Beautiful web-based timeline software

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about creating brilliant, interactive timelines using TikiToki.

General

What is TikiToki?

TikiToki is a web app that makes it dead easy for people to create interactive multimedia timelines in their browsers. Images, text and even videos (YouTube, Vimeo and AVIs) can be embedded in TikiToki timelines.

The timelines created by TikiToki can be shared with families, friends and business contacts, and if you haved signed up with one of our paid-for accounts, you can also embed your timelines on your own blog or website. We have also recently launched 3D timelines for Tiki-Toki.

To get an idea of what people are doing with TikiToki, we recommend that you take a look at these timelines that have been created by our users: The Live of Mary Kearns, History of the Tower of London in 3D and Category Band Timeline.

Who can use TikiToki?

The short answer is anyone. Whether you are journalist wanting a new way to present a series of events, a teacher keen to explore the life of a historical figure with your pupils, or you are simply looking to keep an online diary of your life, or create a multimedia presentation for your business colleagues, TikiToki should be the perfect tool for you.

Age-wise, we would recommend that younger children (<10) were supervised when using TikiToki.

Do I have to pay for TikiToki?

No, you don't have to pay for TikiToki. We offer a free account that provides full functionality, with the following limitations. You can only create one timeline. You cannot embed timelines on your own website. You can't activate Group Edit that allows your friends and colleages to add to your timeline. You can't upload images for hosting by us. And you are limited to a maximum of 200 events on your timeline.

Our free account is aimed primarily at giving people a chance to try out our software and its features, with the hope that they will be so thrilled by it that they will want to upgrade to one of our premium accounts.

Do you have a desktop version?

Yes, we have recently launched a desktop version of Tiki-Toki for Max OSX. You can find out further info about this product here.

We are also planning Windows and Linux desktop versions.

Signing up/logging in

How do I sign up with TikiToki?

To sign up with TikiToki, navigate to our home page - www.tiki-toki.com - click on 'Free sign-up' in the menu at the top and enter your username, email address and password in the panel that drops down (if you are a school pupil and your teacher has given you a class code, you can also enter that, automatically upgrading your account).

Next agree to our terms and conditions by clicking the checkbox to the left of the 'I agree to terms and conditions' text. Finally, click on the 'Sign up' button.

You can now start creating your first timeline by following the instructions on the page.

How do I log in to TikiToki?

You log in to TikiToki by clicking the 'Login' menu option at the top right of the screen. You should then enter your username and password in the pop down panel that appears and click the login button. Assuming, you have entered all the details correctly, you now be logged in and able to start editing and creating timelines.

If you do not have one of our premium accounts, you will be presented with a panel outlining our premium account options. Simply close this or select the free account option, if you do not want to upgrade now.

You should now see a gray panel at the top right of the screen. Here, you can edit existing timelines or create new ones.

I've forgotten my login details. What should I do?

Firstly, you should select the 'Forgotten login details' link at the bottom of the login panel (which you can open by clicking on the 'Login' menu option at the top right of the screen). You will then be asked to enter the email that you used to sign up to TikiToki. Enter your email and click the 'Submit' button.

We'll then send you an email with your username and a new password. You can then login with this password and then change the password by going to the 'Account Settings' panel on the home page when logged in or the 'My Account' tab in the gray admin panel on a timeline page.

If you don't receive an email from us or can't remember the email address you used to sign up with, then drop us an email at help@tiki-toki.com and we'll do our best to recover your details for you.

I can't seem to login. Please help.

Firstly, you should follow the instructions in the above two FAQs (How do I log in to TikiToki? and I've forgotten my login details. What should I do?). If you still can't login then drop us an email at help@tiki-toki.com and we'll do our best to help you.

Paid Accounts

Why should I upgrade to a paid account?

Our free account is great. It allows you to create a fully-functional and customisable timeline featuring text, images and videos. But it does come with some limits. You can't create more than one timeline. You can't add more than 200 stories. You can't embed a timeline on your blog or website. You can't group edit a timeline. And you can't upload images for hosting on our servers.

