There are a few things you should know before you get started. The first thing you should do is Register. Once you are registered you will be allowed to upload blogs, create events, and albums.
- How to: Register for a community account
- Trouble logging in?
- How to: Create a blog
- How to: Respond to a blog
- How to: Create a gallery album
- How to: Add a calendar event
- How to: Delete an entry
- How to: Send a message to another user
- How to: View/Change your profile and other personal settings
- How to: Report abuse
- Need More Help?
How to register for a community account
Users to this site may view all of the blogs, event listings and photo galleries without having to log in. However, an account must be established with a user name/password if the user wants to create or respond to a blog, upload photos to the photo gallery, add an event to the calendar, create a user profile and send messages to other users. There is no charge to create an account.
To create an account, click on the "Register" link under "Community Login." You will then be required to create a user name and password. There is a 30-character limit. You may not use a space to separate two or more words. Instead, you can use an underscore "_" to separate words. You must also insert a valid e-mail address. It must be in this format: email@example.com Completing the other fields on the page is optional.
To login to your account, type in your user name and password in the fields under "community login" on the community home page. After doing so, click on the "login" link below.
Trouble logging in?
Assuming you have entered your correct user name and password, the most common reason for log-in difficulties has to do with your browser's cookies settings.All computer log in systems require providers (this web site) to create and send a harmless cookie to your computer. In some instances, the user has changed the cookies settings to restrict or block cookies. If this occurs, you will not be able to log-in successfully.
How to change your cookies settings: If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher, click on the "tools" tab at the top of your browser and select "Internet options." Next, click on the "privacy" tab. The sliding scale under "settings" needs to be moved to the bottom so that it says "accept all cookies." After doing so, click on "apply" or "OK." You may have to reboot your computer for the new setting to take effect.
If you recieve this message in Internet Explorer 7.0:
"Looks like your browser isn't configured to accept cookies. Please enable cookies, reload this page, and try again."
Try clearing your form history.
For Windows PC, Internet Explorer 7.0 users:
- -Click on "Tools" from your browser's navigational menu
- -Select "Internet Options."
- -Under "Browsing History" click on "Delete."
- -Under "Form Data" click on "Delete Forms"
- -Confirm "Yes" when asked if you are sure you want to delete the data.
- -Click "Close".
- -Click OK to Close Settings.
Note: In order for our system to send an e-mail to your computer, it must not be blocked. In other words, if you do not receive our e-mail, there is a possibility that your e-mail's security and spam filters are blocking the e-mail from being received. If this occurs, please contact your Internet service provider for instructions on how to unblock the message.
How to: Create a blog
From the top navigational menu, place your mouse cursor over "blogs" and click on "write a blog." Creating a blog requires just a few steps. Remember, you must be logged in to do this. After viewing our disclaimer, which outlines the terms of conduct, scroll to the bottom and complete the following:
- Under "section" use the pull-down bar to select which section or category you want your blog to appear, such as "politics" or "pets."
- Under "title" type in the title of your blog. This is the heading that users will initially see when they view the blogs.
- Under "post" type in your complete text. There is no limit on the length of your posting, however, ask yourself whether other users will enjoy reading a very lengthy blog. Your blog can be about anything you choose. Just be sure to follow the rules outlined in the disclaimer.
- Click on "post blog." After doing so, you will have the option to add a media file, such as a photo or audio clip to your posting.
How to add a media file to your blog: After creating your blog, you will see a box that says "upload a media file." If you have ever uploaded photos from your digital camera to your computer or to an e-mail recipient or a Web site, you will be familiar with this process. Click on the "browse" button to locate the media file either on your desktop, a computer directory or a portable device. Once you locate the file, click it so that the name of the file and its location are noted in the field to the left of the "browse" button. After doing so, click on "upload."
Note: All photos must be in the .jpg format. Photos are automatically reduced/compressed in size to meet the Web site's format. It is a good idea to upload photos that are at least 640x480 pixels. This will prevent the photos from being too small to fill the necessary space.
How to add an external web site link (url) within your blog: If you want to create a hotlink to a different web site, you must use the following html:
<a href="http://www.website.com">name of the web site</a>
How to Respond to a blog
A blog entry can receive numerous comments/responses, and there is no limit on the number of comments to a blog. You must be logged in to comment on blogs. To add your comment, click on the "post a comment" link next to the blog title. Type your text into the "comment" box. When finished, click on "preview comment." Doing so allows you to view your comment before it is placed on the page. If everything looks the way you want it to, click "post this comment" to make your comment appear on the page.
