Kentico is a ASP.NET based Content Management System last year had a massive upgrade to the functions and capabilities.. Typically Kentico is suitable to be rolled out in corporate environments that require strict workflow approval processes or those wanting an enterprise ASP.NET solution for their website or intranet.
The Kentico CMS 5.5 is the current version release last year in May 2010 and was a substantial upgrade from the previous Kentico 5.0. Kentico’s development cycle has been also supported by the rapid upgrades to ASP.NET version 4.0.
Following the release of Kentico CMS 6.0 it will only support ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 and ASP.NET 4.0 so now is a good time to ensure you are running atleast Kentico version 5.5 or get ready for Kentico 6.0.
- Kentico version 5.5 will be Visual Studio 2010 ready
- Authorization via OpenID and Facebook Connect
- Mobile section of sample site – this will demonstrate how to prepare optimised pages for the web-browser based smart phones
- RSS Web parts & widgets for most common document types Blog posts, Blog comments, ….
- Integration of SharePoint connector and Meta weblog API
- Template Scopes – you can limit usage of page templates to specific locations in the web
- Enhancement of grid paging in the Administration UI
- Global Administrators with no SiteManager access
- Content Inventory Report
- Added Support of Bing Maps and Yahoo Maps
Kentico CMS 6.0 will offer updated features including
- Online Marketing Solution
- User interface offers Dashboards
- Multiple file uploader
- Newsletter module
- eCommerce Improvements
- Hierarchical Categories
- Microsoft Chart Controls integration
- Export report data into Excel
- Translation workflow
- Caching in file system
- Bi-directional Staging
- Object versioning for development objects
Major Improvements in Kentico 6.0
The big improvements are marketing solution similar to SiteCore, an newsletter module similar to an email marketing platform and a ecommerce solution similar to a shopping cart platform.
Kentico CMS is full featured
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET is an enterprise level full-featured content management system. It is used in over 4,000 websites worldwide due to its robust and stable platform with low implementation costs. Kentico is for building on-line stores, intranets, social networks and websites.
Because its ASP.NET it is easy for content editors to use and provides unmatched flexibility for your web developers. Kentico comes with many features such as workflow, on-line forms, widgets, newsletters, forums, permissions, mulitlingual support, e-commerce support, blogs & polls, wiki platforms, event calendars, web analytics and geo-mapping options.
Kentico offers Developers
- Rapid web site development
- Highly customisable designs
- Open and extensible architecture
- Control over the HTML code
Kentico offers Site Owners
- User-friendly interface
- WYSIWYG editor
- 13 built in modules
- An affordable price
Kentico Intranet Solutions combines features of Kentico CMS, including:
- content management
- document libraries
- project management
- social networking features
- and more…
Kentico Custom Portal Solutions
- user and access rights management
- Web content management
- document management
- project and task management
- hundreds of built-in web parts
- modules – Forums, Blogs, Reporting, Media Libraries, Event Calendars….
- dashboard widgets that can be personalised by site users
Kentico SharePoint Support?
Kentico allows business users to create their content in SharePoint and publish it to the web, which avoids the issue of having to manage the same content in multiple places. Kentico also offers WCM, eCommerce & Social Networking features offers in SharePoint. The Kentico SharePoint Connector is free and can even be used with the free ediition of Kentico CMS.
The Kentico SharePoint connector allows companies to leverage their often large investment in SharePoint while enhancing their website by it’s functionality. Typically your Kentico CMS will be setup and connected to your SharePoint server by your web developer.
Windows Azure (Cloud computing)
Kentico CMS installation does not need any extra code to leverage the Microsoft Azure platform. Your Kentico CMS running on Windows Azure offers the same user experience and functionality as the standard Kentico install. The benefits of using Windows Azure is it allows your company to optimise your cost per website hosting with a unlimited scaling potential.
Kentico CMS Costs
There are 3 versions available for Kentico license:
- Free edition $0
- Base License $1999
- Ultimate License $4999
Kentico License Features
- Free License: only 100 site members, only 1000 pages, only 1 admin and editor
- Base License: 100 product limit, 3 forums, 5 blogs
- Ultimate License: Unlimited products, unlimited forums, unlimited blogs
Why go Kentico Ultimate?
The license includes a number of extra web parts that you can utilise
- groups & friends
- private messaging
- web analytics
- message boards
- user contributions
Kentico Custom Licenses
- Small Business License
- eCommerce Package
- Social Networking Package
Kentico Web Analytics
Google Analaytics web part with support for asynchronous script is natively included from Kentico version 6.0. If you purchase the Ultimate license web analytics is included that includes the ability to track campaigns and conversions within Kentico.
Kentico Webdesign Partners
The Lost Agency is not a webdesign or web development firm so we have partnered with a number of developers who we recommend and have found to be excellent at what they do. We have spoken to a number of web development companies that specialise in ASP.NET solutions so please contact us if you would like to receive more information from them about their ability to undertake your Kentico project.
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