Derby & South Derbyshire Ramblers

Working for walkers

How to ...

This page gives you some hints on how to use this web site

Why a new site?

New web site

The new site hopefully has a number of benefits

  • it is "responsive", in that it adjusts its layout to suit the device you are using, pc, table, smartphone.
  • it makes use of the new Ramblers Walks Finder and lets you display our future walks in various formats. If a walk is changed or cancelled this will be automatically flagged on the web site.
  • it incorporates both the email groups and the walks booklet system into the site.


The new web site has an option for you to set up an account. Once you have an account and log on to the site you will see extra information and also be able to

  • use a forum to recieve information about subjects of interest, e.g changes to walks
  • post messages to others on these subjects
  • select if you wish to recieve your walks booklet by email or not.

How to register on this site

To register on this site and set up a user account all you need do is to go to Register under Ramblers Members.

You will be asked for some basic contact details including your Ramblers Membership Number and postcode.

You should then receive an email asking you to verify your email address, you will need to open this email and click on the link to confirm your email address.
Look in your spam folder if you don't see an email. Please do not reply to this email, just click on the link. If you don't get this email then please contact us directly.

After you have confirmed your email address, we will receive an email and will be able approve your account. (this is to stop non members and hackers)

Problems when Registering

If you have problems registering then please contact us directly.

How to log on to this site

First of all you need to Register on the web site.

Once you have done that, to log on you can click on the Members Login on the home page or Login under Ramblers Members.

You are then taken to the login page

Note: that if you wish to stay logged in you can click the Remember Me tick box.

You can log in with either your username or email address and of course your password. If you forget any of these then click on the Forgot Login link.

When I log on I get an error message about my membership number, postcode or lastname

After you log on you may get a Message appear at the top of the home page.

The following messages are possible

The format of your Membership number is not correct. It should be of the form DE-02-0123456 - value given in Profile: DE-02 420630

  • You have entered your Membership number in the wrong format, please use the My Account > Edit Profile option to correct it.

 

HAVE YOU MOVED? - Your Postcode held by this site does not agree with that sent to us by Ramblers London Office - Postcodes: DE73 8BLSS and DE22 1JT
Note: Our local Membership records are updated monthly and hence may be out of date.
Note: To update your Ramblers membership information log on to the www.ramblers.org.uk and access your Profile via My Account

  • The postcode you entered on this site does not agree with the one held by Ramblers Central Office. Please check the value help on this site and that held on ramblers.org.uk

 

INFORMATION: You are logged on to this site with a different LASTNAME than held by Ramblers Central Office
Note: To update your Ramblers membership information log on to the www.ramblers.org.uk and access your Profile via My Account

  • Your lastname held on this site does not agree with that held on ramblers.org.uk. Please check the value help on this site and that held on ramblers.org.uk
  • Note that this value is case sensitive.

 

To check the values you entered on this site then look for the My Account > Edit Profile option.
To check the values held by Ramblers London Office then please go to ramblers.org.uk, you will then need to log in and use the My Account > Profile options

 

 

What's happened to the old yahoo forums

With the old web site we had a number of Yahoo groups for members, walks leaders, footpath work and finally the committee. This allowed us to keep in touch with these groups of people.

While Yahoo has been very useful there have been a number of issues

  • Many people had problems setting up an account and subscribing to Yahoo groups. For those who found it difficult (most) we used to be able to add people manually but Yahoo have withdrawn that facility. This has made Yahoo almost impossible to manage properly.
  • Hence many of the Yahoo groups are out of date
  • The Yahoo group also cover wide subject areas and you may not be interested in them all. We know some people on the RAMembers Yahoo group don't like getting all the car sharing emails.
  • It was possible to log on to the Yahoo groups to view past messages. I don't think many, if anyone, ever did that. This has given people problems with Yahoo as they never sign in to Yahoo and hence it thinks they no longer use the system.

In addition to this we have had a list of people who wish to receive their Walks Programme booklet by email, this has used another system called Mailchimp.

The new site allows you to log in and use a forum to send messages to others, this is similar to the Yahoo groups, but we have better control on the subjects, also you can easily subscribe/unsubscribe to these subjects.

What is the forum?

The forum is an area of our site where you can subscribe to subjects of interest. Then wehn someone else posts a message under that subject/category then you will receive the message in an email.

This system is to replace the Yahoo groups that we used to use.

How to receive your Walks Programme & Area News by email.

To receive your Walks Programme & Area News by email rather than by post (this will save the group money we can spend on other work) all you need do is to Register on this site. By default you will receive the Walks Programme by email. You can change this later using the My Account option.

 

How to be notified of changes to walks and event.

To be notified of changes to our walks programme or other events then you firstly need to Register on the web site.

Once you have done that you need to login to the site and go to the Forum, here you need to subscribe to the Changes to Events/Walks category. To do this just click on that category and then there should be a Subscribe button on the resultant page.

 

How to subscribe to a Forum category

The forum allows you to receive emails about subjects/categories that you are interested in. To receive these emails you firstly need to Register on the web site.

Once you have done that you need to login to the site and go to the Forum, here you need to subscribe to the subject or category that you are interested in. To do this just click on that category and then there should be a Subscribe button on the resultant page.

What subjects/categories have I subscribed to?

To see what Forum categories you are subscribed to then you must be logged on to the site.

Once you are logged on, there are a couple of way to view your subscriptions

1. look on the home page, your subscriptions are shown

2. Look in the My Account option

Look under My Profile and then Forum to see your posts and subscriptions.

How to post a new topic on the forum

To post a new topic

Logon to site, go to Forum and select the appropriate category, click on New Topic, and type your message.

All those subscribed to the category will receive the post as an email

How to reply to a post on the forum

Firstly it is important to note that you cannot just use the reply button in your email software.

The email you receive will have a link to the web site forum. Click on this link in the email, this will open your web browser and display the post.

If you have used the Remember Me option when you log on then you will be able to reply using the Reply Topic button.

If you are not logged in then you should scroll up the page and use the log in form to log on to the site. This is accessed via small person icon, click on this to see the log in panel. Then you can reply using the Reply Topic button

How to email other members.

If you wish to email another member then you can do this by

  1. Log on to the site
  2. Use the Ramblers Members > Members List option to display a list of members.
  3. Find the member you want and click on their name, this will display their details and also a Send Email option

 

Your question not covered by the above?

If you have a question about our site that is not covered in the above items then please contact us via our feedback form

Thursday, August 24, 2017