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Getting started

If you are a serious, professional working in one or more specific creative fields, who is just as interested in making a positive social impact as you are in making a paycheck, then we invite you to become a member of Artbox.com. We’re building a community of like-minded pros around the tools you need to promote your work, collaborate with clients and colleagues, and get paid for your services.

Please read our Privacy Policy and the [#Community Guidelines#] so you understand how we operate here. Basically, we’re a community based on professionalism, positivity and respect, and everything we do is based on those core values.

Sign up as a new member

It’s completely free to post your profile and a 20-image portfolio. It’s easy, too - simply click the big button on the home page that says "Let’s Get to Work." and this will take you to our Sign Up page. All you need to enter are your first and last name, a username of your choice, a valid e-mail address, and a password that you choose. Once you submit that information, you’ll be automatically directed to your own "Creative Control Panel" where you can begin by adding information to your profile.

Your Creative Control Panel

When you first sign in or log in, you will always land on the home page of your Creative Control Panel This screen will serve as your toolbox — enabling you to manage your Artbox.com features. It gives you notifications from our system, status information about your account, and quick links to upload and edit your content.

As soon as you sign up, your profile is automatically created with your first and last name, and a placeholder image for your avatar (a picture of you) and two image samples of your artwork. We recommend that - at minimum - you replace these images, fill in the Basic information and select your discipline(s) from the Expertise menu. More complete information in your profile and portfolio will lead to better promotion of your creative services and works - and improves your potential to be found by clients and collaborators.


To update your Artbox.com® profile, click the "Edit Profile" button on your Creative Control Panel homepage. You can also access this page by clicking "Profile" from the Creative Control Panel toolbar located at the top of every page. From this page, you can use the handy "View your public profile" button in the upper right to view the changes to your profile as you edit. All changes become public as soon as they are saved.

Tip Generally, the more information you can share about WHAT you do, HOW you do it and WHY you do what you do, the easier it is to find and make connections with like-minded clients or collaborators who are looking for your particular brand of knowledge, skill and style. Besides, an empty or sparse profile just looks sad.

Pro-only Content entered in your profile will automatically show up on your website's About page. Easy!

The profile editor is divided into nine sections, each with a tab at the left and form fields to complete at the right. After editing each section you need to click the "Save profile" button at the bottom of the form or the information will be lost once you leave the page.


We prefer that you use a picture of yourself, rather than an image of your artwork or other abstract image. When you sign up for an account, a placeholder avatar is generated for you which you should replace with your own image. Your avatar image appears on your profile, on your member listing in The Creative Force directory, in the Featured Members gallery (if your profile is chosen), and other places on the site.

Tip Upload an avatar that has dimensions of at least 140x140 pixels, and we'll take care of resizing it and cropping it to a square. Please use JPG, GIF, or PNG formats, no larger than 5MB.

Basic info

Replace the placeholder avatar image with a good-quality image that represents you as a person (rather than a sample of your work.)
This appears as the title of your Profile page, in your listing on the Creative Force page, and as the credit line for any of the works in your portfolio. You may choose a business name if you'd like, but we prefer to be on a first-name basis here.
We don’t recommend publishing your exact street or home address here. City, State, Region and Country are fine for potential clients.
Include a single URL for your personal website
About You
Ideally, this is two to three short paragraphs summarizing your professional history and expertise.


Note You won't be listed in the Creative Force search results until you've selected at least one discipline. Choose up to three creative fields in which you can claim expertise. When you select a Discipline, you may add keywords that describe specialties within that discipline. Each keyword or phrase must be separated by a comma. [e.g., "Dogs, Cats, Outdoors"]
Add a comma-separated list of particular skills you may have, such as particular software applications, equipment, media, etc. [e.g., "Dreamweaver, Photoshop, After Effects"]

News flash

This is a place to post a notice that will appear right at the top of your profile. It’s a great way to announce a new exhibit, publication or project you’ve done — or just to talk about what you’re working on now — and to keep your profile’s content fresh.


Share information about your work, education and training, exhibits that have featured your work, performances, clients, and awards.


Share information about the company you keep - Professional Organizations, your favorite Collaborators, Galleries or Venues that regularly showcase your work, or Representation - agents or reps that help to promote you.

Social media

Insert the full URL for your social media profile links. We currently feature Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and Pinterest. Contact us if there is a social media platform that you want us to add in the future.


Artbox.com members and visitors are interested in what is meaningful and moving to you as a person as well as an artist. We’ve given you a place to share some explanation as to WHY you do the kind of work you do or what you aspire to do in your work. You may choose to add a formal Artist’s Statement or just share the Inspirations, Aspirations, or Causes that you are passionate about.

Career status

Choose the options that describe your current professional status.

Video embed

You can add a video to your Artbox.com portfolio by copying and pasting the embed code that is automatically generated from video sharing services like YouTube and Vimeo.


Note To upload images to your Artbox.com portfolio, you will need to have version 9 (or higher) of the Adobe Flash plugin installed and enabled in your browser.