To take advantage of these great features, you will need to upgrade to our Bronze, Silver or Teacher (only available to teachers) accounts.

Please note that our hosted accounts cannot be used commercially to create timelines for other companies. Digital, communication and advertising agencies who want to create timelines for their clients should contact us at hello@tiki-toki.com.

How do I buy/upgrade to a paid account?

If you would like to pay for a full year or more at once, please contact us at hello@tiki-toki.com. Otherwise, to sign up for a monthly subscription via PayPal, follow the below instructions.

  • 1Firstly - if you haven't already done so - you will need to sign up for a free account with TikiToki. Click here for instructions on how to sign up.

  • 2Now ensure that you are logged in to your account. You should now be on a page that lists your timelines and has a form to create a new timeline. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and you will find a list of account options.

  • 3Click the 'Buy now' button against the account you are interested in and you will be taken to the PayPal site where you will be asked to sign in to your PayPal account or enter your credit card details.

  • 4Once you have finished the payment process, make sure you click the link to bring you back to Tiki-Toki.com where a 'Thanks for signing up' message should be shown to you. Your account is now upgraded and you can immediately take advantage of your new premium features.

If you are not taken back to TikiToki, get an error message or can't access the premium features, please drop us an email at help@tiki-toki.com and we'll upgrade your account manually as soon as possible.

Please note that our hosted accounts cannot be used commercially to create timelines for other companies. Digital, communication and advertising agencies who want to create timelines for their clients should contact us at hello@tiki-toki.com.

Can I pay for a full year or longer in one go?

Yes, you can do this. Please email us at hello@tiki-toki.com telling us how long you would like to sign up for, and we'll email you an invoice and payment instructions. For a full year or more subscription, we can accept payment by PayPal and international bank tramsfer.

What paid accounts do you offer?

We currently offer three paid accounts: Bronze ($7.50 a month - for individuals and small community groups only), Silver ($25 a month) and Teacher ($125 a year - for teachers only), all of which allow you to create multiple timelines, group edit timelines and embed timelines on your blog or website.

You can also buy a license to install a timeline on your own web server. See below for further information about these options.

Please note that our hosted accounts cannot be used commercially to create timelines for other companies. Digital, communication and advertising agencies who want to create timelines for their clients should contact us at hello@tiki-toki.com.

Tell me more about the Bronze Account

Our Bronze account ($7.50 a month) allows you to create up to five timelines, embed timelines on your blog or website (up to 5,000 monthly views) and use group edit to allow your friends or colleagues to contribute to your timeline. The Bronze account is only available to individuals or small community groups. If you are buying an account on behalf of a company, you should purchase our Silver account.

The Bronze account offers the following features:

  • 1Create up to five fully functional timelines featuring images and videos .

  • 2Loads of customization, from choosing a background image for your timelines to color coding your stories into different categories.

  • 3Integration with YouTube and Vimeo, allowing you easily to add your photos and videos to your timeline.

  • 4Embed timelines on your blog or website. You get 5,000 monthly embeddable views.

  • 5Group editing of your timelines, allowing your friends and colleagues to contribute to your timelines.

  • 6Access to the new features we are regularly rolling out for the software.

  • 7Upload up to 50 images per timeline to our servers (unlimited linking to images hosted elsewhere).

Please note that our hosted accounts cannot be used commercially to create timelines for other companies. Digital, communication and advertising agencies who want to create timelines for their clients should contact us at hello@tiki-toki.com.

Tell me more about the Silver Account

Our Silver account ($25 a month) allows you to create up to 25 timelines, embed timelines on your blog or website (up to 20,000 monthly views) and use group edit to allow your friends or colleagues to contribute to your timeline. The Silver account is aimed at businesses and professional bloggers.

The Silver account offers the following features:

  • 1Create up to 25 fully functional timelines featuring images and videos .

  • 2Loads of customization, from choosing a background image for your timelines to color coding your stories into different categories.

