Welcome to WebRing's FAQ Page
All the questions and answers you find below were submitted by members just like you! Our philosophy behind the member-generated FAQ is to allow WebRing members to offer peer-to-peer help based on their own experiences. Do you have a question or would you like to answer one? Visit the FAQ Submission page.
Newly Added Answers Why do I need a NavBar? In order to be part of a ring 'community' you need to share the same navigation code with all the other members. It is what allows users to move from site to site within the ring, and allows WebRing to send traffic to your site from our ring 'hub' pages.Back to Top
So, don't *expect* help, BUT having said that, you can get some really great help if a good seasoned veteran is online. If you need help, however, your best bet is to use one of the support forums. Those ARE monitored by staff.
General What is a ring? A 'hub'? A ring, or webring, is a group of topically related websites linked together using a common bit of navigation code (links) that allows users to go from one site to another in the ring easily.^M
A 'hub' is the WebRing webpage that lists the active members of a ring. It exists to attract users to a ring by presenting a list of member sites to choose from. Because the hub is given a title, description and logo along with the member site list it often places much higher in search engine results than the individual sites can, enabling the 'hub' to attract more visitors. The hub enables the 'sum' to be more visible than the individual parts.
Accounts Is Webring Free? Basic membership in WebRing is free! It costs nothing to join Webring (as a free member), join WebRing communities, create and manage your own WebRing, browse through rings and member sites, or manage your account.
You may only be pending in five WebRings at a time as a free member, but you may join as many rings as you want (once you're no longer pending in five) and it never costs anything. If you are active in WebRing and earn activity points, you may even be able to adopt existing WebRings without spending any cash!
WebRing also offers a premium membership (WebRing 2.0) that costs $36 a year. Some of the perks of a 2.0 membership include the following:
Pending memberships in as many as 20 rings at once.
Personal rep to answer your questions
Top site placement in rings you belong to
Top ring placement in the WebRing directory
Ability to suppress site ads
Ability to show your own advertising banner on your ring's hub page
Customizable profile page
First peek at new WebRing features and functions
You are not required to do any of these things, but you may find them enjoyable or even lucrative. Want to upgrade?
Scroll down and click the Edit Profile tab to open the Edit Profile page.
Near the top of your Edit Profile page, click "Account Settings" to open your Account Settings page.
On the Account Settings page, you can change your email address. Then scroll down and click the "I agree. Change my info." button to officially change your email. Remember to check your email account for a verification link. Your WebRing account will be limited if you do not verify your email address after changing it.
How can I edit my Account Settings? Scroll down on your My Account page, then click the Edit Profile tab. When the Edit Profile page opens, click on Edit General Account Settings. The Account Settings page will then open for you to edit.Back to Top
WebRing does not currently offer a 2.0 level lifetime membership which can be redeemed via Activity Points; however, you can retain your 2.0 membership at a rate of 300 AP's per month as long as WebRing continues to offer it.
If you don't receive it (check your junk/bulk folder), OR if you've changed your email address and forgot to update your account then contact support using teh member support forum. Be sure to include your User ID when asking for help, and anything else (like PART of your email - don't use the whole to avoid spamming - or your site URL, etc) to help us be sure we're talking with the rightful owner of the account.
Ring Memberships How do I join a WebRing? After signing up for a WebRing account and logging in, search the Directory for a ring suited to the topic or theme of your website, navigate your way to the "Hub Page" for that ring, and on it you will find a link to "add your site to this ring". Click on that link and follow the clear instructions from there.Back to Top
How do I join a particular ring? 1. Log into your account (you can also create an account on the spot if you do not have one, but we're assuming you already have an account. if you don't there is just one step that the system takes care of for you in the following steps, so...read on!)^M
2. Visit the ring's hub page. If you know the URL great. If not, enter some keywords in the search box at the top of your My Account (or directory, or front page) and search for the ring.
3. Once on the hub page, find the "Add your site to this ring" or JOIN link (could be big green box, but will be there in any case) and click
4. Follow the instructions which will vary from here depending whether you already have the navigation code on your page or not, are a member or not....
5. If you need to install the navigation code on your page then do so right away. If you put it off you'll forget about it and some managers will deny your membership (even though they should only base their decision on content).
Why am I not in the ring I joined? If you have just applied to a WebRing, you must wait to be approved into the ring before your site will show up as a member. You are not a member of that ring until you are approved.
If you have been an active member of a WebRing and suddenly your site is no longer in the member list, chances are you have been suspended or deleted from the site. One last reason you may be unable to find your site in the member list is if the ring is very large; you may be lost in a sea of members. You may want to consider paying a small monthly fee to be featured in that ring. That way, your site will always be listed right at the top!
