MEMBERS HELP PAGE

HOW TO JOIN

Before you begin - check you don't already exist on our directory. Go to “Members” (top right) and SEARCH (use either your first or last name, not both). Group members can also go to “Groups”, and check there. Member listings with no image do not show on the main directory page, so don’t simply "look" for yourself there. If you already exist, then see Membership Renewals and/or Edit Profile below.

  1. TO JOIN: Go to http://www.asb-scotland.org/join-us (“JOIN US” on the top menu)
  2. Click Join The ASB Now and complete registration (name, business name, accept terms). 
  3. At the next step you will be prompted to either pay (Direct Members) or use a voucher code. Affiliated group members receive free membership. You can obtain your voucher code from your group. NB: the code is unique to each group and is changed regularly - so please ensure you have the correct code before use.
  4. Once paid (or voucher code accepted) you will receive an e-mail to confirm and set your password. It is important you complete this step to activate your membership.
  5. Your profile now exists with the bare minimum of details. Log in - opens your page - go to "Edit Profile" 

Direct ASB membership lasts for one year, renewable annually.

Group membership lasts for as long as you remain a member of your group. NB. Your affiliate group will supply you with your current voucher code. This is unique to the group and changes each year. 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS

The ASB website knows when your membership has expired. You will automatically receive a reminder when your membership is due for renewal, and once it has expired. These are issued by e-mail on the 1st of each month. It is important you renew with your existing account. Please do not create a new profile/login. 

To renew 

  1. Login using your registered e-mail address (clue: the address to which your renewal reminder was sent) and follow the prompts to renew
  2. If you need to change your login e-mail address - go to edit profile and change the e-mail adress field. This automatically changes your login e-mail. Your password remains the same. 
  3. If you are registered with an e-mail you no longer have access to, use the Contact Us box on the login page to retrieve/reset your e-mail address.

If you attempt to log in after expiry (direct members) you will be invited to renew as either an ASB direct member. You can even rejoin as a Group member at this stage. 

EDIT PROFILE

Log in and select “Edit Profile” and complete the fields you wish to be visible online. Not sure what to write? Add some basic contact details and description until you have time to write more. If you are a group member - why not copy/paste the content from your Affiliate group member profile if you have one?

Uploading images

Profile: This is the space where your own image should appear.

  1. Click the portrait format box - takes you to your file manager.
  2. Select your image. This returns you to your profile page with the image inserted. Not the right size? Resize (in another programme) to size guidlelines shown and upload again*.
  3. SAVE.
  4. Image not there? Refresh your browser/clear cache.

Members without a PROFILE image are omitted from main member gallery. If you really do not want your own image, then choose something which reflects you or your business.

Profile Image sizes – while you can simply drop an existing image in, it is better to resize as recommended, in another programme. “Headshots” should ideally have a good margin and be portrait – so when shared in social media they are not cropped or distorted. 

Logo

  1. Click the landscape format box - takes you to your file manager. 
  2. Select your image. This returns you to your profile page with the image inserted. 
  3. SAVE. 
  4. Image not there? Refresh your browser/clear cache. 

Banner: Your space to place an image which grabs your readers attention.

  1. Click the banner location. Takes you to File Manage.
  2. Select to add an image which represents you or your business. Not the right size? Resize (in another programme) to size guidlelines shown and upload again*.

NB: Any text placed in the "Heading" box will be superimposed onto your banner once your profile is saved.

*Image sizes – while you can simply drop an image in, it is better to resize as recommended, in another programme to prevent cropping, poor position or distortion. 

DUPLICATE ACCOUNTS

It is important you renew your membership using your registered e-mail address to avoid account duplication. This will ensure you retain your history, content and any blogs you may have created. Our website offers full flexibility to update your account e-mail at any time, so there really is no reason to create a second account. 

