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    The User CP Guide [Forum]

    The User CP Guide
    Table of Contents:
    1. Settings & Options
    2. Private Messages
    3. Subscribed Threads
    4. Miscellaneous


    Welcome new members of the Stickpage Community! If you have never been to a forum before or with one without a personal profile then this guide is for you. The guide is designed to explain all parts of the User CP. This tutorial is very long so I have decided to divide it into segments so that you can locate the topics you want to read without scrolling through everything. If you have any questions about the User CP after reading this or just have a question regarding the guide itself, feel free to ask it here. I hope this guide will be of use to you and I hope you will enjoy your stay here.

    This guide took a long time to make and a seriously long time to take all the screenshots and to crop, cut, and upload the images. Please keep all information and images that are in this thread, in THIS thread. If you want to refer to something out of this guide please just link to the post or the whole guide. Thanks -
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    Understanding Tools:

    Okay, so these are all the tools / options that you will encounter on the standard text box editor. I've gone through and described what they do and have shown many examples of them as well. If you have never seen a word processor before these will probably be all new to you, but hopefully not. If you don't need to read this you can obviously skip it and keep going on with the guide.



    (B) Bold tool is used to bold text. Use it by highlighting the text you want to bold and then clicking the icon.

    (I) Italics tool is used to litalize text.Use it by highlighting the text you want to italize and then clicking the icon.

    (U) Underline tool is to underline text. Use it by highlighting the text you want to underline and then clicking the icon.



    The Numbering tool is used to put items in a list. To use this highlight the portions of text you wish to add to a number list and click this icon.

    Example:
    1. Blah
    2. Blah
    3. Blah
    The Bulleting tool is used like the numbering tool except that it makes bullets instead of numbers.

    Example:
    • Blah
    • Blah
    • Blah
    The Decrease Indent tool is used to reset an indented text portion back to normal. To use this just click the icon and it will undo the text that was indented.




    Example:
    This is indented!



    This is not!



    The Alignments tools are used to place text in differnent places in the text editor. Left Alignment would be on the left of the editor. Centered Alignment would be in the center and right alignment would be on the right. To use these tool you must highlight the portion of text you want to align and then click one of these icons.

    Examples:

    Left Alignment
    Centered Alignment
    Right Alignment



    The Insert Link tool is used to make text links a hyperlink. To do this copy and paste your link into the pop up window that appears when you click this icon. Hit okay, and your link will be clickable.

    The Remove link tool is used to remove hyperlinks and make the link plain text. To do this, highlight the link and click this icon.

    The Insert Email Link tool is used to make a link an email address. To do this click on the icon and follow the instructions. I've never found any use for this before.

    The Insert Image tool is used to add IMG tags to links where no code is given. To use this tool highlight your link to the image and then click this icon. It will add the IMG tags for you.



    The Quote Tags are used to "quote" a user's post. To use it select the text you want to put in a quote box and click the icon.



    The Code tags are used to put bits of a programming language into. Honestly, it doesn't matter what you put in it but that is what it is designed for. To use it highlight the text you want to put in the code box and click the icon #.



    The Remove Text Formatting tool is used to remove all tags from text. To use this select the text in which you want to remove code from. Once you have done that click to icon.



    The Fonts and Sizes tabs are used to edit the types and size of the text. To use these options, select the portion of text you wish to change. Once you have done that you can click on the tabs and choose a font and or a size from the drop down menus.



    The Color Pallet is used to add color to text. You use this by highlighting your portion of text and clicking the tab. Depending on which editor you are using there will be a drop down menu or a pallet of colors that you can choose from. When you have found the color you want click it and the code will appear around the portion of text.



    The Smiley Pallet is used to add smilies to your posts. To use it click on the tab to bring down the drop down window. Choose the smilie you want to use and the code will appear.



    The Undo and Redo tools are used just like in any other program. The left arrow undo's any last command and the right arrow redo's any command that was previously undone.



    Spell Check option is used for internet explorer. It must be downloaded and therefore is not frequently used. If you see most posts on stickpage you would doubt this tool was used as well. If you wish to download though it works like any other spell check.

