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Intranet Portal Software

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In the Cloud.

We'll host and run your intranet portal on our servers for you, removing the hassle of managing the hardware, updates, and security. Each Communifire customer gets their own single-tenant installation of the software and database in our cloud. We do this for your security.

On Premise.

Deploy Communifire on your own server infrastructure for more power and control over your intranet platform. On premise installation gives you the ultimate in flexibility options, through better collaboration, deeper customization, and stronger security.

Mobile Apps.

Designed for native integration with the Android and iOS operating systems, the Communifire apps provide smartphone and tablet users a streamlined interface for accessing your company's intranet. Customers with an active license can download these apps free of charge from the iTunes App Store or from Google Play.

Responsive Design.

Communifire works on a full range of mobile devices, from smartphones up through all the different tablets, regardless of operating system. Your content and user interface scales dynamically to the width of your browser. As long as your device has an Internet browser, you have access to all the content available in your intranet.

Technology Stack & System Requirements.

ASP.NET Powered

Communifire is developed using the ASP.NET Framework, C#, MS AJAX, jQuery and Microsoft SQL Server with generous notations. It's built with an n-tier application architecture, making it possible to change or update one layer without recompiling or modifying other layers.

System Requirements

Below is a list of the compatible operating systems, databases, web browsers, and recommended hardware.

Development Platform Microsoft ASP.NET 4.5 / C# / Visual Studio.NET / jQuery
Database Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2012, 2014
Webserver IIS 6.0 or above
Hardware Min: 2GB RAM, Pentium 4 and above, 1.0GHz and above

Supported Browsers

Communifire is supported to work on the web browsers below:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 & Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari

MS SQL Server Database

All data is stored in a MS SQL database server with an optimized database schema and stored procedures.

ASP.NET SignalR

Communifire uses SignalR for real-time communications over websockets, a new HTML5 API that enables bi-directional communication between the browser and server.

Built with Bootstrap & jQuery

Communifire utilizes the Bootstrap framework, which is a sleek, intuitive, and powerful front-end framework for faster and easier web development. And it heavily utilizes the jQuery framework, a cross-browser JavaScript library designed to simplify the client-side scripting of HTML.

Single Sign On (SSO)

Integrate your own single sign on across your business applications to make life easier for your users. About 85% of our customers do it.  And you can too.

Active Directory

Tie in with your existing Windows Active Directory. Define mappings between Windows security groups and Communifire user roles. As user accounts are created in AD, they are automatically added to the roles in your Communifire community.

Webfarm Ready

With distributed file system tools to synchronize files across servers, you can choose between single instance file servers and multiple servers. If hosted on a load-balanced web farm there is nothing to prevent Communifire from accommodating millions of users.

Trust the Same Robust Security Major Banks Use.

Your security is our priority. We understand that security is an extremely important aspect of your business. It's very important to ours, too.

Single Tenant Architecture

Each customer gets their own independent database and instance of the Communifire software -- each customer's data is completely separate from one another.

Application Security

Communifire is well tested against SQL injection attacks, malicious JavaScript code, cookie hijacking, and cross site request forgery. CAPTCHA image technology is used to discourage and prevent automated spammers.

Secure Connections & Encryption

Communifire SaaS and Self-hosted installations can be secured with SSL/TLS, if needed. Passwords are encrypted using AES Rijndaehl algorithm (with proper hashing) and query string parameters are encrypted when necessary.

User Security

Communifire uses a fine-grained, role based permission matrix to manage access to different parts of the system. Permissions are mapped to roles, and each user can have multiple roles.

Backups & Recovery

For SaaS customers, we take daily and incremental backups of the software and database. Each customer's backup is completely separate from one another. Self-hosted customers can easily set up their own backup options.

Hardened Operating Systems

System installation using hardened, patched OS to provide ongoing protection from exploits. Dedicated hardware firewall. Intrusion detection services to protect against unauthorized access. Distributed Denial of Service mitigation systems.

Physical Security

Data center access is limited to authorized data center technicians. Security camera monitoring. Biometric scanning for controlled data center access. 24x7 onsite staff. Unmarked facilities to help maintain low profile.

Operational Security

All Axero employees are trained on security and privacy procedures. Access to confidential information and hardware infrastructure is restricted to authorized personnel only.

