How Do I...Create a Group?

If you're wondering how to create a group on the garden community, you've come to the right place! Note: In order to create a group, you must be a member of the Rogue Valley Gardener. If you're not, you'll need to register before you can create a group.

There are several ways to create a group. We'll explain two ways. They both do exactly the same thing, it's just a matter of which way you choose. If you see the "create a group" link on another page, you can do it from there, too.

Note: Our main navigation has changed slightly since this how-to was compiled. "Garden Community" and "Forums" have been placed in one dropdown menu called "Community." It doesn't affect the content of the article or the directions on how to carry out this task.

From Your Profile
Your profile offers two ways to create a group. The quickest is to click "Start a new group," located in the gray box in the center of the page. You can also click "Show All," which will show you all the groups you're a member of, and give you the option of creating a new group. Take a look at the picture:

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If you choose to click on the second link, "Show All," this is the page you'll go to:

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That, above, is the "My Groups" page. From there, you can do any of the actions outlined in the picture. And, using the link on the right side of the menu, you can create a new group.

You can also get to the "My Groups" page by hovering over the "Applications" tab on the gray menu that's always visible when you're in the community. Drop down and click on "Groups" to get to the "My Groups" page.

From the Main Community Page
This is where you end up if you click on "Garden Community" in the main navigation menu.

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To create a group from the main community page, click the "View All Groups" link that's highlighted above.

That will take you to the "Browse Groups" page (pictured below), which is pretty much just like your "My Groups" page, but it's showing all the groups, not just the ones you're a member of. On "Browse Groups," click the highlighted link, "Create":

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CONGRATULATIONS! You've made it to the page where you name your group and put in other important information. Below this picture, there's an explanation for each item that you need to fill in when creating your group.

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Category: Choose a category that best fits your group type. If you don't see anything that makes sense, or you think we should add a new category, feel free to contact us and let us know. In the meantime, pick what suits your group best, and we can change it if we add a new category later.

Group Type: Do you want this to be a public group that anyone can join, or a private group that requires you to approve new members? If you're not sure, "public" is probably the way to go. You can always edit your group's settings.

Discussion Ordering: Which would you prefer? Should the newest discussions (which are displayed on your group's page) show up first, or should the most recently commented discussions?

Photos: Do you want group members to be able to upload photos? Only group admins? Nobody at all? (That's no fun, by the way. We encourage you to allow photo uploads.)

Video: Same as above.

You can leave those default numbers the same -- at 6 -- for videos and photos.

New Member Notification: Do you want to be notified when a new member joins your group?

Join Request Notification: Do you want to be notified when someone wants to join your group? (This should be enabled.)

Wall Post Notification: Do you want to be notified when someone posts on the group's wall? (This might be fun to begin with, but if your group becomes very popular, you might end up with a lot of notifications.)

Other Details
Once you hit "Create Group," you'll end up at this page:

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More questions about creating groups? Send us an email or leave a comment below.

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