Greetings, I sent an email with these questions but never got a response. I'm hoping that this is a problem with my email account and not your response time! I'm almost ready to purchase but would like some clarification on these issues. If anyone from the company or even the community can help me out I would really appreciate it!
I’ve tried your trial and the first concern is adding subfolders of pages. For example, if I want to make a link to a section of the site like http://www.site.com/departments, I could not find a way to do this. I had to actually create a subgroup departments, then link it to a page underneath it, like http://www.site.com/departments/default.aspx. However since this is not an actual page, it doesn’t work as a default page for that subfolder, so even though the page /departments/default.aspx logically exists, users who visit www.site.com/departments/ will see a 404 error instead of the default.aspx page they would normally see. Is there a workaround to this? I found a thread with some information on it but never got a reply there either.
On that same note, what if I want to actually add the physical page /departments/default.aspx, and then I want to add a page using the cms system such as /departments/finance.aspx. Can this be done or would I have to make the entire subfolder through the cms? Is your system designed to add actual physical pages in conjunction with the cms content pages?
Also, do I have access to the RAD tools at design time? I would love to be able to design my own usercontrols and add them to the cms system for use across the various sections, and include the RAD tools in there, but can I reference them at design time as long as I am using them within the sitefinity system? Or can I only add them onto pages using the administration panel of the cms? Do we get updates to the included rad tools if you release an update?
Is it necessary that I use the nolics engine to work with database data on my custom content? We already have a database to store information like news, contacts, etc, and we will need to develop a custom control to retrieve this information and place it on a page. Currently we are using the DataSet to interact with the database and populate the data. Will we be able to just drop these existing controls into the CMS?
Can the general public leave comments on blogs/forums/etc or is it restricted only to users?
Does the events module have its own database or is it a calendar that can be linked to any datasource?
We have an existing database which houses our visitors login for our current site, it is the built-in asp.net 2.0 sql membership provider using the basic sql schema. Would it be possible to either a) migrate these users to the membership provider used by sitefinity, or b) have this provider run alongside sitefinity’s? or c) first b as we implement a.
Can we use our own assemblies? We have a componentart chart builder license, will there be any problems using our existing controls that make use of these controls?
If this software works out for us, we will likely be purchasing additional licenses for our other major sites, is your discount only available for licenses purchased at one time, or are they cumulative?
Finally, I noticed that I cannot find any buttons in the forum for "quote" or "edit". are these features unavailable?
that is all for now, please feel free to provide me any information on these and anything else you feel might benefit me in my decision to purchase.