BridgeWebs User Guide & Help
  1. Introduction - Player
      1.1. Introduction
      1.2. Results Features
      1.3. Hand Evaluation
      1.4. Results Analysis
      1.5. Calendar Month
      1.6. Bridge Solver
2. Introduction - Members Only
      2.1. Members
      2.2. Set Member Password
      2.3. Administration
      2.4. Subscribe
      2.5. Calendar Wanted
      2.6. Find a Partner
      2.7. Bookings
3. Introduction - Administration
      3.1. Creating a Web Site
      3.2. Menu
      3.3. Moving Around
      3.4. Web Administration
4. Getting Started
      4.1. The Basics
      4.2. More Features
      4.3. Yet More Features
5. Calendar
      5.1. Calendar Features
      5.2. Director Rota etc
      5.3. Event (Add)
      5.4. Event (Amend)
      5.5. Event (Delete)
      5.6. Events (Quick Update)
      5.7. Highlight
      5.8. Information
      5.9. Results (Ext Web Page)
      5.10. Results (Manual)
      5.11. Schedule
      5.12. Sharing
      5.13. Attendance
6. Results
      6.1. Handicap
      6.2. Results (Amend/Delete)
      6.3. Results (Download)
      6.4. Multiple Events
      6.5. Personal Analysis
      6.6. Recover Results Files
      6.7. Upload (ACBL)
      6.8. Upload (ACBL Player DB)
      6.9. Upload (EBUScore)
      6.10. Upload (PairsScorer)
      6.11. Upload (ScoreBridge)
      6.12. Upload (ScorePost)
      6.13. Upload (EBU USEBIO)
      6.14. Upload (Web Site)
      6.15. Live Ranking
      6.16. ACBL Masterpoints
      6.17. Import
      6.18. API Interface
      6.19. Windows Firewall
7. Displaying Hands
      7.1. Computer Dealt Hands
      7.2. Deal - Creating Deal files
      7.3. Deal - Uploading
      7.4. Play It Again
      7.5. Play It Again Software
      7.6. ECATS Sims Sessions
      7.7. Widgets
8. News
      8.1. News Features
      8.2. Changing/Splitting Pages
      8.3. Editor
      8.4. Editor Usage
      8.5. Forms
      8.6. Forms Emails
      8.7. Hand of the Week
      8.8. Message Board
      8.9. Membership Lists
      8.10. Page Options
      8.11. Page Sequence
      8.12. Picture Gallery
      8.13. Themes
      8.14. Web or Email Address
      8.15. BridgeWebs Maps
      8.16. Mail Merge
9. Competitions
      9.1. Competition Features
      9.2. Dates
      9.3. Presentation
      9.4. Restricted
      9.5. Rules
      9.6. Handicaps
      9.7. Name Changes/Aliases
      9.8. NGS Grades
      9.9. Interclub
      9.10. Upload
10. Settings
      10.1. Find Us
      10.2. Passwords
      10.3. Site Style
      10.4. Where & When
11. Menu
      11.1. Introduction to Menu
      11.2. Amend
12. Picture Library
      12.1. Picture Library
      12.2. Videos and Movies
      12.3. Picture and Movie Upload
      12.4. Membership Pictures
      12.5. Favicon
13. Document Library
      13.1. Documents
      13.2. Document Upload
      13.3. Document Usage
      13.4. Private Documents
14. Membership
      14.1. Member Registration
      14.2. Members Only Features
      14.3. Members Only Setup
      14.4. Membership Database
      14.5. Results Download
      14.6. Find a Partner/Bookings
      14.7. Reservations Setup
      14.8. Private Page
      14.9. Calendar Update
      14.10. Bulk Email
      14.11. Emailing documents
      14.12. Bulk Email Log
      14.13. Synch Part 1
      14.14. Synch Part 2
      14.15. Import/Export
      14.16. ACBL Player File
      14.17. ScoreBridge Player File
15. Other Features
      15.1. People Database
      15.2. Club Database
16. Miscellaneous
      16.1. Adaptive Design
      16.2. Backups
      16.3. Cut & Paste
      16.4. Domain
      16.5. Email Service
      16.6. Movies and Videos
      16.7. PDF Files
      16.8. Performance
      16.9. Results Only Service
      16.10. Security Settings
      16.11. Site Style HTML
      16.12. Spam
      16.13. Statistics
      16.14. Timezone
      16.15. Twitter
      16.16. Upgrades
      16.17. Upload Browse Button
      16.18. Web Searches etc
17. Release Notes
      17.1. Release 2.18
      17.2. Release 2.17
      17.3. Release 2.16
      17.4. Release 2.15
      17.5. Release 2.12
 
1.1. Introduction

This guide describes the features of Bridgewebs. Within Bridgewebs, you will find [?] or [Help] buttons that take you straight to the relevant page of this guide. If you would like to review this guide as a scrollable document or want to print out the entire contents (about 70 pages) then click on [Classic Style] in the title bar above at any time. You can also use format to do a Browser Page Search.

If you want to add it to your favourites or open in a full window, you can find it at www.bridgewebs.com/guide.

Unlike a conventional web site, Bridgewebs is an online system and each page is created as needed from the tables of information, such as calendar and results held within the web site.

Have a look at the Getting Started section for a brief overview of what to do and then at the individual section for more details.

1.2. Results Features

The results are presented in a number of pages. Above the results, you will see a Tab Bar that will enable you to go to further information depending on the type of Game and Club technology used. These Include:- handicapped ranking, matrix, personal score cards, travellers and Hands. You can then go straight to your own personal scorecard by clicking against your name in the rankings.

NB, depending on your particular PC and its settings it may be better to view this in "Full Screen" mode.

Click on Full Screen to switch to "full Screen" mode

Click on Normal Screen to switch back again.

Within the "Full Screen" option, there are a number of other options to allow you to look at other results without reverting to the normal mode.

Rank An overview of the results showing in "rank" sequence.
Scorecards

A combination page, showing on the left, the pairs on the session, an individual scorecard in the middle and the travellers on the right. While retaining you own personal score card on the screen, you will be able to individually view any particular board. The Box in the middle shows an equivalent to your Personal Scorecard. Below that is an analysis of how you did.

From the Scorecard, each contract is analyzed and an average of the percentages is created depending on whether you were Declarer, Dummy, Lead Defender, Other Defender.

So, if you played 2 contracts all session, one giving 100% and another 20%, your overall average will be 60%. It is only meant as a guide, whether you did will in Play or Defense. With this analysis, Bridgewebs cannot determine whether the reason you did badly was because you overbid or because you didn't make the tricks you could have.

It was introduced into the Prototype and proved popular, although you will need to interpret the results. A future release will look more closely at the results to provide better analysis

Matrix A grid showing the scores for each pair/team.
Travellers Shows the travellers recorded and used to record the results. You will generally use the individual "Traveller" on the "Personal Scorecard" page.
Handicap For a "Handicap" competition, shows the Handicap "Ranking"
Hands Various Options for viewing the Hands

 

You can print any Box without all the headers and menu using the Printer icon

 

 

1.3. Hand Evaluation

When you view a Hand, a Hand Evaluation will show as you hover over each hand. This feature can be turned off in Web Administration - Settings - Scoring.

HCP

High Card Points. A = 4, K = 3, Q = 2, J = 1. Used to evaluate hands for most bidding.

Length Points

HCP plus one point for each card over four in every suit. Can be used to gauge opening bids, responses, and rebids.

Shortage Points

HCP plus doubleton = 1, singleton = 2, void = 3. Older alternative to length points, can be used to gauge opening bids, responses, and rebids.

Support Points

HCP plus doubleton = 1, singleton = 3, void = 5. Also known as dummy points, can be used when supporting partner's suit.

Controls

A = 2, K = 1. Used in some slam-bidding conventions.

Quick Tricks

AK = 2, AQ = 1½, KQ = 1, A = 1, guarded K = ½.

Losers

The losing trick count. Count only the top three cards in each suit. With three or more cards in a suit, A, K and Q are winners, lower cards are losers (maximum of 3). Note that Q98 or worse counts as 2½ losers. With two cards in a suit, A and K are winners, lower cards are losers (but AQ tight counts as no losers). With one card in a suit, A is a winner, any lower card is a loser. Void counts as no losers. Can be used to assess how high to bid. See The Modern Losing Trick Count by Ron Klinger.

1.4. Results Analysis

The "Results Analysis" feature has been added as a way of providing some further analysis of how you might have done, depending on whether you are a Declarer or Defender. It is open to interpretation.

Contract Analysis

From the Scorecard, each contract is analyzed and an average of the percentages is created depending on whether you were Declarer, Dummy, Lead Defender, Other Defender.

So, if you are North, and played just 3 contracts, boards 11, 14 and 22 as "Declarer" all session

Board Contract By Score IMPs %
11 4S N +1 450 58%
14 3NT N = 400 42%
22 2S N -1 50 32%

These 3 contracts as declarer will be accumulated, such as the one above giving 58% , 42% and 32%, to give you an overall average as declarer of 44%. Your partner's % as Dummy would also be 44% .

Player Played As Boards Played Average
Jim Smith Declarer 3 44%
  Dummy 8 45%
  On Lead 6 26%
  Defender 7 42%

It is only meant as a guide, how many you played and whether you did well in Play or Defense. With this analysis, Bridgewebs cannot determine whether the reason you did well/badly was because you overbid or because you didn't make the tricks you could have.

With Single Winner arrow switched movements or Howell, there is nothing recorded in the Scoring Software to say which seat you sat in for each board, so Bridgewebs makes assumptions.

The first assumption is that the first player of a pair sits North or East. This is correct if the club use Wireless scoring.

Mitchell

Option 1 - Clockwise

For arrow-switched events, If your club has a standard that the boards must be rotated clockwise, then the analysis will be correct.

Starting North, then West, then back to North etc.
Starting South, then East, then back to South etc.
Starting East, then North, then back to East etc.
Starting West, then South, then back to West etc.

For Hesitation Mitchell, as above, plus

Starting North on Pivot/Hesitation Table, move to East, then continue as East, until an arrow switched round when they become North again.
Starting South on Pivot/Hesitation Table, move to West, then continue as West until an arrow switched round when they become South again.

Option 2 - Anti-Clockwise

For arrow-switched events, If your club has a standard that the boards must be rotated anti-clockwise, then the analysis will be correct.

Starting North, then East, then back to North etc.
Starting South, then West, then back to South etc.
Starting East, then South, then back to East etc.
Starting West, then North, then back to West etc.

For Hesitation Mitchell, as above, plus

Starting North on Pivot/Hesitation Table, move to West, then continue as West, until an arrow switched round when they become North again.
Starting South on Pivot/Hesitation Table, , move to East, then continue as East, until an arrow switched round when they become South again.

Option 3 - (N and E, S and W) - Bridgepads

1st player sit North and East all session.
2nd player sit South and West all session.

Option 4 - (N and W, S and E) - Alternative

1st player sit North and West all session.
2nd player sit South and East all session.

Howell

For Howell movements, a player will need to be consistent in how they move and sit in one or other position all rounds and not randomly sit when moving. If "Player Choice" selected, then Bridgewebs will show both assumptions.  Please make a note of the seat that you sit in each way. If you play North, then move to North whenever, as a pair, you sit North/South and similarly East/West. If the Club so decide, they can elect to tell the players which way to move and set the System Option accordingly.

Assumption 1 - (N and W, S and E)

Ist player sit North and West all session.
2nd player sit South and East all session.

Assumption 1 - (N and E, S and W)

Ist player sit North and East all session.
2nd player sit South and West all session.

Web Administration Set Up

There are 3 options in WebAdmin - Settings - Scoring, that your Administrator can set,

  1. To not show this analysis at all
  2. To specify which Rotation for Mitchell, usually assumed "Clockwise". Or which seat players should sit in. If a club doesn't use Wireless Scoring, then it would be best to use "Player Choice". 
  3. To specify which Seating for Howell, can be set to "N and E, S and W" or "N and W, S and E". If a club allows the players to switch any way, then it would be best to use "Player Choice". 

If the setting is "Player Choice" or a Howell movement, then 2 sets of Analysis will show and you can look at the one most applicable to the way you changed seats.

Card Analysis

The card analysis showing is your personal analysis of the Boards you have played rather than the overall deal analysis shown on the "Hand" Tab. So if there are 30 boards and you only played 24, the analysis will just be of the 24 played, and if the movement is an Arrow Switch or Howell of the seat that you sat in.

The analysis shows:

HCP - Average High Card Points
Balanced - Total of all Balanced hands defined as 4432 or 5332.
Void, Singletons, 2... The total of each suit holding, if you played 24 boards, this should all add up to 96.

1.5. Calendar Month

 

Move back a year
Move back a month
Move forward a month
Move foward a year
Reset to current month
Toggle style of Calendar
  • Grid - Days of Week across
  • List - Full List. Can be more useful on phones
Print
Toggle First day of week Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Provided for people who like their Calendars starting other than Monday
Open "Find a Partner" Popup for this event
  • In Top Icon bar, toggle 
    • Show Inline Icons. Can be easier to use on Touch Screens 
    • Show on Hover. Generally better on Desktop PC's with a keyboard
  • In Calendar or Popup Box -Open "Find a Partner" Popup for this event
Open "Wanted" option Popup for this event
Open "Reservation/Bookings" Popup for this event
Help and Guide

Find a Partner - see Find a Partner

Wanted - see Wanted

Bookings/Reservations - see Bookings

These work in 2 ways

  • Usual Membership Login
  • Enter just your EBU/ACBL No etc and provided this is on the Club Membership, you will be allowed to proceed, needs to be set in Web Administration - Settings - Options. You will be given an option to "Remember Me" (up to 28 days) and next time the box will be pre-filled or "Forget Me"
1.6. Bridge Solver

Bridge Solver provides additional analysis

  1. Play It Again
  2. Results Analysis

Click to open and view help in full window

2.1. Members

The "Members Only " feature allows Members to access and update information restricted to members and thus not available to the general public..

More details on setting this up can be found by clicking Member Only Setup

This "Members Only" page has a number of [Tabs] depending on the club's requirements.

  • "Find a Partner" allows you to enter a Partner Request and view details of other requests.
  • "Bookings" is combined with the "Find a Partner" and allows you to book for a special event when requested by your club.
  • "Messages" allow you to enter and view free format messages, such as "I am looking for a partner for next week".
  • "Member List" shows details of registered members.
  • "Account" allows you to view and change your personal details held by the club.

You can "Login" to access the "Members Only" pages.

"Logging In"

You will need to check with the club whether you are registered.
Enter your email and click [Login].
If you get a message "Enter a password", then the first time you use the "Member Only", click "Set Password" and an email will be sent to you with a link to "Set/Reset" your password. Follow the instructions.

If you get a message "You are not registered" then you will need to contact the club to get yourself registered.

"Find a Partner" Tab

The "Find a Partner" Tab allows you to enter a Partner Request and view details of other requests.

Make sure you tick/untick the "Show Telephone/email" as desired.
Then tick the first Box next to the date that you are looking for a partner. Enter notes if desired.
If you find a partner return to this tab and untick.
If your club is "Full" it can also be useful to tick the second box to say you are not available on a particular day

"Bookings" Tab

The "Bookings" Tab is part of the "Find a Partner" Tab and allows you allows you to book for a special event when requested by your club.

Make sure you tick/untick the "Show Telephone/email" as desired.
Then tick the third Box next to the date that you are booking. Enter your partner.

"Messages" Tab

This page allows users to see messages entered by other members and enter their own message. Messages can be created quickly using one of the system generated messages or enter their own. You can also set how long a message should stay there for.

Messages entered on the "Members Only" - "Message Board" can be marked as Public or Private. The "Find a Partner/Bookings" page will also show any "Public" messages left on the "Members Only" "Message Board".

"Member List" Tab

The "Member List" shows details of registered members, not accessible to the general public.

"Accounts" Tab

Allows you to view and change your personal details held by the club..

2.2. Set Member Password

To use the "Member Only" pages, you will need to Login with your email and your password.

The club will have added all members to the club database, but each Member needs to have their own password

Enter your email into the "Member Login" page and if you get:

  • "Member '...' does not seem to be registered", you will need to contact the club to be registered
  • "Password Required", you can use the [Set Password] to assign a password, either the first time or if you have forgotten it

Click [Set Password]

  • Enter your email
  • Click [Continue] and, if this is a valid i.e.. registered email, Bridgewebs will send an email to you with a link to set your password, thus confirming who you are.
  • When this email arrives, a matter of seconds/minutes depending on the email services, click on the "Reset Link" in the email
  • This takes you to a [Reset Password] window
    • Enter your email 
    • Enter a password
    • Repeat Password
    • Click [Reset] button.
  • If successful, you will now be logged on and, using the [Account] Tab, can change the password to one of their own choice.
  • Subsequently, members will be able to login using just their email or name (see below) and personal password only.

Note 1

Once you have given yourself a password, you can log in with your email, affiliation number or name.

Note 2

If you have the same email as some other Member, spouse, then when you get the [Reset Password] email you will get a link for each and you can set a different password for each. Then when you login, Bridgewebs will check both email and password and log you in as appropriate.

Note 3

If you do not have an email or the email fails to arrive, possibly gone to Junk folder, ask the Web Administrator to assign a password for you

Note 4

Usually you can set up your PC/Tablets to remember both email and password, so it should only be a matter of a few clicks to get on again.

 

2.3. Administration

The "Members Only " feature allows Members to access and update information restricted to members and thus not available to the general public..

This page provides details for the Administrator with relation to the Members Only Tab.

First of all, you will need a "Membership" database and you can find details of this elsewhere.

"Logging In/Passwords"

You do not need to do anything regarding passwords. The member can use the "Forgotten Password" to set their. If you think it might be useful for particular members you can set their password directly though the Membership database and let them know "By word of mouth".

"Find a Partner" Tab

In order to use the "Find a Partner" you will need to enter a Calendar for the club.

Make sure you tick/untick the "Show Telephone/email" as desired.
Then tick the first Box next to the date that you are looking for a partner. Enter notes if desired.
If you find a partner return to this tab and untick.
If your club is "Full" it can also be useful to tick the second box to say you are not available on a particular day

"Bookings" Tab

The "Bookings" Tab is part of the "Find a Partner" Tab and allows you allows you to book for a special event when requested by your club.

Make sure you tick/untick the "Show Telephone/email" as desired.
Then tick the third Box next to the date that you are booking. Enter your partner.

"Messages" Tab

This page allows users to see messages entered by other members and enter their own message. Messages can be created quickly using one of the system generated messages or enter their own. You can also set how long a message should stay there for.

Messages entered on the "Members Only" - "Message Board" can be marked as Public or Private. The "Find a Partner/Bookings" page will also show any "Public" messages left on the "Members Only" "Message Board".

"Member List" Tab

The "Member List" shows details of registered members, not accessible to the general public.

"Accounts" Tab

Allows you to view and change your personal details held by the club..

2.4. Subscribe

Each club has a Member database that is used for a variety of purposes. One of which is to send Bulk Emails to Members. Additionally you might fill out forms on a Bridgewebs club site and receive an email from there. If you are not receiving emails from your clubs, it could be for a number of reasons.

Any such emails from Bridgewebs will be from the email address member@bridgewebsemail.com, please add this to your known Contacts.

If you think you should be receiving emails from Bridgewebs, but are not, it could be for one of the following reasons.

Unsubscribed

According to "Bulk Email" good practices, all Bulk Email is sent with an "Unsubscribe" link. If you receive an email from Bridgewebs and then click the "Unsubscribe" link, you have an option to not receive any more emails from ANY Bridgewebs club, regardless of any club settings.

Junk

If you receive an email from Bridgewebs and mark it as "Junk" or "Spam", then this will be logged and no further emails will not be sent to your email from ANY Bridgewebs club, regardless of any club settings. If you do receive an email from Bridgewebs and you are not interested, just DELETE it.

Bounced

Over a million emails get sent from Bridgewebs each year and many look the same, so, sometimes Email services decide they are Spam (too many of the same type or some kind of wording) and reject the email. This can be Temporary or Permanent.

Stale

Email Servers send status back to the Bridgewebs email service whenever an email is "Read", "Opened" or "Clicked", otherwise the email remains with a status if "Delivered". If you do not read any emails from Bridgewebs, then your email status will be marked as "Stale" once uou have not read a number of times (currently 40).

If your email has any of the above Status, NO further emails will be sent to your email from ANY Bridgewebs club, regardless of any club settings.

  • Your club Administrator will be able to tell you whether your status is one of these.
  • Or you can check yourself, click below
     

 Check


If your email has a blocked status, you will personally need to "Re-Subscribe".

 

 

2.5. Calendar Wanted

Bridgewebs has a "Wanted" Feature to allow members to volunteer to "Host" an event. 

Administrator Note

Although this primarily works for the "Host", it can be used for any of the 5 named assignments, Director, Scorer, Host, Steward, Dealer. If "Wanted" appears next to any of these, then this feature will be triggered.

When you click on the ‘Host’ icon, the "Host" pop-up appears.

Host will display

  • The date and title of the event
  • Your name and email
  • Box to enter your EBU/ACBL No

You have 2 options

  • Check - Check your credentials and if so shows your member name (Together with NGS Grade if present).
  • Accept -  This adds your name against the event

Note: The system shows the NGS Grade as an aid to someone arriving without a partner as to their ability.

Note: This has been set up for one club with special rules regarding updating, these may need refining

EBU extension for the "Host" is that if it says e.g. Host: Wanted Nine, then you will only be accepted if your NGS is at least a Nine

 

2.6. Find a Partner

Bridgewebs has a "Find a Partner" Feature to allow members to request a partner for an event. 

When you click on the ‘Find a Partner’ icon, the "Find a Partner" pop-up appears.

Find a Partner will display

  • The date and title of the event
  • Your name and email
  • Any existing Find a Partner Requests
  • Box to enter your EBU/ACBL No

You have 2 options

  • Add Request - This will show on the Calendar until Removed
  • Compose Email -  This adds the requests and moves to a Popup to allow you to send Emails

Compose Email

Most of the boxes will be pre-filled, adjust as necessary and then [Send Email]

2.7. Bookings

Bridgewebs has a "Booking" Feature to allow members to Book an event. There is an option for a club to call this "Reservations", but they are the same.

When you click on the ‘Bookings’ icon, the "Bookings" pop-up appears.

This will display

  • The date and title of the event
  • Your name and email
  • Any existing Bookings
  • Box to Enter your Partner

 

Booking
25 December 2016

Christmas Party
 
John Smith
( john@example.com )
Current Bookings
Bill and Ben
Partner: Jane Smith
 
  

 

To add a booking, enter your partners name (first and second name as would appear on results) and click on [Add Booking] button.

Similarly, if you have an existing booking for this event and you wish to remove it, click on [Remove Booking] button.JaJan

3.1. Creating a Web Site

You can create a web site directly online at any time. If you would like to add a free trial Bridgewebs site for your bridge club, county association or as a teacher and you want to try it now, click Create Web Site, then follow the simple instructions on the screen, similar to below, and you will instantly have a web site with the menu and most of the pages already set up.

Your Name  
Your Email  
Name of Club  
Location, County, Country  
Bridgewebs County, Country  
Enter Password:    
Confirm Password:    
  • Your name is required in order to contact you
  • The location will be used to slot the club into the right index of clubs on Bridgewebs
  • The password needs to be a minimum of 6 lower case characters or numbers and then repeat the password again, you will need this to log in to the Web Administration.

Then all you have to do is add some results and fill in a few blanks. Your club will be added to the "Trial" program for a period of up to 3 months to allow you and your club to evaluate it.

There are numerous features, which are more readily understood by looking at the web sites of other bridge clubs.

To continue using your Bridgewebs site beyond the trial period, this is available from just £40 GBP (€60 Euro, $80 USD or equivalent) per year. There are no other costs for the club or club members, no FTP downloading software, no Word Processing, no Html Editor. The only requirement is the use of a PC with a browser and connection to the world wide web.

3.2. Menu

Your web site will typically have a menu with entries similar to below. The "Web Administrator" can modify this to suit your web site.

Home Page Contains key information about the club, together with messages and a list of the next few forthcoming events.
News Page For interesting items of news that may occur from time to time other than that shown on the "Home Page".
Information This is a submenu and contains general information about the club.
Calendar Shows the full list of forthcoming events at the club and will automatically drop events older than today.
Results This is a submenu and the first page shows past events at the club. Those with results will be highlighted and you will be able to click on these to see the full results.
Competitions This is a submenu and the first page shows the competition winners in summary. Other pages show detailed competition results.
Web Administration This is only for administration and development of the site and can only be used with a password which is held by the web administrator.
Bridgewebs Gives access to general information about Bridgewebs web sites and allows you to access the web sites of other clubs using Bridgewebs which may give you some ideas for your own site.
3.3. Moving Around

You can use the menu to select the various pages within the web site. Entries with a left arrow, such as:

Home Page

will take you straight to the page. However, entries with a down arrow such as:

Results

when selected will open up the menu with more options, initially showing the first page of the section.

Results
Results Calendar
Recent Results

you can then select any other option within that section.

Some of the more useful pages are:

Home Page Contains key information about the club, together with messages and a list of the next few forthcoming events.
News Page For interesting items of news that may occur from time to time other than that shown on the "Home Page".
Information This is a submenu and contains general information about the club.
Calendar Shows the full list of forthcoming events at the club and will automatically drop events older than today.
Results This is a submenu and the first page shows past events at the club. Those with results will be highlighted and you will be able to click on these to see the full results.
Competitions This is a submenu and the first page shows the competition winners in summary. Other pages show detailed competition results.
Web Administration This is not available to all members as it is for administration and development of the site. Cannot be used without a password which is only held by the web administrator.
Bridgewebs Gives access to general information about Bridgewebs web sites and allows you to access the web sites of other clubs using Bridgewebs which may give you some ideas for your own site.
3.4. Web Administration

Unlike a conventional web site, the information for each page is maintained in a different way depending on the information to be shown. These are:

Calendar Everything to do with the calendar and results.
Competitions Pages created to show Ladders etc.
News General news and information pages including the Home page and "Useful Links"
People The club Committee and Member pages
Picture Library The Committee and Contact database for use in "News" pages and display on the web site
Document Library Extra information created outside Bridgewebs and uploaded as pages in their own right
Where & When The "Where and When" and "Find Us" pages
Settings Web site settings and options not specifically shown on one page such as the Bulletin, the Page Style and Map link information.

The "Home Page" takes information from several places.

4.1. The Basics

With so many features in Bridgewebs it is difficult to know where to start, but there are two or three basic areas that you will want to set up fairly quickly.

Results

The first thing most clubs will want to do is to upload results. You can do this direct from your Scoring software. PLEASE REMEMBER, your club "Login Code" is the short code assigned to your club web site and you will need this in your Bridge Scoring software, see Results. If you then feel that it would be nice to upload some historical results, it is quicker to do this direct on the web site, see Web Results Upload

Calendar

One thing that members will find particularly useful quite quickly is a Calendar of future events. A Calendar is maintained within Bridgewebs holding all the future and past events. The calendar can be used to record who is the director, scorer, host or dealer week by week. When you first start using the calendar it will be better if you use the Quick Update to record these details. With this option you do not need to enter a date but simply record what you need to against a list of dates.

Home Page

The "Home Page" is where you will want to put the most useful and up to date information regarding club activities. You will need to, in summary, say where you are, nearest town(s) which is useful when your web page gets indexed by Google etc. and someone is searching for say "bridge club in anytown", when you play and what is good about your club. Initially you will have some boxes already set up and all you need to do is change the words, see News Pages

Information Page

You can also specify club details in a more structured way with the information pages - "Where & When", "Find Us" and "Contact Us" including a link to a mapping site, see Where & When

4.2. More Features

Once you are familiar with the basic features, you can try out some further features

Competitions

You can set up "competitions" which can be used to analyze results over a number of weeks and prepare a "Ladder" or some other matrix of information. There are 2 standard competitions which are included with a basic Bridgewebs web site which automatically start working when you upload results. These are the "Individual" and "Partnership" which average the percentages over all results played, see Competitions

Picture Library

You will want to add graphics, images or pictures to your web site. These are all referred to as "Pictures" in Bridgewebs and there are features to allow you to add pictures to your "Banner", "News" pages or "People" pages, see Picture Library

Document Library

You may have some information that you want to put on your web site which is created outside of Bridgewebs. Most "Text" can be "cut and pasted" into the Bridgewebs editor, but others may be best left as whole documents, also PDF (Portable Data Format) documents which are the best way to create complex web pages including pictures and output from Spreadsheets, such as unique competition results saved as a Web Page, see Document Library

4.3. Yet More Features

And yet more features

Hand of the Week

You might like to add a hand to a news page and describe how it should be bid or played. This can be a bit tricky using normal HTML editors, so Bridgewebs provides a facility to easily construct a hand and associated information. If you use pre-dealt hands, this is even easier, just pick the week and board number and it will automatically extract the hand from the dealfile, see Hand of the Week.

Site Style/Themes

When you first set up your web site, it will be in a fairly plain style and default colour. You can change several aspects of the web site design, see Site Style to change the overall style and Themes to change the look of "News" pages.

5.1. Calendar Features

Entries in the "Calendar" are entered as "Events", you can enter as much or as little information for an event as required. These will appear in the "Calendar", "Home Page" as necessary. Each entry can have:-

  • "Date"
  • "Event No", usually 1 unless you play more than once a day. See Multiple Events for more information.
  • "Title"
  • "Type" of event. See Events (Highlight) for more information.
  • "Location" and "Time" if applicable. If you normally play at the same place, leave this blank and only use for special events that may be played elsewhere, remember, if there is an important event in a club near you, you can record it on your calendar.
  • "ECATS Session No" for ECATS Simultaneous event. See ECATS Simultaneous Sessions for more information.
  • "Director", if you want this to show up on the calendar or home page.
  • "Scorer", if you want this to show up on the calendar or home page.
  • "Host", if you want this to show up on the calendar or home page.
  • "Dealer", if you want this to show up on the calendar or home page.
  • "Steward", if you want this to show up on the calendar or home page.
  • "Master Points" are/are not required, adjust as necessary
  • "Short Comment" to show up on the calendar or home page.
  • "Full Comment" to show up above the results.
  • "Information Web Page" if there is some more information about this particular event on the web site, set it and an extra "More Info" link will show up on the calendar.

Once an event has passed into history, i.e.. older than today, it will be dropped from the "Calendar Page" and show up on the "Results Page" instead. There is one entry in the calendar which simply becomes the result entry with extra information.

The Calendar is a database of the club's activities with one entry for each event, scheduled or played. You can maintain this completely manually by entering the details one at a time. However, there are a number of options to speed up this process.

  • "Quick Update". Choose this to enter the details for a particular day of the week. Cutting & Pasting as necessary. This is particularly useful if you have a Rota of individual scorers or other and then you can Paste into each appropriate box. Click "Second Event" etc, for a second set of events on the day of the week.
  • "Schedule" - If the events each week are simply a repeat, week on week, then enter the details in the Schedule and the Calendar will be automatically completed at the start of the Month, so at the start of June, the entries for August will be automatically added where there isn't already an entry. So for a "Bank Holiday" enter this manually for the particular date.
  • "Copy" - Click on an existing entry and click Copy, Bridgewebs will move the date forward by 1 week and you can [Save] to confirm and repeat.
5.2. Director Rota etc

You can enter "Directors", "Scorers", "Hosts", "Dealers" and "Stewards" for the calendar with the "Calendar" "Quick Update" facility. See [Quick Update] for more information.

The site should remember your club day, but if not select the correct day of the week.

Alternatively, add one event at a time.

  • Select "New"
  • Enter the "Date"
  • Enter the "Title" if applicable.
  • Enter the "Director"
  • Enter the "Scorer"
  • Enter the "Host"
  • Enter the "Dealer"
  • Enter the "Steward"
5.3. Event (Add)

Entries in the "Calendar" are entered as "Events", you can enter as much or as little information for an event as required. These will appear in the "Calendar", "Home Page" as necessary.

