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Your 4Networking Questions Answered

Your Questions Answered

THE BASICS

How do I register?
How do I create a profile?
What are the 4Networking Membership options?
How do I reset my password?
How do I insert images into my signature?
How do I ensure that my new photo/company image appears?

THE FORUM

How do I network online?
Are there moderators on the forum?
Are there any guidelines for online behaviour?
How do I post on the forum?
How do I edit a post I’ve made?
How do I get notification that someone’s responded to a thread?
How do I insert images into a post?
How do I put a YouTube video in my post?
How do I create a poll in a new topic?
What do ‘lol’, ‘roflmao’,’imho’, etc. mean?
What do all the icons next to the topics mean?

THE MEETINGS

How do I book into a meeting?
How can I be unbooked from a meeting?
How can I check which meetings I’m booked into?
How do I get a receipt for each meeting?

PERSONAL MESSAGES

Are Personal Messages Private?
How do I get notification when someone sends me a Personal Message?
How do I see Personal Messages I’ve sent?
How can I stop someone from sending me Personal Messages?

SMART PHONES

How do I use the 4Networking.biz web site on a smartphone?
How do I use the 4Networking.biz web site on a Blackberry?

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT REQUIRED?


THE BASICS

How do I register?

You can register as a  FREE online-only member by following the steps below:

  1. Visit the Joining 4N (it's really easy) page here: www.4networking.biz/Account/Home/Register
  2. Choose the Basic Online Membership option from the list.
  3. Complete your details on the sign-up form.
  4. Answer the security question and click finish.
  5. Joining as a paid Passport Member is also open to you when you first register - see full details of membership options below.

How do I create a profile?

You can create a profile easily by following the steps below:

  1. Login and then go to the edit profile option in Your Pages: www.4networking.biz/Account/Home/EditProfile
  2. Enter your information in each relevant area.  Remember to upload a photo - people like to see what you look like!
  3. Remember to click on the update this button when you've added/changed info in each section. You can update your profile whenever you like by following these same steps.

What are the 4Networking membership options?

  1. New members: 4Networking is a membership organisation. If you're new to 4Networking you can see your choice of membership options here: www.4networking.biz/Account/Home/Register 
  2. Choose from FREE basic online membership OR take advantage of our Passport Membership Joining Deals. The sooner you decide, the better the deal: 230 days Passport membership for £200+VAT is available as soon as you have registered on the site or at your FIRST 4N meeting.  This gives you immediate access to ALL 4Networking groups. After that, at your second meeting visit you can join for 200 days for £200+VAT or at your third visit 200 days for £250+VAT. This includes a £50 joining fee. You will be given a Joining Form at meetings. 
  3. Book into your first meeting by clicking on www.4networking.biz/meetsThen choose the meeting you would like to attend and click Book Now. Remember to bring lots of business cards, cash to cover meeting costs (Breakfast events £12, Lunch and Evening events £15), a roller banner if you have one, and a smile... plus be prepared to make a decision about whether you would like to become a Passport Member, as the 230 Days for £200 deal will ONLY be available at your first meeting.
  4. Upgrading to Passport Membership from online-only membership: If you're already registered on the 4N site, you can become a Passport Member at any time. The joining options open to you will vary, depending on whether you have already attended one or more 4Networking meetings. If you have logged in, you will see your current membership status on the Home page, top right. In each case there is a 'Get Membership NOW' link, which takes you through to a menu of your available joining options. Here is an explanation of the membership status shown: A green 'V' means that you have not attended any meetings and can therefore take advantage of  the 230 Days for £200 deal, either now or at your FIRST meeting. An orange V1, V2 or V3 means that you have already attended one, two or three 4Networking meetings without joining. Three is the maximum number of meetings you can attend without joining. As outlined in point 2, you can still take out 200 day membership at second and third visits, but you will save up to £80 by joining at your first visit. 
  5. Renewing your membership: At all times you can see how many paid membership days you have left in green on the Home page, top right. If you're already a Passport Member, you have three continuous membership renewal options - 1) Monthly Membership: £44+VAT per month 2) Six-Monthly Membership: £210+VAT every six months 3) Annual Membership £365+VAT. You can renew your membership by visiting this page when you are logged in: www.4networking.biz/Account/Membership/Upgrade
  6. Membership renewal terms: To be eligible for any of these continuous membership options there must be no break in membership. By renewing your 4Networking Passport membership by debit/credit card you are also agreeing that future renewals can be collected automatically from the same card. At least one month’s notice is required to cancel, by email to supportdesk@4networking.bizIf you cancel payment without providing one month’s notice in writing or wish to cancel immediately after a renewal payment has been taken, then you will be charged a £50 administration fee. If payment ceases and your membership lapses, you have a choice of 3 rejoining options:

    1.    200 days for £250+VAT (Rate: £37.50+VAT per month – includes £50 joining fee)
    2.    £44+VAT per month (1st month only: £94+VAT, inc £50 joining fee)
    3.    365 days for £415+VAT (Rate: £34.58+VAT per month, includes £50 joining fee)

Please note: Breaks in membership ALWAYS incur a £50 joining fee.

