What does the Group drop down in Tendenci mean?

What is the "Group" field I see when adding Tendenci Events, Photos, etc.?


When you're adding new content on your Tendenci site, many of the modules require you to choose a Group for that piece of content.

For instance, when adding a new Event, you'll see this field:


What Do Tendenci Groups Do?

The Group field allows you to associate your content with a Group of users within your organization. This allows you to create a feed just for the content associated with that Group.

Below are some examples of Tendenci Groups functionality in action.

Example 1: Group Landing Page

Some organizations (particularly Associations), may have groups or committees with their own landing page that feeds in content like Events and Photos that apply just to that Group.

For instance, The SPE-GCS Young Professionals Group Landing Page feeds in content related to that group:



Example 2: Client Dashboard that feeds in just Files Associated with that Group

Create a Group for a Client and then associate Files you want them to see with their Group.

You can then filter the Files module search to just Files assigned to that Group, and create a client Dashboard with a link to those Files.



What If I Don't Use the Groups Feature? Set Up a General Group

The Groups feature can be extremely powerful, but not all sites will need to utilize this feature. If you don't use this feature, we recommend creating one general group and assigning all of your content to this group.

To do this, hover over the "People" tab and click the plus sign next to Groups.


Give your general group a Name - we recommend giving it the same name as your website to keep things simple. 

For an explanation of all of the fields and options you have when creating Groups, view this helpfile.

If your group is simply a generic group that no users need to see or add themselves to, you can set your settings like the screenshot below:

Create a New Group Tendenci Screenshot



  • Group Name - Name of your site
  • Group Label - Leave this blank and the system will assign the Label to be the same as the Group Name
  • Entity - Leave this at the default (you should only have one option in your dropdown)
  • Leave Recipient Email and Priority Blank
  • To make sure your users don't accidentally add themselves to this group, uncheck Show Option, Sync for newsletters, and Allow Self Add/Remove

Next - You'll want to set this group as your Default Group. Go to yoru Site settings and scroll down (the settings are listed in alphabetical order) to the setting called "Default Group." Select your group and hit Save.



Now when you add new content, your generic group will be autoselected under the "Group" drop down and you can skip that field.