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Community Server Quickly: A Concise and Practical Guide to Installation, Administration, and Customization Paperback – November 24, 2006
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Imagine a 'quick start' guide that comes with most software - this is an even more basic version.
Examples: it explains 'photo gallery' by stating that in the old days people use albums (in at least two section of the book). There are pages explaining what blogs, forums are. The 'real' meat of the book is just showing screens and telling you what to click.
It is so basic, the title is misleading. For instance, it assumes the users knows how to install IIS, SQLServer etc - but then treats the reader like newbies to computers when explaining the community server or using typical windows install.
I suggest all potential buyers, to browse through it in a book shop first, before ordering. I still can't believe the publisher approved this.
No offense, but the author is doing a college book tour - I think most college students will find this book an insult to their intelligence.
He begins by helping you choose the version of Community Server that is best for your needs. Then he walks you through downloading and installing the application on your development machine. He explains the control panel and how to set up the program's options.
Next, you work on the Community Server's blog application. Narayanaswamy covers how to set up a sample blog. You will learn how to register and manage users to the blog and how to perform other administrative tasks. A discussion forum is one way to keep visitors returning to your community site. The author shows you how to start up a sample forum, how to set up multiple forum groups and how to manage the forum on a daily basis. Next, he does the same by showing you how to set up and manage the sample photo and file sharing applications. Finally, he helps you work with RSS to track content from other blogs.
Now that you have your Community Server site set up, the author walks you through the general management tasks such as registering and managing members, password protection, cookie settings, and working with member profiles and avatars. He also covers IP tracking, email setup and other administrative duties. Next he shows you how to work with blog and forum activity reports, how to manage your license, how to set up and maintain word filters and spam blockers.Read more ›
The book, Community Server Quickly, helps the system administrator or webmaster that is new to this product, to get a quick start. It must be noted that the book focuses on the 2.1 version of the server. The 3.0 version is at the moment of this review in beta 2, and the book features a small chapter on this release.
The first section is a good introduction to what community server is. It presents the five main functionalities: Blog, forums, photo galleries, file galleries and reader/roller.
Next it explains in detail how to install the server followed by a very detailed description of the five functionalities. I don't think there is a feature in Community Server that isn't described in this book.
The next three chapters is about the administration of users and customizing and setting up the server. This is all described in relation to what the out of-the-box product is capable of.
Last the book goes into the more advanced features of Community Server as reporting, ads, spam blocker, URL redirects etc. This is not need-to-know knowledge for everyone that works with the server, but shows that this book describes what Community Server can do from A to Z.
I think it is a good book for new admins and developers that need an overview of what features the product contains. If you have already worked a lot with Community Server and wants to develop against it, this is not the book for you. Overall its a well-written book for webmasters or non-technical people that want insight in the wonders of CS.
The one downside to the book is that it does not get into anything beyond the options available though the web interfaces. This means no tips on how to script features, or how to customize the code to do various things. It does show how to install the app, and how to install a custom add-on. But beyond that this is basically a documentation of the features available via the web. This lack of more technical insight is why I give it 4 stars.
This is a great book, but don't expect it to solve all your customization issues.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This help some what but I would say you have to get more than just this book to understand what your needingPublished on June 7, 2013 by H. Marquis
This book covers all of the basic functionality of the Community Server product from Telligent. Chapter 1 gives you a background of the product. Read morePublished on February 23, 2008 by Joseph Guadagno
I got this when there was no other book on CS out there and the docs from CS were wrong/missleading/incoeherent, now there are plenty (WROX); at the time of release this book was... Read morePublished on February 3, 2008 by Douggy Fresh
Community Server is a very powerful product which, perhaps because it's mainly been written for developers by developers, has never been very strong on end user documentation. Read morePublished on February 7, 2007 by Steven A. Smith
The majority of this book is dedicated to discussing the various features present in Community Server. Read morePublished on January 30, 2007 by J. Capka
I work for Telligent (the writers of Community Server) as a developer, so it was interesting to see what Anand had written about our product. Read morePublished on January 29, 2007 by James Shaw
It's a pretty thorough manual for most of the functionality within CS which is itself very poorly documented but I was very disappointed in the chapter on "customizing community... Read morePublished on January 28, 2007 by Ramon Rodriguez Jr.
Overall this is a great Community Server introductory and admin book. There is very little here for developers or for customization. Read morePublished on January 22, 2007 by Ben Riga