Web site FAQ

Using This Web Site

Quick guide for members

Accessing the web site
I've forgotten my password, or I have never been supplied with one.
Changing your password
Changing your user name
Setting or editing your profile
Adding a photo so it appears every time you post
Reading forums
Posting to a forum
Post a for sale/wanted advert
Submitting a flight to the flight diaries
Viewing flight diaries and forums via email clients
Submitting a flight to the XC leagues
Adding a photo to the gallery
Opting out from club emails
Allowing other members to email you
Setting up RSS feeds
Setting up the web pages as you like them
Setting up your mobile phone to send and receive site reports
Setting up your mobile phone to receive weather reports from Newhaven NCI station

Accessing this site

  1. Enter your SHGC number as your username and password, or if you have received special instructions, enter the username and password you have been given.
  2. Click on the Log in button. You will then see the SHGC home page, with the members menu.
  3. Click any of the options in the members' menu to access the forums, flying diaries etc.

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I've forgotten my password, or I have never been supplied with one.

If this is the first time that you have visited this site, your user name will be your SHGC membership number

  1. Click on the Request new password text underneath the login button.
  2. Do not click on the 'login' tab.
  3. Enter the user name that you use on this site. (your SHGC number if this is your first login). Do not put leading zeros in front of it.
  4. Click on the Next button.
  5. The 'login' tab is still there. Do not click on it.
  6. You will be asked a security question. Enter the answer to that question in the box provided.
  7. Click the Next button.
  8. The 'login' tab is still there. Do not click on it.
  9. A Message will appear, somewhat similar to the one below:
    A one-time login link has been created. Click here to reset your password.

  10. The 'login' tab is still there. Do not click on it.
  11. Click on the 'here in the message above
  12. Another message will appear, somewhat similar to the one below:
    This is a one-time login for "Your user name" and will expire on "Next day's date and time"
    Click on this button to login to the site and change your password.
    This login can be used only once.

  13. Click on the login button.

This will log you in, and take you to your account details page. Change your password now in the password fields supplied. Also change the security question, if this is your first visit. If you logged in with your SHGC number, change your username to something more human; your name/nickname/whatever. Later on, you can change these details by selecting My account on the menu.

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Changing your password

  1. Click my account in the menu at the top-left of every screen. Your user account page will appear.
  2. Click the edit tab.
  3. Scroll down until you see the Password heading. Enter your new password in the two fields provided.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Submit.
  5. Click Home at the top of the window, or any of the options in the menu at the top-left of the screen to access website content, forums, links, your account information, help, etc.

You can also update your security question A variety of questions can be set here. Select one for which only you know the answer, and write in your answer underneath. If you forget your password, you will be asked this question, and have to give the same answer. Lying is allowed, as long as you can remember your lies!

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Changing your user name

  1. Click my account in the public menu at the top of every screen. Your user account page will appear.
  2. Click the edit tab.
  3. Scroll down until you see the Username heading. Enter your new user name in the field provided. It does not have to be your actual name, but it must not have been used by someone else.
  4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Submit.
  5. Click Home at the top of the window, or any of the options in the menu at the top of the screen to access forums, links, your account information, etc.

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Setting or editing your profile

  1. Click my account in the menu at the top-left of every screen. Your user account page will appear.
  2. Click the edit tab.
  3. Click on the Profile button that appears below the tabs.
  4. Fill in or change the profile fields as required and click the Submit button to save your changes.
  5. Click Home at the top of the window, or any of the options in the menu at the top-left of the screen to access website content, forums, links, your account information, help, etc.

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Adding a photo so it appears every time you post

  1. Click my account in the menu at the top-left of every screen. Your user account page will appear.
  2. Click the edit tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Picture field and click the Browse button.
  4. Select the picture file you wish to use from the File Upload window, and click Open. Please make this no more than 85 by 85 pixels, or it will overflow its allotted area.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Submit button to save your changes.
  6. Click Home at the top of the window, or any of the options in the menu at the top-left of the screen to access forums, links, your account information, etc.

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Reading forums

  1. Click forums in the menu at the top-left of every screen.
    • To read the postings to a discussion topic:
      1. Click on the name of a forum (in blue type) on the main Forums page.
      2. Click on the title of the topic. The topic, all comments to the topic, and all replies to the comments will appear.
    • To read your own postings to forums:
      1. Click My discussions near the top of the window on the main Forums page.
      2. Click on the title of the posting you wish to read in the Post column.
  2. Click Home at the top of the window, or any of the options in the menu at the top-left of the screen to access website content, forums, links, your account information, help, etc.

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Posting to a forum

  1. Click forums in the menu at the top-left of every screen.
    • To create a new forum topic:
      1. Click on the name of a forum (in blue type) on the main Forums page.
      2. Click on Post new forum topic near the top of the window.
      3. Type in the Subject and Body fields, and select a category from the Forums drop-down list.
      4. Click Submit at the bottom of the window.
    • To add a comment to an existing topic, or a reply to a comment:
      1. Click on the name of a forum (in blue type) on the main Forums page.
      2. Click on the title of the topic (in blue type) to which you wish to post.
      3. Click on add new comment or reply at the bottom of the posting or comment to which you wish to post. A Reply form will appear at the bottom of the window.
      4. Type in the Subject and Comment fields and click Post comment. Your comment will appear at the bottom of the window.
  2. Click Home at the top of the window, or any of the options in the menu at the top-left of the screen to access website content, forums, links, your account information, help, etc.

