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WebAssist.com 2013 Website Beta

Tutorial created by Justin Hood, WebAssist

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Greetings testers, community experts and those that have randomly discovered the URL for WebAssist's 2013 website beta!

We here at WebAssist have decided to take our entire website in a new direction. A direction that is focused on making our community more successful with their web development endeavors. A direction that also intends to make your interaction with WebAssist and other community members faster and easier.

This tutorial will point out some areas that will help you get started using the new website. It will also point out some new features that we think you'll be interested in.

As you are exploring the site, please take notice of any functionality that may be broken and let us know by commenting on this tutorial. Please feel free to let us know if something doesn't work as you believe it should. Or just simply let us know what you like... and what you don't.

All in all, we are very excited about WebAssist's new make-over. We believe that our efforts are going to reward the members of our community every bit as much as it rewards us.

Thank you, and happy testing!

arrow downLogin!

An age old process with new bells and whistles!

  1. As you type validation
  2. Remote login support via Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  3. Remember me
  4. Auto login

Step 1: Login using all supported methods

Click Sign In From the Home Page or visit:
https://www.webassist-beta.com/sign-in/



  1. Enter an existing/registered WebAssist.com email address
  2. Enter a new/unregistered email address and receive immediate prompting to register
  3. Login using one of the following supported remote login providers: Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Windows Live, or AOL.

arrow downForums!

WebAssist forums are a place where members of our community communicate with us and each other.

Because WebAssist forums are so focused on collaboration and the exchange of ideas, we've completely re-built our forum code from the ground up! No more Vbulletin!

Creating our own custom forum code allowed us to tailor our forums to the needs of our community. The following features have been implemented to make our forums unique and extremely beneficial to the WebAssist Community:

  1. Real-time 'as you type' search results based on your search terms
  2. Right-click RTF editing of forum content
  3. Ability to set content to be 'public' or 'private'
  4. Ability to make attachments 'public' or 'private'
  5. Subscribe to threads and forums
  6. Update and delete posts

Step 1: Search the forums

Access the forums from the Home Page at Community > Community Forums or by visiting the following URL: https://www.webassist-beta.com/forums/


Enter search terms and optionally specify a forum to search and results will be filtered on-the-fly. Further refinement to your keywords will update your results as you go. No form submission is necessary!





Step 2: Make a new forum post

From the forum page, select the 'Ask a question | Get technical support link'



Select the topic or category that your question applies to, and enter your question/forum topic.

You will immediately see posts pertaining to your question and even tutorials designed to assist you with your issue...



If these resources don't provide you with a solution (and a lot of the time they will!), click on 'Ask a Technical Support a question'.

You'll be presented with a new light-box where you can craft your question/forum post:



Within this light-box, you'll be able to:

  1. Enable RTF (Rich Text Formating) right-click functionality.
  2. Add and manage attachments for your post
  3. Specify whether attachments are to be publicly viewable
  4. Craft your question/forum post



Once you have submitted your post, you will be redirected to it. Once there, you can reply, update, and delete your posts as well as manage your supporting attachments.



arrow downMy Account

My Account has always been a place where WebAssist Community Members can make changes to their personal information and access their download history and Product Activation numbers. This is still true, but numerous improvements have been made.

We've added a 'Public Community Profile' where you can tell others about yourself as well as show off your work. Other Community Members will be able to locate and contact you about your work if you choose to have your info made visible to them.

You'll also be able to show off your work by listing sample websites and tutorials that you've authored on your portfolio page. Ultimately, the goal here is to get new customers in touch with YOU, the developer.

We hope these improvements and new features make you, the developer, more successful. Your success is WebAssist's success!

Step 1: My Profile



From the My Profile tab, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Change your login email address and password
  2. Edit your personal contact information
  3. Edit your Community Profile
  4. Edit your Community Contributions - including sample websites and authored tutorials
  5. Edit your company information
  6. View your Order History

Step 2: Downloads



The downloads section is just what it sounds like it is - a location where you can quickly locate items from your order history and download them.