Why isn't my site showing up in search results? Search results, *except when searching within a specific ring*, generally do not show site listings, they only show rings; then, users navigate to the ring, where your site is listed along with other sites.^M
It's a more powerful way for users to quickly narrow down their search to just the right topic, or ring. They can further refine their search by searching 'within the ring' from the ring's hub page
There is one exception: Premium members have their sites added to the results. It's an extra perk for being a premium member.
Can my web site join more than one ring? Is there a limit on the number of rings my site can join? You may join as many rings as you want. However, there is a limit on how many rings you may apply to at one time. If you are a free member you may apply to and be pending in five rings at a time; for 2.0 members the limit is 20. A free member who is pending in five rings must wait for the at least one application to be approved or denied before applying to another ring. The pending limit is per member, not per page. You may have one page pending in five rings, or five pages pending in one ring, but the limit, if you are a free member, is still five.Back to Top
NavBars What's a NavBar? A NavBar is like an interactive banner that shows up on your webpage after you have added the SSNB navigation code. The SSNB code is specific to your registered URL (web page), and the less used HTML code is specific to each ring you have joined.
The NavBar allows visitors to navigate from one member site to another, within a given ring, and also shows the world you are a member of a certain ring. A NavBar helps to collect statistics about the traffic coming to your site from WebRing and to WebRing from your site. The NavBar is NOT an ad and does NOT monitor your activities or in any other way invade your privacy.
Why should I use SSNB NavBar code instead of HTML NavBar code? An SSNB NavBar is more simple for webring members because it requires less attention. An HTML NavBar would require maintanence for any change a Manager of a webring may decide to make to a NavBar. With an SSNB NavBar, the Manager can make one change and it will be applied to every webring member's NavBar without any need for the member to edit the code on their site.Back to Top
First, the look of the SSNB NavBars are decided and set by the Ring Manager, so generally, they cannot be changed by ring members, unless you decide to personalize your navbar.
Second, with permission from your ring manager, you can choose to use the HTML code version of the ring NavBar and adjust it if you need to. This is not a recommended approach as the HTML version occasionally requires updates and are specific to one ring only.
Third, if you are the manager of a ring, you can change the look of the NavBar by going to the "Navigation Code" link under Customization in the management settings for the ring in question.
If you have not personalized your navbar then your display is displaying as the default. The navbar that shows is either the first in your list (which you can change), OR the ring the user is currently navigating.
If you are the second case and wish to show more (or all) then please visit the Membership Information tab in your My Account area and click the edit settings link for the URL you wish to configure. That page has a number of options available to change how your navbar(s) display.
To personalize, visit the Membership Information tab in your My Account area and click teh Get SSNB Code link for the URL you'd like to work with. On that page you will see teh link to personalize your navbar near the top.
Warning: when you personalize the system will only display ONE navbar (see single navbar answer above) and no link to your full list if you belong to more than one ring. In essence you are given almost complete control over what displays, so if you DO belong to more than one ring and you want to link to your full list you need to add the link to your page yourself. That link is part of the optional noscript part of the SSNB code. Just make sure it's outside the noscript tags!
Log in to your WebRIng account, go to your Membership Information tab and click the Get SSNB Code for your WordPress page
In another window log into your WordPress account and bring up your page to edit
Click the "Appearance" link
Find the text widget (arbitrary text and HTML), and drag to your page
Paste in the SSNB code from your WebRIng window and save
That should do it. We suggest that if you have already submitted your site to a ring that you go to your membership management area (Memberships tab in your My Account area - then click the appropriate membership) and TEST your site to verify the code is in place.
Login to your WebRing account, or click to you My Account area
Click the Membership Information tab, find the tripod site
Click the Get SSNB Code link
Copy the code shown in the upper text area. this will be pasted in below
Login to your WIX account
Click the editor to load site editor
In the upper left (should be, look around) find Widgets and click that
Select HTML, then blank HTML from that group of choices
Position and stretch/shape the object as needed
Click 'settings' to edit it (find on right side)
Paste the SSNB code copied from WebRing
Click on the Publish button/link near the top
Check your site after to see it's there THEN: Important: Contact WebRing support using the member support forum to get your site *manually* passed. The system checker cannot 'read' the flash page created.
Sign in to Joomla in one window and WebRinng in another
On WebRing: From your memberships tab in the My Account area click the site title to access the site management area.
Choose the "Get Navigation Code" link on the left (should be second in the list)
You'll want to copy the code shown on that page to your Joomla page.
On Joomla: From main screen go to front page manager
Click on page to edit
When wysiwyg editor opens, click toggle editor at the bottom, or the html button in wysiwyg, either way you need to access the HTML source.
