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Future of Sitefinity Community Edition

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  1. Dunstan
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    22 Apr 2010
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    Hi,

    First, I want to thank you Telerik for a great product. I don't think there is any product out there that makes it easier for developers to develop and designers to design great websites. I am new to Sitefinity. If I remember correctly, you have discontinued the free community edition. We can only get it through the Microsoft web platform installer. If it is discontinued, it makes some of us sad. Will there be future editions as to keep up with the change in technology? For example asp.net 4.0 is here.  Or maybe you mean that Sitefinity is designed to keep up with all future technology changes. That, if we want to use Silverlight 4 on our news module, we have to create custom controls since the original Telerik source code for the news module will not be modified anymore to take advantage of new technology. Please shade some light and correct me if I am wrong. I like this product, but I don't want to jump in completely and end up drowning when a product is discontinued.

    Thanks.

    Dun
  2. Ivan Dimitrov
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    Hello Dunstan ,

    CE has been discontinued. You may contact our sales department in case you need to download it from our website. We open a slot for CE only upon request.

    We are not going to modify the code of CE for 3.x version. We froze the development for CE and we are focused on the new version of Sitefinity - Sitefinity 4.0 which CTP was released an our ago.

    All the best,
    Ivan Dimitrov
    the Telerik team

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  3. Dunstan
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    Hi Ivan,

    Thank you for your reply. So it is clear that there will not be a free version of Sitefinity starting with version 4.0. Telerik will no longer offer a free version of Sitefinity? So if I have a Sitefinity Community Edition 3.x, I will not have a chance to upgrade in the future. I believe I speak for most people when I ask this, "What is the reason for discontinuing the free version of Sitefinity?" You don't have to answer this question because I understand a business has its own mission. I am just wondering? 

    Thanks,

    Dun
  4. Ivan Dimitrov
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    Hello Dunstan ,

    I believe that this discussion will answer your questions.

    Best wishes,
    Ivan Dimitrov
    the Telerik team

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  5. Andy
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    I spent this weekend learning about the alternatives for my charity.  I have to say that there are many and that Sitefinity still seems the best for a .net developer.  Maybe that 's because I have invested so much time learning it and getting good at using it.  Having been in the software business (I have owned my own software business for years) I feel that Telerik will live to regret this.  The industry has changed dramatically in the past 20 years and Telerik has failed 2 new fronts.  They do not give much incentive to invest the time into their product and they have just killed their good will.  I manage a 25 developer force and was steering them to Sitefinity (paid version).  NO LONGER.

    I feel completely cheated.  You had a CE and now do not?!  Please someone show me another example in the past 5 years where another company actually did this and they 'succeeded'.  I am flabbergasted.

    The Telerik business model is an interesting one.  I have been a paying customer in the past and found the software a bit too 'edgy' (as in buggy) for the price and have gone with more tried and true components.  They seem a little scatter brained.  Rather than deliver something great, they decide to be everything to everyone and fail.  The removal of Sitefinity CE is probably the final blow for me.  I will invest my time in KooBoo, N2 or Umbraco rather than be a slave to the whims of Telerik.  

    Frankly, I wish all of us dedicated Sitefinity users would figure out a way to get these competing Open Source CMS systems up to the quality we all dream about.

    So as the software industry goes in a different direction I bid Telerik a final adieu and Good Luck Telerik, you are gonna need it.  I do not have the time to invest in your model since you just kicked my model in the teeth and now I have to reinvest elsewhere.


  6. Muhammad
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    08 May 2014 in reply to Ivan Dimitrov
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    can I get my hands on CE now?

  7. Stefani Tacheva
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    Hello,

    We no longer have a Community Edition. All available editions could be found on the following URL. If you are interested in Small Business Edition you could purchase it from our Partners.

    Regards,
    Stefani Tacheva
    Telerik
     
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