Wednesday, October 3, 2012

New features in SharePoint 2013 Part-3

In this article we will see another new feature in SharePoint 2013. The new feature is know as Community site.

A Community site is like forum where people in a organization go and do discussion in some topics. This helps in exchanging information between members inside organization.

Also you can organize discussions into various categories. Visitors can view the discussions and become members if they want to contribute to those discussions. Moderators manage the community by setting rules, reviewing and addressing inappropriate posts, marking interesting content as featured discussions, and so on. Moderators can also assign gifted badges to specific members to visually indicate that the member is recognized as a specific kind of contributor in the Community Site, such as an expert or a moderator. Each Community Site contains information about member and content reputation, which members earn when they actively post in discussions, and when their content is liked, replied to, or marked as a best answer.


A community site can be deployed in different ways like below:

1- By deploying a stand-alone community:
With a stand-alone community, you can create the Community Site at either a site collection or a site level.

2- By activating community features:
You can activate community features on any site, which provides the core Community Site pages, moderation, membership, and reputation functionality within the existing site without creating a separate Community Site.

The 2nd option is very much helpful, if you want to add community feature to your existing sites.

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