Office 365 SharePoint Online Overview of community site template

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

Introduction:
– 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
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

 

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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.

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sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 2

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

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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.

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sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 5

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

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sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 6

Enable auto approval for permission requests and reporting of offensive contents

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sharepoint 2013 community site tutorial 7

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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