Let’s get the disclaimer said first: I didn’t realise it until finishing this work but WordPress (basic-free) doesn’t allow you to replace media files: every new image file you upload gets a number added on the end. (e.g. image2.png, image3.png). Which isn’t very helpful, but that’s what it is. Consequently, the below method is not as painless as I was hoping.
Note if you do have a plugin-enabled WordPress you can use Overwrite Update, a free plugin (untested by me).
A progress bar is a useful thing – it shows progress towards completion. Used accurately (and regularly) it can be used to build anticipation towards something.
You’ll see I’ve added a progress panel on the right which is cost effective because it’s free. It is actually an image, and to make it as easy to update as possible it’s driven by a spreadsheet which you can use.
To add an item
Select the rows of an existing item, by clicking on the row-numbers on the left of the screen. (Make sure you also select the really short row afterwards as a border/buffer). Right click the mouse and select “Copy”. Select a new row and “Paste”.
To remove an item
Select the row, right-click and “Delete”.
Alternatively, and possibly better just select the rows, right-click and “Hide”. (This means they are there later if you want them).
To change the values
If you want to change the categories (i.e. Novels, Short Stories or In-Progress Blog Posts) just over type the cells (column C). If you want to change the label, or the percentage complete edit the area shaded in pinky-red-something.
To upload/update on WordPress
In two reasonably easy but tedious steps.
- Then using the Snipping Tool or another graphics program copy that section of the screen with the panel in Excel and save it as an image.
- Upload the file into WordPress (My Sites > Add Media).
- In an ideal world that would be the end of it. But because of the no-replacement-capability mentioned in the disclaimer you will have to update the image reference. Edit the details of the uploaded image, and copy the URL (select and ctrl+c).
- Update the image details by going to My Site > Customise > Widgets > Image and change the URL (ctrl+v to paste).
I hope you find it useful.