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    The Ultimate Guide To Making A BuzzFeed Community Post

    We're so excited to help you get started!

    Welcome! So you've joined the BuzzFeed Community and you want to make your own post, but don't know where to begin.

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    ⭐️Before you get started on your first post, please read our rules and guidelines carefully! Remember that we have a strict "no haters" policy — if you're here to troll or be a jerk, note that your account or post might be removed. You're also welcome to refer to our User Agreement at any time.

    ⭐️Also note that BuzzFeed Community no longer supports Community Brand Publisher accounts or posts, which includes posts that are political, self-promotional, or about brands or organizations you're affiliated with in any way.

    ⭐️Please note, if your post or quiz is selected to get featured across BuzzFeed's network, our editors may make a few edits to it to reflect the BuzzFeed style and tone! This includes edits to some copy, grammar, and thumbnail or post images.

    Psst! This post is a step-by-step guide about how to make a post. For tips on how to make your post extra, extra rad, check out this guide here!

    Once you've signed up for an account, head to community.buzzfeed.com and click on the button that says "Create New Post."

    This will load a new page, where you'll see our CMS, aka our "Content Management System," aka your draft. It looks like this:

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    🚨Please note, you can only create a quiz or post on a laptop or desktop. 🚨

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    It's time to create your first post! 🎉 If you're creating a classic BuzzFeed-y list, pay attention to this box in the upper-right-hand corner of your draft:

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    Selecting which type of list to make is easy:

    If you'd like your post numbered or if you're ranking things, choose the "numbered" or "countdown" options, and the post will automatically be numbered for you. If you don't want to number your list, select "plain list."

    Next, write your headline and description. Make the description short and sweet — something fun that will make people want to read your post!

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    This is called a "subbuzz." It's where you'll enter all content for your post, like images and text, and where you'll find our Quiz Maker:

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    To add a new text box or image, you'll need to create a new subbuzz each time.

    Let's get familiar with subbuzzes!

    TEXT: You can either simply begin typing in the subbuzz to enter text, or you can click on the word "text." In this feature, you can add large text and a caption to each subbuzz, or choose one or the other.

    IMAGE: This is where you add images and GIFs! You can either just drag and drop them into the box, or upload them from your computer.

    EMBED: Click this option to enter embed links.

    LINK: This one's pretty self-explanatory. If you want to include a link, highlight the text you'd like to link, and then click "link." A little box will pop up where you can drop your link, and voilá!

    QUIZ: This button is for making quizzes, obviously! Make sure you check out our updated Quiz Guide for a step-by-step walkthrough on how to make a great BuzzFeed Quiz.

    Let's break it down.

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    Once you've created a rad headline and clever description, you can begin decking out your post by filling out those subbuzzes!

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    You can either begin typing in the box on top to enter text, or you can click on the word "title" in the top subbuzz to start.

    You can then bold, italicize, and add links to your text.

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    Just highlight the text you're looking to edit, and select one of the options in the bottom right-hand corner of the subbuzz: "B" will bold your text, "i" will italicize it, and the chain icon will open up a box where you can drop a link.

    You can also use keyboard shortcuts. Just highlight your text and press "command + b" to bold, or "command + i" to italicize.

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    Want to re-arrange subbuzzes? There are a few ways to do this.

    One way is to hover to the left of your subbuzz until a little box with up and town arrows pops up. If your post is numbered, you can also click on the number and type in the box to move it directly to another part of the post.

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    You can also sort images by selecting "sort" on the left-hand side of your draft.

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    Once you've chosen "sort," your subbuzzes will show up in thumbnail format. You can easily drag them and re-sort, then head back to the "list" format whenever you're ready!

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    Before you can publish your post, you'll be prompted to upload a thumbnail, which you can do on the right-hand side of the CMS. Your thumbnail must be at least 625x415 pixels!

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    You can also select an image that's larger than 625x415. To add a thumbnail, either drag and drop an image from your computer, or click on the box to upload one that's been saved to your computer. You can also select an image from your post, if it's large enough!

    Then, once you're proud of your uploaded thumbnail, make sure you crop it and hit "save"!

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    If your post fits one of the topics in this drop-down box, click it! That way, if our editors are specifically looking at posts about, say, love, they'll see yours.

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    🚨⭐️If none of the tags provided match your post, no worries! Our editors will still see your post and consider it for a homepage feature. ⭐️🚨

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    If you're searching for hi-res photos to use in a personality quiz, upload them straight from your draft with our Unsplash Photo Uploader!

    Some cool things to note regarding the Personality Quiz Unsplash Photo Uploader:

    1. You do not need to add a photo credit, as this system automatically adds a photo credit to the photo.

    2. You do not even need to leave your draft to upload images. This is the easiest way to upload images to your personality quiz!

    Here's how to use it. Step one: start your personality quiz. In the answer section under your first question, click on the little photo icon.

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    Step two: When the image uploader pops up, type what you're looking for into the search bar. Click the image you'd like to use, and it will be added to your post! Continue these steps until you're finished with each question.

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    DID YOU KNOW?

    You can also add Unsplash images following these same steps to your results section!

    Finally, hit "publish now" in the upper right-hand corner, and a Community Editor will see your post! All posts that are published and within our guidelines will be considered for promotion to the BuzzFeed homepage.

    *Please note that while we love your creativity, it's up to our editors if a post is featured and we can't promise all posts will hit the homepage!

    And that's all, friends!

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    If you still have questions, you can email the Community team at communityhelp@buzzfeed.com.

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