Not too long ago, we laid the groundwork for our member categories feature by streamlining the management of your existing and prospective members. Now, we're almost ready to roll Member Categories out, and we wanted to give you a preview of the feature and get your feedback on its functionality and a few improvements that we've added along the way.
Create up to 50 categories and assign members to them. All of your members will begin in the default category, called Members. You can create and edit new categories via the Member Categories tab in the Member Management section. A couple of important limitations to note up front: the default category can't be edited, and members can only belong to one category at a time.
When you create a category, you have an option to create a listing page exclusively for the members in that category, and you can create listing pages for up to 5 10categories. When you do this, a new submenu item for the category will appear in the submenu items for Member pages. You can choose the text for the submenu listing, so that you can pluralize or customize it. This is a great way to highlight specific members on the network.
Image and Text Badges
Each category that you create can also have an optional image or text badge that gets added as an overlay on a member's profile picture. Whether you create badges of honor or badges of shame, this is an excellent way to identify admins, reward special members, or just make it easy for visitors to identify different types of members. Text badges are based on the category name, and can be placed at the top or bottom of the profile picture. You can set the text color, background color, and the background opacity for each badge.
Images badges can be positioned in one of the four quadrants of a member's profile picture. We've included 22 badges to get you started, and you can upload and manage up to 50 of your own custom badges.
Text and Image badges will appear in most places in your network, but not everywhere. Right now they won't appear in Chat and in a couple of other places, like the profile images on sign in and sign up pages.
Designers and Network Creators who are comfortable with CSS will be pleased to know that each created category is associated with a CSS class that we're adding to the #xg_themebody div in profile pages. This means you can create CSS styles that will be applied to the profile pages of members in a category. This will let you do things like adjust the background or color scheme of every member of your network who's in a specific category.
Once you've assigned your members to categories, you can use new functionality in the Broadcast Message feature to send a broadcast message to just those members. Choose any category you've created and proceed from there. The current broadcast message includes a subheader with the words "A Message to all members of Network Name". Now that you can target individual categories for messages, that text is no longer accurate, so we'll be removing it with this release. If you like that message and want to retain it, you can add it in manually like this:
<h3>A Message to all members of Network Name</h3>
We're currently targeting Thursday for this release. We'll update this post if that changes. We're excited to see how NCs will use Member Categories, and we'd love your feedback. There are a few enhancements we may add to member categories like the ability to connect a Paid Access subscriber list with a category. There are also a few longer term things you've already told us you want, like category-specific feature permissions (e.g., Blog-only members). Let us know in the comments how you plan to use Member Categories, and once it's gone live, let us know how we can make it more useful for you.
it's been over an hour so either I am not doing something right or there is a glitch... :(
hmm are u adding 1 at a time or multiple at a time?
I am in my Management settings and clicking the box and choosing the action MERCHANT
It's putting the icons on the pictures.... :)
but the list is not showing up as you can see by the link I posted.
If you toggle over to featured members you can see who has the crown icon I am using to distinguish the members.
i do see badges on featured members so i assume those were added to the merchant page
but not being a memvber i cant seethe link above the members only the 1 u added to the menu
and that means id also be seeing a cached version older then the live version u see logged in
try clearing cache and cookies and see?
it shouldnt take an hour but seeing badges on them i assume they wre added
I am going to complete my list and then wait and see what happens and clear my cookies then but my admins don't see the list either, only the badges on avatars like I see.
Thanks hon... :) I will have to submit a ticket I think :)
maybe but might just be extra slow updating for some reason
This is cool! ning getting better! hopefully better things to come! =]
Looks great. I've been trying to categorize members by getting them to join groups. I think this'll be a way better solution.
I'd love not just the paid access but a way to bulk categories people within a specific group!
Great feature. I second all the Suggestions for improvement.
Would be great to be able to create automatic rules....
Like... When one of our member has organised more than 3 events with a minimum of 10 total attendies in the last 12 month... he obtains a badge as an organiser. (Or similar !)
Or, When one of our member has written more than 3 blogs in the last 6 month, he obtains a badge as a writer. (Or similar !)
No ? What do you think about that ?