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Website Notes - Navigating the New Website

Monday, May 18, 2015   (1 Comments)
Posted by: CSPD Bulletin
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BY Dr. Steve Niethamer,Website Editor

What We Need to Do
After many months of development, CSPD’s new website is here!! It is full of the bells and whistles that all of the newest websites contain and, as a new feature, will create an Online Community that should take CSPD into the next decade of hand held devices and social media. Warning: These newer menus and widgets may befuddle some of our older members, but they should also allow our “digital native” members to explore the site with more ease and interact more effectively.

I must admit that I have been spending a considerable amount of time studying many of the website functions while trying to identify those that CSPD members may use. In this article, I’ll discuss some of my first impressions on how to make it work. Future comments may be completely different. Also note that, for any perfect system to work, it must be used by its members. Our last website was just there for all to enjoy. This website requires our members to participate.

Our new website is a product of a company that creates software programs that help to manage organizations like ours. At the heart of these programs is a membership/organization database which now contains all of the basic information CSPD initially collected over the years. Viewing and correcting this personal information in the past was difficult and involved emails back and forth with our executive director. This new website, however, allows our members to access their information, change it and augment it with even more information that they can share with 1) everyone, 2) only our members or 3) just site administrators and themselves. In a way, this new database will collect the facts about our members that our past executive director and other staff members used to struggle to recall and keep current.

On the old website, only visitors who knew the generic password could see “members only information.” Anyone could view Opportunities or submit opportunities to be added. Our new website requires members to sign in each time they visit our site before they can see protected information. You may sign in automatically each visit if you let your browser save your site password. Any non-member pediatric dentist who wants to place an “Opportunity Wanted” ad must now register as a “potential member.”

Creating Your Online Presence
The first step in creating your online CSPD presence is to sign in and create your own user name and password. Just click on the “Forgot my password” link which will identify you and send a new password link to your email address. If you have problems, call the CSPD main office. You can then access, change and add to what is in the CSPD database. Go to My Profile/Manage Profile/Edit Bio to update your information and to choose privacy settings for this information. Again, all information entered will be visible to site administrators. Other registered members will be able to view any information you enter, unless you set the visibility selector, next to the field you wish to be hidden, to Private (not visible in profile). If your email address is Private (not visible in profile) it will not be displayed but members will be able to contact you through a site message system.

The “Find a Pediatric Dentist” option will allow all website visitors or parents of potential or existing patients to search for and view all CSPD pediatric dentist members’ information that is set as Public (visible to everyone). This means that each member can now display in our public online directory a photograph, public/personal information such as educational history and other information that might include hours and days each office is open, etc. Each member can have a profile page which contains a “Wall” where the member may place comments visible to other members. Other members can add comments to this page. There are capabilities that allow members to upload files, photographs, links, resumes and initiate and maintain social connections. There is also a system that allows members to send messages to other members or groups and to create and maintain Blogs. All these social media functions are available to those of us who register. So, let’s all sign in and explore!

Foundation Annual Meeting Program is Online!
If you missed it or want to review the CSPD Foundation presentation on Access to Care in California, you can see it for free from the OCE library or by using a link located elsewhere on the website.

Comments...

Elverne M. Tonn DDS says...
Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Dr. Niethamer: Your Website article in the Spring Newsletter didn't list the CSPD Website. Fortunately, Google took care of that item. You mentioned calling the CSPD main office if there was any sign-in problems. Again, there was no contact phone listed, but it was on the Contact Us heading. The office was very supportive & helpful. Thanks for all your hard work in updating the CSPD Website. It Works!! E. M. "AL" Tonn, DDS, Charter Member.

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