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Community Server Quickly

Anand Narayanaswamy

A Concise and Practical Guide to Installation, Administration, and Customization
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Book Details

ISBN 139781847190871
Paperback304 pages

About This Book

  • Get Community Server Express Edition set up and running fast
  • Learn to manage blogs, users, forums, and file and photo galleries
  • How to customize, market, and monetize your site

Who This Book Is For

This book is aimed at the Community Server administrator with a base level of technical competence and confidence, but no prior sysadmin or developer experience or knowledge. No knowledge of ASP.NET programming is required for using this book. What is essential is your own passion for your target community and your desire to provide the best platform possible to that audience.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introducing Community Server
What is Community Server?
The Evolution
A Comparison with DotNetNuke (DNN)
Editions and Licensing
What's New in Community Server 3.0 (or Calypso)?
Chapter 2: Getting Started with Community Server
Downloading Community Server
Installing Community Server
Configuring Community Server
Launching Community Server
Installing Community Server Using the Web Installer
Navigating the Control Panel Dashboard
Chapter 3: Working with Blogs
Understanding Blogs
Blog Groups
Creating a Blog
Managing a Blog
Working with Global Settings
Rating Blog Posts
Managing Blogs Globally
Configuring Blogs for Members
Chapter 4: Working with Forums
A Brief History of Forums
Getting Started: A Sample Forum
Introduction to Creating Forums
Viewing Sample Forums
Posting a Thread as an Administrator
Posting the Message to the Forum
Threads versus Posts
Moderating Posts
Managing Forum Settings Globally
Working with Ranks
Analyzing the Forums Home Page of an Administrator
Analyzing the Forums Home Page of a User
Personalizing the Home Page
Chapter 5: Working with Galleries
About Galleries
Building a Photo Gallery
Building a File Gallery
Viewing the Download Report
Chapter 6: Working with Reader and Roller
Working with Reader
Aggregating Feeds
Working with Roller
Managing Settings
Chapter 7: Managing your Community's Users
The Community's Members
Getting Started
Browsing All Members
Creating a New Account
Managing Roles
Managing Registration Settings
Managing Account Profile Settings
Member List Settings
Managing Cookie and Anonymous Settings
Managing Avatar Settings
Chapter 8: Customizing Community Server
Customizing the Home Page
Modifying the Theme of your Site
Modifying the Theme of your Blog
Modifying Themes
Working with Add-ons
Using FreeTextBoxWrapper Control
Working with Modules
Creating Custom Links
Chapter 9: Working with Settings
Managing General Site Settings
Managing Site Content
Managing Contact Information
Managing RSS Settings
Managing Post Settings
Managing Date and Time Settings
Managing Email Settings
Tracking the IP Address
Chapter 10: Working with Reports
Working with the Exceptions Report
Filtering the Exceptions Report
Working with the Jobs Report
Reporting with Community Server
Working with SQL Jobs
Chapter 11: Working with System Tools
Getting Started
Working with Ads
Working with Disallowed Names
Working with Censorship
Working with Smilies
Working with Articles
Working with Spam Blocker
Working with the Member Points System
Working with Licenses
Working with URL Redirects
Handling Mass Emails
Banning an IP Address
Working with Event Log Viewer

What You Will Learn

  • An overview of Community Server, and the various editions and licensing options
  • Installing Community Server
  • Creating and managing blogs and forums
  • Creating and managing photo and file galleries
  • Using the Reader and Roller functionality to collect and display RSS feeds
  • Managing users and roles, and working with user profiles
  • Monetizing your Community Server site by adding paid advertisements
  • Customizing Community server, applying themes, and using add-ons
  • Configuring RSS, Date, Time, and Email settings
  • Understanding Community Server Reports
  • Deploying Community Server

In Detail

Community Server is Telligent System's award-winning solution for quickly and easily enabling online communities. It includes a suite of integrated applications, such as blogs, discussion forums, photo sharing, file sharing, email lists, newsgroups, and more, which together can help you create your community presence. Community Server is the trusted solution for many organizations ranging from Microsoft and Dell to Conde Nast and, and powers massive communities like the Microsoft ASP.NET forums ( and the XBOX forums ( You can learn more about Community Server, and see it in action, at

Written in a clear and concise manner, this book will guide you through the installation, administration, customization, and deployment of a Community Server solution. With the help of this book you will be able to start using your Community Server site within minutes of its installation. The book kicks off with a brief overview of Community Server, its various editions and licensing options, and installation procedures and then delves deep into the creation and management of blogs, forums, photo galleries, file galleries, and more.

The book also explores the different ways you can customize your Community Server site along with coverage of various add-ons and modules. You will also learn how to manage your Community Server license and other related settings.  Towards the end, the book provides an overview of the various steps required to deploy Community Server to a hosting server.


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