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Tue, Sep 29th - 11:32PM

Transferred Site Repair Tutorial #1 - Links
Links are the place to look when it comes to repairing your transferred GeoCities site's images on their new home here on WebRing.

This tutorial will give you the basic first steps in shoring up your Webspace's transferred images. What follows may look a like it would take a lot of work, but we've tried to make it as easy as possible to follow. If it were a video, it would be a short one.

CMS Is Easier Than RTE

When it comes to editing your Webspace pages, you have three choices:
  • Use an offline website editing program, then upload the pages to your Webspace folder.
  • Use the Rich Text Editor (RTE) to edit directly from your Shoutbox.
  • Use the Content Management System (CMS) to edit directly from your Shoutbox.
The RTE is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor that works very much like a word processing program. It makes editing or creating sites a little easier, as you get to see what your site will look like.

The CMS requires more advanced design skills, as all editing is done directly to each page's code. In regards to repairing your GeoCities based images, however, editing your site's images will prove far less frustrating with the CMS than using the RTE.

CTRL + F Is Your Best Friend

Before we begin with this tutorial, we recommend that you learn to love your web browser's "Find" function.

The Find function will search the page you're on for whatever text you seek. To open the Find function, simply click your computer's CTRL and F keys at the same time. Each browser handles this function in different ways:
  • Internet Explorer will open a small new window.
  • Mozilla Firefox will open a block at the bottom of the window.
  • Google Chrome will open the same as Firefox but at the top of the window.
Once you have the Find function open, type in the word you want to find and click the Next arrow/link.  The word you're looking for will then be highlighted in your browser.

Why do you need to know how to use the Find function? We'll get to that in the tutorial...

Step 1: Open Your CMS

Starting at your My Account page...
  1. Click the "Webspace & Storage" tab to open your Personal Shoutbox.
  2. Scroll down to find the "Personal Storage and Webspace" section.
  3. Use the dropdown menu to change the "Switch to:" item to "Webspace". Then click the "GO" button.  A full list of your site's pages/files should then appear.
  4. Click the open manila folder icon .  This will open your CMS. You are now ready to move to the next step.

Step 2: Identify the Page that Needs Editing

You now need to figure out what pages to edit.
Open your system profile page by clicking your WebRing ID found at the top of every WebRing page.
Click this icon  found at the bottom of your Personal Shoutbox. This will open the top-level page of your Webspace.

Here's an example URL:
http://webspace.webring.com/people/wa/altonbcc/

All top level pages on Webspace are found in the same file -- index.html.

Go ahead and try it out. Add "index.html" to the above address and notice how the page does not change.

Now on the Alton Bottle Collector Club page, go ahead and click the "Click Here to Enter" text link found beneath that sketch of nifty bottles.

The URL then changes to this:
http://webspace.webring.com/people/wa/altonbcc/menu.html

To make changes to this page, we need to look in your CMS for the file named "menu.html."



Some of you may have transferred multiple sites. In these cases, each site is contained in a subfolder. You can see these reflected in your URL.

Here's an example with a subfolder:
http://webspace.webring.com/people/cj/jewishgroups/jewishphotography/

If  you delete the subfolder "jewishphotography" from the URL, you will find his top level page. The trick in differentiating between subfolders and pages is to look for ".htm" or ".html" at the end of the URL. If it has either of those, it's an editable page.

To access the files in those subfolders, merely click on the corresponding subfolder in your CMS. Then a whole different list of pages will appear.

Step 3: Open Your Pages for Editing

Once you've identified the page you need to edit, accessing the correct file is easy.
  1. Return to the window that has your open CMS.
  2. Scroll down until you find the corresponding file for the page you wish to edit.
  3. Check the box next to the file and the "edit" link at the top of the CMS screen should activate.
  4. Click the "edit" link to open the edit screen. It will open a window with a whole lot of scary looking website code.



Note: You can also open the edit screen by right clicking on the file name, and then choosing the "edit" option.

Step 4: Find the GeoCities Links that Need to Change

Remember the Find function? It's time to put it to use. Go ahead and CTRL + F. Now, we're ready to start searching for those GeoCities links.
  1. Click on any section of the edit window. You know, the one with all the scary code?
  2. Type in "geocities" into the Find text block, then click the "Next" option.
  3. Click on the highlighted text in the edit screen of your CMS to position yourself for making changes.


That's all there is to it. The tough part is determining what to do once you've found the link. This will be the focus of the remainder of our tutorials.

We will continue to use the Alton Bottle Collectors Club as the basis of these tutorials. Although the webmaster didn't use a template, he used a lot of the images that GeoCities offered. Therefore, his site is perfect for addressing all the types of images we'll need to repair - backgrounds, buttons, lines, etc.

Next, we will bring you the much briefer "Transferred Site Repair Tutorial #2 - Backgrounds"


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Sun, Sep 27th - 12:26PM

Transferred Site Repair Tutorials - Introduction
Was your GeoCities site transferred to your Webspace here on WebRing? Then you'll want to stay tuned this week for our series on sprucing up your site.

Our transfer utility does a pretty spot-on job copying over your GeoCities site. It smartly pulls over all the pages and images and changes your site's architecture to look to your Webspace folder for the material it needs to render your site.

The Problem with Transferred GeoCities Sites

If you built your GeoCities site using a template or used any of their standard icons, the look of your Webspace site will change drastically come October 26.

At that time, you will most likely lose these types of images:
  • Backgrounds
  • Buttons
  • Bullets
  • Borders
  • Lines

Please note that if you uploaded your own images or hotlinked graphics from a service other than GeoCities, your site will most likely remain unaffected.

Fixing Your Endangered Images Is Easy

You can make the process of fixing your soon-to-be extinct images as easy or complex as you wish. Over the course of the next week, we will present you with a series of tutorials designed to guide you through this process.

Here's the current list of planned tutorials:

Webspace Needs Graphics


Much of what we plan to cover will involve seeking out and using free website graphics. We would like your help in recommending such sites.

If you are a master at finding free graphics, we challenge you to design a single page of free graphic sites along with a review of each. To learn more, visit the newly created ring Webspace Resources.

If you're feeling particularly ambitious, we challenge you to create your own images to make available for all WebRing members to use on their Webspace. Simply email your original creations to membership@webring.com with the subject "Graphics for Webspace." Be sure to include your WebRing ID so we can credit you.

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