FAQ for SIB


How do I get rid of "This site is looking for a webmaster..."?
How do I use images in my navigation menu?
How do I delete(or edit) a profile (or story/news/message/etc)?
I am currently using an RMDB or LDSMissions.net database. Can I convert that into SIB?
Can I use the pages of my current site within SIB?
How do I change the colors of my SIB site?
How do I change the layout and design of my SIB site?
How do I control the text at the top of each module main page?
My mission's language isn't available in SIB. What can I do?

What if the answer to my question isn't here?


Q: How do I get rid of "This site is looking for a webmaster..."?

A: This text is contained in the body/layout file. You should download the body.inc.php (Located in Admin -> Configuration -> Style/Look) file and modify it as you desire. Then re-upload it in the same location.

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Q: How do I use images in my navigation menu?

A: There are a few steps you must take in order to accomplish this.

  1. Create an image for each of the navigation links. These image must be strictly named in the specified format. Image should be named exactly the same as the filename of the modules to which it links. (e.g. alumnilist.php -> alumnilist.gif). All image files must be in the GIF format and should have a lower-case file extension. If you want to have a "rollover" effect on your images, you must also create corresponding "_on" files. So an alumnilist.gif would also have an alumnilist_on.gif.
  2. For custom pages, the file should be named as the title text with all non-alphanumeric characters stripped out and lower-case. (e.g the title "Webmaster Bio" would have corresponding images called "webmasterbio.gif" and "webmasterbio_on.gif".
  3. Set the "Navigation Images" setting to "Yes" (Admin -> Configuration -> Style/Look)
  4. If you want "rollovers" set the "Image Rollover" setting to "Yes" (Admin -> Configuration -> Style/Look)
NOTE: Currently, SIB does not support multiple languages for for Nav Menu images, except in the case of custom pages. This will change in the near future.
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Q: How do I delete(or edit) a profile (or story/news/message/etc)?

A: Go to the "View Records" utility (Admin -> View Records) and select the corresponding type of record and enter identifying information (if applicable). When you click the "View Records" button, a list will be generated with a "Edit" and "Delete" link to the right. Use those links to accomplish what you want.

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Q: I am currently using an RMDB or LDSMissions.net database. Can I convert that into SIB?

A: YES!

  • To convert an LDSMissions.net database, have your SIB account created and then go to a special convertion utility located at http://www.mission.net/[your]/[site]/mdb_convert.php. There are detailed instructions on the page. Be sure to follow the directions exactly.
  • To convert a RMDB database, have your SIB account created and then submit a request (through the Feedback Form) for your database to be converted, being sure to indicate your mission.net username. Your RMDB data files (alumni.db and pres.db) should be in the /export/home/mission/[your_username]/data directory.
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Q: Can I use the pages of my current website within SIB?

A: YES! SIB has a "Custom Pages" feature through which you can display any page. You can even design your pages with a web design program and then copy and paste them into SIB. However, you should only place the code between the <body> tags into SIB because SIB automatically takes care of other details.

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Q: How do I change the colors of my SIB site?

A: All colors and font information for SIB is managed within a CSS (Cascading Style Sheet) file (Admin -> Configuration -> Style/Look). You can download, edit and re-upload this file to make any changes to your colors and font selections.

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Q: How do I change the layout and desgin of my SIB site?

A: All layout is handled within the Body/Layout file (Admin -> Configuration -> Style/Look). You can download this file and edit it as you desire. Please keep in mind that there are sections that output PHP variables that must be in your page. They can be moved around, but if you remove them entirely, you will not have content on any of your pages. Be sure to carefully read the instructions within the file.

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Q: How do I manage the text at the top of each module main page?

A: SIB has a feature called "Custom Text" that allows you to customize certain text output. Different languages can also be specified and will show up when the user is viewing your site in the corresponding language.

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Q: My mission's language isn't available in SIB. What can I do?

A: SIB is built to accomodate any language other than character-based languages. Most likely, the reason it is not available is simply because no-one has done the translation. If you would like to help with the translation of a language, please complete a Feedback Form indicating your desires to help.

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Q: What if the answer to my question isn't here?

A:Many SIB webmasters are available to answer your questions and give tips on how to get the best use of your SIB site. Conversations take place on the SIB email list where webmasters are able to post answers to each other's questions.

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Page Author: Dan Wilson - Send Feedback
Last Updated: Thu Sep 5 11:17:36 2002
Visited at least 1 times since Mon Mar 12 14:18:17 2001.