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Webjam User Guide

  1. 1. How to guide Create your own community network
  2. 2. For one minute... CONTENTS ...imagine a place where you can 1.Getting Started make a website that incorporates Creating a network from scratch - registering Copying a network you like everything that is great about the Using a template internet. A place where you can add The ‘Edit’ button YouTube videos, flickr photos, Google 2.The T Bar op maps, the weather, horoscopes, Settings Google calendar, Yahoo mail, Google Modules mail, Venda shops, Amazon and more Styles Members including adding widgets you found whilst searching the web. 3.Going Premium Remove/add own advertisements Use domain name r And…all with just one mouse click! Branded newsletter functionality Branded top bar & footer Well…you just found it. Co-branded registration 4. Improve your network Welcome to Webjam! Search Engine Optimisation Including a Header Moderation Statistics Welcome to Webjam!
  3. 3. Registering an account – option 1 On www.webjam.com click the Create your network button or click ‘create new network’ at the top of any Webjam page. The registration light box will appear (see left). Fill it in then click ‘Register and proceed’. Now choose a title for the network you are about to create and click ‘Create my network!’ Part 1: Getting started with Webjam
  4. 4. Finding a network to copy – option 2 Alternatively you can duplicate the style and layout of a network in an instant. Searching A new light box will appear and all you need to do is Find a network you like by select the checkbox: ‘A copy of this network’* searching through the Give your new site a name and click on ‘Create my thousands on offer using the network’ and it’s a done deal, a copy of your chosen search tool in the top bar. site will appear instantaneously. click ‘Create new network’ on the left of the top bar.* *If this option is not available the editor has chosen not to allow replication. See other site ideas at www.webjam.com/explore Part 1: Getting started with Webjam
  5. 5. Templates – option 3 Create your site in seconds! Every site is a potential template that you can copy. You can also access themed templates created by us; visit webjam.com/templates to see. If you like what you see click the ‘Start!’ button Click on a template to be taken to the site. to replicate and begin editing! Start! Part 1: Getting started with Webjam
  6. 6. The EDIT button There are a few key notes to take in before you begin creating. Depending on what you have added to your page the ‘EDIT’ button allows you to moderate and amend your module. It allows you to do anything from create tags for ‘flickr’ and ‘YouTube’ modules to changing By clicking on the ‘ADD’ button the styles of forums and blogs. you are able to add specific Just click ‘EDIT’ to open up a modules to other pages on your whole new world of what we do. site. For example if you see a widget you like on another site click ‘ADD’ from the top right of the module and choose which page you wish to add to. Looking after your site
  7. 7. The T Bar op This is where the magic happens! Using this toolbar you are able to Access the module editing buttons by first control anything that takes place on clicking ‘edit site’ your network. Everything from The view site tool adding content, changing the style allows you to see the to removing pages. Over the next page displayed from the few stages we will look at exactly point of view of an what you can achieve by using the editor, a member or a top bar. passer by. Click on the down arrow to select. Part 2: The Top Bar
  8. 8. Settings 1. Edit the title of your network and Control your network add tags so that your site is picked 2. Use the description from the ‘settings’ tab. up through search engines. box to add info about your site. 4. You can set your page privacy at four levels. Public, Members only Custom & Private. 5. Delete pages by clicking the red cross. Be 3. Change the title of the pages in careful as you will delete the available text boxes. everything on that page! Part 2: The Top Bar
  9. 9. Modules Making web content easy. Use ‘modules’ to turn your blank canvas into It’s so easy to a spectacular website. Don’t be scared, create my knowing about code is not necessary. website!! Click the modules tab and you can access a wealth of materials from blogs to flickr add-ons. Some modules f Part 2: The Top Bar - modules
  10. 10. Part 2: Adding Modules Transform your blank canvas Inserting a module onto your site couldn’t be more simple. Find the module you wish to add from the modules tab. In this case When the blog appears on we are adding a blog. your page, tap ‘Write new post’ You can either drag and drop the module Use the ‘EDIT’ button onto the page or alternatively click ‘+ TO to change PAGE’ Do this with any module you like the features until you are satisfied with your content. A new light box will of your module appear where you can Remember to access your modules click start writing. You are now ‘Modules.’ ready to become the next Charles Dickens! It’s easy. Part 2: The Top Bar - modules
  11. 11. Adding a forum Anyone can start a discussion 2. Then choose 1. Click.. & my …‘modules’ then ‘me ‘Post a new topic.’ A new page will community’ tab and add a appear for you to forum to your page. post a topic. 3. People can easily reply by clicking the topic headline. To subscribe to updates on the forum click the ‘subscribe’ button. Part 2: The Top Bar – Modules/Forums
