How to Add the Chat Feature to Your Ning Network

7 of 8 in Series: The Essentials of Setting Up a Ning Network

For many Ning members, chatting with other Ning folks is essential. Adding the Chat feature to your Ning network is a fairly easy task:

  1. Click the Manage link in your network's navigation bar.

    The Manage page opens.

  2. Click Features.

    A list of available features appears.

  3. In the Features list, select the check box next to Chat, and then click the Save button.

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    A Chat bar appears at the bottom of all pages throughout your network. Any member whose status is set to online can chat with other online members without intervention from you or your Administrators.

Having the ability to enable and disable Chat on the main page gives you a great level of control, which is ideal when you want to have scheduled chats (a great way to keep your members coming back): You promote the chat, create a network event for it, and invite all the members and/or use a banner on the main page. When the scheduled chat session is over, you can disable the chat window by clicking the X in the top-right corner of the chat window.

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