Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Communities provides the ability to quickly create an on-premise community site that has improved performance, improved site management, and encourages the conversion of site visitors to valuable community members.
AEM Communities enables the development of a relationship with site visitors that informs through blogs, Q&A, and event calendars, while gaining insights through forums, comments, and other community content, often referred to as user generated content (UGC).
Further, AEM Communities allows moderation by trusted members in the publish environment, social login with Twitter and Facebook, inline translation of community content, creation of community groups from the published community site, scoring to award badges, file sharing, notifications and activity streams.
Communities features can be demonstrated using the AEM Demo Machine available publicly on GitHub.com or with the new We.Retail reference implementation.
A community site is an AEM Site created using a simple wizard that results in a website with many common features pre-wired into the site.
The site creation wizard:
To experience the ease of quickly creating a new community site, visit Getting Started with AEM Communities.
To improve the performance and synchronization of community content, AEM Communities requires a common store specifically for user generated content (UGC) shared between all AEM (author and publish) instances.
Community content is easily accessed through the storage resource provider (SRP), which provides a layer to separate access from the underlying topology and supports a common store for UGC.
To learn more about community content persistence and recommended deployments visit:
In the author environment, the global navigation console provides access to the Communities console, which contains:
Members and Groups management consoles
The global tools console provides access to the following Communities tools:
Site Templates console
Group Templates console
Community Functions console
Storage Configuration console
Community site creation is based on selection of a community site template to quickly setup a community site that is independent of any sample site.
A community site template, composed of community functions and community group templates, provides the structure for a community site including login, user profiles, messaging, site menu, search, theming, and branding features.
See the Site Templates console.
The features expected of a community experience are well known. With AEM Communities, these features are available as building blocks, known as community functions.
Community functions are normal AEM pages comprised of components wired together into a feature that is easily incorporated into a sommunity site template.
See the Community Functions console.
The community groups feature is the ability for a sub-community to be dynamically created within a community site by authorized users and community members from both the author and publish environments .
From the author environment, community groups (sub-communities) may be created within an existing community site or nested within an existing group, when the structure of the template contains the Groups function.
Creating a community group requires the selection of a community group template that provides the design of the community group page(s). When a Groups function is added to a template structure, it is configured to either specify one group template or to provide a choice of templates at the time a new community group is created.
The community components from which a community site is built may be used to add Communities features to any AEM Site.
The community components guide is available for interactive exploration of the components.
An engagement community is a community site focused on engaging customers to inform, solicit feedback, and allow customers to interact as community members.
Features of an engagement community may include:
To experience the ease of quickly creating a new engagement community, visit Getting Started with AEM Communities.
An enablement community is a community site that includes features for online learning.
Features of an enablement community may include:
An enablement community may be created when the Enablement add-on is configured, which requires additional licensing for use in a production environment. An enablement community site will include the assignments function.
To experience the ease of creating a new enablement community, visit Getting Started with AEM Communities for Enablement.
The AEM Demo Machine manages and runs demos for AEM Sites, Assets, Communities, Apps and Forms, which often require more setup than simply launching a QuickStart instance. The AEM Demo Machine will setup additional infrastructure such as MongoDB, Solr, MySQL, FFmpeg and email servers.
The AEM Demo Machine consists of
The AEM Demo Machine requires a valid AEM license.
View a video introduction to the AEM Demo Machine (13:26).
Visit Deploying Communities to learn about recommended deployments.
Visit Administering Communities Sites to learn about creating a community site, adding community groups, configuring community site templates, moderating community content, managing members, tagging, notifications, scoring, and badges.
Visit Developing Communities to learn about the social component framework (SCF) and customizing Communities components and features.
Visit Authoring Communities Components to learn how to author with and configure Communities components.