Hi Carsten Vogelsang,
Indeed, forums categories are present in all editions of Sitefinity. When you go to the Modules section in Administration, then go to the Forums module, you will see on the left that you can manage forums and categories. There is a separate screen for creating and managing categories, and you can assign each forum to a particular category when you create the forum. You can also change that category when editing the forum settings later.
At the Forum Settings screen in the administration, you can adjust whether the forum should let anonymous users create posts. By default they are denied. Since the community edition does not support user management and permissions, I don't know what you mean by saying you created a sample user. If you created a user with the new Login controls from the toolbox, that user would not have any permissions set, so it is expected not to be able to create threads.
You have two options:
- You can use our membership provider and when creating users, assign them to the Administrators group. There is a property of the CreateUser control called DefaultRoles, which lets you do that. Then users registered through that control will be able to create, modify and delete threads. However, they will not be able to use the admin section of Sitefinity. Anonymous users (not assigned to the Administrators role) will have rights depending on the forum settings.
- You can create your own membership provider. Then you can take care of storing membership info, manage permissions and control how your users behave.
I hope this sheds some light on how you can use the Forums module.
the Telerik team