  • 3Integration with YouTube and Vimeo, allowing you easily to add your photos and videos to your timeline.

  • 4Embed timelines on your blog or website. You get 20,000 monthly embeddable views.

  • 5Group editing of your timelines, allowing your friends and colleagues to contribute to your timelines.

  • 6Access to the new features we are regularly rolling out for the software.

  • 7Upload up to 75 images per timeline to our servers (unlimited linking to images hosted elsewhere).

Please note that our hosted accounts cannot be used commercially to create timelines for other companies. Digital, communication and advertising agencies who want to create timelines for their clients should contact us at hello@tiki-toki.com.

Tell me more about the Teacher Account

Our Teacher account ($125 a year) is aimed squarely at helping teachers create timelines with their pupils. At a massively reduced price, the account provides the teacher with a Silver account and up to 50 of their pupils with free Bronze accounts. The Teacher account is only available to individual school teachers. The Bronze free pupil accounts are only available to current pupils. For site wide educational licenses, please contact us.

The Teacher account is only to be used for educational purposes. It is strictly not to be used by colleges, universities or schools for marketing or other non-educational purposes.

The Teacher account offers the following features:

  • 1Perfect for a teacher creating timelines with their pupils. The class can either create a single timeline together using the group edit functionality or each pupil can create his or her own timelines using their free Bronze account.

  • 2Loads of custimization, from choosing a background image for your timelines to color coding your stories into different categories.

  • 3Integration with YouTube and Vimeo, allowing you easily to add your photos and videos to your timeline.

  • 4Embed timelines on your blog or website.

  • 5Group editing of your timelines, allowing classes to work together on creating timelines.

  • 6Access to the new features we are regularly rolling out for the software.

Please note that our hosted accounts cannot be used commercially to create timelines for other companies. Digital, communication and advertising agencies who want to create timelines for their clients should contact us at hello@tiki-toki.com.

License to install our timeline software on your server

TikiToki's hosted timeline solutions are not suitable for high volume websites (+20,000 monthly views). To include TikiToki timelines on such sites, you will need to purchase a license to install our timeline software on your own servers.

Prices start at US$2,000 for a single timeline license. Please email us at hello@tiki-toki.com for further information.

I upgraded but I don't have access to the new features

Sorry. Something must have gone wrong with the upgrade process. Please drop us an email at help@tiki-toki.com and we'll manually upgrade your account.

How can I cancel my subscription to Tiki-Toki?

There are two ways you can do this. You can either cancel your subscription via your PayPal account. Or you can email us and we'll cancel your subscription ourselves. Either way, we do not give refunds for periods already paid. New charges will however stop immediately. You can also upgrade and downgrade to and from the premium options whenever you want to, with the above proviso that we won't refund you for periods you have already paid for.

Account management

How can I delete my account?

If you would like to delete your Tiki-Toki account, please email us at help@tiki-toki.com. We will then ask you a few questions to confirm the account is yours and then delete it.

How can I change my password?

You can change your password in the Account Settings section of your account page. The Account Settings section can be found by scrolling down past the 'Create new timeline' form.

Teacher Account

How do I get my pupils to activate their free Bronze accounts?

Once you have signed up with a Teacher account, you should receive an email containing your special 'class code'. You can also find the class code in the 'Account Settings' panel on the home page when logged in or the 'My Account' tab in the gray admin panel on a timeline page.

You need to provide your pupils with the special class code for them to get their free Bronze account. If the pupil does not already have a TikiToki account, when they sign up (see here for instructions on signing up), he/she will need to enter their class code in the 'Enter class code' field of the sign-up panel. Once they have completed the sign up process, their Bronze account will be activated.

If a pupil has already got an account with TikiToki and wants to continue using that account, then they need to access the 'Account Settings' panel on the home page when logged in or the 'My Account' tab in the gray admin panel on a timeline page. Then they should click on the 'Activate free pupil account' option and enter the special class code that you have given them. Their Bronze account will then be activated.

I can't remember what my class code is?

