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    FAQ Frequently Asked Questions:

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    What is the theme? The theme of the site is “Life, The Earth and Community”.

    What is the tone? Up, solution oriented and forward moving.

    Who publishes posts on this blog? We are inviting individuals, groups and small businesses that we have seen contribute to the local community in Earth Friendly ways to participate in adding quality content to the site. By not being invited, you are not excluded. We do not know everyone and we hope to invite many others.

    So I have been invited, how do I post something? You were invited, but you need to accept the invitation and get a user name and password from the webmaster. The email address is on the business card or you can reply to the email invitations you received.

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    Who can leave comments? Anyone can leave comments but the comments will be monitored and deleted as needed. We use two spam filters for comments also. But do not get us wrong, real comments are what makes this fun…

    How will I know who published what? Each member will have their own category and can publish news, tips, announcements, articles, photos, etc in their category.
    So for example Infusion Fibers would have a category called “Infusion Fibers”.
    At the site, if you click on the Infusion Fibers link you will see all the things Infusion Fibers has published, so you can stay up to date.

    This also allows each member to be distinct, yet part of the community.

    Can the publishing members make announcements? We would love to have this site be the place that community members use to make their announcements.

    How much does it cost? Currently there is no cost, there are no fees and we do not foresee any. Donations are welcome.

    Why have a community driven site? Being community driven, the site has the potential to easily update active community members on issues of interest. Businesses, groups and individuals are encouraged to update the community on upcoming events,  (for example). Plus it will be easier to stay in closer contact than if each of us has our own individual site. Groups, small businesses and individuals with their own sites are encouraged to link to those sites within the blog as well and will be added to the blog roll. The idea is to generate traffic, create inspiration and provide exposure for the individuals, groups and small businesses that make up our active, Earth conscious community. There will also be a number of sites, linking to this blog, which will be sending traffic.

    What does VitalBodies get out of this? Traffic and the opportunity to be a part of the greater community, which is the same thing everyone else will hopefully get out of this. It is about being in touch and staying in touch and being community.

    Why does VitalBodies.net offer this for free? Even though we sell carbon neutral and solar powered web site hosting, and professionally build web sites for others, we offer this blog for free as our way to support the Earth and the local community.

    Is the site Search Engine Optimized? Yes, the site is SEO and SEF and will show up in the searches on Google, MSN and many others. Most posts will usually show up in the search engines the same day they are published!

    Are there stats? There are traffic stats that members can see, that show where the blog traffic is coming from and to what articles (posts) they are going to, and how they got there (search engine, key word, etc).

    Privacy? Yes, the stats do not reveal any privacy information and the site does not collect any private information. In effect it is just numbers, no names or IP addresses. So one might see that there were 10 views today for such and such a post with no other details than that.

    Is the site Web 2.0? The site is modern, professional-looking, 2-way communication platform. Visitors will be able to leave comments and authors will be able to respond. Adding posts is super easy. Web 2.0 often implies that the content of site is written by the users of the site and not just the owner of the site and we hope that happens here.

    What is a Blog Roll? These are external links to the members own web sites.

    Has anyone really frequently asked these questions? Not yet, but they are some of the likely questions to be frequently asked.

    Will there be any typos? Highly likely : )

    Earth Awards? Yes, see our Earth Awards page. You can get there from the main navigation.

    Business Cards? We have them just ask. They are for you, or for you to give out.

    Download-able Printable Flyer To Post On Bulletin Boards? Yes click > POSTER

    FAQ Frequently Asked Questions For Posting:

    Is it easy? It can be as easy as creating an email and sending it without even needing to log in. See our post on email blogging.

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    Is it powerful? One can compose articles with images, links, video, PDF you name it if one does log in.

    Ideal Blog Post Format? VitalBodies would like to see each post have at least image or graphic, subject, text and tags. If you can not come up with an image (even a logo) that is ok, but they are nice and make the blog more reader friendly. Also, you can add one later…

    What Programs Does VitalBodies Suggest? VitalBodies currently uses all Open Source software including the Operating System Ubuntu. We just love Ubuntu and recommend Open Source to everyone.

    For most web work you need an FTP program an XHTML editor, a program to edit images and a program to create graphics although you do not need these for simple blogging.
    For VitalBodies to help you generally, if you are new to web work, it helps if we use similar programs. To help specifically it helps if we use the same programs

    VitalBodies uses these free or Open Source (OS) if we have to be in Windows:
    Filezilla – FTP (OS): http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/filezilla_portable
    GIMP – Photo Editing (OS): http://portableapps.com/apps/graphics_pictures/gimp_portable
    Inkscape – For creating graphics (OS): http://inkscape.org/
    We liked the FREE version of HTML-kit by Chami editing when I was still in Windows. http://www.chami.com/html-kit/download/

    In Ubuntu VitalBodies Uses:

    GIMP, Filezilla, Inkscape and Quanta Plus XHTML editor and Firefox for our browser…

    In the Community Blog, you will rarely need an XHTML editor and will not need FTP.

    Changing the Size Of An Image In GIMP? Modern images from digital cameras can be way to big for the most web sites and take way to long to upload and down load. Often you will want to reduce the size of the images. In GIMP this is called SCALE IMAGE. Open an image FILE > OPEN and navigate to the image you wish to open and open it. Within GIMP choose IMAGE > SCALE IMAGE. Change the Image Size to something that works better for the web. Most peoples monitors are 1024 x 768 to 1920 x 1200 or bigger or smaller. Most web site used to be made so that the total width of the web site would fit on and 800 pixel wide screen but most web sites are bigger now. Be aware that there is the over head of scroll bars and window borders also that reduce the usable size. For the VitalBodies Community Blog, for example, most images are 475 pixels wide for display on the blog. Often though you can click on an image and see a larger version outside of the blog. The blog can handle slightly wider images, but most blog templates can not, so we stay within what more templates can handle. For a photo gallery one might want to fill the screen, but what screen? Since they are all different. 800 x 600 is a fairly safe bet but it is up to you and you might need to experiment.

    Cropping the Size Of An Image In GIMP? In GIMP this is called CROP TO SELECTION or you can use the crop tool. Open an image FILE > OPEN and navigate to the image you wish to open and open it. Within GIMP click on the RECTANGULAR SELECT TOOL and make a rectangle by left clicking and holding the left mouse button while dragging and make a rectangle, then let go of the left mouse button. You can now click in the corners of the selection rectangle you made and resize and position the selection box. Once you have the selection box the size you need, choose IMAGE > CROP TO SELECTION. See Changing the Image Size to learn more about sizes that works better for the web and resizing.

    How Do I know such and Such? How To Know Is A Webmasters Know How?

    A webmaster has to know HOW to know things. Like “HOW to KNOW” where to dump the files into the gallery.
    There are limited clues. But the clues lead one in the right direction…
    The location of the gallery is the first clue: http://yourwebsite.com/slides/minishowcase/
    Thus the images are likely to go somewhere is the slides/minishowcase directory but where?
    One might have to FTP in and look for correct folder, but at least if the webmaster starts in the slides/minishowcase directory they might get lucky.
    But how else can one really know?
    A right click on a full size image provides this clue:

    http://yourwebsite.com/slides/minishowcase/galleries/BEACH/shoreline_500x375.jpg

    Hmmm, the BEACH directory, elementary my dear Watson, elementary.