Office 365 SharePoint Online Overview of community site template

community site sharepoint online

In this article, I had explained how to create and use the community site template in SharePoint online.

– Community site is a new site template it provides a forum experience in SharePoint online. Use communities to categorize and cultivate discussions among a broad group of people across organizations in a company.
– You can also activate community site features on existing sites without creating community site templates to access the features like Badges, Discussions, Community Members, Categories.

Let’s see How to create a community site in SharePoint online (Download PDF for FREE)
Open http://portal.office365.com
Logged in with your valid tenant username and password

Navigate to admin center -> Click SharePoint

Click New -> Private site collection


community site sharepoint online
community site sharepoint online

Provide the site title and web site address
Pick a site template -> community site

SharePoint online community site
SharePoint online community site

Click Ok

how to create community site
how to create community site

So community site has been successfully created with awesome community experience features
Lists: Categories, Community members, Discussion List, Site Pages


SharePoint 2013 community site
SharePoint 2013 community site

Categories:
Using this category list, we can define the categories for discussion for example Products, Clothing, Electronics like this kind of key terms.

Discussion List:
Using Discussion list, it holds the posts posted by the community members and likes, ratings and replies from other members inside the community,

Community Members:
This list may work as a database for holding all the community members information inside the community forum

Site Pages:
In this site template site pages were pretty different It holds the different pages by default here the list of pages Community home, About, Topic, Categories, Category, Members

– Community Home: It’s a default home page it holds all the discussions, Top members widget, Community tools it helps to create badges, assign badges, set reputation and more… will discuss after with detailed information

– About: This page provides the rules and regulations about the community rest of other components as same as the Home page

how to create community site sharepoint 2013 online
how to create community site sharepoint 2013 online

– Topic: This page is a separate page for discussion related information



steps to create community site sharepoint 2013 online
steps to create community site sharepoint 2013 online

– Categories: Using this page we can create and manage categories for discussions

steps to create community site sharepoint online
steps to create community site sharepoint online

– Members: It holds the members and top members information inside the community

steps to create community site sharepoint online office 365
steps to create community site sharepoint online office 365

Let’s Explain all the components:
Discussions inside the community based on categories:
Navigate to homepage -> Community tools -> Click create categories

create community site sharepoint online office 365
create community site sharepoint online office 365

Click Create categories
On the page Click New-> provide Category Name, Description and Image source

community site sharepoint online office 365
community site sharepoint online office 365

Am created “Electronics, mobiles, Clothes”

community site sharepoint online
community site sharepoint online

Now create discussion based on categories
Navigate to homepage -> click New Discussion

sharepoint online community site overview
sharepoint online community site overview

Click save

sharepoint online community site tutorial
sharepoint online community site tutorial
sharepoint 2013 online community site tutorial
sharepoint 2013 online community site tutorial

Now you can see this discussion was under category “Electronics”
Also, you guys can provide likes and reply comments your suggestion about the discussion.

sharepoint 2013 online community site
sharepoint 2013 online community site

Now you are able to see the member of community sites and his posts

community site sharepoint online 2013
community site sharepoint online 2013

Now let’s assign a badge for a community members
In community tools -> click Create badges

community site sharepoint 2013 online
community site sharepoint 2013 online

By default, you get Expert, Professional
Am going to Add “Member”

sharepoint 2013 community site
sharepoint 2013 community site

Let’s Assign a Badge to members
Click Assign badge to members
Click on -> moderation -> Give Badge

sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial
sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial

Assign Badge as “Professional”
Let’s see here.

sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 2
sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 2

Badge has been assigned to the community member
Open community tools -> Click Reputation settings

sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 3
sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 3

Here you can assign reputation points for creating and replying posts for likes and best replies
You can also achievement levels as points and images.

sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 5
SharePoint 2013 community site tutorial 5

Click ok to complete the setup
Now open community tools -> Click Community settings

sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 6
sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 6

Enable auto approval for permission requests and reporting of offensive contents

sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 7
SharePoint 2013 community site tutorial 7

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Am just check Enable auto approval and click ok. So as of now, you guys know about community sites and its default components and working cycle.

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