There are three visibility settings to choose from when launching your community: hidden, private or public. Read on to learn more about what each of these settings means for you, your community and your community members.

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Hidden communities

This setting is mostly used by our community administrators, and what we recommend for most situations. Sharing the community and inviting members is straightforward, but the community is not searchable on our site.

Inviting members

  • Copy the url to your community and share however you'd like. We typically recommend hyperlinking in an email to your community members, as an initial step.
  • The url will allow members to visit the community, sign up for the first time or log in and join the community, all in one step.
  • You can also use the "invite members" tab in your community– read more in this support article.
  • Contact your Participate point person for details on how to batch import users from a list.

Who can access your community

  • Hidden communities are not searchable on our site, but are visible to those with whom you share a link.

Private communities

This level of visibility goes one step further with privacy; members cannot join with a link that is shared. Please contact our support team using the blue chat bubble if you think this setting is right for you and your community.

Inviting members:

  • The "invite members" tab in your community may be used to invite new members– read more in this support article.
  • Contact your Participate point person for details on how to batch import users from a list.

Who can see your community

  • Private communities are not searchable on our site.
  • Only members who have been invited and have joined can view the community.

Public communities

This is the most open and accessible visibility level for communities. Anyone on Participate can search for and join public communities. Please contact our support team using the blue chat bubble if you think this setting is right for you and your community.

Inviting members

  • Copy the url to your community and share however you'd like. We typically recommend hyperlinking in an email to your community members, as an initial step.
  • The url will allow members to visit the community, sign up for the first time or log in and join the community, all in one step.
  • You can also use the "invite members" tab in your community– read more in this support article.

Who can see your community

  • Anyone with a Participate account.

*If you have questions or need assistance, contact our Support Team at support@participate.com or use the chat icon on the bottom-right corner of any page.

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