One of the cool things about being on the Community Server development team is that I get full access to the latest bits of their software, namely Community Server. The next couple of months are definitely going to be an amazing time to be in the CS realm…version 1.2 is going to be a huge point release for this application suite, so if you haven’t thought about implementing/upgrading to CS, now is definitely the time.
I finally got around to building a live CS 1.2 demo site (the bits aren’t public yet…beta should be within a couple of months); if you’d like to see it in action, click here. You’ll need to log in to use some of the new features, as such I’ve created a dummy super user account: username is Bob, password is iambob. That will give you access to everything…feel free to do whatever you want as it’s running on a development database that I’ll rebuild every so often. Some notable new features:
- There is now a points system in place for the forums. More information on this thread over at CS.org, and thanks to Jose Lema for his work on this.
- Double clicking a forum post (and other areas…see how many you can find) will pull up a modal dialog for use in replying to posts. You can still scroll around the thread to copy/paste information from numerous posts if need be. This is a pretty cool feature, and I haven’t seen it on any other forums application. More information about this feature is over here. Hopefully this will be expanded to other areas of CS across the board.
- A new application called Files has been added to CS 1.2. Think of it as a lightweight CMS system. Very slick interface, and just as intuitive to use and administer as the other CS applications.
- Widgets, widgets, and more widgets.
- Last but not least, Control Panel makes its debut. Seeing is believing (log in with the dummy account above to see the link to it); this will vastly simplify administrative tasks and is much more intuitive than the system currently in place.
Have a look around, and spread the word! Please feel free to leave feedback (or bug reports) here, and I’ll pass it all on to the powers that be. I’ll probably roll with it on JaysonKnight.com within the next week or so.
Wed, Oct 5 2005 6:03 PM