Registration and Log-in

Why do I need to join?

To take advantage of all the features of the Taste of Home community, such as creating a My Page, choosing your avatar, posting in community forums and group forums, writing a blog and sending and receiving private messages, you will need to register. It takes only a few minutes.

How do I join?

To join, simply click the "Join now" link in the upper right. You will be asked to provide a valid email address, mailing address, and choose a screen name. Please review our Privacy Policy.

I already have a screen name and password. How do I log in?

To log in, go to the home page and click "Log in" in the upper right. You'll be asked for your email address and password.

I forgot my username and/or password.

If you forget your username and/or password, click the "Log In" link and click the "Forget Your Password?" link. Enter your email address. Your username and a new password will be emailed to you.

How do I change my username/screen name?

Usernames/screen names cannot be changed once they've been selected.

What if I've joined but still can't log in?

If you've registered but still can't log in, make sure that you have cookies enabled in your browser. (Refer to your browser's "Help" section.)

I've logged in before, but now I can't log in.

First make sure your username and password are correct and that cookies are enabled in your browser. If you still can't log in, your account may have been put on hold. Please e-mail us at ecommerce@reimanpub.com.

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My Page/My Profile/My Blog

Why do I need a My Page?

Your My Page lets you organize your favorite recipes, message boards, groups and online friends all in one convenient location. It also lets you choose what personal information you wish to share with others who view your online profile.

What is an avatar?

An avatar is a picture or illustration of you (or another picture of your choice that represents you). It is displayed with your posts and replies in message boards and groups and also on your My Page.

How do I set my avatar?

First, choose a digital photo or an illustration you wish to use. Accepted formats are jpg, gif and png. For best results, it should be square. From any page, click on "My Profile" in the upper right corner. On your My Profile page, find the "Upload Avatar" field. Click the "Browse" button and locate the photo or illustration on your computer. Then click "Update." Scroll to the bottom of your My Page and click "Save." NOTE: Your avatar may not show up immediately, so be patient.

Why must I log in to use community forums, group forums and leave private messages for other users?

This is to protect the privacy of users and to prevent unwanted/unsolicited messaging.

How do I write a blog post?

From any page, click on "My Profile" in the upper right corner. On your profile page, click on the "Blog" tab. On the blog page, click on the "Create Blog Post" link to open a blog window. Type a subject for your blog and then type the blog entry in the window, using the formatting tools as needed. (You can also write your blog using a word processing application or note pad and then paste it into the text window.) Add tags if you like (see "What are Tags?"). When finished, click "Save." NOTE: Your blog may not appear on the site for up to 5 minutes.

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How do I add a photo to my blog?

Tasteofhome.com does not host photos; your photo needs to be hosted at a photo hosting website. Try free sites like www.photobucket.com or www.flickr.com. To add a photo to your blog, click on the insert photo icon in the toolbar (to the left of the smiley face). Copy and paste the image URL from the photo hosting website, add a short description of the image (optional), dimensions (optional) and spacing (optional). Then click "Insert."

What are tags?

Tags are keywords that help others locate your posts, replies and blog entries by subject. Choose a few keywords that describe your post, reply or blog and type them into the Tags field at the bottom of the window.

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My Recipe Box

How do I add recipes to My Recipe Box?

To access your personal Recipe Box, you must join and log in. When you are logged in, click the "My Recipe Box" link in the upper right. To add any Taste of Home recipe to your Recipe Box, click the "Add to my Recipe Box" link found on the Recipe Detail page. The recipe will then be added to your Recipe Box.

How do I remove recipes from My Recipe Box?

To remove recipes from your Recipe Box, check the "Delete" box for the recipe you would like to remove then the click the "Delete" button. The recipe will no longer appear in your Recipe Box.

How do I add personal recipes to My Recipe Box?

To add personal recipes to your recipes box, click the "Add my Own Recipes" tab in your Recipe Box and fill in the recipe information details. The recipe will then be added to your Recipe Box.

How do I use Recipe Box "Favorites?"

In your Recipe Box, click on the "Favorite" box to the left of the recipe name. Designating recipes in your Recipe Box as "Favorites" will display them on your My Page public profile and allow you to share them with the Taste of Home community.

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Private Messages

What is a Private Message?

A private message is like email within the community. You can send a private message to other users that is visible only to them. No private information, such as your email address, is ever disclosed. To send a private message to another user, click on the user's screen name to go to her or his My Page. Then click on "Send [screen name] a private message." You can also send a private message to a user by clicking the "Contact" button in posts and replies to community or group forums.

How do I read my private messages?

Click on the mail icon in the upper right or at the bottom of the page under "My Account."

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Privacy and Security

How do I change my password?

To change your password, click on the "My Profile" link in the upper right. On your My Page, click the "Private" tab. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Change Password" button. Type in a new password, verify the new password and click "Save."

How do I change my username?

We're sorry, this feature is not available at this time.

How do I change my email address?

To change your email address, click on the "My Profile" link in the upper right. On your My Page, click the "Private" tab and locate your private information. Type in a new email address, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Save."

What profile settings are required?

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

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