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Using this site

All visitors to this site may read the published contents without restriction.

If you want to add new content to the site, you must have an account. Please request an account using the Create and account link at the bottom of the page. All requests for accounts are reviewed by the Content Manager for the site. Only genuine members of our village will be granted an account.

For further guidance on using this site - including how to submit new content for addition to the site - please see the Frequently Asked Questions article below.

Account holders can request new topics for any of the forums on this site and may add comments to articles, blogs and forum topics. Please note that these additions are not automatically made visible to all visitors when they are entered. All new entries are first reviewed by the Content Manager and, if determined not to be appropriate, will not be published.

Account holders with specialist roles (such as the Parish Clerk or a club secretary) may also have the ability to post new content such as meeting minutes.

How to contribute to our new website

The  new website is ready and waiting for your contributions and, unlike the previous site, you can now add your contribution directly to the site. You can contribute Articles, News items, Forum topics and Events. You can suggest new topics for discussion in the various Forums on the site. You can also add your Comments to forum topics and to various other of the content on the site.

Guidance on how to request a user account so that you can add content and how to add your content is given in the article Using the site: Frequently Asked Questions and their Answers on the Help page.

Just a reminder: We have added a review step for all new content that is added to the site to ensure that we keep the level of quality we want. This means that the new item you have added won't appear on the site immediately. However, once the review has been completed, your new contribution will appear on the site where our Content Manager thinks it is best to appear.

Now, over to you to make your contribution of information that will be useful to you friends and neighbours in the village! We want our website to be lively and active. Please help by contributing.

Using the site: Frequently Asked Questions and their Answers

The following questions and answers give guidance on how to use the website from how to add articles to how to change your password.

Click the Read more button (so that you are viewing the whole list of questions and answers) then click on the question that is nearest to what you want to ask and you will be taken directly to the answer. If you cannot find the question and answer in this list, please email support@horton-cum-studley.org.uk.

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What is the purpose of the Read more button at the bottom of articles and other items on the website?

Articles and other items can be very long - up to many hundreds of word, in some cases. To avoid having to scroll past a very long article in order to get to the next article, only the first short portion (usually 600-1,000 characters) of each article is shown. The Read more button is added so that the reader can, if they want, see the full article by clicking on the button. Note: The Read more button will appear at the bottom of an article even if there is no more text to be shown. We are not able to change this.

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What are the types of content that I can submit for publication?

All authenticated users (those are user with an account to log into the website) can add any of the following items:

  • Articles
  • Events
  • Forum topics
  • News items

Additionally, some users who have special responsibilities can add additional items. For example, the Parish Clerk can add Parish Council minutes directly to the site. The Village Hall Clerk can add the minutes of the Village Hall Committee directly to the site.

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How do I submit a new Article?

First, click on the link named Add content at the bottom of the screen.

Next, click on Article in the list of types of content that you can add.

You will now be present with a form to fill in that collects all the details of the article you want to add. You only need to enter anything in the following areas of the form:

  • Title: This is required. You must give the article a title
  • Title image: This is optional. You can upload one picture/image/icon to appear at the top of your article. You can upload JPG, PNG, GIF, and JPEG files only. Files of any other type will be rejected. Click on the Choose file button and browse your computer to find the file you want to upload. Click on the file you have chosen then click the Upload button. When uploading has completed, the file will appear as the chosen file and a Remove button will appear (which you can use to remove the file if you made a mistake).
  • Body: While this is optional, an article does not have much value without some content! Type in the text of your article here. If you are reasonably experience with a word processor, you will recognise the function of the buttons along the top of the area where you are entering text. If you want, you can use these buttons to embellish your text. Word of caution: Don't go overboard with embellishing the text of your article. It may make the article more difficult to read. A few simple embellishments can make the article stand out best. Note: Please don't use the Image button. If you do want to add images to your article, please consult with the Content Manager who can advise on the proper way to do this.
  • Attachments: You can attach one or more documents to your article. The attachments must be of the type TXT, PDF or DOC. Any other types will be rejected. Click on the Choose file button and browse your computer to find the file you want to upload. Click on the file you have chosen then click the Upload button. When uploading has completed, the file will appear as the chosen file and a Remove button will appear (which you can use to remove the file if you made a mistake).

