(Gawkwire) – Telerik, an end-to-end provider of software application, lifecycle and content management solutions, today announced several key enhancements to its award-winning ASP.NET Content Management System (CMS), Sitefinity. These include full ASP.NET MVC and Razor support, as well as a redesigned email campaign management tool, continuing Telerik’s commitment to deliver the most advanced Web content management platform to developers, marketing end-users and IT managers, while maintaining an extreme focus on usability and productivity.
Native Support for ASP.NET MVC
In order to accommodate evolving trends in web development, the Sitefinity 5.1 release adds native support for the ASP.NET MVC web application framework, together with its Razor rendering engine. This framework mandates the separation of the three building blocks of an application – presentation (View), logic (Controller) and data (Model) – ensuring clean separation of concerns between application layers, making it easier for developers to organize and manage their apps.
With this release, Sitefinity also becomes the first CMS to let developers switch freely between Web Forms and MVC. Each Sitefinity page and template has 3 modes: Web Forms, MVC and hybrid mode – where MVC controllers and Web Forms controls can exist on the same page. These techniques can be mixed-and-matched within a single Sitefinity project, enabling existing projects to be gradually transitioned to MVC if desired.
Enhanced Tools to Increase Developer Productivity
The Sitefinity 5.1 release includes enhancements to Sitefinity Thunder, its Visual Studio plug-in that increases developer productivity. Using Sitefinity Thunder, developers can now work directly with their Sitefinity website through Visual Studio, enabling them to stay in the tool where they work, and centrally manage connections to all of their projects in one place.
With Sitefinity 5.1, developers can directly access and modify their website’s widget templates and, because these templates contain full IntelliSense-support, developers can spend more time coding and less time reading documentation. Furthermore, developers can fast-track their Sitefinity development by utilizing templates for widgets, widget designers, field controls, layouts and themes. This simplifies the process for developers to create a suite of Sitefinity extensions and then re-use these extensions in multiple projects.
Redesigned Email Campaign Management
The 5.1 release also adds a radically redesigned email Campaign Management Tool to help businesses meet their marketing objectives. The email tool enables marketers to effortlessly launch new email campaigns, then track the effectiveness of the campaign through detailed analytics. Each message can be personalized and then refined through sophisticated A/B testing. Furthermore, because these features are fully integrated into Sitefinity, companies can create effective email marketing that blends seamlessly with their other online marketing efforts.
“What makes Sitefinity unique is that it offers something for everyone – whether that be developers, marketing end-users or IT managers,” said Martin Kirov, executive vice president for Sitefinity. “Telerik has a long history of understanding developer pain points and helping to simplify development, but the company is also very focused on equipping marketers. Sitefinity 5.1 is a great example of this – as it further equips developers to build great web apps, while offering enhanced email to ensure marketers can achieve better business results online too.”
Other new features in Sitefinity 5.1 include:
Module Builder Enhancements – Relationships and hierarchies for custom modules
Sitefinity Thunder Enhancements – 1-click installation and deployment of widgets, modules, themes, master pages, layout controls and page sectors, as well as support of Intellisense in widget templates
Modules and Services Management UI – The ability to enable/disable modules
Enhanced Document Search – The ability to index and search PDF’s, Word, RTF and text files
Sitefinity 5.1 offers a seamless upgrade from previous Sitefinity 5.0 and 4.x versions. Sitefinity 3.x clients can take advantage of the integrated Sitefinity migration tool to upgrade to the latest version. For a complete list of new features and additional details about Sitefinity 5.1, please visit http://www.sitefinity.com or follow @sitefinity on Twitter.
Release Webinar, New MVC White Paper and Corresponding Video
To access a new MVC white paper or register for the upcoming July 19th webinar about the new Sitefinity 5.1 release, please visit: http://www.sitefinity.com/web-content-management/whats-new_51.aspx. Interested parties may also watch a new video introducing Sitefinity 5.1 MVC and Razor support by visiting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7s6opxv9Eo&feature=g-all-u.
Telerik is a market-leading provider of end-to-end solutions for application development, automated testing, agile project management, reporting, and content management across all major Microsoft development platforms. Telerik’s award-winning software development products enable enterprises and organizations of every size to generate tangible productivity gains, reduce time-to-market, and stay on time and under budget. With tens of thousands of users in more than 90 countries around the world, Telerik’s customers include numerous Fortune 2000 companies, academic institutions, governments, and non-profit organizations. For additional information about Telerik, please visit http://www.telerik.com or follow @telerik on Twitter.