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If you're new, one of the first things you'll likely do is create a new community or take over managing an existing one. In either case, this article highlights a few additional tasks (beyond the Getting Started collection) that will help you as you start your community-management role.
The sections that follow provide some introductory information about these few tasks, as well as links to additional information.
Understand Community Types
You can use Community Types to categorize communities that have similarities which makes them easier to organize and manage.
Community Types also enable you to set defaults for important configuration settings and access permissions that apply to every community with that type.
You manage (create, edit, delete) Community Types in the Admin interface: Community > Communities > Types.
- To learn more, see Community Types.
Create and manage Communities
You can create multiple communities in your site, and then customize each community based on its purpose.
You create Communities in the Admin interface: Community > Communities > List.
- To learn more, see Create and Manage Your Communities.
Manage Community settings
After creating a Community and assigning a Community Type, you can set the community's view and join permissions, moderation status, and modules and features (such as whether it will offer Discussions, Library, and other engagement options).
You can manage Communities in the Admin interface: Community > Communities > List and the community's Home page: Settings > Settings.
- To learn more, see Manage Community Settings.
Manage Community permissions
You can set and continue to manage a Community's permissions; permissions that enable you to control who can do what within the Community. Permissions can be set at different levels and are then inherited as default settings by "downstream" entities.
For example, permissions that are set for a Community Type would be inherited by any community (and its content) that is based on that type. Note that the default settings can be overridden at the various levels so that you have more granular control over different areas and aspects of a community.
You can manage Community permissions in various places, as indicated in the above image.
- To learn more, see Understand Community Permissions.
Manage Community members
Community Admins and Super Admins can add, invite, and remove members in the community; add and remove member restrictions; and manage Community Admin assignments.
You can manage Community members from the community's Home page: Settings > Members.
You can add and invite Community members from the community's Home page: Settings > Add or Invite Others.
- To learn more, see Manage Community Members.