You can find the class code in the 'Account Settings' panel on the home page when logged in or the 'My Account' tab in the gray admin panel on a timeline page. The grey admin panel appears on your timeline pages. So if you are not on a timeline page, click a timeline to go to the timeline page.

How can I use Tiki-Toki in the classroom?

There are two main ways you can use Tiki-Toki with your pupils:

  • 1Group Edit functionality

    Group edit (available with our Teacher, Bronze and Silver accounts) allows you to set a secret word for a timeline that you create. You then give this secret word and the web address of the timeline to your pupils. They can then contribute to your timeline (without having to get their own account) by opening your timeline in the browser (by entering the web address) and entering their name and the special word in the Group Edit box that appears on your timeline.

  • 2Pupil accounts

    If you sign up for a teacher account ($125 a year), you get 50 free Bronze accounts for use by your pupils. These allow pupils to create their own timelines. They would send you the url to their timelines so that you could look at them but you would have no control over their accounts.

Option 1 is probably best with younger pupils. It is a quick and easy way of getting pupils involved in creating a timeline - we recommend you regularly change the secret word to prevent malicious pupils deleting content.

Option 2 would be suitable for more mature students.

How can I share my timeline with my pupils?

Each timeline has a unique web address (the text in the browser address bar when you are on the timeline page). The web address will look something like this: http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/43/Beautiful-web-based-timeline-software/. You can email this web address to your pupils and they will be able to open the timeline up in their browser.

It can also be worth while to use a url-shortening service (such as Bitly.com) to reduce the length of the url, as some email clients mangle long urls.

How do I get pupils to contribute using Group Edit?

Follow these steps:

  • 1Firstly, set a secret word for your timeline. You can do this in the Advanced Settings panel (accessible from the Settings tab for your timeline).

  • 2Next, email or share with your pupils your timeline's unique web address. See the above entry on sharing your timeline.

  • 3Your pupils can now open your timeline in their browser, enter their name and secret word in the panel, and start contributing to your timeline.

  • 4We recommend that you regularly change the secret word to prevent malicious pupils deleting content.

Creating a Timeline

How do I create my first timeline?

If you haven't yet created an account with Tiki-Toki, do so now - see here for how. If you have, then please ensure you are logged in.

  • 1Now navigate to the Tiki-Toki home page (www.tiki-toki.com). Here you will find a list of timelines you have already created and also a form for creating a new timeline.

  • 2Enter the required information. The timeline's title, start and end dates and introduction text must be provided. All other fields are optional. If you are not sure what to enter into any of the fields, then roll over them with you mouse and a popup help panel will appear with instructions.

  • 3Once you have filled in all the information, click the "Create new timeline" button at the bottom. Your timeline will now be created and you will be taken to the timeline's unique page on the web. You can share the url of this page with your friends and colleagues. You will now want to create a story for your timeline - see 'Creating a story' below.

How do I edit my timelines?

  • 1Navigate to the Tiki-Toki home page (www.tiki-toki.com). Here (if you are logged in) you will find a list of timelines you have already created and also a form for creating a new timeline.

  • 2Click on the 'edit' button and you will be taken to your timeline's unique page on the web. On this page, you add new stories to your timeline. You can also change all the timeline's settings, such as background image, introduction text, zoom and so on from the 'Settings' tab. Further options including date formatting can be accessed by clicking on the 'Advanced settings' button in this tab.

How do I change the span of my timeline?

You can change the start and end dates for your timeline from the 'Settings' tab in the gray admin panel at the top right of the screen. You may need to ensure your timeline is selected first. Remember to click the 'Save' button when you are finished.

How do I zoom in and out of my timeline?

Go to the 'Settings' tab for your timeline. You can find this in the gray admin panel at the top right of the screen (you may need to select your timeline first). Towards the bottom of the 'Settings tab' is the zoom setting. Click on a zoom setting to zoom in and out of the timeline.

