Hi. I thought I would share a few tips on how to personalize your page here at stampTV. I know a lot of you have really customized your pages already, but this is pretty new to a lot of folks. Please feel free to add your own tips and link up your page as an example.
For starters, if you click on one of the main navigation links at the top of the page, that says "My Page,", you will be taken to a page that looks something like this...
This is your very own page and you can customize it to suit your own tastes. Most of the boxes on your page can move around.
Moving Your Boxes
To move any of the boxes on your page, just place your cursor over the heading of the box (the orange band). When you do this, you should see a little symbol with arrows pop up, like in the screen shot above. Once your cursor is in position, click and hold, then drag it to where you want it. Then just release the cursor and it should be in place. If you try to move it somewhere it can't go, it'll just bounce back to where it started and you can try again.
A lot of people like to have there photos at the top of the page, other like to have a welcome message. Just move things to where you want them. Some of the boxes can even go from the left column to the center, or from center to left.
If You Have a Blog
Do you see the box on the left that says "RSS"? For those of you that have blogs, that is where you can add your blog feed so that your posts show up here on stampTV.
Here is a close up of that box after I clicked on "edit." You just add your blog address to where it says "url." You can set it to do a full detailed view of your post, or just a title and you can set how many posts you want it to display. You can also change the title from "RSS" to whatever you would like. On my page
, I changed the title to "My Blog - Crafting the Web," set it to display one full post and dragged the box to the center of my page. Visitors can follow the link to my blog if they want to read more.
Your Photo Display
Another thing you might want to do is upload your paper crafting photos. Any photos you add here will be displayed in your photo gallery on your page. As I mentioned before you can move this box up or down to where you would like to have it. You can also set it to display your photos as thumbnails, as a slide show or just show your albums. Go ahead and play around with it. You can always change it back.
Does your page still say "Welcome, your name
"? All you have to do to give your page a new title is just click anywhere on the welcome title and a blinking cursor should appear. Delete the existing wording and change it to whatever you would like. I'm not very creative and just call mine, "Theresa's Page," but I have seen some very creative titles in my wanderings.
The "My Blog" Box
So, did you know you got a blog when you signed up for stampTV? It's there for you to use if you would like. People that already have blogs, will probably not bother with this feature, but for those of you thinking about starting one, here is one all ready for you to play around with. Don't worry, you can practice without letting anybody see.
If you click on "edit" you can change the settings for how many posts you would like to display, etc.
To start, just click on "Add a blog post," and you should see something like the photo above. You type in the title of your post and then go ahead and say whatever you would like. There are some buttons to help you edit your post. These are pretty much that same as you see when you make a message in the forums.
will make your text bold. Type in your text and highlight with your cursor, the text you would like in bold and then click on the B
will make your text italics. The U
will underline your text. The S
will create a stike though line in your text. These all work the same as the B
. Just hightlight your test and then click on the symbol you want to use. When you do this, you will see the code, but if you look below your text box and click on "preview" you can check out how it is going to look.
The strange little symbol that looks like a chain link will turn your text into a link. This is how you can link to an interesting blog post you may have found, or a tutorial, template or whatever. Just highlight the text that you want to be the link, click on the symbol and a little box will appear asking for the url (web address) of the site you want to link to.
The little symbol that looks like a picture frame is for adding photos to your post. Clicking on that will cause a little box to pop up asking you to browse for a photo from your computer and for a link to a photo online.
The last little symbol looks like a piece of paper and is for uploading files to your post.
Toward the bottom of your blog post screen, you will see some more options. You can schedule you posts to be published on a certain day or time. You can set each post so that it can be viewed by anyone, just your friends, or just you.
You can also add tags (keywords), have comment moderation, select who can comment and the all important "preview." The preview button is my closest friend. Without it, I would be lost. You can save your post "as draft" and come back to work on it later. The "publish" button is the one that makes your post go live and show up on your page. Don't worry, if you selected the post to be visible only to you, it'll be hidden from any other viewers.
The Text Box
This box is for adding any personalized greeting, HTML, widgets or whatever. You can move it around like the other boxes and when you edit the text, you will have most of the same editing buttons as in a regular forum or blog post. A lot of people have moved this box to the top of their page and typed in a welcome message to their viewers.
The comment wall is where viewers can leave messages for you. You can set it to show a certain number of messages and you can set it so that you have to approve messages before they are display. Keep in mind that if a person asks you a question on your wall, if you respond on your own wall, they are not likely to see it unless they come back and visit. You might want to reply to their wall and send them a message.
This is just all the most recent activity that pertains to you. You comments on photos, other's comments on your photos, forums posts, etc. I moved this box to the left column on my page. to get it out of the way.
There is still a lot more to cover, but hopefully this will help some people get started. Sorry to be so long winded.
Please feel free to add any advice you have or post any questions. If you have customized your page, feel free to add a link here to show it off. If you really love your stampTV page, you can add it to your signature in other forums you visit. Just be sure to follow their rules regarding links in signatures.