User Guide: Promoting Events and News in a Community

  • Adding an organisation

    To add your organisation to interests.me, go to https://interests.me/register, or click 'Register my organisation' on a community website (if you know your local community website). You'll immediately see a page asking you to register.
  • Editing your webpage

    You can find your webpage (also known as your public profile page) at [organisation-name].interests.me, where [organisation-name] is chosen by you when you create your organisation. If you're logged in, you will see a 'Your webpage' red button at the top menu which will take you there. To edit...
  • What is a story?

    Stories are individual events, articles or announcements which you want to communicate, either to your mailing list or more publicly. If you want to publish them, they can be published individually online (onto their own story page), and from there they can be individually posted to social medi...
  • Adding an event or news to a community website or weekly email

    Do you want to add an event or some information about your organisation to one of our community websites, or one of our weekly community emails? If so, you'll need to create an interests.me account for your organisation, and link it to your local community. This is free and easy to do. You'll th...
  • Adding a sign-up form to your webpage

    You can optionally feature a sign-up form to your mailing list on your webpage (your public profile page on interests.me). This enables you to send people to a specific page to sign up to your mailing list. When you create a mailing list, if you have chosen to make it 'public' - ie you're allowi...
  • What is a team member?

    An organisation or project can have only one owner, but it can have an unlimited number of additional team members. Here we describe the difference between an owner of an organisation or project (the "account owner") and a team member. The account owner is usually the person who has set up the ...
  • Who sees the stories I write?

    Stories which you are drafting can be seen by you, and also by any other team members of your organisation. Other team members may also edit your draft story. If you save the story as 'final' it will become available to be used in your email newsletters. If you enable web publishing and shari...
  • Adding a team member

    An organisation or project can have an unlimited number of team members. Team members can have access to none, one, several or all mailing lists, as defined by the account owner (the owner of the account for that organisation or project). Team members can do the following actions: * Add subscri...
  • Sharing a story with other organisations

    To share a story with other organisations, so that they might feature your story in their own email newsletter, or use it on social media, you simply need to choose the 'Enable for web publishing and social media' option when creating your story. This box is ticked by default when you create your...
  • Adding an image to a story

    To add an image to a story, click on "Add image" whilst drafting the story, and click to upload an image. We accept images in PNG and JPG formats. If the image is particularly large, it may take a while to upload. We also accept PDF documents but our system will only upload the first page of th...
  • Attaching a document to a story

    It's currently not possible to attach a document to a story. We will be building a storage area for each organisation where documents can be stored online and a link can be added to the story so that recipients can access the document. In the meantime, the best workaround is to use Google Drive...
  • Joining an existing organisation as a team member

    If your organisation is already using interests.me, you will need to ask the owner of the organisation's account to invite you to join as a team member. Ask them to log in and go to 'Settings' and click on 'Team members'. Tell them which email address you would like to use for your interests.me...
  • Editing a story after creating it

    You can edit a story at any time, whether it's in draft, or saved as final, or within the email newsletter, as long as it's before you send the email. All the changes you make will apply to the story for all future uses of the story.
  • Getting started with interests.me

    Welcome to interests.me! Before you get started, here are a few pointers below. The best place to sign up for interests.me is at https://interests.me/register (https://interests.me/register), or - if you already know which community your organisation wants to belong to, just click on 'Join' on t...
  • Creating a password

    You'll be asked to create a password when you create an account for yourself as an individual. No-one else sees your password. You can choose any password that you like, which you find easy to remember. (But don't worry if you forget it - you can reset your password at any time if you can remem...
  • Creating repeating events

    We often get asked how to create events which are similar to, or exactly the same as another event, but where only the date or time varies. First, create and publish your first story, together with event details. Now, in the 'My Stories' view, you should see your first story. Click on the grey ...