How to Create a gallery album
From the top navigational menu, place your mouse cursor on "gallery" and click on "create an album." You must be logged in to upload photos to the gallery. After viewing our disclaimer, which outlines the terms of conduct, scroll to the bottom and complete the following:
- Under "section" use the pull down bar to select which section or category you want your photo album to appear, such as "sports" or "nature."
- Under "album title" type in the title of your album, such as "Mark's vacation pictures."
- Under "album description" type in a more detailed example of what the photos portray or add any context that may give other users a better idea of what they are about to view.
- Click on "create album."
To upload your photos, click on the browse link in the upload a new photo box. If you have ever uploaded photos from your digital camera to your computer or to an e-mail recipient or a Web site, you will be familiar with this process. Click on the "browse" button to locate the photo, either on your desktop, a computer directory or a portable device. Once you locate the file, click it so that the name of the file and its location are noted in the field to the left of the "browse" button. After doing so, click on "upload." Note: All photos must be in the .jpg format. Photos are automatically reduced/compressed in size to meet the Web site's format. It is a good idea to upload photos that are at least 640x480 pixels. This will prevent the photos from being too small to fill the necessary space. Complete this process again to add multiple photos.
How to Add a calendar event
From the top navigational menu, place your mouse cursor on "events" and click on "post an event."
After viewing our disclaimer, which outlines the terms of conduct, scroll to the bottom and complete the following:
- Under "section" use the pull down bar to select which section or category you want your event listing to appear such as "government meeting" or "musical event."
- Under "title" type in the title of your event. This is the heading that users will initially see when they view the listing.
- Under "description" you can describe in detail the who and what about the event. There are fields below in which you can mention the time and date of the event and other pertinent information.
- Start and end dates and time: Under the date fields, click on the calendar icon to the right to select the date the event will start and finish. Click on the clock icon to indicate a time of day.
- There are several optional fields you may fill out to give as much information about the event as possible. These fields include address, city, state and zip where the event will occur, venue name, age requirements, and cost (if any). The more information you give, the better the chance someone will want to attend.
- Does the event reoccur? If so, click on the appropriate choices, such as daily, weekly, monthly, etc., under the heading "post recurring event." Governmental or support group meetings often meet at the same time each week or month. This option allows the event poster to upload the listing once.
- Click on the link post event when finished.
How to Delete an entry
The user who created a blog, event or photo gallery entry can, at any time, delete the entry by clicking on the "delete" link next to each entry. Users cannot delete entries by another user. Also, you must be logged in to delete any of your entries.
How to Send a message to another user
This section enables the user to send and receive intra-community messages and to manage their inbox.
To access your mail inbox, click on the "my profile" link from the top navigational bar, and then choose the "mail" icon on that page.
To send a message to another community registered user, scroll to the "send message" area. There you can locate another user by clicking on the "search for user" link. You can create and send a message in the same way you would with any e-mail system -- fill in the "subject line," type text in the "body" area and click on the "send message" button.
To read an e-mail that was sent to you from another user, click on the title or name of the user who sent you the message that appears in your inbox.
Note: You do not have to be in your inbox to learn whether you have incoming mail. If you are logged into the community site, a notification will appear on the upper right of the community home page (to the right of the navigation bar). Click on that link to access the message.
How to View/Change your profile and other personal settings
While logged in, click on the "my profile" link on the top navigational menu. On your profile page you will see several options to choose from:
- EDIT PROFILE allows you to change any of the information you disclosed during the sign-up process. You can also change your profile image; following the same procedure you completed to upload your original image.
- VIEW PROFILE allows you to view the information about you that is visible to other users on the site. This includes your last login and your activity on the site, and a log detailing the blogs, photos and events that you created/uploaded.
- CONTACTS lists the names of other registered community users who have made you their "friend/buddy" and vice versa.
- MAIL is your inbox that shows messages sent to and from users.
- WRITE A BLOG, ADD AN EVENT, CREATE AN ALBUM are links on your profile page that give you easy access to those community sections.
How to Report abuse
When viewing a blog or photo, click on the "report abuse" link that is shown on each page. You will see a form that is already filled out that will inform the editor that there is inappropriate content on a specific page. Click on the "send message" link to activate. You can view the user's terms of conduct (disclaimer) detailing what is not allowed on the site at the top of each blog, photo and event submission page.
Need More Help? You can contact the community editor by clicking here: firstname.lastname@example.org