Zooming is particularly useful if your stories (events) are clustered close together. An alternative to zooming is the 'Spacing' option which can be used to force equal spacing between stories (regardless of their date) and thus prevent overlapping and clustering.

How do I choose a background image for my timeline?

There are two ways that you can do this; when you first create the timeline; and after you have already created it.

  • 1When you first create a timeline (see here for how to create a timeline), you are given the option of selecting a background image for your timeline. You can either enter the url of the image you want to use. Or you can click on the magnifying glass button for other options.

  • 2If you have already created the timeline, then you will need to initially go to the timeline's page (see 'editing a timeline' above). Then, click on the 'Settings' tab for your timeline. Here, you are given the option of selecting a background image for your timeline. You can either enter the url of the image you want to use. Or you can click on the magnifying glass button for other options.

I can't find a background image that works well. Any advice?

It can be quite tricky to find an image that works well with the timeline. You should avoid images which are very busy or have a lot of contrast (very dark and very light areas). An alternative to using an image is to simply set the background of your timeline to a particular color - this can be done in the 'Settings' tab for your timeline or when creating the timeline. Click on the coloured block and choose the color you want to use.

Creating a Story

How do I create my first story?

Once you have created your first timeline (see here for instructions on creating a timeline), you will probably want to create your first story.

  • 1Firstly, ensure that you are on your timeline's unique page (see 'How do I edit my timelines' above). There should be a gray admin panel at the top right of the screen. Also make sure you have the 'Story' tab selected in the admin panel. Now click on the 'Create new story' button at the bottom. The new story form and a story of your timeline should then appear.

  • 2Enter all the required information into the form. The date field is initially set to timeline's currently-selected date - you will probably want to change this. The title and date fields are mandatory. The rest are optional. To put your timeline into a category, you will firstly need to have created some 'Categories' - you can do this from the 'Categories' tab.

  • 3Once you have finished entering information for your story, click the 'Save' button.

  • 4You may now want to add images or videos to your story, or provide some accompanying formatted text. See below for instructions on how to do that.

  • 5If you would like to create another story, make sure you click the 'Create new story' button again, else you may end up inadvertently editing an existing story.

How do I edit my stories?

When you create stories for your timeline, they appear in a list in the 'Stories' tab for your timeline. Simply click the 'Edit' button for the story you want to edit, and update the details in the form. Click the 'Save' button when finished.

How do I add an image to my stories?

  • 1Initially, select the story to which you want to add images. You do this by clicking on the 'edit' button for the story in the list of stories (under the 'Stories' tab for your timeline).

  • 2Now open the 'Story media' tab and click on the 'Add new media' button. A form will now appear.

  • 3Fill in the form with the relevant details. Make sure the type menu is set to 'Image'. In the source field, you can either enter the url to an image (for instance if you have the image saved on your own server) or click on the magnifying glass to open up other options. The index field is used to determine the order in which images appear for a story. If you want the image to be the story's main image, set it to the lowest value.

  • 4Once you have filled in the form, click the 'Save' button and the image will be added to your story.

How do I add a video to my stories?

  • 1Initially, select the story to which you want to add videos. You do this by clicking on the 'edit' button for the story in the list of stories (under the 'Stories' tab for your timeline).

  • 2Now open the 'Story media' tab and click on the 'Add new media' button. A form will now appear.

  • 3You should now find the video on either Youtube, DailyMotion or Vimeo and then paste the url of that page into the source field in the form. The url for a youtube video will look like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xdKW75J49s - a Vimeo one will look like: http://vimeo.com/18008261. A DailyMotion one will look like: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x129qen_title. You can also paste in a link to an flv/mp4 file of your own.

  • 4Make sure the 'type' menu in the form is set to 'Video'. The index field is used to determine the order in which videos appear for a story. If you want the video to be the story's main video, set it to the lowest value.

  • 5Once you have filled in the form, click the 'Save' button and the video will be added to your story.

How do I add audio to my stories?

  • 1Initially, select the story to which you want to add audio. You do this by clicking on the 'edit' button for the story in the list of stories (under the 'Stories' tab for your timeline).

