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How to Search for Information

  • Enter the word or phrase you are searching for in the Search this site: box at the top of the screen and click Search.
  • On the page displayed click on the title of the article you wish to read.
  • The site is re-indexed every hour so any new material submitted by members will take up to an hour to be available in searches.

How to Set up your own club

You must have created an account with Village Yak and before you can create a club. To read how to create an account scroll to the bottom of the page.

  • Click the Add Content Link
  • From the list displayed choose Club
  • Type the name of your club in the Title field
  • Enter a description of your club in the Description field. This is show to potential new members.
  • You will probably want your club to be visible to everybody so do not click the Private Club box.
  • Choose one of the options form the Membership requests. These options allow you to control how people join your club. The easiest method is o choose open. This will allow anyone to join your club. The only danger here is that someone may join just to load up malicious material anonymously. If this happens then it is recommended that you change you membership request type to Moderated. Moderated will prevent people joining your club without your permission.
  • Click on List in groups directory to list your club in all the web sites appropriate menus.
  • Click on Registration form to invite anyone signing up to Village Yak to join your club when the join Village Yak.
  • Enter whatever details you like in the Mission Statement field. Simply enter the text you want to appear to describe your clubs purpose. If you know how to use HTML then basic HTML can be used here to format the display. If you do not know how to use HTML to improve the appearance of your listing then contact Village Yak and I will help you to get started.
  • You may add files or images to your Club's description that interest parties can download. These may include for example membership terms and forms.
  • Click on URL path settings a field will appear. This is an optional field but it is recommended you type your club name as it improves the visibility of your club to search engines.
  • Click Save to create your club.

How to Advertise an item you have for sale

You can insert classified adverts for free on Village Yak. Your adverts are just the same as you would put into your local paper with the exception that on Village Yak you can change them at any time and run them as often as you like. Before you can submit an advert you must have created an account with Village Yak. To read how to create an account scroll to the bottom of the page.

  • Click the Add Content Link
  • From the list displayed choose Item for Sale
  • Read the message at the top of the screen - You have responsibilities if you sell items!
  • If the you cannot see Audience below the message then you must join Marketplace to place your advert - Do this by clicking Clubs at the top of the screen and following the instructions. The only club you need to join to advertise goods or services for sale is Marketplace.
  • If the you can see Audience and the clubs you belong to but Marketplace is not shown then you must join Marketplace to place your advert - Do this by clicking Clubs at the top of the screen and following the instructions. The only club you need to join to advertise goods or services for sale is Marketplace.
  • Type a name of you item in the Item field.
  • Choose a category from the drop down list. If you cannot find a suitable category then leave the category set to none and send me a message telling me the name of the category you would like to use. (Use the Contact Us tab at the top of the screen to send me a message)."
  • Choose the condition of your item from the drop down list.
  • Enter the price of your item.
  • If you need to charge a Delivery Charge then enter the details. You can show that there is no delivery charge by writing something like "Collection Only:
  • In Contact Details give the buyer the information they will need to contact you. You may want to leave it for them to click your signon name and send you a message. You must remember to use Village Yak frequently to see if anyone wants to buy your item. You could leave a phone number here but beware that it will be available to be seen everyone.
  • The Advert Duration will be automatically set to start listing your Advert immediately for three weeks. You can change the dates if you like. The maximum you can list an item for is one month. If your item is not sold during this time you can change any of its details and alter the 'Advert Duration' to give yourself another month. Adverts are automatically removed after a month so that the site is not cluttered with out of date sold items when sellers forget to remove them.
  • If you have images to add then click the picture icon in the Event Details section. The image Properties panel will appear as shown below. Click the "Upload" tab and you will be able to locate the image on your PC using the "Browse" button and send it to the web site by using the "Send it to the Server" button. The image will then appear on your listing. Village Yak - How to load images
  • If you want to load a thumbnail image that will show against the title of tour item in the 'for sale list' then then click on Image uploads. Click the Browse button to find the thumbnail image on your computer and then click the upload button.
  • Enter whatever details you like in the Description of Item field. Be as clear and detailed as possible. Don't hide any flaws or shortcomings - if your item is not "as new" then people will not expect perfection. be displayed.
  • Click Preview to see what your advert will look like when published
  • Click Save to store your advert.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Change an Advertisement you have listed

  • Click the link to your advert in the Marketplace section
  • Click Edit - you will now be able to change anything you want to. To delete your advert scroll to the bottom of the page and click Delete.

How to Advertise an event you are organising

You must have created an account with Village Yak before you can advertise events. To read how to create an account scroll to the bottom of the page.

