Developing a simple forum with EPiServer CMS 6

Member since: 2010

Hi all,

What would be your approach when it comes to developing a simple forum for an EPiServer CMS 6 site (without depending on other EPi-software, only the CMS), a forum pretty much like this one? Or maybe I should just ask, how is this forum built up? :)

Just a bunch of different page types and some forum-specific logic? :s



#58740 May 02, 2012 21:13
  • There's a sample forum in the AlloyTech sample that you could take a look at.


    #58741 May 02, 2012 22:09
  • Hi Anve,

    EPiServer World is based on EPiServer Relate, i.e. EPiServer Community and Relate templates. You might want to look at that if you don't want to make the forum functionality all by your self.

    #58743 May 03, 2012 8:38
  • Getting Relate+ just for a simple forum is not overkill? :)

    #58747 May 03, 2012 9:43
  • Member since: 2007

    You can use the Dynamic Data Store to store the forum data if you didn't want to use the page model

    #58749 May 03, 2012 11:30
  • Member since: 2007

    DDS would be quite a good option, I use it to store comments for pages and it seems to work well, I have also built moderation on top which was not much of a problem, think you will jsut need to expand on top of this, to get your simple forum.

    #58750 May 03, 2012 14:38
  • Member since: 2010

    Thanks guys. I previously looked at the Allow sample forum, and to be honest and didn't like that approach very much. Relate+ is indeed overkill in this scenario, and I don't really mind building the logic myself.

    DDS is interesting, only read the docs about it, never found any application for it yet. This might be it. And I love the LINQ integration! 

    #58765 May 03, 2012 16:19
  • Member since: 2008

    We wrote a simple forum for a client a couple months ago in respects to just using episerver cms 6r2.  We did it with pagetypes and some plugins that hide comments -> child pages of the topic.  We created a forum pagetype -> Topic PageType -> Thread PageType.  On these pagetypes, there is some properties for how many items are being displayed per page, etc.  Simple stuff.  This is the approach we chose to take since it was for an intranet.  If you have any questions, your more than welcome to email me.  Thanks, hope this helps. 

    #58766 May 03, 2012 16:41
  • Member since: 2005

    +1 for Joshua's take. Using pages you'll have the complete moderation functionality "for free" inside edit mode.

    #58822 May 07, 2012 23:39
  • Iam also making a simple kind of forum, and I have a simple question ragarding that.

    When a page gets created with the user input from the form I use:
    DataFactory.Instance.Save(newPostPage, SaveAction.Publish, AccessLevel.Read);

    Should I instead use AccessLevel.NoAccess?

    I want every visitor to be able to make posts. Does it matter - 'Read' or 'NoAccess'? In our EpiServer installation 'everyone' has read access to the page.

    When would I want to use NoAccess?

    #58943 May 11, 2012 14:23
  • Member since: 2007

    'NoAccess' will allow you to save/publish the page regardless of the current users permissions 

    if you use 'Read' the user will need at least this permission to save / publish the page

    #58945 May 11, 2012 14:30
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