General
  1. Using this document
  2. Site glossary
    • Anonymous user
    • Authenticated user
    • Form
    • Header
    • Left sidebar
    • Load list
    • Main menu
    • Member
    • Reload
    • Right sidebar
    • State
    • Submenu
    • Truck list
    • Truck type
  3. Posting Loads for Free
  4. Free 7-day test drive
  5. Supported countries
  6. Experienced Input
  7. Help screens
  8. Video Demos/Tutorials
  9. City Names
  10. Remembering data
  11. Site layout
  12. Credit scores and reports
  13. Receiving notifications
  14. Uploading authority/insurance
  15. Verifying auth/ins
  16. Helpful Documents
  17. The load list
The Home Page
  1. Adds, updates and deletes
  2. Anonymous user
  3. Authenticated user
  4. Industry Links
  5. Random loads
  6. States and load counts
  7. Left sidebar
  8. Right sidebar
Working with Loads
  1. Search for loads
  2. Post a load
  3. Post multiple loads
  4. Manage your loads
  5. The Trip Planner™
  6. The Daisy Chain of Reloads™
  7. Seeing matching trucks
Working with Trucks
  1. Search for trucks
  2. Post a Truck
  3. Post multiple loads
  4. Manage your trucks
  5. Seeing matching loads


General
  1. Using this document. Probably almost everybody knows what clicking on underlined links does. However, one thing was not obvious to the author. There are many links in this document, most of which take you to another place in this same document. Any that would take you away from the document open up new window. It is easy for someone to lose their place by using a link to find out about something related to the subject at hand that takes you to another place in the document. Therefore, this little tidbit might help, in case you didn't know it. It has helped the author a lot when accidentally discovered.

    Clicking on the "Back" and "Forward" arrows of your browser will take you to the previous places you were within this page. They don't always take you to another page or site. Therefore, if you jump around within the same page, like this one, you can use those arrows to get back or go forward to the place you were within the document.

    However, if there are no such arrows on this window in your browser, "Back" and "Forward" buttons are provided, as well as a "Top" button. They are initially hidden behind the header and will appear as you scroll down. Using "Top" will not cover them again. This was done so that the buttons didn't cover what you are reading, which they would if positioned at the bottom of the header. You can always scroll up to reveal the header if you want to navigate away from the Site Description. Either those arrows or these buttons will work for you.

  2. Site glossary. To make what is explained in this document easier to understand, the following terms might need explanation:
    • Anonymous user. A visitor to the site, but not logged in. Most limited access to the site and some screens will not display correctly and forms will not retain values entered.
    • Authenticated user. A visitor who has created a user name and password for themselves, but has not yet become a paying Member/subscriber.
    • Form. Any group of input boxes into which you enter text or selects pre-defined values.
    • Header. The blue-backgrounded, rather large strip at the top of almost all pages of the site containing the road map of the United States and the main menu, among other things.
    • Left sidebar. The area of most pages on the left side of the screen.
    • Load list. The page accessed by submenu "Find Loads" of the "Loads" main menu item.
    • Main menu. The horizontal list of words in the Header which can be clicked on or hovered over to make drop-down, submenu items drop down for choosing, i.e., the main navigation method of the site.
    • Member. A visitor who has created a user name and password for themselves and decided to subscribe to the site. This user name may be temporary, as in using the 7-day free trial period or a normal, long-time subscriber.
    • Reload. A reload is a load for a truck/trailer that is picked up after dropping off a previous load, "reloading" after emptying it, preferably in the same city at the same address, to carry home or somewhere else. For example, if you carry a load from city A to B, any load picked up in or near city B would be a reload. Of course, if you are starting in city B, then that load is just a load. A backhaul would be considered a reload.
    • Right sidebar. The area of most pages on the right side of the screen.
    • State. U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and Mexican states. The 2-letter state abbreviations used in theLoadPost.com are those defined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) (see http://mcmiscatalog.fmcsa.dot.gov/states.asp).
    • Submenu. The vertical list of options that appear under main-menu items which can be clicked on for navigation of the site.
    • Truck list. The page accessed by submenu "Find Trucks" of the "Trucks" main menu item.
    • Truck type. This term is used throughout the site and, although not exactly accurate, it means the equipment or trailer type or the truck type of a vehicle that commercially carries loads of things from point A to B.

