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How do I find the url for my webspace? - 06/06/2011
This is not a user friendly system. Sorry, guys, but it's not.

Finding the url for one's homepage, on every other system I know of, is an absolute triviality. Click on the file name for a page in one's directory, and the page opens up, allowing one to read the url off of the address bar. Or, the system will tell you. One way or another, the answer to the question in the title of this post has been easy to find on every homepage hosting service I've ever seen. Except this one. Taking a look at the url for one of the recent arrivals, one quickly sees why:

http://webspace.webring.com/people/kt/thepartyplanners95/




Replied - 06/06/2011
Where does the "kt" in the url come from, and why does it even need to be there? Why not just have this be the url:

http://webspace.webring.com/people/thepartyplanners95/

If you folks would just do that, there would be no mystery. Since no two members are allowed to have the same id, you wouldn't be reducing the number of possible webspace urls by just having that url be

http://webspace.webring.com/people/webring id/

instead of

http://webspace.webring.com/people/two letter mystery code that nobody could possibly guess/webring id/

You don't even need to change any pre-existing urls. Just stop inflicting this pointless hassle on new users. Don't like that, for some reason? Fine. How about having a link to one's homepage in the editor? "Click here to see your page"? Or have it located one's account management page? How about just telling us the url? That would work, even without a link. What doesn't work, is the current system of expecting the user to try all 26 times 26, or 676 possible two letter combinations, loading the page separately for each try, wiping out a day doing that, just so that somebody in development can have fun being difficult.

I checked recent arrivals. No link there. I tried scrolling down that immense listing of pages for the b's

http://webspace.webring.com/h/ppl_b

Nothing. I tried searching under both the title of my page and my webring id. Nothing came up. Finally, I just got fed up and stopped looking, over an hour burned away by Webring's lack of common courtesy on this point. I could have tried the thing, with checking all two letter combinations, but at that rate, I was better off just looking for another hosting service, which is what I ended up doing. If you want to promote your homepage hosting service, this is a terrible way of doing it.

Seriously, is there somebody on staff who enjoys irritating users, just for the sake of irritating users? What is the point to having this feature, that two letter mystery code in the url, at all?




Replied - 06/06/2011
Searching around some more ... literally searching, using Google ... I find an answer to this gratuitously created problem. On the webspace management page, go down to the bottom of the page, where you'll find a button marked "save settings". To the right of that button, you'll find a small (very small), nondescript blue and white graphic to the right. Bring up the cursor to this graphic which is being used as a button, and which you, the user, were expected to find on your own, even though there is no text whatsoever suggesting that that's where the link to your homepage is hidden.

You now have a link to your homepage. Really, really annoying, but with as few posts in this forum as there are, maybe the next few users will see this post and be shared the same annoyance.




Replied - 06/06/2011
there is also discussion in the webring blog as well as preior newsletters and emails.




Replied - 08/25/2011
there is also a prominent link to your website on your profile. for subpages, just use it, minus the index.html, as your domain and substitute other file names as needed.

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