Squad Site Help
This section is intended to describe
the use of the StudSquad.Net site, both for the visitor and for
the site contributors. Please bear in mind that certain features
are available only to those users with the appropriate security
Questions that are not addressed here may be directed via email
to the site developer.
The main page is where the user is
directed immediately following the site splash page. This page contains
the most recent news article in its entirety as well as short descriptions
of the past three news articles. From this page the user can navigate
to the various subsections of the website.
|login - allows site contributors to enter
their passwords and gain access to the content administration area
rants - allows users to view rants posted by the site contributors
forums - directs the user to the interactive forum area
team bios - this section contains biographical information about the
Stud Squad team members
history - contains historical information about the team
calendar - allows users to view details of important past and future
venues - a directory of information about playing fields
||This is where all the behind the scenes
action takes place. Rants, venues, calendar events and bio information
is added, edited, or deleted here. To access this area, click on the
'login' link from the public areas of the website and enter your username
and password. If you don't know your login, then you probably don't
belong in this area. If you have forgotten it, or if you don't have
it and you think you do belong in this area, contact the site
||This section allows the site content providers
to write articles that will appear in the public area of the site.
The rants are not intended to be interactive with the general public,
simply a way to easily manage site content. You can think of the rant
section as being like a 'blog' or a newspaper column.
Clicking on the 'Rants' link from the
public area of the site will bring the user to an index of recently
updated rants. The author's name and the date of the last entry
will be displayed. Note, if an author has not posted anything, his
name will not show on this index. Also, only the date of the most
recent entry will be displayed.
To read the contents of an entry, click on the author's name. The
most recent entry by that author will be displayed. A listing of
all entries by a particular author can be reached by clicking on
the 'read more' link on the top right corner of the page. As with
most areas of the site, clicking on the stud squad graphic in the
lower right corner will return you to the menu.
To create a new rant, log in to the
content management area of the
site and choose 'create a new entry for the rant section'. The rant
entry form will allow you to enter a title and body text for your
rant. You can also choose from several text formatting options and
even upload images to be contained in your article. The system will
automatically stamp the entry with the date and time, and attribute
the article to the user name under which you logged in. Once you
have finished entering your article, click the submit button and
your work will immediately be available to edit or view. (hint:
you can also cut and paste text in the body section, though formatting
may not be preserved)
Like most areas of the site, if you change your mind about creating
a rant, you can click the stud squad graphic in the lower right
corner of the screen to return to the previous menu.
To change a rant that has already been
published, simply log in to the content management area and choose
the 'edit or delete and entry in the rant section' link. You will
see a list of the entries that you have previously created. Clicking
on the Stud Squad graphic in the bottom right corner will return
you to the menu. Clicking on the 'delete' link next to an entry
will instantly delete that entry. Use
caution, as once an entry is deleted, it cannot be retrieved. Clicking
on the 'edit' link will open the entry in a form similar to the
entry form. Once you have made the desired changes, simply click
the submit button.
||The event calendar is an interactive feature
that allows users to view and record information related to important
events, such as tournaments, scheduled games, and upcoming practice
||To create a new calendar entry, log in
to the content management area of
the site and choose 'create a new calendar entry'. In the entry form,
type in the name of the event (such as team practice or championship
tourney ) in the title box. Next, enter a date for the event.
It is important that you enter the date in the
format year-month-day (2002-12-14). Select a location for the
event from the 'venue' drop-down box. Optionally, you can enter a
cost and short description of the event. Click
here for more information on the text formatting options.
|To change or delete and existing calendar
entry, select the 'edit or delete calendar entry' link from the site
administration menu. You will be directed to an index of all the existing
calendar entries. From there, you can choose to edit a particular
entry, in which case, all you need to do is click on the edit link
next to that entry, make the desired changes, and click the submit
button. If you wish to delete an entry, simply click the delete link
next to that entry. Caution: you will not be
asked to confirm your choice to delete, and the action cannot be undone.
As in most areas of the site, if you change
your mind, click the stud squad graphic in the bottom right corner
to return to the menu.
||To view the event calendar, select the
calendar link from the public area of the website. The next three
events in the calendar will be displayed, as well as monthly icons.