  3. Posting Loads for Free. theLoadPost.com offers any user to sign up and have the capability to post loads for free. This works with posting individual loads or posting multiple loads at a time.

    The signing up is necessary so that pertinent information from the posting user is available to include on the load entry, company name being one. Once signed up, the posting user can post as many loads as desired and manage (edit, delete and match) those loads, seeing everything in the entries. No other capabilities are allowed, meaning that the load list (in "list" mode, as opposed to "manage" mode) will still display "Contact name/Phone number" as contact information and "Company name" for all loads, even those posted by that user.

    Seeing contact information for loads other than one's own is only available for Members, paying subscribers or those using the free 7-day test drive/trial.

  4. Free 7-day test drive. theLoadPost.com offers a 7-day, free and absolutely-risk-free trial, or "test drive". This is now available for registered and anonymous users. Of course, a user name and password are required in order to be a Member, so those fields will be two of the things required to be entered on the one-page sign-up form.

    During the free trial, you will be a Member, with access to all features of the site that a Member receives. You can pay for and receive credit scores for $1.00 and reports for $7.95, which includes the credit score.

  5. Supported countries. theLoadPost.com supports all cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. GPS coordinates are stored for all cities and populated areas, including some sparsely- or non-populated "areas" in Canada, in order to calculate distances.

  6. Experienced Input. theLoadPost.com was built with input from a former broker and a few truck drivers. This allowed the tailoring of the site to meet the needs of the individual driver and helped with the determination of what information was needed by and provided to you.

  7. Help screens. theLoadPost.com was built with a lot of thought and effort put into minimizing the work you need to do to use the site, and to make easily understood what you need to do to accomplish getting loads for your trucks or trucks for your loads. A few of the features were thought to be either complicated enough or provided so many possibilities that help screens were written for them. They are the Trip Planner™, the Daisy Chain of Reloads™, the load list and truck list pages. It is recommended that you skim through them at least once so that you know what you are looking at on the selected pages and that you can maximize the power of all the subfeatures there.

    In addition, the Video Demos/Tutorials page described immediately below contains eight instructional videos to quickly explain the features of theLoadPost.com.

  8. Video Demos/Tutorials. The Video Demos/Tutorials page, navigated to via the image link in the right sidebar of the Home page and via the button near the bottom of the drop-down menu of the "Help" main-menu button, contains links to nine videos/tutorials about features of theLoadPost.com. These are very informative videos, explaining in great detail how to use different features of the site and averaging about 5 minutes each. It is highly recommended that you view all of these videos to, if nothing else, find out what theLoadPost.com can do for you.

  9. City Names. theLoadPost.com does not allow any misspelled or otherwise bad city names. You need not capitalize them because the site will do that for you and you will be informed if a city name you enter is not correct and allowed to correct it. The reason city names need to be correct is that GPS coordinates for cities are accessed by the name and searches in Working with Loads and Trucks and cannot match bad names.

  10. Remembering data. All information you enter in forms, such as the information you enter into the boxes when doing searches, posting a trucks, use The Trip Planner™, etc., are remembered during a session, meaning that, for example, if you post a truck, then go to My Account or the truck list, when you go back to post another load, all that same data is there.

  11. Site layout. theLoadPost.com was designed and laid out in such a way as to not require you to jump from page to page in order to enter data for load/truck searches and radius searches. The sidebars were utilized to place forms that gather the data for those searches. This allows you, for example, to go to the load-list page, bring up a particular list of loads that are displayed in the middle of the screen by using the Load Search form on the left, and then refine the search further by using more of the input boxes of the Load-Search form and/or add a Radius Search around an originating city, a destination city or both by using its form in the right sidebar, without ever leaving that page.

    In addition, the Daisy Chain of Reloads™ has its settings in the left sidebar on the Daisy Chain Page rather than on some other page to which one would have to go back to in order to change one setting, then return to the Daisy Chain Page. Likewise, the form for The Trip Planner™ is on the left side of the Home page for quickest and easiest access, and is also included in the left sidebar of the Trip Planner™ Results Page so that you are not forced to go back to the Home page to increase a radius, for example.

