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2020 Website of the Year
Awards

Recognizing excellence and innovation

Meet the Winners

Multisite

MAPEI

The global Mapei website includes 59 country websites in almost as many languages, all running in multi-site environment. All sites have custom modules and advanced search capabilities, attracting about 550K unique users per month. The site integrates with Dynamix CRM, custom Mapei PIM, Mapei APP, Sendgrid, Hotjar, Elastic search, Newrelic, Google Maps and Google Analytics.

Implemented by MediaEngine

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Ecommerce

Kirby Risk

Looking to achieve B2B/B2C operational efficiency, Kirby Risk integrated with ROC Commerce, Eclipse Ariba Punchout Coupa Punchout, and SciQuest Punchout, run on Progress OpenEdge. They utilize Hawksearch for site search and Live Chat for customer service to engage customers in real-time.

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

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Financial Services

Hughes Federal Credit Union

The site utilizes the Hawksearch add-on from the Sitefinity Marketplace and includes integrations with Google Maps, Yourpayrollhr.com, loan and deposit rate APIs, financial calculators and JazzHR. It features Spanish versions for 85% of the pages. Page load time improved by 30% after the site redesign.

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

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Healthcare

Spectrum Health Lakeland

Integrates with CACTUS provider data management platform and Four Winds Interactive secure digital signage software. Makes use of Sitefinity’s built-in workflows, personalization, content analysis, multichannel management, headless CMS capabilities, load-balancing, site sync. Mobile users increased from 30% to 50% immediately, and then upwards to 70%.

Implemented by Enqbator

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Education

Murdoch University - This Is Free Thinking

This microsite is an extension of the official Murdoch University website, also powered by Sitefinity. It uses various interactive widgets to dynamically display the presentation layer of the site, while achieving a completely headless approach to content. The site integrates with Salesforce CRM.

Implemented by Isobar Australia and Diviv Group

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Public Sector

Aquarion Water Company

Sitefinity helped Aquarion significantly improve business processes and user experience. Business users are now able to make changes themselves, using Sitefinity workflows and site sync. Changes that used to take weeks now take minutes. For the customers, Sitefinity has improved their ability to find information and experience the website on their mobile devices.

Implemented by Chateaux Software Development

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Manufacturing

Aprilaire Partners

Aprilaire Partners' new website handles multiple levels of teams and permissions, while also simplifying site content and database connections. Sitefinity provided the perfect combination of seamless functionality and customization that allows global visibility with local control. The site is mobile first and fully integrated with third-party apps, allowing for a wide range of coverage and capabilities.

Implemented by Xivic Inc.

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Consumer Goods & Services

Rhea Lana's

Custom APIs and syncs to bring in events & franchises. Google Places API integration. Improved site metrics, YoY: 7.7% increase in users, 12.65% increase in sessions, 4.59% increase in sessions per user, 16.54% increase in unique pageviews.

Implemented by Team SI

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Technology

Smooth Fusion

The site is heavily utilizing the Sitefinity out-of-the-box features, including Audience Segmentation, Content Personalization, Site Sync, Roles and Permissions and Workflows. For the moment, the blog section acts as the main web traffic driver and the team has already seen an increase in leads.

Implemented by Smooth Fusion

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Associations & Non-profit

Association for Institutional Research

Sitefinity helped AIR streamline internal content creation and management, while supporting its mobile and SEO strategies. The site makes use of Sitefinity’s customization and extensibility capabilities, featuring an integration with AIR’s association management platform, Association Anywhere AMS.

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

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Transportation & Logistics

Dublin Airport

Features integrations to various systems, including multichannel engagement & experience platform Xtremepush, Barclay’s online payments, flight feeds and car parking APIs. Mobile traffic and usage have increased by double digits, YoY. In January 2020, Dublin Airport website was named in the top 3 most secure international airports, by ImmuniWeb.

Implemented by Arekibo

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Travel & Tourism

Best Western

Re-developed in MVC, the Best Western website enjoys a dramatically improved speed. The site is load-balanced and takes advantage of the Sitefinity personalization and multichannel management functionality. It integrates with international booking systems DC, as well as image repositories and CDNs.

