Frequently Asked Questions - Posting Articles

All questions relating to adding content to the website

This article will describe how you can get a video to display in a playable box in your posting on this site.

The process is as follows:

  1. Create the video, and render it for web (some editors even have a 'YouTube' format option.  This is what you want.)
  2. Upload the video to YouTube (or a similar streaming video site).  You will need to open yourself a free account on the site in order to do so.
  3. Once the video is uploaded - or even if it is someone else's video you want to share, click the 'share' button on YouTube, and choose the 'embed' option.  You will get a box with some code in it, that looks like '<iframe...'.  Select the code and copy it (ctl-a, ctl-c).
  4. In your post on this forum, click in the post where you want the embedded video to appear.  It is useful to put new lines before and after the place where you click.
  5. Now click the icon in the toolbar that looks like a piece of film clip.  It is in the top bar, second from the right, next to the 'Image' icon.  You will get a box where you can paste the code you copied from YouTube.
  6. Click OK and enjoy.

To make a clickable link that will take you to another page, you have two options:

  1. Just put in the link as it stands, e.g. http://www.bmwmotorrad.co.za, and the system will turn it into a link, or
  2. If you want to make some text become a link, highlight the text with your mouse, then click the little chain link (chain link - geddit?).  In the URL box of the dialog that pops up, put the web address you want to link to.

Tip:
I find the link in my browser (in a separate tab or browser window), copy it (ctl-c) and then select the text I want to turn into a link, click the chain link icon, then paste (ctl-v) the URL into the URL box.

A story is just an article with a teaser. Right now the site isn't completely set up for stories, but it boils down to tagging the story as relating to certain categories, and possibly putting it in a menu. Our aim is to have stories under the 'Articles' section. The Articles page will be similar to the home page, with lists of recent content and indexes into articles about biking safety, riding techniques, the physics of motorcycling, etc. Also consider the 'Book' content type. It allows you to add pages with prev/next, and up/down links, so you can write an article with 'chapters' and 'sections' and you can move bits around as appropriate. These content types will still have the option of 'comments' so people can discuss the content, but the intention is that this is much more for reference and as a resource than a fireside chat like the forum content.
Put 2 single quotes around the text you want emphasized (italicized), '''''''like this'''''''.
Netiquette is '''etiquette''' for the inter'''net''' - the rules and manners that apply when you do things on the internet. A lot of it is just obvious good manners, but some of it is not obvious (especially to beginners), and some is specific to a given community. ===General Forum Netiquette=== # Do not '''hijack''' threads. This is the same as interrupting a conversation in polite company, except worse: ## The threads in a forum are designed to allow others to find the information they are looking for easily. If you post content in a thread that is not related to that thread, you not only make the thread irrelevant, you also make it impossible to find whatever information you contributed. ## If you need to post something that is not related to other existing threads, create a new thread with a meaningful title. # Do not use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. In web-speak this is the same as shouting. It is considered poor form if you couldn't be bothered to type properly (this goes for SMS-style spelling, consistently bad spelling in general, and failure to structure your content using paragraphs, proper sentences, bullets and headings. If you don't care, why should we care about what you have to say? ===BMW Motorcycle Club Forum Netiquette=== This is specific to our website (i.e. these are our rules and if you don't like them go somewhere else): # Keep it clean - the occasional expletive may be tolerated when used entertainingly, but gratuitous swearing, blasphemy or poor taste will not be tolerated. Many companies and homes have content filters on their web browsers that will block pages perceived to be inappropriate. If you put such language into your posts you are guaranteeing that very few people will be able to see it. # Keep it useful. ## What seems witty and clever in the heat of the moment may look childish and stupid in the cold light of day a few weeks from now. Before you post, ask yourself whether your contribution is adding to a magnificent site, or diluting it with noise. ## For comments that are directed at a small audience and that do not contribute to the site and other users in general, consider using the [http://bmwmotorcycleclubcape.co.za/messenger Messenger] in the right menu bar. # Keep it friendly. Remember, the web is forever. Many prospective employers will scan the web for information on candidates - if you would not want your post to appear on your CV, don't do it.
The table below shows the shortcuts (acronyms) you can use to put smileys in. Even though all you will see while you are editing is the shortcut, when it gets displayed the system will subsitute a picture.
SmileyAcronymsDescription
Smiling:) :-) :smile:Smiling
Eye-wink;) ;-) :wink:Eye-wink
Sad:( :-( :sad:Sad
Laughing out loud:D :-D :lol:Laughing out loud
Evil}:) }:-) :evil:Evil
Sticking out tongue:P :-P :tongue:Sticking out tongue
Shocked:O :-O :shocked:Shocked
Puzzled:? :-? :puzzled:Puzzled
Cool8) 8-) :cool:Cool
Jawdropping!:jawdrop:Jawdropping!
Barf!:sick: :barf:Barf!
Cheers with a beer:beer: :)BCheers with a beer
Angry frown:cross: :angry: >:(Angry frown
Thumbs up smile:thumbsup:Thumbs up smile

Please Note: All the images in this answer can be opened larger, in a new popup window, by clicking on them.

Inserting Images into a Post 

At the top right of the text box where you type in the article is a little image of a camera. Put your cursor in the text box where you want the image to appear (1.), then click on the icon (2.). 

Click the camera icon (top right)Click the camera icon (top right)

 

Click the 'Image Upload' buttonClick the 'Image Upload' button

 

You need to click the '''upload''' button to get to the image upload screen. Now you will get a pop-up window that allows you to enter a title for the image and choose a file off your PC hard drive.

Enter a title for the picture and click the Browse buttonEnter a title for the picture and click the Browse button

 

 

The image must be on your PC so that you can find it here and upload it to the website. Also make sure it has a filesize of less than 800kB. Click 'Browse' to go and find the image.

Find the file and click saveFind the file and click save

 

Then click OK or 'Open' on the 'find file' window, so that it closes and the name of your image file is left in the text field next to the 'Browse...' button.  You should end up with a screen that looks like this: 

Confirm you have the right file and click saveConfirm you have the right file and click save

Confirm you have the right file (8.), and click save (9.).

You will get to the last screen where you can adjust the image title and description, and adjust the advanced display properties if you wish.  The default properties are the best option in almost all cases.

Adjust the image title and description and click 'Insert'Adjust the image title and description and click 'Insert' 

All you need to do is click the 'insert' button.

Tips

  1. Put blank lines above and below the place where you want to put the image, before you insert the image.  This makes it easier to insert text above or below the image, and prevents the case where text below the image ends up bold and centered.
  2. Choose your image titles and descriptions so they work as a slideshow when the user clicks on an image and then clicks the 'forward' and 'back' buttons on the enlarged images.

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The BMW Motorrad Club Cape cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for any actions or decisions you make as a result of the information posted on this site.  Although this site is enabled and used by the BMW Motorrad Club Cape, posts are made by members, non-members, advertisers and guests and none of it is vetted by the club before posting.  This is the internet and Africa - you are responsible for yourself.

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