Groups help you organize community content and enhance communication.
Zimbra Community gives group owners the flexibility to create groups within groups, a parent/child group architecture. This is a key component of the groups concept.
In Zimbra Community, both top-level groups and child groups support multiple application instances. This allows group owners to organize group content in a logical way and allows users easier information access.
When a user joins a group, he/she is automatically subscribed to its blogs and forums and receives notifications about new posts.
Content is organized by content topic instead of by group applications. Content can even be moved from one group to another in a way that makes sense to users. URLs also reflect the topic-driven navigation structure.
Administration and management are separated - thus group functionalities are consistent with the other Control Panel functionalities.
In addition to group categories, administrators can choose from among the following choices when they create or edit groups:
- Joinless - Membership is not tracked. Group permissions are managed using site-level roles. Joinless groups are managed by system administrators unless an administrator creates a special role for managing this group type. By definition, joinless groups do not have members.
- Public open membership - Community users can see group members and activity. Additional group information is visible in the sidebar.
- Public closed membership - Community users can see group activity and additional group information in the sidebar, but can't see the activity of group members.
- Private listed - Community users can see users and group activity, but can't participate in group activity.
- Private unlisted - Community users can't see users or group activity.
When a user joins a group, he/she inherits the permissions assigned to the group (in addition to his/her role permissions). If a user joins a child group, he/she inherits his/her permissions from the parent group. The permissions are transferred to all group applications but blogs - which have an additional layer of permissions associated with a blog owner/author.
The "super groups" concept supports three levels of group membership:
|Group members||Can create and view group content, view group members, and invite prospective members.|
|Group managers||These members have the same permissions that members have, but additionally can manage the group.|
|Group owners||These members have the same permissions as a manager, but can also control group settings, add new members, modify the group theme, create new application instances within the group, and modify role permissions inside the group. An owner can also create new roles for the group.|