Pimp my Community Server

Yesterday I upgraded my site to Community Server 2.1 RTM. I'm astonished how many additional mods I'm already using:

Community Server MVP's Alabaster CSModule Package 
A collection of CSModules written by CS MVPs and myself. (I contributed the Akismet spam rule btw)

Qgyen.AllCommentRss
Provides a secure RSS feed for all comments within a certain blog. It also provides information like if it is an actual comment or a trackback, the post's name, URL, if it is approved, and then it gives quick links to approve/disapprove, view, or delete the comment.

Qgyen.Lightbox
A Lightbox module for any photo from the gallery, an URL or Flickr.

Improved version of Scott's Flickr for Community Server
Add a Flickr area to the content selector, which enables you to select images from your Flickr account.

Qgyen.ExtendedUrlMapping
This module allows you to easily map one URL within Community Server to another. I for instance use it to map both my blog and my gallery to the root.

Syntax Highlighting module
Formats code snippets with syntax highlighting. I cannot give you any link, because I'm using a modified version of a CS1.1 module, and I don't know the original author anymore.

CommunityServer OpenSearch Handler
Adds OpenSearch support to your blog, allowing IE7 users to search your site from their toolbar without any installation.

CoComment support
Tracks your comments across the blogosphere.

I just noticed that three and a half modules of the modules are written by Ken Robertson. Seems as he is the most active guy on the Community Server community. [;)]

Server Outage

Site news Comments

As my two readers may already have noticed, my site wasn't accessible for the last 24hrs. The SQL Server hosting my Community Server database had a hard disk failure, and it took them some time to find the backup tapes [:S]

Apparently they found the backup, and my site is alive again. I used the time to change the skin of my blog to Paperclip with a custom header image as described by Keyvan.

Community Server 2.1 Beta 2

I just upgraded my site with Community Server 2.1 Beta 2, which was published yesterday.

The upgrade went pretty good. I only had to re-compile my custom Akismet spam rule and Ken Robertson's Qgyen.ExtendedUrlMapping module (which source code he fortunately published as well.)

Though I'll stay with the default skin until its final release, I'd like to mention that there are four new blog skins included in Beta 2. Awesome work, Jaxon.

What's next

As mentioned in my last post, I'm working on several extensions for Community Server 2.1. I used to use the Intensive.CodeHighlighter library by Gary McPherson, but I could not find any updated version. Therefore I "re-engineered" a .NET 2.0 version and improved its configuration handling. No custom configSection is required anymore.

Secondly, I was working on a solution for enabling coComment in CS2.x. Scott Elkin asked my two days ago for some hints because the coComment support in CS 2.x was broken if you give our posts names. However, after I found out about the BlogThreadQuery, I saw that Keyvan Nayyeri already published the same instructions I was preparing.

Anyway, what's already running on this site is my custom spam rule using Akismet. You can see the module's settings to the right. I'd really like to see it in action, but up to now there was no spam knocking on my door. But I'm convinced that it will take only a couple of hours until the first spam will be rejected. As soon as I'm sure of its effectiveness I'll publish it.