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Jun 30,2006
My text all runs together. What's with that?
Filed under: Support Tags: HTML Formatting+Text

The language used to format your data on your website and publish it on the internet is called HTML. For the most part, MyArtClub.Com looks after the formatting of data on your site so you don't have to. However when you enter your Artist Information or Art Information, your data is subject to the same HTML formatting rules as the rest of your website. Using HTML, the web will delete all carriage returns, line feeds and extra spaces that you have entered. Therefore when you enter the following data into the MyArtClub.Com Artist data entry form: Gallery ABC 123 Main Street Vancouver You will see the information on your site as follows: Gallery ABC 123 Main Street Vancouver You overcome this, you must use a few basic commands to format the text so it appears as you want it to. What are some common format HTML tags you can use on your text? Give me a break You can format the data by adding wherever you'd like to have the Internet start a new line. To get the data to appear as you want, you must enter the data as such: Gallery ABC 123 Main Street Vancouver Tag - Your It When you are adding information to your site, you can format the text with some simple commands (called tags). The tags appear between the < and > characters Provides a line break Provides a space between two lines (paragraph mark) bold text Bolds the text that appears between the tags. underline text Underlines the text that appears between the tags. Lists, Lists, Lists If you wish to create a list of items and either number the list or use bullets to denote the list, you can use the following tags. Use the tag to specify an O rdered (numbered) L ist. Use the tag to specify an U nordered (bulleted) L ist.   For each item in the list, use the tag to specify a List Item. Close the list item with To finish the list, you must close the list with either or depending on the type of list you used. For example if you where to create a list of the medium you paint in, you could format your list as follows Entering your information like this:   Acrylic   Pen and Ink   Watercolour   Your information appears like this Acrylic Pen and Ink Watercolour Entering your information like this   Acrylic   Pen and Ink   Watercolour   Your information appears like this Acrylic Pen and Ink Watercolour Email me a copy To create a link to your email address, use the following html format: myemailaddress@gmail.com where you substitute your email address for "myemailaddress@gmail.com" Link me up, Scottie To create a link to another site, use the following html format Note Use the exact symbols and (from experience!) test every time you add a new link to make sure it works: Click Here For My Other Site where you substitute your particular web address for "http://members.yahoo.com/myothersite" and where you substitute what you want to be clicked on for Click Here for My Other Site For more information on formatting your text There are many sites which offer information on formatting your text using HTML. Some sites which have introductory information can be found at: The Bare Bones Guide to HTML W3Schools: www.w3schools.com/html/default.asp HTML Goodies: www.htmlgoodies.com/primers/html HTML Code Tutorial: www.html.com You can also buy books which cover these topics at your favourite book store.   read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 10:32
Nov 25,2006
Using your images in your blogs and text.
Filed under: Feature Objects Tags: Manage+Objects Documents PDF HTML

Artists often want to include pictures of their art studio or of themselves on their recent outing in their blog. Or they may wish to display a poster of an exhibition they are in on their webpage or provide a link so that their customers can download an order form for their art. I Object MyArtClub allows artists to load these files as "objects". An object is a file with any of these extensions .jpg image .gif image .doc word document .pdf file Artists can post these files to their site and then display the file in their information text or in their studio pages or on their blog page. The objects are referenced in your test by using HTML code which MyArtClub provides when you upload the image. You can insert this HTML code into your text sections wherever you want. Remember that if you change the object, then the HTML code referencing the object changes. So if you change the object by uploading it, then you must change the references to it in your text. Enhancing your site with your images You can load your image (.jpg or .gif) and show it anywhere on your site. You can repeat images on more than one page. You simply link to the same image more than one page, in fact as many times as you like. You can adjust the Height and Width to make your object appear bigger or smaller. You can load other objects i.e. word documents, Adobe pdf files, or text files. These documents can be posters of your upcoming show or exhibition, order forms or promotional brochures, to name a few. You can include your image objects in your blog pages to show the progression of your current art work, your show photos, your gallery or studio, or perhaps the vista that inspired you painting. Here is how you do it Using the objects requires you to copy and work with HTML tags so it appears very scary to the beginner, but it really is not that hard. First you need to set your site to "manage by size" rather than "by number of images". Login in to your member site, select the link "Maintain your account". Then select "Manage your account by size of space used." Art works are loaded as per usual from the "Art" tab. The "Object" tab opens up and allows you to load your objects by selecting "Add or Maintain your Objects" The objects are loaded the same way you would load an image. From the Object Menu you can view the "BLUE text" located just below the yellow object square after loading your object. Copy and paste the "BLUE text" into your text pages anywhere you are allowed to load text. You have now placed your images or other objects for display on your pages, anywhere you like. This article was first published in the My Art News Letter #13 and #16 read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 11:04
May 31,2012
Posting videos with no following referral videos
Filed under: Utility Tags: HTML video

