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Change Your My Page

Customize your profile page's theme

When you join a social network on Ning, you create your own profile page on that social network. One of the easiest ways to get started on a new social network is to make your profile page your own - add a profile photo, change the appearance of your page, and add some content. Let people know what you're about! Check out the guides below for a few things you can do to customize your profile page:

Change your page's theme

Your profile page on a social network automatically takes the social network's theme and appearance settings. By default, you can change the theme and appearance of their profile page.

Your social network comes with a number of appearance themes available to you, ranging from simple color schemes to advanced themes. You can apply any of these standard default themes to your profile page.

To change your profile page's theme, go to your profile page and click the "Change Theme" link underneath your profile photo. This is a setting that Network Creators can turn off, so if you don't see the "Change Theme" link under your profile photo on your page, it's likely the Network Creator has turned off this ability.

In the top portion of the page, you can browse through the themes currently available and test them out on your profile page.

You can further customize your page's appearance by changing the font and colors of the theme you've chosen. Select the theme you'd like to customize and scroll to the "Theme Settings" section of the page.

Here you can change the font style, color, and size, change the colors of your theme, and upload your own header background. The header background image you upload here will appear in the top section of your page, above the tabs, and will stretch to fit the area. It will replace the social network's header background, but not the social network name (or logo, if one has been uploaded).

Upload a profile photo

When joining a social network on Ning, you have the option to upload a profile photo as you join the social network. Uploading a profile photo is a great way to let other members know a little bit about you. It's always nice to put a face to a name, but it doesn't have to be a photo of you - it can be an image that represents you, like a photo of your favorite vacation spot or your pet. Any image you upload will represent you on the social network, so be creative!

To change your profile photo, click on the "Settings" link in the right column of the page. Next to the "Profile Photo" field, click the "Upload a photo" button. Click the "Browse" button to find your image on your computer.

Change the layout of your profile page

You can rearrange the layout of your profile page and place the features however you'd like. Using this option, you can highlight your favorite feature on your profile page - maybe you've uploaded a few awesome new photos or wrote a blog post you want people to see when they first land on your page. Just move that feature to the top of the middle column and visitors will see it right away!

To move content around on your profile page, head to your profile and locate the feature you'd like to move. Put your mouse in the title bar of that box. If it can be moved, a small crosshair icon will appear to the left of it.

Click and drag the box to its new location

Drop the box where you'd like it to be, and keep going until you have the perfect layout!

Some elements on your profile page - like your profile photo, basic information, and the My Friends box - can't be moved, but other than that have fun!

Use your text box

One of the easiest things you can do to make your profile page your own is add content to your text box. Text boxes are one of the most flexible features on your social network, and you can add anything you'd like to the text box on your profile page - including text, images, widgets, and links. For more ideas on using your text box, check out this article.

By default, your profile page automatically takes the social network's theme and appearance settings. If the Network Creator enables this option, you can change the theme and appearance of your own profile page.

To change your theme, go to your profile page and click the "Change Theme" link underneath your profile photo. (If this link doesn't appear, it means the Network Creator has disabled this option.)

Change the layout of your profile page

Give the network a personal touch by changing your "My Page" to suit your interests. Your "My Page" link is in the top menu, to the left.

You can move features around your profile page to personalize your space. To do so, click on "My Page". Then put your mouse on the title bar of the module you would like to move. If it can be moved, a small crosshair icon will appear to the left. Now just click and drag the module to the desired spot.

Certain things on your profile page cannot be moved. This included your profile photo, basic information, and the My Friends box on the left column of the page. Additionally, it's not possible to drag anything to or from the right column. This keeps things simple and easy to navigate across the social network.

How do I return My Page to the default layout and theme?

If you changed the layout or theme of your profile page and would like to return to the default, you can do so!

Click the "Settings" link in the right column of the social network.

Click the button to "Return My Page to Default." This will remove both the layout and theme changes you have made on your profile page.

Add a Profile App to your profile page

To add a Profile App, click on the "Add Profile Apps" link that appears in the left column of your profile page, beneath your photo. If this button doesn't appear, it means the creator of your social network has disabled Profile Apps.

This will take you to the Profile App Directory, where you can browse all Profile Apps or view them by category. When you find a Profile App that you'd like to add, click on the "Add to My Page" button and then confirm by clicking "Add Profile App". The Profile App will now appear on your profile!

You can also add other Profile Apps that do not appear in the directory. To do this, click on the "Add By URL" link at the top of the Profile App Directory page. You can enter the address of any compatible OpenSocial Application and click the "Profile App" button. After confirming by clicking the "OK" button, the Profile App will be added to your profile.

You can have five Profile Apps on your profile page, but you can add an unlimited number to your list of My Profile Apps.

Add widgets to your profile page

Widgets are a great way to spice up your text boxes. Widgets are small bits of code that offer you even more features and functionality on your social network. You can quickly copy and paste them into any text box, comment, forum discussion, or blog post on your social network.

You can add widgets to bookmark your favorite links and share them with your friends, to keep track of the latest movie news and reviews, to poll members or friends, or to play fun, addictive flash games right on your profile page. But these are just the beginning of what you can do with widgets on your social network.

If you're looking to add features of functionality to your social network, check out the following widget providers we recommend:

Once you've found a widget you like, copy the HTML embed code and paste it into a text box on your social network. Click save, and you've just added a widget to your social network. It's that easy!

Upload music to your profile page

You can upload any song in the .mp3 format to the music on your profile page. If your songs aren't in the .mp3 format, you'll need to convert them before they'll work on your social network.

To upload music, go to your music player and click the "Add Music" link. Then, just click the "Click to Add Music" icon to select which songs you'd like to upload from your computer. If you want to select multiple songs at a time, just hold down the "Control" or "Command" key on your keyboard and click the extra songs. Songs you've chosen to upload will display as a list on your social network.

After you add one batch, you can add even more songs to the list with the "Add More" link, and remove some using the "X" link to the right of each song. Once you're ready to upload, click the "Upload" button.

Once you’ve uploaded your songs, you can add information about the songs like a title and artist name. Click "Save" when you're finished. When this is complete, you will be able to edit your playlist and re-order the songs in your music player. Click "Done" when this is complete.

If you're experiencing issues with the bulk uploader, you can always use the simple uploader by clicking the link to try the "simple uploader" at the bottom of the page.

You can upload any song in the .mp3 format to the music on your profile page. If your songs aren't in the .mp3 format, you'll need to convert them before they'll work on your social network.

To upload music, go to your music player and click the "Add Music" link. Then, just click the "Click to Add Music" icon to select which songs you'd like to upload from your computer. If you want to select multiple songs at a time, just hold down the "Control" or "Command" key on your keyboard and click the extra songs. Songs you've chosen to upload will display as a list on your social network.

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