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When I use e-C for my web site do you also provide a dial up connection to the Internet?

We supply an email alias - not an internet connection - that is we set up a rules file so an email coming in to our server for gets automagically (and transparently) forwarded to

If next week another Internet service provider gives you a great deal and you lose your current isp email address we simply change the rules file to point to your new ISp email address and the email keeps on coming through rain hail snow and sunshine...

I have a link on my page, when I click on it I want it to open in a new window. How can you get it to do that?

To do this you will have to access the html code - tick the "Edit HTML" checkbox in your page editor window - and place " target=_new" within the opening ANCHOR " a " tag... of your link

eg.
a href=http://www.mynewpage.com target=_new My New Page /a

I've layed out all my website content in word processor and are proceeding to paste it into the e-c editor, but it doesn't look quite right and when I try to change it using the editor tools they don't seem to work. What's going on?

Whenever you are adding new content/pages to the site make sure you don't copy your text/layouts directly from a word processor eg. Wordperfect or Microsoft Word, as it also copies through all the processors background page formatting - this can make quite a mess in the e-c editor and makes it very difficult to alter using the editor in many cases.
Always paste your text from Wordperfect/Word into "Notepad" first, then copy from there into the editor - once pasted into the e-c editor, use the tools available there to bold / colour etc. your text.

Also be aware that a stylesheet has been set up with a specific font to suit your site design, that is automatically applied to your in-page text - This should cause all of your pages to gel and look smart - so you shouldn't really need to alter the font face/family via the editor.

I have been looking at my Track Reports (available via the button on the main e-c editor menu)... Um - how does this work again?

" Site Name" - Domain Name: Shows your domain name (strangely). site_name: This is the page/file that's been viewed. Count: number of total visits during the time period specified.

" Site Referrer Page" - Domain Name: as above. site_ref: These are the pages that have been linked from to get to the pages/files seen under "Site Name" above. Count: number of total visits during the time period specified.

" All Pages" - Site Name: This is the page/file being viewed. Site URL: This is the page where the link is found pointing to that page/file.
"All Pages" matches up the "Site Name"s and their "Site Referrer" pages as seen above.

...and the totals at the bottom are just that - either the total number of pages viewed (under "Site Name") or the total number of pages linked from (under "Site Referrer Page").

When I click on a page to edit - the editor loads but displays the following message - whats happening?

This is an advisory message that tells you that someone else may be editing the same page. It also displays if you exit out of the editor while editing the page in any other method than the "Save" or "Cancel" button. If you are the only person who edit your pages it is safe to ignore the message by clicking "OK"...

Is it possible to put 'bookmark' type links into a page so viewers can click on them to jump down to relevant sections on a page?

To set up an "in-page" link... highlight the text you wish to be the link (as usual) then click the "Insert Internal Link" button and select the page you are currently editing. Now you will have to do a bit of HTML...
a normal link looks like this...

a href=http://www.mysite.co.nz/thispage.asp flights /a

 

 

you will have to add a " #" at the end of the link address, followed by a name of your choice eg. " fly", this would look like this...

a href=http://www.mysite.co.nz/thispage.asp#fly flights /a

Now, further down the page, right before the area you want this link to take you to, you will have to add a "named anchor tag" to match the link above. It would look like this...

a name=fly /a

These links don't just have to be on the same page... you can have a link pointing to a certain point within another page in your site using the same method.

[ note: an anchor tag is a tag that starts with "a"... a (opening tag), /a (closing tag)... and they generally revolve around links....
eg...

a name=fly /a - in-page link destination.

a href=http://www.mysite.co.nz/thispage.asp#fly flights /a - an in-page link.

a mailto=bob@hotmail.com Bob /a - an email link. ]

I have got an Email link on my site - I want it to have some text appear automatically in the email's "Subject" line - How's that done?

When you add an email link (eg. EMAIL ME HERE ) to your page the html code in the background looks similar to this...

a href= mailto:bob@hotmail.com EMAIL ME HERE /a

to get it to have " Your new site is just AWESOME" automatically appearing in the emails subject line all you have to do is add...

" ?subject=Your new site is just AWESOME" following your email address in the code, which would look like...

a href= mailto:bob@hotmail.com?subject=Your new site is just AWESOME EMAIL ME HERE /a

When I try to insert images throughout the text on my page, it moves the text down a few lines - I couldn't seem to place the images so that the text wrapped around them. Any ideas?

OK, to get those pictures amongst the text with the words wrapping around them, you're going to have to get at the "html" code.
The basics of image placement are not too difficult so don't worry.
Say you wanted the image against the righthand edge of your page and the text to its left... First paste the image before the first word of the paragraph - this may seem like it's being put in the wrong place but bear with me - note the name of the image file.
Check the "edit HTML" tickbox on your editor screen to access the code.
It may look a bit daunting, but we can find your image easily by pressing "Ctrl" + "F" on the keyboard (bringing up a "Find" box), type in the image file name.
You will see that it is contained within a piece of code that looks like this... eg. your "tea_pickers.jpg" file...

IMG src=http://www.ectoolset.com/orbit/myimages/tea_pickers.jpg

If the image has been stretched using the editor it may have some extra data written within also (Style, width, height etc.) - It's best to work with a freshly placed image, but this will also work with one that's been manipulated using the editor.
This is an "image tag" ... therefore it's title IMG
it has currently one "attribute" - "src", this points to the location where the image is found... " src=http://www.ectoolset.com/orbit/myimages/tea_pickers.jpg"

you will need to add a few more attributes to your image tag to get the photo to "sit right"
First add... align="right" - this will cause the image to fall to the right of any text it is amongst.
Next, you don't want the text to actually touch the image so you will need a little space around it.
Add... Hspace="6" and Vspace="6" (Horizontal and Vertical space around image will now be 6 pixels).

Make sure there is a space between each attribute in the tag - see below.
Your image tag should now look like this...

IMG align=right Hspace=6 Vspace=6 src=http://www.ectoolset.com/orbit/myimages/tea_pickers.jpg

Click the "Edit HTML" tickbox again to view the results :)

You can have... align="left"for the opposite effect, also you can try different values for the Hspace and Vspace attributes until you are happy with the spacing.

I get some weird emails coming from a Fill-in Form that I have created with links to weird web sites - is this spam...? And what can I do to reduce the emails...?

Yes - this is "fill-in form spam"

There's two parts that the sad people behind think you'll do - one is to click the links to see what they are (don't do this as they may be malware links ;-) and - two - if the contents of the form are somehow visible in a page on the web site somewhere - which will help them with the search engine bait for those pages,

We can add a "captcha" to the form - this is the letter and numbers that they would need to enter to submit the form,

This may stop an automated fill-in form spam program - but won't stop a 'real" spammer,

You can add a "captcha" in the fill-in form set up from the "Main Menu" in the "Dynamic Forms" area of the EC Toolset...

 

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