  • Click "Calendar"
  • The system will show a list of all events on the calendar, you may need to use the year buttons to find the entry you require.
  • Select "New"
  • Enter the information as necessary
  • Click Save.

Alternatively use [Quick Update] to add your events quickly and then fine tune them with the [Amend] button. 5.4. Event (Amend)

To amend an event.

  • Click "Calendar"
  • The system will show a list of all events on the calendar, you may need to use the year buttons to find the entry you require.
  • Click on the "Event title"
  • Amend the information as necessary
  • Click "Save"
5.5. Event (Delete)

To delete an event including uploaded results.

  • Click "Calendar"
  • The system will show a list of all events on the calendar, you may need to use the year buttons to find the entry you require.
  • Click on the "Event title" in the list.
  • Check you have selected the correct event to delete.
  • Click "Delete".
5.6. Events (Quick Update)

The quickest way to add entries to the calendar is to use the [Quick Update] button. This will allow you to simply choose a day of the week, specially designed for bridge clubs who usually have their special events on one day of the week.

  • Click "Calendar"
  • Click on [Quick Update]
  • Select a day of the week and click it, e.g.. [Tuesday]
  • Select the event number, for most clubs you can ignore this, but if you want to record Multiple events for a day, then click it, e.g.. [Second Event]
  • Bridgewebs will show all information recorded on the web site for the chosen day/event and the dates from today forward for 18 months
  • Enter the Title, Location, Time, Director, Scorer, Host, Dealer and click Highlight, as necessary.

Remember, it is not necessary to enter the Location and time for each event if the Location is the usual venue and the time the same. It might be better to only enter this if it is different.

Remember, you can use Cut & Paste techniques to quickly fill the boxes, try clicking on a box, then Right Click.

5.7. Highlight

The system differentiates between regular "Club" nights and "Special Events"

When you "highlight" events they will appear highlighted on the calendar.

But more importantly, they will also appear on the home page. This allows you to mark up "Special Events" rather than regular "Club" nights which have been entered just to show the "Director", "Scorer", "Host" or "Dealer".

You can have up to 9 different "Highlight" types and corresponding Colours

Go to Calendar - Options and scroll down to "Set the colour of the highlighted calendar entries"

First give each highlight type a name instead of the default "Colour" name. You can then change the Colour for each type.

Then, because of the way they are used in different places, you can choose how to use that colour. Whether to use the colour as a background or as the colour of the text. Some background colours may look better with a White Text, some with a black Text, It is up to you.

5.8. Information

If you want to add extra information to an event, you can do so in one of 3 ways.

Short Comment
This is a comment that can appear in the calendar/results boxes/pages in line with other information or at the top of the Ranking Page for results, recommended maximum 50 words.

Full Comments
If you have more information to display, then enter it in the Editor and Bridgewebs will create a [More Info] link to show this extra information.

Web Page

  • If you have information to display from another source, such as a PDF, then upload the document to the Bridgewebs Document Library, then enter it in the Editor and Bridgewebs will create a [More Info] link to show this extra information.
  • Alternatively, you can also point to an existing page within your Bridgewebs web site such as a News Page and again Bridgewebs will create a [More Info] link to this extra information
5.9. Results (Ext Web Page)

If you have used a Spreadsheet or something else capable of producing a Web Page to score an event rather than Bridge Scoring software, there is a facility to upload this as a web page. See [Browse Button] for more information on uploading.

  • Save the results as a web page
  • Use the [Browse] button to locate the web page on your PC.
  • Click [Open]
  • Click [Save]

There is an option to show the page in one of two styles

  • Original - Show as is
  • Tidy - Convert to a Bridgewebs style

Try "Tidy", but this is only suitable for relatively standard Html Table pages. Otherwise you will have to use "Original".

Note, Bridgewebs cannot determine the content of the web page, so these will not appear in the "Personal Analysis" page or in "Competitions".

5.10. Results (Manual)

If you have scored an event manually, you can enter the results directly into the Calendar. In the first instance the system will show 5 lines, each time you click [Save] it will add more empty lines to the list. These will show in a similar fashion to the full upload results such as in the "Results Page", "Click for Latest".

5.11. Schedule

The "Calendar Schedule" provides a means of entering your weekly Schedule and this can be used in 2 ways

  • Automatically set up your Calendar
  • Added as a Widget to show on a News Page

You can set up each event

  • Event - Automatically assigned 1 upwards
  • Week - Which week, see below
  • Highlight - For sepcial events, choose the Highlight Group
  • Book - This event needs a Booking/Reservation
  • Exclude - This event is excluded from Competitions
  • Title - The title of the event
  • Time - The time 
  • Location - The Location, but only needed if the location is not the usual place
  • Director - The director for this event

Week

Usually specify "Every Week"
Where it is the first day of the month, set to "Week 1" etc
You will then need corresonding entry "Not Week 1" for the remianing entries for the week

Automatic Calendar Update Required

Once you have fully set up your schedule, then set how far in the future this should be added to the Calendar.

 

5.12. Sharing

For two or more related clubs using Bridgewebs, there is feature to include (merge) the calendar on each other's sites.

  • Security - To merge a club's calendar, each club will need to set the security to allow sharing.
  • Sharing - Then specify the codes for the calendar that you want to include.
    • Code - You will need to know the Bridgewebs code for each club
    • Calendar - You can specify whether to include just "Highlighted" events or "All" events
    • Results - You can specify whether to include just "Highlighted" events or "All" events

Currently this feature only works using the full Monthly Calendar.

Note This can be used in various ways.

  • Each club can maintain their own calendar and results. But then two or more closely related clubs where most of the same players play at both clubs can merge the calendars of each other's club.
  • A club can show the calendar/results for their County/Unit. As well as setting the County/Site code in your calendar, you will need to ask the County/Unit to allow Calendar sharing.
  • The highlighted feature can be used to show just certain special events from another Club/Count/Unit.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to liaise to ensure the definition of Highlighting is the same.

Typically, the lead organization County/Unit would add clubs who hold special events and choose Highlight Calendar in order to advertise these

A club would add the code of their County/Unit and add All Calendar and All Results.

But really it depends on the relationship between the 2 sites.

5.13. Attendance

If you would like an analysis of Attendance, this can be done in 2 ways

  • In Web Administration - Calendar - Attendance, This shows the total tables played over the period indicated.
  • In Web Administration - Competitions - You can create a competition using the "Option" - "Attendance". This basically just creates a Competition with each player/pair being given 1 for turning up.

1. Weekly Attendance.

This is a simple "Web Administration" only feature to allow you to see how many tables have played over the year. If you want to take this information further, mark and cut and paste the table into a spreadsheet. Or "Cut & Paste" into a News Item.

2. Player Attendance

The player attendance is a simple extension to the Competitions feature. Create a Competition in the usual way and pick "Which Score to Use?" one of the "Attendance" options, One is in name sequence, the other, by most frequent attendance.. Change the "Total or Average" to "Total" or else everyone will be 1. Chose other options as necessary according to what you want to show.

The usual week by week columns are omitted as they would just contain the value 1.

6.1. Handicap

If you use ScoreBridge to produce Handicapped results, then you will need to bear in mind the following.

There are a number of options in ScoreBridge when including a Handicap file.

  • Do you want to exclude from the handicapped result any pair with a non member (i.e. no join date)
  • Do you want to exclude from the handicapped result any pair without a handicap

Handicaps are set at a player level, so the above applies if either or both players satisfy the rule.

When the results are uploaded, a flag for each pair is included showing whether to ignore a pair (handicap = -100) and if so Bridgewebs does not show this pair on the Ranking page.

In "Web Admin" - "Settings" - "Scoring", you can choose whether to show 2 pages, one with the results before handicap and one after handicap and excluding pairs as above. The idea of this is to exclude really strong players altogether and encourage the weaker players.

6.2. Results (Amend/Delete)

Amend Results

If you have uploaded results and want to amend them, you will need to return to your scoring software, adjust and reupload (there are simply too many possible combinations to adjust through Bridgewebs)

If you have uploaded the results with the wrong date, then follow the delete procedure.

Delete Results

There are ways of doing this:

  • Use the "Upload Results" option under Administration. Particularly useful for the scorer with just the Scorer password
  • Use Web Admin - Calendar and modify entry

To remove the results using "Upload Results"

On the main web site, under Administration - "Upload Results", enter the "Scorer" password and then click [Remove] Tab. Select the desired event, from the dropdown box, and use the [Remove Results] button to just remove the result aspect.. This will leave the Calendar details as previously entered.

If you want to delete the entry completely, such as uploading to the wrong date, then Tick the "Tick to completely remove the entry" box.

To delete an Event/Results using WebAdmin

If you would like to delete an event completely, then go to "Web Admin" - "Calendar", pick the event as if to amend and then you will find a [Delete] button and this will completely remove the event and any uploaded results

NB. In either case, you may need to check the competitions to see if any revised events are included correctly in the competitions. Clicking [Save] will recalculate or uploading a result.

6.3. Results (Download)

There is a feature on the "Members Only" option to download information from the web site. This is included in the "Members Only" because the information is actually sent by email, so that you have a copy in your inbox.

At present, you can download results in 2 formats

  • Results file - This can be used to retrieve Results files for use either as backup or on to a master copy of results for club use such as Master Points. You can select several results to be sent in one email.
  • HTML - The results are made available as a single HTML file. This can be useful for members with Dial Up connection to the internet. They can send the file to themselves and then review the information on their PC offline at leisure.

The files will be sent via email to the email, as indicated on the screen, of the person logged in when you click [Send].

The Web Administrator can access the "Members Only" section directly and this assumes the name and email of the first contact mentioned in the "Settings" - "Site Details".

CSV will be available in a future release.

6.4. Multiple Events

Many "Clubs" only play one event a day, but you can record several "Events" for a day. You will need to assign a number to each "Event". The system automatically assumes "1".

Bridgewebs uses 2 pieces of information from the "Results" file to match against the calendar

  • Date
  • Title

and from Administration - Settings - Scoring - "Results Upload" - Are you a larger club playing more than once a day and want to add every upload, rather than overwriting the calendar?

  • "No" - Generally One event per day - upload to it
  • "Yes" - More than one event per day, upload on equal title

When you upload "Results", the system will check the "Results" against the "Calendar"

  • Bridgewebs will automatically add an event for the "Results" if there is nothing recorded on the "Calendar" for that day.
  • If there is already an uploaded "Results" file for the same day with the same title as the "Results" file, this will be assumed as an amendment and the "Calendar" updated.
  • If "One" and there is just one event recorded which hasn't had results uploaded yet, the results will be attached to that event.
  • If there is already a "Calendar" entry without "Results" but with the same title as the uploaded file title, the "Results" will be attached to that event.

Otherwise (if there is more than one "Event" recorded or "Result" already uploaded for that day or title different)

  • Web Upload
    • If you have already uploaded "Results" for that day then the system will ask you to choose which event is being uploaded.
  • Auto Upload
    • Regardless of "Results Upload" setting, Bridgewebs will add a new "Event" with the title of the uploaded "Result" file.
6.5. Personal Analysis

The "Personal Analysis" page is available to allow Players to review their History.

This is usually available under "Results". If this is not in your menu for any reason or you want to check, then go to "Web Admin" - "Menu" - "Amend" and if you see "Personal Analysis" in the middle set of buttons, it needs to be added, if it there

  • Click in the menu where you would like the page
  • Click on the "Personal Analysis" button
  • Click [Save]

Now, when you go to "Personal Analysis", you should see a list of names of the players at your club.

You may need to change the limit "How many events attended for name to appear in list?" in Web Admin - Settings Options.

Click on a Name to view all recent history. That is up to 2 years of results.

You then have options to sort these results by a number of options

There is also an option to list all "Recent Events".

Charts

Initially the chart displays a plot of the percentage for the matchpointed events played with all partners.

The first dropdown list contains a list of the partners with whom you have played during the entire period covered by the table below, and the number of matchpointed events played with each partner.

To display just the events played with a particular partner, select that partner's name from the first dropdown list.

You will then have the option to select another partner from a second dropdown list. A separate curve will be displayed for each partner.

You can choose to reduce or extend the time period covered by the graph. This does not affect the number of events shown next to the partner name, and it may turn out that there are no events played with that partner during the selected time period. In that case select a longer time period from the dropdown box.

If the 'moving average' checkbox is ticked, a moving average curve is also displayed to make it easier to see the trend over time. Each point on the moving average curve is the average of the percentages for the five most recent events up to that point in time played with that partner (or 'All Partners').

If the 'linear date axis' checkbox is unticked, the events for 'All Partners' will be equally spaced along the horizontal axis. This may make the chart more readable if, for example, it contains an extended period during which you did not play at all.

 

6.6. Recover Results Files

Bridgewebs is a giant web site with numerous databases of date updated vi WebAdmin and Uploaded Results.

So, effectively, it provides a backup for the club's uploaded results.

If your PC crashes or you need the actual Results files for any reason, you can Recover/Restore the files from Bridgewebs.

Go to your web site

Administration (Not Web Administration)
Upload Results
Enter Password
Use the "Recover" Tab
Enter your email
Tick the files you would like to recover.

Depending on the size of files and the limits on your mailbox size, it may be necessary to do a few at a time. What "a few" is depends on your email provided, possibly 50.

6.7. Upload (ACBL)

The ACBL software provides for the scoring of events and sections. Bridgewebs provide a simple method of uploading the ACBL Game file and Bridgewebs does everything else, extracting the necessary information for displaying the results, rank, travellers, hands and sections all in an easy to read format. Because Bridgewebs is an online system, this information can be presented in a way that is just not possible using the HTML web page files created using ACBL. This is all you need to do.

If you also use a "Wireless Scoring" system, an additional file can be used to upload to Bridgewebs to show contracts. Similarly if you use pre-dealt hands, the deal file can be uploaded to show the Hands against the appropriate board.

1. Uploading to Bridgewebs

Go to your Bridgewebs club web site to upload the results.

  • Click - Home
  • Click - Administration
  • Click - Upload Results

The "Upload Results" window then asks you to select the files from your PC to upload.

ACBL Game file:
Wireless Scoring File:
Deal File:
Information File:
Password:
 

 

  • Click [Browse] against "ACBL Game File: - this will open up Explorer on your PC.
    The first time you use the [Browse] button it will take you to your Desktop or whatever you last used, so you will need to look in the left hand panel and change libraries to Computer - C: - ACBLSCORE - GAMEFILE
  • Click on "Date Modified" to sort the files to latest modified.
    You will now need to look for the applicable ACBL Game file which should be at the top.
    The format of the ACBL filename is either YYMMDD.acX or YYMMDDX.ace where X is:
    • M - Morning
    • A - Afternoon
    • E - Evening
    • L - Late
  • However, Bridgewebs will accept any file name provided it has a suffix of ACA ACM ACE ACL upper or lowercase
  • When you have found it Click and Click "Open" or "Double Click" to open the file
    the name of the file will now appear in the box alongside [Browse]. You CANNOT change this name even though it looks as though you can.
  • When using "Wireless Scoring", there is a corresponding file YYMMDDX.bwsfile. This file contains the contract information for showing against the personal score card and travellers. Repeat the [Browse] against the "Wireless" entry and open this file.
  • When using pre-dealt hands you will need to browse for the deal file which will have a suffix of dlm, pbn or dup. This file is used to extract the hand against an appropriate board. Repeat the [Browse] against the "Deal File" entry and open this file.
  • If you would also like a further PDF file to be shown against the results, [Browse] this into the "Information" box.
  • Enter your password (Bridgewebs will remember this, if used within 1 hour as per your system settings)
  • Once you have [Browsed] for all the appropriate files, click [Upload], you do need to do this together as the upload attaches the extra files to the appropriate calendar entry.

2. Wireless Scoring

The "Wireless Scoring" file is primarily used to record the contracts and will be of benefit to the members in reviewing their results.

There is a slight problem in that if you modify the scores in ACBL after the event, the contracts are not correspondingly corrected. Bridgewebs highlights any discrepancies by checking the "Wireless Scoring" score against the ACBL score for each board/round.

3. Predealt Hands

If you are using a dealing machine, then the dealing software will provide you a file that can be uploaded. The preferred format is ".PBN" which contains further information such as makeable contracts.

4. Setting Up for American Style

There are a couple of setup options required, in Web Administration

Settings - Options

Scoring Software

Select the Scoring Software for ACBL

  • Scoring Software = ACBL.

 

Wireless System

Select the "Wireless System that you are using

  • Bridgemate
  • Bridgepad
  • Bridge Scorer
  • Other

 

Travellers - Tricks

How to show tricks on Traveller", for American Style, you will need "Tricks Made or Tricks Down" which gives

  • Making the contract, e.g.
    • 1N+1 is displayed as 2 made
    • 3N= is displayed as 3 made
    • 3N+1 is displayed as 4 made
  • Going Down
    • -1, -2, etc., is displayed as is
6.8. Upload (ACBL Player DB)

With a large player database, it would be most efficient to create the special BMPlayerDB.mdb file for Bridgemate lookup of numbers to find names.

There is a write-up on the Bridgemaster website about names display. www.bridgemate.us/resources/Manual/Names Display at Table.pdf This references using the "tournament" database when there is a very large database.

It is presumed you run your games in ACBLscore's "Club" mode and have the large database available for player lookup. This puts the playern.dat file (the ACBLscore database) in the C:\ACBLSCOR\DBASE folder.
In BCS Tools --> Options --> General --> Scoring Program with the "Load player database after BMS command" checked - that file is loaded each time into the .bws file.

You will want to uncheck this "Load player database after BMS command" option - so your database doesn't load each time and is not put into the .bws file. With the large database, use "Load tournament database" to put your database records into a special BMPlayerDB.mdb file for quick look up by BCS.

If you are using a Windows XP or a 32-bit Windows 7 machine, no changes are needed. However, if you have a Windows 7 64-bit machine, it is necessary to:

  1. On Tools --> Options --> General --> File Locations to change the location of the BMPlayerDB.mdb file. It is suggested this be changed to: Other folder and use C:\ACBLSCOR\DBASE as the location.
  2. Using Windows Explorer, copy the "seed" BMPlayerDB.mdb file (105kb) from C:\Program Files (x86)\Bridgemate Pro into the C:\ACBLSCOR\DBASE folder.
  3. Click on OK to record this change.

Next

  • BCS --> Tools --> Options --> General --> Scoring program:
  • Be sure ACBLscore is shown as the Scoring program in use.
  • Click on "Load tournament database"
  • Answer "Yes" to the warning screen
  • On the "Open tournament playern.dat file" screen, change the "Look in:" to: C:\ACBLSCOR\DBASE
  • Select the Playern.dat as the "File name"
  • Click "Open"
  • Then your local database will be processed into the special BMPlayerDB.mdb file. This will take several minutes and it may seem as though nothing is happening.
  • Wait until there is a screen confirming the upload has been completed.

In BCS: Tools --> Options --> Bridgemate --> Bridgemate II - click on the "settings" button in the Player names area. On the "Names settings" screen that displays, select the second option. Now BCS will use this special file to look up player numbers to display names - and the .bws file will be a normal size.

Whenever you update names in your database, you will want to follow the above to update the BMPlayerDB.mdb file for future BCS lookup.

6.9. Upload (EBUScore)

EBUScore has an option to create a Bridgewebs Import file.

This can be uploaded via the Bridgewebs [Upload Results] on the main club web site.

Or

Use the automatic upload in EBUScore

  • Click [EBUScore]
  • Highlight Event
  • [Retrieve Event]
  • [Event Details]
  • [Club/Event Details] Tab
    • Complete Bridgewebs Box
    • Club Code (enter your club web site code)
    • Password (enter the Scorer or Admin Password)
    • OK
  • [Reports]
  • [Internet Functions] Tab
    • Click [Create Bridgewebs File]
    • Upload to club site - [Yes]
    • Click [Go to Bridgewebs Club Web site] to go to Bridgewebs club web site.

Steps in Purple only needed once.

6.10. Upload (PairsScorer)

PairsScorer/TeamsScorer (Jeff Smith) has an option to create a Bridgewebs Import file.

This can be uploaded via the Bridgewebs [Upload Results] on the main club web site.

Or

Use the automatic upload in Pairs Scorer

  • Click [PairsScorer]
  • Highlight Event
  • [Retrieve Event]
  • [Event Details]
  • [Club/Event Details] Tab
    • Complete Bridgewebs Box
    • Club Code (enter your club web site code)
    • Password (enter the Scorer or Admin Password)
    • OK
  • [Reports]
  • [Internet Functions] Tab
    • Click [Upload to Bridgewebs Club MYCLUB]
    • Click [Go to Upload Web Address] to go to Bridgewebs web site.
6.11. Upload (ScoreBridge)

You can use the facility available in ScoreBridge to upload directly to Bridgewebs.

Initial Setup - Club Code and Password

You will first need to tell ScoreBridge the Bridgewebs "Login Code" of your web site.

  • Select option "Club" in the top bar.
  • Select "Club Preferences".
  • Select "Web Page Preferences".
  • Complete the "Uploading Results to Bridgewebs" box.
  • "Login Code" is the Bridgewebs "Login Name" when you go to "Web Administration" or the suffix e.g. myclub to www.bridgewebs.com/myclub that you use to access your club web site .
  • The "Password" is the same password as you (or the scorer) would use to "Upload Results". See Passwords for details on assigning passwords.
  • New - You can "Tick" the option "Select from Bridgewebs Calendar when uploading Event". See "Multiple Events on one day" below
  • Click "OK"

Initial Setup - Standard Outputs

You will also need to specify what should be uploaded.

  • Select option "Club" in the top bar.
  • Select "Club Preferences".
  • Select "Standard Outputs".
  • You will find another Bridgewebs box.
  • If you want to automatically send the "Result" to Bridgewebs each time, tick "Result".
  • If you want to automatically send the Player Database to Bridgewebs each time as well, tick "Player Database".
  • If you want to automatically fire up the Browser with your web site, tick "and Open Bridgewebs Web Page".
  • Suggest you DO NOT tick any of these until you are familiar with the procedure, the upload is Automatic.

Automatic Upload of Results each time

Once you have set up the options above, you can simply send the results etc to Bridgewebs each time that you score.

  • Select option "Club" in the top bar.
  • Select option "Events".
  • Click on the event to upload and select "Retrieve Event", or double click.
  • Attaching the Hands ("Deal File") See Deal File
  • Select option "Send" in the top bar.
  • Select "Upload Result to Bridgewebs".
  • That is it, a box will show whether it is successful and, depending on options, take you to the club Web Site.

Attaching the Hands ("Deal File")

See Deal File

Multiple Clubs

If you score for more than one club, you will find it more useful in Scorebridge to "Make a new Club" for each club and then you can set the login code etc. for each club, otherwise you will need to change it each time that you upload results or it will end up on the wrong club's web site.

Multiple Events on one Day

If you have more than one event on a day, you will find it more useful in Scorebridge to "Tick" the option "Select from Bridgewebs Calendar when uploading Event". This will then when click "Upload to Bridgewebs", if there is any chance of confusion, Scorebridge will show a small PopUp window and allow you to choose whether to attach the "Event" to a calendar entry or create a new one. Select and the upload will be automatic in the usual way. It is recommended to have this ticked, but the option to leave unticked is there for small clubs who never have more than one event on a day.

Options

You can specify whether you want to open the "Results" page on completion of the Upload.

If you leave unticked, then Scorebridge will ask each time, and you will be given an option instead. If you say "Yes" then above will be ticked and you will need to go back to "web Page Preferences" and Untick again.

6.12. Upload (ScorePost)

Scorepost ( www.bridgecomposer.com ) has an option to upload ACBL Game files to Bridgewebs.

This can be more efficient and easier to use than the Bridgewebs[Upload Results] on the main club website.

Scorepost can be used to quickly identify the ACBL Game files on your PC and automatically select the Game file and associated BWS file for uploading to Bridgewebs in a few key strokes. It is also possible using BridgeComposer to attach a deal file at the same time and if you use the Double Dummy - Makeable Contracts feature, this will be uploaded to Bridgewebs. Bridgewebs supports a pbn file with the Makeable Contracts information included.

Setup

In the Setup section Computer

  • Check the "Score File Directory" is pointing to correct place
  • Ignore "Post Files Modified After", completed automatically
  • Ignore "Bridge Composer Layout"

In the Setup section Website

  • All entries in this section ignored (not required for Bridgewebs)

In the Setup section FTP

  • Server -www.bridgewebs.com
  • User - Bridgewebs login code
  • Password - Bridgewebs valid password ( recommend setting one for the scorer)
  • Directory - Not required
  • Tick the Alert if BWS file not found, if using Wireless Scoring Device

Setting the Server to www.bridgewebs.com tells ScorePost to use Scorepost as a Bridgewebs upload

Save the Setup File

  • Save the Setup file, e.g. bridgewebs.ssu
  • Close Scorepost
  • Use Windows Explorer to find the saved file.
  • Create a shortcut with say bridgewebs.ssu or myclub.ssu.
    • N.B. If on clicking on the shortcut, Windows asks for a program to open the file, you may need to go to your windows settings - "Associate File Type with..."and set "ssu" to use ScorePost
  • Creating a shortcut will open Scorepost with the relevant Setup. If you are a director uploading "Results" to more than one Bridgewebs site, you need to create an entry for each individual Bridgewebs site.

Upload Results Now all you need to do after you have finished scoring is Click the "Post Games" button near the upper left corner. The "Confirm Posting" dialog will appear, showing the files selected for posting. You will also be able to upload the hand file at the same time.

6.13. Upload (EBU USEBIO)

Bridgewebs supports the EBU usebio format as a results import and extracts the necessary information for displaying the results, rank, travellers, hands and sections all in an easy to read format.

1. Uploading to Bridgewebs using the Web Site

Go to your Bridgewebs club web site to upload the results.

  • Click - Home
  • Click - Administration
  • Click - Upload Results

The "Upload Results" window then asks you to select the files from your PC to upload. see Upload Results

2. Uploading to Bridgewebs direct from Scoring Software

You can use the Bridgewebs API to upload the file , see API Interface

6.14. Upload (Web Site)

You will first need to find out where the ScoreBridge data is held is:

You can find the location of the "BridgeData" library by going to ScoreBridge

  • Click "Settings"
  • Select "Find BridgeData Folder"
  • Make a note of the name
  • Click "No" to exit, NOT "Yes" change it

Switch to Bridgewebs and upload the results file.

See [Browse Button] for more information on uploading.

  • Select the "C:" drive
  • Work down from there, as below, to identify the ScoreBridge library
  • Go one further to your club
  • You should find a number of files such as 2005Mar16!!
  • Directory Tree Documents and Settings
    • Directory TreeAll Users
      • Directory Tree My Documents
        • Directory TreeBridge Data
          • Directory TreeMy Bridge Club
            • Directory Tree2005Mar16!!
            • Directory TreeClub Settings
            • Directory TreePlayer
6.15. Live Ranking

This isn't a Bridgewebs feature as such, but uses the Bridgewebs API upload procedure to allow you to have the Live Ranking showing on your web site using the Bridgewebs "eb Builder aspects.

You will need the appropriate PairsScorer or whatever  Release (Autumn 2017)

This will allow people away from the Event, or in other parts of the venue, to view the Live Rankings.

There is a feature in PairsScorer to ftp the LiveRanking to a web site. Bridgewebs uses an API to perform this function and this is incorporated in a recent version of PairsScorer. 

  • Open the event,
  • Use the "Bridgemate Scoring" Option
  • Click on Admin Tab
  • Tick "Bridgewebs Update"
  • PLEASE ensure you have the correct "Club Code" and "Password" for your club
  • Tick "Scrolling" as required

Now, once you start running the event

  • The LiveRanks.html page will be automatically uploaded to your Bridgewebs club site every so many seconds as set up in the software 

You will then need to go to to your club web site (Suggestion)

Add a News Item to the Home page

  • Give it a Title
  • Enter suitable words and highlighted in the text editor  "Click here to view the Live Ranking direct from the club"
  • In the Links Section:
    • "Document from Library": use the dropdown to select LiveRanks.html
    • "Plus - how to open" - Choose "New Window"
  • Click [Save]

You can simply leave this item on the Home page, or click "Hold" to hide it when not required.

N.B Future Bridgewebs Development will include options to automatically show the LiveRanks.html page when available and current, otherwise show a suitable message.

6.16. ACBL Masterpoints

When an ACBL event is scored, the Ranking and Masterpoints are saved in the Game file.

So when the game file is uploaded to Bridgewebs, Bridgewebs can use this information to

  • Show in a Table below the Result Ranking (Can be turned off in WebAdmin - Settings - Scoring)
  • Update the Bridgewebs Membership database

The information uploaded is only as up to date as the information on the Club's ACBLScore Player Data Base.

To check the information for a player

  • Open ACBLScore
  • Select Data Base
  • Select "Update/Find (Players)"
  • Find a player
  • Look at the "Rank" code A-N
  • Look at the Masterpoints

You will need to update the Masterpoints once a Month using

  • Open ACBLScore
  • Select "Import/Merge"
  • Select "5 Update Masterpoint Holdings from ACBL Masterpoint file"
  • Follow instructions

To update the Ranking, you will need to refresh your player database from ACBL using the "Member Roster" and Import the player file.

  • https://web3.acbl.org/myacbl
  • Follow the instructions
  • Open ACBLScore
  • Select "Import/Merge"
  • Select "1 Import from ACBL Player Information file"

NOTE, this only updates the members for your district, you may need to manually update "Out of Town" players.

The Ranking Table used in Bridgewebs is:-

  • Blank = Rookie
  • A = Junior Master
  • B = Club Master
  • C = Sectional Master
  • D = Regional Master
  • E = NABC Master
  • F = Advanced NABC Master
  • G = Life Master
  • H = Bronze Life Master
  • I = Silver Life Master
  • J = Gold Life Master
  • K = Diamond Life Master
  • L = Emerald Life Master
  • M = Platinum Life Master
  • N = Grand Life Master

 

6.17. Import

There is a facility to upload any results using formatted text files. This page describes the format required

You can have a look at a couple of examples. The required file should be a csv. If you cannot download the csv file, try the txt file.

The format is flexible and best reviewed by looking at the examples. Each line of the file can consists of options (preceded by #) or data. The options themselves are followed by actual values. The options are not case-sensitive so upper or lower or any combination will do.

The field separator is determined from the first line and can be a semicolon, tab or comma as necessary to suit the software used to create the file.

N.B. A tab is best as this suits the csv format better for use in Spreadsheets, the examples are shown with a ";" purely to show where they go.

  • Version - version number to allow the bridgewebs software to detect any changes
    • std1 - first version.
  • Comment - all comment lines are ignored
  • Aggregate - 1, Any value indicates aggregate
  • Boards - no of boards
  • Butler - 1, Any value indicates butler
  • Crossimp - 1, Any value indicates cross imps
  • Capmax - 0 (25), A value for capping IMPs in Team Matrix Totals
  • Capmin - 0 (25), A value for capping IMPs in Team Matrix Totals
  • Date - shows at the top of the competition page, format DD/MM/YYYY
  • Director - director name, if available
  • Individual - 1, Any value indicates an Individual
  • Matches - nn, Indicates number of matches scored
  • Scorer - scorer name, if available
  • Source - program name/release of source software
  • Description - shows on Ranking page
  • StratEBU - no of levels of EBU Stratification e.g. 2,3,4 (assuming 1 is not valid)
  • Swiss - 1, Any value indicates Swiss Event or one of the next 2
  • Swisspairs - 1, Any value indicates Swiss Pairs
  • Swissteams - 1, Any value indicates Swiss Teams
  • Teams - 1, Any value indicates teams
  • Teamseight - 1, Any value indicates teams of eight and implies teams
  • Title - title to add to calendar
  • Winners - No of winners = 1 or 2
  • Scores - followed by column fields and subsequently the results for North South, repeat for East West or twice more for Individual (§1)
    • Position - Position
    • Pair - Pair No
    • Name1 - First Player
    • Name2 - Second Player
    • Name3 - Third Player (Teams Only)
    • Name4 - Fourth Player (Teams Only)
    • Name5 - Fifth Player (Teams Only)
    • Name6 - Sixth Player (Teams Only)
    • Name7 - Seventh Player (Teams Only)
    • Name8 - Eighth Player (Teams Only)
    • Team - Team Number
    • Teamname - Name of Team
    • Score - Score (usually percentage)
    • Tops - Tops
    • Factor - Factor instead of Tops
    • Factored - Factored Score
    • Unfactored - Unfactored Score
    • Percent - % result
    • Played - Boards played
    • Adjust - adjustments
    • Mpts - Master Points
    • Green - Green Points
    • Sslams - Number of Small Slams
    • Gslams - Number of Grand Slams
    • Green - Green Points
    • Cat - Category
    • Strat - EBU Stratification Level e.g. A B C D
    • Mptsa - Stratification level A MPTS.
    • Mptsb - Stratification level B MPTS.
    • Mptsc - Stratification level C MPTS.
    • Mptsd - Stratification level D MPTS.
    • Boards - Assumes a number of columns corresponding to the Boards option given above
    • Matches - Assumes a number of columns corresponding to the Matches option given above
    • Wins - Wins/draws expressed as e.g 2.5 etc.