To get more events, click on the appropriate month icon to go to the
quarterly view. The quarterly view displays a calendar for the month
you selected, as well as the previous and following month. Highlighted
days contain events, and clicking on these days will open a detailed
view of the events. If there has been a venue selected, you can also
view the venue information by clicking on it's name.
||StudSquad.net has the ability to host
any number of email discussion lists. Currently, we only have one
active list, which is limited to members of the StudSquad Team. From
the site administration menu, click the list information link to view
information about the list or log in to the mailman server to change
your subscription options. Alternately, you can send an email to email@example.com
with the word help in the subject line to receive a return email with
instructions on setting your configuration options via email.
||To subscribe to the mailing list, you
can simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with
the word subscribe in the subject line, or you can select the list
information link from the site administration menu, where you can
subscribe, unsubscribe or change your personal settings.
||Archives of the email list can be reached
by logging in to the site administration area and selecting the list
archive link. You will be prompted to enter an email address and password.
This is your mailing list password *not* your Stud Squad site password.
Archives are grouped by month, and you can choose to view the archive
by date, or thread, or download a raw text file.
||The venue section is intended to be a
directory of paintball related resources, such as playing fields and
||To create a new venue listing, log in
to the content management area of the site and select the 'create
a new venue' link. Enter the information in the appropriate boxes,
and click the submit button. Note: when entering
the website address (URL) be sure to enter the http:// portion of
the address, such as http://www.example.com (hint:
try copying the address from your browser's address box and pasting
it into the venue listing creation form using ctrl-V)
|To edit or delete an existing venue listing,
select the 'edit or delete a venue' link from the site administration
menu. You will be directed to a page listing all the previously entered
venues. If you would like to delete a venue, click on the delete link
next to the venue name. Use caution, as once
you have clicked the delete link, the entry cannot be un-deleted.
If you would like to change the entry for a
particular venue, simply click on the edit link next to the venue
name. You will be directed to a page similar to the new venue entry
form, where you can make the desired changes. Remember to click the
submit button when you are done in order to save your changes.
||The venue reviews section allows the site
contributors to write about experiences with a particular vendor or
reviews of paintball related resources, similar to a movie or restaurant
review. You can choose to write a new review or to edit or delete
an existing review by clicking on the appropriate links in the site
administration menu. For the most part, the user interface and available
options are identical to the other content management interfaces.
Click here for more information on
text entry and formatting.
||The Stud Squad Gallery is like a set of
virtual photo albums. The gallery is divided into sections called
albums, each of which may contain either another album folder or pictures
or both. Site contributors can upload and arrange photos which in
turn can be viewed by visitors to the website.
||The folders are used to group related
images into the gallery albums. From the site administration menu,
you can choose to create a new album folder or to edit or delete and
existing one by clicking on the appropriate links. You can also put
one album inside another one...there is no limit to how many subfolders
you can create. For example, the 'Markers' album might contain sub-albums
called 'stock' and 'semi-auto'. You can drill down through multiple
levels of folders simply by clicking on the folder name.
|create or edit album
To create a new gallery album, log
in to the site administration area and click on the 'create new
folder' link. Type in the name of the gallery you wish to create,
and select the location where you would like for it to be filed.
By selecting 'top level', the gallery will be on the main folder
listing, in other words, not inside any other folder. If you are
creating a sub-folder, select the appropriate parent category from
the drop-down list. Once an album has been created, you can change
the name or file it in a different location by clicking on the edit
||From the site administration area, you
can upload your .gif or .jpg images, name them, and file them in an
album. To upload an image, click on the 'upload a new photo' link
in the site administration menu. Clicking on the browse button will
open a window in which you can find and select the desired image on
your local computer. Once you have selected the file, click the upload
button to copy the picture to the server. Be patient....it may take
a few seconds to upload the file depending on your connection speed.
||When complete, you will see a message
that your file has been successfully uploaded, and you will be prompted
to continue to step 2 of the process:
||You will now need to enter a very brief
(only a couple of words) caption for your photo, and select the album
in which you would like for it to appear. Once you have done this,
click on the submit button to complete the process.
||Regardless of the album in which your
photo appears, all of the image files in the Stud Squad gallery reside
in the same place. This is important to remember because many digital
cameras use a standard file naming convention (such as MVC003.jpg).
In order to prevent files from being overwritten, you will receive
an error message if you try to upload a file with the same name of
one that already exists and you will not be allowed to proceed to
step two. If this happens, re-name the picture on your local computer
and try to upload it again. If you are still having problems, contact
the site developer for
||The Stud Squad discussion forums are currently
powered by a Solid Forums from Solidarity.
While most of the forum is open to the general public, some forums
are for private, team-only use and require a username and password.
Please note that this is not the same thing
as your login credentials for the site administration area.
For more information about using the forums, see the SolidForum FAQ.