Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 for Hosters Solution Kit
Make sure to check out the SharePoint for Hosters community site up on CodePlex. Don't let the name fool you, this is not just for hosters. Take note that the source code is available and there are many features that you might want to provide for your own external-facing site, such as the http modules.
As seen at the Microsoft Hosting Summit, the Solution Kit is available as an installable package that can be configured with WSS V3. It leverages a number of custom components that were built for WSS V3.
- SQL Forms Based authentication
- Custom SharePoint Web Services
- Custom SharePoint Web Parts
- HTTP Module for URL redirection
Note: This is not a Hosting Solution such as, Hosting Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) or Windows-Based Hosting (WBH). This is a toolkit that automates the packaging and provisioning of application templates built on WSS core functionality. Given the fact that it is not a substitute to the Hosting Solutions that include WSS as a coomponent - i.e. WBH and HMC. It could, however, be integrated with one of them.