Full-featured, Easy-to-Use Web Content Management System



What is Kentico CMS for ASP.NET?

Kentico CMS for ASP.NET is a...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET



Table of Contents

Feature Overview ..............................................................
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Feature Overview

 What is a Web Content Management System?

 A Web Content Management System (CM...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Content Management

Easily Edit Your Web Site in a Browser
Do you need to call your web designer ...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Browsing Web Site Structure
You can browse the web site structure using the content tree on the l...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Content Scheduling
For every page, you can choose the time when it goes live and when it expires....
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Workflow, Versioning and Rollback - Take Control over Your Content


 One of the advantages of a ...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Versioning and Roll-back
When you use workflow, all versions of the document are stored in the CM...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Web Site
With Kentico CMS, you're not limited to some predefined design, web site structure or pa...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Design
All you need to know about web site design is this: there's no limit in design. If you can...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Multi-site support
Kentico CMS is not a tool for editing single web site. It's a complete platfor...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Build Web Sites for Global Audience
Creating a web site for global audience in multiple languages...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Security and Membership

Users and Authentication
You can use either Forms authentication or Wind...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Auditing Log
All activities in Kentico CMS are tracked in the auditing log. You can see who signe...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET


Modules
Some content management systems are focused only on content publishing. If you need to a...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Blogs
Today, enterprise blogging is a part of the communication mix for companies of all sizes. A...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Booking System and Event Calendar
Whether you organize a conference, concert, community meeting o...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Content Rating
The Content Rating module allows you to get feedback from your site visitors and s...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET


Content and Object Staging
The Content and Object Staging module allows you easily synchronize c...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

E-commerce
The E-commerce module allows you to build on-line stores. It can scale from a simple o...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET




Product Options
The E-commerce modules allows you to
sell configurable products, such as:

   ...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET



Shopping Cart and Checkout Process
The customers can add the products to the shopping cart and ...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Shipping
You can configure the shipping options and the shipping costs for every option. The cust...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Forums
Discussion forums are a basic tool for
every on-line community. You can use
them to start ...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Geomapping
The Geomapping module allows you to combine web content with maps. It integrates Googl...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Social Networking: Groups, Friends and Private Messaging
Kentico CMS allows you to create on-line...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Groups
The Groups module allows community members to create groups of users with shared interests...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET



Friends
The Friends module allows you to build social connections - personal or professional. Y...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Image Gallery
The Image Gallery module allows you to quickly publish an on-line gallery of images...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Media Library
If you have lots of media files, such as images, video, MP3, PDF, Flash, etc. you c...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Message Boards
The message boards represent a simple alternative to forums. They allow site visit...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Newsletter
E-mail marketing became a standard part of marketing communication. Newsletters allow ...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

On-line Forms and Surveys (BizForms Module)
You web site should allow visitors to communicate wit...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET




Managing entered records
All entered records are stored in the database. They can be viewed by...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Polls
The Polls module allows you to publish polls on your web site and get visitor opinions and ...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Reporting
The reporting module is a universal module for creating reports from data stored in the...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Taxonomy
Kentico CMS supports three ways how to categorize and organize content:

Content Tree Hi...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET




Categories

Additional categories can be used at places where you need an extra categorization...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Wiki (User Contributed Content)
The Wiki module (also called User Contributions) enables site vis...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Web Analytics
The Web Analytics is a crucial part of any on-line marketing strategy. It gives you...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

Kentico CMS Performance and Web Farm Support
Kentico CMS can scale from small web sites of a few ...
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET

More Information
You can find more information at http://www.kentico.com where you can also downl...
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Kentico CMS is the all-inclusive .Net Web Content Management platform that offers clients a complete solution to successfully fulfill their web strategies and organizational goals. As a private, fully profit funded company; the sole focus of Kentico is the success of its .NET CMS clients. By providing a cost effective Enterprise scalable CMS, Kentico fully caters to both SMB and Fortune/Global clients across all industry verticals for high performance corporate websites, eCommerce sites, Community sites, intranets, extranets and portals.

