Getting Started

This page will hold the help information for members. We are still gathering entries for our help pages. If you have any problems or questions that are not covered by this help page, please contact us.

Member Registration

The registration form comes up with an error when I try to submit it. This is usually because you have forgotten to answer one of the questions. Go back and make sure you have answered all of the questions. If all else fails we can add you as a member manually, just email us with your sign-up information.

Once you have registered, you will be sent an activation key via email, this should be immediate so do not forget to look in your spam folder for this as it sometimes gets put there.

Once you have activated your account, we will authorise you and you will be sent a welcome email, you can then log in.

Please note, it should take no more than 24 hours to authorise your account, if you have not heard from us, try logging in and if that fails contact us via email.

Logging in

The system is not accepting my username and password combination. There can be a number of reasons for this, if you are a new user then it may be that you have chosen a username with spaces in it. Our system will take these spaces out, so you could try the same. Is you have been able to log in successfully before then the system may be being updated, this takes about 20 mins, please have patience.

My profile

There are two profile views, the short profile and the extended profile.

The short profile is the one most people can see when they click on your profile information, you can access this by clicking on the “profile” button next to your avatar image and username on the upper right of the page. When you first click on this you will be taken to you profile activity feed.

To edit your profile, select settings from the options on the screen on your profile page, you can then select to add/change your profile avatar and edit your profile information.

Other options for your profile include the ability to upload documents and media files that will be attached to your profile (so you can link to them in a blog for example), you can also see your forum posts and replies and your group memberships from here.

Another option that you have is to set a profile cover image as a way of further personalising your profile. To do this, simply click on the “Upload Cover” button anywhere in your profile page view.

To get to your extended profile, if you hover the pointer above the site name at the very top right of the screen you will see an option for “Dashboard”, select that. and you will see a new side menu option including a Users/ My Profile option. select this to get to your extended profile view.

Chat

Chat should open up on the bottom right of your screen the minute you login and will stay with you no matter where you go on the site, so you can chat and browse at the same time. Within the Main Chatroom you can upload an image, post a YouTube video or other web-links, post a smiley and if you click on a persons name chat will open up a private chat as well as take you to that persons profile page. In the User and Chatroom List, clocking on the down arrow by your name will allow you to silence the chat sound and also log-out from chat.

Top Menu Bar

It is worth spending some time getting to know the top menu bar. If you hold your pointer over your name, where it says “Hello, YOUR NAME” you will see a drop down menu that has a large number of options of things you might like to do, from adding links to posting Media items such as photos and videos into your own profile area and albums.

The white circle beside your name tells you if you have any notifications, such as comments or friend requests. Next to the left is the forum list, and also the area where you can add new items such as blogs (posts). There is also an area for you to moderate any comments to blog posts you may have made. Further to the left is the website name, and if you hover above that you can click on the Dashboard, which will open up your editorial features, such as inspecting comments and blog posts and setting up events.

Forums

When you go to forums you will notice that you can add links and images.

If you copy and paste content from a website into a forum topic post, there may be hidden formatting that will show up and ruin your post if you are not careful. The way to avoid this, is to copy the information, open up your new topic, select the “Text” tab and paste your information. Then you can select the “Visual” tab and you will see how the information will be posted. If you do make a post where the topic is messed up, you can contact one of our Admins who can correct it for you.

Joining Groups

If you click on Groups, this will take you to the group list, from there you can choose to join any groups you might like to get involved with. Each group has it’s own dedicated forum, a group “wall” for adding comments, a document creation and storage area (where shared documents can be stored), and also the group galleries and chat.

[important]One group you should consider joining is our Image Gallery group, this group is there to collect all of your favourite images together in one neat gallery so they are easy to find.[/important]

Adding Sites and other pages.

