In our last post we looked at 5 things you can do with your free demo community. In this post, we look at five more things you can do.
1: Download the app
When you commission a Community Package, you get your own iOS and Android app, published in your name, under your own account. For the free demo community, we have created a universal app. All you need to do is download it and log in using the details you were sent when you created your free demo community.
Not set up a demo account yet? Just download the app and you’ll be taken through the set up process.
2: Post to a community group
Groups bring members with a shared interest, within a wider community, together. We have created a handful of groups within your free demo community, to give you an idea of how they can work.
Posting to a group
In order to post to a group, you must first join that group. Feel free join and participate in one of the groups that has already been set up. If you invite friends or colleagues to join your free demo community, you can interact with them.
when you sign up as a new user, you’ll be asked to share your interests. The service will then recommend groups to you. The Recommended Groups tool, which is available with all Zipline Community Packages, is a great way to ensure members get access to content they are interested in, right from the moment they create an account.
Did you know
groups can be adapted to fit almost any use case. The team at Zipline can customise groups, adding and adapting features to fit any needs you have.
3: Create a new group
Your free demo community is set up to allow anyone who created an account to create a new group (this ability can be switched off and generally customised for your own project).
When you create a group, you’ll be asked a series of questions, including the social settings you would like to assign to the group, and if you would like to add additional features to the group (LiveChat and Forums in the case of your free demo community).
Good to know – we’ve only added basic groups to the Demo community. Groups are a powerful tool that can be adapted to support a wide range of use cases. Read our case study about a crowdfunding community to find out more.
4: Attend an event
Ok, so the events we created in the free demo community aren’t real, but we encourage you to take a look! We’ve created two event types, both set to recur each week:
- Standard event – provides details of the event, including the option of a map. You’ll see RSVP options and the ability to add the event to your calendar.
- Virtual event – the can be linked to a Zoom session, YouTube stream, or similar. You can even add a LiveChat to a virtual event so attendees can chat among themselves during the event.
Good to know – We’ve switched on the ability for any member to create an event, why don’t you give it a go?
While we’ve not included it on the demo community, events can be expanded to include ticket sales, document sharing and much more.
5: Update your settings
It’s important that community members have control. Baked into every community created using Zipline’s Community Package are a range of options and settings that allow your members to customise their experience. These will adapt, based on individual community requirements. In the free demo community you can:
- Control emails – members can control which emails they receive and how often they receive them. To see an example, click on your profile picture, go to settings and then click on email.
- Control app notifications – notifications are a great way to keep members updated. But sometimes it can be too much of a good thing! As well as switching notification on/off at a device level, notifications can be controlled by type, from within the app.
- Change profile picture and cover image – Members can add a profile picture and background image (cover picture) by going to their profile and clicking on the edit tools adjacent to each element.
- Security – biometric security is baked into the community app. This can be toggled on/off
- Theme – When using the community app, community members can toggle between a dark and light theme.