In order to be able to do anything on this blog, other than read it, you need to become a member. The reason for the membership requirement is that my intent is, and always will be, to keep this as a social group of friends that know that they can talk freely amongst themselves without fear of abuse from strangers. It is a kind of ‘chat room’ in effect, with myself doing the moderation of comments before they go live (the bouncer in other words). This structure is designed to keep the site relevant, friendly, helpful, and informative. In order to become a member and contribute comments (or even posts) to this site, you must register.
Registration with the site can be done by clicking on the ‘Log In’ link at the top right of the home page (you can always immediately get to the home page by clicking on the header picture). WordPress will ask you for a user name and a password. If you are not already a member of this site, click on ‘register’ and fill in the details. This will take you to your site dashboard, where you can change your password, add details about yourself, and a whole lot more, depending upon your level of membership.
From here onwards, provided you are logged in, you will be able to add comments to posts (and more if your membership allows). If you are logged out and have forgotten your password, you can get a reminder emailed to you from the log in screen.
On this site, we have 5 levels of membership. These are:-
- Administrator – Somebody who has access to all the administration features
- Editor – Somebody who can publish and manage posts and pages as well as manage other users’ posts, etc.
- Author – Somebody who can publish and manage their own posts
- Contributor – Somebody who can write and manage their posts but not publish them
- Ordinary Member – Somebody who can only manage their profile
Everyone starts out as an Ordinary Member by default but, if requested, I am more than happy to ‘promote’ members to other positions if I believe that such a ‘promotion’ would help to improve the blog in any way.
There are several members already that might like to become contributors with the idea being to keep us up to date with projects or teams that the company has supported. As a contributor does not have the permissions to publish their postings, there is no fear of them accidentally doing anything wrong and making a mess of things.
Examples of contributions would include:-
- Photos and team results about the Aberdeen Spitfires,
- Photos and results from Kettlebell competitions,
- Updates from the Moonlight Prowlers,
- Photos and reports from our followed schools in Rock Challenge…..etc, etc
In addition to membership levels, this site supports two types of Subscribers.
Subscribers are people (members or otherwise) that get an email message sent to them every time a new posting is made to the blog. Visitors can subscribe to the whole blog or individual posts. In order to subscribe to the whole blog, simply enter your email address in the box on the right margin on the home page. You can get email notifications on particular posts by ticking the appropriate box in the ‘Leave a reply’ area at the bottom of each posting.
I hope that this has clarified a lot of points and would like to believe that we will now start to get a lot more activity on this site from its members. If you have any suggestions, please let me know by becoming a member and posting a comment.