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With the upcoming product release of Sitefinity 7.0 getting closer, the roadmap has just recently been made available. Let’s take a quick look at some of the key features and explore the benefits of each.
Developers can now create custom fields for their Sitefinity pages. These fields can be used to add additional functionality and further control how the pages of a site are rendered. Because they’re created and managed through the Sitefinity UI, they’re easy for users to modify.
Having multimedia content on your website is an important way to engage your visitors. Making that content easy to play without the need for additional browser extensions or plug-ins is equally important. Sitefinity is switching over to the RadMediaPlayer for displaying video which enables us to do just that. Bye-bye Silverlight!
As the number of sites you need to manage increases, even simple content changes can become a burden. The multisite functionality of Sitefinity eliminates that issue but, what if you’ve already got multiple, separate sites? Well, we’re now able to migrate those sites into one multisite installation. One instance. One login. Zero hassle.
Displaying content that’s related to what your visitors are interested in helps them to quickly find other relevant information on your site. Sitefinity now allows content authors to create relationships between content and get it in front of the people who are most likely to be interested in it.
This feature makes linking media content (images, documents and videos) to out-of-the-box content painless. By adding custom media fields to Sitefinity content, you can implement some pretty cool stuff like:
A lot of work goes into getting your page templates and forms just right. Sometimes it’s necessary to create new versions that address new requirements which used to mean creating a whole new item and re-creating the look of the original. Now, we’re able to directly duplicate those assets from the UI. Since the page content and form fields get automatically re-created in the new version, modifying base templates and forms to fit specific requirements just got a lot easier.
Sitefinity Ecommerce gets another major enhancement, product ratings and reviews. Customers are now able to review and rate the products that are on the site.
In the past, locating content inside dynamic modules was slightly less than simple. I’m happy to say that those days are now over. With built-in sorting and filtering, finding specific items inside custom modules is more streamlined.
There’s a lot more coming in the Sitefinity 7.0 release. I encourage you to visit Sitefinity’s product roadmap and check out the awesomeness for yourself.
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