Features of Your Social Website and Online Community
Add or Edit a Photo
The network photo uploader allows you to add multiple photos at a time. The following formats are supported: .jpg, .png and .gif.
To add a photo, go to the Photo page and click the + sign. From here, you can select a photo or multiple photos to upload from your computer. This + button will appear on all photos and the photos listing page.
Once you upload the photo, you can add a title and caption. You’ll also be able to delete, rotate and apply tags if you’d like. By default, we’ll generate a link for your new photos, but you will have the option to change the URL to something else.
When you’re done making changes, click the “Publish” button. After you publish the photo, you’ll be brought to the photos listing page where you can see all the photos.
After uploading a photo to your website, you can always go back and edit it. You can rotate the photo, add or edit the tags you’ve given it, change the title, description, location, category and URL. To edit a photo you’ve uploaded, head to that photo’s detail page. At the top, you’ll see the pencil icon. Simply click it to access the edit options. Here you can make any or all of these changes to your photo. Once you’ve made your changes, click “Update” to save the changes. You can also click “Cancel” to leave the photo the way it was.
With your social website, you can create multiple instances (or copies) of the Photo feature. Each instance has its own settings, so the settings for one instance can be different from another instance.
For example, you can have one photos instance that allows members to contribute photos and another instance that allows only administrators to contribute photos. If you have an event, you can have an instance that only shows the official event photos and another instance that shows the photos that were taken by members or those who attended the event.
This new instance can have different privacy settings and a custom URL. You can even change the contributor, view and comment settings so that it’s different from other photo instances on your network. You can determine what kind of layout you’d like your Photos feature instance to have. You can choose from a single-column, two-column or three-column layout. Two-column layouts have a further customization setting of selecting a pixel width for your side column of 240, 300 or 360 pixels. This is a great way to add ads and sidebar content to all pages in this particular Photos feature instance.
When you join the website, you have the option to upload a profile photo during the sign up process. If you choose to add one later, go to your My Page by clicking on your name in the top network bar. Then click on the pencil icon at the top of your page.
This will take you to your Profile Settings page. From here, you can click on the trash can icon to delete your profile photo. Doing this alone will set your profile photo back to the network-provided default profile photo.
Click on the camera icon or the “Profile Photo” text to upload a new photo from your computer.
When you upload a new photo, the old one will be deleted.
Once you’ve selected your new profile photo, scroll down and click “Save” to confirm the change!
People sometimes ask us: What’s the best size for a profile picture image? Just about any image will work as long as it is a GIF, JPG or PNG image that is under 10 MB in size. We recommend square images that are no larger than 183×183 pixels. Anything larger will be compressed/resized to fit that space.
Upload a File
Want to attach a file to your website? Look for the paperclip icon in your text editor toolbar on a Blog Post.
This icon appears only in the Blog feature, which means this is the only place on your network where you and your members will be able to attach files to content created on the network.
A file that you upload to the network from this location can be up to 7MB in size, and can be in any variety of formats, such as a .jpg, .png, .gif, .pdf, .doc or other file format.
Attaching a file to your network in this way creates a download link for that file that anyone on your network (or if the network is public, anyone who sees it) can click on to download.
Add a Blog Post
Your social website gives you plenty of options to express yourself in blogs. To get started, head to the tab for a blog instance you have created and click the + sign to start a new post.
Besides entering text, you can upload a lead photo to give your visitors a nice visual summary of what’s inside the rest of your post. In the main body of the post, you have the option to add more images, attachments, and formatted text—or switch to HTML mode and paste code in directly if you’re composing in an external HTML editor. HTML mode is also where you can add embed codes for photo slideshows, videos, and music.
Once you’re done with your post, you have the option of adding a blog excerpt, which will display on the All Blogs page. This can be useful for casual readers and those who access your blog via RSS or search engine links.
By default, we’ll generate a link for your new blog post based on its title, but you can always change the URL to be whatever you like. Before publishing your new post, add any tags you want—these will help organize blog posts—and choose when you want to publish it. You can even save a draft for now and publish the blog when it’s polished, or set it to publish sometime in the future.
After your post is published, it will be open to comments. You can always choose to close comments on your post and reopen them whenever you like.
Blog Post Features
You’re able to add multiple instances (or copies) of the Blogs feature. This allows you to have different blogs for different audiences. For example, you could publish an official network blog in one instance only you can add to, and allow members to contribute their own blogs in a separate area. Perhaps you want one blog area visible to all visitors to your network, but a private area that’s members-only and invisible to everyone else. Or maybe you want the best writers on your network to have their own featured space so you can promote their content. The possibilities are endless, and there’s no limit to the amount of blog instances you can create!
Each blog instance has its own settings, so changes you make to one blog instance don’t apply to other instances. For example, you may want a private blog area to have native commenting, but a publicly visible blog set up for commenting with Facebook or Disqus. The same goes for blog posts and blog categories: those that appear in one instance won’t be part of any other blog instances.
Set your blog’s status to “Published” to make this instance live and accessible to those you’ve specified. Or, if you only want this instance to be accessible to you and administrators you’ve appointed, save it as a “Draft”. This setting is also useful for if you are not ready to go public with it yet. Then once you are ready, change the status to “Published.”
You have the ability to determine who can contribute to a blog instance. Choose “Administrators”, “Featured Members” and “Members” from the “Who can contribute” drop-down menu. Viewing permissions are open to “Everyone (Public)”, “Members”, “Featured Members” and “Administrators”.
Moderating your blog instance
When determining who can contribute, you can also choose to require content approval before a blog will appear on your network in this forum. This means that when someone (a member or featured member) creates a blog, they will see a “Pending Approval” lightbox after posting their blog, and you will see this blog post in the Content Moderation section of your network’s dashboard.
