Mighty Networks is a versatile online community platform that can also accommodate online courses and memberships, and many creators want to learn to use it.
If you’re one of them, this Mighty Networks tutorial will cover everything you need to know to navigate the platform and build an online community.
We’ll show you how to set up your community, add content, create an online course, and configure payments.
So without further ado, let’s get into the tutorial.
1. Create a Mighty Networks Account
Mighty Networks is a cloud-based community builder, and to start using it, you just need to create an account on the platform.
Luckily, it offers a 14-day free trial, so you’ll get to play around with its tools before paying for it.
To claim your free trial offer, go to the Mighty Networks website and select the Free Trial option on the homepage.
Upon clicking the Free Trial button, you’ll be presented with a screen where you should define your target audience, which will activate Mighty Co-Host, the platform’s AI-powered community builder. Based on your input, it will automatically generate a community description, name, and design.
Your next step is creating an account, which you can do by using your email or existing social accounts.
If you choose the first option, it will ask you to enter your name in the first step and your email and password in the next.
Your account is now ready, and you can move on to setting up your community, which we’ll discuss in the following chapter.
2. Set Up Your Community
When you sign up for Mighty Networks, it creates a community out of the box. You just need to create a structure and configure a few settings before adding content.
Configure the General Settings
Your Mighty network has a simple layout. The community sections are listed in the left sidebar, while the activity feed is on the right. Other important settings are located separately in the header area under your profile icon.
To start working on your community, click the profile icon and select Network Settings.
When you click on General Settings, you will see your community name and description, which you created while setting up your account.
If you’re unhappy with your network’s description or tagline, you can edit the text manually or click the Suggestions option to have Mighty Co-Host generate these for you.
In the same section, you can:
- Create your default invitation copy, add your location and a companion website that will appear on your landing page.
- Add your branding details, customize the colors, and add imagery, including your logo and the primary image or video.
- Make your network public, private, secret, or paid.
- Customize who can send invites to the community, choosing between All Members or Only Host and Moderator.
Besides these, you’ll need to configure a few other things for your network.
Go back to the Network Settings page and select Premium Features.
Here, you can enable some of the premium features that Mighty Networks offers:
- Ambassador Program: Reward your members with virtual badges for referring new members to the community.
- Highlights: Show new members the most important content in your community or add a welcome checklist to simplify the onboarding process.
- Integrations: Connect your account with Google Analytics and Zapier.
These premium features are available only on the Business plan. Read our Mighty Networks pricing guide to learn more about the plans.
Add Spaces and Collections to Your Community
After configuring the general settings, you can start organizing your community. Mighty Networks has a lot of tools to help you organize your content, and Spaces is one of them.
Spaces are dedicated areas within your Mighty Network where you can add different types of content and interact with specific groups of members. You can think of them as subcommunities inside your main network and manage who gets access to them.
Collections, on the other hand, let you group multiple spaces. You can’t add content to them, though, as they’re used only for organizational purposes.
To create one, click on the Create a Collection option at the bottom left side of the screen and add a name and tagline. And that’s it.
But to add content to your community, you’ll need a space, so let’s go and create one.
Go to your admin dashboard, and select Create a Space from the menu on the left.
On the following screen, you’ll see some preconfigured space templates, and you can select one that fits your objectives.
However, remember that all spaces in Mighty Networks are created equal, so you can easily turn features on or off as needed.
If you’re creating a space for discussions, select the Feed template, add a name and tagline, choose the collection, and select the privacy setting.
You’ll notice the Feed template includes the following features by default:
- Feed: A place where discussion posts, comments, and likes will appear
- Discovery: A dedicated page to highlight the most interesting posts, community events, and other noteworthy resources
- Events: A place to organize all your community events
- Members: A list of all community members
However, you can turn off these features or enable others, such as online courses or group chats.
To do that, first, click on the gear icon in the upper-right part of the screen, and select Features.
This will take you to another screen where you’ll see all the available features.
So, Spaces in Mighty Networks are very flexible, and you can use them in several ways.
The most obvious use case is to organize your community based on topics. In this case, you can create multiple spaces with just a discussion feed.
