Sandbox

  • Formatting a Post, Fonts and Links
    Your post was successful and is on the sandbox page of the website.  That was about as hard as it gets to do postings on the website.  All the rest is window dressings.
     
    Each page of the website has a category associated with it that allows you to pick the page that you want to make your posting.
     
    [General]
    [Results]
    [Seminars]
    [Training]
    [Trials]
     
    The [General] category is the front page of the website
     
    A single post can be displayed on more than one page.  For example putting [General] [Trials] in the subject line will display the Trials post on both the front page and the Trials page
     
    Suggestions for formatting a post using your email editor.
    • Don’t use Tabs or Spaces to move things around – the default settings for tabs doesn’t come through on the website and multiple spaces don’t justify the same as letters and numbers
    • Default fonts for websites are Arial, Arial Black, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, Gabriola, Impact, Times New Roman, Verdana.  Other fonts will be defaulted to a website standard font that may not be suitable for your message.
    • A font size of 12 or 14 for the main body of the post is fairly comfortable to read
    • Use Arial Black with a 16 to 24 font and colour the font for main headings
    • It’s best not to use underline for anything – people think its a link and when it doesn’t work, they get distracted from your message.
    • Use bullets to make a series of points in the document.
    • Don’t copy text from a MSWord document or iPad email – it is loaded with all kinds of hidden formatting that will not come through on a website page.  Paste anything from those documents as Plain Text to strip off their formatting.
    • You can include links to other website in the email such as http://agilityrocks.com/default.aspx?eventid=0 . Just copy the link from the address line of the website, and paste it into your email 
    • If you have a signature set for your email, it will come through on the post
    If you need any help with this stuff, or you are not comfortable posting directly to the website, just send me what you want to post and I’ll dress it up before I send it out.
    Greg
  • My First Post

    Welcome to the Roadsters website.

     

    Ivy Seney

    HouseofBeagles

     

  • Lesson #1 My First Post
    I would like you to construct an email addressed to roadsters.agility.club@gmail.com with a subject line like mine above, and a few words in the content area describing this as your first post on the Roadsters Agility website. 
     
    Example: Post1
     
    What is happening is the [Sandbox] is the category name that will direct the post to the Sandbox page on the website.  This is a page that is not readily visible to the public.  Depending on the keyword enclosed in square brackets, will determine where the post will be displayed.  The Title of the Post is just that, a descriptor for the Post.
     
    What ever you type in the content area will be displayed on the website as the content of the post.  https://www.roadstersagilityclub.com/sandbox to view your results.  it may take up to ½hr to show up on the website.
     
    cc your email to me to let me know that you have sent an email to the website (just in case something should go amiss and it ends up on the Home page)
     
    Greg
  • Website Contributors
    You should have received a link to the website inviting you to be a contributor to the content of the website.  It is not necessary at this time to follow up on the link and update your password to something you want, but don’t loose the email as the password is long and complicated. 
     
    With you registered as a qualified user on the website, we can begin some preliminary training for you to send your announcements and information directly to the website.  For a website to be useful to the readership, it should be dynamic, that is to say, changing.  How often do you go back to a website that is always the same, with nothing new added from the last time you visited?  If you don’t keep adding and changing things, your clients (students or potential students, trial participants, seminar customers) will loose interest and quit checking the website to see what is coming up in the near future.
     
    You are set up as contributors, which means you cannot do any damage to the website while you are learning how to send material to the website.  There are a few rules so the content you are sending ends up on the page that you intended to post your message.
     
    There is a page on the website that is not visible to the general public.  The SANDBOX page.  This is where you can test your posting to see how it will look to the real world, and in real time. This is where we will do our training.
     
    The trick is that you have to call up the page manually every time since there is no menu item available to access the page.  To access the page, https://www.roadstersagilityclub.com/sandbox I would suggest that you save this link as a favourite
     
    I will send out a series of emails, each highlighting requirements and techniques that you can use to create your postings for the website.  All these will be posted on the SANDBOX page
     
    Greg