How To: Customize Your My Stuff Home with Pods
Release Date: 21 Jan 07
Category: Helpful Hints
An illustrated "How To" guide on customizing your My Stuff home page with pods.
Here is an illustrated tutorial on how to customize your My Stuff home page. You can print it out for easy reference, or add it to your bookmarks.
1. GETTING TO THE MY STUFF HOME PAGE
To get to your My Stuff home as fast as possible from the HASA home page, click on the "My Stuff" button and choose "My Stuff Home" from the menu.
2. LOG IN TO MY STUFF
There is a login form at the top of the page. Fill it in and login right there. You can bookmark this page, rather than the HASA home page, and make it your starting point on HASA.
3. DEFAULT MY STUFF PAGE
It is a little bland, we admit it. It has one main column pod - Welcome to HASA! - and one right-hand column pod - My Info - already in place. The important link on the page is in the right-hand corner just below the green button bar. That's the "Customize Page" link. Click on it and go to the Pod selection page.
4. PICK A COLUMN TO CUSTOMIZE
Pods are specific to columns, so your first step is to pick either the main or the right-hand column. It doesn't matter which one you choose. For the tutorial, we're using the Main Column.
5. CHOOSE YOUR PODS
Now comes the fun part, picking your pods! There are a lot to choose from and they tend to be lists of things - lists of comments, lists of stories, lists of authors. When you are starting out, you can't go wrong by just picking a few at random and giving them a try. If you hold your mouse over the names in the select box, a tool tip will pop up with an explanation of that pod. Unfortunately, the screen shot did not capture the tip.
6. SET AN ORDER TO YOUR PODS
Once you have picked your pods (say that five times fast!) you can put them in the order you want. If you look at the screen shot, you'll see that we dropped the default "Welcome!" pod from the list since we don't need it any more. It goes back onto the selection list.
7. TWEAK POD SETTINGS
After you have picked your pods and put them into the right order, go back to your My Stuff home page. On that page, look over your pod selections. They usually will show you five items on the list pods, and everything on the other pods. Now you can experiment with how many to show.
On the title bar for most pods, you'll see two small icons that are miniature versions of the Customize Page icon. The one on the left, with the pencil in the corner, pops open an editing bar where you can increase or decrease the number of records to show in the list. The one on the right, with the little red "X" in the corner, will remove that pod from the page. On a few pods, where the pod simply shows you a complete set of records, you will only see the remove icon.
That in a nutshell is how to customize your My Stuff home page with pods. The best way to learn how to do this is by experimenting on your own and see which pods are the best for you. Try them all out, change their order on the page, adjust how many show and get your My Stuff home looking just the way you want it.