Customizing your community so you can distinguish it from other ones

Customize your community to distinguish it from other communities and attract new membership. You must be a community owner to customize a community.

There are various ways in which you can customize your community. Possible options include changing the community theme, associating a distinctive graphic with the community, and adding applications that bring extra functionality to the community.

Add an image. An eye-catching graphic can be a powerful way to draw attention to your community and attract potential members. The graphic that you add to your community is displayed in the community business card, which reflects the community's identity and interests when displayed outside the Communities application. By associating a meaningful image with your community, you can give the community a branding that is unique to its members. You can add an image when you first create the community, or you can edit the community to add a new image.

Add enhanced functionality. You can customize the functionality of your community by adding content that reflect the various aspects of the community and its areas of focus. For example, if organizing project workload is a priority, adding the Activities widget allows you to create a space where members can work on project documents with a fixed duration, assign and complete tasks, and share resources. If collaboration is an important goal for your community, you might want to add the Wikis widget to encourage members to work together on community-related projects.

Apply a new theme. You can enhance the appearance of your community by changing the default theme. Applying a new theme changes the colors and fonts that are used in the community's user interface. Choose from the options provided with your deployment. There are a number of default themes for you to choose from, but your administrator can also make custom themes available.

Change the layout. You can arrange your community's Overview page to prioritize specific functionality. For example, if the discussion forum is the most active part of your community, you might want to place it first on the page to give it priority and ensure that members see the latest posts.




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