So here’s part 2 of the tutorial and it would be about navigating inside your own homepage–as I said in the other post.
Remember this log-in box? Just log in and then we’ll continue from where I left off last time.
So after you log-in, the page re-direct to this page above. That’s the snapshot of what I had at that time. So I will use those as a guide to explain things. This is your own homepage so you would be able to manipulate quite a few areas so you could share with others about your thoughts or other randomness, and also read what others have to say. I use this account to stalk celebs for most of the time so I don’t post that often but forward more things.
Anyway, moving on to navigation, right? First one is the one way at the top residing on the two sides. I’m going to save it for the next tut since it includes setting. The next one is the bar to the right.
我的首页 is My Home, clicking on it would refresh your homepage; and shows new messages from users you are fans of.
我的微博 is My Weibo, clicking on it would lead to your profile page.
好友 is Friends, clicking on it would show your list of friends (or the ones you follow).
模板 is Template (or Skin or Themes), clicking on it would allow you to change the current look of your homepage.
The tabs are:
最新推荐 = Latest Recommended
经典 = Classic
时尚 = Popular
校园 = Campus
节日 = Holiday/ Festival
2010世界杯 = 2010 World Cup
自定义 = Customize
页面背景 = Page Background
使用背景图 = Use Background Image – Upload one if you want to use it. (It’s the default selection.)
Upload cannot exceed 5 MB, Recommended size is 800 x 115
不使用背景图 = Do not use Background Image = Select it if you don’t want to use one.
设置背景图 = Set Background Image (平铺 = Tile, 不平铺 = No Tile)
锁定对齐方式 = Lock Alignment (左 = Left, 中 = Middle, 右 = Right)
颜色 = Color
主文字 = Main Text
主链接 = Main Links
次文字 = Sub-Text
次链接 = Second Link
内容背景 = Content Background
边框 = Frame
恢复到默认颜色 = Click to change back to default colors
Mess around with it a bit by changing colors then you’ll know what the different ones are.
Yellow Button = Save, Silver Button = Cancel
Moving on to the last piece in the bar, which is the empty box.
Empty Box is for you to type anything in to do a search, therefore, 搜索 is Search.
The box above is for you to share anything you want, but it must be 140 characters or less. You have several choices below the box, which includes:
表情 – Emoticon – Once clicked on, there are numerous smilies or symbols for you to choose.
图片 – Image/Picture – Once clicked on, you will see two options: 上传图片 is Upload and 推荐配图 is Recommended pictures. If you choose to upload an image, click the green button. The text below the green button tells you what formats are accepted, such as JPG, GIF, PNG; and it must be 5MB or smaller. Whether you choose to upload or select an image already in the gallery, you will see this 分享图片 when you’re done. Replace it with a message of your choice or just leave it like that. AND whatever you do, don’t click 删除 because that’s ‘Delete’. Unless you want to delete it since you selected the wrong one, etc.
视频 – Video – Once clicked on, you will see two options. The first one is for URL from sites such as Tudou, 56, Youku but NO YouTube. The second option is to upload a video from your computer. When you enter a link and press the button next to it to submit, it will change it into a short URL and you should be able to post. if you want to include any other message, just go ahead. (Putting text before or after is your choice, I usually put it before.)
音乐 – Music – Once clicked on, you will see two options AGAIN (lol), 输入歌曲名 is Enter a song name and 输入歌曲链接 is Enter a song link. For the first choice, if you enter a name, sometimes it might not come up. But if it does come up, it will give you several options. You can choose whichever you want and then submit it.
话题 – Topic – This is to get anyone’s attention who would be interested in joining in on your discussion or debate. If you click on it, you will see this in the box #请在这里输入自定义话题#. The words tell you to enter a topic within the ##. This is where it differs with other social media platforms because the hashtag is doubled, instead of one.
投票 – Poll – This is for you to create a poll and pass it around to other users. I might create a different tut for this one.
Anyway, the word(s) to the right side of the green box with the triangle (or an arrow if you want to call it that) or “发布” is Publish. So whatever you want to type or put in, you could just click that when you’re done to share.
Now, moving on to the right side navigation. I’m saving the left side navigation for the future since some of it ties in with the topmost one.
This is like a profile badge. (Yeah, the box to the right of the green box.) It shows a small icon of your profile as well as your name/nickname. The words below are the location you’re at. Moving down to the next part, which are:
关注 is the number of people you are following or paying attention to.
粉丝 is the number of people who are following you or are paying attention to you.
微博 is the number of messages you shared. (Sometimes it’s pictures, videos, or forwards, etc.) Clicking on this would take you to your profile (so it’s the same as one of the images above so I won’t provide a sample again.)
The little stamp(s) below you would eventually receive depending on how active you are. They have different ones for different things. I’ll explain it in the next tut since it’s in the settings.
Below your profile badge is another set of menu.
我的首页 is My Home (as indicated in the blue strip above).
@提到我的 indicates messages that are sent to you or sometimes people forward your posts, it would also appear there.
Now sometimes you want to address someone in a message, so you would type in @ and then the person’s name or nickname. (It’s like how they do it on Twitter and then later Facebook incorporate it.) Sometimes it gets confusing ’cause you can’t type Chinese characters on the keyboard or whatever, you could cheat by going to your ‘Friends’ list and copy the name/nickname that person uses and go back to your main homepage so you could type the message. So you would type @ and then press paste so the name/nickname would appear after that. If there’s a little drop-down list for you to select, go ahead and select that name again. Now you’re good to go.
我的评论 is My Comments, which is, of course, the replies to your posts.
我的收藏 is My Favorites, which stores all the posts you saved.
I’ll go into further details in the future posts (if it does come around to that, especially how some of the pages have separate menu options also.)
These are notifications, which appears at the top right-hand corner of your page when you log in at times or when you’re still in. You can either click on the link next to each line or you can scroll down towards the menu under your profile badge to check new comments or messages.
Okay, now I will skip the middle section of the right strip because it’s mostly about current discussions, etc.
See the words with the arrow pointing up to the far right? Ignore all the text on the left. It follows you when you scroll further down to your page. That’s the ‘Back to Top’ navigation. If you click on it, it will bring you to the top of the page.
And that concludes this post. See you guys in the next one.
NOTE: All instructions and images were written and captured respectively by DTLCT
IF you have questions OR are confused in any way, please post a comment.