While PHP and Java have been increasingly labeled the tech platforms of choice for Web CMS solutions, .NET remains a favorite for many ISV's. And even if the pairing of .NET and content management typically inspires thoughts to wander towards MOSS, a plethora of other options certainly exists for those looking.
One such candidate is Telerik's Sitefinity Web CMS. CEO Vassil Terziev of Telerik notes Sitefinity 3.0 was "inspired by end-users and built for developers." Developed by the venerable Bulgarian .NET component developer, Telerik, Sitefinity 3.0 delivers an intuitive Web Content Management platform for professional websites, community portals and intranets.
"There are many CMS systems on the market that are either made for end-users or for developers," said Terziev. "This is a bit of a problem for everyone who needs something in-between -- something that’s rich and usable but which can be easily customized and extended." Sitefinity 3.0 is meant to address this need.
The revamped Sitefinity handily leverages a number of powerful ASP.NET 2.0 platform features such as master pages, membership services and the data provider model. It also supports an array of database systems, unlimited page layout freedom and the ability to integrate and customize external applications. These externally pluggable applications can vary in complexity from custom .NET controls to complete web applications.
For those less down with the ASP.NET framework lingo, Project Architect Boyan Rabchev calls the new platform a "scalable development framework, completely open and customizable for the needs of our customers who are building web solutions."
With impressive layman fluency he adds, "You can easily plug in something that is not available out of the box -- be it a control that connects with your CRM system, or just a small widget that displays the local weather."
For those less inclined to fiddle with code, have no fear; Sitefinity 3.0 offers a full set of WCM features straight out of the box: workflow, content versioning and reuse, and support for multi-lingual sites. These are "Enterprise features" available to customers who purchase a Single Domain License, which costs US$ 899 per domain, for support and a one-year software update subscription.
If that option blows your mind (or your budget), Telerik borrows a page from commercial open source CMS providers with Sitefinity Community. Designed to support smaller websites who have no need for such bells and whistles. This option is free for both commercial and non-commercial use. It comes stock with community support which in the case of Telerik products, has a reputation of being quite useful.
Attempting to hit the proverbial "sweet spot" with a product that meets the needs of end-users and developers is admirable, but it's worth noting this is a story developers have heard before.
For the sake of those haunted by developer disenchantment past, we hope with renewed vigor that Telerik's hit the mark with Sitefinity 3.0. Previous releases have, after all, been kinder and gentler than the other guys.
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