  • Click the Add Content Link
  • From the list displayed choose Event
  • Type a title for your event in the Title field
  • Enter whatever details you like in the Body field. Simply enter the text you want to appear to describe your event. Take care to make sure that if you need to enter contact details then you do so without mistakes. If you know how to use HTML then basic HTML can be used here to format the display. If you do not know how to use HTML to improve the appearance of your listing then contact Village Yak and I will help you to get started. You can add pictures here once you have uploaded them to the site - read on a bit to find out how to do this.
  • If your event has a start time then click the Event has time box.
  • Enter the date (and time if needed)
  • If your event last for more than one day then enter the date the event ends.
  • You can restrict the event to a particular club (or clubs) by ticking the box next to the club(s) required in the Audience section. If you cannot see the Audience section then it means that you have not joined any clubs. You must be a member of a club to be able to restrict an event to it. If you do not restrict the event to a club(s) it will be available to everyone - which is probably what you want anyway!
  • Click on URL path settings a field will appear. Type your event name here. This field is is optional but for regular events it is useful as it makes it easier for search engines to find your event - so make sure that everything is spelled correctly!
  • If you have images to add then click the picture icon in the Event Details section. The image Properties panel will appear as shown below. Click the "Upload" tab and you will be able to locate the image on your PC using the "Browse" button and send it to the web site by using the "Send it to the Server" button. The image will then appear on your listing. Village Yak - How to load images
  • Click Preview to see what your event will look like when published
  • Click Save to store your event.

How to create a 'blog'

You must have created an account with Village Yak to use this feature. To read how to create an account scroll to the bottom of the page.

  • Click the Add Content Link
  • From the list displayed choose Blog entry
  • Type a title for your blog in the Title field
  • Enter whatever details you like in the Body field. Simply enter the text you want to appear to describe your business or service. Try to be positive and list the benefits that your customer receive. Take care to make sure that you enter your contact details with out mistake. If you know how to use HTML then basic HTML can be used here to format the display.
  • If you are a member of any clubs then the Audience section will be visible. You can tick each of the clubs in which you want your blog to appear. If you do not tick any club boxes then your blog is available to be seen by everyone.
  • If you have images to add then click the picture icon in the Body section. The image Properties panel will appear as shown below. Click the "Upload" tab and you will be able to locate the image on your PC using the "Browse" button and send it to the web site by using the "Send it to the Server" button. The image will then appear on your listing. Village Yak - How to load images
  • Click Save to store your blog.

How to Find a Business

  • Click the Local Businesses Link
  • A list of business will be shown sorted into business categories. Within each category the businesses are listed alphabetically.
  • Click on a business to see a page showing the businesses full details.
  • To email a business you can click on the email link within their entry. Each entry also contains a telephone number and a brief summary of the business.
  • To see more details about the business click on the business name.

How to Recommend a Business you have used

You must have created an account with Village Yak and before you can recommend a business. To read how to create an account scroll to the bottom of the page.

  • Click the Local Businesses Link
  • Find the business you want to recommend in the the list displayed.
  • Click on the Add new comment link
  • Enter the subject line. Hopefully something like 'Great Service" "Excellent Value" Highly Recommended" etc.
  • Enter whatever comments you want to appear in the Comment box.
  • Click Preview to see what your comments will display like.
  • You can then make further changes or click Save to save your comments.

How to advertise your business or service

You must have created an account with Village Yak and joined the Business Club to use this feature. To read how to create an account scroll to the bottom of the page.

  • Click the Add Content Link
  • From the list displayed choose Business Page
  • Type the name of your business in the Business Name field. If you sell more than one service then you may want to create a page for each service. eg) "Johns Photography - Portraits" and "Johns Photography - Picture Framing"
  • Choose a suitable category from the drop-down box
  • Enter whatever details you like in the Business Details field. Simply enter the text you want to appear to describe your business or service. Try to be positive and list the benefits that your customers receive.
  • Fill in the Contact Name, Telephone Numbers and your business address in the appropiate boxes. You can also add a website address if you have a website.
  • If you have an brochures or images you can add them by using the File attachments and Attached images links to load them to the website. Customers will then be able to download them from your business page.
  • Click Save to store your page.

How to Create an Account with Village Yak

  • Click Create new account
  • Think of a username you would like to have
  • Enter the name and your email address into the two fields shown. MAKE SURE YOU TYPE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS EXACTLY RIGHT or you will never receive your password!
  • Tick any groups you would like to join. This is optional and you can always update it later.
  • In the 'Personal Information' panel enter the name of your village. All the information in this section is optional and will not be visible to other users.
  • Type the name of the Village you live in and click Create new account at the bottom of the page.
  • If you want to advertise a business or service then complete all the fields in the 'Business Information' panel. The information you record in this panel will be used on the business pages and directory. After you have received your password (see below) you need to follow the instructions in How to advertise your business /service above to create your own unique page(s)..
  • Answer the question in the panel called 'CAPTCHA'. This item is used to stop automated programs from generating lots of bogus accounts.
  • Collect your email and follow the instructions in the email that Village Yak has sent to you.