  12. 12. Styles Customise your pages Want to make your site look good? By using the styles tab you are able to choose a specific design for your site. It covers everything from colours to link Click on the ‘styles’ tab and choose styles. ‘Webjam styles’ and find one that you like. By clicking a style you are Make your style unique by selecting able to see a preview of how your ‘Customise style’. Here you can site will look. If you don’t like what choose exactly how you want your you got just hit ‘Reset’. Simple. website to look. Orange Boxes and brown text? We don’t mind - it’s your website! Part 2: The Top Bar – Styles
  13. 13. Styles Create your own header Click ‘edit site’ and on the left hand side of Feeling Clever? the page under the stats button is a Rich text module. Click ‘EDIT’ 1. Using the measurements 1000pixels X 200pixels you can design a header using photo editing software or add a photo/image 2. Hit the styles tab and choose ‘Customise style’ Here you can add your 3. Click ‘Change image’ title. 4. Upload your image. 5. Set the height at 200px and click save. Part 2: The Top Bar – Styles
  14. 14. Members Get other networks involved Click the ‘members’ tab and on the left hand side of your ‘Members list’ click ‘Invite members’ to invite your friends to join your site. They will be sent an email inviting them to join which will include a link to your site. Use the join permissions drop down menu to select who you want to be able to access your site. Part 2: The Top Bar – Members
  15. 15. Members Choose this check box to select all Who’s who? members. This is useful should you wish to send a newsletter to your whole community. Use the members page to see who is a member of your network and how many Click the box to make a members you have. You can also use member a co-editor of Use the red this function to make members co- the site. Click the + for ‘x’ to cancel editors, delete members and send specific page co-editing. memberships. messages and newsletters. Part 2: The Top Bar – Members
  16. 16. Members Who are they? Use the ‘Members form’ to gather information about your users. Set up the questions and click Save. New users will be asked to fill in the form when they join. Use the red x to delete Decide on the type of questions. question and answer and whether the question is mandatory or not. Part 2: The Top Bar – Members
  17. 17. Going Premium It’s easy to get full control of your network and it doesn’t cost the earth either. Click ‘Settings’ in the top bar then ‘Premium Settings’ Premium costs less than £10 a month on a yearly plan. Going Premium allows you to: •Remove/add own advertisements enabling you to monetise your community •Use domain name use your own domain name for the website •Branded newsletter functionality send up to 5000 newsletters per month •Branded top bar & footer replace the Webjam logo with yours on the top bar •Co-branded registration change the registration light boxes Part 3 – Going Premium
  18. 18. Remove/add own advertisements Delete the Advertisements module to create a completely ad-free network. Alternatively, earn money from your network by using any ad serving service. To remove ads: On your network click the 'edit site' tab. Click the delete button 'X' in the header of the Advertisements module. To serve your own ads: 1. Delete the Advertisements module from your page. 2. Sign up for ad serving from a provider (see our tip on adverts here) 3. Use the HTML code provided by the ad server and paste it into a 'Free HTML' module (from modules > My content) 4. Ads will be automatically served on your network in the size and module position you choose. “Sign up to Premium and start monetising your site in minutes” Part 3 – Going Premium
  19. 19. Use your own domain name Map your own registered domain name to your network. 1. Purchase a domain name from a domain name provider (a registrar). 2. At your domain registrar, go to the DNS Management services and change the CNAME making the domain point at the IP name: webjam.com thus: domain name CNAME webjam.com 3. On your network, in the 'settings' tab, under 'Standard Settings' submit your domain name (URL) for your domain to be automatically mapped to your network. Part 3 – Going Premium
  20. 20. Branded newsletter functionality Send out up to 5,000 branded newsletters to your members. To customise your members' newsletter; go to the “The increase to 'members' tab, then 'Newsletter settings' and click on 5000 emails per 'Branded settings’. Add your own logo or image using the month is applied 'Change image' button. Change the newsletter header & immediately footer using the editing toolbar and change the after upgrading background using the colour palette. to premium.” To create and send your newsletter go to 'Members' > 'Members list', choose the recipients and click the 'Send newsletter' button. The increase to 5000 emails per month is applied immediately after upgrading. A counter of available emails left to send within the month appears in 'Members' > 'Members list'. Part 3 – Going Premium
  21. 21. Branded top bar & footer Customise your network to suit your needs by replacing the Webjam logo and changing the top bar style then tailoring the footer to include links and information about who you are. To customise the top bar and footer, go to the 'styles' tab, then the 'Premium styles' tab and make changes. Under 'Custom top bar' add your own logo or image using the 'Change image' button. Change the background and font colours using the colour palettes (not shown). Under 'Custom footer' check the check box to activate the personalised footer area and enter the HTML of your custom footer. Note that when you add a branded footer the Webjam footer decreases in size to include only essential links. Part 3 – Going Premium