    If you had visited all of these pages and entered search data and changed settings, because the site remembers data, visiting each of those pages again would display basically the same results as when you were last on them. The only differences would be that one minute or more may have passed and the load database probably would have been updated since the previous visits, possibly removing some of the loads that were displayed before or adding others.

  12. Credit scores and reports. If theLoadPost.com has the necessary information about a company, its name will be a link on the load list page, the truck list page, the The Daisy Chain of Reloads™ page and the The Trip Planner™, Results Page.

    When you click on a company name that's a link, a window will pop up with a page showing you company information, name, address, phone, etc. From there, you will have the option of buying and paying for the credit/risk score ($1.00), a full, detailed credit report for ($7.95), which includes the score, for that company, or to just close the window.

    The credit report comes from Ansonia Credit Data has a lot of information, including the number of companies that reported to them about the company in question, the score for that company, and the average number of days it takes to pay their carriers, for example, if they're a broker or shipper.

  13. Receiving notifications. theLoadPost.com can notify anyone who has posted a truck on the site when a load is added to the site that closely matches the criteria for that truck, or notify a load poster for trucks that match his/her loads. To enable and disable this, click on "MyAccount" in the main menu. In the section labeled "Emails and Texts", set either the field "Receive Emails For Loads" or "Receive Emails For Trucks" to yes, or both if you have posted both types of entries.

    Notification by text message can be similarly turned on by entering, on the same MyAccount page and in the same section, a phone number to receive the texts for loads and for trucks and choosing the service provider for that phone.

    The number of emails and texts can be limited at the bottom of this section of the MyAccount page by setting the field named "Max Notifications By Email/Text" to a number other than zero. Notifications will cease and the service turned off when this number of emails and texts have been sent and you will be required to start the service again when this happens.

  14. Uploading authority/insurance. A driver can upload scanned or photographed images or .pdf files that driver's authority/license and cargo and liability insurance form to theLoadPost.com to allow potential shipping companies or brokers to see and print them. You can assign a password to them so nobody can access them without your express permission, by giving them that password. The uploading and password setting can be done from the same page, which is accessed by hovering your mouse pointer over "Documents" in the main menu and clicking on "Upload and Status" from the drop-down submenu.


  15. Verifying auth/ins. Anyone who is given a driver's document password can see his documents, whether or not they are Members of theLoadPost.com. To do this, hover your mouse pointer over "Documents" in the main menu and click on "View/Print Documents" from the drop-down submenu.

  16. Helpful Documents. You get to the Helpful Documents page by hovering over the "Docs" main-menu button and clickng on "Helpful Docs". The page lists several documents that have been contributed to theLoadPost.com for its customers and credit is given to those contributors. These are documents such as fuel-tax records, employment application, insurance application and a Transport Agreement, basically documents that help truckers in the day-to-day tasks. These documents are free for Members of/Subscribers to theLoadPost.com with their subscription and can be used as the Member desires.

  17. The load list. One note here on the load list. It never allows all the loads in the database to be displayed. It is not helpful to you to display, for example, 30,000 loads. It is just too much data with which to do anything and, because the browsers require computer memory to store the displayed data, all your computer's memory would probably be used up by displaying this amount of data, significantly slowing down your computer or, more likely, crashing at least the browser.

    Please see the help screen for the load and truck lists, accessible from both of those pages at the top and below the Load/Truck Search and Radius Search forms.

The Home Page
  1. Adds, updates and deletes. The load database is updated every minute of every day if there is any data with which to update it. During weekday business hours, this is almost always the situation. A box in the middle section of the Home page displays those statistics about the load database, except on Saturdays and Sundays. If you refresh the page every minute for a couple of minutes, you will see it change. This box is on the Home page for all types of users.

  2. Anonymous user. Most of the text in the middle of the screen is present only on the Home page for Anonymous users, i.e., someone who is not logged in. No features of theLoadPost.com are not available to Anonymous users, but links are provided that allow the user to read details about all the features, how they work, help screens for some of those features and this description.