Implemented by Spinbox

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Graphic Design

MasterControl

Multilingual website – with 3000+ pages in French, German and Chinese (coming soon). The site utilizes the out of the box localization capabilities of Sitefinity as well as multi-site management for all language versions, in addition to workflows, site sync, content analysis. Integrates with Salesforce, Pardot, YouTube, Uberflip and other.

Implemented by MasterControl

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About the Awards

Since its inception in 2011, the Website of the Year Awards recognize websites powered by Progress Sitefinity for their excellence in user experience and their innovation in applying Sitefinity features and capabilities.

Interested in participating in our 2021 edition? Submit your nomination here.

Who Could Vote?

Public voting was held between April 14 and May 1.

Eligible to vote were all Sitefinity fans, who could cast their vote in one or more of the listed categories. One vote per user for any given category was counted.

What’s in It for Winners?

  • Extra exposure on Progress.com
  • Opportunity for a joint success story with Progress
  • Engraved physical award & special digital badge
  • Industry recognition and awareness via a Progress press release and social media promotion

Selecting the Winners

Winners were selected in two phases. First, an internal Progress jury shortlisted the three best websites per category, for all preset categories.

After narrowing the field, voting was opened to the community at large - via email and social media – to determine the winners in the respective categories.

Criteria

Visual Design

Visual design refers to the appearance of the website. Good visual design is appealing to the human eye, appropriate, and successfully supports the messaging of the website.

Content

Content refers to the information presented on the site and takes different forms - text, music, sound, animation, video. Good content should be engaging, relevant and appropriate for the audience.

Layout and Navigation

Layout and navigation is how a website is structured, how content is organized and prioritized within the site's framework and how you move through the site. Sites with good layout and navigation are consistent and intuitive.

Innovation

Innovative use of technology on the site. Innovative functionality should push the envelope of what has been achieved in the past and enable the website to best serve the needs of visitors.

Complexity

Complexity refers to the level of technical difficulty employed when building the project, usually represented by website customizations and integrations with 3rd party systems - with or without the use of the available Sitefinity connectors.

Significance

Significance refers to the role of the website and its function, also its prominence in the Internet community, recognitions, site linkages.

Meet the Finalists

Multisite

Nova Scotia Power
Implemented by
SilverTech

In multi-site setup with 6 other utilities websites, including emera.com, emeraenergy.com, etc. NSP needed a robust platform that would handle the skyrocketing traffic to the site during storms and power outages. Sitefinity was put to the test and proved it could not only handle NSP’s highest historical traffic but twice as much for a way longer period. The site saw a 42% increase in new users and a 52% decrease in bounce rate.

MAPEI
Implemented by
MediaEngine

The global Mapei website includes 59 country websites in almost as many languages, all running in multi-site environment. All sites have custom modules and advanced search capabilities, attracting about 550K unique users per month. The site integrates with Dynamix CRM, custom Mapei PIM, Mapei APP, Sendgrid, Hotjar, Elastic search, Newrelic, Google Maps and Google Analytics.

Chumash Casino Resort
Implemented by
Visus LLC

The site runs in a multisite environment with chumashcareers.com, which supports English and Spanish language versions. It uses a custom module in the Sitefinity backend to manage promotions – promos are shown and expire from the pages automatically and get replaced with new promotions. The site also includes integrations with backend systems, including Salesforce, and utilizes the Sitefinity personalization capabilities.

Ecommerce

Leer
Implemented by
SmarterCommerce by Premier

Leer leverages SmarterCommerce to effectively showcase its trucks and equipment, as well as facilitate purchases. Additionally, they integrate with Etools for vehicle fitment and Google Maps for dealer locator, creating a seamless experience from store to online. Site Sync facilitates faster transitioning from development to staging and to production deployment.

State Electric Supply Company
Implemented by
Americaneagle.com

State Electric implemented a new site to deliver a B2C look and feel while having the functionality B2B users need. Sitefinity is integrated with ROC Commerce for ecommerce, and SharpSpring SXe Punchout which runs on Progress OpenEdge. Using Hawksearch and LiveChat, they have streamlined the visitor journey.

