The Groups component in SPMM allow admins to create discussion groups for users. Groups can be Public where any user can participate or Private where discussions are restricted only to approved group members.
This is, in effect, a simple discussion forum – for more complete forum functionality please consider our Simple:Press Forums plugin.
To activate the GROUPS component:
The component should now be enabled. However, additional configuration is necessary to make the GROUPS option appear on the front-end.
Enable on the user profile menu:
Access settings that affect all groups via MEMBER MANAGER->COMPONENT SETTINGS->GROUPS.
Admins can create new groups by going to either MEMBER MANAGER->GROUPS and then selecting the ADD NEW link from the left hand side of the screen. Or go directly to the new top-level WordPress menu option, GROUPS->ADD NEW.
The screen that appears might look a little familiar – it’s a standard WordPress custom post-type screen with some additional options.
On this screen you can:
When adding new members to the group, it takes a little getting used to how it works.
When the component is enabled, two new pages are automatically added with the requisite short-codes – “My Groups” and “My Invites”. You can add these pages to a menu that is visible to the end user if you like. The same information in these pages will normally appear in the user’s profile screen but you might want them to be separate menu options on the main menu.
On the front-end, the end user can access any group from their profile page via a new GROUP tab.
In each group the discussion the user can choose to make a post, view members in the group or send invitations to new members (if permitted to do so).