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  1. 1. Full-featured, Easy-to-Use Web Content Management System What is Kentico CMS for ASP.NET? Kentico CMS for ASP.NET is a full-featured content management system for building web sites, intranets, extranets, on-line stores and community sites. It's easy to use for both site owners and developers. It features WYSIWYG editor, workflow, permissions, multilingual support, full-text search, on-line forms, newsletters, e-commerce, blogs, polls, web analytics and other modules. Kentico CMS is used by more than 2,000 web sites in 77 countries. What's in it for Site Owners? • Manage web sites through a web browser anytime, anywhere • Easily edit text and insert images using Word-like editor • Choose from a wide range of built-in modules • Build highly interactive sites that generate leads for your business • Keep your clients loyal using social networking features What's in it for Developers? • Leverage flexible framework for building dynamic web sites • Rapidly create web sites using web browser or Visual Studio • Extend it with your own C# or VB.NET code and modules • Keep full control over HTML code, design and navigation • Detailed documentation and full source code available What's in it for Partners? • Get more clients by offering a complete, top-class solution • Deliver web sites faster, with less resources and with lower costs • Join our Partner program to get a better recognition • Rebrand the CMS with your logo and design • Get a responsive technical support www.kentico.com +1 888 225 2767
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Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Table of Contents Feature Overview .................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 3 Content Management ........................................................................................................................................................................................................... 4 Web Site ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Build Web Sites for Global Audience.................................................................................................................................................................................. 12 Security and Membership ................................................................................................................................................................................................... 13 Modules ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 15 Blogs ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 16 Booking System and Event Calendar .................................................................................................................................................................................. 17 Content Rating ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 18 Content and Object Staging ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 19 E-commerce ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20 E-commerce ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 20 Forums .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 24 Geomapping ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 25 Social Networking: Groups, Friends and Private Messaging ............................................................................................................................................ 26 Image Gallery ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 29 Media Library ....................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 30 Message Boards ................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 31 Newsletter ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 32 On-line Forms and Surveys (BizForms Module) ................................................................................................................................................................ 33 Polls....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 35 Reporting .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 36 Taxonomy ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................. 37 Wiki (User Contributed Content) ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 39 Web Analytics ...................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 40 Kentico CMS Performance and Web Farm Support .......................................................................................................................................................... 41 More Information ................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 42 www.kentico.com Pa ge |2
  3. 3. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Feature Overview What is a Web Content Management System? A Web Content Management System (CMS) is a software that allows you to manage content of your web site. Unlike static web sites, CMS-driven web sites (also called "dynamic web sites") allow you to edit text and images using a graphical user interface, without technical knowledge. Once your web site design is prepared by developer, you can manage content by yourself. An important feature of a CMS is that it stores content in a structured format separated from design, so you can reuse it when you decide to change your web site look. Content Management Security and Membership • Browser-based WYSIWYG (What You See Is • Forms or Windows Authentication (Active What You Get) editor similar to Word Directory import tool available) • Customizable workflow, versioning and • Membership management unlimited rollback • Customizable roles • Schedule content for publishing in future • Document-level permissions • Content/design separation • Secured areas with personalized content for • Customizable document fields and metadata members • Multiple languages, UNICODE and RTL (right- • SSL support to-left) support • Tested for SQL Injection and XSS attacks • Manage multiple sites that can share their content and settings • Publish images, Flash, videos and music on-line Built-in Modules • Blogs Web Site • Booking system • Content staging • Fully customizable design • Content rating • SEO-friendly (Search Engine Optimization) • E-commerce (shopping cart) • Flexible, dynamically generated navigation • Event