Telligent Community Server is a good product, but a bit overkill for a single blog instance like this. I have been looking for a turnkey solution to replace it, and I have found that in Telligent’s Graffiti CMS (1.1).
For my readers who subscribe to my feed (powered by FeedBurner), you will be blissfully ignorant of any changes; visitor’s to my site will notice some changes in layout. They will also notice that my file downloads are currently unavailable – I will have this addressed shortly.
After some trial and error (and re-reading the documentation <gasp!>), I achieved a flawless import of all my existing posts in CS to Graffiti (well done, Telligent). I have set up redirects (so everyone using the old CS-based URLs won’t get lost, but the old-old URLs I was redirecting in CS are now toast) using James Avery’s Graffiti.Redirect (0.2). Also, I have installed Graffiti Extras; however, I’m having some trouble getting the Windows Mobile theme selector to work correctly, but that seems to be an issue with this extension – stay tuned for some updates there.
Having gone through several CS version upgrades, I will say that the migration to Graffiti was painless by comparison (and frankly, painless overall). Nice to see the product quality improvement, Telligent. Seriously, I wanted to love CS (2.x, 2007.x) with all my heart, but, damn it, there was some cruft in there that was just painful to deal with.
This time, it’s all milk and honey. <AustinPowersVoice>Yeah, baby.</AustinPowersVoice> Well done, Telligent, and I look forward to the 2.0 release.
Note: I was not bribed, threatened, blackmailed, blackballed, coerced, spammed, given the evil eye, or otherwise influenced by Telligent or their employees (even the ones here in Ohio) to write this ‘review’. I’m just seriously happy with this product.