User Highlights

A Community has much to offer people with similar interests. Here we highlight exciting things users can do as they contribute and engage with fellow members. We also share some expert tips and tricks to help master the features we mentioned.

What is happening in the community?

Our Picks

Items that have been highlighted by the site owners as being interesting or useful content. This is a great place to start if you are new to a community.

All Activity Stream

A sleek and easy to navigate, timeline view to show postings in your community, who has joined and other things that you don't want to miss. This updates in real time! You can filter only the content you want to see and view it in an expanded or condensed layout.

My Activity Streams

Easily customizable streams to show you what you want to see on the community. Do you want to see only certain Content Types that you Follow? No problem. Want to see activity from a single or a few favorite members? Sure! Simply select “Create New Stream”, Choose what you want to see and save it as a Custom Stream. You can save it to your custom streams list too so you can easily get back to it at any time.

Following Content & Notifications

Following items allows you to receive notifications either on the site itself, via email, or push on the mobile app. You can automatically follow content that you create or respond to, based on your own user preferences, or choose to follow something that interests you. You can also get notifications for mentions and messages – you don’t have to worry about missing out.

Member Content

Find your content easily by visiting your profile. Want to view a Follower’s profile and see their latest contributions to the community? Access their profile by choosing their icon from your profile or from any of their content throughout the community.

Searching

We offer both a Basic Search and Advanced Search option. For Basic Search, just type and select your search criteria using the abbreviated search fields. Clicking on the magnifying glass will give you Advanced Search options. Narrow your search by Content, Member, Group, Time Period and more.

How do I participate with content?

Commenting

Adding a Comment is easy. You’ll find the commenting box at the bottom of the item for text or attaching content.

Quoting when Commenting

When you read a community members’ comment and want to discuss one phrase from their long post, quote it in your comment. It easy to do and helps a conversation flow from point to point without confusion about what your comment is referring to. You can quote from a previous quote, too.

Attaching Content

Attaching content is quick and easy. We offer the option to Drag and Drop attachments, copy and paste or even add again from existing attachments that you’ve added before.

Rating an Item

Tell your fellow community members how you rate a content item. Give it stars.

Reactions

How do you feel about a posting? React. Let the community know that you are happy, confused, sad…. This participation affects the author’s reputation within the community and encourages them to create more great content for you to enjoy, or not, depending on how you reacted.

How do I participate with the community?

Mentions

If you want a community member to join in on a discussion, try using the mention feature. Type @ followed by the member name and they’ll receive a notification.

Reputation

What happens when you react to content items? This positively and negatively affects that author’s reputation depending on how you react. React positively, they can receive points to increase their reputation.

Leaderboard

Get on the leaderboard by posting great content that people react to which gives you community reputation. Just think, when you post that stellar blog entry this week which receives a lot of positive reactions, reputation will also increase putting you on top of the leaderboard and “winning” the day!

Start a Club

Create your own managed section of the community, with your own item types, such as topics, calendar entries, images and more (Depending on enabled applications). Clubs can be public or private, joined or invite only. Giving maximum flexibility. Charging for club entry is also possible.

Private Messaging (Personal Conversations)

Have personal conversations one on one or invite as many members as you wish for discussions not visible to the other community members (except the admins, in some cases).

How do I tell my friends?

Sharing

Anywhere you see social media icons next to content, you can use them to share with your friends. If the member then signs up, you’ll be able to see who you referred if referrals are enabled in your community. You may receive perks like VIP promotion or access to unique content.

I want to edit my profile and my settings, too.

Connecting to Social Media

You can connect your social media accounts to automatically import your latest profile photos and status updates. You can also find members to follow and share as much or as little about yourself as you like. These are all things you can do right away as a new community member.

Setting up your profile

You can upload your profile picture add a cover photo as well as edit custom fields setup by the staff by visiting your profile.

Notifications

Under Account Settings, you can adjust your notification settings to suit on your preferences.

Ignore Users

Do you love your community but not this one user? Ignoring the content of other users on the site can easily be done at the click of a button. You can choose to read specific posts from ignored members if you’re curious.

Personalizing your experience

Grid Forum View

This view is perfect if you’re a visual person who likes separation between the different forums the community has. Each forum is in its own box making it easier to scan when looking for the right area.

Fluid List Forum View

This view is ideal if you want to get straight into the topics! This view dispenses with the forum structure and instead lists all the recent topics. If you only had an interest in a few areas then you can filter which topics are shown.

List Forum View

This is the class list of categories and forums. If you like your content super organized and want clear boundaries then this is the view for you.