Project listings are the back bone of the Archives. Project listings can be bands, businesses, hang outs, radio stations, venues, fanzines, fine art projects, etc... Just about anything that contributed to the underground culture in the area. I have always left that up to those that contributor to the archives. If it is was important to you, then it should be included.
To edit an existing listings, just click on the "Edit" tab when you are signed in.
You can add content or listings from anywhere on the site as long as you are a member of the site and are loged in.
- Click on the "Add" link located in the Navigation bar main menu. This will open a drop box.
- Click on the "Add Project Listing" with the head phones icon next to it.
This will open a new page with the form on it.
When the page reloads, it opens a form with a vertical tab menu on the left hand side, with the Basic Information tab open.
- In the Title field enter the name of the project.
- Upload or select an image from the file browser that represents the project. Click on the "Chose File" to browse your computer's files to upload a new image. If the image has already been uploaded to the site, you can click on the "Open File Browser" and select the image from those already uploaded. A hint is to use your browsers word search function and type in the file name.
- Select the Project Type. Select the type that is closest to the project. This will automatically tag this project with that Taxonomy term. If the project is more than one type, you can select as many as you wish. For example, if the project was a radio station that also promoted shows, then select both types.
- Select the decade or decades that the project was active. For example, if the project was a band that formed in 1978 and then broke up in 1983, then both 1970s and 1980s would be selected. Let's say that they reunited and played a number of shows in 2009, then you would also want to select 2000s.
- Select the state or states that the project was active in. Often projects may have operated or moved their home base to a different state. You can select as many as you like but it should be that the project made an impact in that state. For example, if the project is in a band and they were founded in Cleveland, OH and then moved to Minneapolis, MN then both Ohio and Minnesota should be selected but if they stayed in Cleveland but played Michigan, Kansas, Iowa, etc..., then only Ohio should be selected. The term "Outside of the Upper Midwest" should be selected for any listing that was active outside of the states listed.
- Add a summary. This should be a basic overview of what is important about this project or some basic information like what type of project, location, when the project happened and where.
After writing the project's summary, return to the top of the page.
- Click on the "City" tab on the upper right hand side. This will open a number of auto complete fields to enter the city in which the project was active.
- Locate the state or states that the project was active in. Then type in the name of the city or town. You will notice a drop box with city names in that state will begin to appear below the text area. Select the one that matches.
- If the name of the city doesn't appear below, check the spelling and re-type it. If it still doesn't appear, type in the full city name and this will add it to the Taxonomy.
- If the project was active in more than one city in the state you can add additional cities by placing a comma between each city name.
- If the project was active in more than one state, make sure to locate that states field and enter the city there.
Once again return to the top. Select the "History" Tab and this will open containing a text area to write a history of the project. Try to be as detailed as you can be but if you only have basic information or only part of the story, please post it. A little information is not only better than nothing but it will often trigger other's to add additional information.
Memories can be anything you wish to add that might not be part of the history of the project but about your experience with the project. For example, a story about seeing this band or going to this venue. The idea is to give your own prospective to the project. Often these maybe personal memories of those involved with the project. Also you can add information about the project if you don't feel comfortable writing a history or just have a few details you would like to add.
- After returning to the top of the page, click on the "Memories" tab in the vertical tab menu. This will open a text area. If someone has already added a memory, the area will be filled with text and you should go onto step two. If it's empty, add your memory.
- If there is already memories about this project, page down and locate the "Add another item" button. Click on the button and this will add another text area for you to add your memory to.
When adding a memory make sure to let everyone know the source of the memory by started with your name. it never hurts to include any relationship you have with the project.
Most projects have contributors that played at part in the project. Whether it be members of a band or owners and employees of a venue, they played an important part in the Underground culture. For that reason each contributor in the archives has their own page. These need to be created using the Contributors form. Once that page has been created it can be linked to the projects page and vice versa. I found that it was best to create the project listing without the contributors and then save it and create contributor pages. Then reference the contributors by editing the project page.
Some contributors were involved in a number of projects and for that reason may already have a page created. You can always reference them here and then edit the contributor page and add the reference to the project.
