Getting started

In this section, you can find the basic steps required to set up a Jive community. The configuration details, advanced settings, and management tasks are provided in the Configuring community and Managing community sections.

Admin Console and user interface

The user interface is what users see when they login to the community and then browse the community. It is accessible to any user who logs in to the community.

The Admin Console consolidates most of the configuration options of any Jive community. It is accessed from the user interface, but only users with permissions to update the community settings can access the Admin Console.

User accounts

One of the main tasks is allowing user access to the community and filling in their profile information.

Jive-based users
By default, Jive uses its own identity management system to store the user data. In this case, each user account is created manually by the administrator or users create their own accounts. The profile fields are filled in manually.
Users in a central corporate system
Corporate systems can store all user accounts for everyone in the company, allowing users to remember only a single user name and password to access all systems. Depending on the system setup, Jive supports several authentication types allowing single sign-on (SSO) or automatic synchronization of user accounts, or both.

Community theme

The Theming tool allows you to add the critical brand elements and configure the look and feel of your Jive instance. It applies the changes throughout your community environment and across all pages. Some of the elements which the Theme tool enables you to create or configure include:
  • Your company logo
  • Background colors
  • Text and font appearance
  • Main navigation menu

Community places

A place in Jive is essentially a container that houses all the collaborative content for a particular subject or team. There are three types of places: Spaces, Groups, and Projects. For more information, see Jive places: spaces, groups, and projects.

News stream

The News page features a variety of streams that are designed to direct users to content, people, and places that pertain those uses directly. For more information, see Customizing News page.

Home page

The Home page is an optional page that can be configured to host a variety of widgets. For more information, see Designing Home page of your community.


Before you invite users to your community, you need to decide what designated groups of users can do in certain spaces based on their assigned permission level. Note that administrators set up permissions for spaces and projects; the group administrators manage social group permissions. For more information, see Managing user accounts and user groups.