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How to write to text pattern

Posted: Sep 14, 2016 03:09;
Last Modified: Sep 14, 2016 03:09


This document is a quick primer on using TextPattern, the Content Management System that controls my web pages. It covers the basics only.


Log in

After I have made you an account, you should receive login information in an email. I generally use your uleth username and email address.

You can log in in two different ways:

  1. Browse to my webpage (, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and click on “Site Administration”;
  2. Browse directly to the site administration page:

The first time you are there, you will see a login form. If you have previously checked the “remember me” box, you will go straight to the “write” screen.

Write screen (New article).

The “write screen” is the opening screen after login. This is where you write new entries.

The important thing when you compose a new article is to make sure it is the right section (under “Sort and Display”, bottom right box). The default is teaching, but “Blog” or “Tutorial” is often a better choice. This needs to be set correctly because it becomes part of the URL and is troublesome to change.

Adding Keywords (bottom right box) is also handy at this stage, but it can be added or changed later.

“Articles” Screen (Choose an existing article)

If you want to edit an existing article, choose the “Articles” tab. This takes you to a list of previous entries, sorted by default in reverse order of composition. If you need to find an entry, you can use the search box to search by title or content.

When you’ve found an entry, clicking on it will open the article in the “write” screen.

Coding tips.

Textpattern using the “Textile” markup system. This is a wiki-like or markdown-like system that uses symbols instead of HTML codes. There are some common patterns listed in the top left box on the “write” screen. But here’s a primer of the really common ones:

h3(#codingTips). Coding tips.

some text that ends a paragraph

Some text that begins a new paragraph

* This is the first item in a bullet list
** This is a sub-item
* This is the next item

# This is the first item in a numbered list
## This is a sub-item
# This is item 2

<div id="TOC">
<txp:soo_toc label="Contents" labeltag="h3"/>

some text that ends a paragraph

bq. Some text that begins a block quotation





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