Paste HTML version from WebRing into the page (at the bottom we suggest). You may have to wrap with <tr><td> and closing tags depending on where you place it.
First, you have to add the navigation code as ring specific HTML (see faq entry for needing to use HTML instead of SSNB).
Second, like microsoft live and a few others, they 'obfuscate' and intercept links, so the system checker is not able to see if you have added the code or not. Why do they do this? Big companies have small brains and fragile egos...Well, they do so so they can put up interstitial ads, track your actins, etc.
The bottom line is that you'll have to ask for a 'manual review' of your site once you add teh code and see that it 'sort of works' use the member support forum here to ask for a manual review.
Do not delete your membership(s). All you need to do is edit the information about the site.
Log into WebRing and view the "URLs" tab of your My Account page.
Find the URL in question and click the edit settings link.
On this page you may change any or all of the following: the URL of your page, the page's title and its description. Change the old URL to the new one, and if the title or description needs a change, do that too. Click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page when you've finished.
You do this once only. The system will update all the membership you have for that URL entry.
1. Delete if the site is not appropriate for the ring in terms of content
2. Otherwise, suspend it if for some reason it should not be active in the ring (i.e., missing code, code obscuerd or on a links page and you don't accept thos, etc). In other words, if there is a problem but the problem *could* be fixed, then suspend.
For another option:
3. If code is OK, and in the right place etc. but the site is 'not quite right' for the ring - this will most often be because it is a commercial site selling items *related* to the ring (like a car cover site in a Ford ring, or pet supplies in a breed ring, etc) then you can flag the sites as *associated* in the Manage Members screen. The site gets to stay in the ring, but on a different tab on the hub page from the main sites.
Why is my ring up for adoption? Usually, a person loses a ring for not managing it, or for being unavailable by email. If something needs to be done to a ring, WebRing will send an email to the manager. If the email bounces, or the manager doesn't respond, WebRing may take the ring away. This is why it is so important to make sure you keep a current email address, and that you respond when WebRing asks you to manage your ring.Back to Top
How can I start my own ring? The first step in creating your own ring is to check and see if a ring just like it already exists. If one does, you may still create a ring, but since it will not be unique, it might be difficult to find members to join.
Begin by clicking on DIRECTORY in the menu at the top of any page.
Click on the category in which you think your ring will fit.
Drill down until you've become as specific as possible, and see if any identical or extremely similar rings already exist. (If they do, you may want to consider joining one of them instead of creating your own.) If you think your WebRing will be unique...
Scroll down, find and click on the CREATE A RING tab, then follow the instructions that will follow.
NOTE: If you have failing code, or manage a ring or two with less than four active members, you will not be permitted to create a ring of your own until those issues are resolved. In addition, you will need to have a URL (web page) ready to submit to your own ring, so it will have at least one member!
Can I adopt a ring? Sure. Visit the WebRing auctions area - you can use the link at the bottomof any page to see what rings are currently up for 'adoption.' All it will cost you are some activity points. Acitivty points are earned by doing things on WebRing, like posting in discussion areas/forums, uploading your profile picture, or just by visiting WebRing regularly.Back to Top
There are two avenues to featuring your site in a WebRing Community. The easiest way is to open the "Memberships" tab of your My Account page. If any of the rings you belong to offer it, you will see the "feature here!" link. Click the link, then follow the instructions below.
You can also feature your site from the ring hub page. To do so, look for the "Membership/tools" menu below the ring title bar then proceed with the following:
Click on "Promote Your Site"
Check the box that says "YES! I would like the ring's manager to consider featuring this site."
Enter an amount you would like to pay to have your site featured.
Click the "Submit" button to save your changes.
You will notice that the manager suggests a monthly fee. You are not obligated to pay the suggested fee, and can offer whatever fee you choose; however, the minimum promotion amount cannot be less than 20 cents. In addition, only three sites can be featured at a time and only the top three paying sites will be featured.
Click on "Edit Site Information" under Membership Tools.
Change the site's URL, title or description on the page that opens.
These changes will only apply to your site in that particular WebRing and will not affect the information for the URL in the rings it belongs to.
You can change the information for a URL in all the rings it belongs to at once. This is called a global change. To do so...
Log in and view the Membership Information tab of your My Account page. Note: if you have a LOT of sites you may have two tabs, a memberships tab and a URLs tab. Use the URLs tab in this case.
Find the URL for which you wish to change the site information.
Click the "edit settings" link found below the URL you wish to change.
On the page that opens you can change a lot of things, including the URL itself (not recommended unless you have made a typo), the title and the description. If you change the title and/or description here, it will be changed for all the rings it belongs to (globally).