Quick Start Guide

Getting Started on the FloridaMakes Network

Make the most of your FloridaMakes Network experience online by taking these steps to allow others to find and connect with you, engage in meaningful conversations about the topics that matter to you, and build your presence in the online community.


Log in:

Your login email should be the same as the email we have on file for you. When you go to www.floridamakesnetwork.com click “Sign in”. As a first-time user, set your password by clicking on the “Forgot Password” link. If you need to update your email address or need help logging in, contact amanda.starling@floridamakes.com

Profile Set-Up:

Tell us about yourself: Is this what you really look like? Upload a profile picture and add some information to your profile so it is easier to find and connect with like-minded peers.

Set up your profile

Profile Settings:

Customize your profile settings: While on your profile page, click on the tab for My Account. Here you can set up how you want to receive emails from the community, how much of your profile you want visible to other members, design the signature area that appears under your discussion posts and more. If you have any questions about what a certain setting means, please email the Community Manager at info@floridamakesnetwork.com for help.

Email Delivery Options: Your frequency can be in the form of a daily or weekly digest–a single email each day summarizing the hottest topics in your community or stay informed in real time with instant alerts.

My Account > Community Notifications

Daily Digest

Build your contact list: Select Directory from the top navigation bar to find friends and colleagues belonging to the FloridaMakes Network. Creating a contact list helps identify relationships and build searchable networks. Our Advanced Search option offers further parameters for making connections.

Join the Conversation:

Posting a Message:

1. Select “Add” next to the Latest Discussions or “Post New Message” if on the Discussions page

Latest Discussions:

Use the green add button

Discussions page:

Use the green post a new message button

2. You can upload attachments (attachments will automatically be added to the specified community library).

3. You can @mention specific the FloridaMakes Network members.

Options to save, schedule and attach

You can save a draft of the post. The system will also automatically start saving your message once you start adding content. You can schedule a post to go live at a certain time. To access your scheduled posts and drafts, go to Profile > My Contributions tab > List of Contributions.

My Contributions > List of Contributions

Reply to a Discussion:

  • Reply: Reply to the entire thread.
  • Reply Privately: Sends a private response to the member’s community inbox.
  • Mark As Inappropriate: If a member's post clearly violates the FloridaMakes Network Code of Conduct, you can flag it to be reviewed by the FloridaMakes community management team.

Share a Resource:

1. To add the [Community] Resource Library, select Participate from the navigation menu and then select Share a File.
Share a file

2. If you are on the community homepage, you can access the library by clicking on the Library tab.
Create New Library Entry


You will notice that there are two different ways to view the community library content (list or folder). The default view is the list view. Use the icons to switch the view.

3. To add a new library item, select "Create New Library Entry". Complete the required fields on the library entry form: Title, Library, Description, Entry Type. Based on the Entry type you select you will need to take additional steps after you select next.


What now?

  • Let us know you're here: Say hello and share what you are hoping to gain by participating.
  • Ask questions: What do you want to know more about? Have a question about anything from professional development to everyday problems? There's someone out there with the answer.
  • Share ideas: Is there a hot topic you want to discuss? How about a lesson you've learned that might help your fellow members? Start a discussion thread to give others a peek inside your world or to demonstrate your expertise on a topic.
  • Give feedback: Use your knowledge and experience to answer other members' questions. Just click Reply to the right of any discussion post, or comment underneath a library entry.