Recently, I got my hands on Open Text’s Delivery Server 10.1 documentation which mentioned the integration with Vignette Social Communities so I decided to give it a try. In this series of blog posts you’ll find my experience and impressions of the tool.
I won’t go over the installation – suffice to say it had it’s challenges. I wasn’t able to setup OpenText Common Search and none of the Open Text Social Communities modules on the sample project worked from the start.
I had to manually fix some items in the sample project to get the forums working. The blogs and wiki will have to wait for now.
Once setup and integrated with Open Text Delivery Server according to documentation, you’ll end up with 2 sample projects inside Delivery Server. I’ll go over the portlet implementation:
When you first enter the project you’ll be greeted with the following screen:
Figure 1: Index
A little note: By default you’ll get the blog page which I changed to forums as I only had time to fix these. The sample project is pretty basic and it’s meant to be an example (or to build on). You can see a “Hello World” topic I’ve previously created with the “test” tag. You are given pagination, sorting, user login, tag search, text search (Depends on OpenText common search) among a few other things which I’ll try to cover.
Once a user is logged in they’ll have the option of creating new threads in the forum.
Figure 2: Add Topic
They’ll be presented with a new page that has 3 inputs:
- A simple Rich Text Editor
The latter should cover most needs although some forum users may miss some features (videos, smileys).
Figure 3: Topic edit screen
Once done editing and saving all changes the new topic will display on the Forum’s main page. Any new tags added will also show up under the tags section.
Figure 4: New topic and tags
Here’s topic display:
Figure 5: New thread display
There’s an option to display more information for all threads in display. This will show the following:
Figure 6: More topic information
Share & Subscribe
- First post snip
- Last post snip
At the top you’ll notice 3 links:
- RSS Feed
- Tell People
The tell people popup will allow you to send an email with a link to the particular forum.
Figure 7: Tell People
The subscribe to topic will allow you to get notifications whenever a topic is changed or on a timely basis.
Figure 8: Subscribe
Clicking on any of the tags will show all the topics related to that tag.
Figure 9: Tag search results
A user can reply to a post in a topic. It uses almost the same elements as creating a topic.
Figure 10: Reply
On the next screen you can see how it displays in the sample project. Common functionalities as nested display or quoting the reply post are not included in the sample project.
Figure 11: Reply display on topic
That covers most of what comes in the sample project for what regular users can do.
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