Sitefinity 4.0 Licensing Model

Sitefinity 4.0 Licensing Model

November 10, 2010 0 Comments

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Over the past few months, we’ve indicated that the pricing and licensing model of Sitefinity will change with the release of Sitefinity 4. Now that the Sitefinity 4 official release is near, we want to share the full licensing and pricing details.

We listened very closely to you, our customers and community, while creating Sitefinity’s new licensing model. Based on your extensive input, we have worked to create a licensing model that is flexible while remaining simple, with goal of making Sitefinity available to projects of any size. Today we’d like to provide some insight on how we created the new licensing model so that the transition to the new model is smooth and transparent. Our goal is to provide all customers with ample time to evaluate the new model and with a clear migration path to 4.0.

Limits of the current licensing model

Sitefinity’s current licensing model is very popular and has served thousands of CMS projects around the globe, but it has key limits that prevent Sitefinity from being usable in every project. Among the key limits that we aim to resolve with the new Sitefinity 4 licensing model are:

  1. Only one commercial license type. To use Sitefinity in a commercial project today, there is a single licensing option, the Standard Edition. While simple, this model lacks the flexibility and scalability to equally address the range of CMS project requirements, from startup to Enterprise. A new model is needed to ensure Sitefinity can fully serve the needs of projects of all sizes.
  2. No multi-domain configuration. Many companies host multiple websites on the Sitefinity platform, but today’s licensing model does little to offer the flexibility to treat some sites as more important than others. A new model is needed to provide the pricing flexibility Sitefinity requires to serve complex, multi-domain environments.
  3. No entry-level license. Every website is not created equally, and therefore many of Sitefinity’s more advanced features are unnecessary in smaller projects. Today’s licensing lacks a targeted option for web projects with limited needs and limited budgets. A new model is needed to provide affordable entry-level pricing with a clear and easy upgrade path that can grow with a company’s requirements.

Ultimately, we want to make Sitefinity as accessible as possible to projects of all sizes, and that requires a more modern licensing model that can account for the vast range of project sizes and complexities unaddressed by today’s licensing.

Removing licensing limits: Sitefinity 4 License Model

After careful consideration and attention to resolving the limits of today’s licensing model, the Sitefinity 4 licensing model will:

  • Provide licensing flexibility based on project size and requirements
  • Enable streamlined multi-domain licensing configurations
  • Introduce entry-level licensing for small businesses and personal use

Let’s examine each of these in detail and provide more specifics for how Telerik will improve the Sitefinity 4 licensing model.

1. Licensing flexibility

The Sitefinity 4.0 licensing model will introduce three new license editions:

  • Small Business Edition
  • Professional Edition
  • Professional Unlimited Edition

These editions will join the existing Community Edition and Standard Edition, making a total of four commercial and one non-commercial (community) license options. The Professional and Professional Unlimited Editions will include all Sitefinity features, and the other editions will include a subset of these features. This will deliver licensing flexibility based on project size and requirements.

2. Multi-domain licensing configuration

With the new Sitefinity editions, it is now possible to target specific Sitefinity domains with the feature set required. For example, it is no longer necessary to pay the same amount for a small marketing microsite as for a main corporate site. The smaller microsite can be built with Sitefinity Small Business Edition, while the main corporate site licenses the Professional Edition.

In addition, the new licensing model provides a 50% discount on additional licenses of the same type when used for the same end-client organization. Combined with licensing flexibility, these discounts deliver the licensing solution you need to support multiple domains as part of your overall web strategy.

3. Entry-level licensing

To ensure Sitefinity 4 is available as a premiere platform for startups and small businesses, the new licensing model introduces the Small Business Edition. It’s intended for businesses with more limited web presence needs, and provides an excellent starting point with a clear upgrade path to other editions. As a business grows, the Sitefinity platform is capable of growing and serving more complex business requirements and configurations.

Other important licensing changes

Sitefinity 4 will continue to primarily base licenses on root-level domains (with unlimited sub-domains). Organizations of different sizes, however, also need greater flexibility for enabling content editors to interact with the Sitefinity platform, so Sitefinity 4 will introduce a new licensing variable: concurrent CMS users.

