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Navigating the New MoparStyle

There are now Four very separate areas of MoparStyle, all represented with a tab.


Mopar Topic is obviously for the topics regarding Mopar cars and trucks. When you are in that area, there is an index in the right sidebar for those threads, sorted by last reply, or vote the case of a poll. The reason for not combining on and off topic threads is that there are people who will only come to MoparStyle for Mopar posts, and nothing else.


For those want to discuss subjects other than Mopar with our MoparStyle friends, it is just a simple click of the Non-Mopar Topic tab. That section also has an index of threads in the right sidebar, but only for posts in the groups you've joined. If you're not a Member of the group, then you won't see those posts in the index. For instance, if there was a group each for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard - but you were in the Navy and don't give a Rat's Ass about the other groups; then you join the Navy Group and not the others. You will then only see the Navy posts in the index. Likewise you can create and administer a Group for a topic you feel that isn't represented. You can make the group Public or Private. For instance, say you're a member of the Crypts gang and there's not a group for you and other MoparStyle members who are Crypts, you can create a group, invite your Crypts Bros, and make it Private so the Bloods don't know when you're coming after them. So join the groups that a future post might interest you, and stay away from the groups that you have no interest in. Also in the right sidebar under the index of posts of your groups, is a list of groups you have joined.


The next Tab is News. For the most part that is going to be notifications of site updates from me, or other Mopar industry news.


The final portion of the site is the Blog. Each member is given their own blog, if they wish to use one. You can use it for virtually any legal purpose you wish. If you're a little girl, you could use it as your diary. "Dear Diary, I have a hangnail that hurts, and Ricky winked at me. He's so cute!" Or if you're a Drag racer you could use it to be the shop diary of work performed, and race updates. Click here for an example of a Blog. Heck you can make it your web site like www.TexasWhaleRacing.com. You could even register a domain and have it forward to your blog if you wish Your imagination is your only limitation.


There will be pages added in the future. For instance, in the works is a Lifer page with one of the features being a Lifer photo album that they can use to host the photos in their posts, like the one I use at:
http://www.moparstyle.com/photos/

I know it is different than what's been here for last sixteen years, but a little effort and you will find that it not only that it isn't that difficult, but s also better.

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  • Images make Posts Better!
    BK
    Images make posts more interesting! We don't host images at MoparStyle because doing so bloats the already large database (from many years of posts), which would make the site backups or restores take too long; plus it puts an increased load on the server - which would slow response time. By having you hosting your images on another server our site runs faster and offers us a better disaster recovery option. However, there are many free and easy image host options for hosting your photos and images, so that you can display them into your posts and signature. Once your image is hosted, you click the little camera icon in the post and paste the URL of the location of the actual image. You can generally get that actual location by right-clicking on the image. I leave my photo album open with the forums, and it only takes me another couple of seconds to post and image - once I got the hang of it.  The image hosting options fall into three Catagories. Bad, Good, and Best.  BAD Hot linking an image from a site that is not an actual image host is a bad idea for many reasons. One reason is permission. You are using their server's bandwith and server resources, and many don't like it. Some have hot link protection where after some designated period of time the picture gets replaced with another image from a simple "No Hot Linking Allowed" to something pornagraphic. Even if you know they won't be pissed or have hot link protection, you are at the mercy on how long they will keep the photo on their server.  Another bad idea is linking a photo from your Facebook album. After a very short period of time the photo is no longer available to link. Likewise, don't hotlink photos from Ebay and Craig's List for same reasons. Those photos disappear and your threads become an annoyance. When you go to a post having missing images or Red Xs, the poster used a Bad Option. Please don't do that as it is annoying and moderators will delete the thread.   GOOD (Free) There are many Free Web Image Host sites. A few common ones are: Photo Bucket Image Shack Google Photos Flickr And there are a ton of others. I personally have never used any of them as I've always preferred the Best Option, so the exact process of using them is unknown to me - but this is what they're designed for, millions use them just for this, and I'm sure they make them easy to use. While the good part is that they're free and work, the bad news is that there's advertising popping up, you might see a big increase of being spammed when your email address is sold, the size and quality of your photos might be compromized by file compression, your total file size will be limited, ability to bulk uload via FTP doesn't exist, categorizing is limited, and there's always a chance they might someday go to a fee basis. All that said, it is a good option for photos you want to share in posts - but I'd never use it to upload my life's worth of important to me photos for off-site protection.   Best The option I've used for the last fifteen years is professional photo hosting dedicated to only me! This use to be expensive, where I would have my own server and pay about $250 (plus $35 yr ...
    10-15-2016, 08:34 PM
  • Four Distinct Sections To MoparStyle
    BK
    First off you have to realize that there are now Four very separate areas of MoparStyle, all represented with a tab.
    1. Mopar Topic is obviously for the topics regarding Mopar cars and trucks. When you are in that area, there is an index in the right sidebar for those threads, sorted by last reply, or vote the case of a poll. The reason for not combining on and off topic threads is that there are a high percentage of people who will only come to a Mopar site for Mopar posts, and feel so offended
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    10-14-2016, 10:26 PM
  • Whale Coming
    BK
    Today MoparStyle was upgraded to the newest version of VB Connect - Version 5.24.

    There was also a new style series added called Whale Coming. There are about a dozen color combinations each using the below graphic.





    To change your Style, go to the Northeast corner of the page and Click your User Name. Then click User Settings from drop down menu, and then click the account tab.You'll then see that one of the options is to change your Viewing...
    10-14-2016, 08:59 PM
  • Oops, My Bad Again
    BK
    I thought Id set up the new forum software to where Unregistered Members/Guests and Members whom we're waiting for their email confirmation could vote in polls. I was just informed that those trying to vote could not.

    The problem has been found and fixed.

    While giving Guest's the ability to participate in polls benefits MoparStyle, we still don't allow Guests to post as that would open the site to a lot of spam. To register to post only takes a minute, and we've always...
    10-04-2016, 12:10 PM
  • 35+ New Viewing Skins
    BK
    I spent my Sunday watching Football and Drag Racing, while also creating and adjusting 35+ different Viewing Skins For MoparStyle.

    You try these different skins by going to the Southwest corner on any page of this site and select a viewing skin from the drop down menu.



    Please feel free to comment on the skins you like, and the ones you hate, so I can get an idea on what the average member wants to see more of....
    10-03-2016, 10:50 AM
  • A Few More Tips On New Site
    BK


    As the administrator, I'm given a different view of what other members have of the site. There are often times where everything looks as if it is working to me, but not to the other members. If no one says anything to me, then I'll never know. So if something doesn't look right to you, please say something to me by creating a thread in the Non-Mopar Topic Group called Suggestions. Be specific with as much detail of the problems as possible.

    While on the subject of groups,...
    09-17-2016, 03:52 PM
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