Browsing and Logging in

Written by Jane Atkinson on . Posted in Documentation

Instructions for getting to the site and logging in

Getting to your site

Use your club website address, which may or may not end in .toastmastersclubs.org

If for some reason that isn't working, you can access your site using the club number followed by toastmastersclubs.org

e.g. http://987654321.toastmastersclubs.org

"www" isn't needed, though the address will still work if it's included.

 

FreeToastHost supports a number of modern browsers, such as:

  • Firefox (Windows, Mac and Linux versions)
  • Seamonkey
  • Opera
  • Safari
  • Epiphany-browser (webkit)
  • Chrome
  • Internet Explorer, from vers. 8 onwards

Make sure that you have your browser set to allow cookies.

If you still can't access your site, it may have been blocked (or perhaps it's not a FreeToastHost site at all). If you are trying to access it from work, IT may have prevented access and you'd need to talk to them. Otherwise, ask for help on these forums.

 

Logging In for the First Time

When you first visit the site, you are not recognized. You need to tell the website who you are so it knows to grant you member access. To do this, you need to first authenticate. To authenticate means to log in without a password. But since some level of security needs to be present, we send you an e-mail to your address on file, and once you click the link in the e-mail, you confirm your identity. At that time, you will be taken back to the website where you can set your custom password.

If for some reason you don't have your own e-mail address, you can ask your website administrator to authenticate for you, and set a password that you choose. When the admin does this, he or she will receive the authentication e-mail described below.

 

Also use these instructions if you have forgotten your password or want to change it.

 

Step 1:

Member login button

Click the "Member Login" button in the Logins menu. This is just below the Main Menu.

 

Step 2:

When the login screen appears, start typing your name or e-mail address, then once a match is found, your name will appear right below. Once it does, select it by clicking on it, then click "Authenticate / Login". Do not enter a password!

If nothing seems to be happening, you can type in your full email address and click the authenticate button without needing to wait for your name to appear. If the website still does not find anything, your website administrator might not have entered your details in the system yet. You will need to check with him/her.

 

Step 3:

Check your e-mail box for your authentication e-mail and click the link in the e-mail and click the link. Make sure the link is not wrapping, partially linked, including the < and > in the link, or otherwise corrupt.

Sometimes, authentication emails end up in your spam or junk folder. If you haven't received your email, check there first. If you still haven't received it, ask for help on the forums.

 

Step 4:

When you click the link in the e-mail, you will be taken to the website where you choose / create a password. Set your custom password, then click "Set Password". Your password must be at least 6 characters long. It can contain any of letters, numbers and certain special characters (which are listed in the create password window).

Congratulations! You have logged in and setup your password for future logins. Also, once you close the window you will be logged in.

If you cannot log in, it is most likely due to your cookie settings. Please see this page for details.

 

Subsequent logging in

Carry out steps 1 and 2 above, but instead of leaving the password box empty when you click authenticate / login, enter your password in the password box first, as shown here.

 

Forgotten or changed passwords

If you forget or wish to change your password, follow the instructions for first-time login.