How to Create a Network on Ning
1 of 8 in Series: The Essentials of Setting Up a Ning Network
Ning enables you to create a network that's all your own (well, you and the members who join!). To create your own network, go to Ning.com:
Sign in to your Ning account by clicking the Sign In link at the top of the Ning.com home page.
When you do so, you’re prompted to sign in with your Ning ID — the e-mail address and password you used when you signed up.
Fill in the Name Your Social Network text box.
You can change this name later, so don’t worry too much if you misspell it or change your mind about it.
Enter a Web address in the Pick a Web Address text box.
The characters you enter are appended in front of .ning.com and turn into your network’s Web address. For example, if you enter networkfordummies (without spaces), your network’s address becomes http://networkfordummies.ning.com.
Click the Create button and wait for a few seconds.
The Describe Your Social Network page opens. At this point, your network is still not available to others.
Change the network name, if you want.
You have the opportunity to change the name you chose in Step 2 when you created the network. If you don’t want to touch it now, you can still change it later through the Manage section of your network.
Select a Privacy setting.
You have two options: Public – Anybody Can See or Join It; and Private – Only Invited People Can Join and See It.
Enter a tagline.
A tagline is the text that appears in the header of your network.
Add a description of your network.
The description is limited to 140 characters. It appears in every Google search result in which the main page of your network appears. Shows a search result featuring TuDiabetes, which has the description text For people with diabetes to connect with each other.
In case your network’s name, tagline, and description don’t contain some keyword that you want to have associated with your network, enter some keyword terms, separated by commas.
Including relevant keywords makes it easier for people to find your network when they’re searching on Ning.com.
From the Language drop-down list, select a different language for the interface of your network, if the default English (U.S.) isn’t the best option for your members.
From Polish to languages you may never have even heard of, you can offer your network in more than 20 languages, and new ones are being added frequently.
Click the Launch link.
Your Ning network is up and running!
If you want to tweak your network some more, click the Next button on the Describe Your Social Network page (rather than Launch). You can select what features to add or remove from your network and customize the way your network looks.