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Switching Options

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matthewrhamann
Posted on
21-06-2012
by matthewrhamann

Switching Options

I originally signed up for Option A and a day later realize that I'm inevitably going to need to use Option B for greater customization Sections. Is it possible to switch and how do I go about doing that?

Thanks!
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Daniel
Posted on
29-06-2012
by Daniel

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for sending your book table of contents, that was really helpful.

Your new starting page is: http://www.guidegecko.com/orlando/the-magic-kingdom-travel-guide/p,608191290,10036


From there, please create a SECTION for each chapter in your book (e.g. "Essential Pre-Planning", "Fantasyland", etc.)

You can add overview articles for each SECTION directly on the section pages.

Within each SECTION, create LISTINGS for each entry. Create the appropriate TYPES, e.g. "Attraction", "Dining", "Shopping", etc.

You can also add ARTICLES to each SECTION, e.g. for overview articles on food or shopping in a specific theme park.

When you extend to other parks later, you can create a new DISTRICT and continue in the same way.

Hope that helps!

Once you are done, we will add links from the Orlando page and other pages as well.

Best,
Daniel
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matthewrhamann
Posted on
22-06-2012
by matthewrhamann

Hi Daniel,

I'll email you my book proposal with the table of contents included so you can see how I intended to split the printed guide up. Again, you don't necessarily have to follow that format for the guide or the app. I'll also include a sample chapter that went along with my book proposal. The chapters are basically just the names of the themed areas or "lands".

The Walt Disney World Resort includes 4 theme parks(1st, 6th, 7th, and 8th heighest annual attendance worldwide), 2 water parks(1st, 3rd highest annual attendance worldwide), approximately 34 hotels, along with additional shopping and entertainment venues.
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Daniel
Posted on
22-06-2012
by Daniel

Ok, can you give me examples for 'split into chapters for each "land", meaning themed area of the park.'? What are the chapters called?

Another question: "The Walt Disney World Resort" is split into several "Theme Parks", and each "Theme Pars" is itself split into "Lands"?

Re: Profile photo - just try, there is no size limit.
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matthewrhamann
Posted on
22-06-2012
by matthewrhamann

OK, let's see. In a perfect world, someone that looks on the Orlando page (http://www.guidegecko.com/orlando/travel-guide/p,166021) will see a direct link to "The Walt Disney World Resort". Within that link, I can have an introduction to the entire property and allow readers to select one of the four main theme parks, The Magic Kingdom(This is actually a physical location!), Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom. The titles would then be "The Magic Kingdom Travel Guide" or "The Magic Kingdom Tour Guide", either one is fine. The paperback books will be called "Tour Guides" but "Travel Guides" is fine as it sounds a bit more general and better suited for an online audience.

As far as sections go, in the paperbacks, the guides will be split into chapters for each "land", meaning themed area of the park. Each chapter will have it's own attractions, dining, shops, hidden magic, games, etc. If you'd rather or if it's easier to just compile all of the attractions together without splitting them into lands, that's fine with me too.
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matthewrhamann
Posted on
22-06-2012
by matthewrhamann

I'm trying! Is there a size limit or something?
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Daniel
Posted on
22-06-2012
by Daniel

BTW - could you upload a profile photo? It is always nice to see the people you are talking to :-)
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Daniel
Posted on
22-06-2012
by Daniel

Hi Matthew,

No worries!

Let's start it the other way: You say how you want it to look like, and we'll help you to set it up this way:

1. What Sections do you want to have
2. Which Theme Parks do you want to cover? If it is more than one, we may need to consider this when setting it up.
3. What title should the starting page for a theme park have?
4. Do you want to have a separate, overall starting page that includes all theme parks? What kind of text would this page have - merely just links to the individual parks?

For your info, a district is meant for "physical locations", not for concepts such as "magic kingdom".

One more question. You write 'When I open the Orlando page, I can click on "districts"...'. What's the URL for that page, and on which URL do you click a link to open it?

Best,
Daniel
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matthewrhamann
Posted on
22-06-2012
by matthewrhamann


Hi Daniel,

I hope you can bear with me until I get rolling on this. When I click the link on my "user home" page, it brings me to an "Orlando Theme Parks" page. I created a district "The Magic Kingdom" and I can now add my customizable sections. Unfortunately when I click on "The Magic Kingdom", the title of the followinf page is "The Magic Kingdom Theme Parks" which doesn't make sense in this case. My confusion now has to do with the Orlando page. When I open the Orlando page, I can click on "districts" and then click on "The Magic Kingdom". "The Magic Kingdom Travel Guide" appears, which is a much better title than "The Magic Kingdom Theme Parks". Similarly, if someone were to search for "The Magic Kingdom", they'd find a link to the Orlando district titled "The Magic Kingdom Travel Guide".

When I enter my information through my "user home" link, is that where it will ultimately end up (as a district, on the Orlando page, with the title "The Magic Kingdom Travel Guide"), or is it now separated from Orlando? I feel like it still should be connected with Orlando, I just was trying to switch to Option B to have the ability to create additional unique section titles.

I'm further confused because I moved the Magic Kingdom map to the park itself, but when you click on the Magic Kingdom district on the Orlando page, the map shows a different part of town.

Thanks again,
Matt
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Daniel
Posted on
21-06-2012
by Daniel

Hi Matthew,

No problem, it is already set up for you now, in Option B. Please note that once you start entering your guide, we cannot switch the web publishing option to A.

To get going, please see your starting page on http://www.guidegecko.com/userhome.

Have fun. Looking forward to your app!
Daniel
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