Sitecore Updates Foundry, Tool for Multi-site Management

Being able to effectively manage multiple websites under the umbrella of a single Web Content Management System (CMS) is often one of the must-have requirements when selecting a CMS vendor.

Sitecore (news, site), the maker of a .NET-based Web CMS, knows that fact very well and keeps refining its multisite management tool called Foundry, which just saw the 3.0 release.

How Foundry 3.0 is Better

Sitecore says that in Foundry 3.0 users will see new and advanced .NET security controls, enhanced HTML newsletter capabilities and Silverlight photo gallery support. All of those functions are designed to create and manage distributed websites, while maintaining centralized security and control.

In addition to support for Sitecore’s CMS 6.1., Foundry 3.0 made some improvement to usability in the areas of inline editing support.

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Sitecore Foundry 3.0

Enhancements also include CAPTCHA validation support for the forum module and better registration form management in the events calendar.

How to get Started With Foundry

Sitecore Foundry is delivered to users via an e-mail, which guides site editors through a newly-created website with setup and customization options including, multilingual support and in-context editing control.

Social computing modules offer forums, extranets, newsletter and SMS distribution, activity calendars, and photo gallery and ad spot rotation.

Splashing in the Gulfstream CMS Waves

And some on the West Coast… With Sitecore entering the U.S. market in 2004 (and Canada later), among a wave of other Web CMS vendors, it was a good time to join the North American CMS goldmine picnic, but now is not a good time to lag behind.

From what we've seen in earlier versions of Foundry, there’s still a lot that can be done to improve this piece of the product in order to stay competitive in the cut-throat market.