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Platform I'm working on suffer huge coldness after registration. Users get confused and leave, because they have no idea what they can do. To deal with that I want to develop a helping guide to highlight possibilities user has from now on. I want it to dim everything that may distract user and point important thing.

So my question is: How can I search for it in the Internet? Does that approach have a name? I just need a small boost to start with that.

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  • Google for "lightbox" and "html".. that will give you some good pointers.
    – Chrux
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 10:59
  • Can you please explain what you mean with "huge coldness"? Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 11:17
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    I looked for "guided web tutorial" and found this usablica.github.io/intro.js. I also looked for "guided tour webpage" and found this article which gives a pretty good list: sitepoint.com/web-tour-instructional-plugins
    – Fletchling
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 12:05
  • The "guiding thingy" you're referring to is called "onboarding". Searching for that should help you get started. Anyway, this question isn't terribly on-topic..
    – Vince C
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 12:08
  • On this Quora post you'll find some great links too. Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 14:03

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Search for "feature tour" and you will find a number of good options. Include the language/framework of your platform, and you will likely find a plugin or library that will help you create a feature tour.

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You can google for "Onboarding Overlay Screen" or "Onboarding Coach Marks". Try looking at the image results for a quick overview and sample screenshots.

Overlays and coach marks are almost always used together where the overlay is a screen casted over the rest of the screen while maintaining the spotlight on any one of the features. Coach marks are pointers used to point to the "feature-in-spotlight".

You can also google for "onboarding patterns" for general guidelines and techniques related to onboarding.

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If you're on Android:

You could modify ShowCaseView to fit your style in filling the form.

Also, why don't you adopt a CardView and ViewPager to go through the form step by step instead of presenting the User with a ton of data to enter?

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