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SharePoint will provide a web presence through anonymous access. This is a planned feature, but it is not is currently implemented in the Office365 Beta environment.
How did this user make his site accessible anonymously?
I believe the public facing website is currently available in the Office365 Small Business Beta, but not the Enterprise Beta.
Looking for confirmation on this.
Do you have some news about anonymous access ?
+1 - it's crippling not to be able to give teamsite access to anonymous users. The plain homesite is too lame to consider as a real site IMHO.
Yes. I have the Office365 Small business beta and I can configure a public site with Anonymous Access.
Could you please provide guidance how I can make the 'My Sites' publicly accessible through anonymous (read only) access?
This is for O365 Enterprise.
Enabling anonymous access is the only thing keeping me from upgrading to a paying account. The public website is too simple. Concretely, I need to create a blog that should be accesible for everyone on Internet. I can't create a blog on the public website, and the beautiful one I can create on a team site cannot be shared with anonymous users...
Well it's out of beta, still no anonymous access as far as I can see. Any updates? Its insane that that we have to use the limited interface for public access... Can't believe it.
From MS support:
" Your public facing site is defined in the Office 365 P1 Service
Description as an included basic site, customizable by out-of-the-box
templates through the built-in Site Designer tool. A Blog subsite is
not a part of your options for a public facing site.
If you create a subsite directly under the Public Facing site, that
anonymous access is still there, being inherited from the parent. There
is no management option at all for anonymous access by design, even if
inheritence is broken on the subsite. The anonymous access permission
granted to your public facing site are limited read, just enough to
browse your simple, template driven, public facing site. This anonymous
access is not meant to be used to circumvent license restrictions for
custom and Team Site content.
You cannot change anonymous access permissions. Anonymous access is granted to the Public Facing site, which is the root of the site collection. Your Team Site, which is actually a subsite of the Public Facing site, automatically has its permissions inheritance broken from the parent, to remove Anonymous access."
So you can use the SP templates (like a blog) to create a public page but by design, the connected lists (comments/categories etc) remain part of the team site environment and can't be given anonymous access. This is the biggest weakness of 365 and needs to be complained about long and loud.
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"So you can use the SP templates (like a blog) to create a public page but by design, the connected lists (comments/categories etc) remain part of the team site environment and can't be given anonymous access. This is the biggest weakness of 365 and needs to be complained about long and loud. "
I'm complaining :)
I have finally realeased a solution for anoynmous blogs: www.fiechter.eu/.../Post.aspx
Including comments moderation, automatic anonymous access and limited mobile phone support.
:-) I have seen it, but my solution includes moderated comments (Working, not just enable moderation on the list), then it adds mobile support and finally it disables the ribbon. This should make the blog also usable with comments.
Nice job-it works really well even on a P1 account.. And the instructions are easy to follow. Can the wsp be adapted to work on any list?
Thanks all (specially MCH and Adrian)!
I'll try it on my public survey I was trying to put together and move from the blog running SP 2010 On-premise.
For sure, I will publish it on the weekend.
Oha, I spent a little bit more time to finalize the implementation the planed. Finally it’s ready and I am proud to publish my anonymous access configurator solution:
Example for Calendaer, Custom List or Document Library: www.fiechter.eu/.../Post.aspx
Example for Survey: www.fiechter.eu/.../Post.aspx
I forgot to thank you for figuring this out and posting it. I especially like the way you got the icon into the ribbon. Now all we need is for MSFT to enable list publishing on the public web site as they did with the OLSB service.
I still get the 404 Error
I created a website collection
and imported your solution
When create a calendar (or List, or a blog)
I still get 404 FILE NOT FOUND once I click on anonomous access.
I fixed the small bug. Unfortunately it will not help you a lot. The solution will just display the failure that you have no anonymous access on your site collection. You have to create a public web application. There you can create the lists or a sub site and enable it. As far as I know is Office 365 not support anonymous access on the private site collections.
You can download the new solution here:
Be aware to clean all your browser caches after installing it. Otherwise it will not work.
Thanks for clarification. It works in the public area.