calendar • Full-text search • Forums • Web standards: XHTML, CSS, WAI (AAA), • Geomapping (Google Maps) Section 508 • Image gallery • WEB 2.0 features for building on-line • Media libraries communities • Message boards • Compatible with all major browsers • Newsletter • On-line forms • Polls Development • Private messaging • Reporting • Easy development through web browser or • Social networking (friends, groups) using Visual Studio • Taxonomies • Short implementation and deployment time • Wiki (user contributed content) • Smooth integration of custom code, web parts • Web farm support and modules written in C# or VB.NET • Custom ASPX pages Robust Platform • Page templates and master pages • Open and well-documented API • Runs on Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, 3.0 and 3.5 • Detailed documentation and tutorials • Uses Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005/2008 • Full source code available database (including Express Editions) • Easy customization of database fields • High performance and web farm support www.kentico.com Pa ge |3
  4. 4. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Content Management Easily Edit Your Web Site in a Browser Do you need to call your web designer every time you want to make a change to your web site? With Kentico CMS, you can edit your web site by yourself anytime, anywhere. All you need is a standard web browser, such as Internet Explorer, FireFox or Safari, and an Internet connection. Then you sign in with your user name and password and you can start editing your web site. Create/delete/ copy/ Edit/Preview/Live site view Change font, create link, move/sort pages. insert image, etc. Browse web pages in the This is your site. You can modify the text in the editable navigation structure. regions specified by web designer, so you never break the whole page. www.kentico.com Pa ge |4
  5. 5. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Browsing Web Site Structure You can browse the web site structure using the content tree on the left. The content is organized in the same way as your web site which makes it easy to find pages you want to edit. As you can see on the figure below, the Services section in the content tree contains sub-pages Web Development, Web Design and Network Administration. The web site on the right contains section Services in the main menu and links to Web Development, Web Design and Network Administration in the sub-menu. WYSIWYG Editor You can easily edit the content using WYSIWYG editor. WYSIWYG stands for What You See Is What You Get, which means you can see what your page will look like as you edit the text: Editor Features • Bold, Underline, Strikethrough, Italics • Choose font face, size, color and background • Choose from predefined font styles • Align paragraph • Bulleted and numbered lists • Create a link to another page or another web site • Upload, insert and resize image, flash, video or music • Create tables • Paste from Microsoft Word • Edit HTML source if necessary • Integrated spell-checker The live web site is updated as soon as you save the page. If you create a new page, it's displayed in the menu automatically – no need to call a web master. www.kentico.com Pa ge |5
  6. 6. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Content Scheduling For every page, you can choose the time when it goes live and when it expires. It means you can schedule your news to be displayed on your web site on Monday morning, at 8:00 a.m. Content/Design Separation An important feature every real CMS system must provide is content/design separation. Although it may sound complex, it's a very simple and useful concept. Compare these examples: Mixed content and design in a single box When you change the site design, you have to re- write all news items :( Content cannot be re-used. Structured content When you change the site design, you only change the style of the site, without modifying the content. You can re-use the same news item on home page, in a "Latest news" box and in the News section. You can also easily share the same news on multiple web sites that use a different design. Customizable document fields and metadata Kentico CMS goes an extra mile as it allows you easily customize the fields of news items, product specifications, office locations, etc. You can easily define your own document types and use any fields, such as textbox, rich text box, integer or decimal number, date and time, file upload, drop-down list, checkboxes, etc. It means you're not limited to pre-defined types of content and your web site can accommodate to your business needs, not vice versa. www.kentico.com Pa ge |6
  7. 7. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Workflow, Versioning and Rollback - Take Control over Your Content One of the advantages of a CMS system is that you can delegate content editing to your team members. If you leave them editing the site you may, however, end up with web site containing inaccurate and misleading information or with inconsistent design. That's why you need a workflow. Workflow allows you to organize the content lifecycle and enforce content review and approval process. Here's an example of such workflow: Bob, Product Manager, Alice, Marketing Joe, CEO, The press release gets creates a press release. Manager, reviews the adds his quote and published on the live web site. content and style. approves the press release. With Kentico CMS, you can customize the workflow process based on your real business needs; you're not limited to some predefined approval process. You can also apply different workflow to news, product catalog or home page. When someone approves a document, an e-mail notification is automatically sent to the person who created the document and to the next person who should review it. Before you approve the document, you can easily preview it on the site so that you know what it will look like when it gets published. The workflow history is tracked and users can add comments to every action they take. They can also reject the document and send it back to the author with comments. www.kentico.com Pa ge |7
