ALT-WEBRING HELP
- GETTING STARTED

This list will get you started and will give you an idea of the steps to take in creating your new webrings.


DECIDE ON A TOPIC
How broad or narrow do you want the scope of your ring to be? For example, if it's a Cats ring, are ALL sites about moggies welcome to join or do you want to restrict your ring to sites about Persians only?


DECIDE ON A TITLE
Keep it short, snappy and descriptive of what your ring is about.


MAKE A HOME PAGE
A ring's home page generally contains an introduction about the scope of the ring, the requirements that sites need to meet to join the ring and admin instructions for member sites.


MAKE A CUSTOM NAVIGATION PANEL (Optional)
This part is optional because the system will create a basic navigation panel for your ring automatically. But if you want to, you can create a custom navigation panel with a logo graphic and your own set of navigation links.


MAKE A LOGO GRAPHIC (Optional)
A logo is important because it becomes the 'face' of your ring so take some care to design one that is distinctive and that, like the title, is one that says something about what your ring is about.

IMPORTANT: Size of logo.
Your logo graphic must not exceed 250x250px and it must not be larger than 25Kb. Limits have to be set to preserve bandwidth (the higher the bandwidth the slower the site becomes for everyone).


ONCE THAT'S DONE...
Click here to create your webring (or find the 'Create a webrings!' link found in the top left-hand corner of every alt-webring page).

Once it is created, go to the Ring Admin Login Form (top right-hand corner of all alt-webring pages) and login, and then customize your ring's Admin pages as follows.

Click the 'Appearance' button to get a page where you can upload your ring's logo graphic and set various options.

Click the 'Customize' button if you want to edit the default navigation panel code to your requirements.

Set up the Join Ring and Edit Site forms on your ring's home page, and then be the first site to join your webrings, so as to test everything out.


DON'T FORGET THE HOUSE-WORK
Maintain your webrings at least once a week. Visit the queue, and check all inactive sites regularly. Add those with the HTML code for the navigation panel on the correct page, and delete the duds. Send an appropriate email to the ones that can't be added yet.

Check applicants that have been in the queue for your allotted time. Delete those that have exceeded your limit, and send them an appropriate e-mail.