Groupsite Application Customization is now available

Posted by Diana / on 02/16/2012 / 4 Comments

Categories: Managers' Tip, Feature Spotlight, Announcements, Enterprise Platform

On February 16, 2012, powerful new functionality, Groupsite Application (App) Customization, will be available in our Collaboration Community and Enterprise plans. This new functionality allows managers of these plans to disable specific areas of their Groupsite that aren't relevant to their group's specific needs. Managers can also add custom pages to the main Communicate, Share and Network areas of these Groupsites.

So what can you customize? For Collaboration Community and Enterprise plan Groupsites, managers will be able to disable existing sub-tabs in the navigation menu - and add new ones:

  • Under the Communicate menu, Groupsite managers will have the ability to disable the Discussions, Group Blog and Email Blasts applications. You'll also be able to add a new menu item(s) under this tab -- for example, access to your blog outside of Groupsite.
  • Under the Share menu, Groupsite managers will have the ability to disable the Calendar, File Cabinet and Photo Gallery applications. You'll also be able to add a new menu item(s) under the Share tab -- for example, access to your organization's calendar outside of Groupsite.
  • Under the Network menu, Groupsite managers will have the ability to disable the Member Profiles, Member Objectives and Key Connections applications. You'll also be able to add a new menu item(s) under the Network tab -- for example, access to your company's organization chart.

Because the Groupsite's main Communicate, Share and Network tabs are core to its purpose of social and professional collaboration, you won't be able to disable these tabs. You also can't disable all apps under a specific menu -- at least one application has to remain active within each core menu item. However, the one app on a menu can be one that you have added.

You can disable and re-enable these same apps at any time.

Groupsite Application Customization will not apply to the following menus:

  • Summary
  • Subgroups
  • More
  • Menu Shortcut (i.e., sub-tabs promoted to main-level navigation)


Accessing the App Customization Feature

Collaboration Community and Enterprise Groupsite managers can access the App Customization functionality from the MANAGER > Group Settings > Menu Settings area:

Once on the Menu Settings page, click on the Communicate, Share or Network menus to reveal the apps available to disable/enable, as well as the link to "Add New Menu Item":

Enter your selections. Then be sure to click "Save" to keep any changes that you make.



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  • Marcel says:

    This is a great new feature. It would be nice to add to this the ability of renaming the tabs and the menu items (app names), e.g. to allow translation of this part of the interface (while waiting for more robust/per user support of multi-language capabilities.)

    February 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM | Permalink

  • Danny says:

    I am thrilled you guys are doing development to open up the environment a bit and allow professional managers to customize more.

    For your "frameset" option, I would have preferred the iframe to be set inside of the GroupSite wrapper with the header/menus up top and modules on right rather than a full page iframe. Perhaps others prefer it the way you've handled the feature, though.

    But this feature and the related ability to turn off profile are a wonderful step.

    February 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM | Permalink

  • Bill says:

    This is fantastic!

    February 17, 2012 at 1:45 PM | Permalink

  • Maricor Zen says:

    Thanks for these new features! I hope you guys can consider ability to rename these tabs as well. Anyhow, it's good enough to remove all other subtabs that we don't use, and replace them with other links.

    And by the way, I just realized while organizing these tabs that it will be nice if we can also distribute the pages we create in some of these tabs. Because right now all additional pages appear under the 'Others' tab which looks kind of messy especially when u have lots of them (and dont really belong to a same category or group). Another suggestion is have an option where we can hide pages from showing up under this (Others)tab.


    February 22, 2012 at 11:29 PM | Permalink Champions
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