Welcome to Creative COW. Thank you for stopping by and for your interest in Creative COW.
Before we get started on our interface, we would encourage you to register. Unlike many sites on the net, we do not force our visitors to register. But we have extra free services available to those who do take the time to register.
WHAT YOU CAN DO WITHOUT REGISTERING
There are many things that you can do without registering as a member, these include:
- viewing posts,
- searching posts,
- reading the hundreds of free articles in the COW Library,
- watching the many free video tutorials we have online, and
- downloading the many free podcasts we offer.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF REGISTERING?
For those who do take the time to register, we have additional free services that are offered only to our registered members. These additional free services include:
- full posting privileges to the most productive professional support forums on the Internet,
- free subscriptions to Creative COW Magazine,
- Available in print to USA addresses and as a PDF for our international members.
- gaining access to the COW's Pure Non-Fat Newsletter, full of up-to-the-minute news and industry goings-on, free passes to trade shows and other events, along with the latest from the COW and other COW members.
SETTING UP YOUR ACCOUNT
If you haven't yet registered and would like to do so now, you can do it by setting up your new account now.
Well, let's move on to the interface...
Here at the COW, we use our own custom-developed forums system, one which we have developed and refined from 12 years of forums-building experience.
If you are familiar with forums, you probably have a favorite type of system. There are three styles which are the most common types (and we support them all):
- The first and oldest, and which is our default style, is a "threaded" presentation style which uses a hierarchal threaded forum.
- The advantage of this style is that you can quickly see who is responding and their place within the conversational hierarchy. As our community is the outgrowth of 12 years of building media professionals communities online (and because our users are most used to this style), we use threaded as our default.
- Another popular style is the "topical" presentation style that you will find in many sites. This one shows you the topic and you must click the topic to see the responces.
- The advantage of this style is that you can view more topics presented in less space and can decide which ones are interesting to you, or not.
- A third common style is the "view newest" presentation that takes all posts and replies out of their thread/topic and presents them instead based on when the post occurred, newest first.
- This style is popular among those who want to see the up-to-the-minute replies and who is saying what in each conversation.
ADDING A NEW POST
Once your account has been established and activated, you merely click the "Add A New Post" link that you find throughout various areas of the COW forums.
ADDING A NEW POST FROM THE LINK ON OUR FORUMS MAIN INDEX PAGES:
On the main posts pages, the link looks like that seen below. You will find it just below the host pictures in any of our forum main pages.
ADDING A NEW POST FROM INSIDE ANY OF OUR FORUM INDIVIDUAL POST PAGES:
Once you are inside any of our individual posts, you can also find the Add A New Post link in the colored bar, seen below...
PREVIEW YOUR POST, OR POSTING IT DIRECTLY
We have two different ways that you can add a post to our boards: the first allows you to preview it for spelling errors or to see if you are clearly stating what you wish to say; the second, allows you to post directly without using a preview.
REPLYING TO AN EXISTING POST
If you have an account, you can reply to posts from inside any individual post. You will find the reply box at the bottom of the individual post that you wish to reply to, and the reply box looks and acts like the new post mechanism just above.
SEARCHING POSTS (and articles)
Our site uses a powerful search engine and we are nearly 1.5 million posts strong with many hundreds of articles in the library, so chances are, your question is not new here at the COW. Many people find their answers without ever posting the question. You will find the search links both on the front posts index page...
...or from inside any of our individual posts, you will find the Search link in the colored bar.
If you wish to search the articles, please set the search pulldown to include both the posts and the articles.
Well, those are the basics.
Ronald & Kathlyn Lindeboom, Tim Wilson and Eric Bliss
the creativecow.net admin team