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5 Reasons You Should Start a Circle Community Today

The Future of online communities lies with Circle.

Oren Cohen
Oren Cohen
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A couple of weeks ago, the good people at Ghost.org invited me to join a new Circle community for Ghost website owners. At first, I was surprised to see a new community tool for creators that I didn’t know.

Then it hit me like it hit people in 2008 that Bitcoin is the future. Circle communities are the next best thing. The product is in active development, and yet it’s so polished! So much promise all around. Let’s dive into five reasons you should start your own community on Circle today.

Disclaimer: Circle did not sponsor this article.

Combine Facebook posts with a WYSIWIG editor

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The publishing experience on Facebook today is that you can add multiple images to your post, and you can do basic formatting on the test of the post.

On a Circle community, you can have a blogging experience for your posts. You can add images into the post, and they will appear wherever you added them. Imagine a Facebook group where each post can look as rich as a Medium article.

Merge Slack or Discord with a Forum

The thing that works on Discord and Slack is creating specific channels for the different content your community consumes.

Circle combines that with not only that specific functionality but also every such channel is not a chat — it’s a forum. You can create rich posts wherever you decide to create content.

Each category can have its own permissions: Some of them could be private, and some could be completely hidden. We all know that functionality. Combined with the rich editor, it changes the game.

Circle Communities Can Have Custom Domains

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could have a custom domain for your Facebook group? Or maybe if you could share your slack of discord community (at least the public aspect of it) without inviting specific people?

Circle communities allow you to attach a custom domain to your community right off the bat. Put the community as a subdomain for your blog, course, or podcast website in minutes.

If communities on Circle can have subdomains, I’m sure SEO optimization for public spaces will also come down the road. Your community could stand on its own feet.

Lock Spaces For Premium Members

Remember we talked about permissions for your spaces? Well, you can also have a specific lock page to your spaces that encourage people to visit a website where they can learn how to unlock it.

In other words, you could provide a premium space within your free members' community to your premium subscribers.

When any of your free members try to enter that space, Circle will inform them that they need to subscribe to unlock it.

How cool is that?

Now, you might be wondering, but I’ll have to manage all of those subscriptions myself?

Here’s the kicker: Circle has an API that you can use to integrate with Zapier and many other tools.

Let’s talk about that in the next section.

Integrations with Zapier and Webhooks

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Discord and Slack provide API access to change roles or send messages. Circle’s API can do so much more!

You can automatically invite new Patreon patrons to your community and add them to a private space. All without any human intervention. You can send them a direct message, tag them, or comment — all automatically.

There’s so much you can do, and I’m so excited about it!

Conclusion

Circle communities are the next best thing, and I explained why I think that. The developers learned the advantages and disadvantages of community tools like Facebook Discord and Slack — and implemented something better.

For me, there is no greater joy to create a community that empowers creators’ voices in a way that allows them to express themselves through a rich editor.

Now, I should mention that creating a circle community costs money. You have 14 days to try it out, and afterward, it’s $39/month for the basic package. It’s not for everybody, but if you’re already making money in your creative journey, or could set aside some money each month to invest in a high-quality community tool, maybe this will level up your game.

All that’s left is to invite you to my own Circle community. There is no cost associated with joining, and if you’re a content creator, you’ll find a new home within my community.

Join here: https://bit.ly/3en6fKH

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Oren Cohen

I'm a software engineer, blogger, and aspiring fantasy novelist. Helping geeks build online homes. Reach out! I don't bite :)