Communities are a great way to build recurring revenue, create engagement, and build deep and meaningful relationships with your members.
Members pay for access to your community area every month (or once per year for annual subscriptions), so you’ll get recurring revenue rather than earning money one time for each sale.
There’s also a GREAT benefit when it comes to member interaction and engagement when it comes to using communities.
Your audience is already logging into Podia to get your courses, coaching sessions, webinars, and digital downloads — now, when they log in, you can make a community for them to participate in, too.
In this article, we will go through how you can get started with creating and launching your community on Podia.
In this article:
1. Creating your community
First things first, let’s create your community! In this step, you will give your community area a name and activate this feature on your account.
Step 1: Access the Community tab at the top menu.
Step 2: Give your community area a name (don’t worry, you’ll be able to change it later) and activate this feature by clicking on “Create your community”.
Once you activate your community area, we will create a couple of things for you:
An introductory post: You can read more about how to create posts within your community area. You can delete this once you are ready to launch your community.
A "General" & "Random" topics: Topics are a way to organize the content of your community. We will create two topics for you to get started. Feel free to modify these based on your community needs.
A free plan: A subscription plan will be how your members will gain access to your community area. We will create one free plan for you to get started.
2. Creating subscription plans
What is a plan?
Plans (or tiers/levels) are what your members will use to subscribe to your community area. Plans will be how your members will gain access to your community area.
You can create multiple subscription plans/tiers depending on what you have in mind for your community and offer both free and paid plans.
Note: Members can only have one active subscription plan, they wouldn't be able to maintain multiple subscriptions at the same time. If they want to enroll in a different plan they can always change their plan directly from their dashboard.
Step 1: Click on Settings in the left sidebar.
Step 2: Scroll down the page until you see the Plans section! To add a new plan simply click on “+ New plan”.
Step 3: Fill in your plan’s details, add any products to this plan (if you want to) and once you’re done, click on “Create plan” at the bottom of your page.
You’ll also be able to set up a price for your plans (or keep it free) as well as a trial period.
And remember: you can always change these details later!
Note: You will not be able to change the price of a plan after publishing it. Make sure you confirm this is the price you want members to pay.
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3. Managing community topics
Topics can be created to help you organize posts within your community. They will help you group posts into collections for members to join and create new posts for.
We will create two topics for you to get started: A General topic and a Random topic. Feel free to modify these based on your community needs.
You’ll have the ability to add more topics and also modify the ones you already have!
If you want to add more topics to help group posts based on your interests, click on “All topics” in the sidebar:
On the next page, click on “+ Add topic” to add a new topic to your community area or edit existing ones. You will be able to give your topic a name, description, upload an image and also control what plans/members will have access to a particular topic.
You can get creative when it comes to creating topics! They will vary based on the type of content you’ll be offering in your community.
Here’s an example of how someone could use topics for a food community:
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4. Writing and publishing posts
Now it is time to start writing posts for your community and members! ✨
Publishing posts is a great way to stay in touch with your members, post updates to your community area, and deliver the value your customers are really looking for.
Creating posts should be easy! Simply click on “New post” directly from your Home feed.
Give your post a title, write a description and also upload a video if you want! You can also add images and GIFs by dragging them into the text editor.
Make sure you also select the topic your post will be assigned to.
When you’re finished, click on “Done” to publish it immediately or “Schedule…” to publish it in the future.
5. Edit your community sales page
After you’re done creating your subscription plans and posts, it’s time to edit your community sales page!
Your community sales page will be the page people will access in order to subscribe to your community area! This is where, for example, you would display your subscription plans so members can pick the one they want.
From the Home Feed, click on “...” and select Edit page:
This should open up our amazing site editor and you will be able to customize your page however you’d like!
When you first open up the site editor you will see an empty page. All you need to do is click on the “+” to add sections to your page and povoate it with content!
For your community sales page it is important that you add a Plans section to your page, so people can pick and join the plan that best fits their needs.
Make sure to create a beautiful sales page and list all the benefits people would get from becoming a member!
After you’re done, click on “Publish!” at the top right corner.
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6. Publish & share your community!
After you’re done creating your initial plans, posts & sales page, it’s time to open up your community for people to join!
To do so, click on Launch Community at the top right:
Amazing! Your community is now active! You can share it with your members by grabbing its links from the Share community option:
And that’s it! Your community is now live and working! Time to make some sales and have members join this wonderful space you’re about to create.
Interested in diving deep into our communities? Check out our comprehensive community help docs here.
Any questions at all, please send us an email at [email protected] or click the purple icon below to chat. 😃