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  1. John Pether
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    11 Jul 2006
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    Hi

    Well I have been working with sitefinity for a few weeks now and must admit to being a bit disappointed at some of the quirks of the product in present form as well as the lack of 'community' around the product.

    On the surface this seems to be an ideal cms for a .Net developer and indeed does have many great features but as I go through the process of developing my first few sites, incorporating it, I can not shake the feeling that this product is an also ran within Teleriks product line, it feels like several products hastily bolted together and with no real direction in mind and feedback from clients who have been testing the cms interface has been mixed at best

    Now, don't get me wrong, I like sitefinity....or else I would not have purchased it and in no way do I want to belittle the team who have no doubt put time and effort into the product... but I have to say that my hopes for the product hinge more and more around version 3 which I hope will be a huge step forward and convince me that my investment with telerik was a wise one.

    This brings me to my original point. I am concerened at the lack of community, I mean without an active user base discussing issues, additions, suggestions etc how can this product hope to grow? In a climate where a community seems to spring up around anything on the web, even my 12 year old son now has a community of readers who regularly visit his blog, why is there no activity here? or anywhere else for sitefinity?

    Am I one of only a handful of users or is there another reason? I'd appreciate any thoughts on this and also any ideas on how we can get things kickstarted!

    John Pether

  2. Vassil
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    11 Jul 2006
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    Hello John,

    First of all, thank you very much for sharing your opinion with us. We are really glad to hear that regardless of its flaws, Sitefinity is still a product that you are willing to stay with ll stay with our product, and that you are willing to help us improve it. 
     
    You are absolutely right that as far as user activity is concerned we have failed to properly communicate a more explicit direction for Sitefinity. There are a number of reasons why we deliberately decided not to invest efforts into the development of a Sitefinity community right of the bat. We believed that a better way for communication should be through the dedicated support channels as we needed to establish close relationships with our clients who were the first put their trust with our vision and undertaking. For example, customers like Ryland Homes and Farm Credit Service of America have aggressively pushed the envelope with respect to the product’s capabilities which helped us tremendously in shaping up a product that will not only appeal to the very developer but to the large enterprise end-user. The product has been heavily influenced by that same feedback alongside our own R&D as we wanted to make sure that we provide a solid WCMS foundation which will gain a greater appeal to the general public once we start to actively market the product and bolster a community around it for its future evolution. In fact, we have found this approach to be particularly successful based on our past experiences as we were able to create a vital community around our ASP.NET product line at www.telerik.com/forums.
     
    The good news for all customers is that over the last few months we have made significant progress in our product overhaul and many things should change with the upcoming v3.0. We now have a great team of engineers responsible for a fabulous product underway.  There are also plans to re-design www.sitefinity.com and add a lot of great content. And yes, we do have the ambition to create a supportive community since we are true believers that the community is an integral part of any product‘s success.
    Once again, we want to sincerely thank you for your involvement and eagerly expect further feedback from you.

    Once again, we want to sincerely thank you for your involvement and we will be eagerly expecting more feedback from you.

    All the best,
    Boyan Rabchev
    Sitefinity Product Manager
    telerik
  3. John Pether
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    Thanks for the prompt response! And it is good to hear about the progress being made.

    I will try and and make an effort to document my use on these forums as much as possible in the hope it will spark some debate.

    I think that it would be very helpful if Telerik psoted some information about version 3, it doesn't have to be detailed, but an overview of the new architecture, and proposed features would help. I do not want to waste time requesting features that have already been decided upon, also it would be futile making suggestions that just would not fit with the direction that has been chosen.

    Once again, thanks for the prompt reply!

    John

  4. Bob
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    12 Jul 2006
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    Hi John,

    A list with the most significant features that will be supported in Sitefinity 3.0 can be found on the following link: http://www.sitefinity.com/product/roadmap.aspx.Regarding the overview of the new architecture we will prepare an official document and post it on the web site as soon as it is ready. Thank you for the suggestion.

    Best Regards,
    Boyan Rabchev
    telerik
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