 

  • Travellers - followed by column fields and subsequently the boards (§1)
    • NS - NS Pair No
    • EW - EW Pair No
    • N - N Player No (if Individual)
    • E - E Player No (if Individual)
    • S - S Player No (if Individual)
    • W - W Player No (if Individual)
    • Score - Score shown as + and - or:
      • NSScore - NS Score
      • EWScore - EW Score
    • Pts - Scored points shown as + and - or:
      • NSpts - NS points
      • EWpts - EW points
    • Bid - Contract Bid
    • Made - Total Tricks made
    • By - Bid by
    • Lead - Lead

 

 

  • Boardformat - extra options for #Board line (§2)
    • Board - Board No
    • Session - Session No
    • Datum - Butler Datum

 

 

  • Board - followed by board no and rounds for the actual board on following line until next Board option.

 

(§1) For Scores and Travellers, the columns can follow the option on the line or to make it easier on the next line so that the columns below line up with the title, see the examples

(§2) The #Board format is assumed to be #board followed by a board number, you can also supply a session number and the butler datum, in which case supply a #Boardformat line before the first #Board.

This Bridgewebs Import format is mainly used to upload prepared results. However, it can also be used to upload "Duplicate" results with "Travellers" prepared on a spreadsheet and calculate a simple "Duplicate" result for you.

Basic Format Example:

#Version;std1
#Date;16/08/2011
#Title;Wednesday Pairs
#Boards;24
#Scores
Position;Pair;Name1;Name2;Score;Tops;Percent;Boards
1;5;Sue;Mick;137;216;63.43;4;0;0;3;2;3;7;4;6;7;1;1;6;4;6;2;0;5;8;0;2;5;4;0;7;2;8
................

#Scores
Position;Pair;Name1;Name2;Score;Tops;Percent;Boards
1;5;Sue;Mick;137;216;63.43;4;0;0;3;2;3;7;4;6;7;1;1;6;4;6;2;0;5;8;0;2;5;4;0;7;2;8
................

#Travellers
NS;EW;NSScore;EWScore;NSPts;EWPts;Contract;Tricks;By
#Board;1
2;4;;50;0;8;4S;9;S

See the API Interface on how to upload this direct from a program

6.18. API Interface

Direct Results Upload API (HTTP Post Extension):

The results files can be uploaded through the web site, but for software developers it is possible to use an HTTP post directive to post the files directly rather than use FTP.

An HTTP post basically does what a user would do by going to a web page and clicking submit with the fields filled in.

The reply can be read to see what happened and parse "message = xxxxx" to find the status.

Your Software

It will be necessary to provide an option for the user to enter the Club Code instead of "myclub" and their Bridgewebs club "password" in the software Options/Configuration file somewhere.

Then provide suitable buttons [Upload to BridgeWebs] etc. somewhere on the Results page to execute the transfer

See below for VB or Perl example..

Results Upload API

To upload the results with attachments, the parameters are:

club      = myclub
password  = secret
type      = upload
filename  = xxxxxxxx.csv
event_id = N (if known, see Calendar below)
data      = a string of all the lines of the xxxxxxxx.csv file
dealname  = xxxxxxxx.dlm (can be dlm, bri, pbn, dup)
dealdata  = a string of all the lines of the xxxxxxxx.dlm file
dealXname = xxxxxxxx.dlm (can be dlm, bri, pbn, dup) } Where X is 2-9 for extra sessions.
dealXdata = a string of all the lines of the xxxxxx.dlm file }
infoname  = info.pdf (PDF supporting Info file)
infodata  = a string of all the lines of the info.pdf file
// for ACBL Uploads
acblname  = ACBL file name 140709.ACA (as necessary)
acbldata  = a string of all the lines of the ACBL file
bwsname   = BWS file name 140709.ACA (as necessary)
bwsdata   = a string of all the lines of the BWS file

The data of the files can be strung together from the file and put it in one field "data" or "handdata" as appropriate. It is as if you cut and paste the file into a web text box. In this case, the filename specified is not actually accessed but is used as the file name when writing the data on the bridgewebs server for consistency with the manual technique.

The reply can be parsed to see what happened.
Parse "message = xxxxx" to find the status.

Player Upload API

To upload the player file, the parameters are:

club     = myclub
password = secret
type     = upload
filename = xxxxxxxx.XXX
data      = a string of all the lines of the xxxxxxxx file

Where XXX is

txt = Scorebridge format
csv = csv format
xml = EBU USEBIO Format

Player Download API

To download the player file, the parameters are:

club     = myclub
password = secret
type     = download
filename = xxxxxxxx.XXX

Where XXX is

txt = Scorebridge format
csv = csv format
xml = EBU USEBIO Format

The reply will contain the player file in a separate line.

message = Download Successful
data = ..............., then split the content of that line replacing ~ (tilde) with \n.

Direct Document Upload API

To just upload a document to the club directory, the parameters are:

club     = myclub
password = secret
type     = upload
transfer = doc
filename = bw.csv
data     = a string of all the lines of the bw.csv file

Hand Upload API

To upload a .pbn deal file and attach to an event, the parameters are:

club     = myclub
password = secret
type     = upload
transfer = deal
event    = YYYYMMDD_X e.g. 20140709_1,
           X is the unique Id of the event for that date, usually 1.
dealname = xxxxxxxx.pbn
dealdata = an encoded string of all the lines of the xxxxxxxx.pbn file

As a safety feature, will fail if the event does not exist. So the club will need to create Calendar entries in advance.

Calendar Download API

To download the club calendar, the parameters are:

club     = myclub
password = secret
type     = download
year = 2014
transfer = cal

This will return a JSON argument of the calendar entries for the YEAR as a pair, id = title, file (if uploaded)

json = {"events":{"201407091":{"file":"2014Jul09!!.dat","title":"Duplicate Pairs"},.....}}

Event Download API

Similar to the Calendar, but just the events for a particular day, the parameters are:

club     = myclub
password = secret
type     = download
transfer = events
date = 20140709 (yyyymmdd)

This will return a JSON argument of the calendar entries for the day as a pair, id = title, file (if uploaded)

json = {"events":{"1":{"file":"2014Jul09!!.dat","title":"Duplicate Pairs"},"2":{"title":"Create New Event"}}}

and a list of events for the day, Title~File uploaded

event_id_1 = Duplicate Pairs~10022_res_2014Aug19!!.dat~
event_id_2 = Create New Event~~

VB API Code

A suitable VB example for doing this can be found at http://www.example-code.com/vb/http_post_form.asp, or just search Google, so that the code would look something like:

Dim h As HTTPClass
Set h = New HTTPClass
Set clubcode = "myclub"
h.Fields("club") = clubcode
h.Fields("password") = "secret"
 ..........
If h.OpenHTTP("www.bridgewebs.com") Then
Debug.Print h.SendRequest("cgi-bin/bwx/api.cgi?club=" & clubcode, "POST")
End If

VB Net Code

A suitable VB class for doing this can be found at https://www.example-code.com/vbscript/http_formSubmitPost.asp, or just search Google, so that the code would look something like:

 

 Public Function GetFromWebSite() As Boolean
'   Get the player database from BridgeWebs
        Cursor.Current = Cursors.WaitCursor
        Dim h As HttpClass
        h = New HttpClass
        Dim x As Integer = 0
        Dim strPost As String = ""
        h.Fields("club") = "my_club"
        h.Fields("type") = "download"
        h.Fields("password") = "password"
        h.Fields("filename") = "players.txt"
        If h.OpenHTTP("www.bridgewebs.com") Then
            strPost = h.SendRequest("cgi-bin/bwx/api.cgi?club=" & "my_club", "POST")
        Else
            '     Provide the error returned from the open call
            MsgBox("Error on HTTP Open " & strPost, vbInformation, "Get from Web")
            Cursor.Current = Cursors.Arrow
            Return False
        End If
        x = InStr(strPost, "Download Successful")
        If x = 0 Then
         '     Provide the error returned from the open call
            MsgBox("HTTP Post operation failed while retrieving Player Database " & vbCrLf & strPost, vbCritical, "Post error")
            Cursor.Current = Cursors.Arrow
            Return False
        End If
        ' The string returned is in the format Data = "......." Message = "Download....."
        ' strip of the text we dont want
       '  Store the text in our global field
        a1.PlayerDownload = Mid(strPost, 8, x - 17)
        Cursor.Current = Cursors.Arrow
        Return True
    End Function

 

PHP API Code

Code for PHP will look something like, but not been tested.

$reply = "";

$clubcode = "myclub";
$data = "club=".urlencode(clubcode);
$data .= "&password=".urlencode("secret");
............
$header = "POST /mailer/send HTTP/1.0\r\n";
$header .= "Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded\r\n";
$header .= "Content-Length: " . strlen($data) . "\r\n\r\n";
$fp = fsockopen('http://www.bridgewebs.com/
cgi-bin/bwx/api.cgi?club=' . $clubcode, 443, $errno, $errstr, 30);

if(!$fp)
   return "ERROR. Could not open connection";
else {
   fputs ($fp, $header.$data);
   while (!feof($fp)) {
     $reply .= fread ($fp, 1024);
   }
 fclose($fp);
 }
 print $reply;

Linux Perl API Code

Code for Perl will look something like, but not been tested.

my $clubcode = 'myclub";
my $url = 'http://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwx/api.cgi?club=' . $clubcode;
my $object = LWP::UserAgent->new;
my $request = $object->post ( $url,
{ 'club' =>$clubcode,
'password' => 'secret',
'type' => 'download',
.........
} );
my $reply = $request->as_string ();
print $reply;

'C' API Code (C# .NET 4.5)

Code for 'C' will look something like, but not been tested.

   async private void cmdUpload_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  {
     if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(m_UsebioFile)) // Check if xml file has already been created
     {
         cmdUsebio_Click(this, new EventArgs());  // If not, create it
         if (String.IsNullOrEmpty(m_UsebioFile))
         {
             MessageBox.Show("Failed to create file for upload!", Dashboard.WarningMsgTitle);
             return;
         }
     }
 
     // Create Key/Value pairs for the data
     Dictionary KVPs = new Dictionary(5);
     KVPs.Add("club", ClubID);
     KVPs.Add("password", "password");
     KVPs.Add("type", "upload");
     KVPs.Add("filename", m_UsebioFile);
     KVPs.Add("data", File.ReadAllText(Path.Combine(Properties.Settings.Default.UsebioPath, m_UsebioFile)));
     FormUrlEncodedContent fuec = new FormUrlEncodedContent(KVPs);
 
     HttpClient client = new HttpClient();
     HttpResponseMessage response = await client.PostAsync("http://www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwx/api.cgi?club=" + ClubID, fuec);
     if (!response.IsSuccessStatusCode)
         MessageBox.Show("Upload failed!\r   Status Code: " + response.StatusCode.ToString() + "\r   Reason: " + response.ReasonPhrase, Dashboard.WarningMsgTitle,
             MessageBoxButtons.OK,MessageBoxIcon.Warning);
 }
6.19. Windows Firewall

Very occasionally, you may get problems with uploading Results to Bridgewebs from your scoring software, such as a message "Not connected to the Internet" whereas your Browser can access the Internet fine.

This means that the "Scoring" software cannot talk to Bridgewebs.

This is usually something to do with being blocked by Anti-Virus or Firewall. Go to your PC "Control Panel" and check that "Scorebridge" is allowed to access the Internet. You may need to turn off your Firewall or reboot your PC. No definitive solution has been found to this problem.

7.1. Computer Dealt Hands

If you use Hand generating software then you can upload the hands for an event to show against the results. These will be shown on the ScoreCard page above the Traveller.

The software cannot tell whether the hands are for the particular travellers so be careful that you upload the hands against the right event.

For an Ecats event, you just need to enter the Ecats Session Number in advance and the system will automatically transfer the file from Ecats to Bridgewebs when it is available, sometime between 9-12 the day following the event.

Bridgewebs can handle "pbn", "dlm" and "dup" formatted files.

You will first need to find out where the "deal" data is held on your PC:

You can find the location of the "BridgeData" library by going to ScoreBridge

  • Click "Settings"
  • Select "Find BridgeData Folder"
  • Make a note of the name
  • Click "No" to exit, NOT "Yes" change it

Switch to Bridgewebs and upload the "deal" file.

See [Browse Button] for more information on uploading.

  • Select the "C:" drive
  • Work down from there, as below, to identify the ScoreBridge library
  • Go one further to your club
  • You should find a number of files such as .dlm
  • Directory Tree Documents and Settings
    • Directory TreeAll Users
      • Directory Tree My Documents
        • Directory TreeBridge Data
          • Directory TreeMy Bridge Club
            • Directory Tree....dlm
7.2. Deal - Creating Deal files

"Deal" files can be created by various "Random Dealing" software packages, normally used in conjunction with a Dealing Machine

The software Deep Finesse is an additional feature that can analyze deals to determine the optimum Makeable Contracts. Deep Finesse is usually incorporated into the "Random Dealing" Software.

DealMaster incorporates Deep Finesse. The normal format created for the "Dealing Machines" is dlm. However, after creating the Deep Finesse Information, there is an option to save the Hands with "Makeable Contracts" as a file in several formats including pdf and txt. Please note, for txt, set the Margin to 0.

Duplimate incorporates Deep Finesse. After creating the Deep Finesse Information, there is an option to export the "deal" file in several formats including pbn, dmp and txt.

ScoreBridge and SB Dealer only accept dup and dlm, so this cannot be included on an automatic upload. It is on the ScoreBridge "To Do" list. Neither is the makeable contracts included.

PDF Format

The PDF format is simply the same as the printed sheets you might give out, Bridgewebs cannot interpret these files. You can upload the pdf as a straight forward Bridgewebs "Information" file.

Deal Formats

All other formats are "Deal" files and Bridgewebs can handle various different formats including

  • bri
  • dlm
  • dma
  • dup
  • pbn (with makeable contracts)
  • txt (Dealmaster only with makeable contracts, obsolete)

Makeable Contracts - PBN Format

The PBN format is rapidly becoming the "de facto" standard for exchanging deal information. It is the only format supporting the extra "Makeable Contract" information. To obtain the "Makeable Contracts" is necessary to run a process to Analyse the hands. This process can take quite a long time. Sometimes it is referred to as "Deep Finesse", sometimes as You will need to run this and then "Save As" a pbn format file. If this is successful, after this the file size will then be about 24KB.

This process can be achieved with most of the Dealing software in use, DMPro, Bridgecomposer, Dealer4 , and others

Bridgecomposer can be downloaded from www.bridgecomposer.com,

Dealer 4 can be downloaded from at www.dealer4.com/Updates/Dealer4_setup_4v54.exe This can be used on any computer; it does not require a Dealer4 machine to run the software. Click Dealer4 Makeable Contracts.pdf for details on how to calculate MakeableContracts.

Dealmaster can be downloaded from www.dealmaster.com

Uploading

Bridgewebs will use these deal files to display the hands and, where present, will display the "Makeable Contracts" within the Bridgewebs Traveller framework.

These files can be uploaded in 2 ways.

  • Public Site
    • Go to Web Administration
    • Select "Update Results"
    • Select the event in question
    • Browse for the appropriate file
      • "Hand" for txt/dma file
      • "Information" for pdf
    • Click [Upload]
  • Web Administration
    • Go to Calendar
    • Click event to attach Hand to
    • Half way down, use the [Browse] Hand button to find the "Deal" file
    • Click [Save]

Note:

  • If you are the scorer, then you can attach the "Deal" formats dup and dlm directly in Scorebridge.
  • If you are not the scorer, or after the event, you can upload the "Deal" via the web site.
7.3. Deal - Uploading

A "Deal" file can be created in a number of ways according to the way in which software you use to pre-deal hands. Bridgewebs accepts several formats

  • .dlm
  • .dup
  • .bri
  • .pbn
  • .txt (See Deep Finesse for more information.)

You can upload one of these deal files to the web site in a number of ways.

  • "Scorebridge". If you have the "Deal" file, then you can attach the deal directly and it will be uploaded at the same time as the results.
  • "Web Site" - "Upload Results". Either in advance or afterwards, you can attach the deal file to an entry in the Calendar or an uploaded Results.
  • "Web Administration" - "Calendar". Either in advance or afterwards, you can upload the deal via the Calendar.

"ScoreBridge"

If you (the scorer) have the applicable "Deal" file, you can automatically upload this at the same time as results. Make sure you have attached the ""Deal" file to the event. On ScoreBridge, first retrieve the event and set the "Deal" file on the "Score Sheets" page.

  • Select "Other Pages"
  • Select "Score Sheets"
  • Select "Deal"
  • Select "Show Deal"
  • Select the file in the usual way.
  • PLEASE check that it is the right "deal file" for the event by checking a few hands against the scores for a board.

Then, when you upload the results, the deal file will go automatically as well.

"Web Site" - "Upload Results"

If you have the scorer password, you can go to the web site and upload the "Deal" file from the "Upload Results" option.

  • Go to Web Administration menu entry
  • Select "Update Results" just below
  • Select the event in question
    • If you are loading after results have been uploaded, choose from the first dropdown
    • If you are loading in advance, choose from the second dropdown
  • Against the "Deal" file, browse for the appropriate "Deal" file. See Browse Button for more information.
  • Enter Password as necessary.
  • Click [Upload]

"Web Administration" - "Calendar"

You can go to the web site and upload the deal file there.

  • Web Administration
  • Calendar
  • Choose the event
  • Half way down, use the [Browse] button to find, upload and attach the "Deal" file. See Browse Button for more information.
  • Click [Save]
7.4. Play It Again

Play it Again is a capability which adds additional play analysis to a Bridgewebs web site. It permits you to replay a hand and analyze the results of that replay decision.

To access Play it Again

  1. Click on the Bridge Results Calendar tab
  2. Select a play date and session
  3. Select player pair to analyze
  4. Select the board to analyze
  5. Click on the Play It Again button to activate it.

A MAIN VIEW pop-up screen will display the hands for the selected board. Your selected board may be played again from this screen. To activate the replay process, select the desired makeable contract or maximum tricks (OPTIONS) from the grid in the Card Display Window in the lower right of the page. A blue dot in the MAIN VIEW identifies the Declarer hand for the selected contract. You may commence replay by clicking on a lead card from the Declarer’s left hand opponent, followed by clicking on a card from the Dummy, etc., until game is finished.

l The MAIN VIEW screen displays all hands so that you may replay each hand by selecting the desired card and position .

l The RESULTS view analyzes play in terms of percentage score by board played for your team and for competitive teams.

l The MAIN VIEW displays the optimum potential score for any given board.

l The OPTIONS selection permits displaying either the maximum trick potential by position or makeable contracts in the Card Display Window.

l The EDIT selection permits you to construct four customized hands for analysis and play.

A Help” selection is included to explain each web play selection .... Play, Analysis, etc.

 

7.5. Play It Again Software

There are a number of great software products available that can be used to replay the Hands you played at your club. These accept an import of PBN or sometimes LIN files that can be easily downloaded from the results pages in your club web site.

When you are in the Results pages:

  • Click on the [Play it Again] button for an immediate view.
  • Click on the [Hands] Tab and use the [Download] options.

You can use the Online Viewer or you will need to have installed the software on your PC and set up to accept the PBN file, see below.

The [Download] option does not currently work the same on Tablets and you will need to reference your Software's help pages.

www.bluechipbridge.co.uk (BlueChip)

www.bridgebaron.com(Bridge Baron)

www.bridgebase.com (BBO)

www.bridge-captain.com (Bridge Captain - Double Dummy Solver)

www.bridgesolver.co.uk ( Bridge Solver Online ) (Also available as Android App)

www.bridgify.net (Bridgify - double-dummy analyzer)

www.jackbridge.com (Jack)

www.q-plus.com (Q-plus Bridge)

www.robobridge.com (RoboBridge)

Brij (Brij Android App)

They all have different interfaces, so please see the applicable software instructions.

On Desktop PC's, you can more-or-less automate this.

e.g. Download DDS_Setup.exe to install the Bridge Captain - Double Dummy Solver program on your PC

In Windows:

  • Control Panel
  • Default Programs
  • Set Associations
  • Associate a file type with a specific program
  • choose .lin or .pbn
  • Change Program
  • Choose program to open download (you may need to Browse fro your PC Program)

Thereafter, click [Download as PBN] or [Download as LIN] and the hands will open up directly in your PC and you can play theme again.

7.6. ECATS Sims Sessions

If your club is participating in an "Ecats Simultaneous" or "EBU Simultaneous" event, then it is possible for the "Hands" to show automatically following the guidelines of ECATS/EBU. That is, that you SHOULD NOT publish any information for an event on your web site that show hands or shows the scores until all clubs have played the Simultaneous. For example, showing 420 which would indicate a "Game" and 920 which would indicate a Slam is possible, .

First, in advance, create a calendar entry for such an event and enter the session number. You should have the "Session Number" with your pack, otherwise, you can find the session number by linking to www.ecatsbridge.com/sims/default.asp.

If you enter the Ecats Session Number for an event, when you have upload the results, the system will automatically transfer the "Hand" file from Ecats to Bridgewebs when it is available, usually sometime after midnight following the event.

Sometimes, the "Ecats/EBU Simultaneous" may be played over a period of a few days or your club may play the event in the afternoon. If so, you MUST do one of the following

  • NOT upload the results
  • Use the Bridgewebs DELAY feature to stop showing any "Traveller/Hand" information.

To set DELAY, go to Web Admin - Calendar - pick the event and then below, choose one of the delay options. If you play in the afternoon, you may need to choose the "Next Day" option to avoid showing the Hands before midnight.

Hands

Bridgewebs will automatically find ECATS Hands if you enter the session number.
Otherwise, you can attach the Pre-Dealt hand file to the event
BEFORE or AFTER the results have been uploaded.

EBU Session No. : Computer Dealt Hands
Ecats Session No. : Computer Dealt Hands
Pre-Dealt Hands : Computer Dealt Hands
Show/Delay Travellers/Hands : When Uploaded
Next Day (i.e. After Midnight)
2 days later (midnight + 24 hours)
3 days later (midnight + 48 hours)
4 days later (midnight + 72 hours)
5 days later (midnight + 96 hours)

Bridge Players are of course an honest lot and wouldn't resort to looking at results on another club's web site!!!

7.7. Widgets

Widgets is a Bridgewebs term used to refer to "Special" fully formatted features that can be added to a page.

To add one of these go to your Page item and choose from the dropdown list. You can add a title and text of your own before the widget

The current list is

From Bridgewebs Databases

  • Weekly Schedule - Built from your Calendar Schedule

Available to EBU Affiliated Clubs

  • EBU Club Ranking - Data provided by EBU once a week, formatted by Bridgewebs
  • EBU NGS Grades- Data provided by EBU at start of month, formatted by Bridgewebs

You will need to enter your EBU club code and password into WebAdmin - Settings - Site Details and then Bridgewebs will automatically download the data as necessary.

Available from the EBU

  • EBU Announcing Rules - Formatted by EBU
  • EBU Best Behavior- Formatted by EBU
  • EBU Law Changes- Formatted by EBU

see www.bridgewebs.com/ebu for examples.

Available from the SBU

  • SBU Announcing Rules - Formatted by SBU

Available from Vu-Bridge

  • Vu-Bridge Beginner's Corner - Built by Vu-Bridge
  • Vu-Bridge Hand of the Week - Built by Vu-Bridge
8.1. News Features

The information on the web site is created from two main sources, the "Events" and the "News".

Think of the web site like a Newspaper, you have the front page, the classified and the sports results. Each Journalist enters his particular story and the Editor builds up the pages from these stories into pages, moving some on to the front page, others, such as pictures, on to page 3.

With Bridgewebs, you do something similar, you enter the information into different parts and then choose how to build the web site. The main "News" type pages are built from "Stories", in Bridgewebs these are called "News Items". Each "News Item" can have a title, the text, a picture and a link to another "News Item". You can have several "News Items" making up a page and "Page Options" to control the layout. The "List News Items" shows all the "News Items" and where each is used. So if you click "List News Items" and then go down to "Home Page" and click on the second story "Important Information" you can amend or delete it. Then, later you can, add another "News Item" and assign it to a page.

The "News" pages are each created in the same way, but the style of each can be changed using the "Page Options" button for each page, see Page Options

The "Home" page has extra features, so that you can add boxes on the "Left" or the "Right", but otherwise is the same.

If you want to enter or modify an item so that it temporarily does not show for some reason rather than deleting it, set the page to "Hold".

To get started:

  • Login into Web Administration
  • Click on "Home Page" in the Admin version of the Menu
  • You will be given an "Admin" view of the page with [Amend] against each "News Item"
    • Click on [Amend] to change an existing "News Item"
    • or Click on the options "Add News Item" at the top to create a new "News Item"
    • on the "Home Page", there are 3 add buttons, corresponding to left, middle or right, otherwise the same.
  • Enter a title
  • Enter text in to the "Word Processing" like Editor box, see the next section for features.
  • Click [Save] and you have added/amended a "News Item" and the web site will be updated.

If you have more than one item on a page, an extra [Move Down] button will appear on the "Amend" view allowing you to position where in the page, the "News Item" is to appear.

8.2. Changing/Splitting Pages

If you have created a "News Page" and the number of items has become too large or you simply want to move an item to another page, then you can change the "Page" where any News Item appears.

If you want a new "News Page" first, then have a look at Amending the Menu first and create the new page via the [Menu] - [Amend] option.

Now go back to the "News Item" in question [News] - [List News Items] click on the item and then change the Page in the Dropdown choice list at the top of the screen (any new pages will have been automatically added to this list) and click [Save].

8.3. Editor

The Editor included in Bridgewebs allows you to format your News Items much like a Word Processor.

The table below:

  • is based on using the latest default Editor. This can be set in WebAdmin - Settings - Options
  • shows some of the useful but less obvious Options that can be useful in a Bridgewebs page.
Hyperlink Picture/Image   Free format insert of images/pictures in your text
Enter a URL such as 
    http://www.bridgewebs.com/clubcode/picture.gif
Picture/Image Quick insert of pictures from your Bridgewebs Picture Library
This will open a Popup Dialogue that you can choose to insert any image from your Picture Library
Select the image and choose th display size. You can make further adjustments with "Right Click" and "Image Properties"
Spade Quick insert of spade symbol
Heart Quick insert of heart symbol
Diamond Quick insert of diamond symbol
Club Quick insert of club symbol
Hyperlink Links/Hyperlinks  

Free format insert of links/hyperlinks in your text
Enter a URL such as

   http://www.bridgewebs.com/clubcode/home.html
   http://www.bridgewebs.com/guide
   http://www.google.com

  • Text - The actual words to show for the link
  • Target - Whether to open a "New Browser Window"
Links/Hyperlinks Quick insert of links to pages in your Bridgewebs web site
This will open a Popup Dialogue that you can choose to insert any document from your Document Library or Page from your website.
Give it a title that will be used as the Text for the link, maybe the name or e.g. "Click Here". 
You can make further adjustments with "Right Click" and "Edit Link"
Hyperlink Email  

You can include an email link in your text, use the same link icon and change the "Link Type" to "Email" 

  • Email - info@bridgewebs.com
  • Name - Name to show instead of email address
  • Subject - Automatically assign a "Subject"
  • Message - Automatically assign a "Message" usually the start e.g. "Please send me more details of...."
Hyperlink Table   You can create and manipulate a table, use "Right Click" to find options
Much better way of presenting columns,
You can make further adjustments/refinements with "Right Click" and "Table Properties".
Make sure the width is not set
Hyperlink Remove Format   If you paste text from elsewhere, it may be necessary to mark that text and remove the format to "Clean" it and then apply your own.

 

NOTE:

Bridgewebs specific features

Any documents/images that you have uploaded to your web site will be entered with the web address as below, e.g.. picture.gif

http://www.bridgewebs.com/clubcode/picture.gif

TIP

Use the browser to check the URL of your links or pictures and see if they are valid and then "Cut" the address from the Browser Address Bar.

8.4. Editor Usage

If you are familiar with HTML, the Editor can be used to provide additional features to your web site.

Weather

If you would like a Weather Widget, then try this site

http://www.accuweather.com/en/free-weather-widgets/linked

and "Grab the Code" and Copy and Paste. First click "Source" in the Editor and then Paste CTRL V

8.5. Forms

News - Forms

You can add a Form to a News Item which, apart from the standard contact page, will allow your members to contact you in a structured manner. For example, you can get your members to submit information about the team members for a competition, vote on a particular topic.

Example of what it would look like in your web site

Please complete all relevant boxes.
Name  
Email  
Telephone  
Slam Competition  
Fruit Pears
Bananas
Apples
Comments  
   

When you have created your News Item, then click [Add Form]. An extra option will open up allowing you to design the form. You can have several different types of form box.

 

You can select which and how many of the boxes you want and can redesign the form moving boxes up and down.

What you see in the Web Administration is illustrative and looks like the end result, but what you are doing is giving the names for boxes and choices rather than filling in the boxes themselves.

When the user enters the information and clicks [Send] a structured email will be sent to the user with a copy to each of the contacts(s) registered in Bridgewebs.

You can choose whether the messages are displayed on the public page below the Form. In this case tick which fields to "Show".

Optionally, do not bother with sending emails.

You can limit the number of entries such as for a special session and the user will be informed.

You can also enter a message to be sent with the email confirmation.

8.6. Forms Emails

When a user enters information into a Form and clicks [Send], Bridgewebs will (optionally) send 2 structured emails. The emails will contain a line for each input field in the form.

  • The first "Confirmation" "email" will go to the email entered into the email field.
  • A second "Action" "email" will be sent to each of the emails entered at the bottom of the Form in Web Administration.

You should not reply directly to any email received this way.

PLEASE Note, the reason that you do not receive the email directly from the user is that they are produced by a bulk email service and not by the user's email. If Bridgewebs did try to simulate this, it is referred to as "Spoofing" and may be construed as SPAM as they do not originate from the true email and ultimately Bridgewebs would be blacklisted.

Equally the user does not get an email from you but again from Bridgewebs, this is to avoid releasing your true email to anyone who uses the contact form.

All such messages get logged and can be seen in Web Admin under the appropriate "News" item - {Submissions] Tab.

You have an option of deleting them.

In addition, you can send a spreadsheet of all the replies received by clicking [Form Replies] and this will be sent again to each of the contacts in the Form.

If you do not want to receive email, tick the "Do you want to use the Form just as a Message Board without sending emails?" in the Form setup.

 

8.7. Hand of the Week

The "Hand of the Week" feature allows you to add a hand to a news page and describe how it should be bid or played. This can be a bit tricky using normal HTML editors, so this facility allows you to easily construct a hand and associated information. If you use pre-dealt hands, this is even easier, just pick the week and board number and it will automatically extract the hand from the dealfile.

When you view a "Page Item" you will see an "Add Hand" button as below. Bridgewebs will automatically look up to see whether you have any pre-dealt hands uploaded, if so it will list all these, you can choose the event and the board number required, or else just choose new.

