About Parish Wildlife

Adding New Parish or Study Groups.

Adding a New Group to the Site. This is a probably the only addition to the site structure that the Management Committee will need to oversee.  This includes the additions of  parishes and study groups.

The process involves

Whole Site Maintenance

Hosting, Security, Backing Up of the website.

Hosting. The site is hosted by Pair Networks, in America. We will leave the Username and password with the secretary of the Management Committee.

Group Administrator

Responsibilities and Help Notes for the Group Adminstrator:[Parish Coordinators and Study Group admistrators] 

Extending the content by adding sections and pages with different types of content, from text to tables and images and attaching files.

Defining Views for data extraction and presentation - an example of Special Events for a parish

There are many parameters to set to define a View that will extract specific data and present it in a useful way. The background to Views, Pages and Blocks is presented. above. This section explains how the View Parameters were selected to present a listing of Special Events for North Petherwin parish. Exploring this View, with the following notes, should give good insight into the concept of Views.

Example - Cloning Special Event listing

Cloning the Special Events listing from North Petherwin for Lezant. This is chosen as an example of the use of cloning an existing Views aproach.

Select the existing View for listing North Petherwin Special Events.
It is found under  Special_Events_NPetherwin on Administer Site  / Site Building / Views
Select Clone from the options in the end Column.
Edit the following parts of the Add New View form that is produced. Change:

Using Views and Blocks

Views and Blocks allow the Site Manager to extract selected data and present it in a defined way on a page within a menu. It is the way Drupal handles 'Queries' on the database.

Observation Locations

Background. A User who returns Wildlife Diaries fills out the species checklist on a fixed Observation Location. This is defined within the User Account. User Account Options

This is done in the My Survey Area of the User Account (in Edit Mode) as shown right:


Adding a new member

Background.  A new member to the Parish Wildlife Project can view most of the website without registering to create a unique login.

A member is required to have a login to be able to add content to the site - Nature Notes, contribute to the Discussion Forum and add pages, pictures or links to the Library. The member then becomes a User.

Spam Requests for membership

The Site manager is informed by email, every time  new members request login facilities.

The requests can be genuine or produced by spam, which needs to be checked. (It is also useful to check to see if the important fields have been filled in for the genuine member  - full details of this are provided for the Data Analyst under User Accounts).

There are two approaches to handling Spam Requests:

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