We are currently evaluating SiteFinity. I can fairly certainly say that we have chosen SiteFinity as out CMS platform and we have moved into the development/exploration portion of our "switch over"...
One of my jobs in the project is to evaluate whether our current "engine" can fit into the SiteFinity CMS.
I am desperate for some helpfull answers here as i am fast becoming concerned as to the direction we are taking with converting our current setup.
Let me also say that i have read through document after document, watched video after video and blog after blog on modules and SiteFinity concepts. I understand that regarding modules, SiteFinity has an administration part and a display part (or part that will be visiable on the actual live website)
I am not so concerned with the administration portion of the modules at this point, we currently have systems in place to manipulate the data we display on our websites, we most likely will not have SiteFinity system handle this. What i am more interested in is creating a module (or something else) that will take our over the role of our current aspx pages, displaying exactly what they currently display and functioning as they currently function.
Here is my major concerns and questions....
I have been looking heavily into Custom Modules of SiteFinity. We have what we call our "engine" which is our core functionality of dozens of websites we own. This engine consists on multiple ASPX pages
and guildes the user through a commmon process of - search - select - review - checkout - confirmation
Each of these pages are heavily built using aspx controls and ajax controls
. They are designed visually using html (obviously), styles, images etc...
I have found little to no information of a module displaying what we have on the web page it is placed on. I have found no information on how to implement a multi-step process as i have mentioned. I have found allot of information on the administration aspect of modules, but again i am not interested in this currently.
That all said, i was looking into modules to take care of this core functionality of ours but i am wondering if it would not be more advisable to keep this process as ASPX pages within the SiteFintiy project so that i have full control over the display?
Where do i go from here?? Whould controls be better for our engine? What is the advised approach to implementing our core functionality into the CMS? And does anyone have a detailed blog/tutorial/walk-through for the aspects of this implementation that i am concerned with.
Building a Module for sitefinity blog was helpful in a conceptual sence, but nothing in the blog tells me how that module is going to display on the site and how to control and maniplulate that. In addition when there is much more complexity (multiple aspx controls on the page working with one another), how to handle that.