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Help: Adding a listing

NB. Our editing forms for adding items to Virtual Lancaster do not yet display as well as we'd wish in some browsers. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer as your browser you may find it easier to switch to Chrome or current Firefox before adding content.
If that's not an option for you, you can still go ahead, just please read this very brief and simple advice first.

Before you start
How to add a listing
Saving
Title
Main mage
Teaser
Body
Listing Type 
Tags
Linked Pages
Ready For Publication? 
Revision Log
Preview

Want to come back later and change something?

Before You Start
To add a listing you 
must be logged in. If you don't already have a login, you can create one by clicking the Log in / Register link. (Top right)
By submitting content to Virtual-Lancaster for publication you agree to be bound by our Terms of Use. Please read them

Please note: 

  • We are only able to give free listings to businesses, group and organisations based in the Lancaster & Morecambe area - this extends south as far as the northern edge of Garstang and North as far as Arnside.
  • Out-of-area listings may be accepted if they comply with our terms of use and local community interests. A fee of £5 per year is required for out-of-area listings. 
  • We do not accept listings that don't contain a link to the business or resource website or social networking site.
  • Links to sites displaying content that is unsuitable to be viewed by minors may not be accepted. We do not accept listings for organisations involved in gambling or sex trade. 

How to add a listing to the Virtual-Lancaster website. 

  • You can add a listing for a local business, a service, a place, an attraction or an organisation, or a local group, venue or performer or indeed any other useful / ineresting local resource.
  • Your listing must contain a website and/or social networking link for the resource your are listing. 
  • Your listing won't be published unless you have clicked the 'Ready for Publication' box

Click on the 'Post Your Item' link in the menu across the top of every page. 
Then, click on one of the 'Add a listing' links. (This link will only work if you are logged in already.) A new page like a form will appear.  

Saving. Remember to save whatever you enter using the Save button at the bottom of the form before you exit for any reason or your work will be lost. You should keep a copy of your original article yourself as VL cannot accept responsibility for lost work.  


Title: The title of your listing should be the name of the thing being listed, such as the name of a company or organisation. The title forms part of the URL of the listing. If you change it after it has been published on VL, the URL will change too. This will break any external or related page links you or others might have made to your listing (i.e. on social media). So try to pick a title that will keep. 

 


Main Image: Adding a Main Image is optional. If you do it will appear on the right in your listing. Part of it will appear as a thumbnail with the Title + Teaser next to links to your listing.  
If you don't add a main image, your listing will automatically have the default main image, which is an outline image of the British Isles with Lancaster and Morecambe picked out on it. 
Image files must be less than 5 MB. Allowed file types are:  png, gif, jpg or jpeg. Images must be between 400 x 300 and 1024 x 768 pixels (H x W) or they might not come out right. If you aren't sure, try it and see if it is accepted. An image may be considered inappropriate for the VL website if it is unsuitable to be seen by a minor. Such content would include images trading on violence or sex or unlawful activity. Or if it's just really gross. 

To add an image, click the 'Select' button. Then pick one of the five tabs that appear in the Media Selector:

  • To UPLOAD an image from your computer, click 'Choose file' and browse for and open your image file. Then click the 'Upload' button. When your file is loaded, click 'Next'. 
  • To copy an image already on the WEB, enter its URL. You can find this in most browsers by right clicking on the image. Don't copy images that are copywrite and that you don't have permission to use, such as other people's photos or artwork. Then click 'Submit'. 
  • You can search the MEDIA BROWSER which holds all the images that we have collected. You can search by name, by entering tags or by date range. (To add a date, e.g. 25th February 2017, enter it in YY-MM-DD format, ie 17-02-28).  Then click 'Apply'. Select your image and click the 'Submit' button at the bottom of the page. Don't use copywright images without the owners' consent.
  • YOUR MEDIA contains images you alone have added preciously. 
  • STOCK MEDIA contains image that are frequently useful on the website. Don't use copywright images without the owners' consent.

If your image is new, you are give the the options of adding a caption (that will appear under your image), 'alt' text (words that appear if a mouse rolls over your image), a Title (for people using audioreaders), and tags 'Tags' are the search words you'd use if you were looking for your image. I.e, if your picture is of a dog, put 'dog'. 
Then click 'Save', After you have saved your image you will have the option to remove and replace it later. 


