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  • Milèstre chooses Sitefinity for GB products’ website redesign project

    • Of all evaluated content management systems, Sitefinity fulfilled the greatest number of defined objectives

      Author: Company: Milèstre

    • Client: Milestre
    • Industry: Services
    • Project website: http://www.milestre.nl
    • Implemented by: Milestre
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    • Industry
      Technology
    • Background
      Milèstre is an Application Service Provider offering web consultancy services that can help you improve your business by using internet technology.
    • Challenge
      GB Products, a designer and manufacturer of window coverings for the home, decided to renew their corporate identity.
    • Why Sitefinity
      With all the features, Word- like content editing, search engine optimization capabilities, different modules (News, Blogs, Polls), extensible architecture and the usage of Telerik’s .NET components Milèstre chose Sitefinity for its project.
    • Technical Details
      Development time: 1 month, Developers on project: 1, Development environment: Microsoft Visual Studio .Net 2005, Sitefinity, Supported Databases: Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005
      Front end: HTML, ASPX, .NET
    • Results
      Using Sitefinity CMS, we were able to achieve a new, clean look and feel.
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  • The Challenge

    Last year GB Products, a designer and manufacturer of window coverings for the home, decided to renew their corporate identity. To meet this challenge, all their communication media to the customers got a complete redesign. One part of this redesign was the renewal of the internet and extranet website. The extranet website should be accessible only after a successful authorization. The dealers who are authorized can see and order products, which are stored in a separate database. The ordering functionality of the old extranet website must be transferred to the new, redesigned website. GB Products has asked Milèstre to support them with the redesign of these websites.

    In past Milèstre used Microsoft Content Management Server 2002 together with the Telerik’s MCMS controls as the platform for their website development projects. Due to the changed licensing policy Microsoft introduced with SharePoint Server2007, Milèstre decided to look for another ASP.NET content management system.

    Because of the rich functionality and ease of use of the Telerik’s MCMS controls Milèstre evaluated Telerik’s content management system Sitefinity. Of all evaluated content management systems, Sitefinity fulfilled most of the defined objectives. With all the features, Word- like content editing, search engine optimization capabilities, different modules (News, Blogs, Polls), extensible architecture and the usage of Telerik’s .NET components Milèstre chose Sitefinity for its project.

    The Solution

    Both websites were developed within a very short time frame (about one month) using Sitefinity and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005.
    The RadMenu component is used for presenting the navigation menu of the sites and the RadEditor still plays a very important role, letting authorized webmasters manage the content of the website within an Internet Browser. Although the webmasters are not familiar with HTML at all, they are able to edit the content of the website quickly and easily without any help of Milèstre.
    Although Sitefinity supports a lot of features, the open and extensible architecture provides the means to easily add very specific functionality such as the presentation of old ordering functionality in active server pages, authorization and authentication via a custom membership, a role provider and other useful features required by this custom project. Especially the complex development of the custom membership and role provider was achieved with the professional and quick support of Telerik’s development team.

    The Results

    Using Sitefinity CMS, we were able to achieve a new, clean look and feel and the possibility to modify the site structure and edit the content without the help of a developer. No technical knowledge was necessary to define new content that could be in Dutch and French due to the multi-language support provided by Sitefinity.
    We were able to implement a sitemap functionality to get a quick overview of the complete site as well as full text search. Most importantly, we have the ability to extend the functionality easily.
    Because of the rich features of Sitefinity and the excellent support provided by Telerik during the development of the websites, Milèstre is happy with its choice of Telerik and Sitefinity.

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