Navigating the Website

Navigating the Website

There are several ways to move around StockCharts.com. Our homepage contains links to most of the different areas of the website - many of them are in the boxes on the right side of that page. In addition, we have helpful links at the top of all of our pages (the “Page Header”) as well as our Site Map and Site Search features.

The Page Header

Most of the pages on our website have an area at the top called The Page Header that can help you navigate to anywhere you need to go. The Page Header contains the following elements:

  • The StockCharts Logo
  • The Utility Links
  • The Main Tabs
  • The Create-a-Chart Bar

You can always return to the StockCharts homepage by clicking on the StockCharts logo in the upper left corner of any of our pages.

In the upper right corner of our pages are a collection of links called “Utility” links. This line of links looks different depending on if you are logged in or logged out.

If you are logged out, you will see the following links in the upper right corner of our pages:

  • Login - Members can click this link and enter their User ID and password to log in to their StockCharts.com account.
  • Sign Up - Non-members can click this link to learn more about subscribing.
  • Site Map - Click here to see a complete map of our website.
  • Help - Click here to go to our on-line Support area.

If you are logged in, you will see a slightly different set of links:

  • Welcome [your name]
  • Log Out - Click here to log out of your account. Typically you would do this if you were using a shared computer such as the ones found at a public library.
  • Your Account - Click here to change/update your account settings.
  • Site Map - Click here to see a complete map of our website.
  • Help - Click here to go to our on-line Support area.

Remember, if you are currently logged in, you will see a “Welcome” message and the “Log Out” link at the top of our pages.

The Main Tabs

Below the StockCharts logo - but still in the dark blue part of the header - are seven main navigation tabs that you can use to move into each of the seven main areas of the website. They are:

  • Home - our Home page
  • Free Charts - links and descriptions for all of our charting tools
  • ChartSchool - our comprehensive educational articles about technical analysis
  • Blogs - current market commentary from our experts
  • Market Message - John Murphy and Arthur Hill's current market commentary
  • Support - Our on-line help and support resources
  • Members - Member-only tools, reports and commentary

As you move around the website, the tab for the area that you are currently exploring will always be highlighted in white.

The Create-a-Chart Bar

Below the main tabs is a blue-gray bar with the words “Create a Chart:” in the middle of it. This is our Create-a-Chart bar and you can use it to access almost all of our charting tools quickly from almost anywhere on our website.

The Create-a-Chart's dropdown menu lets you select which one of our charting tools you want to use. Initially, it is set to “SharpCharts” which is what we call our standard bar/candlestick charts. Here are the other choices in that dropdown:

  • SharpChart - our main bar/candlestick charting tool
  • P&F Chart - charts with columns of X's and O's
  • CandleGlance - up to 30 different mini-charts on one page
  • PerfChart - overlaid performance lines for up to 10 different ticker symbols
  • Gallery View - four predefined charts for studying different time periods
  • Seasonality - average monthly returns for a ticker symbol
  • Symbol Lookup - search our symbol catalog for a specified phrase
  • Site Search - search our entire website for a specified phrase

Next to the dropdown is a long text box where you can type in a phrase - typically one or more ticker symbols - that goes with your choice in the dropdown. If you are entering more than one ticker symbol, you can use a comma character to separate multiple symbols.

Note that the long text box has an auto-complete feature built in to it. As you type the name of a stock, index or mutual fund that we cover, we will automatically display symbols that match what you have typed so far. This can be extremely useful if you don't know the exact ticker symbol you need. Just start typing any part of the symbol's description and we will automatically show you what is available.

Once you have entered the symbol(s) that you want to use, click the “Go” button (or press Enter) to complete the process.

Note that most of our pages also have a list of links at the top of the white area. These are called “Breadcrumbs” and they can also help you navigate from place to place on our website. Just click any of the links in that line to go back “up the chain” of links.

The Site Map

The Site Map is a high-level diagram of all the pages on StockCharts.com. While it does not contain every page on the website, it does contain most of the important ones and shows you how they are organized.

You can click on any of the boxes on the Site Map page to go directly to the corresponding page.

The Site Map can be useful for moving from one area of the website to another quickly.

The Site Search box allows you to find articles that contain specific keywords and phrases. It also lets members search their ChartLists for specific charts and ticker symbols.

The Site Search box is often found on the right side of our web pages. It is also available on every page as part of the “Create a Chart” bar - just choose “Site Search” from the dropdown, enter your search criteria and press “Go”.

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