Tips for Setting Up a Quality Online Newspaper with Paper.li

Tips for Setting Up a Quality Online Newspaper with Paper.li

Paper.li can be a great way for missionaries and church planters to share find and share great content, but only if you do it right. Otherwise, you might end up sharing things that embarrass you and others. Watch this short video and I'll show you the complete process from start to finish.

When I first started using Paper.li, I was sometimes embarrassed (or even aghast) because of what was in my paper. But then I connected with a friend who suggested a couple of tweaks. As we go through this video, I'm going to show you exactly what he suggested by setting up a brand new paper, complete with my content strategy.

Here are my 3 keys

  1. Create a content strategy
  2. Refine your Paper.li content
  3. Turn on social sharing

Of course, you'll also have to actually create a Paper.li paper. And we'll go through that, too. So…let's get started.

Create a Content Strategy

Before you create your paper, you'll need to define what kinds of things you want to share and what sources you want to pull from. For my content strategy, I want to build a paper out of the things I've shared on Twitter and a select list of guests, friends, and trusted resources.

When I started this, I created a Twitter list with all of the sources I wanted to pull from.

That's my secret sauce.

Create Your Paper.li

  1. First, navigate to http://paper.li

  2. Then connect your Twitter account

  3. On the top left corner, you'll find a “Paper.li” menu – click that

  4. Then click “Create New Paper”

  5. Enter some keywords or the title of your proposed paper

  6. Review the content and create the paper

Refine Your Content

Now that you have a newspaper, you'll want to refine the newspaper itself and also make sure it aligns with your content strategy. To do that, click the “gear” menu in the top right and edit the paper's settings.

For your content strategy, you'll want to make sure you're sharing your tweeted links, as well as the custom Twitter list (or lists) you've created for the paper. And you'll want to deselect the “Paper.li Top Stories.”

They might be good. But you never know what they might find on Twitter. So, it's a good idea to make sure you've selected the sources yourself.

Set up Sharing

Don't forget to turn on the sharing options for maximum engagement.

Save your Settings

If you found this article and video valuable, I'd love it if you'd take a second to give me a thumbs up and to share it.

And visit http://engagingmissions.com/paperli to see the results. And visit http://engagingmissions.com/subscribe to have God stories delivered right to your earbuds.

Maintain Your WordPress Website Without a Computer

The other day I wrote about a couple of apps that will allow you to continue creating and editing content on your WordPress-based website without having a computer. In that post I mentioned that there are some things that you can't do with the official WordPress apps for iOS and Android.

In particular, neither of the apps will help you take care of installing or updating plugins or templates, security updates, or database backups – all things that are very important to keeping your website running in tip-top shape.

So, what are you to do?

Bury your head in the sand and hope that your website doesn't have any problems? Do you call the whole thing off? Do you hire a website designer to handle maintenance for you? Is there another way?

Depending on your situation, you may have to hire somebody. But if you have internet access on your smart phone, you have more options. You can use a service like ManageWP (affiliate link) to handle those things for as low as $0.70 per month per website at the time I'm writing this (that's really inexpensive).

All in One

Well, if it's not truly all in one, it's pretty close. Frankly, I think their service is stellar and I use it to manage several websites myself (I'm on the free plan, which might be the right plan for you too).

From a single dashboard I'm able to update plugins and templates across multiple sites with just a click or two.

  • I can clean out old revisions of posts.
  • I can clean out overloaded tables.
  • I can scan for security breaches and manage comments.
  • I can update plugins and templates.
  • I can check things like page load speed.

There are even options for automatic database backups and way more than I can put in this post.

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Keep Your WordPress Website Going Without a Computer

One of the problems I hear from missionaries is that it's difficult to update their websites while they are on the field. And that the biggest reason it's hard is because they don't always know when they'll be able to get access to the internet using their computers.

Fortunately, armed with a smart phone, you can keep your website going using the official WordPress apps (iOS, Android). In fact, even though I live in the US, I have the official WordPress app loaded on my iPad and I've used it as recently as this week to update my blog.

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