How to register Facebook and use it to the fullest

This guide will teach you how to sign up to Facebook. By the end of the the guide you will know how to join Facebook, add friends or ‘people you may know’ and also how to add a cover photo or profile picture to your account.

Like most social networking sites, Facebook asks its users to create a user profile to join the worldwide network. This is entirely free and can contain as little or as much information as you want. Once you have created your profile you can also adjust the privacy settings to specify what details you want to be made public.

How to join Facebook

1. Go to the Facebook website. Under Sign Up type your information into the boxes.

The birthday boxes have the information in drop down boxes and, when you click on the arrows, they will display a list for you to select the correct dates. You should also click on the round button next to either male or female. When you have completed these boxes click on the green button to Sign Up.

2. Facebook will send an email to the email address you provided. This is to ensure that you have given a real email address and one that you genuinely have access to. Click on the button Confirm Your Account. A numeric confirmation code is also provided and you may be asked to type this in.

3. Facebook will now open your profile and ask you a series of questions to help you get started. Step 1 is to help you find friends who are already using Facebook.

Facebook will suggest people it thinks you may know and give you a list with profile photos so you can recognise them. If you would like to connect with someone on this list click on the Add Friend button. This will send a Friend Request to them – it is their choice whether or not to accept your request.

Click on the Next button if you do not recognise or wish to connect with anyone in this list.

4. On the Welcome page Facebook gives you the opportunity to connect with people in your email address book/contacts. It does this by taking the email address that you used to create your profile. If you want to see who it suggests click on Find Friends and it will access your email contacts to match them up with Facebook users.

5. Next the Welcome page suggests that you get to know your privacy settings. See our guide Privacy settings: How to stay safe on Facebook

6. Add a Profile Picture. You can use either a photograph that is on your computer or can be accessed from your computer (for instance on a USB) or, if you have a webcam that takes still photos, then you could take a new photo of you.

Many people choose to put a picture of something other than themselves for their profile, for instance a cartoon or favourite pet. If you choose not to put a photo at this time your profile will appear with the head and shoulders outline that you see below. For further information on uploading photos see our guide How to upload photos to Facebook.

  1. Facebook is all about connecting with people so step 4 allows you to search for people you might know by typing in their names.

Don’t worry if you can’t think of many people at this stage you can always look for people at a later date, indeed you can continue to add to your friends list for as long as you have a Facebook account!

Your new Facebook Profile

Once you have done all of this your new Facebook page will open.

The first thing you will see is an option to change what is known as your cover photo. This is a large image that appears at the top of your personal page and is different to your profile photo. It can be of a scene that you like, a party, a cartoon, a flag or anything else that you feel is important to you…or even just looks nice.

To add your own photo click on OK

Registering a Business Page on Facebook

In order to create a business Facebook page for your business you will need a Facebook profile. You can easily create a page if you already have a personal account and become the Manager/Owner of the page or simply register on Facebook if you do not possess a personal account.

Next, type Facebook fan page on Google and access the first link. Choose the category of your business, name it and press the “Get started” button.

The Steps

  1. About section. Simply add your website, a description and a unique Facebook web address (URL) and check “yes” or “no” if this page is a real business, product or brand. Click “Save info” and go to step 2.
  2. Profile picture. You can upload the picture from your computer or import it from a website. Then click “Next” and go to the next step. Make sure the picture is of high quality and displays nice visuals. You can also add a cover image to your Facebook Page – it’s highly recommended to be of good quality and have an attractive design.
  3. Add to favorites. Hit the green bottom and “Next”.
  4. Reach more people. Here you can create an ad or you can skip this step and create the ad later (after your business page will be properly customized).

Extra: You can use the Bing maps to define your Facebook Business Page address (physical) and display it on a map. You can also add contact info such as phone, email, schedule, hours open for business.

Press the “Skip” button and you are good to go. Remember, only authentic information, pictures, content, posts etc. will make your business successful. Return for more Local social tips.