Manage your Google+ Community

As a manager of a Google+ community, you can organize discussions by categories, remove offensive content, highlight great posts, and add moderators to help you keep the conversation going.

Making changes to your community works best on a desktop computer. Not all edit features are available on mobile devices.

Getting started

  1. Open Google+and select  Communities from the drop-down menu in the upper-left corner.
  2. Click  the gear icon in the left corner.
  3. You’ll see a drop-down menu that helps you invite members, edit basic information in your community, and manage membership settings.
Invite People
  • View, search for, and invite people to join your community.
  • Once someone has confirmed their membership, owners and moderators can manage their membership settings.
Edit Community
  • Change basic information like the community’s photo and “About” section.
  • From here, owners and moderators can also add or remove categories. The categories you add will guide discussions, and help members find the topics they’re most interested in. For example if you have a band community, you might want to have a category for each section type (brass, percussion, strings).
  • After making changes, click Save in the upper-right corner.
Manage Members
  • To edit a person’s membership settings, hover over their name and click  the arrow.
    • Owners can:
      • Add, remove, or ban community members
      • Add or remove moderators
      • Pin or remove posts
      • Add or edit categories
    • Moderators can:
      • Add or edit categories
      • Pin or remove posts
      • Add, remove, or ban community members
Leave Community
  • Remove yourself from the community. You’ll no longer see the group in your communities, and you won’t see its posts in your home stream.

Manage posts

Owners and moderators can choose which posts to highlight, and which posts to remove.

  1. Open Google+Google+ and select  Communities from the drop-down menu in the upper-left corner.
  2. Click All Posts in the lower-left corner.
  3. Hover over the post you want to edit and click  the arrow in the right corner. You’ll see a drop-down menu that lets you pin or remove the post.
    • If you pin a post, it will remain at the top your community’s home page until an owner or moderator removes it. You can only pin one post at a time.
    • If you remove a post, you can also report or ban the member who posted it.

Delete your community

  1. Open Google+Google+ and select  Communities from the drop-down menu in the upper-left corner.
  2. Click All Posts in the lower-left corner.
  3. Click  the gear icon in the left corner, then click Edit Community.
  4. Check the box confirming you’d like to permanently remove the community, then click Delete Community.

Tips for managing your community

  • Check on your community daily, and encourage members to have conversations and share ideas. You can then participate in their conversations by posting, leaving comments, and +1’ing posts.
  • Try posting different types of content like pictures, questions, or general updates. The posts that get the most comments and +1s will help you learn what your members like best.
  • When you create a community, write a post to set expectations and welcome new members.
  • Keep information in your community’s profile up to date so new and prospective members have the latest information.
  • Add moderators who can help you manage content and share regularly. They can also add new categories to help guide discussions.

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Learn more about communities in our Frequently Asked Questions.