FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I already have a home page on the
Internet. Why do I need the RecipeCircus?
Answer: The RecipeCircus is not intended
to replace your homepage or give people home pages. There are
many sites with huge resources like GeoCities and Tripod that do a good
job with that already. Our goal is to provide people an easy way
of storing and displaying their online recipe collection and be able to
use it for themselves or share them with others. If you already have
a home page, great! Set up an account on the RecipeCircus and put
a link to it on your own home page. We just make it easy to
enter and organize your recipe collection.
Question: Do I need to buy or download any
Answer: No. All the software
resides on our server. All you need is a device that will browse
the Internet. This could be a PC, a hand held, WebTV or one of the
new Internet Appliances.
Question: When first
I registered for the RecipeCircus I was emailed a password. It is
hard to remember. How do I change it?
Answer: The program generates a random
nonsense password for you and emails it to you. This is a security
feature. When you first sign on to the RecipeCircus you will see
a button that will allow you to change your password to something which
is more easily remembered.
Question: I registered for the RecipeCircus.
How come my password doesn't seem to work?
Answer: The best way to enter the
program-generated password is to cut and paste it into place, which avoids
any possibility of mistyping it. Also, it should be noted that the
Usernames and Passwords are case sensitive. If you first changed
your password to something else, you must enter it exactly that way when
you sign on, using the same upper and lower case characters. A common
problem is not realizing that you have your CAPS LOCK on.
Question: I have forgotten my password.
What should I do?
Answer: When you registered for the
RecipeCircus, your password was emailed to you. Go to the RecipeCircus
home page at http://RecipeCircus.com/
and you will see a place to enter your email address, and it will be emailed
Question: I am already a member of Mimi's
Recipe Exchange Board. Why doesn't my password work on the RecipeCircus?
Answer: Though Mimi's
Recipe Exchange Board is a sister site to the RecipeCircus they use
separate user databases. You must register again for
the RecipeCircus. Feel free to use the same Username if it is available.
Question: I registered using my real e-mail
address but I would like to use a different one on my site. How do
I do that?
Answer: You have a choice of what email
address appears on your page. When you first registered, the email address
you registered with is your official one for administration purposes and
is used for your password and other site business. We did this for security
reasons, to make sure we didn't have phony users that we couldn't track
. But if you want a different email address to appear on your archive page
it is very simple:
Logon either from the RecipeCircus home page http://RecipeCircus.com/,
or if you are already on the site, by clicking "member logon" at the top
of any screen.
On the User Menu that comes up next, select "Edit Home Page and Design
In the field that says "Your Email," the email address you registered with
is automatically entered. Feel free to enter a different email address
here. After click "Save Changes," the program will remember it.
Question: I entered my "Home Page and
Design Preferences" and my pages are hard to read. What should I
Answer: Try different combinations
of backgrounds and text colors to obtain maximum contrast. Remember,
dark backgrounds should use white text colors.
Question: Is there a way to add original
graphics or animated gifs to the site? I was thinking of an upload utility
or do you have FTP? I like your graphics but wonder about personalizing
Answer: Unfortunately we currently
have a limited amount of disk space for the RecipeCircus. At some
point in the future, we will certainly add this feature.
Question: I chose a background that has
a border on the left similar to the one that is on this page. When
I look at my pages the text appears right over the border. Is there
a way to make the text more readable?
Answer: After completing your "Home
Page and Design Preferences" you will notice buttons on the screen that
allow you to increase or decrease the indentation of the text. This
will let you judge how far over to move the text. Please note that
any changes you make to your "Home Page and Design Preferences" will apply
to every page on your site.
Question: When I enter my recipes,
I have a choice between "formatted" and "free form." What's the difference?
Answer: The "free form" option is
the easiest to enter, especially if your recipe is already typed elsewhere.
You need only cut-and-paste it into the space provided and you're done.
When you select the "formatted" option, the RecipeCircus provides a template
with all of the fields delineated. You may still be able to use "cut-and-paste"
to enter your recipe, but may only do so one field at a time. Each
ingredient and each instruction must be added separately. While this
takes a bit more time, most people seem to prefer this method because of
the clarity of the finished recipe in their archive. Sometime in
the future, we will be adding a Shopping List feature. This will allow
you to create a shopping list based on the items included in a "formatted"
recipe. Unfortunately, this will not work with recipes entered in
"free form" because that option cannot distinguish one item from another
since it's all pure text.
Question: On each of my pages there
is a drop down list with all my recipe categories but it is always in alphabetical
order. Is there any way to make the current category come up at the
top of the list?
Answer: That's a great idea that we
hope can be implemented in the next release of the software.
Question: The RecipeCircus is free
now, but what about in the future?
Answer: The RecipeCircus will always
be free. That's a promise!
Question: I noticed on my recipe page
there are two categories for breads. One is with a capital "B" the
other one isn't. There should only be one with the capital "B".
If I switch all the recipes over to the capital category would you be able
to do away with the lower case category?
Answer: This is a three part question:
As is true for most things on the RecipeCircus, upper and lower case are
different. This is the issue for Usernames, recipe and category
names. As a matter of fact, the most common error when people have
trouble logging on to the RecipeCircus is that their Username or Password
contain an upper case letter.
The way the system works is that if you empty all the recipes from a category,
the category is deleted
Moving a recipe is a little tricky. Just go in to the original category
and edit the recipe. On the edit screen you can select a different
category. Just replace the recipe and it will be copied to the new
category. However, the original recipe is still in the original category.
So, go through the category you want to empty and move all the recipes.
Then go back to the original category and delete all the recipes.
Once you have removed all the recipes from that category then POOF!
the category disappears