You will then see something like below.

 

Now click on "Edit Hand" and this will open up a pop-up window looking something like below. You can now

  • Select the cards for each hand. It will automatically move to the next player after 13 have been picked.
  • Set the Vulnerability
  • Set the Dealer
  • Then enter the Bidding Sequence
  • If this is a Quiz, select which hands to hide.
  • Click on [OK] and it will return to the "News Item"
  • Now enter your comments in the usual Editor
  • and finally click [Save].

If you want to delete the "Hand" at any time from the "News Item" click [Delete Hand], this just deletes the hand, not the comments.

 

8.8. Message Board

The Form feature can also be use to provide a public "Message Board", usually as a simpler "Find a Partner" than the Members Only.

In Web Administration

  • Click [Menu]
  • Click [Amend]
  • Use the "New News Page" to add an entry in the menu and give it a name "Message Board"
  • Click [Save]
  • Click [News]
  • Look for the "Message Board"
  • Click [Add News Item]
  • Enter some text, for example "If you would like to leave a message on this web site, please enter the details below. Please note that any information such as Email and Telephone numbers will be viewable by all, so if you do not mind go ahead....."
  • Click [Save]
  • Click [Add Form]
  • Adjust the Form as necessary, probably click on "Club Member" and [Delete Entry]
  • Important Bit: Tick "Would you like the submitted messages to show on the public page below the Form?", this changes the page from a "Contact Us" into a "Message Board", then on the actual page the [Send Email] changes to a [Post Message].
  • Tick "Do you want to use the Form just as a Message Board without sending emails?", if you do not want to receive or send an email when the message is posted.
  • Tick "Would you like to exclude "email" and "phone" showing?", if you would like to hide email and telephone numbers.

Then, when anyone enters a message it shows under the Message Entry

If you would like to review the messages from time to time,

  • Go back to the "News Item"( Web Administration - News - select 'Message Board' from list of Pages)
  • Click [Submissions]
  • Tick any you would like to remove
  • Click [Delete Ticked]

If you would like to provide a useful box on the home page

  • Click [News]
  • Click [Add News Item]
  • Choose the page [Home Right Box]
  • Enter title "Message Board" or "Find a Partner"
  • In "Link" - "Page in Web Site" with the dropdown box choose "Message Board" or as appropriate.
  • in "Plus - How to open" choose "Same Window".
  • Enter suitable message
  • Click [Save].

For example see (In all cases, click on appropriate right hand box):
www.bridgewebs.com/exeter
www.bridgewebs.com/wells
www.bridgewebs.com/sample

8.9. Membership Lists

The "Membership List" feature provides a method of adding a formatted selected list of members to any News Item. This is particularly useful for identifying, say "Honorary Members", or a list of Hosts

The "Membership List" feature can be invoked by setting the option in "Settings" - "Options" to Yes.

Once this option is set to Yes, you will see an extra button "Add MB List" on a News Item.

Click "Add MB List" and you will see an extra option below the Editor Box.
Click the "Edit" button to design your "MB List"
You can choose:

  • the Columns to show and change the Column Titles to show
  • the Selection Criteria
  • the Sequence
  • the Format
    • Style - Column or Grid and, if grid, show a membership picture
    • Columns - show more than 1 column, especially in "Grid" style
    • Picture Width - Include a Membership Picture and what size
    • Maximum Rows - For efficiency, if 10 chosen and Columns 3, will show 30 entries.

Click OK

Because of the security considerations, you can attach security levels to the page.

If the page is:

  • "Public" and no Restrictions, anyone can see the list.
  • "Public" and Restrictions, only members with matching groups can see the list
  • "Members Only" and no Restrictions, any member can see the list
  • "Members Only" and Restrictions, members with matching groups can see the list
  • Web Administrator can see any page regardless.

If a page is restricted, then the page will show up, but a warning message will appear instead of member list

8.10. Page Options

You can change the way "News" pages are built.

  • Page Title - appears in the menu and at the top of the page
  • or Alternative Page Title - for page header only if the menu title is too short
  • Title Scroll - you can cause the title to move or have it fixed.
  • Sequence - The sequence of "News Items" is important and you may want to control the way they are shown, see News Items Sequence
    • Date Entered
    • Reverse Date Entered
    • Sequence
    • Reverse Sequence
    • Title
  • Show Date - The date entered can show under each "News" item
  • Page Index - A page index can be particularly useful if you have several items on the page, such as the club constitution and Bridgewebs will automatically create clickable links to move up and down the page
  • Layout - Do you want a normal page or the detail on the right? For example, the "Useful Links"
  • Theme - A theme for this page, this is automatically set by going to Themes and changing the theme
  • Header - Header information to go at the top of the page.
8.11. Page Sequence

The "News" items will be shown on the resulting page in one of 5 sequences dependent on the "News Page Options".

Title

Simply in order of the title

Date Entered
Reverse Date Entered

Items will automatically be date stamped on update and shown with the latest updated item first on the respective page. If you simply want something to appear at the top of the page, update it again last.

Sequence Number
Reverse Sequence No

If you want another sequence altogether then you can enter a sequence code.

It is better to use 3 or more digits, such as 110,120,190,210,220,290,320, then you can insert items in between. These are all entered with a 0 at the end and this is an old technique to allow you to insert one e.g.. 115 without having to adjust them all.

If you are entering minutes for meetings and want them to show in sequence, then for example 20th October 2005, use the sequence 20051005 etc. and use reverse sequence to show the latest at the top.

If you choose Sequence Number, Bridgewebs will allow you to move the items Up and Down in Page view.

8.12. Picture Gallery

If you have a number of pictures that you want to add to a news item such as Prize Giving or Christmas Parties, then

  • Upload the pictures and resize as suggested see Uploading Pictures
  • Then return to the News Item

 

You can add pictures to your news items in a variety ways.

1. to add a single picture to a news item

  • Select the news item
  • In the Picture option, select the picture required from the drop down, which shows all pictures in your library along with some useful icons
  • Use the accompanying boxes to choose where and how to display the picture

2. Using the editor

  • Select the news item
  • Click on the camera icon in the editor
  • A pop-up box is shown. In the Picture/ Image box, select the required picture from the drop down list, which again shows all pictures in your library along with some useful icons.
  • Use the width box if you need to resize the image.

  • A useful feature in the editor, is that you can use a table to help with positioning of pictures. Insert a table of the required size, then insert pictures in individual cells of the table.

 

3. Using the 'Add Picture' button

  • Select the news item
  • Press the 'Add Picture' button

  • To add one picture "Click" the picture which will be highlighted in red and Save.
  • To add multiple pictures "Double Click" the first picture until it goes red and then click other pictures required, each should remain red. When you have selected all pictures required, press Save.
  • When displayed on the News page, Bridgewebs will automatically add thumbnails of each picture and when the user moves the Mouse over a picture the main picture will change.

 

You can also use a movie in your news item. Ideally, you should include only one movie file per news item and not mix it with pictures. Add the movie file ,using either method 1 or 3 above. Currently, it's not possible to use movie files within the editor.

8.13. Themes

You can change the look of "News" pages with "Themes". Each page is constructed from the "News Items" and you can change the look of each of 3 levels in this:

  • Page - The outer box for the whole page - change Border/Colour/Style
  • News Item - The inner box for each News Item - change Border/Colour/Style
  • News Title/Text - The actual title or text - change Border/Box Colour/Text Colour/Font/Font Size/Alignment/Bold

You can change each of these in "Web Administration" and as you change them, an example is shown alongside, but you may need to look at an actual page to see what it really looks like. You can get some interesting looking pages quite simply, such as changing the title to show in a pale colour on a dark background, increasing and/or changing the font and centre it.

The idea is that you can set up a theme which you can use in each of your "News" pages, then when you edit the item, you can just enter the text and you will have to resist putting extra style in there which will override the theme.

Note: the Style of Rounded/Shadow Box for the "Page" and "News Item" cannot presently be shown in the online example, you will need to view an actual page, but the effect of setting these at the "News Item"  is shown below.

see also Site Style

 

8.14. Web or Email Address

If you enter a "Web or Email Address", then this will automatically be converted to a "Clickable link".

  • If the "News" item references another web site, then enter the web site address, e.g. www.ebu.co.uk and this will be used to create a link on the respective news page.
  • Alternatively you can enter an email address info@bridgewebs.com and this will create a "Clickable Link" to produce an email.

examples

www.ebu.co.uk

info@bridgewebs.com

8.15. BridgeWebs Maps

Recent features of Google allow maps to be built dynamically. This feature has been incorporated into the "Index of Clubs" and "Find Us" pages to allow users to find the location of clubs more easily, either to play at or, if you are building your own Bridgewebs site, someone locally who can help with ideas.

The mapping sites generally work by searching by Postcode/ZIP Code. This uses the various Post Office/National supplied Postcode/ZIP codes/Address tables which provide a cross reference between the postcode or address and an absolute International coordinate of Latitude and Longitude. The coordinate is generally the Centre of all the addresses in that Postcode. This is usually close enough in densely built urban areas, but can be markedly different in rural areas. Bridgewebs will accept a Coordinate of Latitude and Longitude and use that to create a map. The advantage of this is that even though some places do not have a postcode, every place on earth has an accurate position given by Latitude and Longitude.

For efficiency and accuracy, the general map provided with the "Index of Clubs" and "Find Us" is created from coordinates. You can specify the coordinates for your location in the "Web Administration" -"Settings" - "Site Details".

In the site details, there are 2 links. One link is for translating the Postcode to a coordinate, use this, then cut and paste the coordinates back into Bridgewebs and [Save]. Then, use the other to link to Google to check the accuracy of the coordinates and fine tuning. Note: Latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere are negative and Longitudes West of Greenwich are negative. You need to get the sign correct, otherwise your location may end up in the middle of the Pacific.

Tip: To find the coordinates of your club venue, click on Google Maps, use whatever searches to find roughly where this is on the map. Zoom to maximum with the + button, move the mouse over where you think the club venue is, then "Right Click" and click "Get directions to here" and it will put the coordinates in the "Start Address". Repeat as necessary to get it as accurate as you would like, then, cut and paste these into Bridgewebs.

For example, looking up the EBU Headquarters by postcode HP19 8AZ gives 51.820709, -0.831733 but this gives a pointer to the wrong side of the road. You can experiment and adjusting this to 51.8221, -0.8295 gets you get closer to the actual location of the EBU Headquarters. A change of .00001 is approximately 1 metre/yard.

8.16. Mail Merge

The Bulk Email can be used to send an email to all members and include "Mail/Merge" tags to personalize the message.

A simple "Tick" box "Include box of member details for confirmation" can be ticked to include a table of the main Personal information, that is name, email, phone and address.

You can further refine the email yourself using "Mail/Merge" tags

The Mail/Merge tags are the same names as used on the import/export in uppercase, enclosed in curly braces.

So if the message is

"Please confirm that your phone number - {PHONE}is correct."

On each individual email, {PHONE} will be replaced with the "Phone" number from that members database record.

Please use this feature with Caution as some members may not like receiving an email with their personal details included.

Some of the more useful Mail/Merge Tags

  • NAME1
  • NAME2
  • PHONE
  • MOBILE
  • ADDRESS
  • PC (Postcode/ZIP)
  • EMAIL
  • EBU
  • CLUB1
  • CLUB2
  • CLUB3
  • CLUB4
  • RENEWAL (Club Renewal Date)
9.1. Competition Features

This facility is provided to allow you to create competitions based on the results that you have uploaded.

  • Type - the type of competition.
    • Pairs - analyzed by pair.
    • Individual - analyzed by individual.
    • Teams - analyzed by teams.
    • League - a special type of competition (County only).
    • Other - a special type of competition (County only).
  • Title - shows at the top of the competition page.
  • Short Title - a shortened version of the title to appear in the menu. If blank will use the main title.
  • Hold - If you want to set a competition so that it temporarily does not show for some reason rather than deleting it, set the option to "No, keep on hold".
  • Header - a paragraph to show at the top of the competition.
  • Footer - a paragraph to show at the top of the competition.

You can add any number of competitions within reason.

9.2. Dates

You can choose whether to select the dates automatically or manually

  • User Selected
  • Auto

1. User Selected

You can select the events for the competition from your calendar.

Once you have entered the first date of your competition and clicked save, a list of dates will show.

The system will automatically show the dates for the same day of the week over the 14 months (to allow for a late finish) following the start date plus any other entries from the calendar in this period. This is all you need to do if your competition is for a specific day of the week,.

If your competition covers more than one day of the week, then you will first need to create calendar entries for each of the competition dates. Use the "Quick Update" to enter them quickly.

  • Click on a date to include it in the competition (turns green)
  • Click again to exclude it from the competition (turns grey)

2. Auto

With Auto the dates change dynamically when the Competition is viewed.

Choose The Period

  • Year
  • Quarter
  • Month

The Basis

  • Club Year - i.e.. first month of Year or Quarter will be as per your club year month set in the [Options] Tab.
  • Rolling Year - i.e.. 12/3 months back from current date
  • Calendar Year - first month is January

Which Period

  • Current
  • Previous
  • Previous + x

e.g..

If Year/Calendar/Previous and the current date is Sept 2012, then the period will be 2011
If Quarter/Calendar/Previous and the current date is Sept 2012, then the period will be April - June 2012

9.3. Presentation

In order to reduce the size of the web page being presented, there are a number of options provided to change the presentation of the competition. In particular this can be useful when a user selects the [print] option. These do not the affect the calculation of the competition itself.

  • Maximum Rows - The maximum number of rows to show, e.g. first 50
  • Maximum Columns - The maximum columns to show on the competition page.
    • If the number of events is less than or equal this then all the events will show by event date.
    • If the number of events is greater than this then the columns shown can be adjusted as follows
  • Columns to Show - Which columns to show
    • Latest - The latest "n" events will be shown
    • Best - The best "n" scores will be shown
    • High Low - The best "n/2", and Lowest qualifying "n/2" scores will be shown.

Generally you will have the "Maximum Columns" set to less than 10, but if you have problems with a particular score, it can be useful to increase this to check things out, reset "Columns to Show" to "Latest" and then reset it afterwards.

9.4. Restricted

You may require competitions to Include/Exclude certain players.

  • "Open Competition" - any player can qualify except when the Include/Exclude rules below apply.
  • "Members Only" - results will only be included for players on the Membership database with a status of "Member" and with a Join date at the date of an applicable event.
  • Members to Include - You can include only players with a "Comp Code" on the Membership database
  • Members to Exclude - You can exclude players with a "Comp Code" on the Membership database
  • Players to Exclude - For a limited number of names, you can provide a list of players to exclude (provided for backward compatibility or quick restriction).

The Members to Include/Exclude feature can be used with a conjunction of single character codes, thus a player can have a code of "MX" on the membership database and this will be matched if the competition has "M", "MY", "X", "XZ" etc.

Note For "Men Only", "Ladies Only" or "Mixed Pairs".

  • Men Only - Set all Men with a "Comp Code" of "M" and set the Competition "Member Competition Codes to Include" to "M"
  • Ladies Only - Set all Ladies with a "Comp Code" of "F" and set the Competition "Member Competition Codes to Include" to "F"
  • Mixed Pairs - Special case . If the Competition "Member Competition Codes to Include" is set to exactly "MF", then Bridgewebs will check that a pair has one of each.

Note - Individual Competition - Player's Partner

For Individual Competitions, you can specify whether a Player's Partner also qualifies and this is set in "Ignore results where a player's partner does not qualify?" to "Yes"

For example, in a "Ladies Individual" competition, you can ensure that the only result that counts is where both of a Pair are Ladies "F", thus exluding Mixed Pairs. If it doesn't matter who they play with, then set to "No" 

9.5. Rules

There are a number of options for the calculation of the competition

  • No of Events - This is automatically calculated from the events selected.
  • Minimum Events - Enter the minimum no of events played to qualify. If a % symbol is in the value, e.g. 50%, this will treated as a percentage. of the events In the early stages of the competition, the no of events specified in the "Minimum" option may not have been reached. To overcome this (especially in early stages),  the system can be set to do one of 2 things.
    • ProRata - the system will prorata the "Minimum" to the number already played / total events assigned to the competition, e.g. if there are 20 events in the competition, you have played 10 and the "Minimum" is 8, then the "Minimum" will be overridden to 8 *10/20 = 4.
    • Events Played - if the number of events played is less than "Minimum", then the "Minimum" will be reset to the number of played, i.e. in the early stages of the competition, the players must have played in all events.
  • Maximum Best - Many clubs introduce a "best" option to encourage regular members, so that once this is reached only the best "n" scores are included and the "worst" score ignored. Leave blank to include all scores, i.e. ignore this option. In the early stages of the competition, the no of events specified in the "Best" option may not have been reached. To overcome this, the system can be set to do one of 2 things.
    • ProRata - the system will prorata the "Best" to the number already played / total events assigned to the competition, e.g. if there are 20 events in the competition, you have played 10 and the "Best" is 12, then the "Best" will be overridden to 12 *10/20 = 6. This method allows the "Best" factor to come into play earlier rather than towards the end when someone might suddenly move up because a couple of really dreadful suddenly drop off.
    • Events Played - if the number of events played is less than "Best", then the "Best" will be reset to the number of played, i.e. in the early stages of the competition, all results will count.
  • Score Method - Which score to use.
    • Butler - Use the "Butler" score
    • Master Points - Use "Master Points"
    • Pair VPS - Use the VPS
    • Percentage
      • Percentage - Use the percentage
      • Percentage - 50 - Use the percentage less 50. Anyone with less than 50% gets 0, i.e. any bad scores are ignored, 75% get 25
      • Percentage - 40 - Use the percentage less 40. Anyone with less than 50% gets 0, i.e. any bad scores are ignored, 75% gets 35
    • Position - Pairs * 2 similar to scoring the tops on Travellers, e.g. with 12 tables, first gets 24, bottom gets 2 for turning up. 
    • Slams 3G/1S - 3 for a grand, 1 for a small
    •  IMPS - Use the scored "IMPS"
    • Team VPS - Use the "Team VPS"
    • Winners (Several Variations) first place gets the first amount, second second amount etc. e.g. 4/3/2/1- 1st position gets 4, 2nd gets 3, 3rd gets 2, 4th gets 1
      • 3 for a win/2/1
      • 4 for a win/3/2/1
      • 5 for a win/4/3/2/1
      • 6 for a win/4/3/2/1
      • 6 for a win/5/4/3/2/1
      • 7 for a win/6/5/4/3/2/1
      • 8 for a win/6/5/4/3/2/1
      • 8 for a win/7/6/5/4/3/2/1
      • 20 for a win/18/16....
  • Total or Average
    • Total - Simply all qualifying scores are accumulated
    • Average - can be used with "Best"
  • Handicap - Handicap rules to be used.
  • Qualifiers - Players/Pairs to include in competition?
  • Maximum Same Partner - If you have a special Individual Competition only where a player is only allowed to play with the same partner "n" times, then enter that. Any results that the player may have played with the same partner after "n" will be ignored. For instance, if everybody must play with a different partner, enter 1.
9.6. Handicaps

There is a Bridgewebs option for the calculation of handicaps

When the competition are created

Rolling Handicap

First (this is regardless of the competition)

For each month, a handicap is calculated which is the average of all uploaded percentage results for the previous 12 months. Non standard pairs events, such as Teams are ignored. This is taken away from 50 to give the handicap for that month. Handicaps are calculated for each player, not a pair. Good players would get a negative handicap, weaker players get a positive handicap.

e.g..

  • The handicap for Dec 2012 will be the average for all results from Dec 2011 - Nov 2012
  • The handicap for Jan 2013 will be the average for all results from Jan 2012 - Dec 2012

Second: (for each event included in the competition)

For each result in the competition, the result is taken and the handicap for that month for each player is added together and the average is added to the percentage and this is used for the competition. Note, a different handicap can thus be used for each event, this is as if the handicap is applied at the time that the event took place.

  • Non Members have -5 (uses player database)
  • New Members start on -5 until they have played 5 games.
  • The -5, -5 can be set in Competition Options

e.g.. (But see below)

  • Player with handicap of 2 and Non Member, use -3.5
  • Player with handicap of 2 and partner with handicap of 3, use 2.5
  • Player with handicap of 2 and partner with handicap of -3, use -0.5

Manual Handicaps
You can choose "Manual" handicaps and enter them yourself.

You need to create a list of players and handicaps, one name per line, percentage and cut and paste to Manual box. If cut and paste from spreadsheet, can be a "Tab" separator. e.g..
Alan Smith,5.17
John Smith, -0.2

Any missing players will be given the "Must have played x times" handicap, ignoring the "Must have..." aspect.

For each result in the competition, the result is taken and the handicap for each player is added together and averaged and applied to the result.

NGS Handicaps
If your club is affiliated to the EBU, you create competitions based on the NGS Grade. Choose "NGS" handicaps and [Save] the competition.

You need to enter your EBU NO and password into Settings - Site Details

Then Bridgewebs will give you boxes for each NGS Grade A♠, A down to 2 and you can complete the Handicaps as you wish, you do not need to use the NGS Grade - 50.

Where Used (Manual Handicaps Only)

Normally Handicaps are applied to each result, but there are some circumstances, where you might just want to apply the Handicap to the Total. i.e. simply drop a player down -10 points.

Handicap Applied

Usually Handicaps are applied as an average of the the 2 handicaps, but you can adjust this, especially for Individual events where one player's handicap may depend on their partner.

  • Average
  • Worst Handicap
  • Best Handicap
  • Individual Handicap (Individual Competition)

 

 

9.7. Name Changes/Aliases

If you have uploaded the results for a player with a particular name and you would like to use a different name, you can go to the Membership Section in Web Administration and give a player an alias. In Bridgewebs terms the Alias is the wrong name, i.e.. the name you do NOT want to use.

Then when a competition is calculated, results containing either name will be MERGED together as one.

This saves you changing and uploading the results again. It can be used where people change their name, get married or use or prefer nicknames or pseudonyms.

PLEASE NOTE 1. Competitions are calculated whenever applicable results are uploaded or the definition of a Competition is changed. Thus, aliases are not immediately effective.

To force an immediate change,

  • For the standard completions, go to Competitions - Options and click [Save]
  • For club competitions, go to the desired Competition and click [Save]

Last Played

Use the "Last Played" Tab in Admin - Membership to determine any differences in spelling of Members. Set the Aliases and then com back here and click Recalculate to check that you have updated everything correctly.

Personal Analysis

Again "Aliases" are not immediately effective and you may need to wait for further results to be uploaded. A future release will incorporate a fix to check for these.

9.8. NGS Grades

EBU Affiliated Clubs Only

There is a feature in Bridgewebs to retrieve the NGS Grades from the EBU.

NGS Grades

You will first need to go to Web Admin - Settings - Site Details

  • Enter Your EBU Club Number
  • Enter your EBU Club password.
  • [Save]

Once these have been entered Bridgewebs will automatically obtain the NGS Grades for the club at the start of each month.

NOTE: Bridgewebs will update the Bridgewebs Membership database for any Members on the Membership database with an EBU Number (See Below)

Technically, each time any results are uploaded or the site updated, then Bridgewebs will check that the NGS Grades have been downloaded for the current month and, if not, retrieve them from the EBU site. This is for efficiency reasons to avoid unnecessary downloading of the same file.

Displaying NGS Grades

You can display the NGS Grades in your web site.

  • Create a New News Page
  • Create a News Items
  • Enter some text as necessary
  • Use the Widget "EBU NGS Grades"
  • go to "Page Options" to make this Public or Private.

or let Bridgewebs add a page automatically to the Members Only Tabs.

NGS Rank Percentage

In WebAdmin - Settings - Scoring, you have an option to display the NGS Ranking for an event on the Ranking Page

  • Show with Popup Detail
  • Show without detail
  • Do not show

Bridgewebs will calculate the average NGS % for the event using the NGS Percentage for each player downloaded at the beginning of the month. This is an indication of the strength of the event and is not as comprehensive as the EBU Calculation which takes into consideration the latest information and Strength of Field, split by direction for Straight Mitchell.

NOTE: Only includes players on the Bridgewebs Membership database with an EBU Number (Member or Visitor) and Registered at the EBU as a Member of the club. If you find the NGS rating or anything else is not as you expect, please check that the EBU Number is correct for each player.

Using NGS Grades in Competitions

These can be used in the "Competitions" feature and allow you to apply Handicaps according to the Grades. The grades are:

67+ Ace
65 - 67 Ace
63 - 65 Ace
61 - 63 Ace
59 - 61 King
57 - 59 Queen
55 - 57 Jack
53 - 55 Ten
51 - 53 Nine
49 - 51 Eight
47 - 49 Seven
45 - 47 Six
43 - 45 Five
41 - 43 Four
39 - 41 Three
under 39 Two

Handicap Competitions

You can choose to generate Handicaps dependent on the Member NGS Grades.

Select "Handicap" type "NGS Grades" and [Save]
Then a list of Grades will show and you can enter the Handicap to be applied to each grade.
Remember, for the top handicap, e.g. Ace, enter this as minus
For each event in the Competition Bridgewebs will look up the Grade for the player from the NGS Grade table for the first month of the competition (avoiding the NGS Grade changing during the period of the Competition) and apply a handicap according to your competition handicap set up.

 

 

 

 

 

9.9. Interclub

There is a feature in Bridgewebs to score results across more than one club. This is called the "Interclub" feature.

This is controlled through the "Competitions" feature in Web Administration.

  • Set up a new Competition in the usual way, with a title say "Interclub"
  • Set the options as
    • Type of Competition - "Pairs"
    • Title - e.g. "Interclub"
    • Note (Bridgewebs use only) - "List of Clubs, see "clubs" below.
    • Leave remaining option as per default
  • In dates, pick the date(s) of the Interclub event.

Each club participating needs to do the same

Clubs

You need to enter a list of clubs participating in the Interclub event separated by a semi-colon ";" e.g. london;birmingham;sheffield

You need to use the club code rather than the name of the club, you can find a complete list of codes at
www.bridgewebs.com/clubs.

Otherwise upload the results in the usual way. When the results are uploaded, Bridgewebs checks that the competition and checks other clubs involved have uploaded their results and if so, it puts up an extra button "Interclub" on the results. The results will be scored across all participating clubs.

If you wish you can run the Interclub over several events to get a combined "Competition".

9.10. Upload

If the event is part of a competition, then you can choose which competition that it belongs to. Then when you look at the corresponding competition page, it will give you a list of all the events that are part of that competition.

10.1. Find Us

These days, it is generally useful to put a link to a map site on your web site.

If you enter a Postcode for the venue and then choose which Map Provider that you prefer, Bridgewebs will create an appropriate link on the "Where & When" page and similarly show this on the "Find Us" page. This is usually close enough for players to find you. If not, you can try the Map Providers and see if you can find a better link, if you do, "cut and paste" the web address into Map Site Address, this will override any automatic settings.

At present, you can use:

  • MultiMap
  • StreetMap
  • Google

Alternatively, if you have a drawing or map as an image/picture, then upload it to the Picture Library and select it, which will be used on the "Find Us" page.

Then, enter some text as well, which will be inserted beside the map/picture.

10.2. Passwords

Bridgewebs is one giant web site and the Login Code will be your assigned club login code and will be the same each time. Associated with this login code are 4 passwords.

Go to Web Administration - Settings - Passwords to set these passwords.

Administrator Password
The main Administration password is for the Web Administrator to update any aspect of the site including uploading scores.

Secondary Password ( mainly SUPERSEDED by Member WebAdmin Access, see below )
The Secondary password is available to allow some updating of the site, as ticked, to be given to an alternative person without necessarily giving them the Web Administrator password.
and allows update in restricted sections:

  • Results
  • News
  • People
  • Membership
  • Competitions
  • Pictures
  • Documents
  • Menu

Scorer Password
The Scorer password can be given to scorers and is used to check results uploads only and will not allow access to Web Administration. However, results uploads will also be accepted with the Administrator or Secondary password.

Member Password/Member Registration Code
The "Member Registration Code" is set here and can be given to members to enable them to register for the "Members Only" pages. Once registered they will use their own passwords associated with their email. See Members Only for more details.

Uploading Results
When uploading results, Bridgewebs will accept any of the 3 main passwords.

Member WebAdmin Access

Once you have set up a Membership Database, you can assign a particular Member (email) to update particular aspects of WebAdmin.

Go to the Membership list
Click Member to Amend
In "Member Admin" section, tick sections this member is allowed to update.

  • News
  • People
  • Membership
  • Competitions
  • Pictures
  • Documents
  • Menu ¶2
  • Settings ¶2

¶1 The above list may change dependent on your site settings
¶2 not recommended to give access to these, as they would allow access to options which could be used to access a higher level, but could be useful for some purpose.

These options will only be displayed and allowed to be updated with the main Administrator password.

Anyone with these privileges will get an extra Tab when they log into the "Member Only" allowing them to access WebAdmin for their selected options.

 

 

 

10.3. Site Style

When you first set up your web site, it will be in a fairly plain style and default colour. You can change several aspects of the overall look of the website. These apply to every page in the site.

  • Site Colour - There are a number of colours to choose from. By selecting one of these colours, you will change the way the site shows and complementary colours have been carefully selected to enhance the site with a mixture of matching pale, light, dark and darker colours.
    • Apricot
    • Black
    • Blue
    • Burgundy
    • Green
    • Lilac
    • Purple
    • Red
    • Silver
    • Skyblue
    • Tan
    • Turquoise
  • Background - There are a number of default images that can be used as a background on your web site, or you can design your own and upload it into the picture library. You will need to select an image and use Paint Software on your PC to create a fairly transparent image.
  • Font - You can select an overall font style and size
  • Banner - The banner across the top of the web page can be adjusted to suit. You can have a picture at the left, right or in the centre. You can use one of the Bridgewebs pictures or upload one of your own, see Picture Library. Some pictures are best shown on a white background, so you can also change the style of the banner to suit your pictures. You may need to experiment.
  • Main Page Style - similarly you may want to change the Main Page Style to suit the way you would like to see it.

see also Themes

10.4. Where & When

There is a standard format page in Bridgewebs where you can specify details of the club in a standard way. For smaller clubs, this will probably be sufficient. For larger clubs in the "When" box you might want to simply put a link to another page, e.g.. "Play most evenings, see... ". It might also be useful to put a condensed form of this information on the "Home" page.

Mostly you simply fill in the boxes.

The "click here for a map" is generated from the postcode, see Location.
Quite often, the venue where you play will have its own web site. In which case it can be useful to add this to the "Where & When" page as well, if so enter the name of the place and the web site including the www., e.g.. "My Local Cricket Club" and www.cricketclub.org.uk and Bridgewebs will create a "click here for details of venue".

 

When When Every Monday
What What Duplicate Bridge
Where Where Address
Click here for a map
Click here for more details of venue.
How Much How Much Table Money (Members) - £2 per person
Table Money (Visitors - £2 per person
Annual Subscription - None
Contact Contact The Secretary
Visitors Visitors Always Welcome.
Refreshments Refreshments Cup of Tea
Smoking Smoking This is a non-smoking club venue
Partners Partners Contact John

 

11.1. Introduction to Menu

The pages in your web site will be organized according to the usefulness of the information. The "Home" page is the one that is accessed first when anyone looks at your web site and will have the most important/up to date information. The remainder of the pages need to be arranged in some kind of order to assist the user in finding what he wants quickly and easily. In Bridgewebs this is the "Menu" that will be shown on each page of your web site. There are 2 levels, the Top level and Second level.

  • The Top level can have
    • Single pages such as the "Home" page
    • or Groups of Pages, such that when the user clicks on it, it shows the first page of the Group
  • The Second level has a group of related pages, such as "Competitions"

You can consider this like your Sunday Newspaper, you have the Front Page of your main Newspaper and then you have a number of pull-out supplements. The Front Page of the Newspaper usually has a list of the supplements (the Menu). In the case of the Web Site the supplements can consist of 1 page.

