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Most organizations and businesses have multi-tiered structures–leadership hierarchies, committees and sub-committees, products under product lines, etc. With the Nested Communities module, you can structure your Higher Logic communities to exactly reflect how your company or association is organized.
The Nested Communities system allows for three tiers of communities to be nested under any community (for a total of four tiers). There can be an unlimited number of communities within each sub-tier, so no matter whether you have 1, 100, or 1000 “working groups” under one of your committees, they can all be represented properly. In addition, view and join permissions within the strata of communities are established independently. This means that within the Chapter Officers community, sub-community X can be totally private while sub-community Y can be visible to all members of the Chapter Officers community–it's up to you.
One website for the entire community tree or individual websites for each community can be configured. In cases where a sub-community doesn't have its own website, its content will also display on the website of a parent community or on the main site. Content displays are configurable, and can be aggregated, if desired.
A simple two-tier nested community structure is shown below. In this example, our Higher Logic Academy website includes one main (parent) community and four sub-communities. If needed, unlimited additional sub-communities could be added to the second tier, along with two additional tiers with unlimited sub-communities within each.
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In the example structure above, each colored tier represents a strata of the community “nest.” In this structure, the primary community (red) manages sub-communities (blue), which manage panels (yellow), which in turn manage working groups (green).
Nested Communities support:
- Unlimited numbers of lead communities (red)
- Unlimited numbers of sub-communities, panels, and working groups (blue, yellow, and green) under a single lead community.
- Individual websites
- for every element (square) on the chart, or
- a website for only the lead community (red), or
- any combination thereof.
In this example, if a working group (green) doesn't have its own website, its content will be displayed on the immediate parent that does (yellow, blue, or red). This website will also be the target for links to content from external sources or email. For example, if a nest of working groups (green) don't have individual websites but their parents (yellow) do, content from the working groups (green) will be represented in the parent communities (yellow) in dedicated community pages. However, content within the working groups can be included or excluded (your choice) from the home page and other content displays aggregating content.