Frequently Asked Questions


Which browsers do you support?

We try to support the two most recent versions provided by the major desktop and mobile browser vendors. These include Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

To find out more about your current browser version, please visit the What Browser website. For information on the most up-to-date versions check out Browse Happy website.

If you choose to use an older browser large parts of the site will continue to work, but your mileage will vary.

Do I need to have the Flash Player installed?

To view the fully interactive timelines (and the embedded version of timeline) you need Flash Player 9.0 or above installed.

If you are using a device that doesn't support the Flash Player, for instance iOS devices, you will see a simplified version of the timeline on our site with less interactivity.

We're actively working to improve the mobile version, for instance you can now fully edit timelines on all mobile device using our brand new timeline editor.

I've found a bug!

Please read the full FAQ to make sure it's not covered then feel free to make a bug report and we'll see if we can help out.


Can other people view my timelines?

Once you 'publish' your timeline to the web using the slider on your dashboard or timeline edit page, your timeline will be listed on the site and anyone will be able to view it.

You can also collaborate on a draft timeline with others, please see the collaboration section.

How do I embed a timeline on another page?

Your timeline has to have been published to be embeddable.

Once your timeline has been published, you will see an 'embed' button when viewing it. Copy and paste the embed code where you want to display your timeline.

Note: If you are trying to embed a timeline on a website that doesn't support embedding HTML object tags, for example, you can use the link provided below the embed code.

How do I print a timeline?

Click the print button below your timeline. This will show a print-friendly version of the timeline.

How many timelines can I create?

You can create as many public timelines as you want. The number of timelines you can keep in draft depends on the type of plan you are on.

Can I create a timeline in the B.C. era?

Timetoast doesn't currently support far-back dates due to limitations in some of the technologies used to build the site. This means dates before 100 A.D. aren't properly recognized.

August 2015 update: We're right in the middle of adding B.C. era dates and hope to add this functionality to the beta version soon! It's the #1 feature we're working on right now and we can't wait to share it with you.

How much text can I add to each event or timespan?

The title is limited to 255 characters and the description is limited to 500 characters.

Can I create year-only events?

Timetoast doesn't currently support year-only dates for events, try adding a timespan instead.

I'm having trouble uploading photos, is there anything I can do?

It seems that some internet browsers have had trouble uploading images using the Flash-based timeline editor, sign in and try our simple upload page or use the mobile version of the editor by switching to the mobile site from the footer of the page.

How many events can I add to a timeline?

Timetoast works best with about 40 to 50 events per timeline. You are free to add more, but your mileage may vary depending on the processing power of your computer.

We don't recommend adding more than 150 events as this will significantly impact the availability of your timeline; you should probably split it into multiple timelines, each covering a specific era.

We don't currently enforce a limit on the number of events you can add to a timeline, but this could change in the future.

How many embedded views can my timeline have?

We don't enforce a limit on the number of embedded views you can have, but this could change in the future.

Your account

I'm having trouble signing in, what should I do?

First make sure that you have activated your account properly. You should have received a signup confirmation email when you registered. Note: Premium accounts are confirmed automatically. The confirmation email contains a link that you need to click to activate your account. If you can't find the email, try looking in your junk-mail box.

If your account is already activated/confirmed, you can use the 'forgot password' functionality to reset your account password. Fill in the email you used to sign up and you will receive a password reset link.

How do I upgrade/downgrade my account?

You can upgrade or downgrade your account at any time from plans & billing section, accessible from the settings page.

How do I close my account?

You can close your account at any time from your settings page. Closing your account will remove all your data from the site, including any additional user accounts you may have created with your premium account. Closing your account will also cancel your subscription, after which you will no longer be billed.

If you email or message us requesting your account to be closed, we may not be able to respond to your request before your next invoice is due. This could potentially result in unwanted charges and because of this we kindly request you to close your own account using the 'close account' functionality provided.

Plans & Billing

About our 30-day money back guarantee

Timetoast Premium Accounts include a 30-day money back guarantee for all new accounts. If you are dissatisfied with the premium account service for any reason, you can receive a full refund if you cancel your premium account or downgrade within 30 days of account creation. Please contact us by email with the subject line: 'Refund Request' if you believe you are eligble for a refund.

Depending on your bank, it will take 5-10 days for your refund to be processed and the funds to appear back in your account.

Please note: If you cancel or downgrade after the first 30 day term has passed, you are no longer eligible for a refund. If you plan on requesting a refund, please make sure that you closed or downgraded your account within the 30-day term or we will be unable to reimburse you. Please see the section "How can I upgrade/downgrade my account?" for more information on how to upgrade/downgrade your account.

What happens if I change my subscription to a plan with a different billing cycle?

If you switch to a new billing cycle, for instance monthly to yearly, your new billing period begins immediately and you will be charged for the first period, less the account balance.

If the account balance amount is larger than the amount due, you will not be charged anything, and the account balance is carried over to future billing periods, until it's spent down.

What happens if I change my subscription to a plan with the same billing cycle?

We imediately create a new line item for the remaining portion of the current billing period at the new plan rate. At the next scheduled billing, you will be charged for the line item and the full charge for the upcoming period, less the account balance.

If the account balance amount is larger than the amount due, you will not be charged anything, and the account balance is carried over to future billing periods, until it's spent down.

What happens if I downgrade my account to the Free plan in the middle of my billing cycle?

If you downgrade your account in the middle of a billing cycle, you will immediately be downgraded and will forfeit the remaining duration of your premium account. If you change your mind, and do not wish to forfeit the remaing duration of your premium account, please contact us to reactivate your subscription.

Please note that you may be eligble for a refund under our 30-day money back guarantee, please contact us by email with the subject line: 'Refund Request' if you believe you are eligible for a refund.

Premium features

What's the easiest way to add users to my account?

The easiest way to add users is to use group signup codes. After creating a group you will see the signup code appear on the group members screen. You can give this code to people you would like to add to your account.

All they then need to do is click "Sign up," input the code at the top of the page and they will be taken to a registration page to choose a username and password.

You can also add and remove individual users from the users tab. Please refer to the "How can I manually add a user?" section for more.

How can I manually add a user?

Go to your users tab and select the number of users that you would like to create. After doing so, select the users you would like to activate using the checkbox and click 'print activation links'.

You will be taken to a page that will allow you to print (or copy/paste if you cancel the auto-print dialog) their unique account activation links.

How can I remove a user from my account?

Go to your users tab and select the user you would like to remove using the checkbox. Just click 'Delete' to remove the user. This will delete the user as well as any timelines they have created. This action is not un-doable.

How can I collaborate with other people?

First create a group, or be invited to one. To create a group you need a premium account but you don't need one to receive an invitation. From the timeline edit page click the "collaborate" button and add a viewer permission for the group from the sidebar.

If you would like to allow members of the group to edit the timeline, you should give them the Editor role instead. If you also want to allow them to delete the timeline, pick the Admin role.

Will my created users see ads?