Your most recent and up to date items are listed here, but you can further access your entire download history as well by clicking the 'ALL MY DOWNLOADS' link. There, the following categories of download items are listed:

Current Products - listed again for convenience
Upgradeable Products - items that you qualify to purchase at a reduced upgrade price
Discontinued Products - items no longer supported by WebAssist that are still available for download
Archived Products - older versions of products that you own

Step 3: My Upgrades

Did you miss a recent product launch announcement from WebAssist? Or are you thinking about buying the latest and greatest version from WebAssist's product line and you want to know if you qualify for special pricing? This is the place to look.



Any time a new product launches and it contains a prior version of functionality that you already own, it will appear here. It will also show the discounted upgrade pricing that you qualify for!

Step 4: Support

In the Support section, every forum post you have ever made will be displayed. Pretty straight-forward!

arrow downTutorials

Interested in sharing your profound knowledge with others and gaining some street cred? Create, submit, comment on and rate tutorials!

The sky is the limit for what your tutorials can be on. Whether you wish to demonstrate a cool use of WebAssist Products, or you're out to share some custom work of your own, you can share it with the entire community!

Step 1: Searching the tutorial library

You can access the tutorial library from the Home Page at Watch & Learn > Tutorial library.

From there you can search for tutorials by the product type, date, views, rating, and keywords that you specify.



Give it a try and see just how much fantastic instructional content is available!

Step 2: Creating a tutorial

At the top right of the Tutorials Library (as well as within My Account) is a link to 'Create a tutorial'. Follow it and you will be presented with a form to get your tutorial started.




You'll be able to designate topics, add a screenshot, link to a video (what a great way to drive traffic to your YouTube content), and even provide a downloadable version for your tutorial.

Once created, you'll be able to add sections and individual steps for you tutorial through a very easy to use content editing system. And don't worry about making mistakes! You can always go back and edit sections later.



When your tutorial is complete, you can submit your tutorial for approval by a WebAssist staff member. Once approved, your tutorial will be viewable by the masses.

Give it a try as a part of your beta testing. We're interested in hearing your thoughts on the Tutorial Library.

arrow downWebsite Showcase

Whether you're looking to provide inspiration to others or to drive customers seeking professionally designed sites to your business, the Website Showcase is the place to show off your amazing abilities to others.

Step 1: Searching the Website Showcase

You can first access the Website Showcase from the Home Page at Community > Website Showcase.

Once there, you'll be able to view websites built with WebAssist's product line and further refine your results using keywords.



Perhaps you're considering implementing a particular work-flow in your own project and you want to see a living example before you dive in. Or maybe you're looking for some design inspiration. Regardless of your reasons, you can find a ton of great examples that were built using WebAssist tools.

Step 2: Submitting a site to the Community Showcase

Ready to show off your work to the entire community and grow your customer base? Submit a site to the Community Showcase that you have constructed using WebAssist's product line.

You can begin the process by clicking 'Submit my website' from within the Community Showcase. You can also being the process from with 'My Account'.




Simply provide a Name for the site, the URL, a screenshot and specify which extensions and/or solutions you used to craft that beautiful work of art and submit it. Once approved by a member of WebAssist's staff, your site will be viewable by the entire community.

You'll always have the option of removing it from the Community Showcase from within 'My Account'.

arrow downIn closing...

We would like to thank you for participating in WebAssist's beta program and we look forward to your feedback.

Comment directly on this tutorial with any issues you might find while exploring the site and let us know what you like and what you don't.

We still have plenty of time before the site goes live so your feedback will count and be appreciated.

Thank you Beta Testers and Community Experts!

-Justin

arrow downReviews and comments

Comments will be sent to the author of this tutorial and may not be answered immediately. For general help from WebAssist, please visit technical support.

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CraigR: 4 Years, 8 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 7 Minutes ago

little thing, the step 1 login link throws up a security message on my PC, (chrome),

This is probably not the site you are looking for!
You attempted to reach www.webassist-beta.com, but instead you actually reached a server identifying itself as webassist-beta.com. This may be caused by a misconfiguration on the server or by something more serious. An attacker on your network could be trying to get you to visit a fake (and potentially harmful) version of www.webassist-beta.com.

j: 4 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 18 Minutes ago

Thanks, CraigR!

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