Whether it's your first time visiting the site or you've recently made the jump to becoming a member, there's a lot that you'll need to know about this addictive site. Let's start with what you can get up to without a profile:
As a newbie who has just found the site, there is not a lot you can do. You can access the basic features of the site, such as viewing tabs, articles and other Contributions such as the column you are reading right now. You will also be able to view a member's profile. You can also navigate to the Forums section and view the posts. This leads us to what you CAN'T do without becoming a member. You will not be able to rate a Contribution, nor will you be able to comment on them. You won't be able to upvote or downvote any comments. You will also not be able to send private messages to people. Also, without a profile, a member will see that a person viewed their profile but will have no idea who did it. A profile is not needed to create tabs though, but you won't receive any credit for it if you make a profile at a later stage.
You can see a few of the benefits of making a profile. Some more advantages will be explained in a later column.
Making a profile is easy and free. Once you click the join ultimate-guitar.com link, signing up is pretty simple.
Once you've made a profile and clicked on the My Profile link, there is a variety of things that you can do to enhance your it. The first thing you should do is click on the Edit Profile link and tell us more about yourself. Another thing that you should think about doing relatively soon is adding a profile picture. Do this by going to the My Pictures link and work from there. Down the left-hand side of the profile screen will be a selection of links called "My (x)" which can also be used to add more to your profile.
If you become stuck and don't know what else to do, click on the link at the bottom of them all which says Add Missing Info which will give you hints on what you could add.
Work on that for now and I'll add some more tutorials.
P.S.: if you have been a member for years, don't come along and say how easy this is. Like I said above, it's for first-timers.