Social Groups in Vanilla Forums

Social Groups in Vanilla Forums


Today we will talk about an add-on in Vanilla Forums called Social Groups. Social Groups, is a really great way to allow people to create a group or social group around events or just some kind of grouping you like that would be away from your larger community. For a small community it’s probably not a good idea to use groups but if you a large community it can work really well. So to get started contact support and they can enable it for you. Once enabled you notice that you have a groups icon added to your nav, sidebar
as well in categories. So lets go to groups. As you can see its a separate area. We have created one sample group. Now the way groups work is that you could create a new group and you just fill in the information. You can choose an icon and a banner and you have the choice to make it public or private. Let’s go back to our sample group So as you see you can make it public or private, and we can other invite users At the bottom you can see information about the leaders of the group as all members of the group. You can also
edit the group settings anytime. So in this case we have this group here is public, but we can easily just make it private. So that’s an option that you can work on deciding how you want to go about it. Right out-of-the-box we don’t recommend giving anyone beyond the admin or mod to create groups, but if you decide that you want to do that. All you would do
or rather if you decide you want other people to be create groups is go to roles and permissions. For example here in “member” and you’ll see that there is a new permission level for groups. When it’s enabled members can add a group and also have
the ability to moderate a group. Like I said we really probably don’t want to give
it beyond admin or mod because you want to keep curated and not out of hand. But it’s up to you at your discretion, how you want to create your groups and who manages them. And finally, there are leaders that control group and invite users and make it a very exciting experience. Once again just want to point out that groups should really be used in really big communities because it can fragment your audience and if all your discussions are occurring in groups, there won’t be any discussions in your community. Hopefully you enjoyed this quick tour of social groups. If you are a hosted Vanilla customer and you require support, contact us at vanillaforums.com/help If you’d like to know about future videos you can subscribe And finally if you are not yet a Vanilla Forums customer, try us out for free for 30 days at VanillaForums.com

Danny Hutson

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