You can not access important and/or sensitive information like the FHA Directory or Bulletin Board without a log-in for the site.

To login to the site:

  1. Open the website's home page: http://www.fearringtonfha.org.
  2. On the left side of the page, between the logo (cows) and "Pittsboro Weather" is a section titled "Login or Logout".
  3. Fill in your login name (username) and password.
  4. Click "Log in" button

To register to get a login (residents or non-resident owners only!):

  1. If you have email spam filters be sure they allow all email from fearringtonfha.org.register
  2. Open the website's home page: http://www.fearringtonfha.org.
  3. On the left side of the page, between the logo (cows) and "Pittsboro Weather" is a section titled "Login or Logout".
  4. Click the "Create an account" link below the "Login" button.(See image to the right.)
  5. Fill in all fields on the registration form. The "Name" box must include your first and last name! Double-check your email address to ensure it is correct. If it is incorrect when you submit the form the registration process can not work. Next to the "Captcha" legend, click the box next to the text "I am not a robot" and follow the instructions in the resulting pop-up. When you successfully complete the pop-up exercise, the pop-up will go away. Click the "Register"button.
  6. An email will immediately be sent to the email address you entered on the registration form.
  7. Click on the email verification link in this email. If you don't receive an email within a few minutes, check your spam folder(s) and see number 1 above.
  8. Site managers will verify that you are a current Fearrington resident or non-resident owner, and activate your registration if so. (NOTE: This is a manual process that may take several hours depending on timing and competing workload of your web team!) You will be notified by email when this is completed.

Gory Details - The Registration Process Unmasked!

On the reistration form you will see two "name" fields: "Name" and "Username". The "Name" field should contain your first and last names, e.g., "Fred Rogers". This "Name" is how your Bulletin Board and Forum posts will be identified, and should correspond in some obvious sense to your FHA directory published name. This is to give others who may see your presence on the site confidence that you are a Fearrington resident and are a legitimate mamber of the community. We insist that people register using their own names in the "Name" box. If the registration contains only a first name, or something that looks bogus ("Batman", "Dracula" "Admin", etc.) they will be summarily deleted without checking and without activation.

The "Username" can be whatever suits the new registrant, as long as it's not already in use. (When you login to the website, the "Username" is what goes in the top box in the login area above the password. We call it "Username", while other sies might call it "UserID", "Login name" or similar. Using your email address as a Username is OK, or your email "handle", the part of your email address before the "@" sign. Please make a note of whatever Username you choose so we don't have to retrieve it for you.

Be aware that when you login you must use the same uppercase/lowercase letters you used to register. Avoid using spaces as people often forget that they used spaces and find their logins don't work.

Another restriction is that new registrants must have a unique email address. A husband and wife who share an email address can not have separate accounts on the web site, but may register as, for example, "Bob and Carol Smith".

Any Fearrington residents, whether owner or renter (and non-resident owners) may register, and we do check each registration against the current FHA directory before activating it. This is the only check we make to activate a new registration.

These activations are processed as quickly as possible, but sometimes we are not physically present, or have other pressing work or even, occasionally, are doing things unrelated to the web site, so a delay of a few hours is possible before a new account is activated.

The registration confirmation email to new enrollees contains a link to the site that the recipient must click to prove that his/her email is valid and that he/she has received an email from the site at that email address. That proves to us that the email address is valid and active. Anonymous or fake names are not allowed.

We have had (and still get) attempts by spammers to activate web site accounts, and the CAPTCHA and the directory check have stopped them cold.

After the registrant clicks the link in the email they receive, an email is sent to site managers confirming that the email address has been validated.

We then try to find you in the FHA directory and if we do, we activate your registration. If we don't find you in the current directory we'll try to reach you by email or phone (if we have it) to ask for an explanation.

After we activate the registration, the system sends off another email to you, and when you receive that second email, you are cleared to logon to the site.

If you have any problems establishing an account, click the link "GET HELP or CONTACT FHA" at the bottom of the page and tell us about them.