How to Manage Administrators in Your Ning Group

You need to delegate the tasks you want Ning network Administrators to oversee for you, and you also need to stay in communication with the people you empower with Administrator privileges.

Because every Administrator in the network can do the same things in the network doesn’t mean they should — that’s where you, as the Network Creator, step in. It doesn’t matter how you split the work:

  • If your Administrators live in different time zones, you could designate them to cover the network at different times.

  • You could split the network into features and assign different features to different Administrators.

All Administrators need to know what they’re supposed to do so that tasks don’t fall through the cracks.

Because most, if not all, Administrators don't sit next to each other in real life while they're online, they should use online tools to manage communications.

Don't use e-mail! E-mail is one of the worst tools to ensure that organized communication takes place among a group of team members working from different locations.

A few options you may want to consider are

  • Adding a private group within your own network: Members can message all members of the group (your Administrators) when they need to communicate something relevant to the entire team.

  • Starting a separate network on Ning: You can take advantage of the entire feature set that Ning makes available to you. There’s no need to be constrained to the limitations that a group imposes.

  • Setting up a Google Group: A pretty good and free solution that gives you most of the tools you and your Administrators may need to stay in touch with one another and document decisions made, members banned, and so on.

  • Creating a Basecamp account: Up to a certain number of users, Basecamp is a free solution. If you need to have a very large number of Administrators accessing Basecamp, you can find different price plans available.

Clear communication not only results in informed and happy Administrators, but also reflects positively on the network and positively impacts the member experience.

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