I need help with Group Settings

Need help understanding what some of the Group Settings are for? Here is a brief guide that goes over what each field is for. The fields are numbered in the screen shot below and you'll find coordinating information for that field below the screenshot.

1. Group Name

This is the name that will appear in the list of groups on the left hand side of your main flocknote page for your church or organization. This name will also appear as the 'From' address when you send emails. 

2. Short Name

This is the shortened name of your group. This shortened name is used for your Group URL. This shortened name is also used as the 'From' address when you send text messages. You can have up to 16 characters in your shortened name, but it will not allow for spaces.

3. Type

There are 3 privacy types for a Group. Open, Closed, and Hidden. Open groups and their notes are visible to anyone, and anyone can join them. Closed Groups are visible in the list of Groups on the left hand side of the main flocknote page for your church or organization, but people must request to join these groups. Only after an admin approves them will they be able to see the notes inside of the Group. Hidden Groups are only visible to those who are already a part of the Group. People cannot join Hidden Groups on their own, they must be added by an admin.

4. TTJ Keyword

TTJ stands for Text-to-join, which is a great tool that allows someone to text a keyword you specify from their phone and get connected with one of your groups. This is where you get to set the keyword of your choosing. Each church or organization on flocknote gets one free keyword. Additional keywords are $4/month. 

We've got a great in-depth help article where you can learn more about text to join. You can find that article here or at the bottom of the page in the 'Related Articles' section.

5. Welcome Message

The Welcome Message is a short message that is automatically sent out to any new subscribers to your Group. By default, the Welcome Message is off for each Group and will be displayed with our greyed out sample text (as pictured in the screen shot above). This message is plain text, but we'll be adding more options to jazz it up soon!

6. Welcome Message Replies

Designate which group admin will receive the replies your members send in response to the automatic Welcome Message. 

7. Connecting with Facebook or Twitter

If you have a Facebook Page and/or a Twitter account for your church or organization, you can connect it to Flocknote. Once connected, when you go to write a note, you'll also have the option to post the note out to your Facebook Page or Twitter account. Clicking the 'Connect' button will walk you through logging into your Facebook or Twitter account and allowing access to Flocknote.

8. Embed-able Sign up code

Clicking this button will display a little snippit of HTML that you can put on your website to embed a registration form for flocknote. That way people can get connected to your Group without ever having to leave your website!

9. Group URL

Your Group URL will take you directly to the group you are working with if you are already logged in to Flocknote. As mentioned above in number 2, the shortened name at the end of the URL is also used as the 'From' address when you send text messages.

10. RSS Feeds

This RSS feed will contain a list of your recently published notes for this group. You can then use the RSS Feed link to have your website auto-update using your group's RSS feed. It's another great way for people to view your important messages!

11. Delete your Group

The trash can option allows you to delete a Group. This will delete any notes that were in the Group as well as removing the subscribers that were part of the Group. Wield this power wisely.

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