a Member in the Web-Ring
As a 'soon to be' ring member, what is your responsibility?
Next, you review the available ring options
and selects a webring you would like to join.
And as you commence to join a ring, the most common
'lines to fill out' will be your website name, website
URL, website description and keywords (site tags).
It is important that ...
a.) you select a web-ring wherein your
website fits within the topic matter of that ring's
b.) your website title has capitalization
on the first letter of each word, only. Exceptions
to capitalization are words like 'the, and, of, or'.
c.) that the website URL entered is the
actual URL of the page where you intend to put the web-ring
code, unless the given web-ring directly provides you
with another option.
d.) that the description of your site
is not in all CAPS, but capitalized only where appropriate;
for proper sentence structure.
e.) that the description of your site
be spell checked.
Note: the best site descriptions are
the ones that do not suggest your site is only for the
illiterate, but that you are capable of putting together
sentences that neither shout at readers or insult their
intelligence. And, the most appealing site descriptions
also tell visitors what makes your site so special,
what your site offers that others may not; something
that tells them why they would want to visit your site.
What can you further do, to encourage
visitors to stick around and actually visit your site?
a.) Exchange vulgarity to a G-rated selection
of words, to avoid offence; gaining a larger audience.
b.) If your site has many pages, create
a sitemap/index; making it easier for visitors to find
c.) Being as society ages, their vision
diminishes ... if your text is small, making it larger
(easier to read) will help retain a larger audience.
d.) If your background is such that the
text is otherwise hard to read, consider a different
background selection or add a tiled (or different colored)
table (putting the words inside the table).
e.) Use a spell checker. Sites 'with
appeal to multiple educational levels' will retain a
f.) Remove or replace broken links and
missing graphics, so your site will never appear abandoned;
whether you are continuing to add new content or not.
What can you do, to help your
web-ring remain successful; not discouraging visitors?
a.) During times when your server is
down, your webring system may provide the option of
deactivating your membership without removing your membership.
You may have the option to deactivate your membership.
Or, that option may be available to the ring manager/ring
moderator/ring maker (names varied in different webring
systems); so you might want to notify them.
b.) If you happen to notice a member's
site that appears abandoned, no longer exists, has been
hacked, has become a porn site under new management,
has a virus, or whatever other mishap ... notify your
ring manager, right away.
What does your ring manager/ring
moderator/ring maker do?
Your ring managers has either created
a ring that meets the RingMaster's approval (the actual
owner of the web-ring system). Or, with granted
permission, they have taken over management of an existing
ring, that has been left in need of a new ring manager.
From there, your ring manager may visit
the ring's members' sites, on occasion, to see if sites
are still working, the content is still related to the
ring description, etc. But also, your ring manager
visits pending membership sites and has the power to
either approve or disapprove memberships, and remove
any memberships wherein the website or the site owner
becomes a threat to the success of the ring.
Your ring manager may also advertise
the ring, elsewhere online, to help gain more visitors
and members. They should advise and may even assist
new members in getting their memberships set up, however
needed, that their memberships can also be approved.
And, your ring manager will notify the Ring Master of
any upcoming known problems with the webring's software
Whenever there is a ring related issue,
your ring manager is the one to contact.
Most will tell you that webrings are
a dying breed, with dead rings, broken links, and ring
managers that are not at home.
And most of that is true! That is where
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