The best part about working with an established CMS product like Sitefinity is always the support and upgrades. Every quarter, Telerik releases a new version of Sitefinity with new features and bug fixes. The latest, Sitefinity 7.1, was released at the end of July. You can look at the full release notes here.
But there are a couple items here worth talking about specifically: related content and sitemaps.
Related Content is one of the new features that really makes this release an important one. This opens up so many possibilities for contextual publishing that just weren’t possible before.
Consider this simple example: Let’s say we publish a news item announcing our new organizational goals for 2015. We want to reference previous years’ goal documents, as well. In the old versions, we’d have to set up a category just for “Organizational Goals” and use a separate, heavily customized widget to pull news items with the same category onto the page as Related News. Now, if we want to link up two news items so they always display together, it’s as simple as picking the related item out of the list and displaying it. No double widgets, no heavy code customization, no weird categories.
That’s a simple example, but there’s lots of room to explore with this new tool, like:
- Reuse locations for your events? Create a separate “locations” module and link it to events. Never type in the same address info again.
- Want to promote a product in a news item? Now you can link directly to the product from the e-commerce section.
The other key item is sitemaps. A lot of the time, you never notice the sitemap for a website. You navigate using the site navigation and site search. But Google notices your sitemap. Being able to generate a sitemap for all your Sitefinity content is a huge upgrade that will improve your site’s SEO and site search solutions.
On top of all of this are the standard bug fixes, patches, and a significant increase in performance and speed from the admin side. 7.1 is an excellent product release, and we’re helping clients get on it every day.