Elektor Labs User Manual

March 8, 2016 | 12:50
Elektor Labs User Manual
Elektor Labs User Manual
As you have surely noticed, the Elektor Labs website has undergone a major makeover and now sports the same look and feel as the other Elektor websites. Here is a kind of User Manual to the website.

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Open to all
Elektor Labs is open to everyone. This means that every visitor of Elektor.Labs can not only read the project descriptions, but he/she can also download files, participate in projects by posting comments and even post new projects. The only requirement is the creation of a (free) Elektor ID. The free ID is valid for Elektor Labs but does not allow access to the Elektor archive and other services that are available to Elektor Green and Gold members.

It is all in your profile

The Elektor ID provides a single entry point where a unique (but valid) set of username and password will get you in. From your Elektor ID profile page you have access to all the services that apply to your ID. A click or tap on “My Labs Project(s)” will display a list of the projects that you manage and/or follow. From here you can open a project for viewing or editing, which neatly brings us to the next paragraph:

Project editing
Updating a project is done differently by every user, making it sometimes difficult for a follower to see if something was modified and how. To make it easier for project members to stay up to date, adding updates to a project must be done by posting project comments. The main project page, or “Project Description” as it called, can only be edited in draft mode; once the project is published, it can no longer be modified.

Only project managers can add project comments that are displayed in chronological order right below the project’s description. Comments from followers and viewers are displayed below the project’s comments.

Creating a new project…
… is easy. It starts by clicking the Add project button (at the top of the Elektor.Labs homepage) and then entering a title (choose it well!), a teaser and a description. The teaser is what people see on the project overview pages, so keep it clear and concise (at least 15 characters and no more than 150 characters). Uploading a project picture is highly recommended. If you don’t have one yet, don’t worry, you can add it later.

It is also possible to add files (photos, software, CAD files, etc.) for downloading to your project by clicking the Attachments button. Attachments can be given a type so that they will be displayed in certain areas.

Projects in draft mode are not visible to the rest of the world and can be changed indefinitely. Use the Save button to save your work. They can also be deleted. Draft mode is useful if you want to present a completed project in one post. Preview and modify the project description until you are happy with it, then publish it. But beware, there is no way back; your project is now visible to the world.

Searching and filtering
Having lots of projects and information is nice, but when you cannot search through it in an efficient manner, it all remains pretty useless. This is why we have added several search- and filter tools. A good keyword search complemented by tags and multiple sorting options enable you to quickly find what you are looking for.
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