Basic Profile Setup
Well, seeing as how it has been requested, I'm going to try and make a few tutorials on how to deal with AO's profile system. This first tutorial will focus mainly on the basic layout of the profile, and how to edit the basics to making a fairly decent profile.
First things first, access your profile by clicking on the arrow next to the profile link at the top of your web browser and selecting my profile. (Might not be unnecessary to tell people this, but you never know.)
Once that is open, you should see a pretty plain looking profile with a bunch of preset blocks. Blocks are the different areas where you display the information you want on your profile.
You should also take note of the different profile options at the top left hand side of your page. There should be two rows of options. On the top is where you will find links to your blog and forum profile information, while the bottom one is where most of the editing options are located at. This row contains a profile and style editor, which will be used the most to setup your profile.
The first feature I'll talk about are the three different Editor modes you can use to edit the profile. These can be seen when you drag down the profile option. On the top of the list will be these modes, followed by your page management options.
* First, there is the normal view, which will allow you to see what everyone else sees when they look at your profile.
* Simple mode gives you options in each of your blocks. A wrench and X symbol will appear at the top of the blocks to allow you to edit/delete them quickly. You'll also notice orange arrows that you can click to move your blocks around in the direction you want.
* The advanced editor mode has a few more features like the fact that you click and drag your blocks around to the desired location, rather than having to move them one space over at a time.
Now, under these three is the option to add more blocks (which you will have plenty to choose from) and other pages to your profile. That should be simple enough, click on what you want to add and it will take you to a page to select /edit your choice.
Alright, next up is the Style Editor options. Drag down the options for this and you will see two options. You can edit your own style, or you can browse other members profiles that they uploaded. If you want to create one on your own, then go to the option to "create a new style based on." There will be some colors listed that will help get you started. Just choose one of the colors you want your profile to be focused around, and this box of options will show up:
Now, this is the place where you can change the colors/fonts/border thickness of the page, blocks, and so on.
For example: If you want to make the background color of your page change, select the page option in the middle. Once selected, click on the background option and choose the color you want for it on the color chart. Here's a quick look at that process:
As for uploading a background to your profile go to were it says "Page" and what you are looking for is were it says "Edit Image" click that.Then you will see another box pop up.Here you can select what image you want to upload from your computer.It will give you Options to "Repeat" the image ( recommended for most images ).Then there are two more options asking how you want it to be shown Vertical Alignment & Horizontal Alignment ( Recommended settings Top & Center) For your Vertical Alignment & Horizontal Alignment. Example:
Now if you would like to make the boxes transparent you will have to delete the color code that is there.Example:
Not the best in the world but hopefully it helps out some people.Joint effort with deo on this one and getting it started.