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1. Posted by John999181 (Full Member 41 posts) 9y

Hello all

I'm a week away from setting off to China where I'm travelling from Hong Kong to Beijing. Before I go I'm trying to set up my page where friends, family and fellow travellers can keep track on me. Within that homepage I'm hoping to have all my details like a list of my previous trips shown on the world map and links to my current and previous blogs along with photos. I think I have managed to put that into place, but how do the public get to view it. The only way I get to see what the public sees is to save my profile and then I get that option "View what public sees".

Now for the question......

If the public want to see, can I set a homepage address which is easy remembered as you can if you want to refer them to your current blog...

Hope that made sence

Much confused

John

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

So you want a page with the information that shows on your profile (which can also be accessed by following the "view profile" links under people's usernames here in the forum, as well as by going to the author-view on a blog (accessed by clicking on your name underneath any blog entries)), but then you want an easy to remember URL for that page? I'm afraid we don't have that... (Although that might be an interesting thing to add - maybe using username.profile.travellerspoint.com or similar...)

I'm afraid that for now my best suggestions would be telling people to bookmark that page, or telling them where to find the link to it from your blog (click on your name, click on "Travellerspoint Profile"), or manually including the information you want to show in blog entries. (You can include both maps and photos in blog entries, and very soon we'll also make it possible to show zoomed in maps in the blogs.)

(You could also use a free "url forwarding service", but it seems like those can be either meaningful, or worth using, but not both. :/
Tinyurl is decent but meaningless: http://tinyurl.com/u9y5n, while meaningful 'services' like go.to or has.it come with email spam and/or banners.) :(

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 18, 2006, at 2:39 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

John, do you mean that you are not able to click on photos, blogs under your public profile? That confused me initially for a moment but then I realized that the left hand side of the profile page which says 'more photos' leads to my photo gallery and the link to my blog page is given directly under my name next to the profile photo. So, you do have a link to your TP blog on the public profile page.

As for adding links to non-TP blogs under TP, I don't know. I also wanted to ask on this... Sander, is it possible to add links to other personal blogs (for eg, I also maintain a blogspot travel blog which I would like to link to in my TP blog or profile) under our profile?

Regards,
Ahila.

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Quoting Sander

(Although that might be an interesting thing to add - maybe using username.profile.travellerspoint.com or similar...)

Personally, I like that idea.

Quoting Ahila

is it possible to add links to other personal blogs (for eg, I also maintain a blogspot travel blog which I would like to link to in my TP blog or profile) under our profile?

Are you speaking on a blog-roll type thing, where you would have side bar with links to other sites?

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting Sander

... maybe using username.profile.travellerspoint.com or similar...

Maybe members.travellerspoint.com/username

6. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

I would prefer to have the username first, so it is similar to the blog URLs.

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting John999181

The only way I get to see what the public sees is to save my profile and then I get that option "View what public sees".

Now for the question......

If the public want to see, can I set a homepage address which is easy remembered as you can if you want to refer them to your current blog...

Just to be sure it's clear, the direct link to your profile that you could give out to friends is http://www.travellerspoint.com/member_profile.cfm?user=John999181

This won't change anytime soon (and if it did, that link would definitely still work!) so you're safe sending out that one to friends/family if you'd like to give them a quick overview of everything. Personally I like giving out that link as it also has quick links to photography etc.

That said, that idea of a quick/easy url is definitely a good one. Will have to see how feasible that is.

There has been some talk about the option of allowing links to other blogs/favourite sites from members blogs, as it is generally an integral part of what is considered 'blogging'. I'd expect it to happen at some stage but offer no promises

Oh, and the change Sander mentioned is now also live, so you can insert zoomed in versions of your travel map directly in your blog which is EXTREMELY useful

8. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Greg: Yes. What I mean is that I would like to include under the website link under my profile, something like this..
My travel websites:
(1) Travellerspoint blog
(2) My other travel blog

Sam: Thanks. Await the link feature at some point in time. No hurry.

Merry Christmas to TP system developers and moderators! Enjoy your time off from TP! ;)

9. Posted by Ahila (Inactive 1529 posts) 9y

Sander, I just noticed on your profile page that you have exactly what I meant in my previous post...

Blogs that Sander runs
(1) ...
(2) ...
(3) ...

Blogs that Sander contributes to
(1)...

How does one add this info under one's profile?

Regds,
Ahila.

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Those links are automatically generated, and unfortunately apply only to blogs here at travellerspoint, not on other sites. (I have so many blogs because I needed them to do some testing with at some point.)