Pro-only Your portfolio images are automatically added to your website's homepage in a slideshow.

To upload images, edit the associated text content, and manage their order in your portfolio, click the "Portfolio" button in your Creative Control Panel toolbar displayed on every page. From this page, you can use the handy "View your public portfolio" button in the upper right to view the changes to your portfolio as you make them. All changes become public as soon as they are saved.


The Artbox.com® free portfolio is limited to 20 samples of your work.

Image guidelines

For logos, line art and other graphics, PNG or GIF images are usually preferred.

For photos or artwork, our system does best with JPEG images that are at least 1000 x 1000 pixels and are about 5MB or less in size. The maximum file size is 32MB. DPI measurement of an image does not matter and will have no effect on the online display.

Editing your Artbox.com® portfolio

After uploading your image(s), you will be redirected to your Portfolio page. Single-click an image to bring up a green toolbar on the bottom of the page that will allow you to edit, rotate, or delete that image. Double-click an image to bring up an edit screen that will allow you to modify that image's title or caption.

Uploading images

To upload images, click the "Upload" tab on your Portfolio page, then browse your hard drive for the image files you want to upload. Select them individually or in a batch of several at a time. The list of images will appear on the screen with the size of each displayed. At this point you can click the red button to remove the image if it is too large, or not what you wanted. Click the "Begin upload" button and once the image is uploaded, you will see a thumbnail preview in the "Content" tab of your portfolio album.

Note The Artbox.com Communty Guidelines require that you ONLY upload images you can legitimately claim copyright ownership or have fair use rights to display as a sample of your work.

Once your image(s) are uploaded, you will be redirected back to the "Content" tab on your Portfolio page where you can edit the images you just uploaded.

Image order

Your images are shown in the same order they will be displayed in on your public profile page. To change the image order, single click an image and drag it into the new position. The image order will automatically reshuffle and update.

Rotating images

To rotate an image(s) left or right, single-click an image and click "Rotate left" or "Rotate right" on the green toolbar on the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can double-click an image to bring up the edit screen and use the small, black "arrow" buttons located above the image thumbnail.

Image titles and captions

To change an image(s) title or caption, double-click an image to bring up the edit screen and fill in the title and caption fields. Make sure to click "Save changes" when you're done.

Deleting images

To delete an image(s), single-click an image and click "Delete" on the green toolbar on the bottom of the page. Once an image is deleted, it cannot be recovered and must be re-uploaded again.

Downloading images

To download an image(s), double-click an image to bring up the edit screen. Click the black "Download" button above the image thumbnail to download a full-resolution copy of your image.

Changing the image center point

Images you upload will occasionally be cropped for better display. For best results you should choose the focal point of your image, around which we'll center the crop. To edit the center point of your thumbnail image, double-click an image to bring up the edit screen. You can then adjust the center point by clicking and dragging the transparent circle target that overlays your image. (This is especially useful for portrait-format images that may crop off the heads of people when a square thumbnail is generated.)


Account settings

To edit your account settings, click "Account" and then "Settings" from the dropdown menu on your Creative Control Panel toolbar located at the top of every page. From here, you can change your name, e-mail address, username, and password associated with your account. Your billing and plan information can also be found here, as well as your billing history.

Account limits

Free Members
Your portfolio is limited to 20 images.
Pro Members
Your portfolio is limited to 20 images. You can create an unlimited number of albums, and upload up to 20 GB of images.

Closing your account

First, download your images from your portfolio and copy any text back to your own hard drive. Prior to closing your account, make sure you have downloaded all the images from your portfolio so you have copies saved to your own hard drive. You may also want to copy text from your profile back to a document to save on your own hard drive. Once your account is closed, our system will purge all of your content from our system.

Once you are sure you have all of your images and text backed up to your own hard drive, visit your account settings page and click the Delete My Account button. Please note that once your account is closed, it cannot be restored.

Website Pro-only

Google Analytics

Google Analytics tracks visits to your site and gives you information about the visitors. To use Google Analytics with your website you'll need to signup for a Google account.

  1. Visit Google Analytics and login with your Google account if you have one, or follow their instructions to create a new Google account.
  2. Click on the Admin button to begin.
  3. If you have multiple accounts, select the account you wish to add your website to. Next, click the New Property button to add a new website.
  4. Name it whatever you'd like, and choose appropriate values for the other fields. For the Website URL field, choose "http://" and enter your URL, which will look like yourusername.artbox.com if you don't have a custom domain, or www.example.com if you have setup a custom domain.
  5. Click the Create Property button to save the information.
  6. On the next page you'll see a Tracking ID. Copy and paste this number into your Artbox.com® Website Settings page.
  7. To view your website stats you can login to your Google Analytics account and view the data there. It may take some time after initially setting up your Google Analytics account before data starts to show up in your reports.

Google Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools allow you to see top Google search queries associated with your site, keywords found on your site, links to your site, and other diagnostic tools.

