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.
Ist for categories and badges language string like (%1$, %2$, '%2$s'...) to be able use this in language editor ? Thanks.
Hi I need some help in this area - I set up a Site Admin Categories and it shows up as a sub menu just fine. I took members who have a admin function, and added them to the Site Admin, but no one appears on the page, even though they have been added. What part of the step am I missing, as I assume you change them from a member(default) to Site Admin, as well as myself. Thanks for the answer to this
Hey, Dan. I think this should be working as expected. This is what I see on your member page:
Are there any plans to enable assigning members to multiple categories?
Not at this time, Peter.
At some point that would be nice to have.
Great Phil . It confirms that Ning is the right partner :)
If I may, these are my suggestions for coming updates:
1-Broadcasting a Message:choose several categories instead of only one that actually is in place
2-Exporting the member list: Include the member category as an additional data. Actually it is not included
How do I assign badges and categories to members?
Thanks. Could you also link me to where Ning explains why badges are being taken away? I've seen others post about this, but honestly, I just started using the features so not familiar with all the conversations about this.
Also, I PM'ed you yesterday asking about my post for help. Was hoping you could answer that too.
I'm not clear on the history or future of the Badge feature, but I'll be happy to dig up some knowledge for you. Responding to your PM now.