1. Create a new user account

Start testing how your marketplace works by creating a user account.

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Written by Thomas Rocca
Updated over a week ago

To sell products, offer services, post inquiries, or add any form of listing requires a user account. User accounts are created in your marketplace. Both the demand side (what we call customers) and the supply side (what we call providers) need to create user accounts eventually. In this tutorial, we’ll focus on creating a provider account and posting a listing to test how the experience works and what we may want to change.

Prefer video? Watch a video version of this tutorial on testing your Sharetribe marketplace.

Sign up as a user

User accounts are created on your marketplace website. You can access your marketplace from Console by pressing “View marketplace” in the Console top bar.

Console top bar

Now in your Test marketplace, navigate to your marketplace signup page on your marketplace website by pressing “Sign up” in the marketplace top bar.

Marketplace top bar

An account created on your marketplace website is different from the account you use to login to Console. The former is an account for using your marketplace website as a customer or a provider, while the latter Console account is your operator account, which is used to configure and administer your marketplace.

Fill the signup details

On the signup page, enter the requested details:

  • Email

  • First name

  • Last name

  • Password

You can use any name or email you like. You can use the same email you used to create your marketplace account on the Sharetribe website, since the user account you are creating here is separate from the account you use to login to Console.

You will likely need to login to this test account again while you build and run your marketplace, so remember to save your credentials.

Check “I accept the Terms of Service and the Privacy Policy” (we will learn about editing those later) and click “Sign up”.

If you don’t want to receive email notifications for test accounts in your email inbox, you can use the domain@example.com address for test accounts. example.com is a domain specifically meant for general use in documentation or test configurations. For example, you could create an account using provider@example.com as the email address.

Verify email

Once you create a user account, you need to confirm your email address. You will receive an email with a link to confirm your email address. Pressing the link in the email confirms your email.

Back in Console, where you have admin rights, you can verify emails for users as well. This function allows you to enable a smooth user experience if they are having trouble finding the verification email. Here is how to do it:

  1. Navigate to Console > Test environment > Manage > Users. You’ll see a row for the user you just created

  2. Press on the row. You’ll see details about the user.

  3. Press on the three dots menu

  4. Press “Verify email”

  5. Confirm

Whichever way you confirmed the email, the user account is now verified to start testing the marketplace.

Next steps

With a user account, we can create our first listing! The next tutorial walks through how to create a listing.

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