Kirby Risk
Implemented by
Americaneagle.com

Looking to achieve B2B/B2C operational efficiency, Kirby Risk integrated with ROC Commerce, Eclipse Ariba Punchout Coupa Punchout, and SciQuest Punchout, run on Progress OpenEdge. They utilize Hawksearch for site search and Live Chat for customer service to engage customers in real-time.

Financial Services

Hughes Federal Credit Union
Implemented by
Americaneagle.com

The site utilizes the Hawksearch add-on from the Sitefinity Marketplace and includes integrations with Google Maps, Yourpayrollhr.com, loan and deposit rate APIs, financial calculators and JazzHR. It features Spanish versions for 85% of the pages. Page load time improved by 30% after the site redesign.

North American Savings Bank
Implemented by
ZAG Interactive

Integrates with Fiserv, Andera, Roostify and Leadfusion. Features a custom, interactive Financial Solution Finder tool, a custom Locations Finder tool and a custom lead generation form. In the first month after launch: 43.76% increase in average session duration and 30.25% decrease in bounce rate.

GTE Financial
Implemented by
Americaneagle.com

Features integrations with its online banking and custom locations providers. The site is responsive, load-balanced, and makes use of the Sitefinity personalization capabilities. It saw an improvement in mobile visibility along with lower bounce rates and longer stays on pages.

Healthcare

Spectrum Health Lakeland
Implemented by
Enqbator

Integrates with CACTUS provider data management platform and Four Winds Interactive secure digital signage software. Makes use of Sitefinity’s built-in workflows, personalization, content analysis, multichannel management, headless CMS capabilities, load-balancing, site sync. Mobile users increased from 30% to 50% immediately, and then upwards to 70%.

Red de Salud UC Christus
Implemented by
LFI

Integrates with SAP, Salesforce, SharpSpring and Eloqua. Utilizes Sitefinity’s load-balancing, roles and permissions, personalization, content analysis and headless CMS capabilities. Right after go-live, the web-based appointments increased 20%, conversions in medical programs increased 80%, while time and cost of content management decreased 15%.

Premier Health
Implemented by
Premier Health

The site features a high level of customization and integrates with PayPal, Trust Commerce, Mailjet, JotForm and Stericycle. It consolidates nine sites into one and required the transfer of over 5,000 pages. Completed for less than six months by a team of six, the site also makes use of the Sitefinity roles and permissions, load-balancing and personalization capabilities.

Education

Singapore University of Social Sciences
Implemented by
Bray Leino Splash

The site offers clear navigational paths by persona and a private login area. It’s load-balanced and utilizes various built-in features including personalization, roles and permissions, and workflows. The site was moved from SharePoint to overcome existing limitations.

Coast Mountain College
Implemented by
Graphically Speaking

Includes custom-designed mega menu and top-level landing pages with quick links section on the right of the home page, photo galleries, testimonial sliders, social media feed, and more. The site integrates with MailChimp email marketing and CourseLeaf curriculum management.

Murdoch University - This Is Free Thinking
Implemented by
Isobar Australia

This microsite is an extension of the official Murdoch University website, also powered by Sitefinity. It uses various interactive widgets to dynamically display the presentation layer of the site, while achieving a completely headless approach to content. The site integrates with Salesforce CRM.

Public Sector

Central en tu Vida
Implemented by
LFI

Central en tu Vida is the education program of the Central Bank of Chile. The team's goal was to increase the applications for admission to training programs provided by the Bank by 30%. With the launch of the new website, participation in the programs increased by 55% and costs were reduced by around 35%. The site integrates with Salesforce and SharpSpring.

ALCOSAN
Implemented by
 McCormick Taylor

Sitefinity enabled ALCOSAN to more easily edit their website. This increased the timeliness and quality of the content that was placed on the site. The ability to add forms to the site improved the customer service process as inquiries are now going to the right people. The site also utilizes the built-in roles and permissions and uses Everbridge.

Aquarion Water Company
Implemented by
Chateaux Software Development

Sitefinity helped Aquarion significantly improve business processes and user experience. Business users are now able to make changes themselves, using Sitefinity workflows and site sync. Changes that used to take weeks now take minutes. For the customers, Sitefinity has improved their ability to find information and experience the website on their mobile devices.

