This Instructable has been entered into the Weekend Projects Contest. I have entered it into the contest to help those who want to create an instructable, go through a guided process of how to start and publish their projects. If a subject matter has been thought of, this instructable can help to guide them through the process (and if the project is not too time consuming) to finish their project in one weekend or shorter!!
Step 1: Materials
3:An instructables.com profile (see my project on how to make an 'Ibles acct)
4:A Subject to hack!!
Step 2: Process of Starting
Step 3: The Basic Controls
In the first picture you will see the title and text box that (other than the pictures) will be the first thing everyone sees. you want to think up an original title so that members, and people who don't have a membership doesn't get your project confused with another...an added plus is that you'll get a lot of hits on your project as well. **Note that I did a google AND yahoo search for my Ible "Make Your Own Scentsy Bars". They ended up being in the top 5 results of the search in yahoo, and the second result in the google search. MOVING ON...
In the second picture, you will see options to add pictures. we will cover this later on in the project.
Step 4: Insert, Reorder, and Delete Steps
First notice that in the editing page, there is an Edit tab, Publish Tab, Share Tab, and a "More" tab. In the editing tab, there is an Add Step, Insert Step, Reorder Steps, and Delete Step "link". The Add Step and Insert Step as far as I am concerned are the same thing. press on wither one, and it will add a step to the project. Press the Reorder Steps "link" and it will allow you to move the steps around how you see fit, the only dis advantage though is that you have to press the "link" every time you want to move a step around...I do hope the webmasters can figure out how to allow us to press the link, and move around the steps, and then click a "done" button when you are finished moving things around. I am sure that is in the making though. When you mess something up, you always have the option of starting that step from scratch by pressing the delete link, and then insert, and then reorder if needed.
Now the next thing on the pecking order is to add your step's instructions...go to the text box, and then add whatever your instructions are...simple as pie!!...however there is one thing...if you want to press enter to start an new paragraph, I do not know what has been done, but the box will not let us start a new paragraph by pressing enter...or at least mine isn't...so if this happens to you, there are editing options just above the box...press "source" and you will see the raw format (HTML). find the end of your paragraph in the abysmal abyss of html, and when you do copy the jibberish that looks like this:
( <br /> ) (Minus the parentheses)
And now you have a new paragraph.
The other editing options are pretty much self explanatory. B= Bold, I=Italicize,u= Underline, and
Step 5: Insert Pictures, and Add Descriptions
NOW with all of that said, when you want to upload files, you must first click select files. After you click select files, a window will pop up. Find the file that contains your pictures. You have two options now...you can take the pictures and upload them one by one, OR you could just select all the applicable files for that step by simply pressing the CTRL button on your keyboard, and then click on the applicable pictures. Press ok, and you will see the names of the pictures drop down to below the select pictures button. At this point, you will want to push the Upload Files button so they will upload. If you don't do this you will loose the pictures if you navigate away from the step. If you upload all of the pictures before you begin typing even your first step, you can de-select the "add to this step" box, and they will upload to the 'Ibles site and still stay within the current 'Ible you are making. so to find the pictures, press the "this instructable" and there will be all of the pictures you just uploaded for the instructable you are working on.
Step 6: Finalize Your Work
Step 7: Publish Your Masterpiece
After Proof reading your 'Ible, you can now publish the Instructable you have just created. In order to do this go to the Publish tab. Before you publish your Instructable, you need to set the keywords that will bring up your 'ible in a search query that anyone does. After you set your keyword/s then you need to find the appropriate Subject and channel. If you dont put your project in the correct subject and channel, youll get a lovely message from our awesome moderators saying that they either need you to re-publish under a different subject. They may just help you too. I have gotten a message from them once...first timer mistake!! lol
The next thing you need to do is set your License attributes. This can either restrict or allow someone to use portions of your idea for their own project they are working on. Personally, I prefer to create my own works from scratch, that way there is an undeniable distinction between my project and someone elses...it gets rid of the combat casualties created by plagiarism.
Now press the Publish button!!
Step 8: NOT DONE JUST YET!!!
The last thing you need to do is SHARE YOUR PROJECT ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, STUMBLE, OR DIGG IT!!! OR ALL OF THEM IF YOU HAVE THEM!!!
I hope that this Instructable has helped to answer the question you have about how to make your own instructable!!!