  3. Authenticated user. Almost all features of theLoadPost.com are available to Authenticated users to see and try out, but there are restrictions besides not being able to see contact information for loads and trucks. In addition, once a form has been filled in, that information be remembered and will remain in the form, unlike for Anonymous users.

  4. Industry Links. Located in the right sidebar, this is a link to a page of the same name which lists various industry-related links that can be useful to you. It is available for all users.

  5. Random loads. The next-to-last box from the bottom is a box displaying five random loads taken from the load database. This box remains on the page for all users. The contact names, companies and phone numbers are shown here, but not on any other page for Anonymous or Authenticated users. This box is to demonstrate the The Daisy Chain of Reloads™ feature via the "Reloads" link, which activates that feature.

  6. States and load counts. The last box in the center section of the page is one with state names in which at least one load has been entered into the load database, along with the number of loads in the database originating in that state. If you are looking for loads in a particular state, clicking on that state will take you to the load list with the state already entered into the Load Search form and the loads for that state already shown when the page opens up. You can then refine the search by adding data to the search form, if you want to.

  7. Left sidebar. At the top, you will find a logo/link for Ansonia Credit Data. This is the official credit-checking company of theLoadPost.com and they provide the credit scores and reports retrieved for you on this site. If you need more scores and reports than theLoadPost.com can provide for you, or you know someone who does, please consider clicking that link and checking them out. You can get all your credit-checking done there.

    Below the Ansonia logo/link is a form, obviously for logging into the site. The login form only shows for anonymous users so not to be a nuisance when logged in.

    The other form is that for the The Trip Planner™, feature. That form is shown on the Home page for all users. Please see below for explanation of the The Trip Planner™.

  8. Right sidebar. At the top, you will find a logo/link for Orange Commercial Credit. This is the official factoring company of theLoadPost.com and they provide the factoring services. They will help large companies and individual owner-operators.

    Below Orange is an image link to the Video Tutorials page for theLoadPost.com. It is highly recommended that you view all of these videos to, if nothing else, find out what theLoadPost.com can do for you.

    Below that is a box that lists the total number of loads in the database at the time the Home page was loaded and, below that within the same box, are the different truck/trailer types found in the load database when the Home Page was loaded and how many load entries were found in the load database for each type. The totals of these types will almost certainly add up to more than the total loads in the database because load entries are allowed to contain up to three types. Clicking on the type will take you to the load list with that type already entered into the Load Search form and the loads for that type already shown when the page opens up. Beware of choosing a type with too many thousands of loads. This can at least vastly slow down your computer and too much information displayed could crash the browser.

Working with Loads
  1. Search for loads. Hover your mouse pointer over "Loads" in the main menu and click on "Find Loads" from the drop-down submenu, or just click on "Loads". This takes you to the load list page. Click on "Help with this page is HERE" to see a detailed help screen about the truck and load lists.

  2. Post a load. Hover your mouse pointer over "Loads" in the main menu and click on "Post a Load" from the drop-down submenu. You can enter all the data pertaining to your load here, which will be displayed in the load list. The first field that can be filled in on this page, if you set it to "Yes", allows you to see all of the trucks in the truck database at that moment that closely match the data for the load you just entered, after you enter it. The default value for this field is always "No" and, if still "No" when you submit your load, you will remain on the Post-Load page so that you can enter another load if you wish.

  3. Post multiple loads. Only Members of/Subscribers to theLoadPost.com or authenticated users who have signed up for free load posting can use this feature.

    Hover your mouse pointer over "Loads" in the main menu, then hover over "Post Multiple loads" in the drop-down submenu and click on Open/Save Template in the flyout submenu.

    This downloads and opens up an Excel spreadsheet for entering all the loads that you want to post to the site. Detailed instructions are listed at the top of that file, but basically you enter your load data in this file where they are supposed to go and under the proper headings, replacing example data. Save the Excel file as a normal Excel file on your hard disk for future use and save it again, but as a comma-separated file (.csv).

    Now, you have two options.

    1. You can go to the site, log in, hover your mouse pointer over "Loads" in the main menu, then over "Post Multiple Loads" in the drop-down submenu and click on Upload CSV Load File in the flyout submenu. You will be prompted to enter or browse and select the file. Once this is submitted you will be taken to the Multi-Load Post Results page and, if all the data is correct in the uploaded file, you will be given a success message telling you how many loads were just posted. If there are any errors in the data, then you will be given error messages specifying the line number of the file the error was on and what that error was, sometimes with recommendations as to how to fix the problem.

