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ClustrMaps on Windows Live Spaces

ClustrMaps HTML installation instructions for Windows Live Spaces users

QUICK SUMMARY (details below):

  • copy the ‘ClustrMaps HTML’ provided by us;
  • log in to your Windows Live Spaces account;
  • go to Customize… Add modules… Other… Custom HTML… Add… [Close tab]… Save
  • select edit (beneath Custom HTML), paste the ‘ClustrMaps HTML’ into the large text area, then Publish

(Note for older MSN spaces see instructions here).

For convenience, we repeat steps 1-4 of the main instructions on the HTML setup page, and add more specific instructions for this case using the sub-steps shown at step 5 below.

PHASE I: Copy your ClustrMaps HTML code

1. If you used a ‘Create yours’ instant-registration-setup as provided on the home page at www.clustrmaps.com, you should already have your HTML code displayed, and you can just jump to step 3. If not, log in to your ClustrMaps ‘Admin’ page by clicking on the Admin link at the top of any ClustrMaps page, or going directly to: http://www.clustrmaps.com/admin/action.php (use your URL as your username, and the password you have been sent, or the password you changed it to)

2. On your Admin page, you will see several boxes containing different versions of the HTML code. In this case you should use variation “[B]: Minimalist (for MySpace and other sites needing the plainest HTML)”… this is best for Windows Live Spaces also. Click in the box with your mouse and select ALL of that text (you can use the two keyboard keys CTRL+A to select all of it)

3. Now copy that HTML (you can use the two keyboard keys CTRL+C to perform this, or right-click with the mouse and select ‘Copy’); you will then paste it into your web page later on below.

PHASE II: Blog-specific alterations (hosted blog)

4. Now you must log into your Windows Live Spaces account, using the sequence you would normally use, say, if you were about to change your settings or preferences or user profile information. Do this in a separate browser window if possible, or in the same window you are currently using if that is simpler for you.

5. You now need to alter the ‘code’ on your page where the map is going to appear. To do this, follow the specific "a, b, c, …, n" sequence for this type of blog as specified immediately below:

a. Sign in to your Windows Live Spaces page and Click on “Edit this page” or “Customize” (upper right), then “Add modules…” from the pop-up selection menu.

b. Scroll all the way down the long list of options until you find a group called ‘Other‘ and the choice Custom HTML and select ‘Add’ to the right of that choice (Custom HTML) (see figure below, step 5b).

c. Click CLOSE TAB at the bottom of the Modules popup window (see figure above, step 5c).

d. IMPORTANT: Click [SAVE] near the TOP of your screen (just underneath where it says ‘Customize’), which will save the (empty) Custom HTML module for you

e. You can now move and position this Custom HTML module by dragging it around on the page

f. Click the link labelled Edit just below the new label “Custom HTML”

g. In the box that appears you can now paste the ClustrMaps HTML that you copied earlier at main step 3 above – if necessary, go copy it again to be sure (we recommend the simple option [B] from your ClustrMaps Admin page) into the box (see figure below, step 5g)

h. Click Publish (which appears at the top of the area you have just edited) to save it (see figure above, step 5h).

i. Click on “Customize”… then “Exit edit mode” at the top of your screen to see what it actually looks like

If you have added too many modules you can hide them by repeating steps 5a and 5b above, but select ‘Hide’ instead of ‘Add’.

You can give this Custom HTML module a better name (such as “Locations of visitors” or whatever you prefer), but the menu sequence for doing this is a little tricky. In principle, you can do the following: Click Customize (upper right), then “Rearrange or hide modules”… then click on the little upside-down triangle found on the Custom HTML module… then Preferences.. at which point you can enter your own name. Alternatively, if you have a better method of your own, email us a simpler/better solution and we’ll give you a free ClustrMaps+ upgrade!

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