What is Hot Potatoes?
Hot Potatoes is a suite of programs
published by Victoria
University and Half-Baked
Software. Teachers use the Hot Potatoes programs
to create educational materials, especially exercises
and tests. All these materials can be produced
in the form of web pages, and the web pages can
be uploaded to hotpotatoes.net very simply, from
within the Hot Potatoes programs.
What Is hotpotatoes.net?
has been created in response to requests from
users of Hot Potatoes for a way of recording results
from Hot Potatoes exercises. But as well as providing
this basic function, it has grown into a fully-fledged
Virtual Learning Environment, with password-protected
teacher and student accounts, and automatic uploading
of documents and other files from within Hot Potatoes,
and other programs which create online exercises.
Put simply, hotpotatoes.net is the perfect hosting
solution for any Hot Potatoes user who doesn't
have time to become a web design wizard.
As well as Hot Potatoes, hotpotatoes.net
also provides hosting and results services for
exercises created using other authoring programs,
I Would Like To Ask A Question...?
If your question is about Hot
Potatoes, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your question is about hotpotatoes.net, please
check our FAQ page first. If your question is
not answered there, please contact
How Do I Try It Out?
You can start using Hot Potatoes
simply by downloading from here,
and installing it.
To use hotpotatoes.net, you
will need the Hot Potatoes version 6 - currently
only available for Windows. (The Macintosh/Java version
does not currently support uploading to hotpotatoes.net.) When you
have download and installed this version, follow
the tutorial for detailed instructions of how
to create Hot Potatoes exercises.
Once you have created some Hot
Potatoes exercises or other materials, you can
automatically create a "demo" account
for yourself on hotpotatoes.net, and upload your
materials to it. hotpotatoes.net Demo accounts
are fully functional, but temporary.
I Already Have Hot Potatoes
- How Do I Sign Up for hotpotatoes.net?
- First, download the latest Hot Potatoes version, and
- Create a new exercise, or load one of your
existing Hot Potatoes exercises.
- Choose the command to Create a Web Page of
your exercise, making sure that you choose the
option for "v6 browsers". After saving
the web page, the program will display this
- Click the Help button for a step-by-step guide
to creating a hotpotatoes.net demo account,
and uploading your exercise - or just click
the Upload button and work it out for yourself!
Hot Potatoes exercises are useful,
but can I upload anything else?
Yes - you can use the Hot Potatoes
Masher program to upload all kinds of files, including
word-processor and PDF documents, sound or video
clips, and more. Just start the Masher program,
choose the "Upload to hotpotatoes.net"
command, and choose the file you want to upload. (Please note, though, that you cannot use the Masher to upload a sequence of Hot Potatoes exercises.)
OK, I have a demo account, and
I've uploaded some stuff to it. What next?
If you want to record exercise
scores from your students, you will need to create
Student Accounts for them. To do this, you first
have to log in as a teacher at the login
page, using your hotpotatoes.net username
and password. Once you have logged in, click the
Help link at the top of the page for more information
about how to use hotpotatoes.net, and create student
I love it - I want it! How much
does it cost, and where do I order it?
Creative Technology currently
offer two levels of subscription allowing different
numbers of students and different amounts of storage.
For details and pricing, please go to the hotpotatoes.net
HELP! I created a demo account
and uploaded some Pages, but now I can't log in.
Demo accounts don't last forever
- they are only for evaluation, and we delete
old ones regularly, to minimise the load on our
servers. We only guarantee to keep a demo account
for 7 days, though they sometimes last longer.