I've been getting a lot of questions from people that are confused by GLBSE's unusual web site. I can't seem to find a definitive guide to this anywhere, so I'll write it up here.
Here are the steps to create an account and purchase shares on GLBSE.Create an account in the web client.
The web client can be found at https://glbse.com/client/glbse/index.html
1) On that page, create a password and you will then be logged in to the client.
2) On the Account Management page, click "Register a new account."
3) Enter a name for the account and click "Generate new key pair" at the bottom.
4) Click "Register." You'll then be taken back to the Account Management page.Login to the account.
From the Account Management page, click "Use" next to your new account.Buy the shares.
1) You can look up the outstanding sell offers to get an idea of the share price. You can also make a lower bid. To look at the orders for an asset, click "Asset" on the left side. Enter the asset ID, which is the ticker code for the asset. Ours is FPGA.contract
, and this is case-sensitive. A good place to look for historical prices is the charts page: http://charts.glbse.com/markets/
2) After deciding on the price you will offer and the number of shares you want, you need to deposit some BTC. Click "Deposit" on the left side and send some BTC to the address shown. There are no fees to deposit or to buy shares, so you can send the exact amount you will need.
3) I believe it will wait for
8 confirmations before the balance will show up in your account.
4) When the funds are available, click "Buy" on the left side. Enter the asset ID, the number of shares you want, and the price per share you are willing to pay.
5) Click the "Buy" button.
6) You can then check on your order by clicking on "Order" on the left side.Backup your account.
The next thing to do is to export your account to somewhere safe, because it is not saved on the GLBSE server.
1) Click on "Account List" to go back to the Account Management page.
2) Click "Export Accounts."
3) You can copy the text shown to a file on your computer, but I recommend you first encrypt the text. Click "Encrypt" at the bottom and enter a password.
4) Paste the text into a plain text file on your computer.
5) If you want to access the account from other computers, you will need this file the first time you do this. I recommend emailing the file to yourself so that you can easily access it from anywhere, and to keep a back up offsite.
Please let me know if I left anything out or you have any other questions!
Edit: Fixed the number of confirmations. Thanks, Arsen!