On the other hand, if you’re creating a cohort course, you can create a space with a course, a discussion area, an events section, and a members directory.
The possibilities are nearly endless, and this is one of the great strengths of Mighty Networks.
If you need inspiration on organizing your community, check out this list of Mighty Networks examples.
3. Add Content to the Community
Content is the core of any online community, and, fortunately, Mighty Networks lets you create various content types, including quick posts, articles, polls, events, livestreams, etc.
Let’s start by showing you how to create a new post.
Create a New Post
To create a new post, go to any space in your Mighty Network and click the Create button towards the top right of your screen. You’ll see the following content options:
- Go Live
- Quick Post
- Question or Poll
Select a content type, and Mighty Networks will take you to the relevant editor.
The most popular one is Quick Posts.
In the post editor, you can add text, images, videos, or other files. You can also add hashtags or tag other community members.
If you create a full article, Mighty Networks will take you to the article editor, where you get more formatting options and is more suitable for creating longer-form content.
You can also use Mighty’s AI writing assistant to create content more quickly.
To use the AI tools, select any text in the editor, and you’ll see the star icon, clicking which will show you the available options.
Another useful content type is polls. To create one, select the Question or Poll option, and then you can choose between the various question types:
- Multiple Choice
- Hot Cold
For example, if you create a Multiple Choice poll, you can ask a question and give your users multiple answer options.
Similarly, if you create a Percentage poll, users can answer your question using a percentage slider.
This is how you create different types of content in your community. You can follow the steps above to add any amount of content you want. The key is adding your content to the right spaces to ensure your members can easily access them.
Create an Event/Livestream
Besides regular posts, Mighty Networks lets you create events inside your community and do livestreams.
To create an event, you’ll first need to enable the Events feature inside a space.
As shown earlier, you can access the features settings of a space by clicking the cog icon at the top and navigating to the Features section.
All your events in this space will be listed under the Events tab.
To create a new event, click the Create button and select Event.
This will open a new screen where you can:
- Add event title and description
- Choose a schedule and make the event recurring if you want
- Select the event type and configure the delivery mechanism
- Configure RSVP settings
If you pick to deliver the event online, you can use Mighty Networks’ native livestreaming or the Zoom integration.
Apart from scheduled events, you can also do instant livestreams in your network. This is really useful for quick check-ins and helps boost community engagement.
To start a livestream, click the Create button again and select the Go Live option.
You just need to give access to your camera and microphone. You can also choose to record the livestream and notify your members.
Click Go Live Now when ready, and your session will start immediately.
Create a Welcome Checklist
The Welcome Checklist is a special Mighty Networks feature that lets you manage the initial experience of new members. Through the checklist, you can guide your members through different elements of your community step-by-step.
You’ll find the Welcome Checklist in Network Settings under Premium Features. Click Manage to get started.
Here, you’ll see some default items added to your checklist, and you can remove them if you want. You can also add a custom checklist item.
There are other action items you can add to your checklist. To see them, scroll down to the Mighty Suggestions section.
Here are some example action items available:
- Start a Chat
- Cheer Something
- RSVP to an Event
- Invite Somebody to the Network
Once you’re done customizing the checklist, you can see it on the right side of your community area. This is how it will appear to your members as well.
4. Create an Online Course
Now, you don’t have to stick to community posts and events only, as Mighty Networks lets you create online courses through your network as well.
You can create a course to engage your members or monetize your community.
To create a course, click Create a Space, and in the pop-up window, select one of the two course templates – Cohort Course or Content Course.
Let’s choose the Content Course template.
Write down the course title and tagline, and choose the collection and the privacy setting.
After that, you can set up your curriculum and add lessons and sections to your course. Mighty Networks has a simple drag-and-drop course builder.
Click Create -> Creation Section at the bottom of your screen to create a new section. Click the Add Lesson button instead to add a lesson.
When you’re happy with the curriculum, you can add content to your lessons.
Hover over a lesson and click the pencil icon next to it. This will open the lesson editor, where you can add your content in the Start Writing Your Lesson Here area.
You’ll also see the + button. Click on it to add other content types to your lesson.
