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Locations

Locations are the places and businesses in your local communities. Weblocal.ca gives information about those locations like the address and phone number, a map, and provides some useful ways to find them. The business details page presents this information, plus all of the reviews and tags that other Weblocal.ca users have written about this business. You must be logged in to create your own tags, ratings and reviews while you are on a business details page. When Weblocal.ca shows something wrong, you are encouraged to submit a correction. Every business details page has a link to send your updates. When you can’t find a business that should be there, you can submit a new business.

Ratings

Weblocal.ca’s rating system is based on stars, because everyone understands that they stand for quality. You are encouraged to give the locations in your world a star rating. But ratings by themselves are pretty useless, so with the star rating you are asked to also give a review.

Reviews

This is the heart and soul of Weblocal.ca. Your review is the story of your experience at that place. It should be meaningful and informative and reflect your personal style. What would you tell a friend about the place? Describe the price, quality, service and atmosphere. Were there any special or unique things about this business? Can you share any tips that would make another Weblocal.ca user’s experience a good one?

Recommendations

What’s the difference between a recommendation and a rating? Think of a recommendation as a quick “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” vote on a place. Nothing scientific, just an indication of how you feel. You can add or change a recommendation at any time, either on the location’s profile page or on search results.

Tags

Tags are also key for Weblocal.ca. Use tags to add categories and attributes. Tags are searchable. Whenever you search on Weblocal.ca, you have access to all of the tags created by other users. A couple of tips about tagging: be consistent, be specific, be helpful. You are allowed to use multi-word tags.

Friends and neighbours

Weblocal.ca allows you to have a place to share information with the people you know and love, and for you to meet new people whom you’ll come to know and love.

You create a neighbourhood by adding other Weblocal.ca users as friends. You can also invite people to join Weblocal.ca and they will be added to your list of friends.

Use Weblocal.ca to help you organize events, introduce friends to the best that your neighbourhood has to offer, or create an itinerary for out-of-town guests.

Searching

At its simplest, every search on Weblocal.ca consists of a what and a where.

Enter a company name, a type of business, a keyword or a tag into the “what” box at the top of any page. The “where“ can be a city and province, or a postal code. Then, you just have to click “find”.

Weblocal.ca will remember the last place you searched, so you don’t have to continually re-enter the “what” term if you’re searching locally. The “where” box will also auto-complete city names, so try entering the first few letters and then pick from the list.

Advanced Searching

Weblocal.ca’s basic “what/where” search will almost always return exactly what you’re looking for. But when it doesn’t, here are a couple of tips you can try in the “what” box.

  1. Search By Name or Tag : You can limit your searches to matching your “what” term to either names or tags. Type “name:” before your search term to search by business name only. Type “tag:” before your search term to search by tag only.
  2. Quotation Marks : To ensure that multi-word terms are searched for together, place quotation marks around a phrase, such as a business name or tag. For example: “Gino’s Pizza” or “family law.”
  3. Wildcards : Use “*” in place of text that can be different for each result. For example: “Gino’s piz*” would return both “Gino’s Pizza” and “Gino’s Pizzeria” in your search results.
  4. Required Terms : Put “+” before words that must be in your search results. For example: “+gino’s pizza cafe” would return “Gino’s Ristorante”, “Gino’s Pizza” and “Gino’s Café” but not “Tommy’s Pizza” or “Jean-Pierre’s Café”.
  5. Excluded Terms : Put “-“ before words that should not be in your search results. For example: “-gino’s pizza cafe” would return “Tommy’s Pizza” and “Jean-Pierre’s Café” but nothing with “Gino’s” in its name.

The MyAccount Page

The MyAccount page is your public calling card on Weblocal.ca. Whenever you tag or write a review, it is automatically linked to your MyAccount page.

Your Tags and Reviews

Weblocal.ca shows all of your tags in a “tag cloud”. Tags are automatically sized based on the frequency that you have used them. Click on a tag to browse a list of businesses you have tagged with the same word. All of your user reviews are also shown.

