How to Find the Information You Want

Community Link-Up has a number of design features to help you find the information you want. These are all located in the right hand sidebar (except for the Archive feature) and they are:

  • A Search facility
  • A drop-down list of post Categories
  • A Calendar showing when posts were published
  • A month-by-month Archive

Let’s have a look at these in a bit more detail…

Blog Search Facility

blog search facility

This acts in the same way as an internet search (such as using Google), but is restricted to just looking within Community Link-Up to find matching information.

blog newport searchFor example, suppose you wanted to find all instances where Newport is mentioned. Simply enter newport as shown  – you’ll see that the search facility has also suggested that it’s newport you’re looking for. Hit the Search button and you’ll see something like…

search results for Newport

The top line confirms the search term entered and below this is a list of results. You’ll see these are just short extracts followed by an invitation to click on the link to continue reading. The actual list you’ll see will depend on your search and what’s been published. We hope to receive more reports from Newport, so even this example will look different in the future 🙂

A drop-down list of blog Categories

Category list blankEvery time a post is published, it is Categorised according to its content. The Categories used are designed to help you find fundraising ideas; volunteering inspiration from various volunteer case studies; news of Michael Jamieson etc. Click on the little arrow to the right of Select Category and you will find…

category with drop down list… a drop-down list of the Categories used.

Note that some of these are indented to show they are sub-categories.

You’ll see there’s a slider bar to the right of the drop down list. This is because there are lots more categories than there’s room for in the drop-down box. Place the cursor on the slider bar and press downwards to see the rest of the list of Category options available to view.

Click on the Category you’d like to see and a list similar to the Search example shown above is displayed. This list is also called the Category Archives.

The number in brackets to the right of each Category shown is the number of posts written and classed as belonging to that Category. Note that more than one page of results will be displayed if the Category has more posts than the number of posts allowed per page.

A Calendar showing when posts were published

Calendar All the dates in blue are dates when a post was published. The others are non-publication days.

You can page through the calendar using the month option(s) shown at the bottom of the month displayed.

If you place your cursor arrow on a blue date, you will see…

Calendar and posts published … the date turns to red and a box appears showing the titles of the post(s) published on that date. If you click on the date number, a list of the post(s) similar to that shown in the Search example at the top of this Page appears.

So in the example shown, we’re looking at the titles of the 2 posts published on the 9th July 2013. Note that on most publication days there is just one post published.

This list is also called the Daily Archives.

A month-by-month Archive

Archive areaUnlike the other 3 options, this is found at the bottom of the page.

Click on the arrow next to Select Month and you will find…

Archive Month list … a list of all the months (in reverse chronological order) where something was published on Community Link-Up.

Like the Category box displayed earlier, you’ll see there’s a slider bar to the right of the drop-down list. Place the cursor on the slider bar and press downwards to see the rest of the list of months available to view.

Click on one of the months and a list of all the posts published that month appears. It will look similar to the example list shown in the Search example at the top of this Page.

Note that more than one page of results will be displayed if the month has more posts than the number of posts allowed per page. This is the case for most months.

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