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  Awesome addons for Community Server 


Just caught on Rob Howard's blog about some incredible new addons for Community Server 1.0:

FTP Server - We've written an FTP server that integrates into the Community Server database. Unlike the awesome FTP server that ships with IIS, our FTP's access is controlled by the Community Server membership. Currently we've built this feature to make working with our Photo gallery super easy -- just FTP photos to your server. Eventually we'll be expanding this out to solve generic shared file storage on the Internet.

NNTP Server - We've written an NNTP server for Community Server too! Once we start running Community Server on it means that you can read/post to the from your favorite news reader all the while honoring permissions for what you can/can't see via your Communtiy Server permissions. A feature like this is great for me. If I'm travelling I can sync all the messages, reply, on the plane, and the have those messages posted when I land! Posts made through NNTP are still associated with the user's profile too...

Rob goes on to add in the comments, related to the NNTP support:

We also do the reverse, you can now read NNTP newsgroups via our web UI too. Example, we can show the ASP.NET Newsgroups and allow people to read/post on

Now that is just awesome. That's the best thing I've heard all week. How cool is that?! I've personally never been a fan on online web-based forums, I'm of the NNTP croud. But I know that others prefer a browser. Now you can have it either way. The coolest part is that it all uses the Community Server membership, so you can easily restrict or allow groups to users of the community from the web-based administration.


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  1. Ben Reichelt's Blog 2/5/2005 1:31 AM
  2. Joey S. 10/25/2008 2:08 PM
    Give CS Ideas Addon a try - it's aimed at running CS sites around Ideas, allowing users to suggest, rate and comment on Ideas raised within the community.
  3. Ryan Farley 10/27/2008 9:08 AM
    @Joey S, CS Ideas looks great. Is there a demo site somewhere that can be played with without downloading the trial?
  4. Joey S. 11/8/2008 9:46 AM
    @Ryan Farely, great Idea [:-)] we will set it up and I will forward the link to you
  5. Joey S. 11/17/2008 10:49 PM
    @Ryan as promised you can view a live demo at
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