  8. 8. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Versioning and Roll-back When you use workflow, all versions of the document are stored in the CMS. It allows you to see what the previous version of the document looked like. You can also roll back to the chosen version. Joe published the document (1.0) Alice modified the document (0.4) Bob created a new document (0.1) Content Locking (Check-in/Check-out) If your team members edit the web site, it may happen that two of them edit the same document at the same time, which may result in losing one's changes. That's why we implemented a feature called content locking. It allows users to lock (check out) the documents their working on and unlock (check in) them once they're ready. Publish Word Documents, PDF Files or Images Kentico CMS allows you to upload any type of file, such as DOC, PDF, BMP, GIF, JPG, Flash, MP3, WMA, MPEG and others, to the web server and then insert them into the text: 2) Choose the image on your 3) The image is inserted into computer and click Open. the text and you can resize it. 1) Click the "Quickly insert image" button. www.kentico.com Pa ge |8
  9. 9. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Web Site With Kentico CMS, you're not limited to some predefined design, web site structure or page layouts. Everything will accommodate to your needs. Site Structure and Navigation Kentico CMS organizes all content into a tree structure that represents the web site navigation. When the editor creates a new page, such as the Network Administration page in the following example, it's automatically displayed in the site structure: You can choose from several types of built-in navigation controls: Navigation Controls • Drop-down menu • Breadcrumbs • List menu (UL/LI + CSS) • Tree menu • Tree view (dynamic loading) • Tab menu • Site map Each menu item can have an image, mouse-over image and its own CSS style. A menu item can execute a JavaScript or redirect the user to some other page or external URL. A single page may be placed into multiple site sections (categories) by creating a linked document. A linked document works like multiple copies of the same document, but when you edit it, all "copies" are updated as well. www.kentico.com Pa ge |9
  10. 10. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Design All you need to know about web site design is this: there's no limit in design. If you can convert your design ideas into HTML, you can use them in Kentico CMS. You have full control over HTML and CSS styles. Below, you can see a few examples of web sites created with Kentico CMS: Full-text Search You can easily integrate the full-text search into your web site. You can choose which documents and fields should be searchable and you can also configure the system so that it searches uploaded documents, such as DOC, XLS, PPT or PDF files. Kentico CMS uses the Lucene search engine. www.kentico.com P a g e | 10
  11. 11. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Multi-site support Kentico CMS is not a tool for editing single web site. It's a complete platform for managing your on-line presence. If you have multiple web sites or micro-sites for different brands and markets, you can manage all of them in a single Kentico CMS installation. It means you manage a single CMS system, you have all users and passwords in one place and you can share code, content or design elements between web sites. So if you for example create a press release on one site, you can display it on all sites of your company. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Friendly URLs If your web site cannot be found through the search engines, such as Google, easily, you may be losing lots of visitors and potential clients. Kentico CMS was designed so that your web site can be easily indexed by search engines: • Friendly URLs and URL aliases Every page has its own URL address – e.g. http://www.mycompany.com/products/nokia, you can configure the system to use your own extension, e.g. .aspx or .html or you can use extension-less URLs. You can also use multiple aliases for the same page which is useful if you need to keep old links working or if you need to create shorter links for marketing campaigns. • Page Metadata - Title, Description, Keywords You can specify the title, description and keywords metadata for whole web site, site section or single page. You can also define a "dynamic" title that consists of global title and of the name of the current page, so the editors do not need to enter the page title manually for every page. • ALT and TITLE attributes You can add ALT and TITLE attributes to images and links, providing an extra description for the search engines. • SEO-friendly controls All Kentico CMS controls render a valid XHTML code that usually results in a better SEO results. Also, Kentico CMS comes with SEO-friendly navigation controls that ensure the search engine can find the links to other pages and crawl the whole web site. • Non-duplicate content The CMS automatically uses permanent redirects to avoid duplicate content that would lower your page rank. Standards – XHTML, CSS and Accessibility Kentico CMS allows you to build web sites using valid XHTML and CSS, which may improve your SEO results or, if you're a web developer, deliver a really professional web site. Kentico CMS web sites are compliant with W3C WAI standard at the AAA level (general accessibility standard) and with Section 508 (U.S. government accessibility standard every federal agency must follow). It enables people with disabilities to use your web site with screen readers. www.kentico.com P a g e | 11
