User Account

Registering For An Account ¶ 

The first step of becoming an active member of a site is having an account, to begin, register for an account.

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  1. You have to sign up for an account prior to contributing to any guides or discussions.
  2. The window to the right will appear:
  3. Fill In the form that appears with your:
    • Email
      • Use a valid email address that you own.
      • Your email address will NOT be public!
    • Your Name
      • This is the name displayed next to your avatar across the community.
    • Password
      • Write your password down somewhere so you don't forget it.
      • Increase your password strength by having a healthy mix of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

Filling Out Your Profile ¶ 

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Viewing Your Profile ¶ 

Go to your profile to view and edit your information, add an avatar, and see the badges you've earned.

To get to your user profile, click on your avatar in the top right corner of the web page, and press "View Profile".

Add an Avatar ¶ 

To add an avatar to your profile, click the "Edit" tab at the top right corner of your screen. This will bring you to the profile editing page. On the left side of your screen you will see your avatar below the words "Editing your Profile". To add an avatar, click on the current avatar (most likely a grey square with a camera in it). Press "Upload" in the image drawer at the bottom of your screen, and upload the image you would like to be your avatar. Once the image has uploaded, click on it and it will be placed as your avatar. Click "Save" for the changes to take effect.

Add an About Section ¶ 

To add an About Section, click "Edit" on your profile and then select the "About" tab. Tell the community about yourself: everything from professional experiences to hobbies and interests.

Think of this section as a virtual resume to showcase your knowledge and accomplishments in the community.

Change your Password ¶ 

If you ever decide to change your account password, simply press "Edit" in the top right corner of your profile. From here you can update your password. In the center of a screen you will see a text field titled "New Password". Type in the new password you would like and then re-type it in the "Re-type new password" text field. After you have done this, press "Save" and your new password will be activated.

Be sure to follow password guidelines mentioned above.

For more instructions on this, see our step-by-step guide.

Change your Display Name ¶ 

To change your display name, simply "Edit" your profile. Then, go to the text field labeled "Name." Saving changes to this entry will update your display name.

Change your Email ¶ 

To change the email address associated with your account, simply press "Edit." Look for the text field labeled "Email." Saving changes to this entry will update your email address.

For more instructions on this, see our step-by-step guide.

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