Community Site Essentials

Last update: 2023-07-14
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Custom Site Template

A custom site template may be specified separately for each language copy of a community site.

To do so:

  • Create a custom template.
  • Overlay the default site template path.
  • Add the custom template to the overlay path.
  • Specify the custom template by adding a page-template property to the configuration node.

Default template:


Custom template in overlay path:


Property: page-template

Type: String

Value: template-name (no extension)

Configuration node:

/content/community site path/lang/configuration

For example: /content/sites/engage/en/configuration


All nodes in the overlaid path need only be of type Folder.


If the custom template is given the name sitepage.hbs, then all community sites are customized.

Custom Site Template Example

As an example, vertical-sitepage.hbs is a site template that results in the placement of menu links vertically down the left side of the page, instead of horizontally below the banner.

Get File
Place the custom site template in the overlay folder:


Identify the custom template by adding a page-template property to the configuration node:



Be sure to Save All and replicate custom code to all Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) instances (custom code is not included when the community site content is published from the console).

The recommended practice for replicating custom code is to create a package and deploy it on all instances.

Exporting a Community Site

Once a community site is created, it is possible to export the site as an AEM package stored in Package Manager and available for download and upload.

This is available from the Communities Sites console.

UGC and custom code is not included in the community site package.

To export UGC, use the AEM Communities UGC Migration Tool, an open-source migration tool available on GitHub.

Deleting a Community Site

As of AEM Communities 6.3 Service Pack 1, Delete Site icon appears on hovering over the community site from Communities > Sites console. During development, if it is desired to delete a community site and start fresh, you can use this functionality. Deleting a community site, removes the following items associated with that site:

Community Unique Site ID

To identify the unique site ID associated with the community site, using CRXDE:

  • Navigate to the language root of the site, such as /content/sites/*<site name>*/en/rep:policy.

  • Find the allow<#> node with a rep:principalName in this format rep:principalName = *community-enable-nrh9h-members*.

  • The site ID is the third component of rep:principalName

    For example, if rep:principalName = community-enable-nrh9h-members

    • site name = enable
    • site ID = nrh9h
    • unique site ID = enable-nrh9h

User-Generated Content

Obtain the communities-srp-tools project from GitHub:

This contains a servlet to delete all UGC from any SRP.

All UGC may be removed or for a specific site, for example:

  • path=/content/usergenerated/asi/mongo/content/sites/engage

This only removes user-generated content (entered on publish) and not authored content (entered on author). Therefore, shadow nodes are not affected.

Community User Groups

On all author and publish instances, from the security console, locate, and remove the user groups that are:

For example, community-engage-x0e11-members.

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