Manufacturing

Algol
Implemented by
Kraftvaerk Finland

Algol’s new site offers a flexible, extensible and easy-to-use experience for end users. They utilize load balancing, localization, multi-site management, and roles and permissions to quickly develop engaging digital experiences. They included new types of content on their website such as news, articles and blogs from subsidiaries.

Aprilaire Partners
Implemented by
Xivic Inc.

Aprilaire Partners' new website handles multiple levels of teams and permissions, while also simplifying site content and database connections. Sitefinity provided the perfect combination of seamless functionality and customization that allows global visibility with local control. The site is mobile first and fully integrated with third-party apps, allowing for a wide range of coverage and capabilities.

Stoner Molding
Implemented by
 Stoner Inc.

Stoner Molding’s site integrates with SmarterCommerce to allows users to easily shop their products online, through their various offering categories. Using content analysis, roles and permissions, and site sync, Stoner Molding drives operational efficiency. The site offers an easy experience that reduces developer backlog and encourages CI/CD.

Consumer Goods & Services

Rhea Lana's
Implemented by
Team SI

Custom APIs and syncs to bring in events & franchises. Google Places API integration. Improved site metrics, YoY: 7.7% increase in users, 12.65% increase in sessions, 4.59% increase in sessions per user, 16.54% increase in unique pageviews.

Dawn Foods
Implemented by
Springthrough

Features custom widgets and integration with Pardot, B2B marketing automation by Salesforce. The site is load-balanced and utilizes multi-channel management, roles and permissions, personalization and multi-site management.

Celebration Cinema
Implemented by
Springthrough

This project is in a multi-site setup with www.studioparkgr.com and www.listeningroomgr.com. It integrates with Vista.co ticketing and Google Checkout, while utilizing Sitefinity’s load-balancing, personalization and multi-channel management features.

Technology

Bayshore Solutions
Implemented by
Bayshore Solutions

The site utilizes Sitefinity’s Site Sync feature for ease of content publishing, and scheduling of production syncs. Currently seeing overall traffic increase by 26% MoM, with the majority of the increase coming from Organic Search, Paid Search and Referral. Organic Search seeing an increase of 25% MoM.

Smooth Fusion
Implemented by
Smooth Fusion

The site is heavily utilizing the Sitefinity out-of-the-box features, including Audience Segmentation, Content Personalization, Site Sync, Roles and Permissions and Workflows. For the moment, the blog section acts as the main web traffic driver and the team has already seen an increase in leads.

Dock9
Implemented by
Dock9

The new, responsive Dock9 site has empowered a non-technical business staff to collaborate, contribute and deliver content across web, email and social media channels, all from one source. The entire project was completed with a four-member team and took just under two months.

Associations & Non-profit

New Jersey Society of CPAs
Implemented by
Americaneagle.com

The site heavily integrates content and information from their association management system, Aptify. It also includes integrations with YM Careers, Higher Logic, Add This and Melissa Data. In its first three months, the site saw a 73% increase in the percentage of visitors accessing via mobile instead of desktop, YoY.

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Implemented by
Vanguard Technology

Takes full advantage of Sitefinity’s capabilities to create custom content types, categorize the items of content with these custom content types, and deliver this information dynamically through the website's taxonomy. Integrates with Association Anywhere AMS and Boxwood/Naylor job board platform.

Association for Institutional Research
Implemented by
Americaneagle.com

Sitefinity helped AIR streamline internal content creation and management, while supporting its mobile and SEO strategies. The site makes use of Sitefinity’s customization and extensibility capabilities, featuring an integration with AIR’s association management platform, Association Anywhere AMS.

Transportation & Logistics

Premier Trailer Leasing
Implemented by
 Premier Trailer Leasing

By leveraging the base platform features of Sitefinity (e.g. Page Templates, Roles, Security, Forms, etc.) the development team was able to focus on the implementation of the custom MVC widgets (MVC) to support the dashboard requirements. This greatly reduced the time to market of the web site launch.

Titan Machinery
Implemented by
Team SI

Includes dynamically created equipment listings showing real-time inventory for all 100+ locations that is synced from Oracle via custom-built sync. Forms integrated with Oracle Eloqua CRM. 153.90% increase in sessions, 127.55% increase in users, 184.66% increase in unique pageviews, 57% decrease in bounce rate.

