Here is our PM Tutorial. This will definately help you navigate the new features a little easier. We know there's a lot to get a handle on. I hope this helps!
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WashingtonLakes.com Premium Membership TutorialWelcome new Premium Member!
Your Premium Membership on WashingtonLakes.com opens up several new and exciting functions not available to regular members. In order to help you explore all the Premium Membership has to offer, we have provided this tutorial. If at any time you are having problems accessing your account, please visit the Premium Membership Help Forum. Aaron, myself, and other Premium Members will be able to address specific questions there. There’s a lot of great stuff so let’s get started!
First things first – if you have not logged off yet, do so now, and then log back on. This will log you on with your new PM (premium membership) account active. Done? Good. You should now see a Members Tab to the left of the Logoff tab. Click on this tab to have access to the various PM functions.
From left to right you’ll see: Public Profile, Blog Tools, Photo Gallery, Weather Reports, GPS Hotspots, GPS Data Export, Historical Data, Website Alerts, and Settings.
Let’s look at each section one by one.Settings
– This is where we want to start and create your PM profile. There are two things to do here. First, your Profile Photo. It has to be 48x48 and in the shape of a square. Most photo editing software will have the ability to custom size images. We encourage a “head shot” for your profile image. When you have the image created, use the “Browse” button to find the file on your computer and the Upload it to your account. Done? Great! One more step. On the left side of this page is a text entry box. Here you’ll enter your introductory text to you Blog page. This text can be anything you want and you can go back to the Settings page to edit it whenever you want. If you now pull the Members tab back up and click “Public Profile” you’ll see your photo and text.Website Alerts
– This tab allows you to set various alerts to come to your e-mail In-Box. The first box pertains to areas of the main website. Check and click “Save”. The Report Alerts use drop-downs. Select the state, then county, then specific body of water. Then click “Add”. You can remove specific alerts by either un-checking (site alerts) or clicking “Remove” (fishing reports)Historical Data
– Here’s a fun one! The historical data reports allow you to query our massive database of 20,000 (and growing) fishing reports and create tailor-made reports to suit your needs. Click the “Select Report Type” to see the current reports available. Doing so will bring up the familiar drop-down menus. Select your state, county, and body of water. Click “Submit” and you have an instant analysis of over ten years of collected data! Cool.
Premium Lake Maps - These maps are enhanced versions of the old WDFW black and white maps. They are colorized and specifc lake information has been added. Feel free to print them out and laminate them for your fishing trips. We will add more maps as we can. If you have a specfic lake you wnat us to do, e-mail us at email@example.com
and we'll try to do it first. We ask that you not republish them on the internet!GPS Export Data
– This tool allows you to export the Hotspots members have submitted and then use them on your GPS unit. Only lakes with hotspots are in the table, so if the lake you’re interested in isn’t listed then consider being the first to submit hotspots for it. Download is simple – just click on the “Export” symbol for the body of water you’re interested in. That will pull up the next screen to allow the actual download of the GPX file to your computer. You’ll be prompted to save the file to a specific location on your computer. Please note – WL.com only provides the GPX file. We cannot provide support for your GPS unit. That said if you are having problems with the GPX file visit the Support Forum and post your issue and we or other members will do our best to help.GPS Hotspots
– This tab gives you access to the Fishing Hotspot Navigator and means even if you don’t have a GPS unit you can still use the Hotspots. This tool allows you to view hotspots, boat ramps and facilities, and print them out. Use the drop-down menus to find your body of water. You can also use the Export to GPS symbol to export the GPX file to your computer. To print, use your browser’s print function. Use the map controls on the left to zoom in/out and pan left/right/up/down. Change the map type from the upper right options of Map, Satellite, and Terrain. Weather Reports
– Weather Reports are just that. Five days of weather and two locations you can set for.Photo Galleries
– Here is where you’ll upload your favorite pictures. The first thing you should do is reduce the file size of any picture you want to upload using your computer’s photo editor. Most photo editing software has an option for “save for the web or e-mail”. The reason you’ll want to do this is that you have a limited amount of storage space. You can see at any time how much you have left by checking the Space Available counter in the upper right corner. To upload photos, first we’ll create a new gallery. In the upper left corner is “New Gallery”. Click on this. You’ll now be prompted to give the gallery a name and set the Visibility to public, private, or friends only. When you’re done, click on “Save Gallery” to create it. You’ll now see the new gallery with the following links: “view, edit, and delete”. View allows you to Upload Photos (upper left corner). You can upload batches of photos all at once. Click “Upload Photos” and navigate to your computers photo file, select and click open (PCs). OK, so you’ve uploaded your pictures, now let’s do some customizing. Click “View” for your gallery. Each picture has three options – edit, delete, and e-mail. Edit is where you can enter a title for the picture and a comment. Not a bad idea ten if your pictures go back ten years! There is also a check box to select a picture for the default photo gallery picture. Delete and e-mail are self-explanatory.Blog Tools
– OK, things are coming together nicely and you want to share your observations on fishing and the meaning of life, right? Well, your Blog is where you make this happen. Let’s make a Blog entry.
First – upper left corner – click “New Post”. This brings up a powerful text editor. There’s mouse-over help so run your pointer along the various boxes to see what they are for. Experiment – you won’t break anything! You can make your text as fancy or plain as you desire. You can add photos from your gallery or your computer. First, let’s enter a title and set the Status as public or private. Why private? Well, perhaps you want to remind yourself about a specific fishing location or technique and don’t want this information to be public, but you don’t want to trust your memory. That’s what private posts are for. So let’s add some pictures. You’ve already added pictures to your gallery and you can easily post these into you Blog. On the Toolbar, lower right side you’ll see a tab for “Insert Image from Gallery”. This will give you access to your various galleries. These will be numbered, not named so you may have to search a little bit to find your picture. Select your picture by clicking on it once. On the right side are tools to change the size and add a title. When done click “Insert” and the photo is added to your blog text box. Neat! By the way, the Image Gallery tool also allows you to add pictures from your computer to the gallery and make a new folder to hold pictures in.
Once you’ve created your blog, added pictures and have it the way you want, click “Save” and it’s posted. If you need to edit it – easy – just click edit in the upper right corner and save again. There’s also an option to delete it if you want.
OK, we’ve covered a lot of ground today. Let’s check a couple more things just for fun. Now that we have our Public Profile up we ca
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