  • 2Now open the 'Story media' tab and click on the 'Add new media' button. A form will now appear.

  • 3You now need to enter the source of the audio in the 'Source' field. If you have uploaded the audio to the popular SoundCloud.com audio hosting service, then enter the SoundCloud url for your audio. The url will look a bit like this: http://soundcloud.com/user123/recording-on-friday-1. If you are not using SoundCloud, then you will need to upload the audio file (in MP3 format) to the web, and enter the url of the file in the 'Source' field.

  • 4Once you have filled in the form, click the 'Save' button and the audio will be added to your story.

How do I add categories for my stories?

You create categories in the 'Categories tab' for your timeline. Simply enter a name and choose a colour to create a category. You can then set a story's category by following the 'How do I edit my stories?' instructions above.

I can't seem to add new stories to my timeline. Please help.

You need to click the 'Create new story' button each time you want to make a new story. Otherwise, you may end up endlessly editing the same story.

How many stories can I have on a timeline?

It is potentially possible to have more than 1,000 stories on a timeline but we don't recommend having more than 500. More than that and the timeline may take some time to load and may animate not so smoothly.

Images

Recommended image sizes.

There is no fixed size specified for a story image but generally squarish images of around 280 x 280px (at 72dpi) work best. The software auto crops images to display the images in their various contexts. The size at which these images are displayed depends on a variety of factors, including the dimensions of the timeline, the closeness of timeline stories, etc. You can see how images appear - and adjust how they appear - in the different contexts by clicking on the Magnifying glass icon to the right of the source field for an image, and then clicking on image positioning.

For the background, you will will likely need a larger image. The best size of this image will depend on what size you aim to embed or display the timeline. We have found that a 1,200px by 800px image works well.

My images are taking a long time to load.

If your timeline's images are taking a long time to load, it is likely that you have not optimised them for the web. Your story images should be no more than around 50k each. The background image shouldn't be much more than 350-500k. If you images are larger than this, then we advise that you resize them smaller.

If you have lots of images, you may also want to enable Lazy Loading in the Advanced Settings panel (accessible from the Settings tab for your timeline). This will help your timeline load faster by only loading images when they are about to be displayed.

The heads of people are cropped off. What can I do?

Our software automatically crops images to fit a number of set dimensions. You cannot turn off cropping. However, you can reposition the image - click on the Magnifying glass to the right of the image source field, then click on the "Image positioning" button at the bottom. Here, you will see the image in its different contexts. Drag the image in the middle to the position you would like. Bear in mind that our software displays images as big as possible within the set dimensions, so a landscape image will only be positionable horizontally and a portrait image only vertically. Once you have positioned the image, close the lightboxes and click the 'save' button for the image.

3D Timeline View

How do I activate the 3d timeline view?

To activate the 3d timeline view, you need to open the 3d Settings panel. This can be accessed via the Settings tab for your timeline. In the 3d Settings panel, you should change the Status to "Enabled" or "Default". A button will then appear at the bottom left of the screen allowing you to switch between 2d and 3d views of your timeline. The "Default" option will display the timeline in 3d by default when it is loaded. This option is only available with premium accounts.

What technology does the 3d view use?

Our 3d view uses HTML5 and javascript. No Flash or other plugins are required to view the 3d view.

What browsers does the 3d view work in?

The 3d view works on all modern browsers; Chrome, FireFox, Safari and IE9+. It even works on mobile Safari on the iPad and iPhone. For old browsers - such as IE6-8 - the default 2d view is displayed in place of the 3d view.

How can I speed up the 3d view?

The 3d timeline view can be quite demanding on your computer. If you find your 3d timeline is running slowly, there are few things you can do.

  • 1Upgrade your browser. The 3d view works particularly well in Chrome and IE9/10.

  • 2Zoom out (via the 3d settings panel) so you are displaying less stories on the screen at the same time.