Teaser: The Teaser is a sentence or two that appears with the Title in links to your listing. The teaser should give a basic description of what your listing will tell people if they click on the link. It 'sells' your listing and is the part of your listing that will be seen first and most.  A good Teaser might contain the words that people would use if they were searching for a resource like yours.  If the location is relevant, you could indicate it.  It's up to you. Maximum length is 300 characters. The Teaser is itself a link to your full listing. It can't include other links. They won't work. 


Body. If you are using Internet Explorer as your browser you need to read this FIRST. 
The 'Body' is the text people will see when they click through to your listing. It isn't displayed anywhere at the same time as the Teaser, so that information needs to be repeated here. 

Use the row of icons along the top of the 'Body' field to format the text and insert links. If you hover your mouse over them, text labels will appear to tell you what each one does.

Don't forget the important things, such as the link to your website or networking page (or your listing won't be accepted)  and any relevant contact details, such as the phone number and address. If you think these might change, or you aren't sure if you will remember to come back to update this listing, it can be better just to link to a website where details are kept up to date, than leaving information here that may soon grow obsolete, as this can be frustrating for users. 

Listing Type: These are all the different categories available for ​listings. Scroll through them until you find the category you want to add your listing to.
(Tip: You can use the Ctrl + F 'Find' function to find the category you are looking for.)
Click on your selection to highlight it and then click on the '+' button so that it appears in the right hand column.  To remove a category from the rght hand column, click on it to highlight it and then click on the '-' button. 

Can't find the right category for your listing?

Tags: These are the search words people might use to find your listing, or listings like yours. Or the search terms you want your listing to answer to. Put a comma after each term.  Keep it simple. 


Add Linked Page: These are other pages already published on the VL site, (listings, events or articles), that are relevant to your listing.  Links to these pages will appear in the right margin on your listing's page when it is published. Just start typing the title of the page you want to link to and the form will give you a drop down list of possible options to choose from.  Suggested Linked Pages could be:

  • a venue or related organisation listing 
  • a listing for a different service from the same company 
  • another event featuring the same organisation or artist
  • a news story about the resource you are listing

These linkages work both ways. Your listing will also appear in the right margin of the Linked Page. You can add more Linked Pages by clicking the 'Add another item' button. 


The 'Ready for Publication?' tickbox: All items have to be checked over by our Moderators before they can be published. To submit your item to the Moderators for publishing, you MUST tick this box before you save the page. You can save your work to return later without ticking the box and it will not be queued for moderation. You can always come back and re-edit your listing anytime by clicking on its link on your account page
Once it has been published, any new revisions you make of it will have to be passed by a Moderator again before they can replace the previous version. 

NB: You cannot 'unpublish' a listing once it has been published. Only a moderator can remove published content. But you can edit it and submit a new revision of it, or add a request for deletion in the Revision log message box and save that as a new revision.  
Remember, it will only be submitted for the Moderator's attention if you tick the 'Ready for Publication' box.

Listings or new revisions left dormant and unready for publication for more than 2 months may be deleted when a 'housecleaning' is scheduled.  


Revision log message: You can leave the Moderator a message here about your listing or any changes, if these are not obvious. 
If the Moderator has to make any significant changes or if they deem it unready for publication they can log an explanatory message here for you. 

Preview: This is not what your listing will look like. Your listing will have the same layout as other listings do. (Yes, it baffles me too.) But you can check through it for typos and line spacing errors.  The Preview page is at the top of your edit form so just scroll down to return to it. There is a 'Save' button at the foot of the page. Don't forget to save your work before you close or exit the page or you will lose it. 

Want to come back later and change something? You can come back and edit an item you have authored anytime you are logged in by going to its page (you will find a link to it on your account page), and clicking on the 'Edit' tab. Remember, your new revision will not appear until it has been moderated. It can only be submitted for the Moderator's attention if you tick the 'Ready for Publication' box.

 

USING INTERNET EXPLORER (IE) TO ADD CONTENT ITEMS

When you are editing your item in the field of the form titled 'Body':

  • When addling links or email addresses, please do not use the hyperlink icon above the field to hyperlink them. Clicking this icon may freeze your window. You would have to close it and start over again.  To avoid this, simply write / copy in your URLs as ordinary text. Our moderators will take care of any required hyperlinking for you.
  • When you click into the 'Body' field your cursor may become 'drag-and-drop' (cross-shaped).  If so, click a second time into the 'Body' field to change your cursor into a text cursor (I - shaped). Then you can go ahead. We apologise for the clunkiness of that field in some versions of IE.

We are working to correct these issues as soon as possible. In the meantime, we greatly appreciate your spirit of can-do.

 

 

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