn into long format content using the dropdown shown below. Underneath your chosen page is the Sections panel. Click on the Add a Section button to see your multiple options.
Step 6) When you click on the button, the Long Menu appears, as shown below. These widgets account for each section of your page, including the Callout (the main heading and coloured background), the Content, Full Feature and more. We will now take you through each of these sections.
Step 7) The Callout is the main header of your post, and includes the Name, Main Title and Subtitle for the page. When you have filled these out, click on Close. This will save what you have written in that section, and you can move on to the next section.
Step 8) Below is the example of what the Callout looks like when it goes live. The Long Form Storybuilder feature is great because you will have a Preview Pane on the right throughout the process, and can go back and make changes as you see fit. If you’re happy with the Callout, click on Content, the second widget. This is a single-column text area.
Step 9) The Content section is where you can write a single-column text area for your page. This will be the first section of your Long Form Content, before they scroll down to later sections of the page. It is important that is stands out, so create a solid Section Name, and make sure the content shines. Add Media (images or video) to engage your reader.
Step 10) The third widget on the Long Form Story Builder page creator is Full Feature. This is where you add a superb image to your post. Click on Select Image and choose/upload an image. You can change the alignment and the image type if you need to.
Step 11) Still on Full Feature, scroll down and add a Main Heading and Content to accompany your image.
Step 12) The next section is Header, which is the opening image alongside your story title and description.
Step 13) When you open up the Header section, add an image to the header and give it a main heading, as shown below.
Step 14) For any page, good navigation is important, and using Long Form’s Navigation option, you can add a navigation bar that includes specified pages and a logo, if you have one.
Step 15) On the Navigation Instructions section, add your Logo to the section, and then choose the Menu Type (the default is the Existing WordPress Menu, but if you have created your own, you can choose them). From your Menu, you can then choose Posts and Pages to add to the Navigation.
Step 16) When you are creating different sections for your post/page, you can use the Section Heading to add a title and subtitle for the different sections.
Step 17) The Section Heading instructions are set into three sections: Name, Main Title and Subtitle. Use these sections to entice your readers into reading further by creating eye-catching titles.
Step 18) For the Main Content area, you can have Three Column Content or Two Form Content. Depending on how many columns you need, click on the section you need and write the content for each column, as seen in Step 19.
Step 19) Each column is split into Name and Content, and you can add as much content as you need into each section, including using the Add media button to add images and videos to columns, too. Scroll down to do the same for the second and third columns, and then close the section.
Step 20) Once you have completed all of the sections, you can use the drag and drop functionality to reorder the sections. When you’re 100% happy with what you’ve created, scroll back to the top and hit Save and Publish from the left-hand sidebar. This will make your long-form post go live for all to see.
Step 21) Below is an example of an extremely basic post created using the Long Form Storybuilder plugin. As you can see, it looks superior to the regular WordPress post in every way, creating a journalistic portfolio-style piece. Click on the image below to see the post in it’s full glory.
This concludes our guide of the Long Form Storybuilder plugin.