Understanding the Screen Layout
The screen is divided into four areas, and each has a special job:
- Title bar - tells you what your're looking at.
- Menus - use them to control the website
- Sidebar - stores bookmarks to your favourite things.
- Content - where information is displayed
Let's look at each in a bit more detail.
Areyoulocal.co.uk lets you explore local
The title bar tells you what you're exploring. Look here first to work out where you are!
So, if you're exploring a place - such as your street - the title bar will display the street's name. If you're exploring
a group, the title bar will display the group's name. And if you're checking out a local business, the title bar will display
the business's name.
In Areyoulocal.co.uk places are coloured blue, groups are green, and businesses are yellow.
Use the menus at the top of the screen to explore the place, group or business displayed in the title bar.
The following menus are always available:
That's because every place, group, and business has
articles and newsletters,
a forum, and an
Some menus only appear when exploring places. The same goes for groups and businesses.
When exploring a group
, think of it as exploring
a website dedicated
to that group or business.
You can leave that dedicated website either
by clicking on one of your favourite places
in the sidebar, or by clicking the special
menu heading, which
takes you back to the last place you explored.
Each menu has a heading and a set of menu options, but only one menu's options are
visible by default. This is the current menu.
Selecting a menu option
There are two ways: the first is slightly easier, but the second is slightly quicker!
1Two clicks method
First, select the menu you want by clicking on its heading, then click on one of the options that appear below.
2One click method
First try this: move your mouse pointer over any menu heading, but don't click... See how the options
for that menu appear? If you move the pointer elsewhere, then the current menu's options reappear.
So, to choose an item from any menu, simply move the mouse pointer over a menu heading, then click on
one of the options that appears. Easy!
It's quicker to use the menus with 'One-Click' because it avoids loading an extra page from the website.
The sidebar has three uses. It:
- shows who's logged in
- contains the help button
- stores clickable bookmarks to your favourite things on Areyoulocal.co.uk
What can be bookmarked?
Just about everything that you're interested in locally, including:
- your favourite local places
(e.g. your street and nearest neighbourhoods)
- the local groups
you joined or are interested in
- local events
you're organising or thinking of attending
- market items
you're selling or interested in buying
- your favourite weblogs
(online diaries) written by people near you
There are many other things that can be bookmarked.
to find out more, and to learn how to manage your bookmarks.
The centre of the screen displays the information you requested with the menus.
E.g. a newsletter, an article, a page from a discussion forum, or perhaps the
details of a CD on sale in the market.