Extendible Security

Need even more? Plug in your own security provider and encryption algorithms.

Administration & Management Tools.

Communifire gives you a robust administrative dashboard, so you can update settings, manage members, and moderate content. And it contains a vast array of tools to keep your intranet portal running smooth.

User Management System

Communifire contains a complete user management system. Validate credentials. Create and modify user roles. Manage user settings like username, email address, and passwords.

Content Management

With these tools, you can manage and drill down into the different content types, like blogs, wikis, and ideas to oversee each and every page or post. As an admin, you can find them, filter them, edit them, or delete them.

System Management

A robust set of tools to manage things like settings, look and feel, domain configurations, localization, and much more. All conveniently located in the admin section.

Custom User Profiles

Each user profile contains the basics, like email address, username, first and last name, password, etc. You can move way beyond these and create your own profile fields for contact information, work information, or any other type of information you'd like to collect.

Role-based Permissions

Communifire uses a fine-grained, role based permission matrix to manage access to different parts of the system. Permissions are mapped to roles, and each user can have multiple roles.

Profanity Filters

Profanity filters work by identifying words that you deem inappropriate and then substituting them for the censored word or symbols you want to use.

Email System

Easily add your own outgoing email servers for sending welcome messages, notifications, password requests, and so on. Communifire can also receive email and create content items like cases, blogs, and forum posts.

Email Template Management

There are lots of actions that happen in Communifire that trigger emails to be sent out. The emails all have default content. They use mnemonics for personalization. You can add, edit, and manage the templates that are frequently required within the system.

Bulk Email Sending

Easily send out rich HTML or text emails to all of your members. You can also choose to send mass emails to specific roles or a set of individual users.

Branding & Logo

There's a simple web form to upload your logo, favicon, and change the header color to match your look and feel. No web coding required for branding.

CSS Overrides

Communifire ships with a core CSS file. You can further customize this CSS by adding your own CSS overrides directly into the admin interface.

Localization in Any Language

Communifire uses custom resource providers to manage static content within the platform. There are no RESX or XML resource files used. All resources are managed through the database. You can change these, add your own, and even use them to add completely different languages.

Managed Tags & Metadata

All the content in Communifire can be tagged with keywords. Communifire suggests popular tags-- and you can create your own managed tags. You can then use these managed tags as filter groups in search.

Naturally SEO Friendly

Communifire creates SEO-friendly URL's for each and every page. Just about all search engine optimization is done automatically. Advanced users can override the automated SEO features and provide custom content for your meta tags, H1 tags, and even your URL structure. 

Media Server Management

Communifire supports flexible and scalable file storage settings to store files like photos, videos, and documents. A media server is a registered storage location where your media files are stored. You can add multiple server locations ... and if you fill up a server you can simply add another one.

Dynamic Properties

These allow you to inject any custom HTML, Javascript, or text into the Communifire UI pages. This keeps all of your custom HTML, scripts, or textual elements organized in the database, rather than you having to place your full custom content directly into the .aspx or .ascx pages.

Workflows

A workflow consists of a series of moderation steps or levels that data must pass before it gets published. Each Step or level is a member "Role". The number of steps for any workflow is selected by the admin.

Required Reading

Allows an author to flag content as mandatory reading for others. It also allows tracking of users that have indicated that they have read the content.

User / Space Assignments

This auto-assignment function identifies the domain name of a new member's email address and sorts that member into the spaces that you choose.

URL Redirects & Shortcuts

Switching to Communifire from an existing platform? Keep your search engine rankings. Communifire lets you take them with you by mapping your old URLs to the new ones using dynamic redirects. You can also use these to create tiny urls.

Application Settings

The Application Settings gives you the option of enabling, disabling, or only having certain features enabled. They're simple settings to turn on or off features.

An Intranet Platform for Your Organization to Build On.

Communifire provides an extensive toolset for addressing the challenges associated with building and managing a modern intranet portal. Use it as a starting point to make new tools, create useful integrations, and deliver next-generation online experiences.

Build the Next Big Thing

Rapidly build your apps on top of Communifire. It's easily worked with, expanded, and adapted to your exact specifications. It's a foundation that opens you up to a universe of limitless possibilities.