    The Decrease and Increase size options will increase or decrease the size of the text box. The top arrow is decrease and the bottom arrow is to increase. To do either one, just click the arrows.

    Switch Editor Mode allows a user to switch between the Standard Editor mode and the Enhanced Interface mode. The differences between them can be found here.

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    Signatures
    Adding Images / Animations

    Signatures can come in various ways. They can be text, images, animations, etc… How do you set up your signature? Well, good question! That is the goal I will be trying to help you achieve with this part of the Guide.

    Because signatures can be basically anything you want, it is hard to try to tell you how to set up something that is so broad. So, for my sake, I’m just going to go over three different types of signatures and how to do them. Some will be very basic and some will be a little more confusing… maybe. So let’s get started.

    1. To set up your signature, you will need to go to your user cp. To do this click the “User CP” button on the navigation bar. You can also skip the next step by going directly to the “Edit Signature” window if you user the link under “Quick Links”.

    Example:


    2. If you just clicked on the “User CP” button from the navigation bar you will need to click the “Edit Signature” link in the control panel to get to where you can actually edit your signature.

    Example:


    3. Whether you used the Quick Links or the Navigation Bar the end result is the same; a huge text box that is calling for you to fill it up.

    Example:


    4. So, what do you want in a signature: images, text, or animation? Well, let’s do all three.

    5. The first part of a signature I’m going to cover is, “How to add images/animations” to your signature. To add images to your signature you must use an image hosting site. Two good sites to use are www.imageshack.us and www.photobucket.com. I’ll show you how to upload images to both and how to put the uploaded images from those sites into your signature. Sound good? Well, let’s continue.

    Imageshack.us:
    Imageshack.us is a site that allows you to upload an array of image files for free. The good thing about imageshack.us is that it gives you the code you will need to use the image in your signature without you having to do it.

    1. To upload an image to imageshack.us simply press the browse button and select the image you wish to upload from the new window that pops up and click okay. Once you have selected your image click upload. You will then be sent to a screen that has a lot of different links.

    Example:


    2. The link you will want to copy is the “hotlink for forums (1)”. Copy that whole link and then paste that in your signature.

    3. (Optional) If you want you can delete the [URL=http://www.imageshack.us][/*URL] part of the code. All that does is make it so that when you click your image it will send you to imageshack.us. I’m sure you don’t want to do this though. You can however change the URL to fit your needs. Say you want to advertise your forum. Just insert your URL where theirs is and then whenever anyone clicks your signature they will be redirected to your forum.

    Photobucket:
    Similar to imageshack.us, Photobucket is an image hosting service where you have your own account. This means you have to register for one but it is much better in my opinion. Sometimes with imageshack.us they will lose the images and then if you have written a tutorial, well, all the images will be gone. With Photobucket, you control what images you delete and keep.

    So, let’s explain how to do what you did with imageshack.us with Photobucket.

    1. To upload your image/animation to Photobucket click the browse button and locate the file you want to upload. Click upload and when it has uploaded your image you will see the title, “*Upload Successful*”. This obviously means that your image is uploaded and that now you can proceed to copy the link necessary to display it in your signature.

    2. Next, you need to find the newly uploaded image/animation. Copy the code that says IMG next to it. Here is an example if you need it.

    Example:


    3. Once you have copied the link you can then paste that in signature text box. Oh, and look, you don’t have to delete any URL coding like you do with imageshack.us. Go Photobucket!

    Once you have uploaded your images / animations all that is left to do is use the signature tools if you want to center your image / animation or add anything else you would like.

    If you want to add a flash animation there is a different method of uploading it onto stickpage. You can see how that is done by following the tutorial here.

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    Email & Password
    Changing your Details

    Okay, most of this is very self explainitory.



    To be able to alter any of the information you have to enter your current password to continue. This allows people that might gain access to your account without knowing your password from altering it.



    Once you have entered your current password you can choose to change your password. To change your password you must enter it twice in box text fields. The forum will let you know if the passwords don't match.



