a guide to creating your own zone at ureka

last updated by ura soul

looking for a way to create an online space that's just for your specific needs and the needs of your team, friends or other group? maybe your own zone at ureka would fit your needs.

zones are a kind of site within a site at ureka.org that allow groups of co-creators to unite for specific purposes - so that, for example, specialists in different forms of healing can have their own zones, creators of specific technologies can have their own zones and so too can anyone else for any other reason that is relevant to the intentions of the ureka community.

zones provide the following features:

  • allow any number of co-creators to participate as a group.
  • can be public or private and thus either visible to the wider internet, or not.
  • private zones can be by invitation only.
  • allow media and other content to be contained within the zone and so can be visible and editable only by members of the zone - if preferred. media and other content can still be accessible to the public, if preferred, but be contained by the zone so that they can be easily located and used as a resource.
  • a unique discussion/forum area for the zone that allows zone members to ask questions, discuss topics and generally communicate together as a group.
  • zones can have one or more administrators who are responsible for maintaining and guiding the zone and it's content. administrators can remove members from the zone, approve new members, design the zone's homepage and access a variety of other relevant tools.
  • COMING SOON: group chat rooms will be automatically created by the advanced chat tool that is currently being privately tested.

how to create a new zone

creating a zone is a straightforward process that is outlined below. once your zone is created, it will need to be approved by the main ureka administration before being fully usable and visible to everyone else.

  1. open the 'create a new zone' page via the main site navigation or by clicking the button at the top of the zone listing pages.
  2. choose a name for your new zone and type it into the field titled 'zone name'.
  3. upload an image for your zone that represents what the zone is intended to focus on by using the 'zone icon' button and searching your device's storage for a suitable image file.
  4. give your zone a description by writing it into the field marked 'description of this zone'.
  5. choose the access and privacy settings for your zone by clicking the 'access' tab at the top of the page and setting the relevant options there.
  6. choose which types of content and other options your zone will contain/allow by clicking on the 'tools' option at the top of the page and setting the relevant options there.
  7. when you are finished configuring these options, click the 'save' button to pass the zone on to ureka's administrators for approval.

your zone will then be assessed to ensure it does not break any of the site's terms of service and you will be informed via email notification of the outcome of the assessment. you do not need to wait for approval to begin customising your zone, but others will not be able to see/use it until approval is complete.

for more information about administrating and running a zone, see the page titled 'a guide to administering and maintaining zones at ureka'.

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