Creating A Webring:
If you're not happy with some of the webrings on offer you can always become a ringmaster
yourself and create your own web ring.
What is a Web Ring?
Webrings are a collection of related websites joined together by a common navigation code;
which allows surfers to reach all websites in the ring by clicking next, to eventually
land up at the start of the ring -- if the ring code is in place on every site.
Webring navigation bars also have a previous, random, and link
to the ring hub
as well as a way for interested webmasters to join the ring. Some
webrings also use skip,
next5, prev5, and list on their
A ringmaster can also customise the look of the webring so that it stands out and looks
appealing. Beware that your webring navigation bar is not too large or people won't feel
comfortable putting it on their website; especially if they already have a few other
Establishing Your Webring:
There are so many webrings around that getting a webring of your own going is not always
Not many people want to join a ring if there are only a
couple of websites in it, but we all have to start somewhere.
Unless you're already part of a web community with
like-minded webmasters you're going to have to go out and get people to join your webring.
Getting Webmasters to Join
You'll need to search for websites that match your webring theme and contact the webmaster
with an invitation to join your ring. Explain what your webring is about and why their
website would fit in.
The Webring Gets a Life of
Once your webring gets going, other websites will find your ring and you may even find
yourself turning people away.
The Nice Thing About Webrings:
At a time when there is so much competition for websites to get above one another in
search engine rankings, it's nice to see like-minded webmasters actually making the effort
to distribute their traffic around the webring.
Maintaining The Webring:
Linking to related information is what the world wide web is about.
The Bad Thing About Webrings:
Too many of them on a 'links' page, far removed from the content of the site; and broken
codes. There are people who join webrings in the hope that they will get more traffic to
their site but don't believe in giving to the ring in return.
If the navigation code is missing from a website in the
ring, your webring is broken. In fairness to other members, and the surfers who enjoy
using your ring, these 'cheating' sites need to be weeded out promptly.
We use Webring.com
and are very comfortable with their interface. But that's not to say they'll necessarily
be the best for you. Take a look at some of your options and make your own mind up.
But before you do, you might want to read about WebRing.com System -- by James S. Huggins.
Bravenet Site Ring:
The Bravenet Sitering has attracted interest because of the customisation features
webmasters can add to their navigation and ring hub pages.
Ringsurf benefited from the September 5th, 2000 exodus of webring owners, when Yahoo
stepped in to take over the popular WebRing.org.
Ringlink is a free, open source CGI Perl program for building and running webrings. The
advantages when you install Ringlink yourself, is that you are in control; with unlimited
customization possibilities for the advanced user.
Tried to capitalise on the Yahoo takeover of the original WebRing.org by slagging off the
company, telling webmasters why they should move to CrickRock (some of it justified -- the
ugly navbars) and then advising webmasters to keep their original webring on Yahoo to use
as a doorway -- The easiest way to move a ring without doing a thing..... err, not really.