A step-by-step walkthrough in how to create a group
Groups are a great way to organize your network, create further depth, usefulness, and a sense of belonging for your members. Groups are also a helpful way to segment your audience whether it’s by geography, language, interest, and event, or a space for sharing very specific information. Groups can also be used to generate revenue.
This is to say that you can use groups for all of the above but before do, give some thought in to how you'd like to use groups in your network, their naming scheme, and how groups might relate or categorize using group name and art.
Create a Group: Steps
Like everything in the Control Center, creating a group is easy - it's just a matter of filling out a simple form. But to offer a sense of comfort and detail, we've laid out each step below. We always recommend accessing the Control Center through a modern browser on your desktop.
- Login to your network using your Admin account. Access your Control Center through your account menu (••• menu next to your avatar and name in the side menu) or by visiting your networks url and append with /control-center (ex. https://yourcommunity.com/control-center).
- In the right menu of your Control Center, click Groups, and click the Create New Group Button in the top right right.
- Select your Group Type: Open, Gated, Closed, Private (AKA "Restricted"), or Premium (Premium requires Subscriptions to be enabled and subscription products).
Read: Group Type Definitions for more information
Note: Group Type can NOT be changed once the group is created.
- Group Name: Provides the context for the group. Consider the name as a label that offers organization to a set of groups (Office: Boston, Office: LA, Office: Toronto).
- Group Domain: This is offered to make the groups domain name "readable" so that when shared, and for the sake of SEO (if your network is public/open), it gives others an understanding of what the group is about just by reading the domain name (example: yournetwork.com/groups/office-boston).
*The group domain must be unique
* Can NOT be changed once the group is created
- Group Description: Describe the purpose and / or value of being a member of this group. It's a good idea to use the description to set any guidelines or rules for the group. The description is displayed under the group name in the web app and in the group header revealed when taping on the info icon ( i ) or pulling down on the header.
*No more than 280 characters long
- Short Name: The short name is only used as the tab name for the post feed: "Short-Name FEED". (ex. BSTN FEED)
*No more than characters long (for display purposed)
- Color: Use a color to represent the group. Consider it's color amongst other groups that either may or may not have something in common with the group. (ex. all "office" groups are blue).
*A darker color that allows white text to be displayed well over it works best
- Icon: Group icon is used in the group directory and other areas where groups are displayed. Consider the visual system for the icon as it relates to other groups.
- Art: Art is the background image that is displayed in the group header. The image also colored with a percentage of the group Color as an overlay to create strong visual continuity amongst your groups.
Currently, the mobile space for art is square, while the web space for art is landscape. If you only use Honeycommb for as a web solution, create your art for the landscape space.
- Click "Save Changes" and then "Create Group" in the group creation confirmation pop up that appears after clicking Save Changes. Your group is now live!