Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ning: Customizing your MyPage Profile

Depending on how your Ning community has been set up by the administrator(s), you may have various options for customizing your MyPage Profile. Here are some possibilities!

MyPage. First, start by clicking on the My Page tab in order to access your Profile page.

Edit Latest Activity. One of the first things you may want to do to clean up your Profile page is to stop displaying the latest activity, since it takes up a lot of space on the page. To stop displaying Latest Activity, click on the Edit button in the upper right-hand corner of the box, and then set the display to zero. Click Save. Your Latest Activity box will not be displayed any more. although you can still see the Edit button if you want to change the settings again later.

Edit Blog Display. Your blog can also take up a lot of space on the page, so you might want to set the blog display on the Profile page to show titles only. You can also change the number of blog post titles which are displayed - or even set it to zero. Just click on the Edit button, choose your settings, and click Save when you are done. And don't worry: even if you do not display your blog on the Profile page, people can still access your blog by clicking on the Blog button at the top of the page or by clicking on a direct link to your blog.

TextBox. You probably have a Textbox somewhere on the page that you can use to add all kinds of materials - dynamic widgets, embedded YouTube videos, list of links, images, text, whatever you want. To add to or edit the contents of the just click on the Edit icon.

Drag and drop. Although there are some limitations on where you can drag and drop the different modules on your page, you probably have at least some ability to move things around. To see what is possible, just hover your mouse at the left-hand corner of the label on any of the modules. When you see the little directional icon appear, that means the box can be moved.

Click with your left mouse to activate a larger version of the directional icon, and use it to drag the box (now outlined) to the location you want on the page.

RSS Feed. You may have a box on the page where you can add an RSS Feed, pulling in content from your own blog, or from some other blog or news source that has an RSS feed. When you click on Edit, the RSS Feed box will open, allowing you to enter the name of the feed, the feed address, along with some options for configuring just how much of the feed is displayed. Don't forget to hit the Save button when you are done.

Theme. In many Ning communities, you have the option to choose a distinctive theme to use on your page. You can change the theme as often as you want, since changing the theme does not alter the content of the page - it just changes the way that it looks. To change the page theme, just click where it says Change Theme, directly below your personal image. You will see there is a wide range of themes to choose from!

Just choose the theme you want to try, and make sure you click on Save at the bottom of the page to apply the theme and see how it looks!

Those are just some of the features which are available on MyPage Ning profiles - you may have additional options available, too, depending on how your specific Ning community is set up. :-)

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