Layout & Content
Each blog instance can have its own layout, whether that’s one, two, or three columns. You can also use the “Add Content” button to insert HTML boxes in which you can enter custom text or HTML code. You can even insert widgets to display network activity, photos, or even other blog instances! If you want, you can run custom text and HTML in the header and footer areas, or select the default to run across the entire network.
On your Network, you have the ability to add categories to the features and feature instances that you create. In addition, for further organizational help, you can add tags to your individual content items. Tags are a great way to further categorize blog posts, forum discussions and photos on your network.
You can also tag individual pieces of content on your Network. The “tags” field is important for SEO and corresponds to HTML called meta-tags. Once again, you’ll want to think of specific, accurate, and descriptive words for the photos, videos, blog posts, and other content on your Network.
The Activity feature is a stream of up-to-the-minute activity across Your Network. It shows off what’s happening on Your Network, from new photos that have been uploaded to new friendships that have been confirmed. You can see what’s been added to the network, who’s been commenting on what and more. This feature is a great way to highlight what’s new and motivate members to participate and interact with your network quickly and easily.
If the network or Facebook “Like” button options are enabled on your network, you can also view how many people like an item.
The Latest Activity feature appears as a stream of activity items, and can be added to any page of your Network. A Latest Activity feed will also display on every member’s profile page. The Activity feed here will be of activity specific to that member and his or her content. You can choose where to display the Latest Activity feature on your Network, how many events are displayed, which categories of events appear on your Network’s Latest Activity stream and even add facts or announcements about your Network to the Latest Activity stream.
You can also pull in extra activity from a Facebook page or highlight activity from the administrators or featured members.
Groups are a great way to increase member engagement and enable members to find other members with similar interests. Groups are also a powerful solution for website owners with a business model or community concept based on multiple sub-groups of members. Each group operates almost as a full-featured network or supergroup. You can add multiple instances of features like Blogs, Forums or Photos to each group.
And more! Groups can also be used for mentoring or support groups, to organize offline activities (e.g. a cycling group), private team collaboration, beta testing, focus groups, management of a community and for premium memberships (e.g. a fan club).
When it comes to creating Groups, you get to specify which members are able to add groups and view the Group Hub page whether it be all members, admins, featured members, or a specific member category. We’ve also given you granular controls to specify, whether Group Admins can customize their Group cover photo, features or layout, or message Group members. You can also override these default settings for a specific Group.
These are the Layout Controls available for your Groups:
Basic: Group Admins can add and remove Group content modules in Group pages, but can’t change layouts or modify non-group content modules. Any content added to the Group Hub page will also appear on each Group page.
Advanced: Group Admins can choose alternate layouts for Group pages and add and remove Group content modules. Content Added to the Group Hub will not appear on Group pages.
Complete: Group Admins can choose alternate layouts for Group pages, add and remove Group content modules and can update the Below Header and Above Footer HTML boxes on Group pages. Content Added to the Group Hub will not appear on Group pages.
By default, non-members will see an About block. This will contain information about the Group (added by the Group Creator) along with a member count. Each Group creator can also choose the term they’d like to use for the Group’s members. The Group creator can also indicate whether the Group is open, invite only or closed and whether moderation is required.
• An Open Group is one that any network member can join
• An Invite Only Group is one that only invited people can join
• A closed Group is one that is not accepting new members
• A Moderated Group is one where new members must be approved.
Group Editing and Management
The group creator or a Network Admin can update the group’s name, description, url, image and cover photo, and join options. They can also add and delete content pages like multiple instances of Photos, Forums, and Blogs and rearrange the group’s navigation menu.
Adding Members There are several ways to add members to your groups.
Auto-add via Profile Questions: You can automatically assign members to groups when they sign up based on their response to a profile question. Please note that members can only select one answer when you enable this option.
When you add members to a specific group they will receive an email notification letting them know they were added.
To invite people to your group, click on the “Group Options” button from the group’s detail page. Select “Manage Members” from the drop-down menu. This will take you to your network’s Member Management page. From here, you can send a message to your members and invite new people to join your group. Click on the “Invite People” link. An input field will display. Enter email addresses of desired invitees, or enter the names of friends on the network. Entering a friend’s name will cause an invitation to the group to be sent to the member who matches that name.
You can place a Comment Wall on any page in your social website. You can use this to let members leave comments on custom pages, or to create a running wall of feedback. Comment walls are also available in Groups and we've added one by default to newly created groups. You can add a comment wall by clicking on "Add Content" for any of your pages under Site & pages. You can choose between Facebook comments or any of the native comment styles (Flat, Standard and Threaded) that we provide; and you can use the same options in comment walls that you're used to for the comment sections on Forums, Photos and Blogs.
The visibility option is available in content sections on Public pages. This will let you create sections of content that are either only visible to Signed Out visitors, or only visible to Members. It means that within a Public page you can determine who can see what. Here are the options:
1) Everyone (Public) - this means that signed out visitors will see the content, even if it's coming from a Blog or Forum or Photo section that's members only.
2) All Members - this means that all your signed in members will see the content, even if it's coming from a Blog or Forum or Photo that has higher permission restrictions (like an Admin-only forum).
3) Default - this means that whatever permissions might exist on the content will still be in place. If you have an Admin-only forum and place content from it on a public page, only Admins will see it.
4) Non-Members Only - this means that anyone who isn't signed in will see the content, but members won't. This is perfect for including calls to action for visitors to join your network, and we think this is how the Visibility setting will be used most.