An important part of this site are the sites. We encourage you to add information to sites in one of two ways. For existing sites you can add information about those sites by commenting on the page for that site. For sites not already set up on Brigantes Nation you can go to the Recent Sites >> Add Site option and from here you can add information regarding the site in question. Add Media allows you to upload images. Make sure you name the site as follows Site Name, County. That way the name will match the naming conventions used on Brigantes Nation.

How do I associate a site to a Group?

There are two ways to associate a Site Post with a group. First of all each of our groups has a blog category assigned for it, if you choose one of these categories for your Blog then it will appear within that groups blog list. Secondly, for advanced site posts, you can arrange for comments made regarding the blog to appear in that groups forum listings. That way only members of that group can comment on your blog. If you are submitting a simple blog our admins can set this up for you.

Events

Events allows you to schedule an event, such as a group meditation which members can join, the interface for setting up an event is similar to that used for adding a blog. Make sure you click the box to say it is open for bookings and also to check the type of event that it is – meditation, meetup etc.

Creating a Group

To create a group, click on the groups page and select “Create a Group”.

The first thing to do is enter a Group name and description, then select “Create group and continue”. Next you get to select if the group is public, private or hidden, who is allowed to invite other members and the email notification default for the group – group members can change this selection for themselves after they join and also if you want to disable the group gallery (For images and videos).

There is also an option to disable Blog Categories for the group. This feature if enabled will allow you to associate specific blog categories as being applicable to the group. Disabling this removes the “Blog” button within the group.

Next you will select if the group is to have a forum. Most groups will have one of these since a separate group forum is at the core of most groups. You group can have members, moderators and administrators. As will all options, if you choose not to have this feature, it can be added later.

Other options include if you want a collaborative document creation/editing area and who can edit the documents, and if you want to have a group chat page. Currently all groups get a file library for uploading PDF’s and other files.

Next you will upload an image for the group. Note that square source images are better as the crop tool is “quirky”.

Following this, if you have enabled Blog Categories for the group, you will be able to set up the blog categories applicable to the group. If the correct category is not available, skip this step and ask Admin to set up a category for you, you will be able to complete this association once the group is created by going back to the group settings.

Next you have the option of loading a cover photo for the group.

Then you get to choose which group members have the ability to upload files into the file storage area.

Finally you can choose to invite people into your group.

Congratulations, you have created your group.

Following group creation, you will be the group admin and you will have various management options, including adding features not created during initial setup and making group members moderators and admin.

If you do choose to have a gallery, make sure you create one after setting up the group otherwise members will not be able to upload photo’s. Normally the first image uploaded will become the Avatar for the gallery.

Also notice that each group has it’s own RSS feed. RSS is an Internet system for automatically updating changes and updates to people who use RSS readers, it may come in useful.

More about your profile.

If you float your pointer over your name, in the very top right hand menu area, a drop down menu will appear, one of the options here is your profile, you can view edit or change your avatar from this menu selection. clicking on view will take you to your own members page profile settings.

In the center column of the page you will see your Avatar image and a map of where you live, so long as you have correctly set your city and country in your profile questions.

Below this you will see a number of options:

Activity – Shows your activity on the site

Profile – Shows your basic profile information

Notifications – Shows if you have any outstanding notifications

Messages – Will display a list of messages you may have

Friends – Allows you to display your friends list

Groups – Will show any groups you have joined

Forums – Allows you to view your activity on the Forums

Send Invites – Allows you to invite friends to join the site via email

Events – Shows any events you have created or joined

Docs – Shows any Documents you have uploaded

Gallery – allows you to create and manage your personal media galleries

Settings – Allows you to change your password and email address

Cover Photo

You also have the option of uploading a cover photo for your profile, simply visit your profile and click the “Add Cover” button.

Compliments

Members have the ability to send each other compliments, for example if another member has been of help to you or has given you a thought provoking message. You can send a complement by going to that members profile and clicking on the “Send Compliment” button. The member will then be notified of the compliment and it will appear in their “Compliments” area of their profile.

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