Every Sitefinity 4 license comes with a fixed number of concurrent CMS users, which determines how many people can work in the Sitefinity administration area at the same time. This does not limit the total number of authorized CMS users, but rather the number of users that can work in the Sitefinity backend at the same time. As one user logs-out, another can log-in. This change also does not affect the public site or visitors who authenticate on restricted areas of a website.

In short, every Sitefinity 4 domain license comes with a defined set of features and a fixed number of concurrent CMS users. The flexibility of the licensing model, of course, enables both variables to scale based on project requirements (with the various editions) and need for concurrent CMS users (again with the various editions).

These changes have been made in direct response to customer and partner feedback about what’s needed to make Sitefinity a perfect platform for CMS projects of any scope and budget. It’s our goal with the new licensing model to make Sitefinity your platform of choice for projects of any size, regardless of difference in scope.

New Pricing

Clearly, an important part of the licensing changes with Sitefinity 4 is pricing. Just as we’ve worked to make the licensing configuration more flexible, we’ve also made pricing more flexible with Sitefinity 4 to address a greater range of project requirements. As such, pricing will typically be customized for your specific project needs, based on your need for specific Sitefinity editions and concurrent content editors. To provide a baseline perspective of the new licensing options, though, here is how the Sitefinity 4 editions will be priced:

  • Community Edition (non-commercial): No charge
  • Small Business Edition: starting at $499
  • Standard Edition: starting at $1,999
  • Professional Edition: starting at $7,999
  • Professional Unlimited Edition: $19,999

These pricing options aim to cover projects of all sizes, from personal websites to Enterprise deployments. For a complete overview of Sitefinity 4 pricing and edition features please visit the Sitefinity 4 licensing page.

At Telerik, we always strive to treat our customers fairly and with respect for the challenges changes like this can create for your process. We are committed to working closely with you, our existing customers, to make sure the transition to the new licensing model is as smooth as possible. We are announcing today two things we will do to help with this change:

  1. All customers with active subscriptions at the time of the official release will receive Sitefinity 4 Standard Edition at no additional cost as part of their subscriptions. If you have a license with an expired subscription, you can renew it and receive Sitefinity 4 at no additional cost as part of the renewed subscription.
  2. All existing customers (those who have purchased a Sitefinity Standard Edition license before November 11) will be given the option to upgrade to the Sitefinity 4 Professional and Professional Unlimited Editions at half price by April 15th. Please contact us for additional details about this special offer.

Purchase of Sitefinity Licenses Going Forward

Everyone can continue to purchase Standard Edition licenses at the current pricing ($899) until the official release. All existing licenses will receive Sitefinity 4 Standard Edition ($1,999) as part of the license subscription when the final version is available.

This means you can start development with Sitefinity 4 with the Release Candidate and easily upgrade to the official release with the help of the project manager. Technical support for Sitefinity 4 is available to all Sitefinity 3.x licenses with active subscriptions so it is entirely up to you whether you start projects today using Sitefinity 3.7 or 4.0.

The official release of Sitefinity 4 is planned for January 14. This should allow enough time to evaluate the best options for transitioning existing projects to Sitefinity 4 and to acquire licenses at the current pricing for current and near-future projects. After the official release of Sitefinity 4, Sitefinity 3.x will no longer be available for sale.

Reduced Early Subscription Renewal Rates

Currently, both early (pre-expiry) and late (post-expiry) subscription renewals cost 30% of the original license (currently $269).After the Sitefinity 4 official release, we’ll reduce our early subscription renewal rates from 30% to 20%. You can review the renewal and upgrade options for all Sitefinity 4 license types here.

With the new licensing model, we believe Telerik will be able to provide more licensing flexibility that addresses the feedback we’ve received from customers and partners, and make Sitefinity the perfect platform for web projects of all sizes. We will work quickly to respond to any questions and help make the transition from Sitefinity 3.x to Sitefinity 4 smooth, both from a technological and licensing standpoint. For even more answers to Sitefinity 4 licensing model questions, visit the official Sitefinity 4 Licensing FAQ page.

Martin Kirov
Sitefinity Business Development Manager
Telerik

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