  1. Visit Google Webmaster Tools and login with your Google account if you have one, or follow their instructions to create a new Google account.
  2. Click on the Add a Site button to begin. Enter your full URL, which will look like http://yourusername.artbox.com if you don't have a custom domain, or http://www.example.com if you have setup a custom domain.
  3. To verify with Google that you really own the website at the address that you entered you'll need to get a special code. Artbox supports the HTML tag (or meta tag) alternate verification method. Click on the Alternate methods tab after entering your URL, then select HTML tag and copy the code they provide.
  4. Login to your Artbox account. Click the Account link in your Creative Control Panel, then click Settings. Next, select the Website tab and paste the code into the Google Webmaster Tools meta verification tag field. Save your website settings.
  5. Go back to Google Webmaster Tools and click the Verify button to prove to Google that you're the owner of the website you want to track. If Google is unable to verify, check that you've entered the correct URL into Google Webmaster, and that you've added the code they provided to your website settings.
  6. To view data collected by Google Webmaster you'll need to login to your Google Webmaster account. It may take some time after the initial setup before data starts to show up in your reports.

Google Webmaster Tools Sitemap

Adding a sitemap will give Google information about all the pages on your site, rather than waiting for Google's search engine to find them on its own.

  1. Login to Google Webmaster Tools and select the site you want to manage.
  2. Click on Optimization in the left sidebar, then click Sitemaps.
  3. Click the Add/Test Sitemap button and enter sitemap.xml in the text box, then click the Submit Sitemap button.


Your Artbox.com website has a mobile-optimized version that gives visitors to your site a much better experience if they're using a mobile device. We don't recommend it, but you can disable the mobile version and visitors will see the same site no matter what device they're using.


We offer a range of themes in many styles for your website. Just choose a theme, font, and color scheme, and you'll have the ability to preview what your site will look like before you select it. You can change your theme at any time, as many times as you'd like, and the change will take effect instantly.


You can choose which albums will appear on your website's Albums page, and how they should be ordered. Go to your Website Albums settings page, and just drag and drop to reorder and manage. Albums you choose not to display on your website will still be available to you for editing, but won't be publicly displayed.

Custom CSS

If you have experience with CSS you can override your website styles with your own custom CSS. We can't guarantee that the HTML markup for all of our themes will be the same, or that any given theme's HTML will always remain the same. If you use this feature, it is up to you to make your site usable on all browsers and devices. Be aware that if you change your theme, the custom CSS you specified may no longer work or may break your layout.

Custom domain

If you're not satisfied with your default domain of yourusername.artbox.com, you can buy a custom domain from a domain registrar. Once purchased, just change the A record at your domain registrar or DNS provider to point at our IP address Then, add your custom domain to your Custom Domain settings page. Be patient, as it may take some time (up to 24 hours) for the DNS to resolve to your new site. In the mean time, your site will still be accessible through your default domain of yourusername.artbox.com. If you're interested in having us purchase and setup a custom domain for you, please contact us.

Blog Pro-only

Writing in a blog is a great way to keep the content on your site fresh, and that's something that search engines love. Adding posts on topics that are relevant to you or your business helps search engines know how to categorize you. If you want to be found through certain keywords on search engines, we recommend writing relevant posts about those topics. Writing good content and having your posts linked to and shared is one of the best ways to boost the search ranking of your site.


Blog posts will display on your website in a reverse-chronological order (newest show up top). If a blog post's status is set to Draft, it will not be displayed on your website. The URL-Friendly Name for a blog post should use only lowercase letters and numbers, and use dashes instead of spaces. Using a good URL-Friendly Name will mean better indexing of your post in search engines, and will be easier for linking. Each post has its own unique URL that uses the URL-Friendly name, meaning a URL-Friendly Name can only be used once.


If you have commenting enabled on your site, visitors may leave comments by entering their name, email address, and a comment. Before comments are posted to your website, you have the ability to approve or deny certain posts, and edit their content. Additionally, you can reply to comments left by visitors and those comments will be specially-marked as coming from you.


Categories allow you to organize your blog posts into logical groups. A list of your categories will show up in the sidebar of your website's Blog page. The URL-Friendly Name is important to help search engines better index your site, and to create more human-readable links on your site. Use only lowercase letters and numbers, and use dashes instead of spaces for the URL-Friendly Name. Categories can also be added while creating a new blog post.

RSS Feed

Your blog has a RSS feed which visitors can subscribe to so they will be notified when you add a new post.


Title and Description
The title and description of your blog will be present in your RSS feed for users who subscribe to your blog through that channel.
Menu Text
The menu text of your blog is the name of your blog page in your website's navigation.
If you don't like the default of /blog you can change the URL of your blog. We don't recommend doing this more than once because search engines will have a hard time indexing your site if the location keeps changing.
If you don't want visitors to your site to leave comments you can disable commenting.
If you don't want to use your blog, or choose no to display it on your website, you can set it to not display on your website. If you've previously added posts to the blog, the links to those posts will stop working.