Extend Your Own Software

Integrate Communifire and add the power of social, collaboration, and community to your existing products. Improve your competitive position. Enhance user experience. And increase engagement.

Realize Your Vision

Move beyond just having your community look unique - make it truly your own, from the homepage through every corner of your site. You are in complete control.

Accelerate Time to Market

Today, high-speed innovation is essential to keep up with market demand. Leverage Communifire's extensive feature-set and the knowledge of the Axero team to bring products to market faster than ever.

Reduce Development Costs

No need to hire expensive ASP.NET developers. Utilize your existing developers to build forward thinking social apps. Save costs on developer operations and worry less about the underlying infrastructure.

Content Types

Comes packed with all of the content types and community features you expect. Activity Streams, Like buttons, rating controls, CMS, blogs, wiki, discussion forums, spaces and groups, articles and news, events, task manager, calendars, and tons more. You can even add your own.

Visual Studio Accessible

Communifire self-hosted licenses come with the solution and project files, allowing you to open and customize it in Visual Studio. Everything becomes instantly familiar for any .NET developer.

Visual Studio Toolbox

Communifire's custom controls can be easily added to your Visual Studio Toolbox for easy drag-and-drop into your own custom pages or in your own software application.

Well Documented

Communifire uses the best practices and design patterns thoughout it's entire source code. Your development team can quickly learn and easily understand the inner workings.

GitHub Ready

When you go with the self-hosted or source code version of Communifire, we'll optionally set up your own forked GitHub repository ... so you can stay updated in real time with all of the latest patches, fixes, and updates.

Generic Content Control

Use this control anywhere to display a repeated list of items, such as blogs posts, articles, photos, videos, events, and more. Inside and outside of Communifire. Display these items based on tags, individual users, or any combination of tags, users, and spaces. There are unlimited possibilities.

Architecture & Framework Overview.

By developers, for developers. Communifire's intranet portal architecture is based on a scalable and robust N-tier, enterprise service oriented architecture (SOA). It contains fully object oriented code, an optimized database schema, strongly typed objects & collections, data caching, and a unique state management system. Communifire can scale to accommodate the most demanding high-traffic communities.

Open API

Communifire's open and flexible architecture and API makes it easy to establish connections and links with other business applications. We can certainly help, but most developers will find enough resources to manage most of these task on their own.

.dll API

Add the Communifire dll's to your own app and truly integrate them together. Utilize Communifire's vast array of custom controls to bring a whole new social experience to your application.

REST API

Utilize the Communifire REST API to GET and POST data using any programming language you want. Extend Communifire to integrate with your existing business applications, 3rd party web services, and even mobile apps. Flexibility built right in.

Provider Model

Communifire is built on a flexible provider-based framework. Data access logic is encapsulated by a base provider abstract class, coupled with a well defined set of methods.

Event-Driven Model

Makes it easy to "hook" onto certain events and plug in your own custom code to run before and after events. You can also override the default Provider classes that come with Communifire with your own custom versions without needing to modify any core source code.

Communifire Controls

Utilize the in-built Communifire controls that add social functionality to existing ASP.NET controls. Communifire is much like its own development platform, making it super simple to add social features into your own applications.

Content Controls

Communifire comes with an extensive set of controls that builds on top of ASP.NET Repeater controls. You can rapidly display lists of data such as blogs, articles, wiki pages, events, users, spaces, etc. Just drag-and-drop from the VS toolbox, set some properties, and load the page.

Generic Content Control

Use this control anywhere to display a repeated list of items, such as blogs posts, articles, photos, videos, events, and more. Inside and outside of Communifire. Display these items based on tags, individual users, or any combination of tags, users, and spaces. There are unlimited possibilities.

Caching Flexibility

Communifire uses the .NET Cache object to cache frequently accessed data. The platform also comes with a Memcached plug-in and a caching provider framework so you can plug in your own caching system without modifying the source.

99% of Communifire Customers are Still Actively Using the Platform after 5 Years.

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Communifire Data Sheets & Downloads.

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A downloadable, condensed data sheet covering Communifire's features.

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Overview of Communifire Spaces. What they are, what they can do, and how you can use them.

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