How do I find out or reset my Password?

  1. Visit the home page: www.4networking.biz
  2. Click on the Member login box top right. This reveals a drop-down with the option to enter your email address and password.
  3. Enter the email address you used either when you registered yourself on the site or which was used by a 4Networking member to book you into a meeting on your behalf. This will be the email address used to send you a meeting booking confirmation. Leave the password field blank.
  4. Click the Password Reminder link and you will then receive an email to the email address you supplied with instructions on how to re-set your password.

How do I insert images into my signature?

Firstly, you need to host the image somewhere else on the web. The reason for this is that hosting large numbers of images directly on the 4N site would fill up our servers! There are lots of websites you can use to do this, such as Flickr. Right click on the image (on the image hosting website), highlight the URL and click copy:  Then on the 4Networking site:

  1. Click on Your Account and click the edit profile option.
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page to Your Forum Signature
  3. Click the insert image icon on the toolbar in the Your Forum Signature box (looks like a range of mountains with a sun)
  4. Right click, paste the URL into the URL field and click OK.

How do I ensure that my new photo/company image appears?

Sometimes there is a short delay between upload and the image being visible.  Simply press F5 on your keyboard or click refresh on your browser.

THE FORUM

How do I network online?

In exactly the same way as you would face to face! Think of it as meeting people, but it just happens to be on the 4N website. Use the site to network 24/7 with thousands of our members right across the UK.

  1. Visit the 4N forums via the Chat online now button: www.4networking.biz/Forum 
  2. Choose a topic that interests you and then participate by posting (see info on posting below)
  3. Refine your view of posts by using the drop-down to see just your own posts/just today's posts/the last 24 hour's posts.
  4. Search the forum by entering the keyword(s) you want to see in any posts here: www.4networking.biz/Forum/Search?command=Search

Are there moderators on the forum?

No. We treat forum contributors as adults and the forum is self-regulated. If a post does break the rules, the geeks behind the scenes can remove a post, but this is a rarity.

Are there any guidelines for online behaviour?

Everyone has the right to express differing opinions without fear of ridicule or abuse. However, what one person may consider abusive, another may consider reasonable which is why we do not apply judgement as a rule.

However, if you want to ensure that your online behaviour avoids offending other forum users, here are some suggestions from other members:

  1. When posting a new thread, select an appropriate forum
  2. Be mindful of keeping threads on-topic
  3. If you disagree with someone’s post, be respectful in your response
  4. Avoid dissing someone else’s business
  5. Avoid using someone else’s thread to promote your own business
  6. Don’t use abusive, racial, sexual or other discriminatory language
  7. Be careful about posting libellous comments
  8. Keep non-business chat to the Bored Room  area
  9. Be aware that too many in-jokes can make new members feel excluded
  10. Don’t hold private conversations in a thread unless it’s a FAO thread (but remember this is still public)– send a PM

How do I post on the forum?

  1. Visit www.4networking.biz/forum once you have logged into the site.
  2. Select  the forum area you want to post in - if you're new to the forum, perhaps start with Say Hello. In total there are 9 different forum areas. One of the most useful areas in terms of business is the Can You Help Me? section. Every day, people are posting up valuable business enquiries here, so check it out!
  3. New post: To start a post on a new subject, click on the New Topic button and enter the title of your post in the subject box.
  4. Type your content into the large box below and click the orange Post Topic button.
  5. Replying to a post: Similar process - just scroll to the end of the forum thread, type in the Reply box and click Post Reply.

How do I edit a post I’ve made?

Once you’ve posted on a thread, you have a 15 minute window to edit or delete the content of your post. After that, your post remains forever, so make sure you’re happy before you click Post Topic.

The reason we only allow a 15 minute window is:

  1. Deleted posts cause confusion when someone reads the thread at a later date
  2. Search engines love the 4N site and regularly save copies of posts, so even if a post is deleted it still exists on the internet

How do I get notification that someone’s responded to a thread?

To subscribe to a thread:

  1. Click on the thread you would like email notifications for
  2. Click on the orange Subscribe To This Topic Button

To unsubscribe from a thread:

  1. Click on the thread you would like to stop receiving email notifications for
  2. Click on the orange Unsubscribe To This Topic button

How do I insert images into a post?

Firstly, you need to host the image somewhere else on the web. The reason for this is that hosting large numbers of images directly on the 4N site would fill up our servers! There are lots of websites you can use to do this, such as Flickr. Right click on the image (on the image hosting website), highlight the URL and click copy:  Then on the 4Networking site: 

  1. Select the forum or thread you want to post in
  2. Click the insert image icon on the toolbar above the post box (looks like a range of mountains with a sun)
  3. Right click and paste the URL into the URL field
  4. Click OK

How do I put a YouTube video in my post?

