How to Create a Guide




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Introduction: How to Create a Guide

About: I'm an English teacher and former Instructables staff member.
Guides, once the province of the site's editors, can now be created by anyone. You can easily collect a group of similar projects, curate a list of projects you'd like to make, or keep track of your favorite projects in a linkable form with a guide. They're awesome, and here are the basics of how to make one:

Pick a topic
Click Submit
Make a Guide under "other ways to share"
Write an intro
Add a main image
Add a bunch of projects about your topic

IMPORTANT: Bear these three things in mind when creating your guide...
  1. Only the author that created the guide can add Instructables to it
  2. Instructables can only be added if they are already published
  3. Guides are treated similarly to regular projects on Instructables: you must be logged in to edit the intro, add projects, etc.

Step 1: Click Links to Make a Guide

Mouse over the "Create" tab in the top left corner of any page on Instructables to find this menu. This is the project creation page. Revel in its majesty and the appropriateness of its name.

Then direct your attention to the bottom left portion of the page where it says "Other ways to share."

Click "Guides"

Step 2: Title and Intro

This is where you'll title your guide. Name it something descriptive. Remember, these show up in search results, so make sure it's as good as or better than a normal Instructable.

Bob's Awesome Projects should be Awesome Electronic Furniture Projects. Just as with a normal Instructable, you will have your byline featured prominently. Guides can be featured, so treat them with some professionalism. Particularly if you will be including another member's project within your guide.

Your intro should describe what unites these projects. What trait do they share that encouraged you to bring them together within a guide?

"These projects were selected as wonderful examples of how to knit delicious springtime furniture." Except yours should, you know, make more sense.

Step 3: Add a Main Image

The thing about guides is... you will need to add a main image. There is no intro step whose image will become the main one. You need to add one on your own.

Choose an image from within one of the projects you'll be including, or just fire up your graphics program of choice and make something nice. Add a main image.

Seriously. Add one. It will make people want to click your guide.

Step 4: Save and Add Instructables

Here's the part you've been waiting for:

Adding projects to your guide! (Cue applause, dim house lights, bring up spot, fire up lasers, slow crescendo from the orchestra....)

Immediately after creating your guide:
Click the box that says "Save and Add Instructables." This will send you to the search results page*. (You will have just performed an automatic search for the keywords in the title of your guide. If you titled it REALLY WELL, you might find what you were looking for.) If the search results aren't what you were looking for, don't worry about it because you can add anything to a guide by...

Add any project to your guide:
Navigate to the project you want in your guide, scroll down to where it says "Add to a guide: (your guide's name)" Then click add.

*This is a useful editorial feature when we put together subject-specific guides in order to create collections like ebooks.

Step 5: Adding a Project to a Guide That You Didn't Create

There is no way to add a project to a guide if you did not create that guide.

If you want to add your project to someone else's guide, you'll need to ask them very nicely to include your project. How you ask is between you and the guide's creator.

The workaround:

Leave a polite comment asking that your project be included in the guide.

The author will receive notice that you left a comment, and then he or she can determine whether the project belongs in the guide. If you're the author of guide, you can add the project just as you did in the previous step.



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    nice, the beginner's guide to creating guides.

    can anyone make a guide?
    or do I have to activate a pro account?

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    Anyone should be able to do it. Give it a shot and let me know if you have any trouble.

    THX 4 POSTING THIS!!! I have been trying to figure out how to make a guide for a little while now. Can we use ANY 'Ible that is on this site to include in our guides, or does it have to be our own 'Ibles? Just curious...i would like to make a guide of some of my favorites that includes other's 'Ibles in it.

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    Any. Go nuts. Guides of good teacher projects are eligible for the Teacher Contest, provided you include learning objectives.

    Other than that, make some guides.