The RC release of Sitefinity 4.0 has arrived, bringing with it a slew of new features and improvements for developers and site managers. In fact, this release is a near feature-complete version of the new Sitefinity 4; the final official release (scheduled for January 2011) will focus mainly on improving performance and eliminating any outstanding issues.
While the latest Sitefinity RC includes a number of improvements and new features, the final release in January will be have options that differ in price and included features. For more details, see the Sitefinity 4 Pricing and Licensing.
For a quick recap of the latest features in Sitefinity 4, take a look at this video or read on for a brief overview. In the coming weeks, we'll be exploring each of these features in detail, so bookmark this page as we will update it with links to each item as we review it.
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For those of you that missed last week's webinar introducing the RC, the recorded video is now available: What's new in the Sitefinity 4.0 Release Candidate.
Multiple language support can be a cumbersome task for sites, but it's an important feature to help reach a broader audience. Fortunately, Sitefinity 4 is designed to simplify this process, making it easy for content managers to both create and synchronize different versions of content in different languages.
Analytics enables you to understand the impact your web site is having on your audience. Sitefinity 4 takes integration to a whole new level bringing Google Analytics data directly into the dashboard, allowing you to compare key sets of data using dimensional reports. In addition, you are able to incorporate Sitefinity security and permissions to control or restrict access to reports.
Widget Template Editor
Sitefinity 4 introduces a new Widget Template Editor which allows you to modify the layout and output of the various widget controls for the Sitefinity Content Modules (News, Blogs, etc.). The embedded editor makes it simple to update these layouts without leaving the Sitefinity Dashboard. This also gives you direct control over the HTML markup for the various content controls on your site.
Windows Live Writer Support
The latest Sitefinity 4 RC also includes support for publishing content using Windows Live Writer. This free software enables active bloggers to quickly and easily publish their blog posts directly from the Live Writer interface.
New Publishing Features
In addition to being able to export your data as RSS/Atom feeds, the Sitefinity RC also allows you to import syndicated content directly into your Content modules such as Blogs, News, and Events.
Workflow is an important tool in maintaining control over your content, allowing changes to be vetted and reviewed before publishing. Sitefinity 4 enhances this process using Windows Workflow Foundation 4 to provide users with powerful control over this process
In addition, an open-source Sitefinity Migration Tool is being developed which will allow you to import your existing Generic Content and Pages from your existing Sitefinity 3.x websites.
This latest release of Sitefinity 4 is an official Release Candidate, meaning that you can now use the RC to begin development of your Sitefinity 4 projects to be released along side the official release of Sitefinity 4, scheduled for January 2011.
The RC will be available for download this week is officially available for download, so watch this space for links to downloads and resources discussing the features above in more detail as we explore them over the coming week.
Be sure to also check out the latest Sitefinity 4 Documentation for additional insight, tutorials, and examples to get you started.
We want to know more about your experience with the RC as well as any projects you're developing using it. Your feedback is important to us and helps shape future updates to Sitefinity. Please take a moment to share your experience with the Sitefinity 4 RC in our Sitefinity discussion forums.