To check if you already exist on our directory. Go to “Members” (top right) and SEARCH (use either your first or last name, not both). TOP TIP: Member listings with no image do not show on the main directory page, so don’t simply "look" for yourself there. If you already exist, then see Membership Renewals and/or Edit Profile

If you do discover you have two accounts then please contact us to arrange for them to be merged, the best way to minimise loss of content. Please remember to include links to both accounts, with details of which account you wish to keep (i.e. content) and which e-mail address you wish that to be registered against. We will do the rest! 

DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT/LISTING

Login and select Edit Profile. Scroll to the very bottom of your content and click the "Delete Member Account" link. If you are sure - this will remove you entirely from the website.

SHARE YOUR NEWS

Members have two ways to share your news.

BLOG

Login to the ASB website. Scroll the very bottom of the page, select “Manage My Blogs”. Create content in the space provided.

Date = use if your announcement is date related. E.G. an event.

Type = Member Blog (displays only on your page & your group page) or Public Blog (displays on yours, group AND main blog pages)

Live = leave in DRAFT until you are ready to publish then change to READY.

Header = a strapline for your blog which appears superimposed over the header image

Save = Saved drafts will appear as “Unpublished” in a list at the top of your “Manage My Blogs” page. It also remains in edit form on your screen – remember to save often!  

IMAGES: After your first SAVE you have the option to add a header image and also a main image which will be displayed with your blog on the various pages. Note the preferred image sizes.

TO PUBLISH: When you are finally ready, change the LIVE field to "READY". Note this has now put your blog into “Review” on your list and sends it to the ASB Committee to review and publish. Once published you will receive a notification to say it has gone live. You can still edit even after it is live – but you cannot change the title.

NEWS & EVENTS

Hold the Front page! If you have a big news story you would like considered for the Front Page then e-mail us at membership@asb-scotland.org. Remember, our committee are also volunteers with their own employed commitments and businesses to run. So, if your story is “reader ready” then that will help us publish your news faster.  Please ensure you enclose at least one high resolution image. 

The top priority news items appear on our Home Page ASB headlines.

FAQs

What is my LOGIN?

Login uses your registered e-mail address. Use the “contact us” box on the actual login page to retrieve your e-mail address. We will need to verify your identity to ensure security of your account.

Can I change my own login e-mail?

Yes you can. Login with your old e-mail address. Go to edit profile and change the e-mail adress field. This automatically changes your login e-mail. Your password remains the same. If you are registered with an e-mail you no longer have access to use the “Contact us” link as above.

What is my FREE ASB voucher code?

Codes are unique to each group and are changed regularly. Contact your affiliate group for their current code.

How do I edit my profile?

Click the “Edit Profile” button directly below your header image once you have logged in. Then follow the instructions in our Edit Profile section

Why is my profile image fuzzy?

Your image resolution is too small, or your image was imported in from the old ASB website (which optimised images). Upload again or update with a new higher resolution image.

I have added an image but it's not showing on the gallery?

There are two possible reasons for this

  1. Go to your full profile (in edit) and check you have not put your image in the logo space. Remenber - "Profile" is portrait. "Logo" is Landscape. 
  2. If your image is in the correct space, your browser may be caching (viewing an old version of the page). Refresh your screen and clear your cache in your brower.

Why has my blog not been published? 

Check that you have canged the LIVE field from "Draft" to "Ready". This sends your blog for review by the ASB committee before publication. Once published you will be notified. This can take a few days. 

If you have had your notification but still cannot see it in the public blog section, then check you have set your Type to Public and not Member.

Can I delete my account/profile?

Yes, you can delete your details at any time. This will also remove your ASB membership account. Go to the Delete Your Account section.

Why do I have two listings?

At some stage you will have renewed/rejoined with a new e-mail address. The website cannot know you are one and the same person so will have created a new account. See Duplicate Accounts for details

NEED MORE HELP?

If you are unable to find the answer to your question here then please do not hesitate to conatct us at membership@asb-scotland.org

Page last updated 08/01/2019