Pate Times Online 2020
If You Are A Pate 2020 Vendor, Log Into The Member Portal!
Welcome To The New
Pate Times Online!
The Pate Times, the beloved printed paper directory of the Pate Swap Meet, now has an online electronic younger sister!
The new Pate Times Online will NOT be replacing its printed older brother. We're printing and distributing the same number of copies at the swap meet as always. However, we have something new! The new online version embraces and extends the capabilities and coverage of the printed version and adds several new and exciting features.
Pate Times Online is the first of several new technical services being made available to Pate Vendors in 2020 through our new website. We're excited to provide these new services to you in order to enhance your experience at the Pate Swap Meet as a valued member of our Vendor community.
In Limited Preview Release Now
Pate Times Online is now in its Limited Preview Release for Vendors to see and edit their listings BEFORE we make the whole directory public at the end of July. If you are a registered Pate Vendor (and all Vendors who hold spaces for the 2020 Pate Swap Meet are indeed registered users on this system with username names and passwords), you can use your username and password to log in and edit your Pate Times Online listing and add expanded text and your own pictures shown within your listing.
If you need help, simply contact us and we will help you by e-mail or by phone. Help includes providing your username if you have forgotten it or resetting your password if you need us to do so. Or, we can help you with getting started editing your page. Simply fill out the Contact form to start the conversation. Be sure to provide your name, a contact phone number, e-mail address and a good time to contact you. We will try to contact you within 24 hours of submitting the form.
If you simply have forgotten your password, on the login screen, look for the "Password?" link on the lower right-hand corner of the login menu and click it. Follow the on-screen instructions and the system will immediately e-mail a temporary password to your registered e-mail address. If you still have problems, contact us for further help.
Human help is available during normal business hours Monday through Friday and a half-day on Saturday.
Pate Time Online is live now but its visibility is currently restricted to the Member Portal which is mostly composed of Pate Vendors, Staff and Leadership. This limited access and visibility will last for several weeks to allow Vendors to get a head start enhancing their listings before the directory goes public.
To see the Limited Preview Release of Pate Times Online, simply log into the Member Portal with your Vendor Username and password and click on the Pate Time Online link.
Get Started Using and Updating the Directory Now
The Pate Time Online directory is live and online now ready for your use. All it lacks is for Vendors to begin to add their expanded text and photos that are allowed in the directory.
Vendors: Please start updating and expanding your listings NOW!
As Vendors enrich their listings by adding more text and photos over the next very weeks, the directory will become progressively more useful.
Pate Times Online Will Be Online Year-Round
Since Pate Times Online is web-based, we will be keeping the directory online year-round. In a normal year, your Pate Times Online listing will become active as soon as you purchase or renew your spaces for a Pate Swap Meet.
Each Pate Swap Meet Will Have Its Own Directory
Each Pate Swap Meet will have its own unique Pate Times Online directory denominated by its year. Two weeks after each Pate Swap Meet the Pate Times Online directory for that event will be locked for further editing but remain online and accessible.
Listings Are Google-Friendly
Please note that all of the listings and their "Read More" details pages are Google-friendly for being discovered by GoogleBot and indexed in Google and other search engines once the directory is made public. Note the URLs used in the "Read More" details pages do not use abstract hard-to-read database coding but, instead, fully-declared readable words based on the name of the Vendor. This will help indexing in the search engines and, in turn, visitors to find pages. The user-friendly-URL feature is provided by the advanced technical nature of our content management system. Also, the same technology allows all pages to carry the proper metadata for search engine optimization (SEO) that will also aid indexing in the search engines.
Working Example of an Edited Vendor Card and Page
Pate Coordinator David Anderton has graciously allowed us to use his Vendor Card and "Read More" details pages as an example of a completed Vendor Card and "Read More" details page. He has already edited his Vendor Card and his "Read More" details pages as examples. We have also used his directory listing as a temporary example of the use of a Banner Ad that can be seen in the sidebar on the right side of this page. As we begin to sell for-real ads, these temporary example ads will be replaced.
Also, you can see a working example of the full-text search by entering the search phrase "feature film" in the search box at the top of this page. Upon doing the search, his Vendor Card will be shown in the search engine results page (SERP) because the text on his pages talks about supplying Model A automobiles for feature films. Click on his Vendor Card in the SERP and you will be taken to his "Read More" details page as an example of how full-text search can find the most-obscure text.
This is just one way to use a directory listing. Use your creativity to make your "Read More" details page as productive as possible. Be very descriptive of the items you are selling. The better your descriptions, the better the chances your page will be found in searches both at the swap meet searches and on Google searches.
Every Pate Vendor Gets A Listing
There is no additional charge for Pate Time Online listing itself (although there is a charge for any optional advertising you may purchase.) Your listing in Pate Times Online is included in your Pate Swap Meet space fee. Each vendor gets one Vendor Card and its linked "Read More" details page. The "Read More" details page has four text blocks of up to 500 characters each that you can use to describe yourself or the items you have for sale. The page also has four large full-column-width photos you can add to show yourself and/or your merchandise.