  • 3Reduce the size of your timeline window (or reduce the size you are embedding the timeline). The smaller the timeline size, the faster it renders.

Date Formatting

How do I format dates on the timeline?

Tiki-Toki provides lots of customisation options for dates - see the Advanced Settings panel (accessible from the Settings tab for your timeline).

How do I just show the year for stories?

You can do this using the date formatting options in the Advanced Settings panel (accessible from the Settings tab for your timeline).

Timeline Layout

How can I avoid clutter on my timeline?

When you have a lot of stories on a timeline, the timeline often becomes quite cluttered, with stories overlapping each other. This is especially the case with a timeline covering a wide span of time but which has a high concentration of events in a small space of time. Here, we outline several methods of preventing clutter in your timeline.

  • 1You can zoom out of the timeline using the Zoom functionality (see Settings->zoom), creating more space between stories.

  • 2You can use our Equal Spacing modes (see Settings->spacing) to space out your stories equally, regardless of when they took place in time.

  • 3You can use our Top to Bottom spacing modes (see Settings->spacing). These arrange stories in rows, from top to bottom, and allow more stories to fit in the timeline stage without overlapping.

  • 4You may also want to check out our Duration and Category Band timeline view types (see Settings->View types). These use smaller story markers and therefore help prevent story overlap.

  • 5Our 3d view is also good at displaying lots of events. You can activate this from the 3D Settings panel (accessible from the Settings tab).

For further information and a video, see this blog post.

Search and filtering

How do I activate search and category filtering for my timeline?

Search and category filtering for your timeline are available via the timeline contols, which can be opened by clicking on the spanner icon at the bottom right of your timeline. You will need to activate the timeline controls before the icon appears. You can do this by following the below instructions.

  • 1Open the Settings tab for your timeline in the grey admin panel, and click the Advanced Settings button.

  • 2In the Advanced Settings panel, set the 'Timeline controls' option to enabled.

  • 3An icon will now appear at the bottom right of your timeline. You may need to minimise the admin panel to reveal it.

  • 4Click on the icon and you can now choose between a number of different options, including search and category filtering.

Please note that the search option will only search timeline content that has been loaded. The full text content for stories (see the Extra Info tab) is only loaded when a story is clicked on and the content panel is opened.

Group Edit

How do I activate Group Edit for my timelines?

You can now get others to contribute to your timelines via Tiki-Toki's group edit functionality (available to Bronze, Silver, Teacher and Pupil members). To activate group edit for a timeline, follow these instructions:

  • 1Your first task is to choose a secret word for your timeline. Others will use this secret word to login and contribute to your timeline.

  • 2Once you have chosen a secret word, go to the 'Settings' tab for your timeline. Now click on 'Advanced settings', scroll down to 'Group edit options' and enter the secret word in the 'Secret word' field. Finally, click the 'Save' button.

  • 3A panel entitled 'Edit this timeline' will now appear on your timeline. This is where people will enter their name and the secret word that you have given them and start editing your timeline.

  • 4The final step is to email contributors the web address of your timeline. They can then open the timeline in their browser, enter their name and the secret word, and start contributing to your timeline.

What can people using Group Edit do to my timeline?

Contributors can only create and edit their own stories. They cannot delete other people's stories or change the settings for a timeline.

I've activated Group Edit but it keeps asking people to log out?

People need to log out of their existing TikiToki account before they can group edit someone else's timeline. They can log out by clicking the 'Logout' option at the top right of the screen. Once logged out, they will be able enter their name and secret word given to them by you and start contributing to your timeline.

Sharing

How do I share my timeline with others?

Each timeline has its own unique url (web address) that you can send to anyone so they can view your timeline. The url can be found in the address bar of your browser - it will look something like: http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/43/Beautiful-web-based-timeline-software/

Please note that if you have the 'Public' setting for your timeline set to 'no', then others will not be able to view it. Only people logged into your account will be able to view it. You can change this setting in the 'Advanced settings' panel, accessible from the 'Settings' tab for your timeline.

How can I prevent my timeline being viewed by others?

