With the rising popularity of HB we get more and more newbies by the day and as I've noticed, many of them have the a problem with actually using and understanding how everything works, so this will be somewhat of a quick and easy tutorial in which I'll cover some of the most important things in HummingBird.
Your Profile Page and the Dashboard
Usually after logging in you're greeted by this page:
This is the dashboard, and this will be one of the pages you'll see the most.
On the left you have two forum widgets that show the latest industry news and community discussions.
By clicking one the threads present there you'll be transported to the Forums, but that will be covered more in depth later.
On the right are user posts. These are like mini threads or updates made by the user, you can write one yourself by clicking on the Write Something... box.
On these posts you can make comments or like the post.
If you click the permalink link you'll be transported to that single post:
You can also like or comment on the post here, plus get a permanent link to that single post.
There are also posts like these:
These are updates, they can't be liked or permalinked.
Now back to the Dashboard.
Up top you can see these things:
These are anime update buttons, which you can use to update your progress on the specific anime, and right above them is the navbar.
The navbar, as you can see, has 4 sections:
- Dashboard Profile related stuff.
- Explore Trending anime, Upcoming anime, etc.
- Community The Forums
- Apps Available Hummingbird Apps for smartphones and other devices.
The Dashboard section has 3 sub-sections:
- Profile This takes you to your profile page.
- Library Your anime library, as the name suggests.
- Recommendations This page gives you some basic recommendations.
The Explore section also has 3 sub-sections:
- What's Trending Shows you currently popular shows, recent and trending reviews, it can also give you a random anime if you click this button:
- Explore anime Gives you a list of anime sorted by date and genre, useful when searching for new stuff.
- Upcoming As the name suggests, upcoming anime
There are also some icons and your avatar on the navbar.
By clicking the magnifying glass you can search for anime, manga or the users you want to stalk.
The bell represents notifications and your avatar gives you a small menu where you can edit your settings or log out.
Now, the Profile Page.
This shows all of your personal stuff, posts and recent anime updates.
Also, here you can edit some public info about yourself by clicking the pencil icon on the top left widget.
If you want to change you avatar, the cover or your personal description, click the edit button.
From here you can also check out your library, your reviews, the people following you, the ones you follow and your forum page.
So this is your library.
Nothing complex here, but I'll cover some essentials just in case.
You can switch the anime listed here by clicking the buttons up top, also there's a manga list that can be accessed by clicking the drop-down box near them (the anime library one).
Also, by clicking on an anime you get some setting and options to tweak around with.
By clicking personal settings in the menu that pops out of your avatar you're transported to, of course, the settings.
Here you can import your list from MAL.
More on that can be found here
Sync your dropbox, connect you account to facebook, select the rating system, turn on or off the adult content, change your info and etc.
The Anime Pages
This one is pretty self explanatory.
You have the reviews on the right, the cast and the info in the middle and the franchise at the very bottom (you can't see it in this picture).
Here you can also add things to your library (by clicking the big green button in the middle and selecting the appropriate option) or give anime ratings.
You can also click the little hart icon to add an anime to your favorites.
By clicking the community tab in the navbar you get to the forums.
Here you view the various threads made by the users of HB and participate in community discussion.
At the top there are various options for sorting the threads and creating a new topic.
As you can notice there are different navbar icons from the main page here, so I'll explain what they do.
The chat bubble is the notification tab, the magnifying glass is the search, the, um, dashes? are some miscellaneous things like the FAQ, the About page, badges, keyboard shortcuts, latest threads and the categories and your avatar does pretty much the same thing as in the main page.
The forums are on a different server from the main page, that way the notifications won't transfer, so I recommend you having both the forums and the dash open at the same time if you don't want to miss anything. :3
You can also send personal messages in the forums by going to the user's profile and clicking the Private Message button.
The forums follow certain guidelines, so I recommend you to read this:
(the punishment for disobeying the guidelines is 1000 years of spanking in loli-hell)
By the way, people usually don't like things getting spoiled, so if you think that something you're posting contains a spoiler please add spoiler tags before and after the post.
[spoiler] Some really spoilerish stuff [/spoiler]
This works both on the forums and the main site.
So that's pretty much it for this short "tutorial", from here you can figure out everything else by yourself.
Have a nice experience using HB!
Other useful reads:
Hummingbird chatango chat:
or if you're feeling extra hipsterish: