Stud Squad Site Help
introduction

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 access.

Questions that are not addressed here may be directed via email to the site developer.

Main Page
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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.

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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 events
venues - a directory of information about playing fields
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Content Management
introduction 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 developer.
Rants
description 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.
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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.

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creating

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.

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editing
deleting

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.

 

 

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format commands
formats the selected text in bold style
formats the selected text in italic style
formats the selected text in underlined style
aligns the selected text to the left edge
justifies the selected text to both edges
aligns the selected text to the right edge
creates a numbered list
creates a bulleted list
allows the foreground (text) color to be selected
allows the background (shading) color to be selected
creates a hyperlink
select and upload an image to be used in the entry
insert a horizontal line
insert a table
Event Calendar
description 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 sessions.
creating 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.
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editing
deleting
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.
viewing 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.
Email List
description 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 team-request@lists.studsquad.net with the word help in the subject line to receive a return email with instructions on setting your configuration options via email.
subscribing To subscribe to the mailing list, you can simply send an email to team-request@lists.studsquad.net 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 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.
Venues
description The venue section is intended to be a directory of paintball related resources, such as playing fields and equipment vendors.
creating 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)
editing
deleting
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.
venue reviews 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.
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Gallery
description 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.
album folders 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.
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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 link.

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upload picture 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.
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  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:
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  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.
gallery hints 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 assistance.
Forums
description 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.
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