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To Create Your Personal Profile

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To create your personal profile you must access yours at:  http://www.ivillage.com/profile/private. This will take you to a log-in page. Once you have logged in you will be taken to your profile layout pages. 

Make sure you are on the page that says "Welcome to your profile!" at the top and NOT the page that says "Welcome! This is how your profile looks to other people." ~ you cannot change your profile in any way if you are on the wrong page!!!

You will see your name at the top left of the screen.

The tabs at the top of this page are:
MY PROFILE        PHOTOS   
ACCOUNT SETTINGS        CUSTOMIZE   
NEWSLETTERS

To actually begin to fill in the contents of your profile you need to scroll down until you see the words "See All Questions".  Click on that. You will be taken to a new page with the heading "Account Settings".  There are three options listed at the upper left side of that page:
    Account Info
    Personal Info
    Privacy
The "Personal Info" is highlighted and that is the page you are now on.

Please understand that the information that is at the top of that page that you are requested to fill in will NOT ever be seen by anyone visiting your profile.  That is only for use by the iVillage staff.  Fill in the questions in that portion of the page and click on the "Save Changes" button right below it.

Now - fill out the rest of that page to create the profile that others will be able to see.  When you have completed answering your profile questions (you choose which ones you want to answer) be sure to click on the "Save Changes" button at the bottom of that section!

Check out the other options to ensure that your privacy is protected:
Account Info:  You may edit your avatar or the email address that is associated with your iVillage account and your account password on this page.
Privacy:  Here you can control who can see which sections of your public profile.

The other TABS - a brief explanation of each.  Play with them - it is not difficult to understand what is going on at each!
 
PHOTOS: 
Here you can edit your existing photos or upload more. You can set the privacy level for the entire album or individual photos.
 
CUSTOMIZE:  
  Profile customization: Here you can opt for the various color schemes offered, and the various frames offered for your Avatar.  (this feature is also accessible on the front page of your Profile at the far right!)
  Tools: From this page you can choose any "tool" that you wish displayed on your Profile. (this too can be accessed on the front page of your Profile at the far right!)
 
NEWSLETTERS
From here you can choose from among the many Newsletters that iVillage offers. These are then delivered to the email address that you used when you registered.   (this too can be accessed on the front page of your Profile at the far right!)
 
NOTICE at the far right of your each page are two buttons: "My View" and "Public View".  By clicking on either of them you are taken to either a view of what you see when you come to your Profile or what the public sees when they go to your Profile! 

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What is your Avatar? This is the picture that will be seen at the far left of every message you post at iVillage as well as in your Profile.
 
To create your Avatar you need to follow the same starting steps that you followed to create your personal profile. Click on the following link:  http://www.ivillage.com/profile/private. This will take you to a log-in page. Once you have logged in you will be taken to your profile layout pages. 
 
Make sure you are on the page that says "Welcome to your profile!" at the top and NOT the page that says "Welcome! This is how your profile looks to other people." ~ you cannot change your Avatar if you are on the wrong page!!!
 
To start the process of creating yours, move your mouse over the box at the upper left where the red iVillage logo is shown.  You will see the words "Change Photo" appear.  Click on that option.
 
Your Avatar will sometimes take a while to load.  You might not see it until you have rebooted your browser. But - it WILL show up eventually!!!
 
After you have created your Avatar you can access it from any iVillage Board page.  Simply click on your user name then follow these steps:
 -  Select "See my iVillage Profile"
 -  Select "Go to My View"
 -  Click on your existing Avatar and follow the steps for creating your Avatar
 
 

These *added* comments will be removed as soon at the Avatar Upload issue has been fully resolved.  Meanhwhile....
 
Be patient.  Make sure each page has loaded completely before you try to move on.  If you do not see a list of iVillage-provided avatars before you try to upload your own it will NOT work!  If they never load, back up and start over!    If you accidentally click twice (because it looks like it didn't take!) on the button that tells it to proceed you may cancel your efforts and have to begin again.
 
Once you get your new Avatar uploaded AND can actually see it on your Profile page (and, sorry gals, the system is still a bit touchy and this may take a few tries!!!) then come back to the board to see if you can see it here.  If not, log out and back in.  If that does not work, close your browser session and open a new one.  Your new Avatar should show up then!

You have two options in creating the Avatar that you wish to use.

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1. Choose one of the many that is provided by iVillage simply by clicking on one of those shown on the "Select an Avatar" or by selecting the option to view "More Avatars" and selecting one from those offered.  Once you click on one of those avatars it will be put into your Avatar box for you.
 
2. Choose to upload a picture or graphic image from your personal computer by clicking on that option.  You will be taken to a screen giving you the following  message:
 
 
 
Photo Location
Browse      You can upload a JPEG, GIF, or PNG file.  Images larger than 1 MB will be scaled down.
 
Click on the Browse button and find the image you wish to use and select it.

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The picture you have chosen will be brought to your screen and you will be given editing options.
 
Your avatar will be re-sized "to fit" should you choose more of your picture than will fit the optimum space provided.  That space is 150 x 150 pixels.
 
If you do not like what you are seeing, you can cancel out and start over!
 
 
 
 

If you choose to keep what you have created and "Upload" it you will see the following screen.

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Remember that if you wish to change your Avatar at any time you can simply repeat these steps!

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To add pictures to you profile Photo Album simply click on the "Add Photo" option indicated in this picture!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

You will see the following option:
Photo Location
  Browse      You can upload a JPEG, GIF, or PNG file.  Images larger than 1 MB will be scaled down.
 
Click on "Browse" and find the picture on your computer that you wish to upload.

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Please notice the editing box (dashed lines and little boxes) that surrounds your picture.  You can re-size you picture or choose only a portion of it by using those editing lines.
 
When you are satisfied with your picture you may "Upload" it or you may choose to upload another picture. Either way your edited picture will now be in your Photo Album.
 
Please remember that the pictures displayed in your album are NOT protected from theft by anyone who views them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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