  12. 12. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Build Web Sites for Global Audience Creating a web site for global audience in multiple languages brings many challenges. But you don't need to worry since about it we solved this issue for you. Whether you live in a bilingual region or your company has a Chinese office, you can rely on Kentico CMS internationalization support. Kentico CMS allows you to manage multiple language versions of your web site. Each language version may use a different site structure. You can also specify the default language (typically English) and choose to display the default language version if the given page is not translated to the visitor's preferred language. Eastern Languages, UNICODE and RTL support Kentico CMS uses the UNICODE standard for storing all content. It allows you to work with any language without worrying about content encoding (code pages). You can manage content in Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, German or Eastern- European languages. If you're creating a web site in Arabic or Hebrew, you can use right-to-left (RTL) layout on the live site as well as in the administration interface. You can even mix left-to-right and right-to-left languages in a single web site. Translation of the User Interface Beside content translation, Kentico CMS allows you to use localization macros throughout the system. So if you create an on-line form or a poll, you can easily enter the field captions or poll answers in multiple languages. When the form or poll is displayed on the web site, its captions are displayed using the translations you have entered. Kentico CMS administration interface is available in English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Dutch, Czech and Slovak and you can create your own translation or overwrite any strings in the administration interface. www.kentico.com P a g e | 12
  13. 13. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Security and Membership Users and Authentication You can use either Forms authentication or Windows Authentication. When using Forms authentication, you can choose to store passwords in plain text or hashed for higher security. You can also create your own security provider that will authenticate the user against an external database. For intranet or extranet sites, you can choose to use the Windows Authentication against Active Directory. When the user signs in to the network, she is automatically recognized by Kentico CMS web site or administration interface, so she needn't enter her password again. Users and groups from Active Directory can be easily synchronized into Kentico CMS using the Active Directory import tool. Permissions One of the important advantages of using a content management system for your web site is the ability to delegate web site management to other people in your company. When you allow multiple users to edit the content, you may need to set up different access rights for pages. For example, a Product Manager may edit the product catalog, but she may not be allowed to edit the home page or company information. Kentico CMS allows you to grant users or roles with permissions for chosen content type (News, Articles, ...), site section or even a single page. The permissions can be inherited to the underlying documents. Kentico CMS modules have their own permissions that can be assigned to roles using a permission matrix. It means you're not limited to some built-in roles. www.kentico.com P a g e | 13
  14. 14. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Auditing Log All activities in Kentico CMS are tracked in the auditing log. You can see who signed in and when, who deleted a document, etc. Application errors are also tracked in the internal Event log. Membership and Secured Areas If you create a community site, extranet or portal, you can create secured site areas accessible only to site members. The users need to register and sign in to see the content. The secured areas can be easily defined through a user interface. Personalization The members visiting secured web site areas can be displayed with personalized content according to their read permission for the displayed content. For instance, it allows you to personalize the navigation so that Silver and Gold Partners can see only content appropriate to their partner level. HTTPS Access (SSL) You can choose that the content is only accessible over HTTPS (SSL-secured) protocol. It can be configured for the whole site, particular site section or only for a single page (such as logon page). When a user visits the page over unsecured connection, she is automatically redirected to the same page displayed over HTTPS. www.kentico.com P a g e | 14
  15. 15. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Modules Some content management systems are focused only on content publishing. If you need to add a newsletter, shopping cart or some other functionality to your site, you often need to undergo a painful process of purchasing and integrating third-party products. Kentico tries to deliver a complete solution out-of-the-box and it comes with many built-in modules, depending on the edition (you can find the feature matrix with edition comparison at the end of this brochure): • Blogs • Booking System • Content Rating • Content and Object Staging • E-commerce • Event Calendar • Forums • Geomapping • Image Gallery • Media Library • Message Boards • Newsletters • On-line Forms • Polls • Reporting • Social Networking - Groups, Friends, Private Messaging, Abuse, Bad Words • Taxonomy (tags and categories) • Wiki (User Contributed Content) • Web Farm Support • Web analytics Please note that we do not mention modules like "Articles", "News" or "Press Releases" since these are just another content type managed by Kentico CMS. The Corporate Starter Site comes with built-in content types and templates for pages, articles, news, products, job openings, knowledge base articles, office locations, events, FAQ items and press releases. You can easily create your own content types with custom fields without programming. You can also develop and integrate your own modules. www.kentico.com P a g e | 15
  16. 16. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Blogs Today, enterprise blogging is a part of the communication mix for companies of all sizes. A blog is a great way how to inform your clients about new products your activities and get clients' feedback. Kentico CMS allows you to easily publish a blog on your web site. You can choose if the post can be commented and you can optionally moderate the comments. You can also publish your blog content through an RSS feed. The blog layout and graphic design is fully customizable by web designer. You can publish multiple blogs on your web sites or you can have a single blog contributed by multiple editors. If you don't want your employees to publish sensitive information by mistake, you can enforce a workflow process and publish blog posts only after approval. Blogs leverage the content management infrastructure, including permissions, multilingual support and full-text search. Blog posts can use tags (with tag clouds) and categories for easy navigation. You can also use trackback URLs that allow other users to send a comment to your blog if they write an article referencing your blog post. Similarly, you can "ping" other blogs to inform them that you wrote a blog post that is related to their topic. The blog post can also include links to social bookmarking services, such as Digg it, Facebook, delicio.us and others. Kentico CMS comes with a Personal Starter Site that allows you to quickly set up your own blog. www.kentico.com P a g e | 16
