IBM Connections allows users to create communities of their choices where a group of users can contribute and share. Having a community around a specific thing is a powerful and meaningful way of collaboration. With IBM Connections, you can create a public, moderated, or private community depending on your requirement and you can associate other Connections applications such as blogs, wikis, forum, etc…to any community.
Using IBM Connections portlets, you can also integrate Connections services into WebSphere Portal environment such as blogs, forums, wikis etc. Connections communities can be integrated into your Portal site to enhance your portal's social collaboration capabilities.
To integrate, you can create a set of portal pages associated with any Connections community in portal context such pages are called as community pages
. After providing community association to Connections community, you can add any community service to this portal community page by adding the required Connections portlets on this page. IBM Connections portlets
on such pages automatically render their content within the context of that community. You can create any number of community pages for Connections communities.
Prerequisites for using community pages and Connections portlets are:
- Make sure the IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Connections server are running properly.
- IBM Connections Portlet must be deployed and configured.
In this section we will describe how to use community pages and Connections portlets.
We cover the following topics in the subsections: