Just a quick note, I added notes directly to the images with Paint, so there will be overlap between here and the images. Hopefully the notes on the images will mostly be sufficient to help folks along, but there will be a couple place where you'll want to check the details inside.
One of the things about fc2.com is that they're a major web service provider, so they offer things like free webspace, forms, BBS, blogs, counters, hit analyses... and most of these services are free in exchange for a small banner. For webpages, the adverts are at the bottom of the page and are easily coded to remain out of readers' view. In the case of the blogs, there are some fc2 specific ads as well as fc2 blog adverts on the page. They're fairly innocuous and can be coded to be at the very bottom of the page as well.
My own recently set up blog there. There's an easier way of accessing the blog which is with http://blog.fc2.com/?user=kagedreams so you don't have to remember which blog server it's on. ^^;
Anyhow, on to the fun stuff...
Everything starts at this page
Pic 1 Click on the banner in your browser and you'll go to...
Registration step 1
This page reads as follows:
In order to use FC2Blog, you need to register for an FC2ID.
Users already in possession of an FC2ID can log into the blog from the Top Page.
Please read the service agreement and continue with registration only if you agree to those terms. (Fairly standard TOS agreement and limitations of service. You might want to stick it through Excite's webtranslator (or similar) if you want to double check the provisions.)
[Enter your mail address]
A temporary registration email will be sent, so please enter a working email address. There will be a confirmation URL included in the email; upon clicking the link you will be taken to the registration page.
Your email address:
Image Confirmation (Captcha)
In order to avoid automated registrations, visual confirmation is used. Numbers are written in either hiragana or katakana in the image below. Please enter those numbers using (half-sized) numerals. If the image is unclear, please click here to change the image.
Enter the numbers here:
Note: You need to know how to read the numbers
1 いち イチ
2 に 二
3 さん サン
4 よん ヨン
5 ご ゴ
6 ろく ロク
7 なな ナナ
8 はち ハチ
9 きゅう キュウ
0 ぜろ ゼロ
You will get a message as follows:
An email has been sent to [your email address]. Please complete the registration process upon receipt of that email.
First email note:
[your email addy]-sama
If you did not request this email, please delete this message.
Thank you very much for registering with FC2ID. You're temporary registration has been completed. To complete the registration process, please go to the link below.
When you click the link, you'll be taken to our email confirmation page. If this page does not automatically open, please copy and paste the link below in your browser bar and hit Enter.
Email confirmation page
Nick Name (Japanese Chara also possible. Max 16 charas):
Password (5-16 charas alpha numeric only):
Sex: (Please Choose)
[Nick Name]-sama, you have now completed your FC2ID registration. An email has been sent to [your email] with your registration details.
Continue to FC2Blog registration
I don't wish to register with FC2Blog at this moment.
Thank you very much for registering with FC2ID. The following is your registration information. Please keep this in a safe location. (This message is an automated mail.)
First time Welcome Page
Wallet (Affiliate/point program)
[First time Users] First time users of FC2Blog
[Previous Users] Previous FC2Blog users or people who have moved to FC2ID*
*Catch-all ID for this service
Enter your user info:
Please enter info in all fields below
BlogID: 2-20 charas, a~z, 0~9 (button: check for availability)
You cannot change your blog ID after registration
Nick Name (To be shown at the top of your blog)
Blog Title 1-40 charas
Blog Genre: It's possible to communicate with people who have the same interests as you.
Choices in order: Diary, News, Blog, Moblog(?), Music, Movies, Politics, Online Games, Game, Anime/Comic, Books/Magazines, Novels/Lit, Car & Auto, TV / Radio, Idol/Stars, Work, Romance, Fashion/Brand, Bridal/Homelife, Child Rearing, Pets, Hobbies, Life, Finance, Affiliate, Gourmet, Health/Diet, Business, Computers, Cellular Phones/PHS, Photography, Regional, Travel, Overseas, Sports, Finance, School/education, Volunteering, Learning / Culture / Art, Humour, Gambling, Puzzles, Single/Free, Body & Soul, Subculture, Other, Adult
%If you are creating an adult or social site, please make sure to check 'adult'
%Once 'Affiliate' or 'Adult' has been selected, you cannot change this.
Blog Description (100 charas) (optional)
Please read through the FC2Blog's User Agreement. If you agree to the terms, please press the "I agree to the terms of the user agreement" button below.
Choose your template
Please select a template and hit the "select" button
There are many other templates available and you can change this later at will.
++Sorry forgot to capture that screen and the next one ^^; ++
User registration is now complete!
An email has been sent to the email address on file. The details for your blog are listed below:
Please log in with your User ID and Password from the administrative login. Let's try making an entry and getting a feel for how things work! It's easy to post with FCBlog! There's no annoying formatting!
Making a post in 3 minutes.
1. After logging in, click on the "make new post"button on the left menu.
2. Enter a title and your entry. Lines will wrap automatically.
3. Click on "save"! Once your done, check your blog and see your post!
Log in now
Register me for Word of Mouth
For those transferring from another blog service
More information about posting can be found in the manual.
Thank you for registering with FC2Blog. Your registration is now complete; please use the link below to go to your blog. Happy blogging!
Your blog can be found at [blog address]
Admin Login URL: http://id.fc2.com/
The following links may be of assistance:
First time affiliate
Step by step instructions from FC2Blog registration to setup
Info on various affiliates
(second link is to request support)
Wow, that was long! Hopefully it makes sense for anyone daring enough to give it a try! ^^;