Version: 1.56.40

League Admin User Guide - Under Development.

Getting Started

It's very easy to get your league up and running, after you have created a league, it should be displayed on the leagues page of our site. You can also access it under Manage Leagues when logged into your account, and select it from there. Once your inside your league you should see this admin controls menu in the top left side of the site. From here you'll be able to change, and add stuff to your league site.

Manage Series/Seasons

This will display on your manage series/seasons page, it lets you know how many active series and seasons you have running, and what your limts are.

These are the various controls each series will have, You'll be able to sort up or down the series or season, edit the existing series or season, delete it and archive it. You'll also be able to upload a series logo.

New Series

This is the screen that will display when you click on New Series. This screen is pretty straight forward. Series title is the name of the series, Series Info is some information about the series, and the last two options are optional. You can hide the series from public view until your ready to launch it, as well as you can show the image(series logo) or hide it from view.

New Season

The New Season screen is probably one of if not the most complex screens available, as this will allow you to set many different options to allow you to run different types of championships. So I will splits this up into multiple images (sections). So first off we have Which series this season will be a part of, which is selectable from a drop down menu. The Car/Mod, which is also selectable. The Name of the season. The Time Zone the season will run at. And finally the Max allowed slots. The Max allowed slots will let you limit how many users can signup to race in this season. Futher down the list of options you'll also have the ability to use a waiting list, which overrides this max slots feature.

The next section deals with some points options. First you can select one of your created points systems to use in the specific season. Next you have an option to use a qualifying points system, you can than select that points system as well, which can be different from the race points system.

Next up we have the Count Races option. Basically it allows you to only count a certain number of races. So if you have a 12 week season and only want 8 races to count, simply type in 8. If you don't want to use this feature just leave it at the default 99.

The drop Mode on or off is again optional. The only effect it has is it displays a second point column on the championship page, one showing the drop points total and one showing the points total without drop races.

Finally we get to bonus points, This is pretty straight forward you have 4 different types of bonus points you can award, or you can leave them at 0.

Lastly we have the Point Multiplier feature, this basically works in conjunction with the events, by setting a medium and long multiplier and turning on this option, you can set specific events to Medium and long, at which point when you upload your results CSV file the medium or long points multiplier will be applied using your default points. So for example your default points for 1st place is 100, if you have 2.00 multiplier in medium, and the event is set to medium 1st place will be worth 200 points.

Next set of options are related to the Multi Class System. Again these are optional settings. The First optional allows you to choose between 1,2 or 3 class'

The Next two options allow you to choose the second and third car class', if you remember you already set the first car class at the beginning.

The final 3 options allow you to set the max allowed car signups for each class, so when a car has reached that limit no one else will be able to choose that car class.

Next we will move onto the Paypal Options and the Team Options. For the Paypal Options you have the ability to charge an entry fee for both Drivers and Teams, or just one or the other. All you have to do is turn on the option, and set a price for the signup fee. Keep in mind you will need a paypal business account to use this feature.

Next up we have the team options first, you can choose to turn this system on or not. It will allow teams to register in this season, and choose drivers.

Next you can set what kind of team championship it will be, combined means that it's only a team championship, and Both means you will have a team championship as well as a drivers championship.

Lastly you have the ability to set how many drivers are allowed on a team per car class. So every team can have by default 2 cars per team, per class. So that is up to 6 drivers in 3 different cars. You can decide what you want that to be.

And finally the last section is some addition options. First we have the waiting list option which I only suggest is used in conjunction with auto activation set to off, as the waiting list works based on not active drivers, so if you have auto activation on than the waiting list won't work at all.

The next option simply allows you to turn the signup system off on the season, until your ready to accept signups.

The auto signup Activation like mentioned above, basically allows a driver to signup without admin approval now this may not be something everyone wants so you can turn it off if you like, the other advantage to this is it also works in conjunction with the paypal entry fee system. What this means is if you have this on you will not have to confirm the payment was sent, as paypal will send data back to our system that will confirm the payment was made and the system will auto activate that driver. For some this will save some extra league admin work, As we all know it can be a big job to run a successful league.

Hide registrations simply does that it hides signups from public view.

And lastly you can turn on or off the Download Car Pack Link that will display on your series signup page. This whole system is automatic and works based on the users themselves. If they upload a car file that your championship is using, it will be included in the zip download, if they haven't uploaded that car type than it won't put anything in for that user. Another little feature to hopefully help admins save some time.

Manage Events

These are the controls each event will have after it is created, It's very straight forward you can edit, delete event records, and the last button is to upload race results. A 4th button will appear that looks like scissors when results have been uploaded., this gives you the ability to delete result data on a specific event.

New Event

Creating a new event is pretty straight forward. This is the screen you will see. The first box Event Title is the name of the event for example "Race 1"

Than you can select which season the event will be a part of, the track the event will run on, and all the normal options you would have on a hosted race, qualifying format, laps the race will be. If you set the Qualfying type to open Qualifying it will use the Time based display options, and if you set the Qualifying Type to Lone Qualifying it will use the Laps based Qualifying display.

The next set of options ties into the Points Multiplier feature that you can set in the New Season/Edit Season screen, basically it lets you choose the race length mode from Normal to Medium or Long, and it will apply the points multiplier you used for those when you upload race results.

