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What Is The Difference Between The Community Server And RCS?

Phew. That comes close to being one of the worlds' longest topic titles for a rather simple matter.

The Community Server is a computer managed by Userland to provide active subscribers (aka paying customers) with public, hosted hard disk space for the content on their local weblogs. This server is a very real but somewhat hidden value-added to your purchase of Radio.

By contrast, the Radio Community Server (RCS) is a distinct Userland product all to itself, alongside Radio and Frontier/Manila.

Of course, you won't be surprised to learn that the RCS product gives its users nearly the identical functionality that Userland wraps into its own Community Server. The following screen shot is directly accessible at Userland's RCS page (which may well have changed since I captured this). I think it is useful to show it here, though, because you will learn more not only about RCS but - inter alia ... by extension - what Userland gives you vicariously with its own Community Server:


The primary reason Userland released the Community Server's features as a distinct product was to allow users to build their own 'private' communities. This can support a corporation's activities or a knowledge-based community (your garden club) equally well.

And, as they say, 'wait, there's more!'


The really astonishing thing about RCS is that Userland offers it to current Radio subscribers (as well as current Frontier subscribers) free of charge.

There is only one fairly small catch. You must have a static IP to run the Radio Community Server. If you have one already, you're golden. If you know what it is at least, you're on your way. If you don't, come with me and I will reveal all. Static IPs are just another piece of jargon well within your reach ....

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