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Group for all GenealogyWise group admins to share best practices and ideas for enhancements that will help our groups.

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Three questions for all admins 25 Replies

Started by Jim Ericson. Last reply by Veronica Mensch Sep 1, 2009.

Group Sorting, within a Group 4 Replies

Started by Russ Worthington. Last reply by Russ Worthington Jul 30, 2009.

CSS discussion 4 Replies

Started by September McCarthy. Last reply by Jill Muir Jul 28, 2009.

Categorising groups 5 Replies

Started by Debbie Kennett. Last reply by M. Diane Rogers Jul 27, 2009.

Group Management 21 Replies

Started by John Newmark. Last reply by GeneJ Jul 22, 2009.

GA2GA, Best Practices for Group Admins 6 Replies

Started by September McCarthy. Last reply by GeneJ Jul 22, 2009.

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Comment by The Genealogy Box on August 30, 2009 at 9:42am
I am sure that there are minimum requirements somewhere on NING for users. It would be great if the admin of this group would point those minimums out for users!

Browser issues:

Firefox 2 will not load chat.
Opera 9.64 seems to work.
Comment by John Laws on August 9, 2009 at 10:26am
Hi Everyone
I am John Laws, a member of the Guild of One Name Studies, researching LAW, LAWE, LAWES, LAWS, LAWSE World-Wide

I have collected a huge database The LAWS FAMILY REGISTER we have our own group on this site, our own website www.lawsfamilyregister.org.uk and also I moderate the LAW@Rootsweb & LAWS-UK@Rootsweb groups, Hope we can give mutual help
Comment by Doug Tallman on July 26, 2009 at 8:32pm
M. Diane Rogers -- OK, you got me! Pardon my Americentrism, but I was speaking of the American Civil War
Comment by M. Diane Rogers on July 26, 2009 at 3:01pm
Now which Civil War would that be :-)
Comment by Doug Tallman on July 26, 2009 at 1:47pm
I've noticed we don't have a Civil War group (though we do have Confederate Ancestors). I'd start one but my interest is just in passing. Something as important as the Civil War should rightly have an admin more devoted to the subject than me.
Comment by Laurence on July 23, 2009 at 3:43pm
For more information about My page Themes, and what you can do with My page, see this Link, Ning help:
Comment by Laurence on July 23, 2009 at 3:33pm
Of course the best thing to do is create a Ning site that you can experiment with, that way any code that you input to change the way your page looks can be tested, and changed or discarded as you feel fit, without to many problems on the master site.

The trouble with Genealogywise and the way the site works, is that they have only created the site from Ning itself, in other words i should think only Ning can make a lot of those changes that people ask for!!.
Comment by September McCarthy on July 23, 2009 at 5:54am
Hi Jill,
In answer to your question about changing the header image, it looks like you could change the background color and the background image. However you cannot eliminate the masthead and sitename information. What I have been able to do (see my home page) is to tighten it up and show more of the background image of the theme I chose by making the following changes to the CSS:
1. Replaced this line: #xg_masthead p#xg_sitename, #xg_masthead p#xg_sitedesc, #xg_body, #xg_navigation ul {
With this line: #xg_body, #xg_navigation ul {
2. Deleted the following two sections:
#xg_masthead p#xg_sitename {
font-size:4.5em;
line-height:1em;
padding-top:1em;
padding-left:0;
}

#xg_masthead p#xg_sitedesc {
font-size:2.5em;
color:#000;
padding-bottom:0;
padding-left:0;
*padding-bottom:1.5em;
}

The color change is easy . . . (forgive me if I'm explaining what you already know) in the grouping:
#xg_head ( background: #fff url
the #fff is the color specification (in what is known as hex a.k.a. base 16).
The three "f"s are in fact one setting for each of the primary colors, so the possible values of each position are 0-9 (10 numbers) and "a", "b", "c", "d", "e", and "f" (the other 6 numbers). So, setting these three (yellow, red and blue) to "fff" makes the white background. On the opposite side of the spectrum, setting this to "000" will create a black background.

Before you make any changes, I recommend copying the original code into Notepad (or another text editor) on your desktop. Then make your changes, click on Save, and you will see if you like the results. If you don't like them, you can always copy the original CSS back from your text editor and Save again.
Comment by Dennis N. Partridge on July 22, 2009 at 7:21pm
Suggestion...

The GenealogyWise badge is the ugliest looking badge I've seen. Might I suggest, ahem, encourage GenealogyWise's team to let a design person create a better looking one... and this time, put the focus on the user, not advertising yourself. Once it's cleaned up, the very fact we use it on our sites and blogs will be much more impressive to the visitor then the short message you can put in it.

My 2 cents. :-)
Comment by Gail Winstanley on July 22, 2009 at 7:12pm
Debbie, that is great news!
 

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