The GRW’s Genus Editors are at the core of the site’s purpose and functionality. They are indispensable contributors responsible for the bulk of the massive amount of content on the site. Without them, the site couldn’t function.
The site is complex, but carefully structured. It won’t be hard for even new and inexperienced editors to navigate their tasks. This article is intended to point the way to success.
The Editors have two main domains of responsibility:
- Maintaining the genus pages for their genera including setting up the genus pages where these are not already in place; editing the genus pages on an ongoing basis as necessary; writing/editing the genus header (the introductory text describing the genus in a few paragraphs on the main genus page) and choosing the default image to represent the genus.
- Maintaining the plant pages associated with their genera, including editing/correcting existing content and adding new content in the form of both images and descriptive text.
Editors are also invited to write or commission substantive articles on their genera, on topics closely related to a genus or cluster of genera. For the most part, the actual posting of these articles will be the responsibility of the overall site editors and that process is not addressed in this document.
In this article, we’ll provide a basic introduction to the processes and structures editors need to understand in order to perform these functions. Since WordPress, the platform on which this site is built, provides the infrastructure through which the content becomes “visible” to the public, editors will have very little exposure to actual HTML code. The processes are reasonably understandable, and once used two or three times will become pretty automatic for most users.