    With your current password entered, you also have the option to change your email address. To do this enter your new email address in both text fields.

    Hit "Save Changes" to save your settings.

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    Optional Information

    Like the title sugests, all this infomation is optional. Most people like to fill it out however. So I'll explain what everything does.



    A Custom User Title is a phrase or title that is displayed under your Username. This can be any text based phrase. I've included mine in the screenshot. To set your own type your phrase in the text field and then hit submit changes. If you already have a Custom User Title and want to make a new one you can check the box "Reset" and your title will be deleted.



    So, date of birth or your birthday is pretty standard on most forums. This is where you can set it on ours. The instructions are very simple and easy to follow. You enter your month, day, and year of birth. You can change the display order by clicking on the drop down menu and you can clear the fields by selecting clear.



    This feature allows members of the forum when they view your profile to see your website. This is an effective way to advertise your forum or website. To use this feature just type your website address into the text field and hit sumbit changes. Your website will then appear in your public profile.



    Okay, so now it comes to contact information. This is where you can let people know how to contact you. So, if you have any of the instant messaging programs listed you can type your email address you use so that people can then add you to their friends list or whatever. If you decide to do this it will be publically seen under your profile. If you only want a few people to know about your email address, then you should not list it here.

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    These last text fields in the Profile are for you to enter any information about yourself. The only fields that are displayed are your location, interests, and hobbies. The location is under your Username and the rest is under your public profile. None of the information has to be correct.



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    Options
    Login & Privacy

    The image describes exactly what that option will enable if you check the box. Your Username (which everyone knows) and your email (which everyone might not know) will be available to download by anyone. If you want your email to be secret you should not check this box. It is as simple as that.



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    Options
    Messaging and Notification

    This next set of options deal with the private messages and options for them.



    It is recommended that you keep the first options checked because it is the only way administrators can easily keep in contact with you. It is another way you can stay up with news concerning the forum if the admins decide to send out an email to everyone.

    The next option means that your email will be visible to everyone on the forum. This means your email will not be private and anyone can send you junk. Who knows, there might even be people who submit your email address to spam site so they can send you junk mail. I would suggest keeping this option turned off.



    Subscribing to a thread is a good idea if you are eager to get a responce. Other than that reason given, I would not suggest it. If you subscribe to a thread, every reply will be notified and an email will be sent to your email address saying that a new post has been made. This feature is very annoying and if you forget to stop subscribing and the thread is a very active one, you might be getting a new email account within a week.



    These next options are for private messages. Minus the first option, the last new are ways to notify you of a new private message. Regarding the methods of notification, I would suggest not choosing the second method because again it involves sending an email to your email address which in turn can result in a lot of emails. The last method of notification is better than the email. When you log on or load the page a pop up will appear notifying you of a new message. The only bad thing to this is that if you have a pop up blocker then it will block the pop up.

    Keep the first setting because that is the only way people can get in touch with you.

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    Options
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    So, these options listed allow you to control what you want to see on the forum. If you don't like seeing a multitude of avatars or signature or even images you can turn all those options off and just see usernames and locations. These options are on by default but can be changed. These options can be useful however if there is a spam attack and someone posts inappropiate images that you don't want to see. Just uncheck the box for images and you won't be able to see them anymore. When the spamming is over then you can turn back on the setting.



    Okay, the setting that you have on right now is Linear - Oldest Post first. This means that the first post of the thread is the first post your see. The next option is just the opposite. The oldest post is last and the newest post is shown first.

    The last two options are the same. These last two options put a scroll box at the top of the thread that contains links to all the posts that were made in that thread. This can be helpful or not.

    Example:




    This option is very simple. It allows you to set how many posts you want per page. The forum defualt is 10. You can change this number to anything you would like. If you change it though, it will just make scrolling down longer.



    This feature allows you to set the time limit that you want threads to be shown. You can set it so that after 2 days of inactivity a thread will not be shown anymore unless you search for it. This feature can be good or bad. For my purposes I just leave this setting on forum default.

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