When a new member joins your Ning Network, they will see the new Ning Welcome Box. Note: Once your new member closes this box by clicking on the "X", it is no longer displayed.

You can customize the Welcome Box text, from your Language Editor.

Welcome Box Example with Custom Text

Let's get started.  Please be careful when changing code in the Language Editor. Fortunately, Ning has a "Reset Text to Original Version" button.


  • You can add simple HTML and links. Be sure to keep your message short, or it will not fit in the box.
  • Also, if you do not have premium service "Remove promotional links", you will have less space. The Ning Logo is displayed in top-left of Welcome Box. I have inserted that image, too.
  • Use an external editor to write your welcome box text. You can use a Forum/Discussion box and take advantage of the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) text formatting features.
  • And, it's always best to save your "source" code to a text or HTML file on your hard drive.

Plus, you can use our built-in HTML WYSIWYG Editor for this purpose.


  1. Click on your Manage Tab.
  2. Click on Language Editor.
  3. Select your language (if English, make sure you select US or British versions, appropriately), by clicking on Edit next to language.
    Welcome Box
  4. In top-left search box under "Original Text – Your Language", search on "Here are a few things you can do right now…" - - without the quotes.
  5. The Search will return 1 box (see above), that contains the previous search string.
  6. Insert or start typing your message text, before "Here are a few things you can do right now…"  You can delete the original statement, altogether. You should still be able to search, and find this box in the Language Editor, with the original or new text.
    • Be sure to make your custom text short and sweet. You have a limited amount of space in this box.
    • You'll notice in the example, we're using the span tag to change the font-size. You can add your style within box, or Advanced CSS.
    • After you have completed your custom text, click on SAVE.
  7. Be sure to create a test member account, and check your customized message.


The Ning platform automatically chooses the color, based on your theme. If you want to change the background color, add this code to Manage/Appearance/Advanced CSS. Change the hex color code, to the color you choose.

// The following line changes the background to deep red, and the text color to white.

#welcome.welcome-nc { background-color:#CC0000 !important; color:#FFFFFF !important; }

Be sure to click on SAVE.


EXTRA CSS code I use, to polish up the custom text:

/* Change background and font colors for Welcome Box */
#welcome.welcome-nc { background-color:#CC0000 !important; color:#FFFFFF !important; }

/* If you add links - - change color and underline links */
#welcome-text a {color:#ffffff!important; text-decoration:underline;}

 /* Remove some margin space below the Ning Logo in non-premium */
#welcome h2 { margin:0 0 .50em; }



If you don't want the new Welcome Message Box/Banner to be displayed, go to Manage/Appearance/Advanced and add this code:
 #welcome { display:none !important; } Be sure to click on SAVE.

Also, make sure your links on the right (under the icons) are an appropriate color:

/* Change link color below icons on right */
#welcome-icons a {color:#FFFFFF!important;}

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great tip......liked it..thanks :)
Glad you liked it!

Can we edit the icons too?

Hi Safire,

I've never tried this one. I checked the CSS and this is what is there now:

#welcome-icons span, .welcome-close a.close-nc {
  background: url("") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent;
  display: block;
  height: 260px;
  position: absolute;
  width: 724px;

You could try replacing the png with another png of the same size, changing that image URL and adding this to your Advanced CSS. You would also need to add !important, like this:

background: url("yournewimage.png") no-repeat scroll 0 0 transparent!important;

Hope that helps,


Hi Jen!

Do you know how I can edit the pop-up window that comes out when I click on "Add Content" in the Welcome Box?

I need to delete the "Invite Friends" option and add a new one.

And do you know how to change the distribution of the text / icons? I mean, I would love to be able to eliminate the icons, so I can write my own text in the full width of the box. 



I just happened to have a test site with new membership, where the welcome box was open. I used this CSS to remove icons and make the text area wider:

#welcome-icons {display:none!important;}
#welcome-text { width:700px!important;}

Then, you have to add your text via the Language Editor like this tip instructs.

On the popup, never looked at that, and not getting the same pop-up you are getting. If you're removing the icons, guess you won't need that anyway.

Hope that helps,





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