About Tideline
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Getting Started Checklist · 6th October 2006
Stonebreaker Designs
There are two things you need to do here to get started. First is to decide who can view and post items to your site. The second is to add any priviledged staff members to your site. You do all this using the PEOPLE tools in the EDITOR TOOLS bar.

FIRST: Who can view and post
Tideline lets you restrict who can view your site and who can post items on it. You can leave your site open to the public...or close it down so only staff members who sign in can view it. The same is true for posting. Use the Security & Access tool to change these.

One additional thing to think about is who is allowed to post directly to the site without going through editorial review and approval. By default only editors can skip the review process...but you can change this if desired.

SECOND: Add staff members
Tideline has many security features built-in. The main security feature is a secure sign-in process using encrypted passwords. Once signed in, a person becomes a recognized staff member with specific privileges and powers. Every site has at least one staff member who acts as editor. Depending on what kind of site you want to run, you can create additional staff with different levels of privileges.

As editor you can create, edit and delete staff memberships. Use the "View Staff List" tool to get a list of all staff. From this page you can add, edit and delete staff memberships.

About passwords, sign-in and security
The key to a secure site is your password. If anyone else can guess or find your password, they can impersonate you and gain access and control of your website. By far the most important part of security is choosing a hard to guess password and not letting others see it. Every other security measure is useless if your password is discovered by others.

Email addresses and Spammers. Spammers send automated web robots out to harvest email addresses from websites. Tideline has features built-in to try to foil them. Email addresses entered into specific "email" fields are stored in a scrambled form so they are not recognizable to standard spammers' robots or even to search engines. They are then unscrambled by javascript code just before they are displayed. Human readers see a regular email address but spammer web robots have trouble unscrambling them.