The WebRing.com System
MSN Community Pages, YahooGroups Pages and MP3.com Pages
MSN, a Microsoft offering, is a service that lets individuals create "community pages.
And YahooGroups is a Yahoo! service that lets individuals create discussion groups.
And MP3.com has a similar service for artists.
That restriction interferes with the operation of the WebRing.com system. For that reason, I do not permit MSN Community Pages or YahooGroups pages or MP3.com pages to be "registered" to the webrings I own in the WebRing.com system.
They can still join, but they need to use another page to be "registered" and to host the navbars.
This page explains the problem and provides a "work around" for owners of MSN Community pages.
What are MSN Community Pages and YahooGroups Pages and MP3.com Pages?
Microsoft has a service called MSN. One of the features of MSN is the ability to create free "MSN Community pages". These pages are individualized, customized pages within the overall MSN website system that are "controlled" by an individual "member".
They are similar to web pages in that a member can place web components (text, graphics, etc.) onto these pages and control parts of the look and feel of these pages.
However, they are not "real" websites. The member cannot completely control the look and feel and, more importantly, the member cannot place all components onto these web pages.
YahooGroups pages are similar. They are primarily designed to host a discussion list and to administer that list. They allow reading the archive, reading and posting online. They also allow some files to be uploaded and viewed by list members.
But, again, for me, they are not "real" websites. The member cannot completely control the look and feel and, more importantly, the member cannot place all components onto these web pages.
Why is this a problem?
Is there a "work around"?
Absolutely. While MSN Community pages and YahooGroups pages have some attractive features, they are not "real" websites. They cannot host the webring navbars. The solution is to get a real website to host the webring navbars.
This does not mean abandoning the MSN Community page. It does not mean abandoning the YahooGroups page. And it does not mean abandoning the MP3.com page.
Rather, it means getting a real website as an adjunct to the MSN Community page or the YahooGroups page or the MP3.com page.
How does the webmaster do this?
Then, the webmaster creates a page on this "real" website to host navbars. This page is linked back to the MSN Community page or the YahooGroups page or MP3.com page. Similarly the MSN Community page or the YahooGroups page or MP3.com page is linked to this webring page.
How does the webring surfer use this?
When the webring surfer goes to this site on the webring, the surfer will go to the webring page on the "real" site. From that page, the surfer can easily get to the MSN Community page or the YahooGroups page or MP3.com page.
Similarly a visitor to the MSN Community page or YahooGroups page or MP3.com page can click to go to the webring page and from there, enjoy the webrings.
I'm sorry. While I have long adopted webrings in the WebRing.com system, because of the Oct.2006 changes, I am no longer doing that.
However, please note that "deleting" your webring is a fruitless exercise. The system will just restore it and place it up for adoption.
Articles About the WebRing.com System
Webring Sections and Subsections
The Webring Section is a large section of my website. I have divided it into four major "subsections".
each "subsection" has it's own special "logo".
As you travel in the various subsections you will find, near the bottom of each page, links to pages within that subsection and also links to the other subsections. To go to any subsection, just click on the "logo" or on the text link for that subsection.
Webrings: General Information
This subsection includes general information about webrings. Webrings can be hosted by a variety of different services. This section deals with the overall concepts and issues, not with any one particular "brand" of webring.
The Wazillion Navbars Project
This subsection is a historical section about the Yahoo! WebRing system. It was begun during the early days of problems with the Yahoo! WebRing system in September 2000.
It ended when the Yahoo! WebRing system spun off into the independent WebRing.com system in October 2001. I maintain it for the historical record. Click here or on the graphic.
Webrings I Own and Belong To
This subsection shows all the webrings I own and links to all the webrings to which I belong. This includes webrings in Ringlink, RingSurf, Bravenet and the WebRing.com system as well.
If you are looking to join one of my webrings, this is a good place to start. If you wonder about the webrings I belong to, this is the place to go. Click here or on the graphic.
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