ICollectAvon Help

This online help section contains information helpful in navigating and contributing to this site. It is under early development and may not yet have answers to all the questions you have.

Frequently Asked Questions

As questions come up about this site, we will be adding them to this FAQ.

How do I submit a classified ad?

In order to post an ad on the classified section, you must have a paid membership .

If you already have a paid membership, be sure you have logged in with your username and password. Click on classifieds in the navigation bar or menu and you will see a submenu named post an ad. Clicking on this will take you to the submit classifieds page where you can enter all the ad info.

User Guide

Welcome! This guide describes how to get started with a ICollectAvon . The guide covers basic topics such as registering for an account, logging in, changing your account settings, and creating content.

ICollectAvon is a content management system powered by Drupal. Its goal is to help users compose and present web-site content such as articles, photos, and other content types. Drupal is a "dynamic" system - rather than forcing users to specify a fixed, pre-declared arrangement of content, Drupal takes care of the details of how information is arranged and presentated, and lets users focus on the actual content to be displayed.

Most of the content on a Drupal-based site - the text of this page, for example - is stored in a database. Text and images are submitted by filling in forms via a web-browser. When visitors view a page, Drupal gets the relevant bits of content from the database and composes all of the components of the page in a template. This makes it easy to quickly add or change content, without requiring knowledge of HTML or other web-technologies on the part of the person providing the content.

Depending on the configuration of the Drupal site and the user-roles you play with respect to that site, you may be allowed to contribute or edit content. Fortunately, Drupal is designed to make this relatively easy. Very little technical knowledge is assumed. Though details may vary with a site's configuration, the basic process involves these steps:

This user guide will explain these steps and familiarize you with the basic information you need to use Drupal successfully.

Registering as a user

To add or edit content on a Drupal site, usually you have to first be registered as a user. (Sometimes the site administrator has chosen to enable "anonymous" posts of things like comments, in which case you can post them without registering.)

In some cases, a site administrator will add you as a user. If so, they will send you a user name and password that you can use to log on.

Otherwise, look for a small form called “User login” on the main page of the site you want to register with (usually on the right or the left of the page). Click the link that says "Create new account".

The next page that comes up will generally have some information on the site's policies for registration. After reading them, to register, enter a user name of your choice and an email address to which you have access and hit "submit". Then check your email account. Within a few minutes, you should get an automatically-generated email confirming your registration and giving you an initial password to use. Now you're ready to log in.

Logging in

Before you can add or edit content, you usually need to log in. If you haven't already done so, register as a user, see above (or, if applicable, request that your site administrator register you). Then hit the main page of the site you're wishing to use and look for a "User login" form. This will typically be on the left or right side of the page (it is a "block" in Drupal talk). Enter your user name and password and hit "submit".

Assuming everything's working as planned, when the new page loads it will include a new block with your user name at the top. This is the menu you use to start entering and editing content.

Changing your account settings

Once you have registered with ICollectAvon you can change settings to control information about yourself and also your use and experience of this site. To see what tweaks you can make to your account, log in and then click on my account in the navigation block (that's the one titled with your user name). Click on the edit tab.

Account Settings. You may see a different collection of settings than is presented here, depending on what features have been enabled on your site.

password
Enter in a new password in both fields to set it. ICollectAvon sends you a default password that is often hard to remember, so it is recommended that you change your password to something you can easily remember.
block configuration
The site administrator may make some blocks (chunks of content that are usually displayed in a left and/or right column) optional. You can enable and disable the display of these blocks by checking and unchecking the boxes next to them.
signature
If comments are enabled, you will be able to set a default signature. This will be copied into new comments for you automatically, but may still be edited.
time zone
Your site administrator may allow users to set their time zone. This will cause all dated content on the site to display in local time, according to the offset you enter here.
theme
A "theme" is the basic look and feel of a website. Sometimes a particular site will have more than one theme installed. If the site administrator has made more than one theme available, you will be able to select what you would like the default theme to be for your account.

As mentioned earlier, different site-settings will cause different fields to be displayed on your user account page. See the documentation for individual modules for instructions on how to use these additional options.

Additional Information. Aside from the account settings tab, you may also see additional tabs, titled according to the information they contain. Some examples might include "Personal Information", "Workplace", etc. These are controlled by the profile module, and allows you to enter more information about yourself. Please see the profile module for more information on this.

Editing and deleting content

To edit or delete existing content, log in and then bring up the page you wish to edit. Look on the page for an "edit" tab. Depending on your user permissions, you might see this on all pages or only on certain ones (e.g., those that you yourself submitted).

Clicking the edit tab will bring up a page with a form for changing the page. Here you can change the text and settings. Once you have the text and settings in a suitable form, click on the "Submit" button on the bottom of the form. Note that certain sites may be set up to require you to "Preview" the page before you can submit your changes.

If you wish to delete the page (and you have appropriate permissions), click on the "delete" button near the bottom of the form. You'll get a second chance to confirm that you wish to delete the page--or to change your mind!

Note: Because Drupal is very configurable, there may be additional ways of editing and managing content. Please check the documentation for your installation, ask the Drupal administrator, or consult with another user for details.

Search

The search facility is turned on or off by your site administrator. If it is on, you will see a box for entering your search terms and a button labelled "Search". it will be on the header of the page, or in one of the blocks on either side of the page.

Like most search facilities, enter a word or words you want to search for and click the button.

The wild card * performs the usual function of searching for “everything that starts with”

Multiple words are searched as A or B, i.e. it returns pages that have one or more of the words. There is no search only for pages that have both A and B.

The search engine gives greater weight to words used in headings or highlighted. It does this by assigning weights (multipliers) for scores of words inside certain HTML tags.

                Header h1 => 21
Header h2 => 18
Header h3 => 15
Header h4 => 12
inside a link => 10
Header h5 => 9
Header h6 => 6
underlined, bold, italics => 5

You can only search on individual words, not phrases in quotes. There is no sorting by date or other parameters.

When searching for numerical data such as dates, IP addresses or version numbers, it considers a group of numerical characters separated only by punctuation characters to be one piece. This also means that searching for e.g. '20/03/1984' also returns results with '20-03-1984' in them.

The dot, underscore and dash are simply removed. This allows meaningful search behaviour with acronyms and URLs.

With the exception of the rules above, search considers all punctuation, marks, spacers, etc, to be a word boundary.

You might also consider using Google. Start your query with "site:example.com", so you would enter

site:example.com my search query

or use the "Search this site" button on the Google toolbar.