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Post a For Sale/Wanted advert

Either:

  1. Click on Add Content in the members menu, then choose Personal advert on the page, or the sub-menu.
  2. Click on Classified in the public menu. The current adverts will appear on the page. Select the link at the top of the first page to post an advert of your own, or click on Post an advert on the sub-menu.

Complete the form, and your advert will appear at the top of the page. Click on the home button to return to the main menu. You may alter your own adverts by selecting the edit tab, and correcting your advertisement. Similarly, whne the item is sold, you can remove the item by selecting the edit tab, and then hitting delete.

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Filling in a flight diary

The flight diaries are linked to the cross-country tables.

There are two ways of entering a flight diary.

  1. Click on Add Content in the members menu, then choose Flight on the page, or the sub-menu.
  2. Click on Flight diaries. The list of recent flights will appear in the browser window. Select the Submit a flight entry on the sub-menu, or from the top of the page.

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Submitting a flight to the XC leagues

The flight diaries are linked to the cross-country tables.

Fill in a flight diary as described above, then open up the XC Flight Details section by clicking on it. Fill in the fields presented to you there. They should be self-explanatory. The claimed distance must be in km. Entering any non-zero value here will create an entry in the league. The actual distance will be calculated from the turn-points entered. If you enter a triangle flight, the program will calculate the distance from turn points 1,2 and 3, ignoring the take-off and landing.

If you have a GPS trace of your flight, you may attach it to the flight diary entry by opening up the File attachments section, and using the Browse button, locate your file on your computer. Attach your file by hitting the Attach button.

Finish off my hitting the Submit button at the bottom of the form. Your flight will immediately be updated into the XC leagues. You can look these up by selecting XC Leagues in the members menu. N.B. These XC tables are quite independent of the National XC league. If you want to enter the National League, you will have to do so via the National League web site.

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Adding a photo to the gallery.

Select Add Content from the menu, and then Photo for the gallery from the sub-menu. (This item is not on the displayed page due to technical reasons). This takes you to the 'Gallery 2' programme, which runs independently of the SHGC web site software. You can add a photo to most of the albums displayed. Click on an album to display its contents. If you do not see a sidebar on the left hand side, click on sidebar on the top right of the page to display it, then click on add items to add your photo(s).

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Changing how the web site looks

Select the My account menu entry, then select the edit tab.

  • Theme configuration. We have offered you two 'themes'. Each one presents the web site contents differently. The default theme is called shgclite, and has a grey background for the text. The shgc theme has random pictures behind the text. It's a bit of a dog's dinner, but Des created it in a mad moment, because he likes dog's dinners, so you may too! In time, there may well be additional themes offered, depending on how may beers Des and I get offered.
  • Block configuration. Here you can tick off the items you want displayed in the third column of your browser window, if you have selected the shgc or shgclite themes.

    1. From the forums This is a list of the five most recently active forum topics.
    2. BBC Brighton Forecast This is the weather for the next 3 days for the Brighton area, from the BBC. It is also available from the weather menu item.
    3. WindGuru Brighton Provides a live forecast from WindGuru for the Brighton area
    4. Hang gliding and paragliding news feed latest items This provides a list of recent PG and HG articles from the internet, via Google.
    5. List of upcoming events. This is a list of the next 6 events coming up in the SHGC Diary.
    6. Gallery image block This provides a random picture from the gallery.
    7. Messenger This provides an instant messaging facility, so that you can communicate directly with your fellow pilots. Good combined with the list of those on-line below, so that you can talk on-line. When activated, the block will flash at you 'You have X messages' as a link. Click on the link to read your messages, and reply to them. You can also write a short message from the front page. Make sure you mark the messages received as 'read' or the messenger block will keep flashing at you, until you do.
    8. XC Weather This provides the feed from XC weather for Shoreham Airport.
    9. Who's online This is a list of those members on-line and active in the last 15 minutes. If you see someone on this list, you can use the instant messenger mentioned above to contact them.
    10. Who's new This is like the on-line list, but shows newly-joined members.
    11. What's new Shows you the last five items that have changed on the site and how long ago.

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Opting out of emails

Select the My account menu entry, then select the edit tab.

Page down, until you reach the check box Opt out of mass emails. Tick here to opt out of emails from the club. But please don't. We won't be sending many to you, and when we do, it will be because they're important. It's unlikely that we will send you more than one a month.

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Allowing contact via email from other members

Select the My account menu entry, then select the edit tab.

Page down, until you reach the check box Personal contact form Tick here to allow other members to contact you via email. They will not be able to see your email address, but will be able to use the contact form on your profile pages.

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