    2. Email the .csv file to posting@theLoadPost.com. If you choose this option, then you must ensure that the username and password in the .csv file, and probably the normal Excel file you saved first, are your actual username and password for theLoadPost.com. Otherwise, your file will be rejected.

      You will receive a return email with the results of your post. The contents of that email will be exactly the same as the results of option 1 above, with the exception of possible error messages about the username, password and privileges because it was done via email.

  4. Manage your loads. Hover your mouse pointer over "Loads" in the main menu and click on "Manage My Loads" from the drop-down submenu. This takes you to the load list (Find Loads) in "manage" mode. Only the loads entered by your user name are displayed, with "Edit", a "Delete" checkbox and "Match Trucks" links to the right of each. Clicking "Match Trucks" takes you to the truck list, which will display all of the trucks in the truck database at that moment that closely match the data for the load for which you clicked it.

  5. The Trip Planner™. Located in the left sidebar of the Home page and the Trip Planner™ Results Page.

    This feature will find all round trips, one-way city-to-city trips and one-way city-to-state trips that the database has to offer. These trips consist of one to four loads that can be carried and delivered around the continent on the way to your destination or, in the round-trip case, end up back home. Its purpose is to eliminate deadhead miles and layovers waiting for a load.

    The trips are categorized into five groups, the first 100 with the fewest number of deadhead miles, if that many are found, are listed after each other and sorted by deadhead miles within each category. The categories are:
    1. Straight-shot trips, which can only exist for one-way trips and are made up of one load from a city near A or actually in A to B or a city near B.
    2. One-reload trips are made up of two loads: the first one originating in or near city A, and a reload picked up in or near the destination city of the first load. All reloads listed are loads found either in the destination city of the previous load or in a city near that one. Just to the right of the originating cities of these reloads will be displayed, in parentheses, the number of miles they are from the destination city of the previous load/reload, unless these two cities are the same.
    3. Two-reload trips, made up of three loads, the first load and 2 reloads.
    4. Three-reload trips, made up of four loads, the first load and 3 reloads.
    5. Four-reload trips, made up of three loads, the first load and 4 reloads.

    The form on the Home page and the results page allows you to enter an Originating City and State (probably where you live or where your truck lives) in which you want to pick up the first load (start a trip). If you want to end up in some other city at the end of your trip, for a vacation or whatever, you can enter a Final Destination City and State. This would constitute a one-way trip from city A to B. You can enter only the Destination State without the city for one-way trips from city A to any city in the city-B state. Entering only the Originating City and State results in round-trips from that city and back to it.

    You must choose the truck type/equipment to be used for the trips.

    The State Search field allows you to choose the state or states you in which want to operate. If you have only an intrastate license, then you can choose only that state. If you choose to work in only one state and its bordering states, you can choose just those states. You can choose only states in the USA, Canada or Mexico. This is the default valuse of this field. Whatever you choose, none of the loads of any of the trips displayed will originate or deliver to any states other than those chosen.

    You may also choose a number of miles you are willing to drive empty to pick up the first load (a radius around the city) and the same for the Final Destination City, which would be the same as the Originating City for round trips. You can also choose how many miles, up to 50, you are willing to drive from the city where you deliver each load of the trip to the originating city of the next load.

    The Trip Start Date means exactly what it says: the date you want to pick up the first load of your trips. This results in every trip found having the range of its first load's available pick-up dates include the date you enter.

    Lastly, you can choose the number of miles you would like to or normally drive per day so as to not have the planner display trips that are just impossible to do, such as picking up a load on Tuesday to be delivered 1500 miles away, for example, and showing you the next load after delivering the first load is to be picked up on that same Tuesday.

  6. The Daisy Chain of Reloads™. The page for this feature is accessed by any "Reloads" link you see, those on the Home page for the Sample Loads near the bottom and to the right of each load entry displayed in the load list (Loads->Find Loads), or the Daisy Chain Page itself, which is where you are taken when you click on "Reloads".