Mighty Networks supports many types of content, including text, images, videos, and other files. Likewise, you can include video links and other embeds into your lesson.
Apart from video lessons, you can also add quiz lessons to your course.
Scroll down to the bottom of the curriculum page, select Create -> Create Quiz tab from the drop-down menu.
This will take you to the quiz builder, where you can add questions, set the passing grade and unlocking criteria, and more.
When you’re done creating your course curriculum, it’s time to configure additional features for your course space.
Click on the gear icon -> Features from the curriculum page and enable the Feed feature.
Now, your course space will have its own discussion area, which can only be accessed by the course students.
Your course is now ready, and you can move on to setting up a pricing plan.
5. Set up a Pricing Plan
The first step in creating a pricing plan is to set up a payment gateway.
Mighty Networks only supports Stripe as its payment processor, so you’ll first need to create an account on Stripe if you don’t already have one.
To connect your Stripe account, go to Network Settings -> Plans and Payments -> Stripe Settings and click on Connect Stripe. Then, just follow the prompts, and you can complete the integration.
To create a new plan, go back to Payments, select Plans, and click the Create Plan button.
Next, you need to select what the plan will include. You can include access to your main network, courses, and spaces.
You also need to fill in a few details, including a sales pitch, a benefits list, and a description.
When it comes to pricing, Mighty Networks gives you the following options:
- One-Time Payment
Subscriptions can be monthly and annual, and you can offer a free trial period to your members.
You can also choose which platforms the plan will be available on, picking between:
- Web and Android
- Web, Android, and iOS
Lastly, you can charge in multiple currencies, depending on what your Stripe account supports.
After you write down the price, click Finish, and your plan will be ready.
The ability to monetize your community is one of the biggest advantages of Mighty Networks over a platform like Facebook Groups. This opens up new possibilities for you to generate revenue with your network.
6. Landing Page and Final Settings
Before you can start inviting customers to your community, you need to give some final touches to your community.
Set Up Your Landing Page
In Mighty Networks, your main network gets a dedicated landing page.
You can access it by going to Network Settings -> General Settings, and under Network Access -> Network Landing Page, click Manage.
This will take you to the page builder, where you can customize your landing page.
However, the Mighty Networks page builder is rudimentary, and few customization options are available.
The default landing page has a hero area, description, and pricing section.
You can edit the colors, imagery, and text, but beyond that, there’s not much you can do with the landing page.
You can’t add new sections to your page or modify the available sections’ design.
Integrate a Custom Domain
Another thing you should consider before launching your community is integrating your own domain with your Mighty Network.
While you can easily use the default subdomain that Mighty Networks gives you, setting up a custom domain will be better from a branding perspective.
You can integrate your custom domain by going to General Settings and, under Domain, selecting Use Your Own Domain.
Then, under Paste Your Domain Here, paste your domain.
To activate the custom domain, you’ll need to do some CNAME configuration. Please follow the steps listed in the attached help article.
Make a Test Purchase and Check the Flow
A great way to ensure you haven’t missed anything while setting up your community is to make a test purchase yourself. This way, you can check the flow of your network from the point of view of a customer and correct any errors.
If your Mighty Networks is free, you can simply log out of your account and sign up for the network as a customer. On the other hand, if you’ll be charging for your product, enable the free trial period and try your product this way.
We recommend downloading the Mighty Networks mobile app and checking everything there.
Start Inviting Members
After you’ve completed all the steps mentioned in this tutorial, you can invite members to purchase your paid plans to access your products via shareable links.
To create one, go to Network Settings and click Plans under Payments.
Then, click the Share Plan tab of the relevant plan and click Create a Share Link. This link will allow potential customers to purchase the plan directly, and you can start accepting new members right away.
This Mighty Networks tutorial covered all the steps you need to take to launch your online community on the platform.
We discussed how to create spaces, add content to your community, create an online course, and charge for access to your network.
Mighty Networks has a lot to offer for community building and engagement and is a great option for building a community-focused online business.
If you haven’t signed up for it yet, you can start a free trial here.
We hope this tutorial helped you learn how to use Mighty Networks. Do you have any questions? Please share them down below.