Again, I would like to emphasize on the terms "trial" and "evaluation". The 30 days trial period of Sitefinity is designated for evaluation purposes, i.e. if you are a developer who would like to try the software out and see if it will work for your needs and requirements (downloadable trial) or if you are a business user and would like to try the look and feel of the system (sandboxes). In the typical case 30 days should be enough for that purpose. We are always here to work with you and assist in cases where exceptions occur.
Sitefinity 4.0, while in trial mode, is not intended for development purposes (except maybe in cases where it's your first project and you need to create a proof of concept).
An example - I don't think that a graphical designer would be able to use a product like the Adobe Photoshop suite to first fully create his designs and only then purchase the software. You try the software to see if it works for you, then you buy it and use it for your production needs. This is how Sitefinity is also supposed to be used.
Coming from a web development company, my experience shows that there is hardly a developer that would commit into creating a fully functional project and be paid only afterwards. That's just what I've seen, but I don't think that was an exception in the IT world. And one of the main reasons one would want to purchase a Sitefinity license shortly after there is a commitment on any project that involves Sitefinity is the assistance he would get from our support team during the development process.
For cases like the one Markus described - if you would like to create a sample website where you'd demonstrate Sitefinity features - in case you're not willing to invest in a license, you always have the Community edition whose limitations shouldn't be much of a problem - after all it's a sample website that you are creating.
Furthermore, developers with 3 and more projects can easily become partners and benefit from the assets you receive with the partner program (like the complementary license that you can use for your company website and development environments that you can set up as sub-domains)
I'd also like to address something that Tony said :
- Once you have a license, you'll be able to develop indefinitely for any project on your local machine, but only one at a time.
That is actually incorrect - any license that you've purchased works for localhost and there are no further limitations on the actual number of project you have on localhost.
Hope that sheds some more light on the situation. I'd be happy to hear your comments!
Grisha 'Greg' Karanikolov
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