I was looking for a free, works-out-of-the-box community website I could use. In particuar I wanted to write a website aimed at locavores in near where I live. So optimally, some link exchanging (like digg or delicious), some classified ads (like craigslist), because the number one challenge for a locavore is finding local suppliers. Recipes also would be useful.
dotNetNuke: It was too hard to install. It is too complex to figure out by reading the code and the installer is too unreliable to finish. I decided not to invest further time into it.
dotNetKicks: Compiles and works, but, only installs on the root, not on virtual directories. This is a deal breaker for me as I use my hosted account to run several applications. Also, re-theming it looked challenging.
Kigg: Didn’t work. Period. I may keep at it just to learn about the MVC project type though.
Community Server/dasBlog: These are forum/blog engines. I can’t create enough content for a blog and the site needs to be able to scale down (work with few or no users). Forums scale don’t scale down at all. Without a crowd of people, a forum turns into a useless web ghost town.
Classifieds starter kit. I’m leaning towards using this.
Wiki…. working on this.. I’ll have to finish this post later