Also often projects contributed to other projects. For example, a promoter promoting shows at a venue, they can be reference the same way as contributors and a form to do so is located below the contributor form.
- Adding a contributor(individual)
- Go to the top of the page and click on the "Contributors" tab. This will open the contributors tab.
- Enter the role that the contributor had in the project. As you type a drop box will appear with options to choose from, select the correct one. If they played more than one role in the project additional roles can be added the same way by just adding a comma at the end of each role. If the role doesn't appear or something close to the role, you can add a new role by just typing it in. However, understand that "guitarist" is the same as "guitar" as is "talent buy" is the same as "promoter / talent buyer".
- In the "Contributor View" field enter the contributor's name, just like the role, a drop box will appear with contributor's names that match what you have typed. If one doesn't either the name is misspelled or their contributor page hasn't been created and you will have to do it.
- Since most projects had more than one contributor, you will want to add additional references. Clicking on the "Add another item" button will add another form to add another contributor.
- Adding Contributing Projects
- Go to the top of the page and click on the "Contributors" tab. This will open the contributors tab.
- Below the Contributors fields you will find the "Contributing Projects" fields. In the "Project Type" field enter the type of project. As you type a drop box will appear with options, select the type that matches.
- In the "Project" field enter they Project's name, just like the type, a drop box will appear below with project names that match what you have entered. If one doesn't either the name is misspelled or their project page hasn't been created and you will have to do it.
- If there was more projects involved with this project, click on the "Add another item" button to add another project.
When done correctly this will allow a teaser of the contributor or project's listing with links to appear in the project listing along with their role.
If the project created releases, episodes or hosted events, you can reference those here. There is two ways to do this, the detailed and better way by creating a Release or Event listing or the "I don't really have the time right now" method. The first is the preferred method but depending on the number of releases or events that relate to this project, it can be extremely time consuming. However, it will allow to add photos, MP3s and additional information that you can't when you go the easy route.
To create and add a listing, I would suggest creating the project and saving it and then editing the project after you have created the Releases or Event page. The reason is that you will want to reference the project on those listings. You can create a Release or Event by clicking on the "Add" link in the Navigation Bar Menu and then click on "Add Release or Event" or just click here.
If you simply don't have the time to create all that content, you can add the information you have to the text area labeled "Shows and Events".
- To open the Releases / Shows / Event tab click on the "Releases/Shows/Events" tab in the Vertical Tab Menu on the upper left hand side.
- If you have created a listing for the release, show or event, just begin typing the name or title of the release, as you type names of listings with that combination of letters will appear in a drop box below, select the correct one.
- To add additional listings, click on the "Add another item" button to open additional fields.
- If you don't wish to create additional listings then you can simply add them as text in text field titled "Shows & Event"
You can add a group of images to create a Juicebox gallery. At this point it is limited to 50 images but I hope to buy the license in the future to make it unlimited. There is a number of methods that you can use to add images to the gallery once you click on "Image Gallery" in the Vertical Tab Menu:
- Add images that are already uploaded to the site by clicking on the "Open File Browser" link. This will open a browser window with a list of every file on the site. A hint is to use your browsers search feature and enter the file name. Once you locate the file, double click on the preview and the image will be added to listings.
- Add a number of images using the Advance Upload option. Just click on the "Advance Upload" link and a box will appear as seen in the image to the left. To add images just open the folder where the files are located on your computer and then select them. Then drag the selected images into the area labeled "Drag files here." When you release the files, a listing of all the files will appear in the box. If you wish to add additional files do so until you are ready to upload. Then click on the "Start Upload" button. Even after the upload is started you can continue to add additional files. Once the files are all uploaded a list of all the images and thumbnails of the images will appear so you can edit them.
- Upload a image at a time by clicking on the "Chose file" button, selecting the file and then clicking on the "Upload" button.
Since a lot of the Archives is related to music and a number of the projects were bands, you can add, MP3s to the project listings. Though posting MP3s to the site is done with the intent to educate visitors to the site, before posting recorded and copyrighted material to the site, get written permission from the copyright owner. If the band has music on Spotify, you can also link either their artist's listing, albums or a playlist that you have created.