That is all you need to enter. You should ignore the bottom half of the form that includes Menu tag, Page layout tag, Display order and Push to news. These are used by the Content Manager to determine whereabouts on the site your article will appear.

Now scroll to the foot of the Article form and click on the Save button. Warning!: If you do not click on the Save button before moving away from the Article entry form (e.g. by navigating to another page or by closing your browser) your article will not be saved and the work you have done to add the article will be lost.

What happens next?

When you click Save, your article is saved on the website with a status of Unpublished. This means that it is not yet visible to other people when they visit the site. The act of clicking on Save also automatically sends an email to the Content Manager. The Content Manager will review your article and will assign the tags necessary to display the article on the website on a particular page. When the Content Manager changes the status of the article to Published, it becomes visible to everyone who visits the site.

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How do I submit a new Event?

First, click on the link named Add content at the bottom of the screen.

Next, click on Event in the list of types of content that you can add.

You will now be present with a form to fill in that collects all the details of the event you want to add. You only need to enter anything in the following areas of the form:

  • Title: This is required. You must give the event a title
  • Date: This is required. Your event must have a date. Click inside the Date box and a calendar will pop up allowing you to select the date for your event.
  • Time: This is required. Your event must have a time. Click on the hour portion of the time and enter the correct hour. Click on the minutes portion of the time and enter the correct minutes.
  • Body: This is optional. You can enter text to describe your event. Type in the description of your event here. If you are reasonably experience with a word processor, you will recognise the function of the buttons along the top of the area where you are entering text. If you want, you can use these buttons to embellish your text. Word of caution: Don't go overboard with embellishing the text of your event. It may make the detail more difficult to read. A few simple embellishments can make the description stand out best. Note: Please don't use the Image button. If you do want to add images to your description, please consult with the Content Manager who can advise on the proper way to do this.
  • Attachments: You can attach one or more documents to your event. The attachments must be of the type TXT, PDF or DOC. Any other types will be rejected. Click on the Choose file button and browse your computer to find the file you want to upload. Click on the file you have chosen then click the Upload button. When uploading has completed, the file will appear as the chosen file and a Remove button will appear (which you can use to remove the file if you made a mistake).

That is all you need to enter. You should ignore the bottom half of the form that includes Menu tagPage layout tagDisplay order and Push to news. These are used by the Content Manager to determine whereabouts on the site your event will appear.

Now scroll to the foot of the Event form and click on the Save button. Warning!: If you do not click on the Save button before moving away from the Event entry form (e.g. by navigating to another page or by closing your browser) your event will not be saved and the work you have done to add the event will be lost.

What happens next?

When you click Save, your event is saved on the website with a status of Unpublished. This means that it is not yet visible to other people when they visit the site. The act of clicking on Save also automatically sends an email to the Content Manager. The Content Manager will review your event and will assign the tags necessary to display the event on the website on a particular page. When the Content Manager changes the status of the event to Published, it becomes visible to everyone who visits the site.

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A new Forum topic is the easiest of content types to add. At the top of every Forum is a link named Add new Forum topic.

You will now be present with a form to fill in that collects all the details of the Forum topic you want to add. You only need to enter anything in the following areas of the form:

  • Subject: This is required. You must give the Forum topic a subject
  • Forums: This is required but the correct forum should already have been selected for you. Do not change this.
  • Body: Although this is optional, it doesn't make sense to leave this empty so type in the detail of your forum topic here. If you are reasonably experience with a word processor, you will recognise the function of the buttons along the top of the area where you are entering text. If you want, you can use these buttons to embellish your text. Word of caution: Don't go overboard with embellishing the text of your topic. It may make the detail more difficult to read. A few simple embellishments can make the topic description stand out best. Note: Please don't use the Image button. If you do want to add images to your description, please consult with the Content Manager who can advise on the proper way to do this.

