About the Instruction Manual

Most aspects of building and editing your artHIVES website should be self evident by the presence of onscreen prompts and instructions. This instruction manual is designed to compliment the general intuitive design of the artHIVES editing system. Advanced users may find little reason to consult this manual, however it is recommended that all users read the Troubleshooting section.

URL (Uniform Resource Locator)

About URLs

A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the unique address that appears in the address bar of the internet browser for each page of your site. Here is a brief explanation of the three types of URLs: 

Plain-English URLs
The Plain-English URL is automatically generated depending upon the title you give a Gallery, Artwork or News&Text article. For example the Title of a Gallery is: "Out of the Night | Doggett Street Studio | 18 November - 10 December 2005" The Plain-English URL for this page is: www.visualartist.info/scottwhitaker/out-of-the-night-doggett-street-stud...

Custom URLs
You also have the option to edit the Plain-English URL for Gallery, Artwork and News&Text pages. The example above could be changed to: www.visualartist.info/scottwhitaker/out-of-the-night This example, is a URL that is really easy to remember or dictate over the phone.

Short URLs
Short URLs which typically get used in Social Media. This is really useful for Twitter users who has a 140 characters limit per tweet. Short URL work in just the same way as the Plain-English URLs when you send them in an email or type them into a browser. This is how the gallery called "Out of the Night | Doggett Street Studio | 18 November - 10 December 2005" looks as a Short URL: http://arthiv.es/g/1914


Customising URLs

It is possible to edit the URL for Galleries, Artwork and News&Text pages.  The main purpose for doing this is to shorten a URL or alter a URL to make it more memorable or more self evident.

In the URL box at the bottom of each edit page, enter an alternative URL title into the Custom URL field. It is only possible to use lowercase alphanumeric characters in the URL name as other characters can interfere with the correct operation of a URL.