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Evaluating Sitefinigy - Multiple Questions

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  1. Wendy
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    04 Apr 2008
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    We are evaluating Sitefinity and I have a number of questions I can’t find the answers to in the forums.

    • 1. Can editing be done on multiple servers?
      2. Can editing be turned off for some servers and not for others?
      3. Is there any kind of link checking report available for internal and/or external links?
      4. Where are images stored?
      5. Can you upload other types of files, such as PDFs?
      6. Can you apply workflow, and security to image/pdf folders?
      7. Do images and other items like PDFs have a revision history?
      8. Do images and other items like PDFs have a “friendly url” (as opposed to something guid based) if you browse to them directly?
      9. Do my project files have to be stored in the Sitefinity folders section or is that optional?
      10. Can you set a default caching setting at the website level or does this have to be set in each page?
      11. Can you customize the editing interface for different users and/or groups?
      12. Is there a timeout for a logged in user when they are idle or just when the close the browser?
    • 13. If there is a timeout, is it configurable?
      14. Is there any notion of different presentation for different devices (i.e. mobile, printer, etc.)?
      15. Can we create custom modules?
      16. Are there different generic content entry fields? For example if I just want the user to only be able to enter text, no html, no formatting?
      17. Can I programmatically access the content structure – both for pages and images?

    Thanks in advance. :)

  2. Georgi
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    Hello Wendy,

    I will try answer your questions one by one.

    1.Can editing be done on multiple servers?
    I'm not sure what exactly you mean. Sitefinity supports multiple web sites with sharing content. If this is the case, you can edit the content from one administrative part and the changes will be reflected on all servers. All servers will act as one. If you have different web sites with different content, every web site has its own Administrative part.

    2. Can editing be turned off for some servers and not for others?
    In Sitefinity, there are Roles based permissions. You can assign a user to a role, then edit the permissions of this role so they cannot edit content. Only the administrator will have full privileges.

    3. Is there any kind of link checking report available for internal and/or external links?
    There is no such checking out of the box. However, it could be easily developed with the existing Sitefinity API functions. Basically, the APIs can give you every CMS page URL path, so you can check for availability.

    4. Where are images stored?
    The images can be stored in the file system as psychical files and in a database as well. In case use the Sitefinity Images & Documents module, all images and documents will be stored in the project database. If you use the Files Upload tool, the files are stored in the file system.

    5. Can you upload other types of files, such as PDFs?
    Yes, both to the file system and to the project database. See question 4 fore more information.

    6. Can you apply workflow, and security to image/pdf folders?
    Currently, you can apply workflow and security only at the modules level, not on items. If you store your pdf files in a directory, you can apply a restriction to this directory only, so only logged users have access to the directory contents.

    7. Do images and other items like PDFs have a revision history?
    Every item uploaded to a library has Author and Description field. They could be used for such purpose.

    8. Do images and other items like PDFs have a “friendly url” (as opposed to something guid based) if you browse to them directly?
    If uploaded to the file system, they can be accessed with their original names. Otherwise, if uploaded to a library, their name will be "exampleDoc.sflb", where exampleDoc is the name of the document.

    9. Do my project files have to be stored in the Sitefinity folders section or is that optional?

    Your project files are stored in the database, unless you have custom user controls, additional modules or uploaded files to the file system.

    10. Can you set a default caching setting at the website level or does this have to be set in each page?
    You can set default caching setting at the website level. We are using the standard AspNet caching for this purpose.

    11. Can you customize the editing interface for different users and/or groups?
    No, this is not supported yet.

    12. Is there a timeout for a logged in user when they are idle or just when the close the browser?
    There is a timeout, the default is 20 minutes.

    13. If there is a timeout, is it configurable?
    It is configurable through the application's web.config file.

    14. Is there any notion of different presentation for different devices (i.e. mobile, printer, etc.)?
    There is no built-in option that allows you to separate the web content for different devices. ASP.NET is designed to respect the user's browser capabilities, so the served content is always as browser-friendly as possible. This means that your page will look good on most mobile devices like Pocket PCs for example. It is possible to create web templates that are printer friendly and assign these template to certain pages - this way your page content will be printer frienly formatted. If you want to be 100% sure that your content will be well presented to a device, you could develop a custom HttpModule that holds the logic for determing the device type (Desktop PC browser, Pocket PC browser or other PDA) and then just redirect the request to a page, created with the desired temaplate.

    15. Can we create custom modules?
    Yes. You can create 2 types of custom modules: Intra-Site (specific just for given site) and Pluggable (that can be used with any other site.)

    16. Are there different generic content entry fields? For example if I just want the user to only be able to enter text, no html, no formatting?
    You can set different validators for every field, in the Generic Content template, which is a standard technique for ASP.NET. You can also configure the RadEditor (part of the Telerik RadControls, used for content writing) not to accept any scripts for example.

    17. Can I programmatically access the content structure – both for pages and images?
    Yes, there are built-in API functions that can retrieve any content - pages, news, blogs, images and documents.

    I hope you find these answers helpful. Don't hesitate to contacts us again if there is anything else you would like to know about Sitefinity, or if you need further explanation.

    Greetings,
    Georgi
    the Telerik team

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  3. Wendy
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    Thanks so much for answers,  I still have a few more questions / clarifications... 

    1. Is there any phone support available or is the only support available through the forums or submitting support tickets?

    2. We have a 12 server environment, but we only want cms authoring to take place on two of those servers. Is it is possible to “shut off” authoring on the other 10 servers?

    3. How do we access the images stored in the database?  I'm sure this is in the instructions somewhere, but I haven't found it yet.

    4. We will have many custom user controls and modules - does all of the code need to be managed by/have to be uploaded into Sitefinity or just the items related to Sitefinity authoring?

    5. Can we configure the timeout for a logged in user to be longer than 20 minutes?

    6.  Are there any sort of analytics and statistics out of the box? 

    Thanks again.

  4. Georgi
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    Hi Wendy,

    1. Is there any phone support available or is the only support available through the forums or submitting support tickets?
    We are not providing phone support as all of our tickets and forum threads are processed by several people, including the developers of Sitefinity. We research all of the issues and try to solve them in the best way. Sometimes we provide even a code and solutions for specific issues and this solution requires some time to be developed.

    2. We have a 12 server environment, but we only want cms authoring to take place on two of those servers. Is it is possible to “shut off” authoring on the other 10 servers?
    If you mean that you want to forbid the login to the Sitefinity administrative backend from 10 servers, this is a question of server settings. It is generally possible. Could you please elaborate a little more?

    3. How do we access the images stored in the database?  I'm sure this is in the instructions somewhere, but I haven't found it yet.
    Accessing an item in the Libraries, is like accessing an item stored in the file system. The URL for accessing such item looks like http://domain.com/project/library1/imageX.sflb, where imageX is the name of the image and library1 is the name of the library.

    4. We will have many custom user controls and modules - does all of the code need to be managed by/have to be uploaded into Sitefinity or just the items related to Sitefinity authoring?
    All user controls and modules should be integrated in Sitefinity, but you could set different permissions on the modules, so not everyone could manage them. I will try to explain it better, but I need some additional information on the results you want to achieve here.

    5. Can we configure the timeout for a logged in user to be longer than 20 minutes?
    Yes, you could configure the timeout in the application web.config.

    6.  Are there any sort of analytics and statistics out of the box? 
    We don't offer analytics or statics out of the box, but we have plans to develop such tools for Sitefinity.

    I hope you find our answers helpful. Let us know if you need assistance with anything else.

    Kind regards,
    Georgi
    the Telerik team

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