11.2. Amend

With Bridgewebs it is possible to adjust the "Menu" more or less as you please.

You can redesign the "Menu" to suit your particular requirements. You could have all pages at the top level but then the menu might get quite long. It is probably better to group similar pages together. Bridgewebs will then, when a Second level page is clicked, open up the Second Level group to show the user similar pages.

The first set of buttons allows you to move the menu around and add new pages. NOTE, you are only changing the menu and this will not affect any other information stored on your web site.

There are 3 banks of button

FIRST, click on the menu at the position that you want to make a change, the background will be highlighted, then click the appropriate button:

The first bank allow you to move the menu around

Move an entry up the list.
Move an entry down the list.
Move an entry to the left, i.e.. Top Level.
Move an entry to the right, i.e.. Second Level.
You may need to add a header entry for a group of second level entries.
Delete an entry.

The second bank allows you to add extra pages into the menu

Add a new "News Page". You will then need to go to the "News" section and add the items for this page.
Add a new "Competition Page". You will then need to go to the "Competition" section and update the details for the Competition.
All other pages from the web site that are not included in the list.

The third bank allows you to add any documents to the menu which you have already uploaded via the Document feature. This may be blank, buttons for Documents already in the menu are not included.

Notes

  • If you have previously deleted an entry or want to add any of the pages already in your web site or special Bridgewebs pages, then use the second set of buttons.
  • You can delete an entry to temporarily hide a page while you work on it.
  • A set of sub-menu pages must be preceded by a header. Headers provide for a sub-menu and cannot be moved right (sub-menu). This is only checked when you have completed your changes.
  • When you are finished click [Save] to update the web site
  • If you have messed it up click [Refresh], correct and then [Save].
  • If you have COMPLETELY messed it up click [Default], which is like a [Factory Reset], adjust and then [Save].
12.1. Picture Library

This facility allows you to select a picture from your PC and upload it to the web site. You can then use the picture in a "News" item or in the banner for your web site. When the "News" page is displayed, the picture will normally show to the left of the "News" item (there are other options).

Please Note

  • The format of pictures accepted:- gif and jpg, jpeg, png
  • The picture SHOULD BE SCALED before use. A picture straight off a digital camera can be 4MB large or larger. This will be slow to upload and, more importantly, slow for the users of your site.
  • You should have some resizing software supplied with your digital camera which you can use to resize the photograph and generally tidy up the photograph before uploading.
  • Alternatively, Bridgewebs provides the option of uploading and storing the picture and then resizing it on line
    • Click on the Decrease Size More to reduce the picture by 10% at a time.
    • Click on the Decrease Size to reduce the picture by 1% at a time.
    • Click on the Increase Size to increase the picture by 1% at a time.
    • Click on the Increase Size More to increase the picture by 10% at a time.
    • It is not a good idea to increase a picture beyond its original size, the picture will become more blurred, but you may need these buttons to fine tune the size of the picture.
    • Click [Save] to save the picture, either with a new name or Bridgewebs will add a suffix on the end. To prevent any potential problems, pictures over 5Mb will be rejected.
  • For a "News" item, a suitable size is a picture between 150 high and 250 pixels wide
  • For a web site, 450 wide is probably large enough.

See [Browse Button] for more information on uploading.

N.B. When you upload a picture it is saved on the Bridgewebs site and you can actually include it directly in any "News" item with
"<" img src="/myclub/picture.jpg" title="My Picture Title" "/>"
where the picture you uploaded was called "picture.jpg".

Please note, used with caution other formats can be uploaded

  • mov
  • mp3
  • mp4
  • avi
  • wmf
  • wmv

New Feature

Please note, you can now drag and drop pictures.

If your Browser supports it, split your screen into two and drag an image/images from your PC into this box to upload direct to Bridgewebs. The bar above will show the upload progress.
Please wait for completion before loading another, especially large images straight off a camera. There will be NO need to click [Save].

12.2. Videos and Movies

Videos & Movies can be added to News Pages. See .... for more information on how to add a movie to a news page. Once uploaded they are listed in the Picture library with a 'Movie' Icon.

The currently accepted formats are

  • mov
  • mp3
  • mp4
  • avi
  • wmf
  • wmv
  • swf

Note that the movie files can be very large. Keeping the size of your files as small as possible helps with performance, especially for the users of your site.

Not all browsers support the movie files , so if members have problems viewing, it may be due to the browser they are using e.g. Chrome no longer supports plug-ins and Firefox requires some work to be done before plug-ins can be used - check here .

 

12.3. Picture and Movie Upload

Pictures, Movies and Video files can be uploaded from your PC to the website to be included in News pages.

In Web Admin - Pictures tab

  • Select the Upload tab
  • Enter the location of the movie file or picture in the Picture box or use the Browse facility to find the file on your PC. See [Browse Button] for more information.
  • Enter your name for the picture / movie in the Title box
  • Click 'Save;' to upload the picture or movie.

Alternately, you can use the drag and drop feature to upload pictures.This is not currently available for movie files. If your Browser supports it, split your screen into two and drag an image/images from your PC into this box to upload direct to Bridgewebs. The bar above will show the upload progress. Please wait for completion before loading another, especially large images straight off a camera. There will be NO need to click [Save].

12.4. Membership Pictures

There is an option to upload a Picture for Members. These are usually a small "Head & Shoulder" shot or cropped photo that can be shown in various places.

These can be uploaded

  • by the Administrator through the "Membership" member detail option.
  • by the Member through the "Member Only" - "Account" Tab.

Any photo uploaded this way will appear in the "Picture" Gallery as well.

For consistency, you will need to adopt a standard "Aspect Ratio" say Portrait style of 3:4 (width:height). You can upload a larger picture, say 300x400, but, for efficiency, Bridgewebs will resize all pictures to a width of 200px. In use, these will scaled down further.

The picture:

  • Will show in the Individual Scorecard
  • Can be used in the "News" "Membership List" option.
  • Can also be picked in the "People" pages.
12.5. Favicon

If you want to show a web site icon beside your web addresses, then upload a suitable file with the name "favicon.ico" through WebAdmin - Pictures - Upload. Bridgewebs will automatically check for this file and if present add the code to use the favicon and present it.

Otherwise you will get the Bridgewebs default  icon

13.1. Documents

The Document feature is provided to allow you to upload files for Club Minutes, Entry Forms and any other related information which does not fall into the standard Bridgewebs features. Usually, this will be because you have created a Word Processing document, Spreadsheet for the results or some other Web Page. Bridgewebs accepts a number of formats as defined by the suffix.

  • HTM(L) - Web page
  • PDF - A particularly useful file format is a PDF, these can be quite small and relatively quick for the user to view.
  • DOC - Word document
  • CSV - Comma Separated Format
  • PPS - Powerpoint (with restrictions)
  • PPT - Powerpoint (with restrictions)
  • RTF - Rich Text Format produced by Word Processors
  • XLS - Spreadsheet

PDF is the best format to use for General Purpose documents or anything containing Picture or Images

More information on PDFs here.

DOC/RTF are no longer supported directly within the Browsers because of Security issues and are slow to upload (nothing specifically to do with Bridgewebs). Most PC Software now have facilities to [Save As] PDF.

Uploaded "Documents" can be used in a number of places

  • As a link in a "News" item
  • In the Calendar
  • As a web page in their own right accessed direct from the menu,
13.2. Document Upload

The Document feature allows you to select a file from your PC and upload it to the web site. For example, you might want to upload the Committee minutes or Entry forms, see Previous page, see [Documents] for details.

In Web Administration, go to the [Documents] Tab and second level [Upload] Tab.

  • You will need to click on the [Browse] button. This will open a popup window showing the directories on your PC, see [Browse Button] for more information.
  • Find the Document that you want to upload.
  • When you have found it, click [Open], the popup will close and put the name in the "Document" box,

Then

  • If you would like to rename the document, give it a suitable title
  • If you would like the document kept private, click the Private box.
  • You can automatically add to the Menu by choosing from the Dropdown list "Please Choose-->" you want it to appear in the Menu.
  • Otherwise it will just be added to the Document library and you can use it later.
  • If this is a replacement document choose "Replace" and select the entry in the menu that you wish to replace.

Then

  • Click [Save].
  • This will save the document on the web site and update Menu if required

 

13.3. Document Usage

Uploaded Documents can be used in many places

  • Menu - Directly in the menu (PDF Only)
  • News - As links to News Items.
  • Calendar - As additional information to an event such as an Entry Form
  • Competitions - As additional information

If you have already uploaded the document, see Uploading Documents, then

Menu

  • Go to [Menu] - [Amend]
  • Click in Menu where you want it to appear
  • Click on the Button for the Document

The Document will then appear in the Menu

News

  • Go to Appropriate News item
  • In Link options, choose the "Document from Library" option
  • and choose the Document
  • then, optionally, choose "Plus How to Open"
    • New Window will open the document in a New Window
    • Same Window - not recommended for this as that will replace the main web site
    • Frame - will open within a Frame (Box) in the page of the web site

The link will then appear against this news item

Links in Editor Text

  • In Editor, mark the text you want to convert to a link.
  • Use the  icon
    • Use the dropdown list to choose the Document to link
  • Alternatively, click the  icon and add manually
    • For Documents in your Public Library, the link should be http://  www.bridgewebs.com/myclub/Xxxxxxx.pdf
    • For Documents in your Private Library, the link should be http://  www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwx/bw.cgi?club=myclub&pid=docs_Xxxxxxx.pdf
  •  
  • You may also want to choose in "Target" - "new Window"
  • Click "OK" and the selected text will convert to a link.

NOTE. If you want to move a document from the Public to Private directory, or vice-versa, you will need to remove all existing usage, move the document (PDF Only) and then put the references back again.

NOTE In the case of "Private" documents, the link takes you to a Bridgewebs function which will check whether the person accessing is logged in and then read and present the document otherwise will show the "Login" page.

13.4. Private Documents

You may have some documents which you would only like Members to see.

First, this can only be done with PDF documents. Normally you will create a Document in Word and save as a .doc. In order to upload to Bridgewebs, in Word use the [Save As] a PDF.

For complete security, when you upload a document, you will need to "Tick" the "Private option in order to load the document into a private part of the Bridgewebs web space. These documents can then only be accessed via the online Bridgewebs site when a Member enters a password.

You then have 2 options.

  1. You can use the "Entry in Menu" feature and add directly to the Menu. The document will then only be available when a Member has logged in.
  2. You can set up a "News" page and create a "News" item for each document.

For the News Page

  • Go to News
  • Click [Add Page]
  • Give the "News" item a title
  • Click [Save]
  • Click [Page Options]
  • Set to "Member Only"
  • Click [Save]

You can then add it to the Main Menu or the Member Tabs.

For the Main Menu, use Menu - Amend as for any other page. However, the page contents will only be available after a Member Logs in

For the Member Tab,

  • Select [Menu]
  • Select [Member Only] Tab
  • Any "Member Only" pages will be listed across the top if used or bottom if not
  • Use "Drag & Drop" to make your page available.

 

14.1. Member Registration

A "Members Only" feature is available that enables you to add information to the web site that is only accessible to members who are registered and logon and thus not available to the general public.

More details on the features can be found by clicking Features

The preferred and simpler method is to Pre-Register your members by entering or uploading a membership database. For backward compatibility the alternative method of allowing members to register themselves is still available:

  • 1. Pre-Register Members (Preferred Method)
  • 2. Allow Members to Register themselves (Provided for backward compatibility)

1. Pre-Register Members

  • Go to [Web Administration]
  • Go to the [Membership] Tab
  • Update your members with at least Name and email.
    • Use the [Add Member] button to manually add a member.
    • Or the [Import/Export] Tab and create a list of Members offline, see Import/Export.
    • Or use your scoring software and upload the player database to Bridgewebs, see Synchronization.
  • For each member, Bridgewebs will assign a random password which a member can change later to one of their own.
  • Let your members know that when they see the login screen they should enter their email and click [Set Password] to obtain their password.
  • Two or more members can use the same email address,

See Set Member Password

2. Allow Members to Register Themselves

  • Go to "Web Administration"
  • Go to the [Settings] Tab
  • Go to the [Passwords] Tab
    • Enter a password - "Member Registration Code", including a-z and 0-9 only, minimum 6 characters (see below)
    • Enter it again
    • Click the [Save] button.
  • Let your members know the "Member Registration code". The idea is that this "Member Registration Code" is circulated to the members by word of mouth and thus the general public cannot use this facility.

When a member clicks on a restricted page they will be taken to a login window with a login box and a register [button].

  • If the member has not used this option before, they will need to Register. Assuming they have obtained the "Member Registration Code", they can click on [Register]. They register with their email, name, personal password and "Member Registration code".
  • Subsequently, members will be able to login as in Option 1.

If you change the "Member Registration Code", then all registered members will still be able to continue using their own passwords, but new members will need the new "Member Registration Code". Changing this can be used effectively to stop anyone new registering if necessary, because if they do not know this they cannot register.

14.2. Members Only Features

A members only feature is available that enables you to add information to the web site that is only accessible to members who register and logon and thus not available to the general public.

  • Options to restrict viewing "News" Pages to Members.
  • Option to restrict viewing "Results" to Members
  • Option to restrict viewing "Competitions" to Members
  • A "Members Only" page to enter messages, view the membership list and download results.

More details on setting this up can be found by clicking Setup

This "Members Only Page" has 8 standard Tabs.

  • A Messages Tab allowing members to enter and view messages, such as "I am looking for a partner for next week".
  • The "List of Members" Tab showing details of registered members.
  • "Account" Tab to allow users to change their details.
  • "Download" Tab to request results by email.
  • “Results” Tab to view recent results.
  • “Ranking” Tab to view club rankings
  • “Find a Partner” Tab to check for members looking for partner for a future match.
  • “Spare” Tab is not currently used.

 

The way it works is that there is an additional "Members Only" password that you can set up and give to your club members, i.e.. word of mouth. Then the members can register to use the "Members Only" section through the web site, by entering their Name, email and password and using this "Members Only" password the first time they register.

The "Messages" Tab

This page allows users to see messages entered by other members and enter their own message. Messages can be created quickly using one of the system generated messages or enter their own. You can also set how long a message should stay there for.

"List of Members" Tab

The "List of Members" is similar to the "List of Members" shown in the "Information" section on the public site, except that you can choose different information to show, knowing that it is prevented from access by the general public.

"Accounts" Tab

Allows registered members to adjust their own information.

"Download" Tab

Allows members to access the Download feature to obtain results by email.

Altering the contents of the Members Only page

You can select which tabs are visible on the Members Only Page.

  • Go to “Web Administration”

  • Go to “Member Tab”

All the tabs shown in the Current Member tabs will appear on the Members Only page.

The tabs can be moved up or down the list by dragging and dropping the tab into the required position.

The Unused Member Tabs lists the tabs that are not currently shown on the Members Only page.

To include one of these tabs on the Members Only page, drag the tab up to the Current Member Tabs and drop into the required position. Similarly to remove a tab from the Members Only page, drag it down to the Unused Member Tabs and drop to the left of the Spare tab. Note, it’s not possible to move the Spare tab.

14.3. Members Only Setup

A members only feature is available that enables you to add information to the web site that is only accessible to members who register and logon and thus not available to the general public.

More details on the features can be found by clicking Features

More details on registering members can be found by clicking Members

You can add a "members Only" link on the home page.

  • Go to "Web Administration"
  • Go to "Settings"
  • Go to "Options".
  • Select "Home Page" - "Do you want to show the [Members Only] button on top right?"  to "Yes" and [Save]

Once you have done this a link will appear on the home page.

You can add a Members Only Section to the Menu

  • Go to "Web Administration"
  • Go to "Membership"
  • Select "Show Members Only Menu" and [Save]

Once you have done this a "Members Area" will appear in the Menu. You can adjust this as necessary

  • Go to "Web Administration"
  • Go to "Menu"
  • Go to "Amend"
  • Adjust as necessary
14.4. Membership Database

The membership database is used for a number of purposes in Bridgewebs:

  • Maintaining a record of all club members
  • Used to determine whether a player is a member as far as competitions are concerned.
  • Holding email details and Passwords to allow members to log on to the "Members Only" feature.

Fields/Columns

Columns stored on the database and showing in the lists

  • First Name
  • Second Name
  • Email
  • Telephone
  • Mobile
  • Address
  • Postcode
  • Status - Member / Held / Visitor / RIP ¶1
  • Union No (EBU) or as per country
  • Alias ¶1
  • Competition Codes ¶1
  • SB Id (Scorebridge ID)
  • Club Identification no (From Scorebridge)
  • Join Date ¶1
  • Leave Date ¶1
  • Club Status ¶2
  • Club 1 ¶2
  • Club 2 ¶2
  • Club 3 ¶2
  • Club 4 ¶2
  • Renewal Date ¶2

Competitions ¶1 see Restricted Competitions

Competitions can be marked as "Restricted" and the Membership database is used to determine the status of a player.
In a "Member Only" competition the status needs to be Member.

Club Extensions ¶2

Some clubs use Bridgewebs to store all their membership data and some extra fields marked (¶2 above ) have been added to assist in this. These club specific details are only used in Bridgewebs in the Member Lists and not checked in other ways. Go to Web Administration - Membership - Options to set.

The Club Status is a choice and can be set in Membership - Option, but not checked in Bridgewebs for any other purpose.

14.5. Results Download

There is an option in the "Members Only" feature to "Download" - "Results" from the web site. This is included in the "Members Only" because the information is actually sent by email, so that the recipient has a copy in their inbox.

At present, you can download results in 2 formats

  • Results file - This can be used to retrieve Results files for use either as backup or on to a master copy of results for club use such as Master Points. You can select several results to be sent in one email.
  • HTML - The results are made available as a single HTML file. This can be useful for members with Dial Up connection to the internet. They can send the file to themselves and then review the information on their PC offline at leisure.

The files will be sent via email to the email, as indicated on the screen, of the person logged in when you click [Send].

The Web Administrator can access the "Members Only" section directly and this assumes the name and email of the first contact mentioned in the "Settings" - "Site Details".

CSV will be available in a future release.

14.6. Find a Partner/Bookings

The "Find a Partner/Bookings" feature provides a way for Members to enter requests regarding Forthcoming Events. This is a Hybrid between the "Members Only" messages which are private and the "Message Board" using the Form feature which is public.

To add an entry as a member, you will need to login to the Members Only, choose "Find a Partner", then

  • If you would like to play and do not have a partner, tick the "Partner" button.
  • If the club require an event to be pre-booked, then you "Tick" that you would like to participate and enter your partner/team **
  • If you normally play and will not be attending, you can indicate this as a useful guide for the Director or other members.

You can also tick whether your email and/or phone number should show when people view the "Find a Partner/Bookings" page

To amend any entries, simply return and adjust your "Ticks" as necessary.

Please Note:

If in "Web Admin" mode, then the Web Administrator can do this for any Member.

** The bookings part of this feature isn't intended as a full booking system for members, but as a useful aid to the director. So if playing as a pair or Team, then one of you can indicate and just enter your partner as John or Jill.

Any entries made through the "Find a Partner/Booking" system will show on the main web site and be available to the public under the "Find a Partner" menu entry. If you want to use this page, you need to go to "Web Admin" - "Menu" - "Amend" to add this to your menu.

Otherwise, if any "Find a Partner/Bookings" requests have been made, then a link to the "Find a Partner" page will also be available on the Calendar against the individual calendar entry. Only the Names will be shown. For "Partner" requests the phone/email link will also show using the "Spam Limiter" popup email option will show if allowed.

Messages entered on the "Members Only" "Message Board" can be marked as Public or Private. The "Find a Partner/Bookings" page will also show any "Public" messages left on the "Members Only" "Message Board".

This is a self-archiving system and all entries past "Today" will be omitted.

A useful Video courtesy of Alan Davis of Addington Bridge Club describing this (Note, some improvements have been made since this was produced)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muFjWbJ7F34&feature=youtu.be

14.7. Reservations Setup

Bridgewebs has a Bookings feature that can be used by Members to Book an event.

Some clubs like to call this Reservations, so in [Calendar] - [Options], set what you would like it called where used, but in all other respects these are the same and referred to as "Bookings" in this Bridgewebs guide.

To mark an event as requiring a booking can be done in one of 3 ways..

  • If  you use the [Calendar Schedule], you can tick the ‘booking’ box when adding the event to the schedule, then all events generated for that schedule entry will be marked as requiring booking / reservation.
  • You can use the [Calendar] – [Quick Update] tab and tick the ‘booking’ box for any existing event that requires booking/reservation.
  • When adding a new single event [Calendar] – [Add Event], tick the ‘booking’ box to mark the event as requiring booking/reservation.
14.8. Private Page

If you would like to set up a "Members Only" page, follow the steps below.

Create a "New" "News" page in the usual way, then

  • Select "Page Options"
  • Change "Members Only" option from "Public" to "Members Only"
  • Click [Save]

It will now appear as an extra Tab in the "Members Only" option.

You can also go to [Menu] - [Amend] and add to the Menu and the page will appear in the menu in the usual way, but then require users to log in.

If you now want to add Committee Minutes or some other private document

  • Select Documents
  • [Upload]
  • Browse for the Minutes
  • [Open]
  • [Save]

Now go back to the "News" page and add a "New" "News" item

  • Select News
  • [View] the "Private page
  • Click [Add News Item]
  • Give it a title
  • In the "Document from Library" dropdown, select the appropriate Document
  • Click [Save]

Repeat for each Document

14.9. Calendar Update

Prototype (EBU Only at present)

If you would like Members to Volunteer for "Host" or one of the other fields maintained in the Calendar, you can set "values" so that the member can volunteer through the Calendar rather having to tell you and use the Calendar - Quick Update.

This works with the Monthly Calendar only.

You can specify a field with a value of "Volunteer", "TBA", "Wanted" or "Available", all work the same .

Then when you look at the Calendar, you will see "Volunteer" in the usual way, but it will be clickable.

A Member enters their EBU, clicks [Check] and Bridgewebs will check the validity and if so shows the member name (Together with NGS Grade if present). Then the Member clicks [Confirm] and the Calendar will be updated. 

If a person subsequently goes back in and enters their EBU number again, it will cancel the "Volunteer"

Note: The system shows the NGS Grade as an aid to someone arriving without a partner as to their ability.

Note: This has been set up for one club with special rules regarding updating, these may need refining

14.10. Bulk Email

In the Membership feature, there is an option to send emails to all or selected Members on the Bridgewebs club Membership database (Bulk Email).

In theory sending "Bulk Emails" is simply sending one email with a number of cc's. However, there are a number of rules, regulations and best practices when sending Bulk Email from an automated system. Therefore, Bridgewebs creates the "Bulk Emails" and forwards to a third party specialist Email service which:

  • gives Performance Improvements
  • avoids emails being flagged as spam
  • avoids "Bridgewebs" being blacklisted
  • provides better bounce email detection
  • provides an unsubscribe option
  • provides better email analysis for Bridgewebs
  • detects whether an email has been read.  A trick of the trade is to insert an image (the Bridgewebs Icon) in the email and then the email service can track whether an email has been opened, thus identifying email addresses in use.

To send "Bulk Email"

Go to "Membership" - "Email Members" and follow the steps

1. Selection

Adjust the criteria as necessary, then see 6 below.

  • Name - enter part of a name to send to shorten the list to just particular members
  • Email Groups - Tick applicable groups, ticking more than one will include a member with any one of those ticked. See below
    • If you see a message "Email Groups Not Set" it simply means that you haven't any members with an Email Group.
  • Status - Choose All, Members or Visitors
  • Club Status - choose if used.
  • Played - If you just want to send an email to participants in a certain event.

2. Subject

This is what the recipient will see in the subject and will default to the club name, change as necessary

3. Reply To

All Bulk Emails sent automatically , such as this feature, HAVE TO BE ¶¶  sent "from" an email address assigned to the Originator of the emails. This currently defaults to members@bridgewebsemail.com. If a member replies to this email it will end up in a black hole.

Therefore, a line is inserted "Please reply to xxx@example.com" at the top of the email with a link to an email address, this is set to whatever you enter in the "Reply To" field.

You can use an alternative email to members@bridgewebsemail.com. However, this is not available through Web Admin and has to be set up by Bridgewebs on request, please email info@bridgewebs.com.

Note Sending an email with a "from" or "reply-to" address", especially a free mail such as yahoo or hotmail, which doesn't have a domain part the same as the originator of the email is one of the biggest reasons for emails being flagged as Spam and not reaching the intended recipient. It may also result in the "Originator", i.e.. Bridgewebs.com being blacklisted.

4. Greeting

You can choose whether to personalize your Newsletter. Hi or Dear and to full name or firstname or choose n§one..

5. Message

Enter the message that the recipient will see. 
This is boxed and preceded with a "Hi Member Name"
An "Unsubscribe" link is added as a footer.

6. Web Link

Normally this can be left as default and will provide a link from the email direct to the web site.

You can alternatively choose another page in the web site relevant to the message.

Tip If you want to circularize a PDF document,

  • Upload the Document to the Bridgewebs library
  • Then this will appear in the Web Link Dropdown
  • Choose this

This is a much more efficient method than sending a large document via email to each member.

7. Selected

Having entered the selection, you can fine-tune the list further by Ticking/Unticking as necessary.

Email Groups

If you want to send regularly to a subset of the Members, you can assign email groups to each member.

The Email Groups are set up in Membership Options, a single character A-Z, 1-9 followed by =Title e.g.

C=Committee;S=Scorer;D=Director;1=Monday;2=Tuesday;3=Wednesday;4=Thursday;5=Friday

Only single characters A-Z,0-9. To avoid confusion, uppercase only.

Then for each Member, tick the appropriate Email Group

You can use the Import/Export and the codes are combined in one field, thus someone with SC is a Scorer and Committee Member.

Templates/Drafts

You can Open/Save Templates and Drafts.

  • Default Template - Used when you first open the [Email Members] Tab
  • Templates - Can be set and reused as a draft
  • Drafts - Deleted once the Email is sent.

View Log:

The Bulk Email feature a Bridgewebs wide service. Bulk emails will not be sent to Members who have "unsubscribed", "bounced", or marked as "junk"

If someone "Unsubscribes" an email from one club, they will not receive an email from any club. To resubscribe an email, see http://www.bridgewebs.com/guide/bulk_email_log.html

If "Bounced" emails are showing you will need to check that the email is spelt correctly and is currently valid for the Member. Please then update the Membership database.

14.11. Emailing documents

You can use the bulk email facility to send documents to members. The documents wont be sent as attachments, rather a link will be sent to the document on the website which the member will be able to open and view. This is much more efficient than sending large documents through email.

First upload your document to the Document library , see Uploading documents

From Web Admin - Membership - Email members tab

Select who you want to send the email to and build the body of the message , see Bulk emails

If you just want to send one document. In Section 6 Link , select the document from the drop down list.


To send more than one document link, use the editor


 
Select the insert Document Link . A pop-up box will be shown

Select the document required from the drop down list and rename the Link Title if required. Press Ok.

Repeat these steps for each document.

14.12. Bulk Email Log

 

Use the option in "Web Administration" - "Membership" - "Email Members" - "View Log" to determine the status of Bulk Emails sent and/or reset a Status

Delivered

The email has been successfully sent with no indication of any failure.

Opened

The email has been successfully opened by the recipient.

Clicked

The email has been successfully opened and the recipient has clicked on the link contained within the email to arrive at the club's web site. This excludes clicking Unsubscribe which is considered a failure and see below.

Failed

The email has failed to be delivered for a variety of reasons.

  • Invalid email
  • Recipient mail server has deemed message to be Spam
  • Recipient uses automatic spam checker which requires manual intervention

For a permanent error the email will be marked as "Bounced" and no further emails will be attempted.


Bulk emails will not be sent to Members who have previously "Unsubscribed", marked an email as "Junk" or "Spam", or the email has failed "Bounced". The Bulk Email feature is a Bridgewebs wide service and thus an email which has failed for one club will fail for all.

Unsubscribe

According to "Bulk Email" good practices, all Bulk Email is sent with an "Unsubscribe" link.

The person getting an email from Bridgewebs can then click the "Unsubscribe" link and they will not receive any more emails from Bridgewebs, regardless of any club settings. This can be removed via the "View Log" in "Member Email", but should ONLY be used if the recipient has contacted you to "Subscribe" such as if they have clicked the "Unsubscribe" link just to see what happens.

NOTE: If someone "Unsubscribes" an email from one club, they will not receive an email from any club.

Bounced

"Bounced" emails are those which have been attempted to be sent but have permanently failed to be sent. Generally this is because the email is invalid or the Member's email is old.

If "Bounced" emails are showing you will need to check that the email is spelt correctly and is currently valid for the Member. Please then update the Membership database. If you still think the email is valid, then this can be removed via the "View Log" in "Member Email" and try again

Junk

If a person receives an email and marks it as "Junk" or "Spam", then this will be logged and no further emails will be sent to that email. As it is not intended to use Bridgewebs for regular "Marketing", PLEASE ensure that all your members have agreed to receive emails from Bridgewebs.

As marking an email as Junk can reduce the "Email Reputation" of Bridgewebs and thus potentially reduce the chances of genuine emails going through, please ensure the Member who marked the email as Junk is aware that they should be using the Unsubscribe option if they do not want any email or inform the club and set the "Opt Out".

14.13. Synch Part 1

The membership database is used for a number of purposes in Bridgewebs:

The "Bridgewebs Membership (BWMDB) - Scoring Player Database (SPDB) Synchronization" provides a method of maintaining membership information in one place. You will find this in Web Admin - Membership Options.

Pre registration  
Do you want to pre-register all your members (Preferred
Bridgewebs Membership (BWMDB) - Scoring Player Database (SPDB) Synchronization  
Do you want to want to update the BWMDB from the SPDB when uploaded, if "Yes" following questions apply?
Do you want to ignore visitors from the SPDB when uploading?
Do you want to retain any BWMDB personal information, if present, rather than using the SPDB?
Do you want to update the personal information on the SPDB when the information is manually updated on the BWMDB?
  • If you want to "Synchronize" the databases, it is best to turn off the option for Members to register themselves and set the "Pre Registration" option to "Yes".
  • To turn on "Synchronization, set the first option to "Yes".
  • Bridgewebs isn't interested in "Visitors" so usually you want to ignore "Visitors", i.e.. without a Join Date / "Member" Status, so set the second option to "Yes"
  • If you are updating the BWMDB through Bridgewebs, then turn on the third option, this will prevent updates from SPDB updating the "personal" information held in Bridgewebs.
  • If you would like to update the SPDB with "personal" information, when it is updated through Bridgewebs set the fourth option to Yes. This does not apply if you Import the whole database. see Part 2 for details

For security/technical reasons, there are some limitations on amendments, additions and deletions

  • Deletions from BWMDB are not deleted from the SPDB because results may still be assigned to that name
  • Additions on BWMBD are not added to the SPDB, because the Scoring Software may need to assign and check other info. All new players should first be added to the SPDB, probably as visitors, but will not be uploaded to Bridgewebs.
  • If a player is deleted on the SPDB, when next uploaded, the status of the entry on the BWMDB will be set to Visitor, just in case it is still used in Bridgewebs or "Members Only"

The Member's Password remains within Bridgewebs, is not visible in Web Admin and is not exported.

The BWMDB is available within Web Admin. If you would like to restrict access, then use a secondary password and Untick the Membership box, in Settings - Passwords.

Also, in the "Membership" options, you can set which fields the Administrator can see (1st "Admin" line) and which fields Members can see (2nd Members Line). Generally, the third "Public" option is not used due to "Data Protection" considerations, but if used can be restricted to just name and phone.

The Member can modify their own "personal" information.

14.14. Synch Part 2

The table below lists the player fields stored on Bridgewebs, Scorebridge and Pairsscorer and what is done with them.