  22. 22. Co-branded registration Customise the style of the registration screens – to include your logo, brand, look and feel. To customise the registration light box, go to the 'styles' tab, then the 'Customise style' tab and under 'Registration form' tick the box stating: 'Activate my branded registration form' and Save. This will apply the same style to the Going premium Registration light box as you have for your on Webjam costs module header. just £12.95 per month or £99 per year. Part 3 – Going Premium
  23. 23. Improving your network We’re here to help network editors make the most of their site and we offer a range of resources on our community pages. , This part of the guide offers some pointers on some of these resources and how you can use them to improve your site. Going premium allows Contents you to domain map 1. Search Engine Optimisation your site. 2. Including a Header 3. Moderation 4. Statistics Part 4 – Improve your site 9
  24. 24. Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) SEO is useful mainly to people who have upgraded to Premium and have domain mapped their network. SEO helps have your pages ranked well in search engines. These tips don’t guarantee an increased ranking, Give your network a title, but they will get you started in the making sure you use the same words in you tags. right direction. The changes to be made are within the ‘settings’ tab on your top bar. Give your network a description to encourage people to click through to your site. Decide on a small number of keywords that, if entered into a search engine, should increase the relevance of your page within a search. Make sure that the word is used relatively often in the normal content of your page and site Get more info on SEO here
  25. 25. Including a header Do you want your network to stand out from the crowd? Want to give it the edge over other’s websites? Here’s how In a design program create Now choose a a new document that is colour or pattern & 1000pixels (px) wide and use the fill tool to 200px high. colour the header. Using the type tool Now add some to put in the title images to give a of your network. style to the header. Click here for more header help
  26. 26. Moderation Control who looks at your site and who can access specific pages. Having the ability to change the privacy settings on specific modules as well as pages can be used to great effect when recruiting new members. PUBLIC means that any user from any network can view the page. MEMBERS OF THIS NETWORK keeps certain aspects of the site Going premium private for people who have joined your network. on Webjam costs PRIVATE can be used as an admin page where only you as the just £12.95 per editor have access. month or £99 per CUSTOM is the term used when certain modules have had their year. status changed. Some private, some members and some public. Moderating your network
  27. 27. Moderation Keep tabs on users contributions with our unique search tool In your admin page add a ‘search module’ from the ‘Webjam toolbox.’ Choose ‘EDIT’ and make the search private so only you can see it. Keep the search ‘within this network’ so you are only moderating within your network. Input your search The results then Use the links to visit term in the box and appear in a new the pages you want click search page. to moderate. Moderating your network
  28. 28. Statistics By clicking the stats tab on the right hand side of your top bar you are able to see how many visitors your site has had over the last day, month and week. It’s a fantastic tool for a quick reference. It’s simple to delve further into where your visitors are coming from and which pages they are looking at by adding Google analytics. Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of internet data for purposes of understanding and optimising web site usage To add analytics to your site you need to obtain a tracking code from the analytics website (we’ve explained how here) and place it on your network. If you want to track every page and already have premium just add the code into your custom header from ‘styles’ then ‘premium styles’ and finally custom <head> in the top bar. Then watch your visitors arrive! Part 4 – Improve your network
  29. 29. Summary The top 5 points for building a network Index: See an index Style: Change the Content of your pages and style of your network by Webjam is so easy to move from page to clicking ‘styles’ on the use. To make your page by clicking the toolbar and selecting site look great all you ‘Settings’ tab. one that suits you. have to do is click ‘+ to page’ or drag and drop modules. You will create your own personalised network Members: Make Premium: Take within a matter of members co-editors control of your whole minutes. of one page or the site from the URL to whole site in the the footer by making ‘Members’ tab. it Premium. Some useful tips
  30. 30. Quick tips. The top 5 helpful tips for building your network Found a network you TOP TIP!! Add a column by like? Why not copy it Use modules to clicking the plus sign. and have their style engage your Use the x to delete on your site? community. Add the column. forums, blogs, 5 photos, polls and RSS feeds plus a whole host of other stuff just by clicking a Control privacy settings Find out how many button. by clicking ‘EDIT’ in the people have visited top right corner of your your site in the last modules and change day, week or month. the access dropdown. Some useful tips
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