How do I login to the website?

There is a login box at the bottom of the sidebar on the right hand side of the screen. You might have to scroll down a little to see it. After you have a username and password, you enter them into the boxes and press “Login.” You can click the “Remember me” checkbox and it will remember you so that you don’t have to login every time you visit the site.

How do I add a video?

Step 1: Upload your video to youtube.
Step 2: Use the contact page to let us know about the video (be sure to include a link to the video) and we’ll add it to the website.

How do I add an item to the timeline?

Simple Answer: Use the contact form on the timeline page to submit the item, and eventually someone will add it.

Editor Answer: (1) Create a new post with the title and body of the item. (2) In the case of birthdays, change the visibility of the item to “Private” because my mom says that we don’t want to publish some of this information for the whole world to see. (3) Change the “Publish” date from immediately to some date in the year 1970. We do this, because we don’t necessarily want to muck up the front page with a new post every time we add something to the timeline. Although if it’s a slow news day, feel free to ignore this one. (4) Check the “Time Line” box under categories. (5) Change the “Start Date” down below in the Simile-Timeline section of the post page and check the “edit time stamp” checkbox next to it. You should not enter an end date. (6) click “Publish”.

How can I help with the website?

The best, and easiest answer to this is to just be involved. Visit the site a few times a week. Write comments; don’t just read what other people have to say. Don’t worry about your comments being “good enough”. It’s just us.

We’re also always looking for new things to post. Things that are going on in people’s lives, news, announcements, pictures, historical stuff. We’re not proud. We’ll publish anything. We’re especially interested in anything that will embarrass Pete. You can use the contact page to send stuff in.

If you know anything about website, or want to learn (it’s easy), we’re also looking for people to actually work on the website. If you’re interested, just let us know.

Why would I want to login?

There are a few pages on the website that you can’t view until you login. These mostly include pages that contain people’s addresses and birthdates (as well as the secret family handshake).

How do I get a username?

Locate the Login box on the right hand side of the screen. Notice toward the bottom of that box the register link. Click that link and then answer the eight lengthy, intrusive questions. We really only want to give usernames to family members, and we’ll use this information to make sure that you are one. All of the fields are required.

How can I send in updated information?

If you notice anything that needs to be added, updated or corrected on the website, you can use the contact page to let us know what to change. Please be as specific as possible. Include full names, dates and so forth, and don’t to forget to tell us which page needs to be changed.

How do I write an article?

The easiest way to write an article is to simply write it up, spell check it and use the contact page to email it to us. We’ll get it on the site at the next available opportunity. If you need to include pictures in your post, upload them to Flickr first, then sent the address of your pictures along with the article. It will slow things down considerably if you email the pictures to us.

How do I add a picture?

To add a picture you will need a Flickr account. Flickr is free, and you might decide to use it to organize your photos, or maybe you’ll just upload a few so that we can see them. Once you have a Flickr account, you upload a picture and tag (a tag is like attaching a note to the picture) your photo with “sommererfamilywebsite” (but without the quotes). Then the photo will automatically appear with the other pictures in the sidebar. This will take about 24 hours the first time you do it, but will be faster after that.

You should only tag a few pictures at a time, because our website only displays the nine most recently tagged photos. But you can upload as many as you like.

Once the photo is on Flickr, you or someone else can use it to write a post.

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  1. Thanks “Indian” for pulling this part of the site up. I forgot it was here. This question is for Lloyd our web master: I sent you a page of two pictures of your Aunt Margie, via “snail mail” a few weeks back, did you get them? Her birthday is coming up and I thought it would be neat for you to post them. I don’t have a “flicker” account. I hope some hungry bird didn’t eat the poor snail. : (

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