Let's begin by explaining the page structure of every page on Horseadvice. You can use this page you are reading as an example:
In the header you see our logo on the left, a search form and a place to sign in and access your profile. If you are are already signed in it will welcome you and give you a button to sign out.
The simple search form on every page of the Advisor searches both the articles and the discussions. It is designed to bring up information in order of relevance. If there is an article on your subject, it will appear at the top of the results. Discussions with the search term in their titles will appear next, and lastly if the word is just part of the text those pages where the term is use most often next, etc...
Just under the header area is the navigation bar that tells you where in Horseadvice you are. It consists of the list of links starting at the homepage and then each step to get to the page you are on. It can be used to move backward within a topic.
Note well: the navigation bar is different than your "back button" if you jumped to your current page from a different topic. We bring this up to remind you that your back button takes you back to the last page you viewed in your browser. While the navigation bar takes you back up the subtopic menus to the homepage.
The narrow window to the left of this window is on every page of Horseadvice. By placing your cursor over a topic, it's subtopics unfold out. Some subtopics have further subtopics that can be revealed. Clicking on a title takes you to the page where you can see the list of articles. The Navigation Frame allows you to quickly peruse the topic and subtopic menus and then jump to any menu on the site without having to click through a bunch of links. Although we consist of over 100,000 pages, you are never more than 3 links from any page on the site using the Navigation Frame.
The large window to the right of the navigation frame and the same window you are reading this text in. What you find in the main frame depends on the type page you are on:
Topic Menu (on the homepage)
This is the homepage to Horseadvice.com and has the list of subtopic titles and links. If you are not logged in you will not be able to see all the subtopics available to you. By selecting the titles of the subtopics you reach increasingly focused subtopic menus until you get to the article level.
Contains the list of subtopics or articles on the subject of the Subtopic Menu Page. Note that their may be two or more subtopic levels below the main topics listed on the home page before you reach an article.
Article and List of Discusssions
The heart of horseadvice.com is the article page. You will find the article and at the bottom on the article, a list of discussions on the articles subject, and at the bottom of the article page the Start New Discussion button.
That elusive "Start New Discussion" button is at the bottom of each article page under the list of already existing discussions. From a discussion you reach it by backing up one page using the navigation bar.
Discussion pages are created from the article page using the "Start New Discussion" button. Within the discussion page are the past posts and "Add a Post" form. A discussion is owned by the orignal poster and any posts in that discussion should be directed at their concerns. If you have a question about your horse you should "Start a New Discussion" by backing up one page using the navigation bar.
Using Horseadvice.com is quite intuitive, we are structured not so much like a book as like a tree. Starting at the home page, topics branch out into subtopics which branch into more specific subtopics and at the of each subtopics is an article and discussions on the subtopic. Often the best way to find information on your interest is to start at the trunk and work your way up the tree. The advantage is that our menu system acts a bit like a ?diagnostic paradigm? that helps lead you to your best article. Also by going this route you will see related topics which might help. If this fails you our search engine is very robust that tries to list the most relevant and complete information first, like an article on your subject, followed by discussions.