You can start a Collection any time you want:
- Log in (or Join Up)
- Click on your personal drop down menu, and select Start a new Collection
This will take you to the Start a Collection Wizard
Click Next >
Step 1. Collection Details
First, we need some overall details about your collection. Here’s what the page looks like:
1.1 Website Name
What are you going to call your website?
Often, people haven’t given this much thought. The website name appears in large type on the banner of every page, so it is worth spending a few minutes thinking about!
Here are a few guidelines:
- You can change it later if you think of a better name, so don’t worry about getting it “perfect” first off.
- Short is good. You have a maximum of 40 characters, including spaces - enough for 5 words (at most).
- Make it descriptive, but also interesting
Tip: “My collection of Tennis Memorabilia” is descriptive, but boring. “Grand Slam Tennis Memorabilia” is better.
- Your Website Name does NOT have to describe exactly what is in the collection. You have an optional tagline you can add to the banner (a later step) that does this.
Tip: This is similar to a book cover, with a short title and a longer more descriptive sub-title (eg “Periodic Tales - A Cultural History of the Elements, from Arsenic to Zinc”)
- Do not use all CAPITALS. This is like SHOUTING!
Example: This is an example of a finished Website Banner showing the Website Name (added now) and the Tagline and Banner Photo (both added later)
1.2 Collection Name
In one or two words, what do you have a collection of?
This is a short functional name for your collection. Use one or two words at most. We use this data to help search engines (eg Google) understand what your collection is about.
Tip: For example, “Football Cards”, “Photography”, “Roman Coins”, “Wedgwood Pottery”
Whilst the Website Name (1.1) can be catchy and clever if you want, the Collection Name should just say plainly what you have a collection of.
- You can change it later if you want.
- This feature can be useful if you want to have two or more different collections on your website, as each collection is given its own name.
1.3 Collection Category
We put collections into broad categories so it is easy to find similar collections.
Select a category from the dropdown list, and if your collection fits into two categories, you can add a second collection category also.
That's it for Step 1. Here is a completed example:
Once you have finished, click Next > to go to Step 2 in starting your collection
Start Your Collection - Step 2 - Add images