  • Bridgewebs - name as known to Bridgewebs.
  • Update - Y indicates that this field is updated on the SPDB when updated in Bridgewebs.
  • Scorebridge - name as known to Scorebridge.
  • Synch - Y indicates that this field is updated in Bridgewebs from the SPDB when uploaded.
  • PairsScorer - name as known to PairsScorer.
  • Synch - Y indicates that this field is updated in Bridgewebs from the SPDB when uploaded.
  • EBU USEBIO - tag as used in EBU XML format.
  • Synch - Y indicates that this field is updated in Bridgewebs from the SPDB when uploaded.
  • Import/Export - Indicates the name of the field on the Export and whether the field is both exported and imported.
Bridgewebs Upd Scorebridge Sy Pairsscorer Sy EBU Usebio Sy Import/Export I/E Note
First Name Y First Name Y Firstname Y FIRST_NAME Y FIRSTNAME I/E  
Second Name Y Surname Y Surname Y SURNAME Y SURNAME I/E  
Player Id   Player Number Y Player Id Y MEMBER_ID Y PID I/E DO NOT CHANGE
Club Id Y Club Id Y         CLUBID I/E  
EBU No Y EBU Number Y EBU No Y NATIONAL_ID_NUMBER Y EBU I/E  
Postcode Y Postcode Y Postcode Y POSTCODE Y PC I/E  
Telephone Y Phone Y Tel Home Y TELEPHONE Y PHONE I/E  
Mobile       Mob Y MOBILE Y MOBILE I/E  
Email Y email Y email Y EMAIL Y EMAIL I/E  
Status       Club Member - Tick Y CLUB_MEMBER Y STATUS I/E  
Join Date   Membership Start Date Y     DATE_JOINED   JOIN I/E  
Leave Date               LEAVE I/E Auto Generated
Opt Out Email   Email Results   Omit from Emails - Tick Y MAIL_LIST_FLAG Y OPTOUT_E I/E  
Opt Out List               OPTOUT_M I/E  
Address           ADDRESS   ADDRESS
or
ADDRESS1
ADDRESS2
ADDRESS3
ADDRESS4
ADDRESS5
I/E  
WWW               WWW I/E  
Password               PASSWORD   INTERNAL ONLY
Alias               ALIAS I/E  
Competition Codes               COMP I/E  
Club Renewal Date               RENEWAL I/E  
Club Status               CSTAT I/E  
Club 1               CLUB1 I/E  
Club 2               CLUB2 I/E  
Club 3               CLUB3 I/E  
Club 4               CLUB4 I/E  
Last Played               LASTPLAY E  
Last Played No               LASTNO E  
    Master Point Rank   MP Rank       MPRANK    
    Visitor           VISITOR    
    Is not an EBU Member           NONEBU    
    Print MP Certificates           PRINTMP    
    Regular Partner           PARTNER    
    Is Disabled           DISABLED    
        Strat Level   STRAT_LEVEL   STRAT    
        National Bridge Org       NBO    
        DoB(U25)       DOB    
        Anon - Tick   ANON   ANON    
        House       HOUSE   Only for EBU Use
        Tag       TAG    
        Handicap   HANDICAP   HCAP    
        Notes       NOTES    

NB, The PID field is called SBID in old releases of Bridgewebs.

14.15. Import/Export

There are two of ways of maintaining the Membership database in Bridgewebs.

  • Upload the Player Database from your scoring software (see elsewhere)
  • Use the Import/Export feature to download and upload the information (described here).

The best way is first to Export the existing Membership database which will give you the desired format

Export

When you click [Export] an email will be created and sent to the email specified with an attachment of the membership database in csv format, members.csv.

You can then update this yourself using Spreadsheet software or for any other purpose as necessary, such as providing special lists.

Import

You can then use this same file to import back into Bridgewebs.
If you have added extra columns of your own these will be ignored.

Membership Options

If you use this Import/Export technique and upload the Player database, you may want to turn off any automatic update from the upload. Go to "Options" and set "Synchronize" to "No"

NOTE

For safety reasons the Import will amend and add members, but any missing entries will simply be left as they were and you will have to delete them manually.
The date format at present is Europe DD/MM/YYYY.

14.16. ACBL Player File

You can use the ACBL Player file to upload the Members to Bridgewebs.

  • Go to ACBL
  • Tab - Data Base
  • Reports/Exports
  • 12) Comma Delimited file for Import into DBASE. ACCESS......
  • OK
  • [F9] - OK Ignore Restrict Group
  • [F8] - Tag All fields
  • [F9] - OK
  • Give a file name and save to PC as csv format (default)
  • "Include field names as the first record" [Yes]

Then use this csv file to Import to Membership database.

Log in to Bridgewebs WebAdmin

Go to Membership

Select [Import/Export] Tab

and follow instructions

14.17. ScoreBridge Player File

If you have more than one scorer, then it is very important that you share one player file between you. The player file contains information about players such as EBU number and join date. The EBU number is used for sending EBU master points to the EBU and the join date for detecting whether a player is a member as far as "Member Only" competitions are concerned. It also makes sure that you have the name spelt the same, again used in Competitions to analyse week-on-week scores.

When you start using ScoreBridge with Bridgewebs, you can upload the player file to Bridgewebs and then the other scorer can download the player file to their version. On following events is you have a new player, then you should again download the player file, add the new player AND upload the player file to Bridgewebs again. After a few weeks you should have all the regulars recorded and you will just need to do this if there is a Visitor.

You do this from the top level "Events List".

  • Select option "Exchange Files" in the top bar.
  • Select "Upload Player Database to Bridgewebs".
  • Select "Download Player Database from Bridgewebs".

You can set ScoreBridge to do this automatically.

  • Select option "Club" in the top bar.
  • Select "Preferences"
  • Select "Player Preferences"
  • Tick "New Event Prompt to Download Player Database from Bridgewebs at start and Upload at end"
  • OK

Now when you create a New Event it will prompt to download from Bridgewebs etc.

NOTES:

  • UPLOAD means from your PC to the web site
  • DOWNLOAD means from the web site to your PC

IF YOU HAVE SEPARATE SCORERS and A PLAYER WITH THE WRONG NAME

1) If you are not concerned about Master Points, or the result was simply a one off by a guest scorer, then

  • You will need to make sure each scorer spells the names the same.
  • If you find any discrepancies, correct the player file
  • Retrieve the event and Click "Use Player Database",
  • Then upload each event again,
  • Providing the event title is the same, this will overwrite the results on the web site and correct any competitions or "List of Recent Results"

2) The best idea is to use the same player file and adopt the procedure above, in which case.

  • Correct any historical events as previously
  • Choose the player file of one of the scorers to use as the master
  • Upload to Bridgewebs
  • The other scorers should then "Freeze" historical results by changing the name of the club
  • Create a new club and download the player file
  • Use this club in future.
15.1. People Database

The "people" feature provides a facility to record pages of people information, such as the Committee.

You can enter all the committee and then choose how to display it.

  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Telephone
  • Mobile
  • Sequence
  • Group
  • Picture
  • Members Only

There are a number of "Page Options"

  • Title -
  • Style -
  • Sequence -
  • Header -
  • Footer -
15.2. Club Database

If you want to have a list of several clubs, such as a "County" or "District" site, an extra feature is available for this.

To turn this on.

  • Choose "Settings" in the top tabs
  • Choose "Options"
  • Choose the last option on the page "Clubs"
  • Set to "Use Club Database"

You will then get an extra tab [Clubs] appearing in Web Administration, where you can enter "Clubs" much the same as "People".

There are several fields that can be filled in.

Once you have added a few, you will need to add this page to the menu

  • Select [Menu] in the top tabs
  • Select [Amend]
  • Select where you want the page to appear
  • Choose the [Local Clubs] button in the middle to add the entry and give it a name
  • Select [Save]

There is also a feature to show a map (see below)

  • Select [Menu] in the top tabs
  • Select [Amend]
  • Select where you want the map page to appear
  • Choose the [New News Page] button in the middle to add the entry and give it a name
  • Select [Save]

Then you need to add the news page

  • Select [Menu]
  • Select [Map Page]
  • [Amend]
  • The map shows instead of a picture, so choose the type of map against the Picture section.
    • Club Map with Directions
    • Club Map
    • Club Map without directions
  • Enter some text and Bridgewebs will create a map.

You will need to find the coordinates for each club and enter in the details of the club.

16.1. Adaptive Design

With the explosion in technology, it is becoming more important to ensure that your web site will work on the variety of devices now available.

Web sites can be viewed on mobile phones, tablets, lap tops and conventional PC's. These vary in size, with widths of 240px, 320px, 640px, 800px, 1024px and much larger. The newer devices can additionally be used in conventional "Landscape" or "Portrait" mode.

Continued development of Bridgewebs uses the Web Page (HTML5) features now available with the Browsers on these devices.

It is necessary, not only, to decide "When to Adapt", but "How to Adapt". So, as long as the Bridgewebs Web site is built using the features of Bridgewebs, news items, attaching pictures etc. Bridgewebs uses an inbuilt algorithm to automatically "Adapt" the layout to suit the particular device and how it is being used.

There are certain breakpoints and these may be fine-tuned in the light of feedback and experience.

  • Adapt 1000px - considered conventional and anything of this size or greater will display as built.
  • Below 900px - The "Right" hand column will show below the center box.
  • Below 800px - The Banner will shrink
  • Below 600px - The page content will show below the Menu

In addition, pictures and images will shrink as the screen size reduces.

Some users may prefer to see the website as if on a PC and this allowed with the introduction of an extra box [Switch to Desktop] or [Switch to Mobile]. In "Mobile" mode the items are presented down the page, sideways scrolling is reduced and the text is large. This is useful for Visitors to your web web site

If your web site doesn't work as expected, please contact info@bridgewebs.com to see how to improve this or provide for further flexibility.

16.2. Backups

 

There are a number of backups taken of the Bridgewebs databases and documents. These are stored off-site and can be used in the event of a disaster.

Additionally backups are taken that you can use to recover lost information or experiment.

  • Weekly - A backup of all of the Bridgewebs sites is taken early (GMT) on Saturday morning
  • Monthly - A backup of all of the Bridgewebs sites is taken early (GMT) on the First of the month

These do take several hours to run, so it is not possible to predict what time that your club will be backed up.

To access these simply change the subdomain or www part of the web address for your club

  • Weekly - from www to weekly
  • Monthly - from www to monthly

You can use these backups to retrieve data that you might have accidentally or otherwise deleted from the live system. For News items, use Cut & Paste.

Alternatively, you can try things out on these backups without affecting the live sites probably best to use the monthly. Please note these will be automatically overwritten as above.

To recover data, depending on what it is, go into your web site. Open another Browser window, go into your web site and change the www.bridgewebs.com to either weekly.bridgewebs.com or monthly.bridgewebs.com.

Please note, these are in addition to off-site backups which would be used by Bridgewebs for Disaster recovery. For the techies among you, the new server does have "Mirror" disks for additional security.

 

16.3. Cut & Paste

The "Cut & Paste" feature is one of the most useful techniques that you can use to quickly and easily build and amend your web site. The term "Cut & Paste" is taken from the newspaper industry where you get some text or on article from one place and paste it somewhere else. With computers, it is more usually "Copy & Paste". The technique applies within the page you are working on or across any software you might have on your PC. If you have some text in a Word Document, you can select it and copy it into your Web Site. This feature is common to all PC software, nothing specifically to do with Bridgewebs, but an important feature for use when updating your Bridgewebs web site.

If you have some text that you would like to use in your web site, the first thing to do is to identify it, "Mark" it. There are a number of techniques for this depending on where and how much text.

Marking the Text - Dragging the Mouse

The most common way is to Drag the Mouse, this involves placing the cursor at the start of the text that you want to copy, holding the left button down and moving the mouse to the end of the text and letting go. This marks the text and it will change to white on a dark background, usually blue. You can try this on this page or usually anything you see on your PC.

Marking the Text - Select All Text

In some cases, you can simply "Right Click", highlight the "Select All",  and "Right Click" again, which turns the whole section blue.

Cut or Copy

Next, you will need to "cut" or usually "copy" the text and leave it where it is. To do this, move your mouse so that the cursor is anywhere over the marked text, "Right Click" the mouse, move the mouse to highlight the "Copy" and "Right Click" again.

Clipboard

...... You have now copied the text to the computer's "Clipboard", you won't see anything happen, and as far as you are concerned the text could be floating about in Cyberspace. But, the computer will remember it. You can carry on working on your computer, moving from one thing to another and it will still be there in an hour or so, as long as you do not do any other "Cut" or "Copy" function.

Paste

Now you need to move to where you want to put the text. Use the mouse to position the cursor where you want the text to go "Right Click" the mouse and move the mouse to highlight the "Paste" and "Right Click" again. The text that vanished into Cyberspace will appear. And that is it, finished.

Hot Keys

Once you have "Selected" your text, you can, alternatively, use Hot Keys to "Cut & Paste". The above is all done using the mouse and you can follow what is happening. Some of you prefer to use the keyboard and it is usually quicker to use Hot Keys. Whether you use the Hot Keys or the right mouse button makes no difference other than your own personal preference.

Select All
Cut Text
Copy Text
Paste Text
Undo
Move to next Data Input Box

Data Input Boxes

The "Select All" is particularly useful with "Data Input Boxes" because it simply highlights the content of the box rather than the whole page. Try the following:

Click Tab until "Monthly Pairs Competition" is highlighted, then
On your keyboard, press - CTRL A, CTRL C, TAB, CTRL V
Hey Presto, you have copied the text.

Tips/Points for Consideration

  • When copying text from one area to another the computer remembers all the fonts, colours etc. contained in the box.
  • Some software provides extra "Right Click" paste features, such as "Paste Without Formatting", but these vary from software to software.
  • Try opening another application that has this feature, paste the unformatted text and then copy it again.
  • Sometimes the Right Click is used for something else and you may find the Paste functions in the toolbar or little icons, normally scissors.
16.4. Domain

Bridgewebs is one giant online web site with the information kept in databases and pages built dynamically as required. As such there isn't an individual web site for each club and the normal methods of setting DNS etc do not apply.

However, it is possible to have a registered domain name that can be used to point to your web site home page. You may also need a domain to allow you to register emails.

There is a recurring cost for domains. This can either be arranged through Bridgewebs or you can do it yourself. There is no difference in operation. The Bridgewebs host, 123-REG provides domains and these days it is a fairly easy task to do yourself and little difference in cost.

If you would like to administer the domain yourself and use the Bridgewebs host 123-reg then

Go to www.123-reg.co.uk

  • Sign up for an account.
  • To avoid transfer problems in the future, make sure you sign up in your club's name and not your personal name
  • Choose your domain and pay for it
  • Choose "Web Forwarding"
  • "Add Web Forwarding" - choose "Temporary Web Forwarding(302 redirect)"
  • Choose "Framed Forwarding" - This is preferable because this leaves your domain in the address bar when users access it.
  • Set the forward to e.g.. "http://www.bridgewebs.com/birmingham"
  • Enter Title
  • Enter "Meta Tag details". Comma separated list of words to find the club, e.g. Myclub, Bridge, Club, Lessons, Birmingham
  • Author - "Bridgewebs"
  • Description - up to 200 characters that Google will index
  • [Confirm]

That is it, you will then need to wait up to 24 hours, usually quicker.

If you administer your own domain, you can also have your own email addresses. There are 2 types

  • Email Forwarding (Free) - Enter an email such as secretary@brirminghambridge.co.uk and the email address of someone to forward the email to. This technique means you can easily change the recipient if there is a change in committee.
  • Mailbox (Charge) - A full mailbox that can be used to send and receive emails. See the 123-reg help for details.

If you would like Bridgewebs to organize this, Complete the form at http://www.bridgewebs.com/bw/page7.html 
The cost is simply passed on to the club as an addition to the annual Subscription.

  • For uk domains, .org.uk .co.uk the cost is £8 per year
  • For International domains .com, .org, .net the cost is £14 per year (US$ 20 approx)
  • For other country domains, for technical, legal and cost reasons, you will need to register and maintain these yourself.

If you already have a domain, you can

  • continue to administer it yourself
  • transfer the domain to the Bridgewebs host

If you would like to continue administering the domain yourself, use something similar to Web Forwarding as described above.

If you would like to transfer your domain, there are 2 techniques

For .uk Domains

  • Go to Domain Control Panel
  • Issue transfer Request
  • Enter the TAG 123-REG
  • Let Bridgewebs know
  • Once it is transferred, it will be set up
  • This process can take 24/48 hours

For International domains

  • Go to Domain Control Panel
  • Set the domain to be "Unlocked"
  • Ensure the administration email is set for you or someone who can transfer the email
  • Let Bridgewebs know and a transfer will be initiated
  • You will then receive an email to confirm transfer
  • Confirm Transfer
  • Let Bridgewebs know you have confirmed the transfer
  • Bridgewebs will complete the transfer
  • There is additional security on transferring international domains and the process is manual/semi-automatic so can take 7-10 days

Technical Notes

  • Domain renewal is usually for 2 or more years. For convenience, all Bridgewebs registered domains are automatically re-registered every 2 years, the cost is prorated as an annual fee, so Bridgewebs pays up front and recovers the remainder of the fee in the second year.
  • The DNS settings will simply point to the IP Address of the server holding the Web Forwarding information

 

 

16.5. Email Service

Bridgewebs sends out over half a million automated emails each year.

In order to handle this, these emails are processed by a commercial specialist Email Service Provider. There are a number of aspects to this.

  • It is very important to ensure that the quality of Emails sent is such that they are not identified as spam. Bridgewebs has a certain format, but it is up to the club to only send genuine Club information structured in a non-Spam way.
  • It is important to ensure that members have given you their correct email and have OPTED IN to receive automated emails from Bridgewebs.
  • It is important that emails are only sent to genuine recipients. Even today, perfectly genuine emails to perfectly genuine members sent from Bridgewebs get marked by the recipient as spam 2 or 3 times a week, increasing the likelihood of Bridgewebs emails being Blacklisted.
  • There is a cost to Bridgewebs for the service, a fraction of a 1p per email, but it does add up and to date has been included without charge within the standard annual subscription.
  • All emails have to be sent from a Bridgewebs validated account, currently members@bridgewebsemail.com. Any other email may be construed as Spam
  • If emails are bounced, these have to be investigated to identify whether there is a pattern and a particular Email service e.g.. aol.com, hotmail.com has blacklisted Bridgewebs.

Quality of Emails

  • Several formats have been tried in an attempt to present a non spam view of the email
  • It is necessary to provide a "Reply To" address to encourage recipients to use that, rather than reply to members@bridgewebsemail.com which is not monitored and will simply end up in a Black Hole.
  • Every email has an "Unsubscribe" button to allow users to "Unsubscribe", part of the Bulk Email standards. Why they would "Unsubscribe" when they have opted in to receive genuine information from the club is not known, but an average of 20 a month do. If they do "Unsubscribe", this is a global Bridgewebs setting and they will not receive any emails until they are removed from the "Unsubscribed" list. A club administrator can remove an "Unsubscribe" entry through the "WebAdmin" - "Membership" - "Email Members" - "View Log" option.

Cost of Email Service

There are several costs to providing this service and, to date, the cost of sending a reasonable level of bulk emails is included free of charge in the annual subscription. A reasonable level is currently 5000 emails per year. If near or over 10000 emails per year are sent from one club, then an additional charge may be added to the annual subscription, currently £10 or multiple thereof. This is subject to further review.

Enhancements

At present, Bulk Email is only available through WebAdmin or by selected Members having access to the Membership Admin..

Having said that, a number of clubs have indicated that, where/if necessary, they would be willing to pay for additional bulk email as they consider it a useful part of their club activities

Therefore, extra features are being considered for a future release to allow emails to be sent direct by members. There is more to this than simply sending emails.

  • Monitoring the activity to avoid misuse
  • Formatting the emails to avoid being misinterpreted
  • Logging to provide statistics
16.6. Movies and Videos

Videos & Movies can be added to News Pages

The currently accepted formats are

  • mov
  • mp3
  • mp4
  • avi
  • wmf
  • wmv
  • swf
16.7. PDF Files

 

PDF files are pages that have a complicated layout or contain pictures, such as newsletters that can be shown in a web site and look the same regardless of which Browser you are using.

Bridgewebs is designed to read these PDF files within a frame in your web site or allow you to open them in full screen mode. There have been some changes recently which means you may see some differences in how PDFs are handled.

  • Some browsers now have their own in-built PDF viewers. If you change to a different browser, you may find that PDFs are no longer opening within the browser. This may be due to the browser settings. This link provides details of how to check the PDF settings for various browsers.
  • Even where browsers have their own PDF viewers , for some of them, you can still opt to use Adobe Reader as the default PDF reader. To set Adobe Reader as the default see here.
  • Microsoft Edge and Chrome do not support Adobe plug-ins , so you can not use Adobe with these.
  • If you have recently upgraded to Windows 10, you may need to review your settings as described above.

 

16.8. Performance

Bridgewebs is an online system and all your updates are written to databases and immediately reflected in the actual web site held on disk. In order to provide consistency for users, Bridgewebs writes a static index page for each club, so that users can use

www.bridgewebs.com/myclub

to access your web site. Thereafter it will generally be the online site with addresses such as

www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwx/bw.cgi?club=club=myclub

Because there are so many, all these pages are dynamically built as required.

Publish

In addition, Bridgewebs writes static html pages for all news pages that can be used by Google etc to update their indexes and appear in a Google search. Whenever you update anything relevant on Bridgewebs, then these pages need to be rewritten. For efficiency, especially on larger sites, and especially as most Browsers "cache" these pages anyway, a "Publish" queue was updated to say the pages should be written. and every 15 minutes a job runs and checks the queue and updates all the sites where the queue entry is older than 15 minutes, so at worse case it can be 29 minutes before it is written. You can force immediate "Publish" in WebAdmin on any Setting Tab. These are accessed from each club's "public" web space which has these pages, images, pictures and documents and are accessed e.g.

www.bridgewebs.com/myclub.pag1.html

However, you may not see them for a short while, especially if you go back to the original domain, e.g.. www.mybridgclub.com. This is what is known as the "Cache" effect. Pages you have viewed are held on your PC computer and only updated every so often in order to improve the overall performance of the whole web and speed with which you can skip backwards and forwards through pages. This happens all the way up the chain from your computer to your Service provider and sites in between on to the "Web Host" itself. This is usually only a few minutes. In fact, someone who is looking at the web site may actually see the new page before you because they have not looked at it for a while. The algorithms are quite complex and is even more of a problem for pictures

You can try clicking [Refresh], usually the button with the 2 green arrows or right click and select [Refresh]. Ot better still try clearing your Browser History.

16.9. Results Only Service

If you have an existing web site and want to continue using that, at the same time use the Results aspects of Bridgewebs, you can embed Bridgewebs into your existing site.

It is possible to embed any page using the online url to access that page followed by an extra option embed=1;

In particular, you could embed the Calendar in your results page and that would be all that you require to do.

www.bridgewebs.com/cgi-bin/bwx/bw.cgi?club=bridgeace?pid=display_month&embed=1

Usually you would embed this in a page using an HTML IFRAME.

The annual subscription can be reduced slightly as you will not be using other aspects of Bridgewebs.

16.10. Security Settings

There are a number of security settings within the Browser that you use, whether it is Microsoft IE, Firefox, Netscape or any other that may prevent you making full use of Bridgewebs. The same settings are generally required by many online web sites, such as Travel Reservations, Online Shopping web sites, so these will normally already be set alright for Bridgewebs, but if you have not used these or been advised to increase your security these may affect your use of Bridgewebs, especially Web Administration.

  • Cookies - You will need to enable cookies - A cookie is a very small file stored on your hard drive by a Web Page server and cannot be executed as code or deliver viruses. It is used to remember what page you have just visited and what your preferences are for when you visit the site again.
  • Scripts - You will need to enable scripts - Scripts are small programs that only work within the web page that you are viewing that change information on that page according to some selection that you have made such as as a Date Picker.
  • Cross Domain Access - You will need to enable cross domain access for your club site. Usually a club has its own domain name to access its web pages and this should work in all viewing situations. However, as all updating of the club database is done through www.bridgewebs.com,you may need to allow this

If you are using Internet Explorer, then you can find the cookie settings by following

If you are using Internet Explorer, then you can find the security settings by following

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • Security
  • Trusted Sites
  • then add www.bridgewebs.com as an allowed site

If you are using Internet Explorer, then you can find the script settings by following

  • Tools
  • Internet Options
  • Security
  • Custom Level

Security

In particular, these might affect

  • The ability for the system to remember your login
  • The ability to enter news items
  • The ability to use the "Date picker"

If you have any difficulty please contact info@bridgewebs.com.

16.11. Site Style HTML

Miscellaneous - Site Style

Microsoft IE9 and HTML5, CSS3

Bridgewebs has grown and evolved over the years. The original framework was designed some time ago and, as with much web development 10 years ago, used images extensively to get the styles that you see. More especially rounded boxes. In the first box below, the curved corners are created using 4 images, one for each corner. Also in the first buttons below these require another 4 images and yet more images to handle the "Hover" colour. In the Bridgewebs - "Settings" - "Site Style" there is an option to set the "Site Colour" and you can pick one of the 12 colours. Each of these images, and others, had to be individually built for each "Site Colour", thus there are several hundred images to handle the various combinations. In fact, there are many pitfalls in trying to make a web site look "Stylish" and what is considered "good" by one person is considered a nightmare by another, as with fashions generally.

A small, but significant, feature has been available for some time (CSS style sheets for the geeks amongst you) with the browsers from Apple and Firefox, more recently Google Chrome, to specify curved boxes. It was expected that Microsoft would include this feature in IE8 but didn't. So, with the majority of use still being IE, most web developers have held off using these features because in Microsoft IE all corners would revert to square, BUT, at long last, it is now available with IE9 and there are a growing number of users with IE9 or other browsers, see below. The time has therefore come to introduce this in Bridgewebs where applicable.
There are 2 significant advantages:

  • Efficiency - curved boxes will be built dynamically in the browser. It is not necessary to download the images to produce the corners, some 5 million times a month and the HTML will be more compact.
  • Site Style - the restriction on "Site Colour" can be lifted allowing unlimited variations.

In the first instance, starting with later Releases of 2.18 and mainly 2.19, Bridgewebs will, optionally, be extended to use CSS to produce the effect such as in the second box/buttons and later extended to allow you to choose a much wider range of colour, possibly as in the third box/button. You will need to review the "What's New" as the releases become live to see where the features have been updated.

 

Usage: (2013)
     Microsoft IE8 48%
     Microsoft IE Older 18%
     Microsoft IE9 10%
     Firefox 10%
     Safari 8%
     Chrome 4%
     Others 2%

Examples:

If you are using anything other than IE8 or older, the first and second box below should look almost the same with rounded corners, the third another colour. The first and second buttons should look similar, the third another colour.

 

 

16.12. Spam

Spam and Hacking is a growing problem and this affects Bridgewebs and it's users as much as any other web sites.

There are 2 aspects that are considered.

  • Keeping email addresses away from the general public
  • Ensuring emails sent from Bridgewebs are "Spam Detector" friendly

Security is taken seriously and several modifications have been made to Bridgewebs over time to help combat this "menace"

  • Emails from the "Bulk Email" feature are sent individually to the recipients, it doesn't use the "cc" feature, so users or any hacker having access to a particular email account doesn't have access to a list of emails from the club
  • Any Database Emails shown publicly on a "Club" web site are shown with an envelope icon and a user has to click twice to obtain an email. This is Human readable, but prevents Spammers "Harvesting" Email addresses
  • There is also an option to "protect" emails on the "Member Only" - "Member List" to provide the same Spam check popup box
  • Entries on "Contact Us" / "Form" pages are checked for reasonableness and if considered Spam, such as reserved words, suspect hyperlinks, too large are redirected to the Bridgewebs Spam email.
  • Entries submitted via the "Contact Us" / "Form" pages generate 2 emails, one to the submitter and one to the club recipient, so that the submitter is unable to get the "Administrators" email.
  • Users require an email to view the Member list.
  • Passwords for the "Members Only" pages are randomly generated by Bridgewebs to ensure they are sufficiently unique and not something simple that the user might put in.
  • All requests to "Join" the Bridgewebs Forum are now manually verified.
  • System generated emails have been moved to a specialist Email provider with increased logging, spam validation and protection.
  • System generated emails conform to acceptable standards, i.e.. have an "unsubscribe" link

On the "Priority To Do" list is a change to the "Forgotten Password" procedure. This will be changed to a timed "Reset Password" so that the password isn't sent out in an email and the request must be actioned within a certain time e.g.. 24 hours. This will greatly minimize the possibility of a password being "stolen".

One of the adverse consequences of the success of Bridgewebs is that Bridgewebs is now a large site and some tens of thousands of system generated emails are being sent out each month. Many of these Emails will look the same and it is possible that Email Providers may decide they are Spam and send them to a User's "Spam" folder. However large Bridgewebs may be in the Bridge circle, it is an absolute minnow generally and it is difficult to get these things corrected.

System Generated Emails

There are many factors in determining whether an email is Spam.

  • Email Account Reputation
  • Provision of standard format such as "Unsubscribe" button
  • The "From" address matches the Email Server address. This means that ALL emails must come from a Bridgewebs registered domain, currently members@bridgewebsemail.com. This is different to the bridgewebs.com domain to minimize the possibility of bridgeweb.com becoming blacklisted

Received Spam

If you receive emails such as "I am on holiday in Spain and lost my wallet....", PLEASE do not Open, do not Click on any link, do not Reply, just Delete.

If the email has come from your email account have a look at

http://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&id=SLN3417&actp=search&viewlocale=en_US&searchid=1363256460897&locale=en_US&y=PROD_MAIL_ML

 

 

 

 

 

16.13. Statistics

Site Statistics

The charts showing in the Site Statistics page under Administration show the daily activity on the site. The bars are logarithmic to avoid a single day or search engines distorting the remainder of the chart and better show the change over a month. Hold the mouse over a line to see the actual figures for that day.

  • Visitors Number of unique visitors.
  • Admin Pages Number of administration pages used.
  • All Pages Total of all pages read.

The information is updated at 2am GMT.

There are several ways of defining a Visitor. Bridgewebs determines a New Visitor as someone viewing/browsing a page on the site who has not connected to the site for 60 minutes. "Someone" is defined according to the IP address they use. Two or more people each using a PC in the same house or company may only be treated as one visitor because they will probably have the same IP Address.

Site Counter

There is an option of a Site Counter underneath the menu. This shows the total number of pages viewed in a year and is updated by 1, every time someone views a page.

16.14. Timezone

In line with most other computers systems, Bridgewebs stores time stamp dates, such as when results are uploaded, in the Universal Tome Clock (UTC) format, that is the number of seconds since Midnight of 1st January 1970. This means that it does not matter whether Bridgewebs is run on a computer in London or New York, the date stored will be the same value.

In order to display these dates showing in Local time, an adjustment needs to made:

If you go to Web Administration

  • Choose "Settings"
  • Choose "Details"
  • Choose "Timezone"
  • Choose the "Timezone" that you would normally use in the Winter
  • Choose the "Timezone" that you would normally use in the Summer or select "No Daylight Saving"

Bridgewebs will use the currently accepted International Clock Change dates for Spring and Autumn
Thus will use the Winter Setting for dates with a Month of November, December, January, February and March
And will use the Summer Setting for dates with a Month of April - October
Dates at the end of March may fall in the Summer Setting
Dates at the end of October may fall in the Winter Setting

This is because the overhead of determining the exact date when the clocks change in Spring and Autumn of each Year for each Time Zone and each country would be excessive.

Thus, you may find that dates at the End of March and October may show in the wrong setting.

16.15. Twitter

If you would like to add a Twitter box on your Web Site, then you will need to create a twitter "Widget".

Go to your Twitter account

  • Settings
  • Widgets
  • Create Widget

Choose the "Height", probably needs to 300 or 400 if on the Home page,  otherwise 600 on its own page.

Save the widget

You should then see a box with HTML code in it with "Copy and paste the code into the HTML of your site" under it.

Now copy this HTML, place Mouse over HTML, Right Click and Copy or shortcut CTRL A, CTRL C

Now return to you Bridgewebs News Item

Amend and in Editor Panel

View Source

Now, Paste the HTML that you had previously copied. Should look like

16.16. Upgrades

Release Cycle.

