ScubaEarth™ launches next week to the general public.
If you haven’t set up your store profile, it only takes a few minutes. Add your logo, links and About Us info via the PADI Pro’s Site, then click through to ScubaEarth to see it in action. For complete instructions, see our previous post Link Your Facebook Page, Blog to PADI .
If you’ve set up your account and something isn’t working right, please read on for some hints, tips and suggestions. We’ll cover:
- Facebook link is not working
- Blog link is not working
- The About Us section gets cut off or has strange characters
- How to contact us for additional questions
ScubaEarth Facebook link isn’t working
It’ s possible you’ve put in too much information into the online form. Our website will automatically populate http://www.facebook.com/ (see screengrab below). You only need to enter the information following www.facebook.com/
For example: if we were to paste in the entire web address below – the link won’t work. Only the part highlighted in yellow should be input to the PADI Pro’s Site.
Some businesses may have a “vanity” Facebook link (see example below).
In this example, only the text jacksdivinglocker should be input to the PADI Pro’s Site. The site will automatically add in http://www.facebook.com/
ScubaEarth Blog link isn’t working
Here are correctly-formatted examples for a ScubaEarth blog feed using Blogger and WordPress (the two most popular platforms). Copy and paste the appropriate link into the Pro’s Site – substituting your blog’s name for blogname.
The About Us section
Here’s an article about how to write a great about us paragraph. Before saving your final copy, look for special characters such as an ampersand (&) quotation marks or apostrophe’s. These characters may not display correctly – the ampersand cannot be used at all.
Problem: black diamonds with question marks
Solution: an apostrophe or quotation mark is causing the problem. For apostrophes – put a space before the apostrophe.
OKAY: Joe ‘s Diving Locker
NOT OKAY: Joe’s Diving Locker
For quotation marks, put a space to the right of the quotation mark.
OKAY: ” free”
NOT OKAY: “free”
Problem: About Us paragraph gets cut off
Joe ‘s Diving Locker offers scuba & snorkel tours year-round. Visit our website, or call us to book your adventure today.
Displays on ScubaEarth like this:
Joe ‘s Diving Locker offers scuba
Solution: remove any “and” signs (aka ampersands) from your text. Anything following that special character won’t show up. For example:
Advanced ScubaEarth Troubleshooting
ScubaEarth is in Beta – help us improve the site by reporting any problems you may be experiencing not addressed in the article above.
Click the Bug Reporting link on the left side of the screen when logged into ScubaEarth (see screengrab below).
You will be asked for your browser and operating system. To obtain this information, visit this helpful website: thismachine.info.