Today we're pleased to announce the release of Groups for Ning 3.0.
Groups are a critical part of allowing network members, especially in larger networks, to come together in smaller niches. We've rebuilt Groups for Ning 3.0 and we've supercharged them. Many of the features and capabilities that we've added are based directly on your feedback. I want to thank all of the Network Creators who told us what was missing from Groups in Ning 2.0 and who gave us direct feedback during the Groups beta. For those who weren't part of our Groups beta program, here's a rundown of what's included in this new feature.
Customization & Control
Each group in Ning 3.0 can function like a mini network, with multiple Forums, Blogs, Photos and custom pages. Group Admins can customize the Group Cover Photo and menu, set individual page privacy, content and layouts, and choose which commenting system to use for features. Network Creators can determine exactly how much control over the layout and site structure Group Admins can have, and these settings can be changed per group. Want to allow a single group to have a different layout or run network-level header and footer ads on its Group pages? You can do that.
Automatic and Manual Joining
The control that network creators have with the Groups feature extends to membership. As the Network Creator or a Network Admin, you can manually place a member into any group via the Member Management console. You can also move new members into groups automatically based on their answers to multiple choice profile questions. Need each new member who identifies as a Photographer to automatically join the Photography group? We've got you covered.
As part of the Groups release we're adding the ability for Network Creators and their Admins to move individual pieces of content around in the network. If a member contributed a blog post that you think would work better inside a group, or vice versa, you can now move it to the correct location, and you can do this with Photos, Blog Posts, and Forum Discussions.
Edit Note: An earlier version of this post included a screenshot from a pre-release version that caused some confusion. It has now been updated to a production screenshot.