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Keeping Up With Changes at IBO Toolbox:
Keeping up with the changing world can be a challenge. The changes at IBO Toolbox are an excellent example. In this time of set and forget content, I frequently link to my Press Releases at IBO Toolbox. For example, in my IBOtipList at Nove-Noga.com, a reference resource for the information that I share about IBO Toolbox, many of the links go directly to my PRs. While reviewing those resources, I noticed a couple of interesting things about our IBO Toolbox Content.
*Note: Kris Karafotas does an excellent job of providing Video Instructions. I started the IBOtipList at Nove-Noga using the information that I had Written in response to questions I had received at IBO Toolbox.
Older Content No Longer Formatted:
The first thing I noticed was that unedited Press Releases published prior to 6/1/2013 (IBO V.2) are no longer formatted. I had not noticed the problem previously so I conclude that recent changes to IBO Toolbox have resulted in a problem with our content. I was checking some of the links to my IBOtipList and noticed that one of them did not look right. All of the paragraphs were running together, the embedded links were gone, and the additional information link no longer worked correctly.
For various reasons, I am going to leave this one unedited.
Our Press Release List is Now Only 250 Long:
The second thing I noticed is that our Press Release List now only contains our most recent 250 Press Releases. After noticing the problem with our older content, I thought it might be a good Idea to take a look at my oldest Press Releases. Naturally, I checked the Press Release Page of my IBO Social Profile. Much to my surprise, I could no longer see my First Press Release. After checking my list and those of a couple of other prolific publishers, I determined that only the most recent 250 Press Releases were listed. Hmmm.
Invisible But Not Gone:
Concerned about my older content, I went to the IBO Toolbox PR Tool, SITE NAVIGATION – IBO APPS – PR TOOL, where I found all of my Press Releases available for editing or deletion. Either click the [EDIT PRESS RELEASES] button or scroll down below the PRESS RELEASE EDITOR to the list of your Press Releases. As mentioned, the unedited content created prior to 6/1/2013 now appears to be unformatted. All of the content runs together. All of the content links are no longer active and, the “additional information” link and the keyword links are improperly formatted. Simply put, IBO Toolbox Press Release content created prior to 6/1/2013 will not work properly until you edit it to work in the new form.
A Little History:
I have found it very important to keep copies of our publication efforts. Whether it is IBO Toolbox or even our own WordPress content, “stuff” happens. Because of that, I have a text file for the HTML of every Press Release that I have published. Even so, just going back to the original HTML post may not be enough. The current “HTML Tag” system uses the Paragraph <p></p> tag. Previous publications may have used the Div <div></div> or Span <span></span> tags.
Finding Your Formatted Content:
While the older unedited content is no longer formatted, you can still find it in the formatted structure by looking to the Source Code of the Press Release. Open the Press Release. Right-Click the content of the page. In Chrome Browsers, Select “View Page Source”. There is usually a variation in most browsers. In the Page Source, Search (ctrl-f) for “CPHmain_panel_prsingle”. That is the Div ID for the section containing our Press Release Content. Despite the fact that the Press Release appears unformatted, you will find that it is still structured in the Source Code.
How to Deal With the Source Code:
Unfortunately, pasting that code into the PR Tool doesn't work. (At least for me.) I copy the content from the Source Code for the original Press Release. Then I paste it into my working .txt file. In IBO Toolbox PR TOOL, locate your Press Release. The easiest way I have found is to search by date using ctrl-f. Click the Paper&Pencil Icon [Edit pr]. Now, copy the content from your .txt file and insert it above the existing content in the PR Tool Content Editor.
*Note: Content pasted into a text.txt file is usually stripped of hidden characters. Now you can copy the “clean” content into your PR Tool Content Editor.
Making Your Content Pretty:
The default text content in your Press Release is small and gray. Having just pasted your content into the PR Tool Content Editor, Select all of that content (Shift+ctrl+Home), Click the [Text Color] drop-down button and select the color of your choice. I use Black. While the content is still Selected, Click the [Font-Size] drop-down button and select the Font-Size that you want. I use 14pt.
Out With The Old:
Remember to eliminate the original content. Scroll down to the bottom of what you just inserted. There should be a block of small print. Select all of it and eliminate it. You could “Delete” it but I like to use (ctrl+x). If you discover that you have made a mistake, you can easily paste it back in with (ctrl+v).
Rebuild Your Links:
With IBO Toolbox V1, our Links were very limited. You will need to rebuild them in this update of your Press Release. Of course, I have a few suggestions. 1) Set the color of your Link Text to one of your choice. Otherwise it will be Black or Gray. 2) Make the Link Text Bold, so that it is even easier to see. 3) When creating the Link, change the “Target” from “None” to “New window”.
While Rebuilding Your Old Press Release:
You may as well take advantage of the new capabilities of IBO Toolbox and add in images and video to give your old Press Release a New Life. Remember that the new Press Release content width is about 670 Pixels. Oversized content will not display correctly.
Editing Quick List:
1) Open the Press Release page to be Edited.
2) Open the page source for the page to be Edited. In Chrome, Right Click the body of the Press Release and Select “View Page Source”.
3) Search for CPHmain_panel_prsingle to locate the beginning of your Press Release Content.
*Note: “CPHm” is enough to get you there.
4) Copy the content into a text file. *Note: I was unable to save this due to a discrepancy in content structure. Not a problem for me. I will copy the final source code into the file for my records.
5) In the IBO Toolbox PR Tool, scroll down and choose the Press Release to be Edited.
Alternative: If you already have IBO Toolbox open, insert your PR ID in the following and open the page.
6) Copy the content from the Text File into the Content Editor frame above the existing content.
7) Select all of your inserted Content (Shift+ctrl+Home) and reset the Font Color and Font Size. I recommend setting Font Color to Black and Font Size to 14 pt. This avoids the small gray text that is the default.
8) Scroll down and select the original content and eliminate it. (ctrl+x)
9) Make any necessary edits or additions to your Press Release. Remember, the Press Releases prior to 6/1/2013 did not contain any images.
10) Remember that any unedited Links will be displayed in the standard IBO Toolbox format. I like to set the Font Color for my Links to Dark Blue, make the link text Bold, and set the target to “New window”.
11) Save a copy of the Source Code for your Edited Press Release to the Text File that you opened for the Editing Process. It makes it easier to edit later and provides a record in case you should ever need it. In the Content Editor, Click [Tools] and Select “Source code”. Copy the entire contents of the source code and paste it into your Text File. I recommend saving to a file name that includes the PR Identifier.
12) When your Press Release is Edited, Mark the IBO Rules Check and Click [UPDATE].
13) Return to your Press Release and refresh. Verify that the changes are as desired.
14) Remember Rule 1: Always Check your Links.
A Few Things to Know:
A) Unmodified text defaults to small and gray. Select content and set the Font-Color to Black or the desired color and the Font-Size to 14pt.
B) Unedited Links are shown in light gray or black with orange on mouseover.
C) It appears that you are allowed to have only 15 links in your Press Release.
D) IBO V.3 increased the PR width from about 510 to 670 Pixels.
Life brings us changes. It is how we deal with those changes that count. Keeping up with changes at IBO Toolbox. As observed on 8/24/2016, our Press Release list contains only our 250 most recent Press Releases. Unedited content created before 6/1/2013 that is visible in your Press Release List needs to be edited for content and presentation. Of course, you wouldn't want to delete any heavily referenced content but you may want to delete any Press Release that doesn't meet your standards. Use caution. Once deleted, the Press Release is gone forever. Knowing how things work is the first step to making them work for you.