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Get started guide
Deciding where to start with your site may be a little daunting, but with a little preparation you can build your site very quickly.
Most Scratchpad sites fall into three groups:
- Single groups of organisms/taxa like Slipper Orchid
- Regionally based groups like Palaearctic Bees
- Societies like The International Heteropterists' Society
You may find your site will belong to one of these groups or will include parts from different groups.
==Preparing for site creation== Most sites will require the following files or information before creating a site:
- A selection of images, ideally including four horizontal/landscape images to use on the front page (see the example sites above)
- Front page text (a couple of paragraphs)
- A page of information about the site (e.g. its aims/purpose, associated projects)
- A logo or suitable image for the header '''Note''': Preparing a taxonomy can be useful when preparing for a site but you will need an up-to-date template. You can get a template and test a taxonomy on the Sandbox site.
From here you have everything to make your initial site.
==Signing up for a site== You can [http://get.scratchpads.eu](sign up for a site) at our [http://scratchpads.eu/](scratchpads.eu website) or if you want to test your content and experiment before signing up for a site, you can use the [http://sandbox.scratchpads.eu/](Sandbox site).
Once you have applied you should usually get an email within 15 minutes to confirm site creation and provide a one-time access link.
If you have not received an email within a couple of hours check your spam/junk mail folders and if you still cannot find the confirmation email, please contact us.
==Creating your site== Exactly how you create your site will depend on its purpose.
Most first-time users will find the Introduction_to_basic_Scratchpad_training_course useful.