The new IFD message board is substantially different from the old one we
had. In an effort to make it easy for everyone to use we have created this
training document. Please feel free to ask any questions you might have.
The new site uses allows us to have private message boards that are available
only via password protection. Currently the IFD group has two: the member
board, open to all IFD members, and the owner’s board open to owners
and managers. Based on your registration status, you will either see one
board or two boards when you sign in.
Registering to the Message Board:
Due to the fact that the site is password protected and only open to IFD
members, if you need to register any IFD member employee to the board
you can do it in one of two ways:
1. Email Catalina the full name and email address of the person to register.
2. Sign up on the website by using the register link (see below marked
in red). Once your account is verified you will receive an email with
your registration information.
You will receive a few email messages from the website directly
once you are set up. The first one is sent to confirm the email address
you registered with and it tells you that you are "pending for approval".
The second email will go out once the registration is approved, and it will
contain your Log in and password. Keep in mind that the site is case
sensitive. If you forget your password you can have Catalina reset
the password or you can have the site email you a new password. To have
the site email you a new password click on the log in link on the top bar.
(see below marked in red). If you do not need to have the password emailed
to you, you can login directly by typing your user name and password on
the bottom of the main screen.
Once you request the site for your password, you will get a new email
which will require you to click on the link to activate your new automatically
generated password. The new password can be located on this same email
below the activation link. Follow the link to activate the new password
and now you can log in using this new password. Once you login you will
be taken directly to your profile where you need to confirm this new email
and choose a new one. (See Profile information below). You can have the
site remember you by checking the box next to the login function before
Once you register you can change and update your profile any time you want.
Just click on Profile on the top bar. (see below marked in red). Please
keep in mind a few things in this section. Due to the nature of the site
there are a few rules set up so that everyone knows who is posting.
You can change information in your profile but please do not change the
1. User Name
2. Location (This is your IFD member company so everyone knows what company
you work for).
3. Signature Line. (This includes your name and your company name).
As a default I am setting everyone up so that the site emails you if
someone replies to one of your messages. You have the option of removing
this option in every message you post. You can also remove your signature
link on each email. Please leave the signature line on all posts. One
of the things you can change in the profile section is your time zone.
The site is currently set up for GMT (Greenwich Meridian Time). Each person
can customize their own time zone if they desire.
Checking the Board:
After logging in to the site, you will see three new tools that
we did not have in the previous board and one similar to the old one.
(See below in red).
1. First, on the top left you will see the date and time (based on GMT
unless you changed it) you last logged in to the site.
2. Second, on the top right, you will see a series of links that will
take you to view posts since your last visit, view your own posts, or
view unanswered posts. You will see an orange color on any new posts that
are new since your last visit.
3. A new orange post icon will show up next to the message board that
has new posts as well as on the internal topics that are new.
4. And finally like before, you will be able to see who the last post
was from. If you click on the name of the person who posted that message,
you can see that persons profile as well. If you follow this link you
will get more information about the person who is posting the message
and you can email or send private messages (PM) via the board as well.
To enter the board you are interested in, click on the name
in blue (Member Board, Owners Board). This will take you to the topic
screen. (See below). In the topic screen you will be able to see if any
members are online and posting at the moment on that board. You will also
see the new post icon and the topic with a highlighted orange image. You
will see how many replies to the messages, who wrote the original and
last posts, and you will be able to see how many times the message has
been viewed. Click on the topic to read the post and its replies.
Replying to a message or
posting a new message:
Once you click on a topic you will see all the related posts. You can
click on the top or bottom of the page on the new topic or post reply
buttons. The top navigation bar is right above the messages and the bottom
one is at the bottom of the page. (See below for bottom banner).
Bottom Banner Explanations:
Use the new topic button for a brand new topic post. Use post reply to post
to the current message thread you are reading. If you want to monitor that
message click on Watch this topic for replies, the site will automatically
email you if someone posts to that thread of messages. You may unsubscribe
at the same location (it will change as soon as you click on it) any time
you want. It is important to note that if you get an email from the site
and do not click on the link to see a new message, the site will STOP emailing
you if there are more replies. If you want to return to the main IFD board
(Where you only see the two message board names) you can click on the IFD
logo on the top of the page, or click on International Floral Distributors
Forum Index link. If you want to go back to the list of topics click on
the "Member Board" link, or the Go button on the Jump to: Menu.
Finally at the very bottom left you will see a list of things you can do
on the forum, such as post topics, reply to, edit, and delete posts.
If you post a new topic or a reply, you will get the screen
below. If you want to use bold letters, italics, or any of the other tags
just click on the one you want before and after the words, or highlight
what you want to modify. The site will automatically place the opening and
closing tags. You can also use Emoticons (Smiley faces). At the bottom you
will automatically have two boxes check marked. Please leave the attached
signature and you can choose to be notified or not of replies.
Post topic as Normal or Sticky notes is the final option. Sticky notes stay
at the top of the message board even if someone does not reply to it. It
is used for important announcements that never go away.
Running a Poll:
Interested in doing a poll? Start by posting a new topic. Fill
in the Subject line and body and then at the bottom of the page you will
see the poll options. For multiple answers just click the add option button
as many times as you need. Anyone will have the ability to see poll results
by clicking on the link right below the submit button.
See example: Please note that you need to have a blank poll
option at the end. You also need to write a topic message just like you
do with any post you do.
Private Messages (PM):
You can send anyone on the board a private message which works just like
email but the message stays on the board. You will get an email telling
you that you have a private message waiting for you online. When the recipient
logs in they will see they have a message in their home page.
Click on any of the following buttons to check a members profile, send a
private message (pm) or sent an email.
If you have no messages in the private forum inbox you will see:
If you have messages in the private forum inbox you will see:
Using the same menu below you can click on FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions),
Search, or Memberlist. FAQ has additional information that can help you
navigate the site, the search button will allow you to look for specific
words or posts and the memberlist will show you everyone who is registered
on the board.
Setting the Message Board as the default
page on your Browser:
Open your Internet Explorer, click on Tools, Internet Options, and on
the General Tab (it opens here as the default) you will see the first
option says: Home Page. In the address line here type the IFD Message
Boards URL: http://www.ifd-inc.org/messageboard/
Once you are done with this just click OK to close the tab and you are
ready to go.