The last set of options are when you plan to have the server open so your users know when they can join and start practicing, and than of coruse the Date and Time the event will run at. The Date box, when you click in the first box it will display a calendar like this. You can simply click the date you want and it will put the correct date format in the box beside it. Whatever you do don't try to change the date or time format. In the case of time 1:00 pm or 1:00 am are the correct formats.

League Extra Modules

These are just some extra stuff that will display on your page if you want to. First we have the Donation link which will allow your users to make donations to your league. Than we have the sponsor display which appears just below the menu. Using the Sponsorship system you will be able to add logos and define links for those logos. You can turn this off as well if you want.

The next two Twitter and RSS, By turning Twitter on you can define a twitter url, and get the twitter icon on the top of your page, the RSS Feed will include all your Blog news posts, and again turning this on will display an icon on the top of the league page.

The last option is related to the new menu system, which allows you to create an unlimited amount of menu items, and even create sub menu items. Basically this option allows you to turn an additional top menu display on or off. The menu system will allow you to place items on the main menu bar, but because of space limitations the top menu bar was also included.

League Menu Modules

Basically these are all the different default menu items included with each league, what this screen allows you to do is turn any one of these off, or event change the text display to something else. For example the default link name for the series in this example picture is actually Series Signup. So if you just want to call it series, or signup you can do that!

League Configuration - Colors and Images

The League Configuration page relates to images in your page design and the coloring of many different elements of the page. It's also one of the most complex league admin pages so bare with me. There is currently 7 images you can customize. The first 3 listed to the left, are the league logo, the header background and the header graphic. I will explain a bit about what each one does.

First the league logo, which I think is pretty self explanatory. It's the actual logo that will appear on the top of your site, as well as on our list of leagues in our system. I suggesting using a transparent png image for this so you don't cover up the header background.

On the right here you see an example, of the league logo, the header background is the carbon fiber effect, this is also a transparent image, so you can actually change the background color later in this guide, to change the color of this background. Of course you can replace it completely if you want with something else. The header graphic is the picture of the cars, so you can design one yourself and upload that if you like as well.

The next 4 images to the left are the Body Background, Menu Background, Content Background, and Footer Background, The names are not arbitrary, they refer to web-design sections that make up a web page.

Starting with the Body background, if you look at the picture on the right you will see a layout of a web page, the body background is the part outside the normal page design which is the black edge on the left and right side of the image. So this option allows you to change that background.

Next the menu background. This is sort of obvious but it's the background image for the main menu. Which is the red bar under the "header graphic" This image is also a transparent png so again you can color this menu using the coloring options later in this guide without changing this image, but you can if you want.

The content background refers to where the main content of your page will be displayed. The text and images, and information. So that is the white section which is where you wills see content of different pages when you select them. So this option allows you to upload your own background image for that.

Lastly the footer background which you cannot see in this picture, but its at the bottom of the page, and usually has copyright message on it and other stuff like that. So you can change that background as well. It also works in the same manner as the header background, so you can change its color using color options later in this guide.

Before we jump to coloring options. I know your probably eager to get started on that, unless you've fallen asleep reading all this by now! Next on the list first is some additional league information. Starting with the first 3 options your name, your email address which is what will be used when users contact you using the contact form, and last your paypal email address, This can be different than your contact address. It is what will be used for donations or payment of entry fee's for signups.

Next box allows you to create rules for your league, you could also turn the rules option off in the Menu Modules section and create a page yourself, and a menu item. Although there isn't much difference.

The last two boxes are description and keywords. The description box will display that description on our leagues page, but it will also put that description in your source code, this is so your page can get indexed on search engines, they keywords are also related to search engines and also will display in your source code.

Okay okay, finally colors! Hopefully this doesn't trip you out too much as we got a lot of colors here. The first 3 sections are Main Template Properties, Menu Properties, and Top Menu Properties.

Now each box has a HTML code for each color, but don't worry you don't have to remember these codes. Simply click in the box you want to edit, and you should see a new box popup like the one shown on the right. Simply click and select your color, and you can also you use the slider to brighten or darken that color, that's all you have to do.

Again each of these are named in a way to be self explanatory and refer to web design names for specific areas or functions, So background refers to a solid color of a specific location, Text usually refers to the color of text, and hover can be each the text color when the mouse is over the element or it can be a background color hover. Don't be afraid to play around, there is really no limit to what color combination's you can use. Let your creative mind guide you in what you want your league page to look like.

The next set of options are Blog, Side bar and Table Properties, The sidebar properties are currently not being used right now, as we don't actually have a sidebar available currently. The Blog Properties apply to your news section what colors they will display as. The Table Properties, change the coloring of lists of data like your championship standings your race results, your race schedule. Stuff like that.

The Final set of colors for now are Series Properties, Comments Properties, and User Profile Properties.

The Series Properties refers to colors the Series signup page, as well as the schedule page, and archives page. It allows you to change the colors of the boxes and elements related to Series and Seasons.

The Comments Properties allows you to change the coloring of the boxes displayed when users make comments on your blog posts, or race results.

And last and finally the end of this section, the User Profile Properties allows you to change the coloring of the user profile box used on users profile page. That may be the end for now but I will be continue to add more coloring options as time goes on giving league admins more and more control over the look of they're league pages.

Registered users: Chad Cole