Getting Started

Welcome to culture360.org!

Once you have registered with culture360.org you may have some questions about how to get started. This article will provide some tips and ideas for getting started and to becoming a member of this creative, culture community.

We welcome any feedback on the site and any suggestions you may have on how we can improve the site to make it a better experience.

If you find you are having trouble using this site and you can’t find the answer in this ‘Getting Started User Guide’ or in our FAQ section please contact our friendly Community Tech Support Group who should be able to provide any answers to questions you may have.

Becoming a Member

There are many benefits to become a member of culture360.org and it’s easy to do.

Benefits of becoming a member:

  • You’re part of a large creative and cultural community
  • You can connect with other artists and organisations in your area of interest throughout Asia and Europe
  • You can create your own blog for FREE!
  • You can discover opportunities available in your region, such as project collaborations, jobs, grants and more
  • And, discover the latest news and exciting events in your region

How to become a member

There are many ways you can join the culture360.org community:

  1. Click on the Sign Up link at the top of the page; or
  2. Click on the Join Now button in the Sidebar on the Home Page; or
  3. Click on the Become a Member link in the Footer.
  4. Click on the Join culture360.org link under the Community menu.

Creating an Account

Applying to create a culture360.org account is easy. All applications are moderated to ensure a safe, SPAM free community. Providing more detailed information will speed up the moderation process.

At any time you can come back and extend your Account Profile . If you extend your Account Profile you will increase your visibility and make it easier for people to find you and learn about you and what your interests are.

If you find you are experiencing issues creating an account please go to the FAQ’s section.

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culture360.org Admin Bar

Once your a member you can quickly access the culture360.org community’s main features anywhere on the site by using the Admin Bar located in the left side of the header – visible from every page.

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From here you can get quick access to:

  • Edit your Profile
  • Change Avatar
  • View Blog, Friend, Member, and Group Directories
  • Create a Blog
  • View Notifications

Adding Your Avatar / Profile Image

An avatar is an image that you attach to your personal profile that represents you.

Whenever you comment on an article or chat with another member of the site your avatar will appear. If you don’t choose an avatar then a default avatar image will appear as displayed below.

Select your personal profile image from your computer by clicking on the Browse button. You will need to selected a JPG, GIF or PNG formatted photo. Once you have located the image you want to use for your avatar on your computer then select the ‘Upload Image’ button.

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Cropping Your Avatar / Profile Image

If the image you have selected for your avatar is too large or you want to crop into a section of your image, you can use the cropping tool available to drag and select the part of image you want to make your avatar.

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Changing Your Avatar / Profile Image

You can change your avatar at any time, however you will need to be logged to be able to edit your profile. In the top navigation bar you will see a ‘My Account’ link in green. When you hover over that link a drop down menu appears. Here you will find a link to all the activity for your account. Select the ‘Profile’ link – this will take you to your Profile page.

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What’s a Gravatar?

A gravatar is a globally recognised avatar that allows weblogs and similar sites to display a provided pictures from a central database.

When you post a comment on any blogging software that has a gravatar plugin installed it checks your e-mail address to see if it has been associated gravatar at gravatar.com. If so, your gravatar is shown along with your comment.

You can register a free account based on your e-mail and upload an avatar to be associated with your account. Go to http://gravatar.com for more details.

Membership Application Confirmation Email

Once you have completed the ‘Sign Up’ process you will recieve an e-mail confirming the membership application is being reviewed. The review process can take a few days and we may contact you about your application.

Confirmation of Membership Approval

Once you have activated your account you will receive an e-mail informing you that your new account has be successfully set up. In this e-mail you will receive your Username, Password and a link to login. Save these details in a safe place for future reference in case you forget.

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Lost Your Password?

If you discover when you login to culture360.org that you have forgotten your password or have lost your password, no problem we can assign you a new password which you can then reset.

  1. Click on the ‘Lost Your Password’ link, a new page will appear which will prompt you to enter your e-mail address.
  2. Once you have entered your e-mail address, we will e-mail you with your ‘User Name’ and link to reset your password. When you click on this link you are redirected back to the site to enter either your ‘User Name’ or your e-mail to be issued a new password.

Please enter your username or e-mail address, then the new password will be sent you to. Copy the new password and click on the link to be redirect to the login page, enter your user name and paste in your new password. We recommend you then go to your Profile page and change your ‘Settings’. Here you can change your password to one that may be easier for you to remember.

Removing Your Profile

If you want to permanently ‘delete’ your profile or ‘deactivate your account’. Go to your ‘Settings’ tab in your Profile. Please note: this is a permanent deletion and there is no way to restore your profile or blog if you have set one up.

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Connecting with other Members

Another great feature of the culture360.org site is the ability to be able to connect with other members of from the creative community within Asia and Europe. Whether its other artists, practitioners and policy makers – you can create connections with people who share the same interests as you.

  1. You can view a list of culture360.org Members under the ‘Community’ tab in the top navigation. Within the ‘Members Directory’ you can browse other members profiles, send them a message or mention a member in a post. You can also narrow your search for members interested in a specific area or topic by using the search filter.
  2. The more information and the more descriptive your own member profile is the more it increases your chances of people finding you, learning about you and connecting with you.
  3. On the Members Directory Page you can send a ‘Friendship Request’ to another member by selecting the ‘Add Friend’ button. That person will then receive a Friendship Request notification which they then can choose to either ‘Accept’ or ‘Deny’.
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  4. Once your ‘Friendship Request’ has been accepted, you will receive a notification message in the top of the left hand menu bar on the site and an e-mail in your e-mail inbox.
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Join a Group

The culture360.org site enables you to easily become a member of a Group or even create a Group in your area of interest and invite other people to join. You can view Groups that have already be established in the ‘Groups Directory‘ under the Community tab in the top navigation and send a request to ‘Join Group’.

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Create Your Own Group

To create your own Group, click on the pink ‘Create a Group’ button on the Group Directory Page. Enter the name of your Group and a brief description that best describes your Group. Within seconds your new Group will be formed. Invite members from your ‘Friends’ list to join your Group. And, don’ forget to regularly login to keep your Group active and see whose joined your Group, read what’s being discussed and comment.

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Your Privacy Settings

On culture360.org there are three basic levels of privacy; Public Group, Private Group and Hidden Group.

You always have total control over who can see your profile and what you share. We recommend setting your profile to Public Group as it enables people to find, learn about and connect with you. Please be aware that if you choose Public Group as your profile setting that any information you provide in your profile may be visible to everyone on the internet.

Load a Group Avatar

You load an image for your Group avatar in the same way as when you set up your profile. Instructions on loading your avatar can be found under the ‘Adding Your Avatar‘ section.

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Invite Your Friends

Once you have created a Group you can then send out Invites to members on your ‘Friends’ list to visit your Group. Choose the people you want to send an invite out to by selecting the check box then click on the ‘Finish’ button.

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