BIKER NET WEBRING HELP FOR AOL MEMBERS
Hello fellow AOL members. You need to know right away that I am not the BIKER NET WEB RING management. I am only a poor aol'er who has learned a bit about the problems with html code and graphics for AOL users. Because Bonnie is not using aol, she cannot help you with the html code, so I have made this page to help aol members to get their Webrings up and working. I hope the following helps you. You can Email me any time for help with your webring, and once you have it working, I can also get your site's webring activated, just send me an email and let me know when your code is up.
THE HTML CODE YOU NEED TO COPY AND PASTE ON YOUR PAGE WILL NOT GO THROUGH THE AOL MAIL SYSTEM CORRECTLY.
You can now get your code as soon as you join the webring, it will be generated for you. But, if you are not ready to add it immediately, you can get your customized code here. Just enter your site ID # and password, and you will find your code at the bottom of that page.
Now to help you with your graphics!
IMPORTANT! Your graphics may not show up on your page for anyone except other AOL users!
Believe me, it's a drag. I had 50 pages up with AOL before I found out why so many people wrote to say my graphics weren't showing! I had to refind all my graphics, and redownload them all. Plus, my first webring couldn't get me added because my graphics for the ring weren't showing up! I could see them, and other AOL'ers could see them, but no one else could.
What happened is, AOL has a "compressed graphics" option that is automatically ON when you install AOL. AOL uses this to try to make graphics load faster from the web, to help speed things up. Well, with this option on, the graphics that you save from the web are also compressed (the aol browsers way) and although AOL'ers can see them, other browsers can't!
This problem is easy to fix! Go to the top tool bar on your aol screen, and choose "members". Then, choose "preferences", and then WWW. Next, click on the "graphics" tab. You will see a small box checked, and it asks if you want to use compressed graphics to speed up your loading time. UNCHECK this box! I can't remember if you need to restart your computer, but I think you should. The only way I can think of for you to check which of your graphics are showing for other browsers, and which are not, is to download Netscape (it's free) and view your page....but, be warned, it could be ugly! My backgrounds didn't even show!
Now your Graphics. There are two ways to do this.
1) Upload the graphics to your ftp space, called "My Place" (If you don't
know how to do this, there is a tutorial in keyword "My Place"; or; you can
use the "image" option to add the images to your page, then publish the page.
The graphics will be uploaded. After you have done this, you can replace
the GRAPHIC FILE NAME in the code with this...
You can also bring your page up on the web, right click on the graphic, choose "properties", and copy the url of the graphic. Then, just paste it in your code in place of GRAPHIC FILE NAME.
2) Use the "image" option in PPII to put the graphics on your page. Now, view the page in edit. Right click on your page, and choose "view source". Find the file name of the graphic. For instance, if the graphic is in C drive, in a folder titled Graphics, the file name would look like this... "file:///C:\Graphics\graphic_name.gif" or "file:///C:\Graphics\graphic_name.jpg" Now, replace the the GRAPHIC FILE NAME with this.
Be sure to get the file name right, make sure you use upper or lower case letters...whichever applies, and be sure you specify either a gif or jpg.
OKAY, IF YOU DID ALL THIS CORRECTLY, THE WEB RING GRAPHICS SHOULD SHOW ON YOUR PAGE BEAUTIFULLY! IF YOU NEED ADDITIONAL HELP, E-MAIL ME.
This is how the webring should look on your page.
This is not a working webring.
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