  17. 17. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Booking System and Event Calendar Whether you organize a conference, concert, community meeting or on-line webinar, you can use the event calendar to display events in a calendar format. The event calendar can be used for any content with a date field, such as news or press release. The event calendar can be combined with a booking system that allows users to register for the event. You can specify when the registration is open and the maximum capacity of the event. You can manage the list of registered attendees and send them a mass e-mail. The visitors can import the event to their Outlook calendar through their web browser. When visitors register, they receive a customizable confirmation e-mail. www.kentico.com P a g e | 17
  18. 18. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Content Rating The Content Rating module allows you to get feedback from your site visitors and see how they like the content or products on your web site. They can give 1 to 5 stars (or 1 to 10 - the range is configurable) to your content. This can be applied to blog posts, articles, products, etc. Rating is also supported in the Message Boards module that allows you to implement content rating where site visitors can add comments to their rating. www.kentico.com P a g e | 18
  19. 19. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Content and Object Staging The Content and Object Staging module allows you easily synchronize content from one installation of Kentico CMS to another. A typical scenario may look like this: Development Server Staging Server Firewall Live Server The developers create a new functionality on the development server. Once it is working, they use the Staging Module to deploy the changes to the staging server. The staging server is used by content editors to create and test content. They can edit content here, see what it looks like on the site and test new functionality or design created by developers. After they check the new version of the site, they approve the changes and the Staging Module deploys changes to the live site. As you can see, the Staging Module gives you a higher level of control over the changes made to your web site and avoid situations when your developers do changes directly on your live server. www.kentico.com P a g e | 19
  20. 20. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET E-commerce The E-commerce module allows you to build on-line stores. It can scale from a simple ordering system for a single product to a large store with thousands of products. Product Catalog The product catalog is tightly integrated with content management repository which allows you to leverage the standard Kentico CMS features, such as permissions, full-text search, friendly URLs and others. The products can use custom document fields which allows you to easily publish technical specification of the products (e.g. a size of an LCD panel, resolution of a camera, etc.). Product categories are defined as sections of the web site and they can be nested up to 14 levels deep. You can also choose which products should be displayed as "featured", "new", etc. www.kentico.com P a g e | 20
  21. 21. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Product Options The E-commerce modules allows you to sell configurable products, such as: • t-shirts of various sizes and colors • computers with various memory sizes, CPUs, graphic cards, etc. You can easily define your own sets of option categories (colors, sizes, hard drives) and the way the customer configures the product – drop-down list, checkboxes or radio buttons. Every product can have its own options. www.kentico.com P a g e | 21
  22. 22. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Shopping Cart and Checkout Process The customers can add the products to the shopping cart and then order them on-line. You can configure the steps of the checkout process and required information. Web site developer can also create custom steps to collect additional information from the clients (e.g. add an extra question). The customers can review their order, submit it and then continue to the on-line payment (if it's enabled). On-line Payments The E-commerce module comes with native support for Authorize.NET payment gateway (for credit cards) and PayPal. You can also integrate custom payment gateways. Order Management Once the order is placed, an e-mail notification is sent to both customer and store owner. The store owner can see all orders in the administration interface and change their status as she processes the orders (e.g. new, waiting for vendor delivery, sent, paid, canceled, refunded, etc.) Discounts You can set up two types of discounts: • discount coupons for specified products • discount levels for partners or loyal customers on specified departments of your store; when the customer logs on, she is automatically displayed with discounted prices www.kentico.com P a g e | 22
  23. 23. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Shipping You can configure the shipping options and the shipping costs for every option. The customer can decide how the products should be delivered during the checkout process. Taxes You can configure the E-commerce module for various types of sales taxes, value added taxes (VAT), special fees, etc. You can choose countries or states where the tax is applied. My Account Customers can review their orders and print invoices in the My Account dialog which allows them to check the order status without calling you. Wish List Customers can add products to their private wish list and buy them later. Customer Credit Customers can collect customer credit (e.g. through a customer loyalty program) and then purchase products using their credit. Integration and Customization The E-commerce module has been designed for a high level of customization. Web developers can: • fully customize the store structure, categories and design • override the calculation of the taxes, shipping and product price with custom procedures • integrate external product catalogs • implement custom payment gateways • define custom fields for products, customers and orders • add custom steps to the checkout process The E-commerce module also comes with an E-commerce Starter Site that can be easily customized and with many built-in web parts that allow you to build a complete on-line store without programming. www.kentico.com P a g e | 23
