Telerik, an end-to-end provider of software application lifecycle and content management solutions today announced the launch of Sitefinity 4.0, the newest edition of its powerful, scalable Content Management System (CMS). The platform’s redesigned product architecture delivers an array of enhancements, like advanced workflow control for better business process management and improved ease-of-use, generating considerable productivity gains of up to 70 percent. Underscoring its commitment to meeting the needs of customers developing commercial websites, Telerik also announced its recent acquisition of Mallsoft, leading developers of e-commerce shopping cart technologies. The acquisition lays the groundwork for the integration of advanced e-commerce functionality and a robust system for handling online stores within the Sitefinity platform.
“This is the culmination of many years of real-world experience, extensive time and resources invested in product R&D, and in gathering customer feedback. Additionally, with new frameworks supporting Mallsoft’s e-commerce technologies, users have the ability to fully manage all aspects of their online business, from corporate websites to intranets to online stores. Sitefinity 4.0 has matured into one of the market’s most powerful, comprehensive, and highest quality content management solutions being shipped today,” said Martin Kirov, executive vice president of Sitefinity at Telerik. “By minimizing complexities while providing robust tools and innovative features addressing every aspect of the site building and management experience, Sitefinity 4.0 enables users to quickly, easily, and efficiently optimize their web presence.”
Based on Microsoft’s ASP.NET, Sitefinity is an award-winning CMS for the development and management of websites, intranets, and portals. Sitefinity 4.0 focuses on increasing productivity and usability for both developers and business users alike. As part of its ground-up redesign, various upgrades have been deployed for the development community, such as an open, fluent, and fully exposed API for superior product extensibility and customizability. The backend has also been AJAXified, resulting in substantially improved performance.
Telerik’s recent acquisition of leading San Diego-based web design and development firm, Mallsoft, paves the way for the integration of e-commerce support and underscores the company’s dedication to providing its users with the most complete CMS solution possible. The introduction of Mallsoft’s complementary e-commerce technologies to the Sitefinity platform also assures users will save valuable time, resources, and money by eliminating the need to select and integrate software from third-party vendors. The incorporation of Mallsoft’s development staff and leadership team as part of Telerik extends the company’s presence in the U.S., allowing it to engage more deeply with partners and customers alike.
“We are extremely excited to be a part of the Telerik family, which employs some of the brightest people in the industry. The vision we saw several years ago with Sitefinity CMS and knowing where it is heading, gave us the confidence that the product will quickly evolve into a leading web presence platform,” said Steve Miller, president of Mallsoft. “Telerik is an amazing company that truly delivers more than expected, as will Sitefinity eCommerce.“
Telerik’s focus on extended value for business users includes improvements to Sitefinity’s task-oriented UI, facilitating easier browsing and inline editing. Intuitive drag-and-drop functionality enables non-technical personnel to swiftly accomplish tasks previously requiring developer intervention, like button and banner localization, minor page layout changes, and workflow settings updates. Sitefinity 4.0 further improves the business user experience with invaluable SEO tools, like new Forms and Analytics modules allowing users to drill down into site statistics and data to optimize web marketing strategies. The platform is also WebAIM Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) and Section 508-compliant.
Sitefinity 4.0 incorporates more than 100 ASP.NET AJAX and Silverlight UI controls from Telerik’s market-leading RadControls developer productivity tools collection, enabling swifter and easier site development. With the new Project Manager, developers will see streamlined installation, deployment, and upgrade processes, maximizing efficiency and productivity. Other developer-oriented items making their debut are:
- Enhanced workflow management capabilities and seamless Windows Workflow Foundation integration
- Improved widget controls layout and output modifications via the Widget Template Editor
- Advanced facet and network taxonomies support
- Starter Kits with premade site architecture, content, components, and customizable widgets
- Support for more granular permissions