The latest live release is 2.19j.

A global update of the whole of Bridgewebs used to be undertaken every so often, but there is now an upgrade message shown when you first log into Web Administration and the site isn't on the latest release. Then you simply click to upgrade. This means that you are in control of when the site is upgraded.

Then for the very latest software, this is tried out with a few clubs first, until it is stable and enhancements completed. It will then become the general release at some stage.

The software release cycle for Bridgewebs is such that there are generally several releases on the go at once.

  • "Live" Release, which is considered a fully stable release (currently 2.19j)
  • "Beta" Release, with minor enhancements/fixes as result of feedback from users being updated as necessary (currently 2.19k)
  • "Development" Release, with significant enhancements being developed in conjunction with specific clubs (currently 2.19l)
  • "Test" Release, with all latest development for Bridgewebs use only (not assigned)

Any site on a release older than the "Live" release is given an option to upgrade in "Web Administration" after logging in. Any other newer upgrades are done by Bridgewebs according to requirements. Once the number of clubs on the Beta release goes beyond a dozen or so, the release cycle starts all over again.

This technique means that upgrades are progressive and gives time for new enhancements to bed in then when the release is made "Live" it has few problems.

You can read what's new with the latest release at What's New

If you notice anything in the "What's New" for the pre-release and are interested in the feature and willing to check it out, contact Bridgewebs to have your site upgraded.

 

16.17. Upload Browse Button

Where you see a [Browse] button in the "Web Administration", this is a facility to "Upload" a file (data/document/picture/image) direct from your PC to the Web Site, in each case you will need to follow the procedure below.

  • Ignore the Input Box to the left of the [Browse] button.
  • Click on the [Browse] button. This will open a popup window showing the folders on your PC.
  • Find the File that you want to upload.
    • You will need to click "Look In".
    • You may need to change the folder. Use the "Down Arrow" and choose as necessary.
    • You may need to change the style of list with the .
    • With the "Down Arrow" select "detail" so that you can see the type of file and date modified.
  • When you have found the file you are looking for, click [Open], the popup will close and put the name of the file in the Input box to the left of the [Browse] button.
  • When you have completed the remainder of the detail for web site item and clicked [Upload/Update/Save] as appropriate, the file will be transferred to the web-site.
  • To prevent any potential problems, files over 5Mb will be rejected.
  • This will save the file on the web site.
  • NOTE, some files such as pictures may be large and, usually, an UPLOAD of a file from your PC is quite a bit slower than a DOWNLOAD, even if you are using Broadband, please be patient.
16.18. Web Searches etc

Some clubs may be oversubscribed and simply have a web site just for the benefit of their members, but for most, the web site is also there to attract visitors and new members, if so read on.

Bridge players wishing to find a information about a club will use a "Web Search" such as Google, Yahoo etc. and enter something such as "where can I play bridge in Anytown" or "bridge club anytown".

Once a web site has been created, then you will need some patience to wait for these "Web Search" companies to find and "crawl" your web site. This can take a week to a month or more. They use a program called a "robot" which spends all day, every day, going through their index of web pages and having a look at web sites "crawling" and finding new ones. The "crawl" consists of extracting each page, indexing the words and any "web address" that it finds on the page and adding them to the billions of pages and indexes that it has on its own computer. Then it will visit each of the "web addresses" it finds and index those pages, thus eventually "crawling" over the all the pages on the site.

For performance and other reasons, this happens periodically and over a period of time. Eventually the "robots" will repeat the process picking up new or modified pages. If you had a new web site of your own, then this could take a little while, but Bridgewebs is already known to the various "Robots" and each day, the robots, in total, read some 1000 pages and index them.

The Bridgewebs software has been designed to put all the correct title, tags etc. into the web site to allow it to be picked up and indexed correctly. However, there are some things you can do to help, especially on the home page, you may want to attract visitors from neighbouring towns or the county so will need to add something like

"ABC Bridge Club is a friendly club, is the premier duplicate bridge club in Anytown, has members from Town1, Town2 and is one of the top bridge clubs in Anyshire. ABC Bridge club meets on ..." etc.

Repeating words can help, but do not go mad, too many may penalize the page. Also use singular and plural where appropriate e.g. "club" and "clubs". Add words that may be appear on a search such as "duplicate bridge" or "EBU bridge clubs in Anytown".

It is even more important if you play in a village or your club has a name totally unrelated to the location you play. If you have a domain name then this does help. Make sure you register your domain name with your county and the EBU and anywhere else you want, remember, those sites will be "crawled" and it will come back to your web site from those addresses.

Initially a page is likely to appear quite low down but as it gets used or referenced it will move up.

Remember, it takes time to get indexed and it takes even longer to get removed from an index. Just to see what might happen in time try typing "shrewsbury bridge club" or "evesham bridge club" into Google and see what it brings up.

P.S. this is only a potted version of what happens, there are many tricks and complications

