We also enjoy the gear that we used to sell and struggle with the web and what if offers us in terms of sharing our passion and thoughts. Some websites offer things we like. Some websites charge for membership even though our content has helped build their site.
Taking our inspiration from Facebook, we are trying to build a website that has all the elements people already enjoy on other websites but bring it all under one roof.
So here is the plan.
Waterproofs4you will be a community website for the people. It’s down to the community to make this work. Some people will dive straight in and post lots of content, others may pop along every now and again and share some thoughts and others will just pop along to watch.
For the first year of its launch, Waterproofs4you will be 100% free for all to enjoy. Then at its first anniversary, the plan is to introduce different settings for different users.
If you are a supplier, manufacturer or involved with selling, this community will always be free in the hope that you will use it to keep your potential customers updated with what you have to offer.
If you are the kind of person who likes getting involved with the community and post images, thoughts, stories and contribute to the website, then likewise this site will always be free for you.
However if you are the kind of person who does not want to share thoughts, images or contribute then you will be moved to a plan that lets you see basic information on the site, but some areas will be blocked. You will have to pay a membership fee to gain access to those areas. The fee will be small but has not yet been fixed (we are happy to have a detailed conversation with members about this, but our original thoughts are between £10 and £30 for a year of access).
The system to control all of this is based on points and how much you interact with the website. the more you post the more points you gather and so on. If you keep above a certain level then the site will always be free.
Some people may get to the point where they are asked to pay and offer up some images (that are either not ones they own or ones that have already appeared on the site) and if these images are found to be copied from other places or repeated, our admins will delete them and readjust the points balance back again, meaning that certain areas of the website will be blocked.
If anybody is interested in becoming an admin, then please let us know. The main admin person here is @admin. Or search for Jacketbound in the members area and send me a message.
The website is designed for you. We want you to share thoughts, experiences, images, stories, videos (hopefully coming soon but for now you can post links to online videos). The more content we create the richer the community will become.
Below are some details on specific parts of the website. If you need more details on how certain areas work, then please let us know and we will try and add some guides as to how to do things.
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This website is a private community. If you are not registered and logged in, none of the content of this website is public.
So you can be comforted in the knowledge that none of the website will be viewable unless somebody has registered to become a member.
There are also lots of controls in your account settings to play with that give you extra levels of protection. You can also create images or albums etc that can be private, or viewable only to people you are connected to, rather than the entire community.
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You are able to upload images in a variety of formats and places.
You can insert images into your wall feed, your blogs, you can create albums and make them public of private. You can add images into the group discussions or even send them to people in your messages.
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For the moment we all have the ability to add links to videos that already exist on the web. You can place these links into wall feeds, blogs and most other places.
We are looking at having the ability to upload your own videos and have the run on this website, but for now that is not possible.
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Every user has the chance to have their own blog. This can be accessed on your main profile page. When you click on Blog you are shown any existing blog entries which you can edit at any time.
Alongside that is NEW POST. This allows you to start creating a blog entry and add images into it. You can also add a featured image which acts as a main image when others see the overview of your blog post.
Please take time to play around with this feature and see how it works.
If you are not comfortable with the blog side, you can always add thoughts via the WALL FEED where you can add images and text as you like.
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The sidebar on the left gives you immediate access to lots of things relating to you. So for example you can see your groups, your discussions, your messages et.
The sidebar menu can open up and expand by clicking on the icon at the top that looks like 3 lines. Clicking there also closes the menu down again.