Top Integrations to Elevate Your Online Community

Top Integrations offers a wide range of features to help you build your online community.

However, there’s only so much the platform can do out of the box, which is why you’ll always need third-party integrations.

Luckily, the platform offers a wealth of integrations that you can use to enhance its functionalities, streamline community management tasks, and even improve user experience.

In this article, we’ll focus on integrations and how you can use them to make your community better.

Let’s get started!

Circle and Zapier Integration

Zapier is an online tool that allows you to connect with over 5,000 other apps and create automations. These apps belong to different categories, including email marketing, e-commerce, course builders, and so on.

Zapier uses trigger-action-based automations, which means you can select an event and choose what happens when that event is triggered.

Circle’s Zapier integration has over 40 triggers and actions, allowing you to create countless automations inside Circle or expand automations to other apps.

Available triggers and actions in Circle
Available triggers and actions in Circle

The available triggers can be grouped by the following criteria:

  • Subscription events: A member purchases a subscription, cancels it, or gets a refund.
  • Member activity: A member RSVPs to an event, creates a post, completes a course, or joins a community.
  • New content: New post, space, group, event, or community — a possible use case is that you can send a message to a Slack channel whenever a new post is added to your community.

There are many ways to use these triggers. For example, you can automatically assign your members a tag in ConvertKit when they purchase a subscription. Or you can send them a certificate via Accredible when they complete a Circle course.

Integrating Circle and Accredible via Zapier
Integrating Circle and Accredible via Zapier

Apart from triggers, Zapier also supports different Circle actions. These include the following options:

  • Add or remove members: Add or remove a member from a space, space group, event, or a community.
  • Create content: Create a new post, space, course lesson, event, or group chat.
  • Perform member-related tasks: Assign a member tag, update their profile, or RSVP them into an event.

Again, you can use these actions in many different ways. For example, you can send automatic community invites to Circle users who purchase a membership using SamCart.

Integrate SamCart and Circle through Zapier
Integrate SamCart and Circle via Zapier

These are just a few examples of how you can integrate Circle with third-party apps using Zapier.

To get started, all you have to do is visit your account’s API settings section, generate an API token, and connect your community with Zapier.

And while you can also use Zapier to automate tasks in your community, there’s a native feature for that called Circle Workflows.

Single Sign-on Integrations

Single sign-on basically acts as a bridge between an external website and a Circle community.

Instead of requiring your members to create a Circle account, you can link it to your existing membership portal and let them use their existing credentials to log in.

As a result, they’ll have a single set of login credentials, which will allow them to easily access your content, and you’ll be able to manage member access from a single location.

Circle supports SSO integration with several popular platforms:

  • Teachable
  • Thinkific
  • WordPress
Available SSO integrations
Available SSO integrations

So, if you have a course on Thinkific and a community on Circle and you want to allow members to switch between these platforms easily, you can do that using Circle’s SSO integration with Thinkific.

Other SSO integrations the community builder supports include Bubble, MemberSpace, Memberstack, Outseta, and Memberful.

Finally, there’s a custom SSO option via OAuth, allowing Circle to integrate with custom applications.

And if you want to use the SSO functionality, keep in mind that different integrations are available on different pricing plans.

Analytics Integrations

With Circle’s Code Snippets, you can add analytics and tracking codes to your community.

Add tracking codes using Code snippets
Add tracking codes using Code snippets

You can connect your Google Analytics account with your Circle community by adding your GA tracking code in the Head Code Snippets section.

Similarly, if you want to build your Facebook audience and target them via ads, you can use the same section to add your Facebook Pixel code.

Additionally, with Code Snippets, you’re not limited to only GA and Pixels, but you can also implement other tracking and analytics tools.

Circle’s iFrame Widgets

Another way to integrate Circle with other platforms is to use its iFrame widgets.

With these widgets, you can show your community or a part of it on any website.

So, if you already have a website or blog, you can easily embed your entire community, a space, or a post into it. That way, your members can see what’s happening in your community without leaving your website or blog.

Circle widgets
Circle widgets

Circle offers three widgets in the Embed section:

  • The Community widget will place your entire community into the corner of your website. When a member clicks on the widget, your community will pop up in an iFrame window, allowing Circle members to interact with it without leaving your website.
  • The Space widget will help you embed a specific community space and the content inside it on an external page. You can use it to show the entire community as well.
  • The Post widget will show comments from a specific post. This is useful if you want to use Circle as the commenting system for your blog post or course lessons.
Circle comments on a Teachable lesson
Circle comments on a Teachable lesson

To make any of these widgets work, all you have to do is head to your community’s settings.

From there, go to the Embed section and scroll down to the widget you want to use. Then, copy the code below the widget name and that’s it!

Circle’s Public API

Now, let’s discuss the most robust option for integrating Circle with other platforms and creating custom apps: APIs.

Circle’s API is public, which gives developers access to it and allows them to build custom apps and integrations.

The platform has over 20 available endpoints that you can use to build custom apps. This can be done by retrieving data from your community to another platform or by pushing the data from another platform to your community.

You can also use APIs to build bulk automations and simplify community management.

Circle APIs
Circle APIs

To demonstrate the possibilities, here are just a few examples of what can be achieved using the available APIs:

  • Create a custom Slack integration to enable moderators to manage your community. You can use the Posts and Comments APIs, among others, to push your Circle’s content into that workspace.
  • Display your Circle course curriculum on an external landing page. With Circle’s Course Sections and Course Lessons APIs, you can retrieve your course data and then show that data on any page.
  • Migrate your community to Circle. You can use Spaces, Posts, Course Lessons, Course Sections, and other APIs to retrieve data from your existing community and automatically replicate these in Circle.

These are some of the many uses of Circle’s API, which is, by far, the most flexible option for creating custom integrations and automations.


Overall, integrations extend from Zapier and iFrame widgets to single sign-on and APIs, allowing you to integrate your community with any platform.

Whether you want to create a custom Circle integration via Circle’s API or connect your community with other tools via Zapier, you can do it with ease.

If you’d like to explore what you can do with Circle communities and integrations, you should start a free trial (no credit card required).

We hope you liked this article and learned more about Circle’s integrations. If you have any thoughts or questions, leave us a comment.

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