Whiist – Website Management Add-In for Windows Home Server
Warning: This is beta software. By downloading this software you agree that under no circumstances shall I (Andrew Grant) be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages as a result of your use of this software.
Whiist is a Windows Home Server Add-In that allows you to create and manage web content on your Windows Home Server.
After installation Whiist adds a "Website Management" tab to your Home Server Console. Using this tab you can easily create and manage new websites, photo albums, and homepage links.
- Quickly create new websites on your home server.
- Create new photo albums to share with family and friends in a few simple steps.
- Create public content, or restrict access to users of your Windows Home Server.
- Easily customize your public and private Windows Home Server Homepage links.
- Fully integrates with the Windows Home Server management console.
- Customize your Windows Home Server homepage
Please note that this is beta software and as such is still a work in progress.
Download the above file and copy it to the Add-in directory of your Windows Home Server. (usually \serversoftwareadd-ins). Within your Windows Home Server console select Settings->Add-Ins and choose Whiist from the list of available add-ins.
Q: Will internet users be able to access my files?
A: Only files in the folder used for your website will be accessible to the public. I recommend giving this folder an obvious name (e.g. public_html, website, etc) to avoid confusion.
Q: Can I create private sites that require a password to access?
A: Yes, in Whiist 0.76 and later you can make a website private and assign access to users from the Security page in a websites properties.
Q: Can I create IIs Applications?
A: You may choose to enable ASP applications when creating a website. Future versions will offer additional functionality.
Q: Can I create sites that only certain users can edit?
A: Sure, just create them in a share where only that user has write permissions.
Q: How do I assign icons for the links that I create?
A: When you are creating/editing the link you can choose an image on your network, paste one from the clipboard, or even have Whiist attempt to download one automatically.
Q: Does Whiist create any content for me?
A: When creating a regular website Whiist will offer to create a placeholder website and favicon for you. When creating a Photo Album Whiist will create a sample set of images that you can later delete.
Q: How do I backup my websites?
A: The content of your websites are stored on your shared folders and so are treated like any other data on Windows Home Server.
Q: How do I upgrade to a new version?
A: You should first uninstall the existing version, then install the new version as normal.
Q: Is Whiist free?
A: Whiist is "Linkware" If you like Whiist and find it useful then please link to it in a post on your blog or webpage.
Q: Is Whiist available in language xxxxx?
A: Currently Whiist is only available in English. However it has been developed with localization in mind and I plan to eventually support the same set of languages that Windows Home Server does (whatever they may be!). If you think you can help with this, drop me a mail!
Q: I have this great idea..
A: There are no major features planned for Version 1.0. However I’m always open to suggestions. Drop me a mail!
A: Windows Home IIS (Internet Information Services) Toolkit
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