Who says the web content management market is saturated? There's still plenty of opportunities for up and coming vendors, especially those aimed at the mid-sized market like Aptinet is.

Aptinet is not a new company in the Web CMS market. In fact, they have more than 14 years of experience in this sector and the newly-released WAVES2 CMS isn't their first attempt in this field. However, what makes this CMS a bit special is that they are a .NET platform for mid-sized companies and they give you not only the installable binaries but also the code.

Their source code is not publicly accessible however, and the license they use isn't an open source one. Still, with the source code in your hands, you can modify the software or integrate it as required. This not only gives you more flexibility, but it could save you money in the form of consultants' fees.

Some Features of WAVES2

Nobody says that WAVES2 is inventing the wheel but its feature set is impressive. They use proven components and they stress functionality coupled with ease of use. This is what I find impressive in any software.

Definitely, there are other WCMS with longer feature sets, but it is not about quantity. Rather, it is about what exactly is inside -- if there are tons of features you don't need, what's the use to pay for them? Still, the feature set of WAVES2 isn't modest -- they have quite a lot of useful things, such as an AJAX layer manager, content sharing, template creation, asset management and drag & drop functionality.

In addition there are XML management tools, integration with Active Directory, version control and remote publishing. The list of features and functionalities is pretty long so if you want to learn more, you can visit their site and find more information there.

Isn't WAVES2 Just Another CMS?

Could be -- but it looks different and promising. If it were truly open source, it would have been much more appealing because the niche of open source, .NET web content management platforms is certainly not cluttered by lucrative offers.

Since this is the first version of WAVES2, I hope that it won't suffer from what is a huge problem for many other Web CMS -- complex and messed up. When you start from scratch, you don't have to deal with legacy issues you know aren't working (but you can't get rid of because they are key components). This is an advantage and it removes much of the complexity in running an Web CMS.

WAVES2 comes both as a standalone version and a SaaS version. This gives you the choice of either deploying it in-house and having more control (including the source code) or, for companies with little to no IT staff, having a fully supported system in the cloud.