Posting a video on MyArtClub.Com can be done on any place where you have text fields. You may want to set up a spot on your website, under a suitable heading, or you may want to use your blog. Either way, after you post your video on Youtube, request the embed code and copy into your website. Here is an example of embedding code as it started out, before eliminating the referrals. To skip ahead, as you start to play the video, drag the bottom video progress indicator to the very end, than at the finish you will see several small video images. These are all links to other videos,perhaps to competing artists i.e. they are not referred to by the artist in question here: At the end of your video, if you don't want people to see other people's content that may be related but may as well be in competition to you here is a tip I found from a handy video tips source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-youtube-url-tricks-you-should-know-about/ QUOTE: Just add &rel=0 to the end of the url part of the embed code and you just turned off the related video suggestions! END OF QUOTE Well, I found it was not quite that easy. You need to use a different way of showing the link than Youtube provides so conveniently. First here is the actual code used in the above video (sorry to make this display on a webpage I am using LESSTHAN GREATERTHAN and QUOTE in place of the actual usual symbols): LESSTHANiframe title=QUOTEYouTube video playerQUOTE width=QUOTE640QUOTE height=QUOTE390QUOTE src=QUOTEhttp://www.youtube.com/embed/fFwS25vZdWsQUOTEframeborder=QUOTE0QUOTE allowfullscreenGREATERTHANLESSTHAN/iframeGREATERTHAN Note the part of the code to identify the particular movie is: fFwS25vZdWs (this will come in handy later) Now let's see the movie embedding code without related videos. To do this, you have to use the object embed mode. With this version you are able to edit with your particular link. Just be sure not to remove the code &rel=0 as that part of the code is what turns off the related videos. Note also in this mode that you need to say the code 2 times, vs just the one time above . I also found often a blank space would be slipped in when I copied the link in. Be sure no blank spaces are inserted or it will not work. Here is the amended code: LESSTHANobject width=QUOTE640QUOTEheight=QUOTE390QUOTEGREATERTHAN LESSTHANparam name= QUOTE movie QUOTE value= QUOTE http://www.youtube.com/v/fFwS25vZdWs&rel=0 QUOTE GREATERTHANLESSTHAN/paramGREATERTHAN LESSTHANparam name= QUOTE wmode QUOTE value= QUOTE transparent QUOTE > LESSTHAN/objectGREATERTHANHere is the result, a happy ending with a REPLAY button, no referral links: If you run into any difficulties, just email us at webmaster@myartclub.com read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 05:43
Aug 30,2012
Creating active links on any artist website
Filed under: Utility Email Support Feature Tags: HTML Instruction

The great thing about having a website is you can build in links to anything. MyArtClub.com websites design enables artists and art groups to place links anywhere there is a text box. This is done using HTML code. Please refer to our earlier blog on the many uses of HTML codes, My text all runs together. Whats with that? This blog focuses on helping you make your links active. The way many artists provide a referring web address on their sites is to write out the website or email address. While this is literally showing the link, say like www.MyArtClub.Com, it does not make it easy for the reader to activate the page by clicking on the words, like this version does: www.MyArtClub.Com . To bring the words to life, here is what you do: Link to other sites , use the following html format: Click Here For My Other Site where you substitute your particular web address for "http://members.yahoo.com/myothersite"and where you substitute what you want to be clicked on for Click Here for My Other Site Works for emails too! To create an active link that opens an email addressed to your email address, use the following html format: myemailaddress@gmail.com where you substitute your email address twice in the above, for myemailaddress@gmail.com Note You MUST use the exact symbols and (from experience!) test every time you add a new link to make sure it works! read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 11:32
Nov 10,2012
Create an Artist blog on your MyArtClub site
Filed under: Utility Images Feature Support Tags: Manage+Images HTML Email+List Manage+Site