To prevent others from viewing your timeline, set the 'Public' setting for your timeline set to 'no'. You do this in the 'Advanced settings' panel, accessible from the 'Settings' tab for your timeline.

Embedding

How can I embed my timeline on my website?

Embedding is only available with our Bronze, Silver and Teacher accounts. See above for instructions on how to sign up for a premium account. If you already have a premium account, follow these instructions:

  • 1Open the 'Embed' panel for your timeline by clicking on the 'embed' option. This can be found just below the title of your timeline.

  • 2In the panel that pops up, enter the width and height that you want for the embedded timeline. You may want to click the 'Preview' button to check that the timeline works at the size you have chosen.

  • 3You should now copy the code in the 'Embed' box and paste it into your website or blog. Please note that the 'Public' setting for your timeline must be set to 'Yes' for your embedded timeline to work (see 'Settings' -> 'Advanced settings').

How many embeddable views am I allowed?

This will depend on what type of account you have. The Bronze account offers 5,000 monthly views. Our Silver account gives you 20,000 monthly views.

What happens when I go over my limit of embeddable views?

If you go over your monthly embeddable views, the timeline will not appear. In its place will be a message and link to the timeline on TikiToki.

I need loads more embeddable views than you offer.

Contact us at hello@tiki-toki.com and we'll outline the different options available, from our single timeline licenses (which allow you to host a single timeline on your servers from $2,000) to more advanced options.

Something's gone wrong - Help!

All my stories have disappeared

This is probably a caching issue with your browser. Simply refresh your timeline in the browser and all your stories should reappear again.

Product Roadmap

New features we're planning or working on.

Here's a list of things we're aiming to add in the future.

  • Open nearest story by pressing a key

  • Support for zooming into seconds

  • Automatic refreshing of feeds

  • Forum

  • Regular newsletter

  • Better printing

  • Integration with more image and video services

  • Import data via CSV

  • Custom units

  • Wide date span

  • Allow events to be attached to duration events

  • Allowing user to specify a value between 0 and 100 for each story that would position it vertically as a percent from the bottom.

  • Downloadble version of the software for creating timelines on your PC

New features we've already added.

Here's some new features we've recently added to the software.

  • Password protection of timeline

  • Image expander to show images at full dimensions (not cropped)

  • Account management functionality replicated on the home page when logged in

  • Option for lazy loading of images - useful for timelines with lots of stories with images

  • Category filtering

  • User controls for zooming, filtering and searching timelines

  • Hot linking to stories and dates

  • Sound Cloud Integration for audio

  • Timeline range expanded massively to cover billions of years BC and AD

  • Short youtu.be links now work for youtube videos

  • Duplication of timelines

  • When teacher clicks on pupil, show popup showing a clickable list of pupil's timelines

  • Export data to csv

  • Improved printing, including images, correct sorting of BC dates, date formatting and translated dates

  • Option for whether group edit user's names should be included

  • Date picker widget

  • Translation support

  • Option to hide the translucent date stripes

  • Improvements to the Flickr image selector

  • Audio support

  • New view type showing duration of events

  • Create timelines from RSS, YouTube and Twitter feeds.

  • JSON export improvements

  • New timeline view - Category Bands - that allows you to split the timeline into horizontal bands.

  • Equal Spacing modes - prettify your timeline with a new mode that eliminates clutter and story overlap.

  • Date formatting - far more options for customizing how dates appear on your timeline.

  • Keyboard control - use the left and right arrow keys to navigate through a timeline's stories.

  • Teacher account, providing a cheap option for teachers and their pupils to create timelines together.

  • Group edit functionality, allowing groups of people to edit a single timeline.

I have a feature request. What should I do?

Email us at hello@tiki-toki.com and we'll consider adding the suggested feature to our roadmap.

Known bugs.

A list of known bugs.

  • No known bugs at the moment

I have found a bug. What should I do?

Please email us the details at hello@tiki-toki.com and we'll try to get it fixed as soon as possible.