    This feature first lists the load chosen from the load list in a black background. Then, up to 250 reloads closest to the Destination City of the load you chose via the "Reloads" link are displayed, each containing another "Reloads" link to re-invoke the Daisy Chain feature for each of those loads as the link on which you clicked to get to the Daisy Chain. By default, the loads in the list are for the same equipment type(s) of the chosen load, are full loads in the United States that are available for pick-up within 100 miles of the city to which you will be delivering the chosen load.

    The Daisy Chain Settings is a form in the left sidebar of the Daisy Chain Page where you can do the following:

    • Change the number of miles to drive from each destination city of a load ("Radius") to pick up the reload for that load,
    • Change the states via the same Search States field as in the Trip Planner form to determine in which states of the continent you want to operate (see the explanation of The Trip Planner™ above),
    • Limit the loads displayed by load size (FULL or LTL), and
    • set how many miles per day you wish to drive.

    Please refer to the Help screen for this feature, a link to which can be found on the Home page for anonymous users, in the drop-down menu for the "Help" main-menu button, the load list page at the top, and on the Daisy Chain page itself.

  7. Seeing matching trucks. See the above descriptions of "Post a Load" and "Manage your loads".

Working with Trucks
  1. Search for trucks. Hover your mouse pointer over "Trucks" in the main menu and click on "Find Trucks" from the drop-down submenu. This takes you to the truck list. Click on "Help with this page is HERE" to see a detailed help screen about the truck and load lists.

  2. Post a Truck. Hover your mouse pointer over "Trucks" in the main menu and click on "Post a Truck" from the drop-down submenu. You can enter all the data pertaining to your truck here, which will be displayed in the truck list. The first field that can be filled in on this page, if you set it to "Yes", allows you to see all of the trucks in the truck database at that moment that closely match the data for the truck you just entered, after you enter it. The default value for this field is always "No" and, if still "No" when you submit your truck, you will remain on the Post-Truck page so that you can enter another truck if you wish.


  3. Post multiple trucks. Only Members/Subscribers to theLoadPost.com can use this feature. Hover your mouse pointer over "Trucks" in the main menu, then hover over "Post Multiple trucks" in the drop-down submenu and click on Open/Save Template in the flyout submenu.

    This downloads and opens up an Excel spreadsheet for entering all the trucks that you want to post to the site. Detailed instructions are listed at the top of that file, but basically you enter your truck data in this file where they are supposed to go and under the proper headings, replacing example data. Save the Excel file as a normal Excel file on your hard disk for future use and save it again, but as a comma-separated file (.csv).

    Now, you have two options.

    1. You can go to the site, log in, hover your mouse pointer over "Trucks" in the main menu, then over "Post Multiple trucks" in the drop-down submenu and click on Upload CSV Truck File in the flyout submenu. You will be prompted to enter or browse and select the file. Once this is submitted you will be taken to the Multi-Truck Post Results page and, if all the data is correct in the uploaded file, you will be given a success message telling you how many trucks were just posted. If there are any errors in the data, then you will be given error messages speficying the line number of the file the error was on and what that error was, sometimes with recommendations as to how to fix the problem.

    2. Email the .csv file to posting@theLoadPost.com. If you choose this option, then you must ensure that the username and password in the .csv file, and probably the normal Excel file you saved first, are your actual username and password for theLoadPost.com. Otherwise, your file will be rejected.

      You will receive a return email with the results of your post. The contents of that email will be exactly the same as the results of option 1 above, with the exception of possible error messages about the username, password and privileges because it was done via email.

  4. Manage your trucks. Hover your mouse pointer over "Trucks" in the main menu and click on "Manage My Trucks" from the drop-down submenu. This takes you to the truck list (Find Trucks) in "manage" mode. Only the trucks entered by your user name are displayed, with "Edit", "Delete" and "Match Loads" links to the right of each. Clicking "Edit" and "Delete" are obvious. Clicking "Match Loads" takes you to the load list, which will display all of the loads in the load database at that moment that closely match the data for the truck entry for which you clicked it.

  5. Seeing matching loads. See the above descriptions of "Post a Truck" and "Manage your trucks".