Well, it’s finally happened. The Tabletop Geeks User Sites are ready for a public release! They are still a bit of a work in progress as I continue to add new features, but I am comfortable enough with where they are at now to allow everyone to start using them. Here are the details on how to sign up and get started with your own site.
First of all, you need to sign up for a site. If you already have a Tabletop Geeks username then you should login before going to the sign up page. After signing up you will be emailed instructions on how to activate your site.
Edit Your Profile
Once you are activated it’s time to start using it! If you are logged in you’ll have a link to your control panel at the top of your blog page. The first thing you’ll want to do is to edit your user profile with any information about yourself. You can fill in as little or as much as you like and your site will update accordingly.
Create a Gallery
After your profile is set up you have a few options. The main option right now is of course to create galleries and upload photos. With the Gallery link in the navigation bar on the left side you can add a gallery. When adding a gallery you get a few options to specify some information about it; the Game it’s from, the Army it’s from, the Setting, and the miniatures’ Publisher. You may leave any of these blank, but the more you fill out the easier it will be to find your stuff in the directory!
Once you are set up with a gallery you can start to upload photos. You have several options for what you can do with images once they are uploaded. You can change the thumbnail images, add captions, name the image, rotate the image, and even add your own personal watermark! Your gallery and uploaded photos will automatically start showing up on your site.
You can add some posts to your site as well. Posts can be anything from battle reports to painting logs to your thoughts on any games you are playing to… well, whatever you want to put there. You can add galleries and individual images to your posts as well.
There is plenty you can do with your site, so poke around your Control Panel page! Most things should be pretty self explanatory. There are plenty of options to play with not only for individual galleries but for the site as a whole (including multiple ways of displaying images). If you have any troubles or can’t figure something out you can always contact us for assistance. I would also love to hear your feedback on the User Sites! What are your thoughts on the layout? How difficult is it to figure out/use the Control Panel? Are there any features that are missing?