Help and Documentation
How does this work?
The system tracks each time the image button is displayed on your page,
then orders the list of sites based on the number of hits over the last seven days.
Each visit to each page displaying the button is recorded, so the more pages that the button
appears on, the more hits you will get.
However, if a visitor revisits the same page within an hour, this visit will not be counted.
In addition to this the number of times people have clicked on the button on your site is shown.
How do I add the button to my site?
Once you have registered, you will be given a piece of HTML code to add to your site. Use whatever means you normally use to edit your site, and copy the code into place.
Is it really free?
Yes, and it will stay free. This site is supported by advertising banners. You know what to do with those, don't you?
Because it's free, I make absolutely no guarentees of any kind about this.
- IP addresses are used to track hits.
- A cookie is used to keep track of your login status.
- Your email address is used to keep you informed of substatial changes to the system, and to help you recover your password if you forget it
RulesChanges are in red:
- The UK Waterways Ranking Site is free to use, and supported by the advertisment banners which you see on the site.
- If you are not the owner or webmaster of the site you are trying to add, do not add it. You will be unable to add the required tracking image code to the site. It won't work.
- Only sites related to UK waterways are allowed. Canals, rivers, lakes, they all count.
- Any offensive sites will be removed immediately.
- Please place only one copy of the image code on each page. If you are using Blogger, Wordpress, or something of that ilk, place it on the page template.
- Any page containing the logo and code must show the same URL each time it is displayed. (Not counting any tokens required for script processing.)
- Any page containing the logo and code must be accessible to all web users Ė no registration must be required for read only access.
- Any page containing the logo and code must be expected to be available to all web users for at least seven days, although the page may be updated within that timescale.
- Artificially boosting your ranking by clicking like mad on your own site, or placing fifteen buttons on a page is considered caddish behavior and counts as misuse.
- Donít put the button on any page which automatically redirects to another page.
- Don't put the button on websites other than the one you registered. If you have two or more applicable site, register two or more accounts.
- Don't hide the button. I'll get mad.
- I reserves the right to modify these rules at any time without prior notice. Because I'm like that.
Misuse is defined as any of the following:
- Artificially inflating your hit count by having more that one button image per page, or having pages that automatically reload other pages with additional buttons.
- Hiding the button so that it registers hits, but isn't visible on your page.
- Repeatedly re-loading your own page or the button image.
- Your IP address being blocked from recording any future hits.
- Your hit count being reset to zero.
- Your account being deleted and blocked.
- Your IP address and website being permanently blocked from accessing this site. This is a last resort option.
How come it doesn't tally with the other site?
What other site?
Why isn't my ranking higher than NB Suchandsuch?
Maybe, and this is just a hunch... Their site is getting more visitors?
Why do my hits occassionally drop?
Most likely you'll see a drop in hits because you've looked at the page, for example, twice in ten minutes.
Maybe at first you had 966 hits, and now it says 955. You'll get results like that if, for example again, eleven more people looked at your site a week and ten minutes ago than in the last ten minutes. Everything older than seven days and one second is ancient history, and that means seven days and one second from now, not midnight.
If you really need to email me about something, here is the address:
UK Waterways Web Ring member