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Guides for admins managing their own Minds Networks.
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Customize appearance and branding [Minds Networks]

With a few simple steps, you can completely rebrand your Minds Network with your own logos and brand colors to make it truly feel like an extension of your existing online presence. 1. Set your theme and brand color We recommend starting by setting your theme and brand color. Admin > Appearance You have a choice of using a light or a dark theme as your base. When you later upload your logos, keep in mind that your logos will appear on top of your base theme -- so if your logo is dark, you'll probably want to choose the light theme so that your logo will appear clearly. You can also set your brand color on this screen. The brand color should represent your brand, and contrast well against your light or dark theme, as the brand color will be used for buttons and other elements in your network. 2. Prepare logo images Before setting your custom logos, it's a good idea to prepare your logo images. Keep in mind the theme color you chose, as your logo images will appear on top of the light or dark background. These are the logo images we recommend starting with: - Square logo - Horizontal logo - Favicon We recommend this Figma template as a starting point for preparing your logos. If you don't already have a Figma account, they're free to open. 👉 Figma template Square logo - 320 pixels wide - 320 pixels tall (Minimum dimensions.) Your square logo is used in various parts of the app, including in the app header on smaller screens and in email communications with your members. Fill the full width of the image canvas with your logo, and export the image with no background (transparent). Horizontal logo - 572 pixels wide - 180 pixels tall (Minimum dimensions.) The horizontal logo is used in various parts of the app, including in your header and in email communications with your members. Fill the full width/height of the image canvas with your logo, and export the image with no background (transparent). Favicon - 32 pixels wide - 32 pixels tall (Minimum dimensions.) The favicon is the icon that appears in your browser tabs and bookmarks. It can be the same as your square logo, though keep in mind that the favicon will be verrrry tiny in your browser tabs. Consider creating an image that’s just 32x32 pixels in dimensions to create a favicon that will more closely look like what you’ll see in your browser tabs when it’s applied. 3. Upload your logo images Admin > Appearance Upload your prepared logo images on the Appearance tab and click to save the changes. The changes will be reflected immediately on your network, as well as in automated emails your users receive.

Last updated on May 10, 2024

Configure your domain [Minds Networks]

Setting up your network to serve on your own domain requires (1) configuring the domain in your network admin settings, and (2) configuring DNS settings with your domain service provider. Configure domain in your Minds Network By default, your network has a temporary address like: ca46c1b9512a7a8315fa3c5a946e8265.networks.minds.com/ Your Minds Network is intended to serve from your own domain as a subdomain, which can be configured in the admin Domain section. Admin > Domain Click to setup custom domain and input a subdomain of your domain. For example, if your website domain is example.com, input something like community.example.com, which will become the URL for your network. Configure DNS with your domain service provider Next, you will have to configure your DNS for your domain outside of Minds, using the service provider that manages your domain. Some common domain service providers include: - GoDaddy - Hover - Bluehost - Squarespace If you're not sure which service provider manages your domain, talk with your website admin. Otherwise, here's an overview of how to complete configuration with your domain provider. Your domain provider > DNS setup CNAME record To complete domain configuration, you'll need to set up a CNAME record in the DNS settings of your domain service provider. This enables your Minds Network to serve at a subdomain (e.g. community.example.com) on your domain. Navigate to the DNS section of your domain service provider and you should have a way to add a new record. Add a new CNAME record, and configure. Here's an example CNAME record for someone who wants their network to appear on community.example.com. The interface of different domain provider may look different, but the fields are typically the same. The one element that's variable is what value your domain provider expects for the hostname. In some cases (like the screenshot above), you need to provide only the text of the subdomain (e.g. community). In other cases, a domain provider wants the full subdomain address, including your domain (e.g. community.example.com). TXT record Similarly, you'll want to create a new TXT record in your domain's DNS setup. In your network admin domain section, you'll find these details for a new TXT record. In your domain provider's DNS section, you can create a new TXT record with the details provided in your network admin Once you've added the record, save your changes. It may take some time – anywhere from a few minutes to 72 hours – for changes to your DNS to take effect, though typically this is validated within 10 minutes and the Domain tab of your network admin panel will read: Domain configured successfully. Frequently asked questions I configured my subdomain, but it's not working. How do I fix it? You can verify if your configuration with your domain provider is correct by using a site like whatsmydns.net. Input the domain address you're setting up (e.g. community.example.com) and check the CNAME record, which should return networks.minds. Typically, issues come down to one of these three things: - Your domain provider requires the full address of your subdomain (e.g. community.example.com), and not just the subdomain name (e.g. community). - Your domain provider is pointed to another service for handling nameservers -- in this case, you'll need to configure your subdomain with the service that's handling the nameservers. - Your domain provider has not yet propogated the changes -- just wait more time for this to resolve. Can I use a root domain instead of a subdomain? At this time, Minds Networks supports only subdomains. If you want to point your audience to a root domain, you can configure your Minds Network on a subdomain (e.g. community.example.com), and then configure a redirect with your domain provider so that your root directory (e.g. example.com) automatically redirects visitors to the subdomain. Can I customize my minds.com subdomain? At this time, no. The temporary minds.com subdomain that your network gets is intended to be a temporary addresses and you will need to provide your own subdomain purchased elsewhere.

Last updated on May 17, 2024