In the following three-part guide, users will learn the basics and more advanced aspects of the AfterDawn website including how to edit your post, find what you are looking for, forum etiquette and how to download the software of your choice.
In Part 1 of this guide, you will learn how to create an AfterDawn.com account, activate your account, editing your personal settings, setting up an AfterDawn profile, example forum etiquette, and the forum rules.
Creating an AfterDawn and Blasteroids account
Ok, so to begin this journey we will first need to learn how to create an Afterdawn.com and Blasteroids.com account.
If you are reading this guide then you clearly understand how to get to the AfterDawn website, so keep this guide open and open up a new browser tab or window and head back to the Afterdawn homepage for the the next few steps.
On the top right of the homepage you will see a small black box that will say "Username",
"Password", "Not registered yet? Register here." or "Lost your password? Click here."
You are going to want to click on "Not registered yet? Register here." and proceed to the next page of registration.
You will now have a few boxes to fill in, the first being the username you want for the site. Be careful in picking this name as you cannot change it after it has been submitted. Also be reminded that there is a maximum of 10 characters and no special characters such as "!, @, $" can be used. This includes spaces as well.
Next, you are asked to pick a password. Although there are no requirements, it is suggested to have a password of at least 7 characters including both numbers and letters.
After selecting your password, confirm it by typing it in again in the box right underneath.
Now we move onto the email address section. This is the most important part of registration, so be careful when filling the boxes out. Enter a valid email address (it must be valid because you will need to activate the account using the email provided) and then confirm it by copying and pasting or re-typing it in the box below.
In the next few boxes you can choose to provide your real name, date of birth and gender.
By default, you will receive the AfterDawn weekly newsletter which provides updates for anything pertaining to the site as well as give you news and software updates. You can however, choose to not have this email sent to you by selecting No in the Do you wish to receive our weekly newsletter? section.
Finally, (we will get into the "Your signature field" section later) we move into the Country and timezone section. The first drop down menu will allow you to pick the country you are visiting the site from and we appreciate if you give an honest answer as it helps us know where our visitors are coming from and it will help you to easier select your timezone.
Next, select your Timezone from the drop down menu. This should be pretty straightforward, if you are on the east coast of the US then you will want to select "US/Eastern" and make sure the time is right.
Now, make sure everything you've provided is correct and hit JOIN! on the bottom of the page.
Activating your account
Now lets open up a new browser tab or window and go to the email address you provided. Note: I used a Gmail account so the screen shots may differ somewhat from yours.
Open up the email and you should see something very similar to the screen shot at right.
Now, you will have two options. You can either click on the hyperlink provided or visit http://login.afterdawn.com/activate_account.cfm and use the activation code provided.
Also included in the email will be your username and password. If you are afraid you will forget either one, then save the email, otherwise after you have activated the account you can delete the email.
Now that you are activated you should get a Thank You! screen that will tell you you are free to login now. Press on the If you wish to login, please click here and log in for the first time. :)
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz