If you create downloadable arts, or want to create them, or are helping someone who creates them, and you want to post here on Artsdown, here are some suggestions.

In general, you can create posts on Artsdown that link to your downloadable works anywhere on the web. WordPress.com offers a free and easy way to have your own blog/website, and the suggestions that follow relate to WordPress.com blogs/websites. If your work is elsewhere on the web (not on WordPress.com), and you understand a bit about the web and the basics of website design, you can adapt these suggestions to your situation.

You should also know that this site where anyone can post, and the process of proxri which we are suggesting as a good way of making arts that are easily sharable and downloadable available on the web, is a bit of an experiment. It may take a while for people to really get how this works. You might want to participate with the idea that this makes some sense and let’s see what happens.

Here are eight basic suggestions for arts creators:

1. Understand a bit about Artsdown.
To do that, check out these links: AboutHow to PlayWho Can PostWhat to Post, and How to Post.

2. Create a free WordPress.com blog/website.
This is where you can showcase your works and tell people about yourself. You can just create simple pages or also include a blog if you like about your work, life, creative processes, etc. We suggest using blog posts for your works since they can be tagged and looked through in chronological order.

3. Sign up for a free PayPal Premier or Business account with micropayments.
This will let you accept rewards (proxri) for your downloads. Even if people don’t download, they can also reward you if they enjoy your works, or want to encourage your work. We suggest you sign up for a micropayments account, so the fees are less on small amounts. See how to set up micropayments.

4. Include proxri information directly on and/or in your digital arts files.
If possible, include proxri information three places in your arts file — in the filename, in the meta info, and someplace easily visible on or near the work itself. Perhaps the shortest proxri phrase is “Proxri via mysite.com,” where you would use your own blog or web address with a proxri link on the home page. If you’re accepting proxri via another site, you could use “Proxri Your Name via website.com.” If you want people to check Artsdown for your most current post to see where your work and proxri links are on the web, you could put “Proxri Your Name via artsdown.org.” Here’s an example: For an image of visual art or a photo, you would have “Proxri via mysite.com” as part of the filename (perhaps with dashes, like “Proxri-via-mysite-com”), AND in the meta info (if using Photoshop, choose File/File Info and put it in the IPTC info in places like the Title, Credit Line and Rights Usage Terms), AND as a line of text on or just below the art or photo image, probably next to the name of the work and your name, so when people print it or view it on a computer or device, they can see it (and other people can see it too if it’s printed and hanging somewhere!).

5. Learn how to set up download links and proxri links on your site.
This way, people can click on them to download your work and also proxri you. Here’s how to set up download links on your WordPress.com blog/website. If you prefer to email people files rather than have instant download links, your download link can go to your contact form and then you can email people the files after they contact you. Here’s how to set up PayPal donation buttons or links for people to proxri. (We’re also working on a separate site which is currently in beta, called Artsflex, that will offer another kind of download link.)

6. Include a link to the page at proxri.org for your media format, which includes several IMPORTANT things, including usage suggestions, a proxri deal, what people can do with the work and other info.
We suggest you also include, on the page or post with each of your works, a link to the page at proxri.org for your media format. You’ll notice the page includes suggestions for using or displaying the work, requests, a proxri deal, what people can do with the work, and how to help spread rewarding with proxri. As an example, you could use this link for visual works: Rewards that Relate — Visual Works & Proxri. You’ll also notice that the media format pages at proxri.org have a downloadable PDF with the same info as on the page. Suggest to your site visitors that they also download this PDF and keep it with your work. If you are emailing people your files (rather than allowing downloads), you could also send that PDF to them or include it in a compressed folder with your files.

7. Include your ProxMonitor on your blog or website.
We suggest you also include your ProxMonitor on your blog or website. You can have a separate page for your ProxMonitor, and then link to your ProxMonitor page near wherever you have proxri links (see step 4 above for more about proxri links).

8. Post your work on Artsdown.
By this point you’ll be familiar with how WordPress works, so what follows should make some sense. There are several ways to post your work on Artsdown. Once you’ve done these a couple times, they will be easy. Don’t forget to read the last two sections below, about adding tags, and why no download links or proxri links.
Easiest (Just a link.) — If you copy the raw URL for your downloadable arts post (such as http://myblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/my-new-work/) from your browser address bar, and paste that into your Artsdown blog post (better than a status post), WordPress will convert it into a clickable link (just like it did with the fake example link!). You’ll probably want to add a little text about the work before the link. Don’t forget a post title and don’t forget to add tags, including one for your name (see section below). Then click Post it.
Better (Media and a separate link.) — Here’s a way to add a media file to your Artsdown post. Log into your WordPress.com blog/website and open the post with your work. View the post in Text view (the tab to the right of the Visual tab). Click into the Text view area, and then select and copy the code that contains the media file for your work. (If your post is long and you’re not sure which part of the code contains the media file, open a new temporary post and put nothing in it but the media using the Visual view, then switch to Text view and copy everything. Then trash your temporary post or save it as a draft.) Next, paste the media code into your Artsdown blog post (better than a status post). Beneath your media code, use the Easiest method above to add a link. Don’t forget a post title and don’t forget to add tags, including one for your name (see section below). Then click Post it. You cannot edit a post on Artsdown, so if you want to test the code you’re pasting into your Artsdown post, create a new post on your own blog/website, paste all the code into Text view, and preview the post without publishing it.
Best (Clickable media link.)  — To post a clickable media link on Artsdown, there is one trick that will help. Once you publish your work on your own blog/website, edit the post again and link the media for your creative work to the URL of the post itself. This does two things. One, when people click the media in the list of blog entries on your main blog page, the link will take them to the post about the work. Two, it makes it easier to post on Artsdown and have the media link to the post on your blog/website. Here’s how you would do that: Log into your WordPress.com blog/website and open the post with your work. View the post in Text view (the tab to the right of the Visual tab). Click into the Text view area, and then select and copy the code that contains the media that links to the post itself. (If your post is long and you’re not sure which part of the code contains the clickable media link, open a new temporary post and put nothing in it but the clickable media link by recreating the clickable media link in the Visual view, then switch to Text view and copy everything. Then trash your temporary post or save it as a draft.) Then go to Artsdown, start a new blog post (better than a status post), and paste the clickable media link code into the Artsdown post. If you want to also have a separate text link to the post on your blog/website, use the Easiest method above to add a link. Don’t forget a post title and don’t forget to add tags, including one for your name (see below). Then click Post it. You cannot edit a post on Artsdown, so if you want to test the code you’re pasting into your Artsdown post, create a new post on your own blog/website, paste all the code into Text view, and preview the post without publishing it.
Add Tags — Don’t forget to add tags (this is an important step). And always tag posts with your name, and do it consistently the same way (do a search on Artsdown for the tag you want to use for your name, and if it’s already in use, change it or add a number to it, and search again, so you know your artist name tag is unique).
Why No Download Links or Proxri Links — You might wonder why not include a link to the download, or a link to proxri you, in the Artsdown post. Well, links to downloads or to proxri you might change over time, for example if you change where your downloads are located or change the email address or other details in a PayPal link. So it’s better to have a post on Artsdown that links to your blog/website, and then have download and proxri links on your blog/website, where you can edit them anytime. You cannot edit a post on Artsdown.

That’s it! Hope it helps!