The Microsites product is one of Higher Logic's optional modules. It gives your organization the ability to create and manage independent websites (Microsites) for any of your Higher Logic communities, and if needed, stand-alone Microsites that aren't associated to a community. Doing so grants community leaders and organizational staff the flexibility to manage an independent website tailored specifically for their community and its members, controlling everything from the content available to the design, layout, and navigation.
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Types of Microsites
Two types of Microsite can be created: Community Microsites and stand-alone Microsites. While there may be specific use-cases where a stand-alone Microsite is desired, creating Microsites within the context of a community is generally the recommended best-practice. Even if you think certain community features, like a Discussion Group and Resource Library, aren't needed, you may find them to be of value once the site is live. A community Microsite is also a safe bet because, while an existing stand-alone Microsite can be associated with a community after its creation, this will require the submission of a Support ticket and likely the additional expense of a change order.
Integration and Security
If you're an integrated client, community Microsites use the same AMS integration and web services established for your primary Higher Logic site.
The permission settings for community content displayed on a community Microsite are, by default, identical to those controlling access to community-based content on your primary site. The view permission of any webpage can be restricted to specific Security Groups, and this is also true for the pages in a community Microsite. Admins can establish unique access permissions for community Microsite pages using the CMS.
See Control Who Can Access Pages & Content to learn how to set permissions for pages and Content Items.
Default Functionality of a Community Microsite
Several widgets are available that display community-specific content on a Microsite's Home page. By default, these widgets only display content specifically attributed to that community, but they can be configured to show all content for all communities based on the memberships and permissions of an individual user.
See Widgets - Vehicles for Dynamic Content to learn more about the most popular widgets used on community and Microsite Home pages (also known as landing pages).
Microsites and Indexing
Microsites can easily be set as active or archived to determine which are visible and which are not. And the indexing of active microsites can be enabled and disabled to control whether the site-specific content (its unique pages and HTML content items) is available in search results.
See Manage Microsites and Indexing to learn more about applying these settings on the Microsite Archive and Search Index Management page.