Dublin Airport
Implemented by
Arekibo

Features integrations to various systems, including multichannel engagement & experience platform Xtremepush, Barclay’s online payments, flight feeds and car parking APIs. Mobile traffic and usage have increased by double digits, YoY. In January 2020, Dublin Airport website was named in the top 3 most secure international airports, by ImmuniWeb.

Travel & Tourism

Carnival Grand Port
Implemented by
Bayshore Solutions

Completed in less than 30 days, the Carnival Grand Port site needed to reflect the local culture and act as a resource center for all parties associated with the new port being established by Carnival Cruise Lines in the Bahamas. The site utilizes many of the out-of-the box Sitefinity features.

Best Western
Implemented by
Spinbox

Re-developed in MVC, the Best Western website enjoys a dramatically improved speed. The site is load-balanced and takes advantage of the Sitefinity personalization and multichannel management functionality. It integrates with international booking systems DC, as well as image repositories and CDNs.

Smile Acadimos
Implemented by
DOPE Studio

Sitefinity helped Smile Acadimos showcase their large array of products and travel packages in a vibrant, informative and SEO-friendly way. Sitefinity has facilitated content management tasks with approval workflows and scheduled publishing of limited-time offers. Sales and leads increased by 65 and 30%, respectively, YoY.

Graphic Design

Professional Beauty Association
Implemented by
Vanguard Technology

The site integrates with PBA’s AMS platform and makes use of Sitefinity’s scalability to introduce customized views that engage the beauty industry. Shortly after launch, the site saw a reduction in its bounce rate which dropped from 50% to 40%. Sitefinity enabled real-time updates which helps the team to keep the site fresh with content.

Family Building Society
Implemented by
Appius International

The site heavily utilizes personalization to tailor the website experience for the first-time visitor and build engagement with regular users. The website also has a bespoke workflow and audit trail that moved compliance processes online and led to increased speed and efficiency. The site integrates with the Criteria Hub API.

MasterControl
Implemented by
 MasterControl

Multilingual website – with 3000+ pages in French, German and Chinese (coming soon). The site utilizes the out of the box localization capabilities of Sitefinity as well as multi-site management for all language versions, in addition to workflows, site sync, content analysis. Integrates with Salesforce, Pardot, YouTube, Uberflip and other.

Previous Winners

Associations & Non-profit

World Health Organization

Features integrations to various systems, including other CMS systems, Duraspace document repository system, Power BI, AWS CloudFront. Utilizes Sitefinity Insight. Improved audience engagement, broader user base and higher ranking in search results.

Implemented by Siili Solutions

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Travel & Tourism

Crystal Cruises

Decreased dependency on IT. Increased speed at which marketing can execute digital campaigns. Integrated with Salesforce Community, Versonix Seaware, Mapbox, Live View Feeds from Ships at Sea, Crystal Cruise’s trip booking web application.

Implemented by Americaneagle.com

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Ecommerce

Weaver Leather

Includes integration with SmarterCommerce, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP, SnapEngage chat, Power Reviews, Pixlee, SLI Enterprise learning search, Hubspot. In multisite setup with four other brands under the Weaver family.

Implemented by Premier Group

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Automotive & Transportation

Aston Martin

A truly global site, reaching across 6 regions, 15 languages and 163 dealer websites, while offering a much-improved digital experience.

Implemented by POSSIBLE

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Consumer Goods & Services

PMI

This site has made a major leap forward in usability and scalability, while enjoying seamless integrations with NASDAQ systems and TALEO.

Implemented by Emakina Group

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Tourism & Hospitality

Goomo

Utilizing Sitefinity's marketing automation, the site realized a 30% increase in lead generation and 25% in bookings. The site's country rank pushed up to 4,875 and is now driving traffic of over 800K organic visitors.

Implemented by Idealake

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Education

Murdoch University

Shortly after launch, the site saw a 32% increase in traffic from mobile devices, along with a 194% increase in traffic to “Study” page.

Implemented by Precedent

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Food & Beverages

Nestlé Brazil

The new site lived up to stakeholders’ expectations – it improved SEO and maintenance, while keeping Nestlé’s standards for quality, technology and security.

Implemented by F5

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Website of the Year