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Anatomy of the new Website

The first change that will be noticed is the visual presentation of the web page.A note on the screen shots in this document.Many of the screenshots will be of the entire page as displayed on a monitor at 1440 by 900 pixels.Even at that resolution, not all of the webpage is visible and the user will have to use the scroll bars to view the parts of the page that are not visible.

The standard webpage is separated into five areas. The top area is the login or authentication area.This is where the user can enter their email address and password to gain access to areas of the site that are restricted to members of the branch.

The second area is the Navigation area and is used to navigate to the different major areas of the website. By clicking on the links in this area, the user can go to the following areas:

  • Classes – The class directory
  • Newsletters – The Reel and Strathspeyper Archive
  • Bookstore – to view items available in the Branch Bookstore and order them
  • Events – Description of the dancing events that are sponsored by the branch
  • Dancing Resources – Dance descriptions, informative articles and other resources for the dancer
  • Branch Calendar – hopefully, self explanatory
  • Links – links to other websites of interest such as Branch Class websites, RSCDS HQ websites, RSCDS groups around the world, and other sites of interest.

When the user is logged into the website, they will see to other areas of the website:

  • Branch Resource – Information about the operation of the branch.
  • Branch Directory – The membership directory

The middle are is the body of the webpage where the specific information for that page is.

The next area is the bottom navigation area and functions identically to the navigation area.It is placed here for the convenience of the user who has scrolled to the bottom of the page.

The bottom area of the webpage is the page footer. This area informs the user when the page was last modified, allows the user to send email to the WEB Master, view the Website Policy, and acknowledges groups that have provided support for the site.

The Login Area

This is where the user is authenticated to determine what access they will have to the website. The first note of interest is the link on the left side. This will open a new browser window (dependant on the browser configuration in some instances) describing the features of the new website.If the window doesn’t open when you click on it, try holding down the shift key when you click it.The website uses popup windows and javascript to perform many functions. You will find links to documentation to enable popups and javascript for the branch website for the supported browsers.The following browsers are supported:

  • Internet Explorer
  • Internet Explorer 7
  • Firefox
  • Opera 9
  • Safari

Hopefully, you received an email with your password.If you didn’t, enter your email address and click the Reset Password button. A window will popup describing what is happening and you will soon receive an email asking if you really want to reset your password.This is to prevent someone other than yourself from resetting your password. Just reply to the email, no need to enter anything in the body of your reply.When I get the reply, I will reset your password and an email will be sent to you with your new password.

A note on popup windows, they generally have a Close This Window link near the bottom of the page.Click this link to close the window.

If you have your password, enter your email address and password and click the Log In button. If this is the first time that you have logged in or if you have just reset your password, you will be asked to change your password.

Enter the password you used to login within the Old Password area, and then enter your new password in both of the remaining areas.Click the Change the Password button.The nest time you log in, you will use this password. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> I can’t retrieve your password. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> They are stored using a one way encryption algorithm that makes it very difficult to retrieve the password, so make your new password something that you will remember.

You are now logged into the website.When you are done using the website, click the Log Out button to log out of the website.

If you want to change your password, you can click the Change Password button to change it.

Navigation Area

Below is a screenshot of the navigation area when the user is not logged into the website.

After logging into the website, the navigation will have additional options:

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