What is ShopforMuseums.com? How Can I Help Museums?

by Administrator 21. April 2009 03:14

It makes sense to kick off our new blog with an explanation of what exactly ShopforMuseums.com does so you can fully understand how you can help out!

ShopforMuseums.com is an online shopping mall or portal, where you can access hundreds of your favorite stores all in one place. By clicking through ShopforMuseums.com on your way to do your everyday shopping at places like Target, Best Buy, Ebay, Old Navy, Joann.com, etc., you can create a FREE DONATION to a museum or related organization (park, zoo, historical society, wildlife rehabilitation center, etc.) of your choice! Yes, I said FREE! Plus, we gather exclusive coupons, offers and sales you can't get elsewhere so that you get the best deals on the web while doing good and helping out!

Here are our 3 easy steps to participate in ShopforMuseums:

1. Go to ShopforMuseums.comand sign up/log in or choose to shop anonymously.

2. Select a Museum Partner to support with your free donation. (We have over 1000 museums and organizations to date to select from!)

3. Then click through to the store of your choice and do your shopping.

Everything else is automatic! When you check out, because you clicked through from ShopforMuseums.com, we can track your donation based on your purchase amount back to the Museum Partner you selected. Museums then receive donation checks directly from us quarterly.

ShopforMuseums.com is so thankful to our hundreds of retail partners. Because of their support, we are able to keep our program completely free for you, our shoppers, and for our Museum Partners. That way we can all get down to business- saving you money when you shop online while bringing you the best sales, and most importantly, doing good for the many museums who having a tough time keeping the lights on and the doors open.

Thanks for making ShopforMuseums.com a habit whenever you shop online. Together we can make such a difference for these many wonderful organizations!


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Welcome to BlogEngine.NET 1.4.5

by Administrator 28. June 2008 18:00

If you see this post it means that BlogEngine.NET 1.4.5 is running and the hard part of creating your own blog is done. There is only a few things left to do.

Write Permissions

To be able to log in to the blog and writing posts, you need to enable write permissions on the App_Data folder. If you’re blog is hosted at a hosting provider, you can either log into your account’s admin page or call the support. You need write permissions on the App_Data folder because all posts, comments, and blog attachments are saved as XML files and placed in the App_Data folder. 

If you wish to use a database to to store your blog data, we still encourage you to enable this write access for an images you may wish to store for your blog posts.  If you are interested in using Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, VistaDB, or other databases, please see the BlogEngine wiki to get started.


When you've got write permissions to the App_Data folder, you need to change the username and password. Find the sign-in link located either at the bottom or top of the page depending on your current theme and click it. Now enter "admin" in both the username and password fields and click the button. You will now see an admin menu appear. It has a link to the "Users" admin page. From there you can change the username and password.  Passwords are hashed by default so if you lose your password, please see the BlogEngine wiki for information on recovery.

Configuration and Profile

Now that you have your blog secured, take a look through the settings and give your new blog a title.  BlogEngine.NET 1.4 is set up to take full advantage of of many semantic formats and technologies such as FOAF, SIOC and APML. It means that the content stored in your BlogEngine.NET installation will be fully portable and auto-discoverable.  Be sure to fill in your author profile to take better advantage of this.

Themes and Widgets

One last thing to consider is customizing the look of your blog.  We have a few themes available right out of the box including two fully setup to use our new widget framework.  The widget framework allows drop and drag placement on your side bar as well as editing and configuration right in the widget while you are logged in.  Be sure to check out our home page for more theme choices and downloadable widgets to add to your blog.

On the web

You can find BlogEngine.NET on the official website. Here you'll find tutorials, documentation, tips and tricks and much more. The ongoing development of BlogEngine.NET can be followed at CodePlex where the daily builds will be published for anyone to download.

Good luck and happy writing.

The BlogEngine.NET team

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About This Blog

In these uncertain times, people turn to their local communities for a sense of well-being. In almost every town across America there is atleast one museum, historical society, cultural center or park available, and there is certainly a multitude of stories, history and inspiration waiting to be discovered. Please join as as we explore the many wonderful experiences museums and related cultural venues have to offer us. And for those of you who love to shop, we will also share great ways you can make a difference in your community by shopping online through ShopforMuseums.com. We hope you will share your experiences and ideas often!

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