If you are an administrator of a Commons group, creating a site or blog is a great way to share information with group members as well as with other readers. You also have an option to set up a site or blog after you have set up a group.
A group can have a site, but it doesn’t need to. (And again, you can change your mind about this later.) You can also use a previously created personal site as a group site (read our Creating a Site Guide if you would like to make a site on your own first).
If you do not want a site, make sure that Enable Group Site is left unchecked and click Next Step to go on to the next screen.
This post will walk you through the steps of creating a site or blog for your group. (A blog usually refers to a type of Web site that lists posts in reverse chronological order.)
To begin, click Manage on the left-hand menu of your group’s home page to access the administrative settings for your group.
On the Manage page, click Site to activate your group’s site and control its settings
This takes you to a screen featuring Sites. If you do want a site, confirm that Enable Group Site is checked. Then decide whether you want to use one of your own sites or make a new one. If you use a site you’ve already made, select it from the drop-down list. If you decide to create a new site for your group, make sure that Or, create a new site is checked. Next, click the circle beside the option that allows you to create a new site. Then, enter a title in the Blog Title field. Finally, enter an address in the Blog Address field. This is the text that appears in front of “hcommons.org” in the site’s URL, and it can be different from the blog or site title. You may want to use a shortened version of your site title for this.
There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting your site address. First, the address can’t contain spaces or punctuation (except for hyphens). Second, it has to be unique. Third, you will not be able to change it later!
Decide on your site’s privacy settings. Your site will be visible to the public unless you select one of the options shown below. To make it a visible public site do not mark any of the options below. Although you can restrict your site, most blogs and sites on Humanities Commons are publicly visible. Note that after marking one of the options here, you cannot uncheck it in this area. You can, however, change these settings in the Admin area of your WordPress site later.
Scroll down to Member Options. If Enable Member Posting is checked, other people in your group will be able to write posts on your group site. If it’s not checked, only you can do this. Next, decide on the roles that will be assigned to your members. The defaults suit the purposes of most groups, but you can read more about these different roles on the Managing Group Roles and Memberships page.
Remember to click Save Changes, and you’re done! Now that your group has a site, you might want to check out the guide to Managing Your Site.