That is all you need to enter. You should ignore the bottom half of the form that includes Link and Display order. These are used by the Content Manager.

Now scroll to the foot of the Forum topic form and click on the Save button. Warning!: If you do not click on the Save button before moving away from the Forum topic entry form (e.g. by navigating to another page or by closing your browser) your topic will not be saved and the work you have done to add the topic will be lost.

What happens next?

When you click Save, your forum topic is saved on the website with a status of Unpublished. This means that it is not yet visible to other people when they visit the site. The act of clicking on Save also automatically sends an email to the Content Manager. The Content Manager will review your new forum topic and will assign the tags necessary to display the event on the website on a particular page. When the Content Manager changes the status of the topic to Published, it becomes visible to everyone who visits the site.

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How do I submit a new News item?

First, click on the link named Add content at the bottom of the screen.

Next, click on News item in the list of types of content that you can add.

You will now be present with a form to fill in that collects all the details of the news item you want to add. You only need to enter anything in the following areas of the form:

  • Title: This is required. You must give the news item a title
  • Title image: This is optional. You can upload one picture/image/icon to appear at the top of your news item. You can upload JPG, PNG, GIF, and JPEG files only. Files of any other type will be rejected. Click on the Choose file button and browse your computer to find the file you want to upload. Click on the file you have chosen then click the Upload button. When uploading has completed, the file will appear as the chosen file and a Remove button will appear (which you can use to remove the file if you made a mistake).
  • Body: While this is optional, a news item does not have much value without some content! Type in the text of your news item here. If you are reasonably experience with a word processor, you will recognise the function of the buttons along the top of the area where you are entering text. If you want, you can use these buttons to embellish your text. Word of caution: Don't go overboard with embellishing the text of your news item. It may make the news item more difficult to read. A few simple embellishments can make the news item stand out best. Note: Please don't use the Image button. If you do want to add images to your news item, please consult with the Content Manager who can advise on the proper way to do this.
  • Attachments: You can attach one or more documents to your news item. The attachments must be of the type TXT, PDF or DOC. Any other types will be rejected. Click on the Choose file button and browse your computer to find the file you want to upload. Click on the file you have chosen then click the Upload button. When uploading has completed, the file will appear as the chosen file and a Remove button will appear (which you can use to remove the file if you made a mistake).

That is all you need to enter. You should ignore the bottom half of the form that includes Menu tagPage layout tagDisplay order and Push to news. These are used by the Content Manager to determine whereabouts on the site your news item will appear.

Now scroll to the foot of the News item form and click on the Save button. Warning!: If you do not click on the Save button before moving away from the News item entry form (e.g. by navigating to another page or by closing your browser) your news item will not be saved and the work you have done to add the news item will be lost.

What happens next?

When you click Save, your news item is saved on the website with a status of Unpublished. This means that it is not yet visible to other people when they visit the site. The act of clicking on Save also automatically sends an email to the Content Manager. The Content Manager will review your news item and will assign the tags necessary to display the news item on the website on a particular page. When the Content Manager changes the status of the news item to Published, it becomes visible to everyone who visits the site.

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I have added an item but it has not appeared on the site. Why not?

When you submit new content to our site (Articles, Events, Forum topics, News items), these new items are automatically given a status of Unpublished. Items with this status are not visible to anyone visiting the site. The reason for this is that we have decided that we want to review all new items before they are published so that we can maintain a consistent level of quality across the site and minimise the possibility that inappropriate content is posted to our site. We have appointed a Content Manager to perform this quality control role.

When you submit new content to the site, as well as setting the status to Unpublished, an email is automatically sent to the Content Manager alerting him/her to the new content. The Content Manager then reviews the new content and, after applying any editing necessary (including tagging the document so that it appears in the correct place on the site), changes the status to Published. It is only at this point that the new content becomes visible to all visitors to the site.

