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Members: Getting Started

This document describes how members can get started using the site, including changing your password, preferences, and making your home page.

If you are a CPSR member, you can get an account to use advanced features of this site and to contribute content. This document is designed to introduce you to what you can do as a member.

Log in

To take advantage of the interactive features and members-only area, you will need to log in to the site. (If you have not already joined CPSR, you can do that here) You can do that from the right hand column or by clicking on the "login" button in the blue horizontal bar under the main navigation tabs (or by clicking here). Enter your username and password. If you forgot your password, you can request it by entering your username on the form here.

Once you log in, you will see a message in the main part of the content that says "Welcome! You are now logged in."  In addition, you will also see new options in the horizontal blue bar: "logout", "my preferences" and "my folder", as well as your username.

Changing your password

You can change your password by clicking on "my preferences" from the blue bar. Then click the "Change Password" link. You will need to enter your old password.

Changing your email address

If you need to change your email, click on "my preferences" from the blue bar and then the "Personal Preferences" link. There you can change your email address. Note: an email address is required.

Create content for my home page

As a member of the site, you can have a home page that you control the content of. The location of your homepage is:[username] . You should see the title on this page as "Home page for [your username]" (unless you have already changed the title).

You can also get there by clicking on the "my folder" button from the blue bar, which will present you with a list of content in your folder (if this is your first visit, you should see one item in the list entitled "Home page for [your username]").  Click on the name of the home page.

Now you are ready to start editing your home page, but first an overview of the elements of the editing interface. Click on the "edit" tab that is white with a blue outline (next to the highlighted blue tab that says "view"). This will load the editing interface for the page and the visual editor (wysiwyg) tools.You will see that the title is now "Edit Web Page". Inside the black outline are the fields for the content:

  • short name: this is the name that shows up in the URL. Best to keep it short and simple, lowercase.
  • title: this is the name that shows up as a link to the full document. Provide something descriptive.
  • description: provide a brief summary of the document. This is displayed in the list of contents, and is also displayed at the top of your document and in searches.
  • body text: enter in the main content for your document (no coding necessary, you can just type and format like a word processor). You can use the green buttons (WYSIWIG tools) to format the content.  The buttons function like those of a word processor. If you roll your mouse over the button, you will see its title/function. 

Fill in the information you want for the fields. Once you have finished, click "save" (button near the bottom). Your page will load on the browser. Review it and make any edits you need to.

List/Do not list my name in the members list

Members can find other members' home pages on site. Any member can configure his/her personal preferenes to show (or not show) the home page and member name in the listing (visible here). To check or change your preferences, click on "my preferences" from the blue bar and then the "Personal Preferences" link.  Scroll down to the field labeled "Listed in searches".  If there is a check in the box, you will be listed; if not, you will not be listed.

Created by cjohnson
Last modified March 28, 2005 11:59 AM

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