WHEW! I have been wanting to update the look and features of the forums for sooooo long, to be honest, it terrified me. But, I finally jumped right in and I am quite pleased with everything.
When a subscriber logs in she will see links to areas that she has paid for. If you subscribe to the forums you will see a ‘Forums’ link in the upper menu area. When you click to access the forums you will come to an index page that has 3 areas. The top has a fabulous search box that searches all of the forums and comments.
UPDATE 8-1-20 PLEASE BE PATIENT, I AM WORKING ON THE GLITCH THAT DOES NOT SHOW THE LINK TO START A NEW TOPIC. IT WILL BE WORKING SOON. PROBLEM SOLVED! JUST CLICK THE ‘NEW DISCUSSION’ LINK TO START A NEW TOPIC IN A PARTICULAR FORUM.
UPDATE 7-27-20 THE FORUMS PAGE NO LONGER SHOWS GROUPS/FOLDERS. ALL THE FORUMS ARE LISTED ON THE FORUMS PAGE AND YOU NO LONGER HAVE TO JOIN A GROUP TO HAVE FULL ACCESS TO ALL THE FORUMS.
I WILL BE WORKING ON THE GROUPS AT A LATER DATE. FOR NOW THEY ARE HIDDEN.
The second area is boxed images that are ‘Groups’. These groups are folders that contain one or more Forums. The third area has all the most recent Topics and Comments in the Forums.
UPDATE: A Sister suggested that the word Groups sounds isolating, and I agree. So, I am going to make an executive decision and change the name Groups to ‘Folders’.
The Forums are only visible and accessible to paid subscribers, others will not even see the menu links even if they sign in; nor will they be able to access them if they had the links. Once a Sister cancels or her subscription runs out she will no longer be able to see the links or access the private pages.
The new ‘look’ is not just a pretty face, it has other added security features that I really like. The new ‘Folders‘ are simply placeholders to organize all of the many forums that I had created over the years. I have made the Folders ‘private’ for an extra, extra layer of security (okay, I am a little OCD on security). To get access to a Folder simply click on it and you will see a link to request access (from me) Just click that and I will get a notice and grant you access. You only have to do this once for each Folder.
Within each Folder is a list of forums. You must join a Folder to get all that access, so you must request access for each of the Folders. Right now there are 6 Folders, so please request access to each one. Trust me, it’s worth it.
I have tried to simplify things and make them as intuitive as I can. Clicking the ‘Forums’ brings up a page with photo boxes of each Folder and a really great Search box. Just type in a word or phrase and it will bring up a list of all the Topics and comments with that word or phrase. You will have to be specific or the search will return hundreds of pages! It’s all pretty organized, and so much easier than before.
I’ll keep adding information here as needed–so be sure to keep checking this page for more information and comments at the bottom. There are many more features, but I don’t want to overwhelm you right now.
I never know what each of you need until you tell me. So please, let me know what you need. You can email me at JoAnn@sisterhoodofsupport.org or comment below.
Hugs to all. ~ JoAnn