Account Settings

The MyAccount page features a simple dashboard that will let you personalize your MyAccount page. Just click on any field to personalize it.

You can invite friends to join Weblocal.ca by clicking the link. You can also view the status of invites you’ve already sent.

Pictures and Videos

Don't see a Videos or Pictures tab on your MyAccount Page? That's OK! That just means you haven't uploaded any videos or pictures yet! As soon as you upload your first video or picture, then the appropriate tab will automatically show up on the page for you. You wouldn't want us to take up valuable space on your web page for something that doesn't exist yet, would you?

Pictures

There are two types of Pictures you can upload: Personal and Location. All pictures that you upload are automatically displayed on the Pictures tab of your MyAccount Page. From there, you can easily delete existing pictures, select a new primary account photo and review all your existing pictures.

Personal pictures tell others users about you and can be selected as your avatar, that will be displayed next to your name throughout the site by reviews, recommendations, tags and so on. You can upload a new personal photo by clicking on the "Upload a photo" at the top of the Pictures page.

Location pictures are those that you upload on a specific location's profile page and are linked to that place. When you click on these pictures, they will take you to the profile page for that location.

We support the following types of files for photo uploads: JPG, GIF and PNG.

Videos

Videos are uploaded on the Profile page for a business or location. Once they have been uploaded, they are automatically displayed on the Videos tab of your MyAccount Page. This is where you can easily review your existing Videos and click through to any business that it is associated with. You can also delete any Videos that you uploaded from this page.

We support the following types of files for video uploads: MOV, MP4, AVI, MPG, MPEG, FLV, ASF, WMV, 3GP, 3GPP, 3G2

Lists

What Is A List?

User lists are a way for you to organize any group of businesses or locations that you find on Weblocal.ca. You can create a list for any purpose you can think of and add any business to that list, or even add it to multiple lists if you want.

Businesses that you add to a list don't have to be related. Unlike search results, they don't even have to have anything in common at all. Suppose you create a list called "Places To Check Out". As you are browsing through search results here on Weblocal.ca, you run across a business that looks interesting, but not really what you are looking for at the moment. Instead of looking for a piece of paper and writing it down, or trying to remember it, just add that business to your "Places To Check Out" list for later reference. Then, when you have more time, just go browse the business in that list and they are right there at your fingertips!

Public or Private

By default, when you create a list it is marked as "public" - all your friends can see your list and the businesses in it. This is a super easy way for you to share your favourite (or hated!) businesses with the friends in your neighbourhood.

Don't worry, though. If you want to keep a list to yourself, we thought of that, too. Just go to your MyAccount page and click on the Lists tab, then click on the name of the List that you created. In the section labeled "Public/Private" you'll see a link "Make Private". Just click on that to make the list, and everything in it, completely hidden from everyone but you.

Collaboration and Sharing

You don't have to work alone when working with lists, either. Lists can be shared with your friends, and best of all, you get to control how much they can (or can't!) do.

When you go to the List tab on your MyAccount page, then click on the name of an existing list, you will see a list of all the friends in your neighbourhood in the section labeled "Add/Edit Users". Next to each person's name, you will see a dropdown list with three options in it.

  • None - Even if your list is marked as being "Public" setting this option will prevent that user from seeing your list. We'll leave it up to your imagination for reasons why you might want to use this option.
  • Edit - With this option, you can actually give one of your neighbours the ability to add and remove businesses from your list. This is a great way to create a shared, group list of favourite places amongst a group of friends. Just remember, everyone with this privilege has te ability to delete businesses from the list as well as add them, so be careful who you give this to!
  • View - If you use the Make Private option to hide your list from your neighbours, you can use this option to make a list visible to only specific friends, one at a time. This might be handy if you want to share a list with your significant other but keep it hidden from your general neighbourhood.
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