How-To Instructions

Note: Instructions marked with an '*' above require that you are a CVMG member and are logged in to the website.   If you experience difficulty signing into the system, please check the "HELP" page and then contact the Web Administrator for additional help.

Download the CVMG News

You must be a CVMG member and logged into the site.

Look at the "Menu Bar" on the left side of the page and click on "CVMG News". On the resulting page, the current CVMG News is located at the top of the page. These are all PDF files, and so you must have a reader that can read or decode Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer. By scrolling down the page you can see back issues listed and can download these.  NOTE: These are large files and may take several minutes to load depending on the speed of your internet connection. 

Problems associated with the download can be due to many things including your firewall settings, your ISP provider, the amount of available space on your local hard drive, your type of internet connection, etc. However if after trying to download one of these files a few times you continue to have trouble click here to request support.

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Updating your Member Profile

You must be a CVMG member and logged onto the site to do any of the following tasks.

Your Member Profile contains all the information about  your membership in the CVMG.  It is created when you join the CVMG for the first time.  You control what information you share with other members and the public.  It is important to review your profile periodically to keep the information up to date.

Click on View Profile (upper right corner below your name): 

Renew my membership

The Profile page has a "Renew until..." button on the right side of the page near your membership due date. Click this and follow the steps to renew.  You have the option of paying by credit card, PayPal or mailing a cheque.

Change my information

Click on "Edit" and scroll down changing any information or adding a picture as desired.  Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to  "SAVE" once you are finished making changes.

You can use this option to decide NOT to receive a hardcopy of "The CVMG News" and to request an automatic e-mail when the current version of "The CVMG News" is posted.

Add my photo to my profile

You can add a single photo to your profile that is shown to members in the directory, etc.  To do this, click "Edit" then scroll down to Photo (members or bikes).  CLick browse to locate the photo you want to include from your computer.

Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to  "Save" once you are finished making changes.

You can change or remove the photo using the same instructions.

Change my privacy settings

Click on "Edit" and look for privacy settings.  Be sure to "Save" once you change any information.

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 Post in Buy and Sell

You must be a CVMG member and logged onto the site.

  1. Go to the "Buy and Sell" page and click the button to buy or sell an item.
  2. Click on the "CREATE" button.  This allows you to put a title for your item and then a description. 
  3. Be sure to add a way for the viewer to contact you and remember, this page is viewable by anyone who looks at the CVMG site - member or not!

Click here for a step-by-step explanation of posting in the forums

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Adding Photos to Buy and Sell ads

You must be a CVMG member and logged onto the site.

A frequently requested feature is the ability to include a photo of an item in a Buy/Sell ad, or forum posting.  While there is no direct way to do this currently, there are 4 options to accomplish some of what you want:

Copy/Paste approach: (added April 2016): Probably the quickest way to add a photo or two.  It uses basic features of any computer, so should work from any(?) computer:
  • find a photo on your computer (using File Manager, My Computer or any other file management tool).  Open it in a viewing program (usually, just double-click the file name and the default photo viewer displays the photo)
  • right-click on the photo and select Copy from the drop-down menu that appears
  • go to the CVMG website and create your forum posting
  • in the post, right-click where you want the photo, then select Paste
  • if you click on the photo, you can drag the sizing handles (little squares at the corners of the photo) to adjust the size.
This is the simple and quick way to add 1-2 photos stored on your computer (thanks to George Schwarz for this tip).

Photos stored on the Web: You can insert a Link in your posting to an external location where your photos are stored.  Individuals clicking this link would be taken to the external web site where they could view your photos.
To do that, your photo must be hosted on an external web site (Picasa, Flickr, your own web site, etc.) Just highlight the text that describes the photo, select the 'Link' button', then click 'Insert link' and paste in the URL of your photo.
This works well if you have more than one or 2 photos and they're already stored on the Web.

HTML approach: Steve Ball has written a procedure which, while not straight forward, does work. You can download a copy of his instructions by clicking here to allow you to post photos into your Wanted, For Sale and Forum postings.

Profile approach
: Click View profile (upper right corner once logged in), then click on "photo albums" link at top of page, then click on create album. Then you can add album name, description and upload five photos at a time. See example
http://www.cvmg.ca/Sys/PublicProfile/89504/
The photo albums in your profile aren't designed as a photo management site, external sites such as Yahoo Flickr, Google Picasa, and others make it easier to manage photos. The CVMG site albums have to be loaded in the order you want the photos to be displayed with the exception of the cover photo.

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Taking a Screenshot

If you're having a problem using the CVMG website, it may be useful to capture what you're seeing when the problem happens.  A screenshot is a picture of your computer screen stored in a file.  The file can be attached to an email requesting support.

Click here to learn how to take a screenshot on your computer.

Click here to contact support for this website.

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Clearing your browser's cache

The web browser is a program on your computer used to access websites such as this one.  The browser saves information so it's available when you ask for it again.  This is usually handy, but occasionally it means the browser isn't seeing changes to the information.  When this happens and, depending on your operating system and browser settings, you should consider clearing the browser's cache of stored information.  Click here for instructions on how to do this.  You'll need to know which operating system and browser you're currently using.

To test that your browser's cache has been successfully cleared, click here and follow the instructions.


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