Which types of networks are appropriate for sub-networks

While you can add sub-networks to any network you’ve created, there are some environments where they’re more appropriate, here’s a short overview of each.

Personal

  • Sub-networks: Possible, but not so much.
  • For networks with friends or family, you’ll probably want to have a unique sub-domain for each, as most groups are relatively small, such as just 2, 3 10 or maybe 20 people.  Plus, each relationship is probably unique in its own way, appropriate to have network just for that group.

Groups

  • Sub-networks: Probably not with smaller groups, maybe with larger groups.
  • For associations, organizations, clubs, or leagues using a network with 5-10 people, one main network for each is probably appropriate.  With larger groups, as you’ll occasionally have separate projects working with others outside your group, that’s when it can be appropriate to have sub-networks.

Freelancers

  • Sub-networks: Yes, if working with different clients.
  • This can be perfect for the freelancer working with a number of different clients.  You can have one main network for organizing all your content, add a sub-network for each client you’re working with.  You can import content from your main network to the client network and vice versa, and have the privacy with when a client logs in, they’ll only see the network or sub-networks that you’ve shared with them.

Businesses

  • Sub-networks: Yes, for working with colleagues or customer projects.
  • Business can use sub-networks for breaking out different aspects of your business, such as a sub-network for development, another for marketing and so on, as well as having sub-networks for any key customers, clients, partners, or suppliers.

Learn more about having networks for different groups, including personal, groups, freelancing, and small business environments.