This is why there is a delay between the point when you submit the new content to the site and the times when it actually becomes visible to all visitors. Of course, we aim to keep this delay to a minimum but please remember that the person who is carrying out the role of Content Manager for our site does so on a voluntary basis and probably has many other commitments to balance. Your patience will be appreciated.

If you need to fast track any new content, please click on the following link to email the Content Manager.

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Can I edit items on the site? How?

Yes, you can edit content items that have been published on the site but you can only edit items that you have created.

To edit an item, first locate the item. Next, click on the title of the item. If you are the editor of the item, you will be presented with a link at the top of the item named Edit. Click on this link and your will be able to edit the text of the item (in the same way that you entered the item originally). Warning!: Don't forget to click on Save at the bottom of the item. If you forget to click on Save before going to another page of the site or closing your browser, your edits will be lost.

If you are not the author of the item, you will not see the Edit link when you click on the title of the item.

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Can I delete items from the site? How?

No. Once items of content have been published to the site, you will not be able to delete them, even if you are the author of the item.

If you want to delete an item, please click on the following link to email Content Manager who will delete the item for you.

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How do I add a comment to an item on the website?

The ability to add comments to items on the website and to see and respond to other people's comments (i.e. conduct an online discussion) is one of the attractive features of the site. However, we need to use this feature carefully. So, the comment feature has been added to selected items and content of the website. If the commment feature has been enabled for an item then an Add new comment button will be visible next to the Read more button at the foot of the item.

Similarly, if there are already some comments on the item, these will appear below the item.

To add your comment, just click on the Add new comment button.

You will be asked to enter:

  • Subject: This is optional
  • Comment: This is required. Type in your comment here. If you are reasonably experience with a word processor, you will recognise the function of the buttons along the top of the area where you are entering text. If you want, you can use these buttons to embellish your text. Word of caution: Don't go overboard with embellishing the text of your comment. It may make the comment more difficult to read. A few simple embellishments can make the comment stand out best. Note: Please don't use the Image button. If you do want to add images to your comment, please consult with the Content Manager who can advise on the proper way to do this.

Note: Your username is automatically added to all comments that you make on items on the site.

Now scroll to the foot of the Comment form and click on the Save button. Warning!: If you do not click on the Save button before moving away from the Comment entry form (e.g. by navigating to another page or by closing your browser) your comment will not be saved and the work you have done to add the comment will be lost.

What happens next?

When you click Save, your comment is saved on the website with a status of Unpublished. This means that it is not yet visible to other people when they visit the site. The act of clicking on Save also automatically sends an email to the Content Manager. The Content Manager will review your comment and will assign the tags necessary to display the news item on the website on a particular page. When the Content Manager changes the status of the comment to Published, it becomes visible to everyone who visits the site.

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I want to log on to the website. How do I request an account? 

To request an account for the website, click on the link named Create an account which can be found at the bottom of all pages on the left hand side.

You will be asked to choose a username and email address for the account. (Please be sure that your email address is entered correctly as this will be used to notify you of your new account.) You will also be asked to provide your address, postcode and phone number. These details are only requested so that we can check that all our users are bona fide members of the village or are properly associated the village (for example, members of our twinned village - St Louans, France).

When you have filled in the details, click the button labelled Create new account at the bottom of the screen.

You will not have access immediately to your new account. All requests for new accounts are processed by the Content Manager for our website. One your account has been processed, you will receive an email that contains a link to your new account. This link can be used only once and will expire (and thereafter be unusable) after a period of time so, please respond to the email promptly and click on the link.

Clicking on the link in the email takes you to your account where you will be asked to choose a password. Once you have supplied a password, your new account is ready to use.

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I have forgotten my password. What do I do?

At the bottom of the page there is a link named Request a new password. Click on this link and you will be asked for your username or the email address that you used when you first registered. An email will then be sent to you that contains a link. The link can be used only once and will expire after a period of time so please respond promptly by clicking on the link in the email.

Clicking on the link in the email takes you to your account where you will be asked to choose a new password.

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