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Member Community | Groups vs. Forums: What’s the Difference?

If you’re new to a member community, it can be a little overwhelming, not to mention confusing.

Let’s take look at the basic setup of a member community.

The community is broken up into Groups. Think of groups as main topics–broader headings where related topics will be broken down into smaller section–Forums. If you are participating in a forum, you are a member of that group.

Think of it this way: if you owned a restaurant, your menu would be broken down into main headings (“groups”)–appetizers, entrees, desserts. Under each main heading (groups), you have individual offerings (forum topics, in our case). So for appetizers you may have cheese dip, egg rolls, chicken wings, etc.

This is exactly how a community is setup. Our Prime Parents Club community has groups like Parents of Preschoolers, Homeschooling, Blogging, Pet Talk, Adoption and so on. Under each of these groups, there are specific topics (or even questions) where you can discuss different aspects.

In this example, we’ve illustrated Blogging as the group and then How to Get Started, Blogger Links, Making Money and Find Guest Writers as separate forum topics you can discuss within the blogging group.

 

Along with being a contributor to PrimeParentsClub.com, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate. Founder and executive director of Monkey Do Project and co-author of 50 Shades of Frayed: What Happens When 'I Do' Becomes 'Not Tonight': A Humorous Mompilation.