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Tip of the Week: User Profiles: Do-It-Themselves (Advocate site)

Friday, June 01, 2007

  • Organization: Pro Bono Net

As an administrator of a probono.net advocate site, you oversee almost every change or addition to any page on the site, as every piece of new content must be approved by you before it will be visible to the public. This does not mean, however, that you need to intervene whenever a user wants to update their email address, phone number or employer.

A user who logs into any non-geo practice area on a probono.net advocate site has access to the "My Profile" tool through a button on the left navigation bar. They can then click "Edit My Profile" to view all of their information and make changes. Even if a user is a member of multiple practice areas or websites, they only need to change their "General Information" in one area and their profile will be updated system-wide (Area Specific Questions still need to be updated for each area or website).

Remember that non-admins cannot use this tool to change their member type or give administrative rights. However, they are free to change whether they receive monthly calendar emails, in which substantive areas they wish to receive updates and their general contact information.

An occasional reminder to your users about the "My Profile" tool can go a long way towards keeping your membership information up-to-date with a minimal amount of work on your part.

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