28 Jun 2006
15 Dec 2010
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Hasn't if become blatantly obvious yet that the lack of development on this functionality to this point was a colossal misjudgement. One of the pillars of asp.net is membership, roles, and user profiles.
The Sitefinity team has always seemed to completely grasp the need with respect to the CMS backend, while the opposite seems true with respect to front end users.
It is much more common now with modern sites to have extensive user databases of site users which are not site administrators in any way. On occasion there may be a demand to allow such a user access to moderate a blog or forum but I see little reason why in those cases those users could not simply be given an additional backend account for that purpose.
These extensive databases are in use today, often being used by multiple internal and external applications for authentication and containing varying amounts of user information. Single Sign On etc.
Not being able to authenticate with such common asp.net membership databases from day one right out of the box with Sitefinity is a complete show stopper.
As people get done playing and want to start implementing a real site they instantly run into this brick wall.
Now this February or March announcement is extremely bad news. Nothing like newsletters being delayed or some other module one can find a way to live without or develop themselves.
While of course Sitefinity licensing is yearly so that reduces a one year license to 9 months usable with respect to 4.0, and that is decreased each time base functionality is delayed.
Why not add Sitefinity 3 and Sitefinity 4 to Public Issue Tracking System?