First find the page on YouTube which has your video. Now, click on the share link and highlight the URL that appears, Right Click copy: Then on the 4Networking site:

  1. Select the forum or thread you want to post in
  2. Click the YouTube icon (on the far right of the reply box)
  3. Paste your URL into the URL field presented and Click OK. You will see a place marker showing you where your video will go
  4. Click
  5. Post Reply to see your video

How do I create a poll in a new topic?

  1. Create a new topic as normal
  2. Click the option for Poll
  3. Input your voting options
  4. Click on the orange Post Topic button

What do ‘lol’, ‘roflmao’,’imho’, etc. mean?

These are internet abbreviations - this site will explain all! http://www.gaarde.org/acronyms/

What do all the icons next to the topics mean?

Unread posts There are new posts Read Posts There are no new posts
Unread posts in my topic There are new posts and you have taken part in the topic Read posts in my topic There are no new posts and you have taken part in the topic
Unread posts in a hot topic There are new posts in a hot topic Unread posts in a hot topic There are no new posts in a hot topic
Unread posts in my hot topic There are new posts in a hot topic that you have taken part in Read posts in my hot topic There are no new posts in a hot topic that you have taken part in
Moved topic The topic has been moved. Last post Last post

THE MEETINGS

How do I book into a meeting?

  1. Visit www.4networking.biz/meets when logged in
  2. Choose which way you'd like to search for meetings. The default page you land on shows you all meetings in date order + a menu to search for specific groups by location. There are also tabs to see meetings on a UK map or to find your Nearest Group by entering your current postcode position. You can also find meetings using our free Meeting Finder App, see www.4networking.biz/app for details on how to obtain this.
  3. Select the meeting you want from the List Search - the BOOK NOW and the MEET INFO buttons both go to the detail page about a particular meeting. Click on the meeting name link in the list and you'll see a list of that group's next 8 meetings ie Bridgwater
  4. Book the meeting of your choice and you will then receive an email booking confirmation.

How can I be unbooked from a meeting?

  1. Visit www.4networking.biz/meets and find the meeting you want to be unbooked from. Meetings you're booked into are clearly flagged.
  2. Click on the orange MEET INFO button
  3. Contact the Group Leader to be unbooked from a meeting - you are not able to unbook yourself. 

How can I check which meetings I’m booked into?

See a neat summary of all the meetings you've booked by going to the future bookings page in Your Pages, when you're logged in: www.4networking.biz/Account/Bookings/Future

How do I get a receipt for each meeting?

All 4N meetings are closed promptly on our system (Breakfast by 5pm the same day, Lunch and Evenings by 10am the following day) at which point you will receive an email with a link to your account where you can access and print your receipt. If you do not receive this email promptly, here’s how you can access your receipt yourself:

  1. Visit the meet receipts option in Your Pages, when logged in: www.4networking.biz/Account/Bookings
  2. Click Print Receipt for the particular meeting you require. Depending on your own computer, you should be able to either print this or choose to save it as a pdf.This page also gives you a complete list of all the 4N meetings you have attended. For the four most recent meetings you are also able to View Attendees.

PERSONAL MESSAGES

Are Personal Messages private?

Yes. Only the person who sent or received the Personal Message can view it.

How do I get notification when someone sends me a Personal Message?

  1. Click Your Pages
  2. Click the edit my profile drop-down option
  3. Scroll down to Preferences and Security
  4. Ensure that Personal Message Email Notification is set to 'yes'

How do I see Personal Messages I’ve sent?

  1. Click Your Pages
  2. Click the personal messages drop-down option 
  3. Click on the Outbox link
  4. View your sent Personal Messages

How can I stop someone from sending me Personal Messages?

  1. To block someone view a specific Personal Message from that person.
  2. Click the orange Block Member button underneath the message.
  3. To unblock someone view your Blocked Members tab in your Personal Messages area and click the orange Unblock button for the relevant person

SMARTPHONES

How do I use the 4Networking.biz website on a smartphone?

Bring up the site on your phone and login - it will then stay logged in. To post on the site you will be provided with a plain text box, so just type - complex posts will be awkward but you will get line breaks. A separate Meeting Finder app is available, for use on Android or Apple phones. Search your App Store for '4Networking' and you will find it. For more information see www.4networking.biz/app

How do I use the 4Networking.biz web site on a Blackberry?

Install the free Bolt browser to get a faster and more reliable interface http://www.boltbrowser.comIn Blackberry Browser Options, choose Browser Configuration. Go down the page and change Browser Identification to Firefox. This works fine on my Bold 9700. (from Jim Symington)

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT REQUIRED?

You can contact the Support Desk for additional support.