Getting the most out of the web

Horticulture Week's relaunched website offers a range of features. Christina Taylor explains how to find your way around.

Horticulture Week's new website is now live, with daily news, forums, blogs and much, much more.

But with so many new sections and services it's not easy to grasp everything when first browsing HorticultureWeek.co.uk. So to help you get the most out of the new site, here are the main elements.

DAILY NEWS

The site is updated with breaking news every day, and when necessary several times a day. You can find the latest news at the top of the home page.

You can also sign up to get each day's news by email at HorticultureWeek.co.uk/bulletins.

We have separated out news about plant pests and diseases, which you can find in a dedicated module on the homepage. You can also find contract information at HorticultureWeek.co.uk/tenders.

SPECIALIST CHANNELS

Dedicated content areas or "channels" for garden retailing, ornamentals production, edibles production, landscaping, parks and gardens, turf and arboriculture have been created. Each channel gathers relevant news, in-depth reporting, technical and how-to articles, product news and machinery test reports where relevant. Go to the channels by clicking on the link you want in the orange bar in the main navigation.

You can also sign up for weekly specialist email news bulletins in each of these areas. Just go to HorticultureWeek.co.uk/bulletins.

ONLINE COMMUNITY

Horticulture Week now offers an unrivalled web community. The forums are for professionals to discuss any aspect of horticulture (community.hortweek.com/forums). There is a place to ask those troublesome technical questions, which we can then put to our panel of experts. Just register and log in to start making your voice heard.

In Blogs, commentators share their thoughts and activities (community.hortweek.com/blogs) including: a behind-the-scenes view of public gardens from Philip Turvil; Tim Edwards on the ups and downs of the trade; landscaping insider Gill Tacchi; Andy Tipping's account of the life of a council tree officer; and Andrew Fisher-Tomlin on the world of garden design.

Check out the recent Horticulture Week Landscape & Amenity Awards gallery and other photo galleries (community.hortweek.com/photos) and add your own comments.

SPECIALIST ARTICLES

A library of Plant Focus articles is just one click away from the homepage, as well as in the Garden Retail and Landscape channels.

ARCHIVE

HW's searchable online archive includes every article published in Horticulture Week magazine, Landscape Review, Garden Retail and Grower. You can search by keyword, subject and date. To browse for articles, just go to HorticultureWeek.co.uk/search/articles.

JOBS

The latest horticultural job vacancies are also listed on the site. Clicking on any job title will take you to the full advertisement on HorticultureJobs.co.uk.

There are also easy links to search all the jobs that are listed on HorticultureJobs.co.uk, as well as to view which employers are currently recruiting.

FOUR EASY STEPS TO REGISTER

The site is completely free to use; we are just asking users to register to read full articles. For website information, email christina.taylor@haymarket.com.

1. Click on the Register link (Horticulture Week.co.uk/register) in the top right-hand corner of any page. It takes just seconds to register - you will be asked for your name, email address and postcode.

2. On completing the form you will be sent an email to verify your email address. Click on the activation link in the email and you will be able to log in to read all the content in full and you can comment on any article and participate in the forums.

3. When you have logged in you can manage your account and fill in more profile details if you want to. Just click on the My Horticulture Week link (community.hortweek.com/myHW/) in the top right-hand corner of any page.

4. You can also sign up for email bulletins. If you change your mind about any of them you can manage your bulletin options in the My Horticulture Week section.


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