IN MY OPINION, THE NEW VERSION IS VERY DIFFICULT TO USE, CONFUSION
Which new version - Telligent Community or Telligent Evolution? Both of them have very different navigations due to their different audiences. Also what specifically is confusing in the new version. Unless you can tell us what you find difficult, there's no hope of us being able to see your issues and look at ways or improving the situation.
Couldn't agree more. I'm trying to install cs2008.5_SP2 and it's hopeless.
I get an error:
The type initializer for 'CommunityServer.Components.CommonDataProvider' threw an exception.
on the default page. I can only assume that it's something to do with permissions, but i can't be sure, because if i put the error into google it takes me to the Telligent homepage. Frankly, i can't recommend this software to anyone - it's too difficult to even install. It looks great and seems to have too much functionality at the expense of usability. Shame, it could have been so much better.
Did you do a fresh install of CS2008.5 SP2 or an upgrade install from an older version? This error sounds to me awfully like an error you get when an upgrade from CS2008 to 2008.5 is not fully completed. Also which install method did you use - manual, windows or the web installer? Also when you downloaded the zip file, make sure you unblocked it (right click > properties > unblock) before deploying the files within. Could you also tell me what the name of the zip folder you downloaded was - it's possible you downloaded an update package which only included changed files since CS2008.5 and so there would be missing files.
Secondly you're installing an old vesion of the software - The newer version (Telligent Community & Telligent Enterprise) have much clearer install instructions, and easier setup for the Enterprise Search addon.
"old version" by less than a week. Geez, and people scream when Microsoft drops support after only five years.
There are a lot of good reasons to be using v2008.5, burn-in time being one of them. And value. 2008.5 isn't even a year old yet. 2008.5 SP2 was only released a few months ago. In any case, best practices for software development do not say: "get the latest release of whatever you're using no matter where you are in your project".
It used to be that Telligent kept around all the downloads & docs for prior versions. No longer. Well, the docs are still up: http://docs.communityserver.com/. Or will those be pulled down without warning too ?
It is still the old version - I wanted to make sure NeillR was aware of the issue and didn't end up installing Telligent Community in a few days time, wasting a few days of time spent on CS2008.5.
Actually this is the first time we've kept docs for prior versions - with the CS2007 --> 2008 upgrade we removed the CS2007 documentation. We now have both CS2008.5 documentationavailable at telligent.com/.../cs20085docs as well as documentation for the new versions. The downloads we've done the same as we did with CS2007 when 2008 came out - they are available upon request.
Downloads: No, actually, CS2007 was still on the downloads page a few days ago. Even the CS2.x series held on well into the CS2008.x era.
Docs: The CS2008 docs more _evolved_ from the CS2007 ones, rather than replaced them. Which made sense, since the APIs are very similar. I suspect that's no longer the case with TC5.x.
It's because of this "reframing" of history that I'm concerned for existing items. There's still a large user base out there that can benefit from these items, a user base that is no longer targeted by the new product.
I did a fresh install of SP2 from the web installer. I'm still having trouble with it. I'm getting the old "object reference not set to an instance of the object" from line 77 of the web.config file:
add name="CommunityServerSqlProvider" type="CommunityServer.ASPNet20MemberRole.CSRoleProvider, CommunityServer.ASPNet20MemberRole" connectionStringName="SiteSqlServer" applicationName="dev" description="Stores and retrieves roles data from the local Microsoft SQL Server database"
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