Celly Setup Guide

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What is Celly? 
Celly is a platform for ad-hoc social networks that is accessible via iPhoneAndroidWeb, SMS text and even email. Our emergent networks connect individuals and communities for instant and easy communication. With Celly, you can safely exchange group messages, send polls, and customize your social network.  


Get Started:
Step#1 Create a Celly account
Step#2 Create a cell
Step#3 Invite members to join

You can create an account via SMS text but we recommend using the web. Names and numbers are never shared over Celly, you are identified by your unique username and/or display name. 


Step#2 Create a Cell
Go into your inbox and click on the cell page icon in the upper left hand corner:



In the cell page click on "start new cell":


This page will open: 


First, choose a cell name.
Friendly name for your cell: This name is an easily identifiable display name for your cell. This name does not need to be unique.
Unique cell name: This name must be unique, if another member has already chosen a cell name you must choose another. This name is the what members will text if they are using Celly SMS. 
Cell location: This is an optional detail for your cell
Hashtags for your cell: This is another optional detail. If you want your cell to be publicly searchable, add descriptive hashtags. 

You can upload or link a cell photo, or you can choose one from Celly's photo gallery.
Now that you've chosen a name and uploaded a photo, scroll down to the "membership" button and click on it:


Either your cell's membership is "open", meaning anyone can join, or it is "restricted""Open" is the easiest option for a first time setup--students can join instantly without needing to be approved. You can always change this setting later, once all of your students have joined and you don't want anyone else in your cell. 

If you choose restricted membership, prospective members will need to request to join by providing a bio, username or password (which you choose and distribute). While this method is more time consuming, it gives you greater control over who joins.

When you have decided how you want to handle membership, click on "chat mode":



There are three types of chat mode: curated chat, open chat, and alert only.

Curated chat: All messages sent to the cell must be approved by the admin before they are sent to the entire group. This way you can keep the cell conversation on-topic and free of inappropriate comments and control a potentially overwhelming chat stream.

Open chat mode: All messages are immediately viewable by all cell members. Open chat is good for mature classrooms that can handle un-moderated messaging. 

Alert Only chat mode: Use this mode if you want to send one way messages. Cell members will not be able to send messages to the cell. This mode works well for mass text alerts, e.g., "school is closed today". 

The Curated and Alert Only chat modes are also best if you want to utilize your SMS packs. All newly created cells get 1,000 SMS messages for free but this can go quickly if you have a large number of SMS using members and you will have to purchase more SMS packs. You can read more about that here.

Once you've chosen your chat mode, fill out some optional cell details:



Mission/cell description: Describe your cell to non-members. If you decide to list your cell, this description is also displayed in the public directory.
Welcome message: Write a welcome message for your cell members.
Cell website: Link to your cell website, if you have one.
Public directory: Would you like to add your cell to our public directory? Click "public to the world" if so or "keep private" if no!



There are a variety of features only available to Celly's premium members. Take a look at our premium pack, Celly for Leaders, with a 30-day free trial. Learn more about Celly for Leaders here.



If, after you've created your cell, you want to change any of these settings (chat mode, membership, etc) you can do so by clicking on the "settings" button located beneath your cell's cover photo.

Step#3 Invite Members

Note: due to changes in the law, SMS invites are no longer allowed via Celly. However, members can still join a cell via SMS.
Inviting cell members is a simple process and can be done a variety of ways. You can only invite people to your cel if you are the cell admin or a cell curator. To invite someone to your cell, you don't have to be connected to them. You can invite both Celly members and non-members. Go into the cell you want to invite people to. On the right toolbar, you will see the “share” category. Again, only cell admins or curators will see these options.
Here's how to do it:

Click on the "share" button. This dropdown will appear:

There are two links you can use to share your cell, the public link and the golden ticket link.
Use the public link to share your cell on a public forum such as Facebook, Reddit or Twitter. It is ideal for neighborhood or community cells, where you may not personally know the members and need to verify identity (via password, username, or a short bio).
The golden ticket, on the other hand, allows anyone who clicks on it to skip the approval process and automatically be invited to join your cell. Be careful where you post the golden ticket link! It is best emailed or messaged to specific members.
To invite members through Celly or via email click on “invite members" and this page will open:



This invite form is best to use if your prospective members already have Celly accounts or commonly use email. Add emails and Celly usernames in the first box. Use the second box to send a customized welcome message so members understand why you're inviting them.

Once you have typed in the usernames and emails of your prospective members, click on the "send invites" button. 
That's it! Now all you have to do is wait for your members to join.

If you're having trouble, please contact us at support@cel.ly and we'll happily walk you through the  setup process. 
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