FAQs

How to use Lewisham Gardens

  1. How do I make a blog post?

    1. Enter a title for your blog post

    2. Tag your blog posts with up to three subject categories- this helps  other posters to find your posts. 

    3. Use the Editing Toolbar to make your posting more attractive- see the image below.

    (WYSIWYG stands for What you see is what you get!)

     

    TIP. You can illustrate your entries with extra content. You can add photos, videos and links to other content on the web.



  2. How do I make a forum post?

    Choose the forum in which you wish to post and click 'Start Discussion'

    1. Enter a title for your blog post

     

    2.  Use the Editing Toolbar to make your post more attractive- see the image below.

     

    TIP. You can illustrate your post with extra content.

    You can add photos, videos and links to other content on the web. How to add images and links to your post



    3. Click Submit and you're done. You have 10 minutes to  make any edits to your post. 



  3. How do I add an image to my post or calendar entry?

    1. Once you have decided which image you wish to use- you have to host your image. It takes only a few seconds to do.

    • Go to Tinypic.com- a free image hosting service.
    • Add the image from your computer ('Choose file') 
    • If your image is from the internet; right click the image and select copy image url (the exact internet address of the image). 
    • Next, choose a size for your image-  640x480 or 320x240 are best.
    • Click 'upload now'- it will take 5 seconds. 
    • You've now hosted your image - you're nearly there! 
    • To use your image, select the bottom link labelled 'Direct Link for Layouts' and copy it (right click then copy or hold down Ctrl on your keyboard and press C.).
    • You're done!

    2. Back on Lewisham Gardens- click the 'add image' button (see image below). 

    • In the box, paste your new tinypic link. (Right click then paste or hold down Ctrl on your keyboard and press V.)

     

    3. Click ok and you're done! you've hosted and posted your image!




  4. Can I use any old image?

    Posting pictures is a fun and quick way to illustrate your posts and to share your life with other gardeners. Lewisham Gardens has a few common sense guidelines it would like you to keep to:

    The rules about posting pictures:

    Please keep it clean.

    Pornography, violance, nudity, gore are unacceptable. This is a gardening site; eel worms and pigeon damage should be as unpleasant as it gets.


    Copyright: Please ensure you are the owner of the images you are publishing on this site. Dont link to just any old images you find on the web, you must get permission from the copyright owner first! (Modified January 2013).


    Respect for privacy.

    Not everyone wants their pictures on the web, especially in a *local* forum. When posting pictures of friends or relatives, please make sure that it is with their consent.


     Photo size.

    Please be aware that not everyone has broadband and a huge, bandwidth hammering photo will not be appreciated. Please re-size large photos or host them else where and link to them.



  5. How do I add a link to my blog post or calendar entry?

    1. To add a link to another site or webpage. 

    • Find  the page you want to link to.
    • Highlight the URL in your browser's address bar. (The URL typically begins with "http://", "https://" or maybe "ftp://")
    • Now copy it: hold down Ctrl on your keyboard and press C. (On a Mac it is Cmd-C) 

     

    2. Click the link button- it looks like a chain-link. (See the image below).

    • In the box, paste  the address of the webpage you want to link to. Right click then choose paste or hold down Ctrl on your keyboard and press V.  
    • If you want to link to an email address, use the following format with no gaps: mailto:[email protected]

      

    3. Click ok and you're done!



  6. How do I use the green Dashboard at the bottom of the screen?

    How to use The Dashboard.

    The Dashboard is the green tool-bar at the bottom of your screen. From there you can control and enhance your experience of Lewisham Gardens.

    1. Live Chat.

    This feature enables you to talk or type to other people online at the same times as you.  Click the speech bubble on the right of the tool-bar and see who is online. Sign in and start chatting! Note: Video chat is not possible at the moment.

     

    2. One Touch Content Sharing.

    From The Dashboard you can share Lewisham Gardens' blogs and posts people elsewhere. You can also send content directly to your Facebook or Twitter accounts.

    Click the red share button. Then choose your sharing method. 

     

    3. Instant photos

    The Dashboard also gives you one touch access to our Live Share Photo Galleries.

     

    4. You are in control!

    You can toggle The Dashboard on and of by clicking the down arrow on the right of the tool-bar.


  7. How do I search Lewisham Gardens?

    1. You can search from the green tool-bar at the bottom of your screen. 


    2. If you are in the Forums or in News and Blogs- you can also use the search function at the top of the page.

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