Help - Submitting a Page

This short tutorial is intended to help you getting started with your first Travel Guide contribution.

Attn: We have made some recent upgrades. Especially uploading and adding pictures has been greatly improved.

For a list of general Questions, please see our FAQ. You may also contact us or use the Forum for feedback.

We do recommend, that you compose your text at your leasure using a Word Processing Program such as Word or Openoffice. Or that you type it in a simple text editor. Store your documents locally before uploading anything.

We will now show you how to upload and edit your files and how to create Images and embed them in your documents.

In case you wrote your article in Word, it is best to use Internet Explorer to create your Page, as Word creates rather nasty HTML code. Our Text Editor is capable of cleaning the code, which works best in Internet Explorer.

You should probably keep this window open, while doing all your editing in another window. To open a new Window and start adding your page you can click here, or open a new window manually and go to CONTRIBUTE -> Add a Page to the Travel Guide.

The screenhots below are from a recent article that was submitted via email. Some of the features are administrative and will not be available to you. 

The main edit page should look something like this:

Main Edit Window

Fig1. Screenshot of the main edit window.

As you can see I have given the article a meaningful title and selected a geographic area and Interest. This will make it easier to find the article, since it will be put in the appropriate categories in the left sidebar under Location (Area) and Activity (Interest).

If your Area does not exist yet, you can either contact us and let us create the new area or you can file it under Uncategorized and let us move it later.

If you scroll down on the page a little further, you will see our main editor window. Here you will create your travel page.

The main editor functions are below the text field.

Fig.2 Editor Functions

Start by pasting your document into the text area and formating it appropriately.

In order to add images to your document, place the cursor where you want to insert the picture. Then click the button marked in Fig. 2 (the little blue camera icon).

This will bring up the Image Assistant window.

Image Assistant

If this is the first time you are uploading images, you will not see any images here (it shows only images uploaded by you). Instead click the Upload button.

Upload function
Fig. 4 Upper half of Image Upload Function

Even though images in the travel guides are only thumbnail views, they all can be clicked for a larger view. All of this is done automatically. Images that you upload should be around 500 pixels (or more) in the longest direction. Thumbnails and Galleries are generated automatically.

Enter a meaningful title. The title is the most important thing for search engines to find the image. Then select a gallery (in the example I selected Australia). Again if your country does not exist, let us know and we will create the gallery for you.

Click the Browse Button and select the image on your hard drive. Please do not copy some elses images without permission !

In the body field, you can give a more detailed description of what the image shows.

When you scroll down, you will see a field labeled "Related Books". Here you can enter the ISBN of books that you would recommend users to read to find out more about your article/picture (ISBN are separated by comma without empty spaces)

Hit the Submit Button.

The image will now appear in the Image Assistant window.

Insert Image into Text
Fig. 5. Add a picture to your Travel Guide.

You will then see a form similar to the one shown in Fig. 5 (with less option). Please do not change anything exept the Alignment if you want a picture on the right side. Simply hit the "Insert" button to insert the picture into your document. Leave "thumbnail" selected. This will insert a smaller version of your picture. When someone clicks on that small version, he will be taken to the larger pictures (This will help us keep all documents looking the same and save bandwidth).

The image will now appear in your document. Even though the Editor is as close as it gets to a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor, some functions appear different. For instance the image is only seen as an outline (see screenshot below).

Image Preview 

Hit the preview button at the bottom of the page to see how the final document will look like (due to some CSS formatting, your text will have a colored background in the preview, that is not the case in the final document).

Final Image

In the actual document, the image will be placed like this. With the title and the description shown below the image.

Formating Tips

Usually we insert an image in the upper left corner of the article (right before the text starts). On that one we usually delete the Description for the Thumbnail (see Fig.5) as this looks cleaner.  

Advanced Tips

In order for your article to show up on the world map you can enter the Latitude and Longitude of your location:

Latitude and Longitude

(Currently we need to manually refresh the cache for the world map view, as it is very compute intensive, so it won't show up immediately).

There are many "hidden" features waiting to be uncovered. For instance you may wish to show your readers how to get to a destination on a map inside your article. You can easily create a macro for Google Earth and insert it into your article with ease. Read here: Creating Google Earth Macros

A short tutorial on resizing images will follow soon.

If you have trouble adding documents you can contact us for help. We will assist you in uploading your content.
If you are still not able to upload, send us your material and we will be happy to add everything for your.

--The Staff

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