You Can Edit Your Listing As Often As You Wish
Pate Time Online allows Vendors to edit their own listings and is fully automated under an administrator's oversight. Pate Time Online also operates in real-time. Any edits made are visible to end-users instantly. Therefore, Vendors can edit their own lists as often as they wish and that includes during the swap meet itself. You can feature items you have for sale and when they sell during the swap meet, update your listing to feature other items for sale! Instant updates can include changing out the photos (just one or as many as you wish) as well.
All of the text in all of the listings and the "Read More" details pages are full-text searchable. This will help visitors find the items you have for sale. Therefore, be very descriptive in your text descriptions. The search feature will find your detailed descriptions when searched.
Want More Exposure? Ads Are Available
Each vendor gets one Vendor Card and one "Read More" details page sorted alphabetically by the name of the Vendor. However, do you want more exposure? Want to drive more traffic to your "Read More" details page and, in turn, to your Vendor Space at the swap meet? The right sidebar column on every page in the Pate Time Online directory is reserved for advertising banner ads. Advertisers can purchase as much advertising exposure as they wish. Pate Time Online has its own ad server in its content management system that randomly rotates banner ads throughout multiple premium advertising regions that are embedded on each page of the directory. Details of the advertising program will be announced on July 20, 2020, and will be available for use immediately upon Pate Times going public.
There Is a Locator Service
Since we know the spatial location of each Vendor, we have placed a link on each listing to our smart GIS (geospatial information system) map that will place a pushpin on the map at the exact location of your spaces. The map starts at a wide view of the whole venue to put your space(s) in context but can be seamlessly zoomed down to individual spaces. The pushpin will show visitors where you are located which is half the solution. For the remaining half of the solution, the Pate Locator Service uses the location-based GPS services on mobile devices to show the visitor where they are at the moment (on any smartphone or tablet that is GPS-enabled.) Simply click on the "Where Am I?" icon and a locator icon is placed on the map. This provides the visitor with information on where they are and where they are going. Finding you within the large Pate venue has never been easier.
You Can Request Parts Hauling From Within Your Listing
As a courtesy and service to you and your customer, either you or your customer can request the free Pate Parts Hauling Service directly from your Vendor Card without leaving your Vendor Space if you have a mobile device. The request can be made from within your Vendor Card. It only takes seconds.
Vendor Support Is Standing By
We want to make it easy for Pate Vendors to get off to a quick and easy start using the new Pate Times Online. For 2020, we are offering vendor support for Pate Times Online FREE to get you started. We started by making the system VERY easy to use. But, if you get lost or need help, we'll be here for you. We have assigned a web editor to keep an eye on Pate Times Online as an administrator and to provide FREE help if you need it. If you have any questions, we can help. If you need help just getting logged in, we can help. If you need help editing your page, we can help. If you need help, simply contact us and we will help you by e-mail or by phone. If you want to talk to someone, in the contact form, please provide your phone number and a good time to call and we'll get back to you. We will try to call you the same day you submit the form. We will try to return all calls within 24 hours of submission of the form.
If you have simply forgotten your password, on the login screen (on the lower-right corner of the login window) you will see a link labeled "Password?" Click this link to get a temporary password e-mailed to the e-mail address registered to your User Account.
if you have never registered an e-mail address or a User Account or have any problems logging in, contact us and we will help you immediately. It only takes a couple of minutes.
How To Edit Your Listing
Each listing features "smart security" enforced by the advanced features of our system. You have to be logged in so we know your username and therefore we know your User ID which is also tied to your space order(s) and your Pate Time Online listing. This allows us to control access to each listing to only the Vendor who "owns" the listing. You can ONLY edit your own list and nobody else's listing.
To edit your listing, first, find your Vendor Card by browsing or by searching. On your Vendor Card, click on the "Read More" button to display the "Read More" details page. Scroll to the bottom of the "Read More" details page. If you are indeed on your page associated with your User Account, an "Edit" button will be shown at the bottom of the page. The "Edit" button will only be displayed on your page. Click on the "Edit" button and a form containing all of your content will be shown. Simply edit the text in the populated fields and add photos where indicated. When finished, click "Save" to view the updated results. Repeat until you are satisfied with the results.
You may edit your content as often as you wish. We place no restrictions on how often or how much of the page you can change. You can even update the page during the run of the Pate Swap Meet.
You are welcome to use your own judgment about posting contact information on your page. However, please be aware that we do not recommend posting e-mail addresses to public web pages at any time. After the limited preview release, Pate Times Online and its pages will be fully public. Pubicly posted e-mail addresses are always subject to harvesting by bad-actors for SPAM purposes very quickly, usually within days. There is nothing we can do to prevent it. However, so warned, it is your page and you may do so if you wish although we strongly recommend against it.
Page Editing Tips and FAQ
To help you make a better page, Bill Anderton, Pate webmaster and software architect for PateOnline will be continuously updating a Page Editing Tips and FAQ page for Pate Vendors to use. Be sure to visit it often because he will be adding to the page regularly.