The WebRing.com System
How to Create a Separate Stack
This page explains how to create a separate stack to hold navbars for a page.
As you join more and more webrings and register the same URL, the WebRing.com system creates a "stack" of navbars.
Most members know that as they register two different pages (with two different URLs), that the system will create a separate stack, one for each page.
What many members do not know is that they can have the system create separate stacks for the same page.
This page explains how to do that.
Why Would You Want to Do That
There are several reasons you might want to create a separate stack that will appear on the same page. Here are three examples:
First, you may wish to separate your navbars by "type" (e.g., the poetry navbars in one stack and the teddy bear navbars in another stack).
Second, you may have joined a webring and you want to always display the navbar, perhaps because it promotes a particular "cause" you believe in.
Third, you may wish to join a webring for which the ringmaster insists that the navbar always show and putting the navbar in a separate stack will do this.
How to Do It: General Approach
Putting a particular webring into a separate stack is pretty easy to do, as long as you know two tricks:
Trick #1: How WebRing.com Groups Webrings
First, you need to know how WebRing.com groups webrings.
Many people think that WebRing.com creates a separate stack for each page. But this is not true. It creates a separate stack for each unique URL, even if the two URLs point to the same page.
Consider these three URLs:
Trick #2: How Bookmarks Work
HTML allows for things called "bookmarks". Bookmarks are a way to go to separate places on the same page.
Suppose you had a very long page named
Now suppose that one page had three sections. You might create three bookmarks named
Then, you would reference each section this way:
Don't get too hung up on this. What we are going to do is to create a dummy bookmark.
Here is the great thing. Suppose that you reference a bookmark that doesn't exist. If you do, the browser just goes to the top of the page.
For example, on that page I told you about above, if you used this URL
the browser would go to the top of the page because the page doesn't actually have a bookmark named Section4.
Any time you reference a bookmark that does not exist, the browser just goes to the top of the page
Putting the Two Tricks Together
Now that we understand Trick #1 and Trick #2, we can use "bookmarks" to make the URL "different" and cause WebRing.com to create a separate stack for the webring.
Here is the background:
Consider these two different URLs:
These two URLs are different. Because the only difference is the bookmark ("#separate") they both actually point to the same page. Not only that, because the bookmark ("#separate") doesn't actually appear on the page, the second URL will point to the top of the page, just like the first URL does.
However, because they are, in fact, different, WebRing.com will assign unique stacks for these two URLs . . . Even though they refer to the same page.
So, what you do is to add a bookmark to the URL for the particular webring you want to appear in a separate stack.
For example, if your registered page is:
you could add a bookmark like this
That will cause the WebRing.com system to put this webring in a stack by itself.
Again, the reason is that WebRing.com creates a separate stack for each unique URL. Some people think it creates a separate stack for each page. But this is not true. It creates a separate stack for each unique URL, even if the two URLs point to the same page.
After you create a separate stack for the webring, get the new code for this new stack and put it on your page.
How to Do It: The Details
A Special Trick: Showing the Whole Stack
I noted above that there are several reasons you might want to create a separate stack. And I noted that one of them is that the ringmaster might insist that the navbar always show and putting the navbar in a separate stack will do this.
If that is the reason, let me suggest a special trick: in addition to creating a separate stack, make that stack show all the navbars all the time.
But let me explain why this might be a good idea. If you have joined one webring that requires display, you might join another. By making that second stack show all the navbars, any time you join a webring that requires display, you can just assign it to that special stack and it will display. If you do this, you won't need to create a new, special stack every time you join a webring that requires display.
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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