How to Create an Account

Creating an account on is easy. It only takes a couple of minutes to create an account. The more information you provide on your profile, helps to increase your visibility and makes it easier for people to find you and learn about you and what your interests are.

If you need help or are experiencing issues creating an account, please go to the FAQs page or email

Getting Started

To start connecting, create an account by clicking on the “Create an Account” link in the “Become a Member” drop-down menu or on the right sidebar on the Home Page.

Getting Started

Activate Your Membership

Once you have completed the “Sign Up” process you will receive an email to the address you provided. Click on the link in the email to activate your account.

Activation Email

Confirmation of Account Creation

Once you have activated your account you will receive be re-directed to a confirmation page.

Confirmation Page

Adding Your Avatar

Your avatar represents you throughout the EAL/LA website, it appears whenever you comment on an article or chat with another member of the site. An avatar is your profile picture. If you don’t add a profile picture as your avatar, then a default image will appear instead.

When you are logged in, from the home page you can click the “Change Avatar” button on the right sidebar or from “Admin Bar” at top of screen, go to “My Account” > “Profile” > “Change Avatar”.

Change Avatar

Select your profile picture from your computer by clicking on the “Choose File” button. You will need to select a JPG, GIF or PNG formatted photo. Once you have located the picture you want to use as your avatar on your computer, then select the “Upload Image” button.

Upload Avatar

Crop Your Avatar

If the picture you have selected as your avatar is too large or you want to crop a section of your image, you can use the cropping tool to drag and select the part of picture that you want to display as your avatar. Once selected, click on the “Crop Image” button.

Crop Avatar

Changing Your Avatar

You can change your avatar at any time as long as you are logged in to your profile.