17.1. Release 2.18
  • ACBL - 2 Sessions - Release 2.18x
    • Accepts multiple deal files for sections with different Hands
  • ACBL Improvements - Release 2.18c
    • Various improvements to ACBL reports including:
    • Better handling of Multi-Sections
    • Allow 2 session "combined" and separate 3rd session
    • Improvements for Howell movement
  • ACBL Manual Hands - Release 2.18v
    • Extracts and shows manual Bridgemate Hands for multiple sections
  • ACBL Multiple Sections - Release .18v
    • Correctly analyzes Game Sections of different movements.
  • ACBL Phantom Pairs - Release 2.18r
    • Further fixes for Phantom Pairs
  • ACBL Scorer - Release 2.18f
    • Continued refinements to display of ACBL Scores. In particular:-
    • Multi-Section.
    • Teams
    • Individual Movements
    • Correction to update Competitions and Home Page.
  • ACBL Section Rank - Release 2.18t
    • The Ranking page now takes into consideration the LRECA CFIG and Ranks in sections or combined as selected in ACBL.
  • ACBL Sections - Release 2.18r
    • A new feature to allow competitions built on individual Sections within a Game. Allows you to specify the Master Point range. For example, enter 299 and you can exclude or just include the 299 Section.
  • ACBL Uploads - Release 2.18a
    • Complete technical rewrite of ACBL uploads to provide better uploads. Plus further techniacl improvements
  • ACBLScore Fixes - Release 2.18q
    • Correct Slam analysis
    • Correct Interpretation of NLM Master points
    • Correct 1/2 Table player results
  • Add a Page - Release 2.18c
    • A button to "Add Page", i.e. create a new "News" page within the "News" feature without having to add to Menu.
  • Add other names to Rank page - Release 2.18j
    • It is possible to store several names against an event and even change the labels, so the Ranking page has been changed to show all these names, not just the scorer.
    • director
    • scorer
    • host
    • dealer
    • steward
    • and use any alternative title given by the club
    • Admin Attendance Table - Release 2.18p
    • An additional option in Web Admin - Calendar - Attendance to calculate the total Attendance over a period.
  • Admin Calendar - Release 2.18o
    • When you upload a hand in Admin - Calendar - Options there is an option to display the N Spade suit as a confirmation that the right hands have been updated for the event.
  • Admin Competition Recalculate - Release 2.18o
    • An extra button in Compeitions Options to recalculate all "Standard" compeitions after other updates such as member aliases.
  • Administration Membership - Release 2.18g
    • There are a various improvements/extensions to the Membership feature.
    • Extra columns to show on the list
    • Ability to Import/Export Membership database.
    • Ability to assign Competition Codes
    • Separate First and Second Name
    • Ability to assign Club statuses
  • Alias Feature - Release 2.18t
    • The Alias feature has now been improved and extended to the Recent Results option.
  • Australian Variation of Master Points - Release 2.18h
    • The Australian definition of Master Points is Scorebridge/100
  • Auto Competition Add Event - Release 2.18j
    • You can now specify the dates for a competition, such that an event is added to the competition when it is uploaded rather than having to tick all dates in the future.
    • You can specifies which days of the week to be automatically updated.
    • It may still be necessary to go into the competition to adjust dates, but much less often.
  • Automated Email Format - Release 2.18x
    • Following feedback, the automated Email format and style has been modified to better suit smartphones, mainly removing unnecessary whitespace.
  • Bookings/Find a Partner - Release 2.18v
    • There is a new "Bookings Feature" in "Members Only". This provides a facility for Members to indicate there attendance at future events or request a partner.
    • The information is entered via the "Members Only", but rather than keep this within the "Members Only", there is a new publically accessible page that shows this and any Calendar flagged with bookings has an extra "Bookings" link in the Calendar lists.
    • See Bookings for more details.
  • Bridgewebs Guide - Release 2.18v
    • New software is in place to build the Bridgewebs guide. This "Style" of the Guide will not change. However, it will make it easier to add new topics. There are also facilities to Spellcheck and check for Broken Links. This will, therefore, make the Guide more useful. The guide is in the same structure so should continue to work with all releases.
    • This is an ongoing project. Spelling and broken links have already been checked and some new Topics have been added. Others are in the process of being brought up to date.
    • If you find any errors or deficiencies, please feel free to contact gwynne@bridgewebs.com
  • Bridgewebs Invoice History - Release 2.18r
    • A summary of Invoices is now available under Subscription.
  • Bulk Email Members - Release 2.18x
    • Significant improvements to "Bulk Email"
    •  Full list shown in one go, not restricted to page size
    •  Selection by Groups
    •  Selection by event and includes and member playing in that event.
    •  Improved Logging.
    • see www.bridgewebs.com/guide/bulk_email.html
    • Moved to separate [Tab]
  • Bulk Email Search - Release 2.18q
    • The Bulk email now has options to select by bridgewebs or club status.
    • Also, if set, the emails will be sent from the administrator, rather than auto@bridgewebs.com
  • Calendar Info Page - Release 2.18d
    • Extra option to show an HTML as a frame where original HTML conflicts with bridgewebs.
  • Calendar Month Theme - Release 2.18k
    • The "Calendar Month" now uses Calendar options and Theme
  • Calendar Options - Release 2.18t
    • If more complex Competitions are in operation, more columns give supporting information will show.
    • The Include/Exclude now only applies to the final list rather than the analysis.
  • Calendar Theme Improvements - Release 2.18j
    • Changing the Theme for the Calendar and Results now shows the correct WYSIWYG example.
  • Check for Existing Calendar Entry - Release 2.18q
    • Adding new events would occasionally overwrite an existing event. This has been corrected.
  • Club List in Admin - Release 2.18o
    • Show extra columns for phone and contact
  • Club Page - Release 2.18e
    • An extra option for a club has also been added to allow you to create different sections of the club page, such as list affiliated clubs first and then Non-Affiliated etc. Go to Clubs - Options and select Display Sections - Separate Sections.
  • Club Page - Release 2.18e
    • The "Clubs" page feature providing a means of entering clubs primarily intended for Counties has been made available on all web sites. Go to Web Admin - Settings - Options and choose Clubs - Use Club Database.
    • This allows you enter contact details for each club, an kind of extension to the Where & When for the clubs running under an umbrella web site. You can then use the extra "Clubs" tab to enter the details and will need to go to "Menu" - "Amend" to add ""List of Clubs" to the menu.
  • Compeitions - Release 2.18v
    • Various minors improvements to Competitions, including performance improvements.
  • Competition Auto Inclusion - Release 2.18n
    • If you use the Auto Include feature in competitions rather than predefining the dates, you can now also add a Search Word. Thus you can e.g. tick Friday events and Search "evening", thus excluding events with aft in the title.
  • Competition Butler Events - Release 2.18n
    • If you generally have percentage events but occasionally use Butler, an algorithm is now available to convert Butler to Percentage for Competitions.
  • Competition Copy Feature - Release 2.18m
    • An extra feature to copy a competition, which can be used as the basis of a new competition.
  • Competition Handicap - Release 2.18e
    • An extra option to manually enter Handicaps to be applied to a competitions.
    • You need to create a list of handicaps e.g.
      • John Smith,3.2
      • Peter Smith,2.5
      • ....
    • Change the "Rule" to "Manual as below" and cut and pasted into the new competition box "If Manual"
  • Competition Options - Release 2.18x
    • Extra Options
      •  Matchpoints
      •  Agregate
      •  Position - Pairs (Top Third)
    • Plus various minor fixes
      •  Teams of Eight
      •  Aliases
      •  ABF Master Points
      •  Attendance Calculation
      •  Allow Include as well as Exclude list of players
  • Competition Rules - Release 2.18s
    • The competition rules such as "4/3/2/1 for a win" can be overridden with whatever reasonable values you would like to use.
    • Simply choose an appropriate option and enter the parameters separated by /
  • Competition/EBU Ranking - Release 2.18x
    • EBU Rank now shows in "Members Only" page
    • Also additional option to Include/Exclude from Competition dependent on EBU Ranking
  • Competitions - ACBL - Release 2.18r
    • An extra option is provided to select individual sections according to the Master Point level of the individual section.
  • Competitions - Release 2.18c
    • Improvements to additional buttons making it quicker to use.
  • Competitions - Release 2.18d
    • Various Improvements including
    • Behind the scenes performance improvements
    • Fixes for using Team results in Non Team Competitions
    • Extra option taking position 1 2 3 etc.
    • Improvements to Alias feature.
    • Provision to add Manual Handicaps to Competition.
    • Option to add Handicap to Total
  • Competitions - Release 2.18e
    • Various technical changes to improve performance of extra competition tabs and refinements to Handicap Listing and personal tab.
  • Competitions - Release 2.18t
    • The format of the Competition list has been imrpoved to differentiate between qualifying players and those not qualifying. There is an option in the Competition setting to turn this on/off.
    • There is an extra option to Disqualify players playing too many times with the same partner in a multi-partner competition.
  • Competitions - Slams - Release 2.18r
    • An additional option has been provided just to count slams regardless of small or grand
  • Competitions Data Missing - Release 2.18g
    • The personal information now shows the extra information again, was missing in 2.18e
  • Competitions Features - Release 2.18r
    • Additional Slam count regardless of Grand or Small
  • Contact Us Form Database - Release 2.18a
    • Every time someone submits a Contact Us Form Page, it is written to a database and a spreadsheet of all submiited forms sent to the administrator, very useful for Entry Forms.
  • Cosmetic Changes - Release 2.18n
    • There have been a number of adjustment in Web Admin in an attempt to make options clearer to understand.
    • Also a few other improvements.
  • Date & Time results Uploaded - Release 2.18d
    • The date and time that results have been uploaded is shown
  • Deal File Commentary - Release 2.18u
    • Any commentary/auctions present in a deal file will show beneath the Hand on right of Personal Scorecard.
  • Delete a Page - release 2.18c
    • Option to "Delete" an used page.
  • Display Recent - Release 2.18r
    • The Display recent option, showing the 10 latest scores has been redesigned to give a more "Personal Scores" option. This also allows more soring options of the results.
  • Displayed Date Timezone - Release 2.18j
    • When displaying "timestamps" e.g. date results uploaded, latest changes etc., bridgewebs now uses a Timezone setting for the club. Go to Web Admin Settings - Site Details to set as necessary.
  • Document Delete - Release 2.18m
    • If you delete a document from the Document Library, it will be deleted from the Menu.
  • Document Size Limit 5Mb - Release 2.18c
    • Increase Document size limt from 2Mb to 5Mb
  • Document Sizes - Release 2.18e
    • Limit on document size raised to 5MB but not recommended.
  • Download ACBL - Release 2.18j
    • Choosing "Results" will now now download ACBL files correctly, i.e. send an email with ACA etc attachments files .
  • EBU Sims - Release 2.18o
    • Provision for EBU Sims link.
    • In Web Administration, complete the EBU Session No instead of Ecats.
  • EBU USEBIO XML Import - Release 2.18x
    • Various Improvements
    •  Teams
    •  Swiss Pairs
    •  Multiple Sessions
  • Export Last Played - Release 2.18p
    • There is an option to export the Last Played columns as well.
  • Extended Competitions - Release 2.18j
    • The League and Knock Out previously part of the "County" option only are now available across all clubs and the Standard Competition vice-versa available for Counties.
  • Extra Competitions - Release 2.18o
    • 8 for a win/6/4/2
    • 1 Point each for a Top 3 Place
    • Position - Pairs (Top Half of results only)
  • Extra Competitions Options - Release 2.18p
    •  1 for a win
    • 5 for a win/3/1
    • 16 for a win/13/10/7/6/5/4/3/2/1
  • Find a Partner/Bookings - Release 2.18x
    • Various minor Improvements including
    •  Hiding Emails and Telephone Numbers
    •  Including Members Messages
  • Form No Email - Release 2.18o
    • Form Option to simply use as "Message Board" without any emails.
  • Form Submission List Order - Release 2.18h
    • Provide the Form Submission List in the same sequence as the Form, not alphabetical.
  • Form Submissions - Release 2.18f
    • Ability to review any forms submitted through a Contact page and delete any not required. Go to Form and use the Submission tab.
  • Forms Feature Duplicate Fields - Release 2.18q
    • Fix to allow duplicate fields i.e.
      • Player 1
      • EBU Number
      • Player 2
      • EBU Number
  • Hand Check - Release 2.18n
    • The Board 1 North Spade suit is displayed in the Web Admin Calendar List to assist in checking that pre-uploaded deal files match the physical boards.
  • Hand File Print - Release 2.18p
    • The page format has been modified to cater for printing the hands breaking the page correctly
  • Hand of Day - Release 2.18g
    • Ability to have a "large" or "small" hand of day.
    • A small "Hand of Day" may be useful for news items.
  • Hand PBN Dowload - Release 2.18x
    • Inclusion of Traveller information in pbn to aid in use in PC Hand software. where applicable.
  • Hand PDF - Release 2.18t
    • There is now an option for a user to select and dynamically print the Hand file in PDF format with an option to select 3x4 or 4x5.
    • This means it is NO LONGER NECESSARY to upload pdf format hand files provided the appropraite pbn with Makeable Contracts has been uploaded.
    • There is a similar option to View and Print in HTML format.
  • Handicap Competition - Release 2.18b
    • Extra options for the rolling handicaps and further information when viewing handicaps.
  • Individual Results - Release 2.18g
    • Improvements to show an Individual Event with players/travellers split North, South, East and West etc.
  • Interclub - Multiple Session - Release 2.18n
    • The Interclub will now merge in more than one session per club
  • Interclub Extra Events - Release 2.18o
    • Allow more than one event for a club, such as multiple sessions, to be included in an interclub competition.
  • Interclub Fixes - Release 2.18d
    • Fix for Interclub (broken on 2.18b/2.18c)
  • Language Changes - Release 2.18q
    • Various Additional Words and Phrases have been added to the Dictionary for non-English sites.
  • League Competitions - Release 2.18f
    • Team members extended from 6 to 10.
  • Links in Frame - Release 2.18u
    • You can now choose to show a HTML/PDF page in a frame instead of just showing a link. Ideal if the web page is created externally and the HTML is incompatible with bridgewebs.
  • Logging Out of Admin - Release 2.18q
    • Accessing the Competitions pages in the public site would occasionally log out of Web Admin
  • Magic Contest - Release 2.18q
    • New feature to allow upload from a Magic Contest pbn formatted file.
    • Makeable Contracts - Release 2.18a
    • If you use the "Deep Finesse" feature, bridgwebs will accept and show makeable contracts from Duplimate pbn export files.
  • Map of County Clubs - Release 2.18a
    • Provision of map of clubs for counties similar to bridgewebs map of clubs
  • Member Quick Messages - Relase 2.18x
    • Option in Membership - Options to set your own "Member Only" Quick messages.
  • Members Last Played Date - Release 2.18j
    • You can now specify the date over which to analyse "Last Played"
  • Membership Database - Release 2.18b
    • Various improvements based on feedback on 2.18a including
    • Separate analysis of "Player Last Played"
    • Checks on visitors for competitions.
  • Membership Database - Release 2.18c
    • Various improvements based on feedback on 2.18b including:
    • Option to ignore ScoreBridge Player database
    • Improvements to Login Procedure
    • Fix to Release Upgrade for Members
  • Membership Database Amendments - Release 2.18o
    • Various changes to Membership Updating.
    • Extra "Untick" option
    • Reformatted Options to make clearer
    • Allow Member Picture
    • Improvements to Import/Export
  • Membership Database Improvements - Release 2.18j
    • Various improvements based on feedback from 2.18g
  • Membership DB Member Group - Release 2.18x
    • Extra option to classify members according to a predefined group, set up in Membership - Options.
    • Such as scorer, director, committee.
  • Membership Feature - Release 2.18a
    • A complete rewrite of the Membership section see Guide - Membership for full details.
  • Membership Feature - Release 2.18d
    • Further improvements based on Feedback including:
    • Member Status
    • Option to ignore Visitors
  • Membership Import - Release 2.18n
    • There have been further improvements in the Membership Importing/Exporting feature.
  • Membership Select by Event - Release 2.18s
    • Using Bulk Email, an extra option is available to select just Members attending a particular event.
  • Message Board - Release 2.18m
    • The Form feature has been extended to provide a public "Message Board" usually as a simpler "Find a Partner" than the Members Only.
    • In Web Administration
    • Click [Menu]
    • Click [Amend]
    • Use the "New News Page" to add an entry in the menu and give it a name "Message Board"
    • Click [Save]
    • Click [News]
    • Look for the "Message Board"
    • Click [Add News Item]
    • Enter some text, for example "If you would like to leave a message on this web site, please enter the details below. Please note that any information such as Email and Telephone numbers will be viewable by all, so if you do not mind go ahead....."
    • Click [Save]
    • Click [Add Form]
    • Adjust the Form as necessary, probably click on "Club Member" and [Delete Entry]
    • And the new feature is "tick to show all entries below Form", this changes the page from a "Contact Us" into a "Message Board", then on the actual page the [Send Email] changes to a [Post Message].
    • Then, when anyone enters a message it shows under the Message Entry
    • If you would like to review the messages from time to time,
    • Go back to the "News Item"
    • Click [Submissions]
    • Tick any you would like to remove
    • Click [Delete Ticked]
    • If you would like to provide a useful box on the home page
    • Click [News]
    • Click [Add News Item]
    • Choose the page [Home Right Box]
    • Enter title "Message Board" or "Find a Partner"
    • In "Link" - "Page in Web Site" with the dropdown box choose "Message Board" or as appropriate.
    • in "Plus - How to open" choose "Same Window".
    • Enter suitable message
    • Ckick [Save].
    • This has bee trialed at (In all cases, click on appropriate right hand box):
    • www.bridgewebs.com/exeter
    • www.bridgewebs.com/wells
    • www.bridgewebs.com/sample
  • Message Board restrict Emails - Release 2.18n
    • There is an extra "tick" box "If you would like to exclude "email" and "phone" showing, please tick ". Email will still be recorded but now shown.
  • Message Page - Release 2.18o
    • Provide the items in reverse date order and on the email to the web administrator provide a link back to this page.
  • Multiple Forms - Release 2.18x
    • Changes to allow several Forms per page and record Submissions by News Box.
  • New Beta Editors - Release 2.18j
    • There are 2 new Editors on Trial to overcome some resictions/issues with the current bridgewebs Editor. Go to Web Admin - Options and choose
      • Default
      • Original
      • Beta Version - Whizzywig
      • Beta Version - ckeditor
  • News Page Meta Description - Release 2.18t
    • You can now provide Meta Descriptions and Keywords for each News Page in the "Page Options" thus potentially improving Search Indexing.
  • Numerous Requests - Release 2.18t
    • There have been numerous other minor enhancements.
  • Option for More Info Button - Release 2.18d
    • Use Web Admin - Calendar - Options to decide whether "More info" button should show.
  • Option to Order Events - Release 2.18j
    • The event number can not be changed, but if you need to have the calendar in a specific sequence, there is an optional numeric sequence field which overrides the event no.
  • Option to Sort Events - Release 2.18w
    • There is an option in Calendar - Options to sort events on a day by
      • Time Uploaded (Default)
      • Event Id
      • Title
      • Manually Entered Sequence
    • If a manually entered sequence is entered for any particular day, such as a Congress, this will override the default sequence
  • Other Master Points - Release 2.18x
    • Provision of Master Point table and Calculation for
      •  Cyprus
      •  Finland
      •  Sweden
  • Pairs Scorer - Release 2.18o
    • Various changes to support Pairs Scorer
  • Pairs Scorer - Release 2.18p
    • Further features especially "Teams of Eight"
  • Pairs Scorer Extra Features - Release 2.18p
    • Ability to upload each hand file for multiple sessions.
  • Pairs Scorer Fixes - Release 2.18q
    • Fixes in relation to Pairs Scorer
    • Rank display for Aggregate
    • 1 decimal point for Adjustment Totals
    • Multiple Session Hand files
  • PBN Import - Release 2.18x
    • Improvements for Travellers
  • People Page Theme - Release 2.18c
    • Provison to apply a "Theme" to a people page.
  • People Pages (Members Only) - Release 2.18f
    • Provided an option to make a people page "Members Only"
  • Personal Analysis - Release 2.18t
    • The "Recent Results" page has been renamed to "Personal Analysis" and now allows players to view their scores over the last year.
    • The efficiency has also been improved so that the information should refresh fairly rapidly.
  • Personalise Member Quick Messages - Release 2.18w
    • The Quick messages in the Members Only - Messages feature can be set for the club in Membership Options.
  • Picture in News - Release 2.18c
    • An extra option to have/not have a border round a picture.
  • Picture Library - Performance - Release.2.18b
    • A problem with performance was noticed in Web Administration for clubs with several pictures. This has been improved in 2.18b
  • Print Hands - Release 2.18q
    • The format of the [Hand] page has been squashed slightly to allow more Hands per page when printing.
    • The space between cards has been removed
    • The [Hand] button shows 3 abreast
    • The [Print] icon switches to 4 abreast.
  • Private Documents - Release 2.18o
    • There is a new facility to mark a PDF document as private. Bridgewebs, then moves the documents to a private part of the web host.
    • This prevents Search Engines finding these documents.
  • Rank/Scorecard - Release 2.18c
    • Various fixes to Rank and Scorecards for better handling of Teams results
  • Recent Results - Release 2.18g
    • The standard number of columns shown on the Recent Results is 10.
    • The standard number of results to show per person is 100
    • These can now be varied in Administration - Settings - Options.
    • If you are looking for something specific, this can be increased. For efficiency, this should be set back afterwards.
  • Remember Login - Release 2.18j
    • Due to increased security requirements, bridgewebs needed you to login each time.
    • Bridgewebs now remembers for 90 minutes (or according to the setting in Settings - Options), as it was before.
  • Require New Login - Release 2.18m
    • Release 2.18m uses a new login directory structure behind the scenes. You will find it necessary to login again to use 2.18m. However, thereafter you will not notice any difference.
  • Restrict Competition List - Release 2.18k
    • Provided an option to "Restrict list to Players/Pairs over Average/Total?" e.g. 50% rather than changing  "Max Players/Pairs to show on page?".
    • Bridgewebs checks both.
  • Restricted Competitions - Release 2.18g
    • A new feature has been provided to Include/Exclude certain players according to a codes assigned in the membership database.
    • see Restricted Competitions
  • Results events sequence on same day - Release 2.18h
    • Results on a day are sequenced by time results uploaded
  • Results Format - Various - Release 2.18g
    • Teams Ranking
    • Individual Results
    • Butler Exclusions
  • Results Matches - Release 2.18x
    • For Teams events, where available, an extra Buton to show Matches instead of Matrix
  • Results Traffic Lights - Release 2.18n
    • The Personal Scorecard show results with a Traffic light coding. Green for Top, Red for Bottom and various colours in between.
  • Scorecard % - Release 2.18x
    • Option in Settings - Scoring to show % instead of Matchpoints in Scorecard
    • Also option to sort Travellers in order played
  • Scorecard Traffic Lights Option - Release 2.18o
    • Option in Web Admin - Settings - Scoring to turn off the red/amber/green coding.
  • Send Hand - Release 2.18p
    • There is an extra option on the Results [Hand] page to email yourself a copy of the Hand file for use in PC Bridge Software.
    • dlm files are automatically converted to pbn
  • Shared Calendar - Release 2.18g
    • For clubs who regularly work together, there is a new feature to share the calendar.
    • see Guide - Sharing a Calendar
  • Short Name - Release 2.18p
    • Further option to shorten name to First Initial followed by Surname
  • Show ACBL Strat Limits - Release 2.18n
    • Show the ACBL Strat Limits on the Rank page,
    • e.g. MP Limits - None/230/100
    • Show EBU Rankings - Release 2.18w
    • For clubs affiliated to the EBU, there is an extra page in the Members Only to show the EBU Rankings.
  • SIMs Event Delay - Release 2.18q
    • The wording for a Sim delay for showing Hands has been changed slightly to
    • Midnight + 1 day
    • Midnight + 2 days etc.
    • and date set appropriately
  • Slam Calculation - Release 2.18n
    • If the results do not include contracts and the Scorebridge S/G is not used, do you want bridgewebs to calculate slams from the scores, assuming certain values?
    • There may be the odd discrepency, such as for some double overtrick contracts being the same as a slam.
  • Spam Checking - Release 2.18v
    • Enhanced spam checking of items submitted through Forms prevents includion in Form submissions.
  • Standard Competitions - Release 2.18v
    • First the Bad News
    • The "Standard Competitions" have been withdrawn
    • Then the Good News
    • These are now all part of the regular "Competitions feature.
    • There is a new date option "User Selected" or "Auto". The "Auto" option is equivalent to the Standard Competitions but opens up the possibility of using all the Competition features. With additional options as well.
    • See Competition Dates for more details
  • Stat Counter - Release 2.18s
    • A stat counter is now available on the web site giving the total hits in a year.
    • This can be turned on/off or size modified in Web Admin - Settings - Options.
  • Stratification - Release 2.18g
    • Beta version to show Stratification from Scorebridge
    • Support for Bridgemate Hand Info - Release 2.18n
    • Bridgewebs will now extract and show manually entered Hand info if entered on the Bridgemate. To avoid performance overheads in checking each time, you will need to go to Web Admin - Settings - Scoring and set "Do you use Bridgemate II and enter hand records at the table?" to "Yes".
  • Theme Add/Delete - Release2.18c
    • Option to Copy a Theme as a new theme prior to modifying.
    • Also option to delete a theme.
    • (Rather than bridgewebs doing it automatically)
  • Time Zones - Release 2.18v
    • Improvements in detection and Display of times in different Time zones
  • Trap Mesage Board Spam - Release 2.18n
    • Some tests have been introduced to check for messages submitted on "Message Boards"/Contact Us" pages to identify computer generated spam messages, such as checking that the user has followed certain paths to get there. These will be redirected to a dump account at bridgewebs and reviewed to assist in further improvements to the algorithm.
  • Traveller Pair Names - Release 2.18j
    • If you hover over a pair no on the traveller, it will show the pair name
  • Traveller Round Sequence - Release 2.18n
    • There is now an option in Web Admin - Settings - Scoring to choose whether to show Travellers as per the sequence entered or sorted by score.
  • Updated Editor - Release 2.18x
    • A later release of the Editor has been made available for evaluation.
    • You can select this from Web Admin - Settings - Options, towards the bottom of the page. Choose CKEditor 4.1
    • This fixes:
    • issues with Internet IE 10
    • Has the suit symbols available in the "Insert Special Character" option.
    • This will replace the standard beta CKEditor 3.5 after a suitable period of evaluation.
  • Upload Results - Revamp - Release 2.18w
    • The "Upload Results" option for scorers has been revamped to make it easier to see which option to use for each function.
    • The "Recover" "Download results files" has also been added there instead of Admin
    • The "Remove" event has an extra tick box to completely remove an erroneous event.
    • The "Upload Player" has been incorporated in this option instead of having a separate menu entry. Currently this can be used for the Scorebridge and JS Pairsscorer player files.
    • You need to enter a password before proceeding.
  • Web Admin Calendar List - Release 2.18j
    • For efficiency, this feature has been changed to show a month at a time. To show as previously, choose [All] or, if you are a small club, go to Options and change permanently
  • Web Admin Icon - Release 2.18k
    • There is an extra icon above the menu to take you straight to Web Administration (password permitting, of course).
  • Web Admin Locking - Release 2.18t
    • Improvements have been made in the Locking techniques used when updating the site to prevent errors when 2 people try to update the site at the same time.
  • Web Admin Login - Release 2.18m
    • Use the "Spanner" icon just above the release message to easily go to "Web Administration" and the "Home" link to switch back again.
  • Web Admin News Sequence - Release 2.18o
    • An extra "Move Down" button to resequence a page visually rather than having to work out a number sequence
17.2. Release 2.17
  • ACBL - Release 2.17b
    • Release 2.17b has numerous enhancements to provide for ACBL Scoring including
    • Better handling of Multiple Sections
    • Automatic Titles from file name
    • Master Points
    • There are further improvements for ACBL scoring.
  • American Dates - Release 2.17b
    • There is now an option to show/use dates in American fashion.
    • Go to Administration - Site Style and set accordingly
      • English - Day/Month/Year
      • American - Month/Day/Year
    • This option is now being used to show dates where applicable. If you set this to American and notice any the wrong way round, please email info@bridgewebs.com.
  • Competitions - Release 2.17b
    • There are some new options in the competitions
      • 5 for a win/4/3/2/1
      • 7 for a win/6/5/4/3/2/1
      • 6 for a win/5/4/3/2/1
    • Position - pairs * 2 - 2 winner (to handle 2 winner movement)
    • Change to the definition of minimum in standard competitions and option to allow % e.g. 50%
    • Changes to the way Handicaps are calculated
  • Competition Dates - Release 2.17b
    • A revised calendar popup has been included which should be quicker, also allows dates to be entered US fashion.
    • At present this is optional, go to Administration - Site Style and Set accordingly
      • Popup - as it was in separate PopUp window, needs popup blocker set accordingly
      • Inline - shows within page
    • A revised calendar popup has been included which should be quicker, also allows dates to be entered US fashion
  • Form Comments - Release 2.17a
    • A problem with entering a ' in a label such as Comp's has been corrected
  • Hand of the Day - Release 2.17a
    • The Bidding chart now shows "West" on left (not North) as per bridge magazines. All existing Hands are preserved and should show correctly.
  • Individual - Previous Year - Release 2.17b
    • You can now add extra options to show the Individual, Partnership and Master Points for the Previous Club Year. Useful just after the year end when the regular ones get reset.
    • Go to Web Admin - Menu and add as necessary
      • Master Point Archive
      • Individual Archive
      • Parnership Archive
  • Interclub Feature - Release 2.17a
    • There is a new feature to allow clubs to use PreDealt hands at each club and on upload create an Interclub result.
    • Experimental. More details to follow.
  • Jeff Smith Pairscorer - Release 2.17b
    • Release 2.17b has numerous enhancements to provide for Jeff Smith Pairscorer including
    • Better handling of Teams
    • Improved handling of Individual Sessions
  • Language Dictionary - Release 2.17b
    • Bridgewebs has the ability to provide a web site in a language other than English. There is a dictionary in Web Admin which can be updated with
      • Days of Week
      • Months
      • Bridge Terms:- Hearts, Clubs, Spades, Diamonds etc.
      • Bridgewebs Phrases
    • This has been further enhanced based on feedback and dictionaries are now available for
      • Spanish
      • German
      • Swedish
      • Finnish
  • Map Feature Upgrade - Release 2.17
    • Problems with the map feature causing computers to hang have been overcome by providing two levels of Pins. In the first instance you will need to click on the Green Pin for an area, then the Red Pin for a club.
  • Results Import - Release 2.17a
    • There have been several improvements to the bridgewebs standard import facility for non-scorebridge users and presentation of results.
  • Reverse Date mm/dd/yy - Release 2.17b
    • Modifications have been made to cater for date format MM/DD/YY.
  • Session Control Login - Release 2.17a
    • A different  "Session Control" method of logging in is available.
    • This is basically a technical improvement only, but if any user experiences problems logging in, then the site can be used to use the "Session Control" security which avoids using "Cookies".  If Cookies are available then it will remember some details next time, but this is not essential.
  • Standard Competitions Archive - Release 2.17b
    • There are now extra options to add previous years standard tables to your menu called:
      • Individual Archive
      • Partnership Archive
      • Masterpoints Archive
    • Go to Web Admin - Menu - Amend and you will find the extra buttons in the centre.
  • Sub Menu - Release 2.17a
    • Following feedback on the Release 2.17 "Menu", it has been changed to automatically show the first page of a submenu for a number of reasons.
    • The status-quo was preferred by several users
    • Some users with some Browsers/Settings could not use the menu.
    • Some sites had adjusted their menus in such a way that the new version was not showing certain pages.
    • This change will be effective after you next update you web site in any way including uploading results.
    • No adverse feedback was received during the months of beta testing but on general release problems have arisen, if you have any comments on the way it works please email info@bridgewebs.com.
  • Surnames - Release 2.17b
    • Bridgewebs now recognizes certain suffixes and ignores them as Surnames e.g.
    • e.g. Jr, Homes III, also Van and de
  • Theme for the Menu - Release 2.17a
    • There is now an "Option" to change the look of the Menu with features to:
      • Change Font Sizes
      • Change Box Colours
      • Change Icons
      • Have Button boxes instead of plain boxes.
      • More Fonts.
      • More friendly visual Wysiwyg "What you see is what you get" version.
      • Improved performance behind the scenes
17.3. Release 2.16
  • ACBL Section Handling - Release 2.16c
    • Improvements to the section handling for ACBL results.
  • BridgeWebs Map - Release 2.16a
    • A new feature has been provided to locate Clubs using BridgeWebs web sites with a dynamic Google Map. This has been included as a link from the "Index of Clubs" or click Google Map. All clubs with Release 2.16 can add their club to the map, see Map Guide for more information on adding your club.
    • The "Find Us" page will also use the new feature if the coordinates have been entered.
    • Some clubs have been added to test out the feature, so it will just be necessary to check that the coordinates are correct.
  • Butler Scoring - Release 2.16c
    • A problem when playing a small number of tables and using butler scoring has been corrected.
  • Calendar Repeat - Release 2.16a
    • Instead of using the Calendar "Quick Update" feature, you can use a [Repeat] button to create future events.
  • Calendar Repeat Button - Release 2.16b
    • Corrected non leap year problem which moved forward 6 days instead on 7 days.
  • Committee Photographs - Release 2.16
    • You can add thumbnail photos to committee members
  • Competition Buttons - New Release 2.16 (County Only)
    • An extra feature is now available to add buttons on Competitions for
      • Regulations
      • Entry Form
      • General Info
  • Competition Partners - Release 2.16
    • You can now choose whether in the must play with several partners competitions whether the "Best" or "First" is allowed.
  • Competition Rules - Release 2.16
    • Extra options are now available to pick which score to use for a competition and you can select Total/Average for any of these.  
  • Competitions Substitutes - New Release 2.16
    • You can now have Pairs competitions allowing substitutes. Using a complex algorithm it now decides whether a Player has played with a substitute and allows 1/2 depending on your settings.
  • Contact Form - New Release 2.16
    • There is a new feature to allow you to add a "contact us" form on your web site. You can design it yourself which options to add several boxes and thus use for more than just a contact form. It could be used to enter people into competitions etc.
    • Click Forms for more information.
  • Cookie Check - Release 2.16c
    • Bridgewebs checks whether cookies are working in Web Admin before allowing a login.
  • County Competitions Pair Input - Release 2.16c
    • Where the auto substitute facility is being used, you can now enter valid pairs and override the auto calculation, especially useful in the early rounds of a competition.
  • Document Upload CSV - Release 2.16c
    • Bridgewebs now allows spreadsheet csv files to be uploaded and displayed.
  • Download Results - New Release 2.16
    • An extra option appears in the Members Only section to allow the member to download the results as a single file, particularly of use to users with a dial up connection. You can also use it yourself to retrieve the scorebridge file. For technical and security reasons this works by emailing you the relevant file as an attachment.
  • Extra Characters & Symbols - Release 2.16a
    • In response to requests, the editor has been extended to allow symbols to be inserted into text. Next to the  icon, there is an extra  icon that allows you to choose non standard characters. This includes the bridge suits in 2 formats as symbols ? ? ? ? and fixed size icons    .
    • It also allows special characters such as ¼  €, or accents for use with other languages e.g. é   Å   á  
  • Extra Competition Column - Release 2.16b
    • The competition page now shows an extra column with the total number of events qualifying for each player.
  • Extra Name Option - Release 2.16c
    • There is a new option for larger clubs to show the first name followed by the first character of the surname on the Scorecards. e.g. John H & Peter P or Pam & John H.
  • Extra Surname Option - Release 2.16c
    • A new option is available for large clubs to allow shortened names to be shortened to first (Initial Surname) such as John P and Mike J.
  • Extra VP Competition - Release 2.16c
    • Ability to choose VP's for X-IMP competition
  • Forgotten Admin Password - Release 2.16b
    • There is now a forgotten button which will email the registered administrator with the passwords.
  • Form Emails - Release 2.16c
    • When using the form feature, three emails will be sent instead of one
    • First email - from the club to the user
    • Second email - from the user to the club, plus cc as necessary
    • Third email - from bridgewebs in plain format
    • The user address is taken from the input form
    • The "Club" address is taken from the Form setup, the second and subsequent emails will be added to the cc of the second email.
    • This will allow the user and you to reply to the appropriate email without having to cut & paste.
    • The third email is provided in case the user or your email have spam blockers preventing the pseudo email from being delivered.
  • Form Features - Release 2.16b
    • An extra Dropdown option.
    • The ability to sort the choices
    • An option to add a PayPal button.
    • An option to specify the recipient other than the Administrator
  • Forms Feature - Release 2.16d
    • Due to problems with Spam checkers, releasing the club's email addresses, security, incorrect emails and other reasons, the forms feature has been modified back again and two emails will be sent instead of one
    • 1st email - from bridgewebs to the user (one entered on form)
    • 2nd email - from bridgewebs to the emails (cc) as entered in the Form setup.
    • This no longer allows you to reply directly, you will have to cut and paste.
  • Hand Deep Finesse - Release 2.16c
    • For those clubs pre-dealing hands and using Deep Finesse analysis, this can now be uploaded and shown on the Travellers.
    • This feature uses the feature of DealMaster to create a .txt file with this information. Then go to Web Admin and upload this .txt file rather than the dlm file.
  • Hand Button - Release 2.16c
    • Following requests, an extra button has been included to allow members to see and print just the hands without the travellers.
  • Hand Display - Release 2.16a
    • The answer is now shown after the main text.
  • Hand Point Count - New Release 2.16
    • The point count for each hand now shows on the hands showing with the traveller.
  • Hold News Item - Release 2.16
    • You can now click [Hold] / [Unhold] a News Item so that it remains in the same place while you work on it.
  • Menu Structure - New Release 2.16
    • You can now change the menu to suit your own requirements, adding and moving pages to where ever you need.
    • Click Menu for more information.
  • Min/Max Scores on Competitions - Release 2.16c
    • There is now an ability to override high/low scores in the competitions, e.g. set Minimum score to 40 and any score less than that will be set to 40, set Maximum score to 65 and any score more than that will be set to 65. Useful for encouraging weaker players who have a particularly bad week and ignoring particularly high scores.
  • Minimum Events on Standard Comps - Release 2.16c
    • Ability to override the minimum qualifying events on a standard competition.
  • News Item Administration - Release 2.16
    • The News Item Amend has been split to allow you to see the Word Processor and the Add Hand is on a separate Tab when used. Also the new Add Form is on a separate Tab.  When displaying in the web site, the Hand comes first, followed by the news, followed by the form.
  • PDF Documents - Release 2.16b
    • Finally found a solution to make sure PDF documents display without having to move the mouse over the blank area. Also added a Help page on PDF's.
  • Penalty Points - Release 2.16
    • Extra columns show in the Traveller if penalty points are present.
  • People Option in Web Admin - Release 2.16
    • The "People" option now includes information on all the people data on your web site, whether entered manually, by member registration or the Scorebridge player file and you can amend any entry.
  • People Sequence - Release 2.16b
    • The sort by sequence is numeric.
  • People Sequence - Release 2.16c
    • The sequence on People lists, committee etc. uses a true numeric sequence now.
  • Picture Library - Release 2.16a
    • The picture library and use of pictures is now done with thumbnails to make it easier to select a picture. This includes
    • List of Pictures
    • Adding Pictures/Icons to the Banner in Web Admin - Settings - Site Style
    • Adding a picture to a News item
    • In addition, you can now add several pictures to a News item. Use the "Add Picture" button or "Picture" tab once added.  Click to add a single picture, double click to start adding several pictures. Selected pictures will have a "red" border.
    • In the web site, these are presented as thumbnails allowing the user to click on one to show the bigger version.
  • Picture/Document Options - Release 2.16
    • The list of Pictures/Documents now show the date of upload and there is an extra option to block delete Pictures/Documents.
  • Player Alias - Release 2.16c
    • A quick way of setting an alias for a player for a competition where the player's name has been entered incorrectly in the results. Use Web Admin - Competitions - Player List
  • Players List with EBU Link - Release 2.16
    • When the EBU number is shown, you can click on it to go direct to the EBU Master point site
  • Rank Sequence - Release 2.16c
    • An error in calculating the position has now been corrected.
  • Recent Changes Box - New Release 2.16
    • An extra box now shows under the menu showing the News pages that have been updated recently and the user can click and go directly to the changed page.
  • Restrict Data on Form Page - Release 2.16b
    • For security reasons and to prevent misuse, the contact page checks and does not send an email if any data input on the form contains anything that looks like HTML.
  • Results - Release 2.16a
    • Results can now be uploaded from other scoring software.
  • Rolling Standard Competitions - Release 2.16d
    • A feature to specify a Rolling 12 month on standard competitions.
  • Show = in Competitions - Release 2.16c
    • Check for the same scores in competitions and if any are equal, show appropriate position, e.g. 4=.
  • Show Documents within Web Site - New Release 2.16
    • You can now upload a document and include it anywhere in the menu.
  • Show Suit Symbols On Traveller - Release 2.16b
    • When showing Scorecards and Travellers S H C D now show as     on the Contract and Lead
  • Simultaneous Events Hand Protection - Release 2.16b
    • There is a new option in the Calendar to protect results from showing Hands and Travellers when the event is being played in Simultaneous competitions. You can still upload the Results and Hands, BUT, instead of showing the Personal ScoreCards / Hands or Travellers, a message will be shown saying these are not available until the appropriate time.
    • Go to the individual event and next to ECATS, you can specify how many days to defer the display, e.g.
    • Next Day (i.e After Midnight) - protects if you play the event in the afternoon
    • 2 Days later - protects if you are playing a day early.
    • This applies whether it is an ecats event or non-ecats arrangement.
    • The ranking and matrix will still show but this does not give any clues about the hands themselves.
    • This is especially added for the Boston Bowl being run 27th - 31st October. If you play on Monday, use "4 days later". If you play on Friday, use "Next Day". Then the Hands will not show until midnight on Friday
  • Standard Competitions - Release 2.16
    • You can now choose how many entries appear on the standard Individual & Partnership competitions.
  • Theme Font - New Release 2.16
    • An extra option has been provided in the Themes to select the font for the page as well.
  • Tick/Untick all in Competition dates - Release 2.16c
    • An extra facility together with a Start and End date for a competition to select e.g. all "Wednesday's"
  • User Guide - New Release 2.16
    • A bridgewebs guide is now available which is a complete replacement for the Help pages, incorporating the present help and information relating to all the new features brought out during 2007, various support articles and those features planned for 2008. To avoid you looking for things that do not exist in 2.15a, the new features will be clearly marked.
  • Web Administration Redesign - Release 2.16
    • The Web Administration has been completely redesigned to make it easier, in my opinion, to see which section you are in, with 2 clear layers and clear separate buttons for each administration option.
  • Where & When Admin - Release 2.16
    • You can now use the Word Processor for boxes in the Where & When allowing you to embolden etc.
  • Where & When Extras - Release 2.16
    • Separate extra boxes are now available for entering a Contact and Refreshments. The £ symbol has been replaced with a "pile of coins" to make it more universally acceptable.
17.4. Release 2.15
  • Administration Buttons - Release 2.15
    • The buttons at the top of the Administration page have been reorganized to allow you to move more quickly between options.
  • Bulletin - Release 2.15
    • The Title of the Bulletin can now be changed to something else, such as "IMPORTANT".
  • Calendar Links - Release 2.15
    • It is always tricky to get links incorporated on to the web site, so a new feature has been added to the calendar. You can now select an "Information Web Page" for each calendar entry. For example, if you have uploaded an entry form for a special event, you can select that and then the system will automatically create a link following the title.
  • Calendar Options - New - Release 2.15
    • There is a new feature in the "Calendar" administration, called "Options" with several features described separately.
  • Calendar Options - Calendar Analysis - Release 2.15
    • There is an additional analysis of the events on the web site and a button to remove old events no longer used in any competitions. Old is defined as not in the current or previous "Club Year"
    • Calendar entries on Web
    • Future Calendar entries
    • Past Calendar entries
    • Results on Web Site
    • Results used in Competitions
    • Entries not used in Competitions
    • Old Results not in Competitions
  • Calendar Options - Club Year - Release 2.15
    • The "Individual" and "Partnership" pages now show the club year rather than calendar year. You can set the first month of the Club year in a new administration feature - "Options" available on the "Calendar".
  • Calendar Options - Quick Option - Release 2.15
    • You can now use the "Quick Option" to view or amend the second or third event on a day as well as the first.
  • Calendar Options - What to Show - Release 2.15
    • All the settings for the calendar are now in the one place including what to show on the home page.
    • You can now choose which page shows the Scorer/Host/Director
    • You can now restrict the number of entries to show on the "Results" page. Depending on the size of club, you might want to choose 1 year or 1 month or one of the other options available. There is an additional feature on the "Results" page to allow the users to page back through old results.
  • Club Indexes - Release 2.15a
    • The bridgewebs club index has been changed to provide a clickable list of Counties/Countries at the top. You can now set the County/Country in the "Web Admin" - "Settings" - "Options" administration page. The indexes are periodically updated automatically from the information in this page. The County/Country has no other significance at present.
  • Committee emails links clearer - Release 2.15
    • A Committee name which has an email now has an icon to indicate a link for email.
  • County League Results - Release 2.15a (extra)
    • The league results now show each of the results entered and any notes that might have been made against them such as the date. As an aid, the Update now allows more note information to be entered.
  • EBU News Page - Release 2.15a
    • An additional page has been inserted in the BridgeWebs section of the menu for EBU News, along with Bridgemate and ScoreBridge. The idea of this page is that the EBU will update this page directly with up to date news and links about the EBU of use to your Bridge Club members. If you wish to include/exclude this page go to "Web Admin" - "Settings" - "Options" and adjust the option at the bottom of the screen as necessary.
  • Green Points - Release 2.15a
    • Green points are shown on the Ranking page.
  • Individual/Partnerships - Release 2.15a
    • The Standard Individual and Partnership Competitions Pages can now be restricted to fewer members, such as Top 10. To set this go to Web Admin - Settings - Options and it is at the bottom. You can choose 5,10,15 etc.
  • Link for Email on Member Message - Release 2.15a
    • An icon will show on the Messages list to allow you to click to send an email to the person creating that message. Also you can now add your telephone/mobile number in the Account option which will show below your name on any Messages that you create.
  • Link to Web Page - Release 2.15a
    • There is now a facility to choose a web page to link to from a dropdown list
  • Members Only - Password Change - Release 2.15a
    • There is an extra option so that a registered user can now change their registered name and/or password.
  • Members Only Registration - Release 2.15a
    • A revised version of the Members Only login has been introduced with a seperate page for login and registering. The messages have also been modified to attempt to make it clearer if there are any problems.
  • Members Page - Release 2.15
    • A members only section is now available for review. If you would like to try this out please let me know and I will switch it on for you. This will be restricted to the first 5 clubs that request it for the initial period while teething problems are ironed out.
    • This "Members Only" section has 3 pages.
    • A Messages page allowing members to enter and view messages, such as "I am looking for a partner for next week".
    • A "Members Only" News page
    • The "List of Members" page, but, hidden behind the login and not available to the general public.
    • The way it works is that there is an additional "Members Only" password that you can set up and give to your club members, i.e. word of mouth. Then the members can register to use the "Members Only" section through the web site, by entering their Name, email and password and using this "Members Only" password the first time they register.
    • If you change the "Members Only" password, then all registered members will be able to continue using their own passwords, but new users will need the new password.
  • Members Passwords - Release 2.15
    • An additional "Members Only" password has been introduced, see "Members Only" notes.
  • Name of Scorer - Release 2.15
    • If you use the "Automatic ScoreBridge Upload" the name of the scorer will upload and show on the "Rank" page of the results. In addition, you can also amend/add the Scorer directly from Web Administration. This works in a similar fashion to the Host & Director.
    • If you use Bridgemate, have a computer at the Bridge Centre or simply prefer not to show the scorer, you can turn off this feature in the "Web Administration" - "Site Options".
  • News Items - Clear Fonts - Release 2.15
    • To help with switching over to Themes, there is an extra button [Clear Font Styles] to clear any fonts that you may have used before. This is also particularly useful
  • News Items - Left Message Box - Release 2.15
    • You can now have a message box on the left as well as the right. This appears on the home page under the bulletin.
    • The bulletin can be used to show something very important that appears on every page. The left message box will only show on the home page, your choice which to use or both.
  • News Items - Links - Release 2.15
    • Where a Web Address etc. is entered for a news item, hovering over the text detail will highlight and then the user can click the text to invoke the link rather than just being available on the title. This means that you can change the text to "Click this box for details" etc. rather than "Click on the title for details".
    • Note, this feature is turned off if any links are detected in the text. You may want to review these and use the bridgewebs feature instead.
    • Example, click here to go to BridgeWebs Home page
  • News Items - Options - Release 2.15
    • The "Page Style" has been renamed to "Options" and the options within it changed.
    • Template Style
    • Page Colour
    • Option
    • have been replace with
    • Select Sequence
    • Show Index
    • Show Title/Detail in columns or right to left
    • Show Date
    • Choose Theme (see separate information)
    • The "Template Style" and "Options" option had been extended and needed to be used properly in conjunction with one another. The replacements are more specific and each can apply to any page.
    • The "Page Colour" option was introduced about 6 months ago and has proved very popular with some clubs but a bit limited and again confusing with some of the other options. This has been replaced with a "Theme" (see separate information)
  • News Items - Summary Page - Release 2.15
    • For new users of bridgewebs understanding how the "Home" and other "News" pages are built can be confusing, often ending up with using just 1 news item per page when more would be easier.
    • So, now, when you want to amend a "News" page, the system takes you to a summary of the "Items" on the page looking somewhat similar to what it looks like when created and you can choose which item to amend or whether to add a new item.
    • It is hoped this might make it clearer and easier to amend the "News" pages. Feedback would be useful.
  • News Items - Themes - Release 2.15
    • The "Page Colour" option was introduced about 6 months ago and has proved very popular with some clubs but a bit limited and again confusing with some of the other options. This has been replaced with a "Theme" with more features.
    • Some clubs have also been using "blank" titles to create extra effects on their pages, because the title was in a standard font. The format of the title can now be adjusted in a theme.
    • On using "Release 2.15" for the first time, the system will automatically build themes from all the options that you have used before for each page and create a theme to show a page in the same format as before (there may be slight variations). You may then need to adjust them. Also, it automatically creates themes for the "Template Styles" - "Centred", "Boxed" and "Indexed".
    • The advantage of the themes over the "Page Colour" is you can now adjust the box round the whole page, the "News Item", the title or "News Item" detail and this gives much more flexibility, together with the facility to choose the Font and Font Size for the "Title" and "News Item". Thus you can get more consistency over the style.
  • Player File - Release 2.15
    • The system now has a separate record of all the players in the results files. When you upload the player file, it will update the information, such as the join date according to the player file uploaded. If you upload the player file another time, it will do the same, BUT, for any no longer on the player file, it will give them a "Leave" date at the time that you upload the player file. IN theory, this should mean that the member status within a competition should be preserved and the competition result remain as is.
    • Additionally, competitions, are now ONLY updated when the Competition itself is changed or an event used in the competition is uploaded.
  • Recording Contracts in ScoreBridge - Release 2.15
    • Most clubs score results by simply entering the NS or EW Score 420 etc. Several clubs now use Bridgemates which automatically scores from the contracts entered. Some of you enter the contract and let ScoreBridge calculate the score and then you double check to the Traveller.
    • If you enter the contract, then, for ease of entering results, ScoreBridge allows you to enter the contracts without needing to use the shift key e.g. 4h becomes 4H. It also allows you to enter 3N instead of 3NT. For doubles you can enter x instead of *, and redoubles, you can use xx instead of **. (An x is quicker to enter than shift 8). And for passed out, you can enter PASS instead of PASSED.
    • BridgeWebs now tidies the contracts up and shows them in the same way, for example, 3Nx as 3NT*, PASS as Passed Out etc. This is also left aligned for ease of reading.
    • If you find any problems with this presentation please email info@bridgewebs.com.
    • Remove
    • The message "Click on the pair names to show the scorecard for that pair." now only shows if the name is clickable.
  • Results Only on Results Page - Release 2.15a 
  • Results Page - Release 2.15
    • When you first use Release 2.15, a new feature which will automatically come into play for clubs who have been entering results for more than a year. The Results will only show the last years results and a "Next Page" and "Previous Page" can be used to see more. You may need to adjust this depending on the number of events that you upload each week. You will need to go to "Web Administration" - "Calendar" - "Options".
  • Scorer & Director - Release 2.15a
    • In conjunction with Scorebridge, there is now a facility to enter the Scorer & Director in ScoreBridge when you create a new event. You will need to go to "Club" - "Preferences" - "Event File Preferences" and tick to allow you to enter the Scorer & Director and enter defaults as necessary, then when you create a new event you can modify as necessary.
    • If entered these will be added to the BridgeWebs calendar.
  • Show Hand Description above Hand - Release 2.15a
    • An option is provided in "Settings" - "Site Options" to show the "Deal File" description above the hand. This can be used to verify that the right deal file has been uploaded to the event.
17.5. Release 2.12
  • Backward/Forward Buttons - Release 2.12a
    • Within the Site Administration you can now use buttons to go backward and forward through items rather than having to go back to the [List]
  • Changes to Page Style - Release 2.12d
    • Some additional options have been made available to enhance the look of your web site (some might think!)
    • The following are available through the "Site Style"
    • Change the border of the banner
    • Change the border of the main body
    • Have a background picture
    • Home Page - Select how many forward Calender entries to show.
    • Home Page - Show list of "Recent Results", especially useful if you play more than once a week
    • The following is available through the "Page Style" and applicable to each "News" page.
    • The ability to set a border round the body of the page, a background colour and a default Font colour for all entries on the page. Probably quite useful on the home page.
    • You may need to experiment with these new features to find something suitable, if at all.
  • Competition - Total Percentage - Release 2.12e
    • An extra option for a Total of percentages
  • Competition Link to Details for Players - Release 2.12e
    • When you hover over a name, you can click to see all the details for the individual, pair, rather than just the columns shown on the screen.
  • Document Library - 2.12
    • There is a facility to review all the documents on the web site and rename or delete them.
  • Enhanced Update Options - 2.12
    • When you log in, 2 new options will show, "Update News Pages" and "Update Club Settings". These are similar to the existing "Update" options, but with enhancements to make setting the web site up easier and quicker and avoid Browser security issues.
  • Enhancements to Results Display - 2.12
    • There is a "Next Board" button on the Traveller section of the "Personal Scorecards". On the ranking it will now skip the first surnames on a pair with the same surname. When printing Travellers it will page break every third set of boards.
  • Extra Page Style - Release 2.12e
    • This page shows an extra style that can be chosen for a News page. Go to "Web Administration" - e.g. "News" - "Page Style" and set the template style to "Shadow Box".
  • Hand of the Week - Release 2.12f
    • There is a facility to add a "Hand-of-the-Week" to a News Story. Click on "Add Hand" and then you can enter the cards and bids in a formatted fashion and these will be automatically included in the News page.
  • Link for Email on Member Message - Release 2.15a
    • An icon will show on the Messages list to allow you to click to send an email to the person creating that message. Also you can now add your telephone/mobile number in the Account option which will show below your name on any Messages that you create.
  • Map Site - 2.12
    • You can now choose which Street map to use, Multimap, Streetmap or Google. This may be helpful if one gives a better indication to find your club rather than another.
  • Member List - 2.12
    • If you upload members, you can choose what fields to show.
  • Name of Scorer - Release 2.12f
    • If you use the Automatic ScoreBridge upload the name of the scorer will show on the "Rank" page of the results.
  • Option to Turn off Announcing Rules - Release 2.12a
    • There is an option to turn off the "Announcing Page" for those clubs outside the EBU.
  • Password is remembered - 2.12
    • When you login, the password will be remembered, using "Cookies". If you allow access to cookies, then it will not be necessary to enter the password to update the site (you can ignore the password box, this has been left for backward compatibility). If you do not access the web site for 10 minutes, you will need to login again.
  • Performance Improvement - Release 2.12d
    • It has been noticed that some competitions may take 3/4 seconds to display. This is especially true for competitions covering a whole year or those with a large number of tables at each event.
    • A change has been made so that the system checks to see if any new results have been uploaded or the competition definition has changed. If so it recalculates the table and saves a copy. If not, it uses that saved copy and thus bypasses the heavy processing of the competition data.
    • In effect, this means that for the first user and first time that a particular competition page is accessed after results have been uploaded, it will still take a number of seconds, but thereafter that it will be much quicker. This is done on a competition by competition basis.
  • Picture Gallery - 2.12
    • There is a facility to Upload and Resize pictures and review. You can also look at all the pictures on the site and resize or delete them.
  • Print Button - Release 2.12
    • The "Full Screen", "Print", "New Features" and "Help" buttons have been moved above the menu. Users with small/old screens could not see the buttons well on the right hand side and this gives a bit more space across the screen.
    • Please feel free to let me know if you think any of the ideas in Release 2.12 are not working properly or you would prefer them as they were.
  • Results Scorecard Page - Release 2.12
    • The layout of the Results pages have been adjusted to better fit on the screen and make them clearer.
  • ScoreBridge Automatic Upload - Release 2.12e
    • ScoreBridge Release 8.7.03 now has a facility to upload directly to bridgewebs. You DO NOT need to upgrade your bridgewebs web site, there is a new independent program in bridgewebs designed to talk directly to ScoreBridge. For more information click
  • Special Web Pages - Release 2.12
    • There is an extra choice when entering Special Pages. You can choose whether to embed the page within the bridgewebs page. Usually the "embed" choice should be OK if the Web page has been created using recognized software and will display quicker. But if it corrupts the look of the page you may need to use the "frame" option and set the height and width. This option uses a frame which loads it separately in a box within the page and cannot corrupt the bridgewebs page.
  • Unused/Not Required Pages - 2.12
    • The hiding of unused/not required pages has been extended
  • Update Logos/Map - 2.12
    • If you have the means to create logos, you can upload them into the picture gallery and replace the standard logos. Similarly, if you have an image for directions to your club you can upload and use that.
  • Update Menu - Release 2.12a
    • There is an "Update Menu" within the "Site Administration" which looks like the standard web site menu, but by clicking on it, it takes you straight to the correct update option.
  • Update Web Pages now includes Constitution - Release 2.12
    • The constitution is now entered and maintained the same way as any other Information or News page, allowing you to use the Editor and other features.
  • Upgrade Option Available - Release 2.12
    • You can now upgrade your club yourself to Release 2.12. There is an extra option in "Update Club Settings".
  • View Page - Release 2.12a
    • There is now an extra option to review any page where relevant, such as the Competitions, without having to return to the web site