- Title field - if you would like to create title for a group of files you are uploading then enter it here. This is helpful if you are uploading a full release though it might be better to just add it to the "Release Or Event" listing.
- Release Image - If there is a photo of a release that relates to the MP3 files you can upload it here.
- MP3s - here you can upload the file or files using the same methods that are talked about in Step 9 Image Gallery above.
- Open the Spotify App on your computer and locate the playlist, track, or artist you wish to embed here.
- Left click on what you wish to embed and a menu will pop up.
- Select "Copy Spotify URI".
- Paste the URI address in the field.
You can embed YouTube videos into any project listing.
- Open the Video Tab by clicking on "Video" tab of the Vertical Tab Menu
- Copy the share or embed address from YouTube
- Paste the address into embed video field
- If you have more videos you would like to add click on the "Add another item" button.
Understand that anything posted to a project page can be viewed by anyone with internet access. So, post information with caution.
The site' police is that personal information should only be posted by that individual. If they have posted it to another site, please link that site and make them aware that if they wish they can add it here.
To add contact information:
- Click on the "Contact" tab in the vertical tab menu.
- Enter the e-mail address for the project in the e-mail field. If there is more than one click on the "Add another item" button.
- Enter the title of the projects web site or social network page and then the address. If there is more than one click on the "Add another item" button.
- If there is additional contact information you wish to add like an address, etc.. do so in the text field titled "Additional Contact Information"
- If one of the contributor's or the contact person for the project is a member of the site, you can link their membership profile by typing in the user name and then selecting the correct one.
Now that you have taken the time to create or edit this Project listings, please let us know that you did and where your infomration.
- Click on the "Bibliography" Tab and this will open the Bibliography form.
- If the fields are already filled out, it means that someone else has created/added this listing. You will need to open a new form. To do so, go to the bottom and click on the "Add another item" button. If the form is empty, go to step 3.
- Enter your first and last name in the Real Name Fields
- Click on the drop box in the "User Name" field and select your user name from the list.
- The date field should show today's date and not need to be changed.
- Under "What was Changed" select the one that is closest to what you have added or edited.
- Under "Sources" select the source of your information. If it is not listed you can select other and then put the details in the "Notes" text field.
- In the text field labeled "Physical Media Referenced" list books, magazines, films, etc... that you used to comply the infromation
- In the link field "Web Sources" add a title and url address for website that you used for information. If you used more than one, click on the "Add another item" to add additional web sources.
- In the "Notes" text area fill free to add anything more information that you wish about where the information you used came from. Also, if you need to add image or other credits do so here.
If a contributor has been interviewed for the Archives or the project was referenced in the interview you can link it to the project. Just select the interview. Since this is the last field on the listings you are going to want to check the settings and save/post the listing.
- Open the interview tab by clicking on the "Interview" tab in the Vertical Tab Menu
- If the person has been interviewed it will be listed. Check the box next to the interview
At the bottom left hand side of the form there is another vertical tab menu. Most of these items are already preset and will need no adjustment or may only be available to those that are administrators. However, from time to time they may need to be adjusted and here is a run down on what is here:
- URL path settings - This is the URL or address to this listing. There is no reason to change this. By default it will be set to http://underground-archives.com/title-name
- XML sitemap - May only be on admin level. This is the inclusion in the XML site map that is submitted to the search engines. by default it will be set to included with 1.0 setting.
- Revision information - This allows you to create a revision version of the listing and add notes.
- Comment Settings - This is to turn on the comments for the listing. By default this is turned off.
- Authoring information - This is information about the user who posted the listing and when.
- Publishing options - This can come in handy if you feel the listing is not ready to post. You will want to make sure that you know the address assigned to the listing so that you can come back to finish and post it.
- Display settings - This is another that might only be available to admin. Either way it should not be changed.
At this point you have done everything you can and it's time to post your listing to the site. To do so, click on the "Save" button. You can preview the listing but it's my experience that often this will cause issues including losing all the saved work. If you want to preview it before posting I would suggest using the publishing options and un-checking "published". Then click on the "Save" button. Once the page reloads you can preview the listing and then click on the edit tab, make any changes you need to, check "published" and post the listing.