First, be sure you want to do this, it is a commitment, which we believe is worth the rewards. You build audience, and create a legacy of text based thoughts, focused on your audience. Not sure about having a blog, read our post about why. Best practices are to be regular, so try to commit to what you can do. Content should be authentic, helpful, and targeted. Imagine who you are talking to as you write. Use words that your audience would use to search for help or information about your topic. Activate your artist blog by visiting the artist options. Click on the top bar ARTIST,(as illustrated below) and then select menu item 5, "Artist Site Options". You will then see this page below. Put a 1 in the "Artist blog" square, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the gray button "Update Artist Options" and you now have a blog! Your artist blog is automatically connected to your website. Posting an artist blog entry: Now that you have activated your artist blog, click on BLOG (see the upper red arrow illustrated below) and come to your main Blog menu. Here you can work with individual entries. On this page you can launch a new posting, see the lower red arrow. After launching a new post, you see this blank page below. Enter your text here. IMPORTANT: create your blog first in a separate word document on your computer. When you have it mostly done, copy the article, and paste it here. This avoids time out issues, and losing the blog post. As well in word programs you have the advantage of spell check. Be sure to hit the gray button "Add Blog Entry" or "Update Blog Entry"every time you change your text, or add an image. Once a blog is posted, the date is registered. Now add some HTML - the basics are simple for example, the most common code is to use to create paragraph breaks. Much more on this here Just as with all the text boxes on your artist website, this lets you create links to other references, and images! Spice up your MyArtClub blog with images! Images can be placed in your MyArtClub blog using the utility we have built in to your blogs. Add as many of your art works can be loaded in, here is how: Enter text above where you want the picture. Click "Update Blog Entry" to save. Click on "to add image" Select image to load Under the image to load, choose "Display on Left" or "Display on Centre" or "Display on right" as you wish You will see you then return to the blog page. You will see some text has been added to your blog text, this is the image data. Click Update Blog Entry to save revised text including the new image. Note you can now add more text, after the image too. Just add text below the image data, and remember to click "Update Blog Entry" gray button at the bottom to save. If you need to add space between image, or to spread out text, use the html paragraph spacer noted above. You can even add more than one image, and text following the above steps, as many times as you like. The effect is like a picture book. Imagine using it to show step by step of your image being developed! Use the Preview button to edit your blog. This is critical. You want to see how it looks, and check all your links and spacing. TIP: When you are done all your edits, copy the entire blog entry box, and save a copy on your word program - then you have all the html you figured out last time for your next time! Manage your blog posts:Click on the top BLOG menu to see your blogs. Here you can see postings by date. One very good promotional idea is to email your blog. This is an effective way to reach out to your community when you have a new blog. Do this using our built in tool available at the above page. Click on Send email. Here you can also manage comments received, and after you have a few blogs, you may want to visit this page one more time, and add tags. Have more questions about artist blogging? Let us know your ideas and issues, please comment below, or write to us at Webmaster@MyArtClub.Com Send us a request if you would like a copy of our word file with all the html that created this blog entry, it can serve as an example for you on using html, and multiple images. read more ...

Posted by MyArtClub.Com at 08:47
Jan 13,2013
Get rid of pesky ? marks for apostrophes, quotes
Filed under: Support Feature Tags: HTML Documents Formatting+Text

MyArtClub uses HTML so you have opportunity to put links everywhere you have text, and that includes links to videos etc. But sometimes there are drawbacks when you have the advantages HTML provides, and curly marks is one. It turns out that if your computer or word program inserts a curled apostrophe, or curled quote mark, the HTML code can't read it. HTML code gives the � response, meaning HTML can't interpret this character. So what to do? If you can please use a straight version not curled version of apostrophe. Basically change all the double quotes to " and the single quotes to ' marks. A better way, is to use the HTML special character codes: ' for apostrophes, " for quotes, ‐ for dash and © for copyright symbol. Other special character symbols are shown in full here. By the way, the HTML names sometimes work, but I find the HTML number codes always seem to work, so may be the safer choice. I suspect not every browser supports the names in the same way as the numbers, which no doubt came first in HTML development. Let's show how this works. For example, Ian's "painting". would be: Ian 's " painting ". You could try just typing in the straight (not curly) versions of the characters, such as Ian's "painting".Sometimes writing in the text in Word pad (as opposed to MS Word, which adds formatting and curls the characters) will give you the straight, not curled, versions. That may be worth a try too. But in my experience, the results have been mixed. So somewhat resignedly, I find it easiest to write in the code for one apostrophe, copy the code I mean type in the ' once, copy it, and then paste it where ever there turns out to be a � character that is an apostrophe. Then do the same for quote marks, type in " and copy it and paste it around all the quote marks Bit of a big pain I admit, but it always works. And if you want you can use the MS word program Find and Replace feature to speed this up. Using that you can type as normal, and then review and replace all the codes. Big tip: Important! If you update the blog live, and then go back and do it again, some of the corrections will re-occur as problems. Best advice is if you save a copy of your blog in word, you can do all your substitutions there, of quote marks and other characters, and then you can copy paste the entire corrected copy again and again. Do you have any questions on this? Email us at webmaster@MyArtClub.com read more ...

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