Getting Started

There are a lot of resources for creating and updating your page, here on the blog and at our Help Center. Though the categories on the right can help you discover them, we wanted to provide a quick and easy rundown of the best posts for getting started with your page!

Most custom background images added to undergo a bit of editing. We provide a collection of image editing tools and discuss a bit about what each does. And specifically, we’ve explained a super-simple background hack if your image doesn’t quite fit the space.

One of the first posts written on the blog (and the first guest post) features tips on how to write a bio. Head there if you are having trouble composing your text.

Of course, it’s important for your content to be readable, so stop by our palatte post to learn about some tools that will help you choose colors for your page.

Finally, there are a couple of posts that go beyond the basics. The most recent describes one of our newest features, tags – every page should have them!

Another discusses how to read and use your stats. Finally, we’ve explained how to add and edit custom URLs to your page.

What else would you like to see covered?

4 responses to Getting Started

  1. David Lightweis

    I’d love to use your service but can’t figure out a thing. How the heck do you create a decent background image without being a photoshop expert. And don’t say Skitch or Aviary. Skitch is dead on arrival having been bought by Evernote. I’m totally at a loss regarding how the really nice pages get created. A little practical help for non-artists would be nice. Thanks.

  2. lauraglu – Author

    Hi David,

    The best thing to do is start with a high quality image at the recommended dimensions – 1680×1050 pixels, at 72 dpi.
    The ‘hack’ tutorial linked to above would likely work with Seashore or Acorn.
    If you’re looking for something specific, please Contact us at with your image and an example of what you’re trying to do. We can provide 1:1 help there and ideally, turn the result into a new blog post/FAQ.


  3. David Lightweis

    Hi Laura,

    And thank you! But here’s the issue. I go to Seashore and here’s what the home page says:

    “Seashore is an open source image editor for Cocoa. It features gradients, textures and anti-aliasing for both text and brush strokes. It supports multiple layers and alpha channel editing. It is based around the GIMP’s technology and uses the same native file format.”

    Say what?

    And Acorn for $49.95 for something probably equally technical and something I’ll never use again is a waste.

    So, I’d love to take you up on your offer of 1:1 help. Exactly how do I go about that? Make me the non-technical guinea pig I guess.



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