  24. 24. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Forums Discussion forums are a basic tool for every on-line community. You can use them to start dialogs about your products, get feedback or provide support to your clients. Kentico CMS comes with advanced forums module that allows you to easily set up, run and moderate any number of forums on your web site. The forums are organized into forum groups that contain forums. Alternatively, you can use ad-hoc forums, that are connected with some particular document and that are created at the moment when someone starts the first post. Ad-hoc forums can be used for discussions under articles or products. You can choose who can read the forum or post to the forum - anybody/only authenticated users/only chosen roles. The forums can also be moderated which means new posts need to be approved before they are displayed on the web site. Users can also subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when a new post is added to a forum or particular thread. Post authors can have their avatars and they can also configure their signature that is displayed in all posts. The forum posts may also contain attachments, links and images. The forum topics can be hidden and you can lock them so that there cannot be more posts. If you're using forums for technical support, you can have the visitors to mark some post as answer to the original question. You can send private messages to authors of forum posts if you do not want others to see your message. The forums can be managed completely on-line, which is useful for community sites where site members can create new forum groups and forums and moderate or delete posts. www.kentico.com P a g e | 24
  25. 25. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Geomapping The Geomapping module allows you to combine web content with maps. It integrates Google Maps which allows you to display any content on a map. All you need to do is to add geographic location (longitude and latitude) to the content. It can be used for displaying: • offices • stores • partner network • friends • real estates • etc. www.kentico.com P a g e | 25
  26. 26. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Social Networking: Groups, Friends and Private Messaging Kentico CMS allows you to create on-line social networks similar to Facebook. The Social Networking functionality leverages several modules: • Blogs • Groups • Forums • Friends • Wiki (user contributed content) • Private Messaging • Polls • Abuse Reporting • Media Libraries Kentico CMS comes with ready-to-use, easily configurable Community Starter Site that allows you to quickly set up your own social networking solution for your public web site or intranet. www.kentico.com P a g e | 26
  27. 27. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Groups The Groups module allows community members to create groups of users with shared interests. For example, if you run a community site for travellers, you can create groups like "African travellers" and "European travellers". Or if you have a community of people who use your products, you can create focus groups for particular product features, such as "Engine enthusiasts" or "Car safety". Groups can be created by administrators or they can be created and managed by site members. The access to group content can be limited to site members or only to group members. The group members may invite other site members to join their group. A new group can be created with a default structure designed by the administrator. The group content includes: Message boards, Forums, Pages (Wiki), Polls and Media libraries for sharing pictures, music and videos. Member Profiles Users can create their own member profile with configurable visibility. Other users can post messages to their profile page (similar to Facebook wall). Users can add friends, join groups, send private messages or create their own groups. Member Points and Badges The members can be awarded with points for their activities in the community, such as forum posts, blog posts, etc. Based on the number of points, the members get an appropriate badge. The rules and graphics for badges is fully configurable. www.kentico.com P a g e | 27
  28. 28. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Friends The Friends module allows you to build social connections - personal or professional. You can create a community site where registered users can join their peers. Site members can request friendship with other site members and once their request is approved by the other person, they can send the other person a messages and see her complete profile. Private Messaging If you run a community site, your site members may need to communicate with others. They may want to send a private message that won't be visible for other members (as it is in forums). But the members do not know the e-mail address of the other members. The solution is private messaging. Private messaging allows site members to send messages to other members. It's a "small Outlook" integrated into your web site. Users can see their inbox, outbox, manage contact list and also block users from which they do not wish to receive messages. They can be notified by real e-mail when they receive a new message. Abuse Report and Bad Words Filtering If someone posts an inappropriate content to your community site, other visitors have an option of reporting an abuse by sending a notification to the administrator. You can also configure bad words that cannot be used on your community site and that are automatically replaced. www.kentico.com P a g e | 28
  29. 29. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Image Gallery The Image Gallery module allows you to quickly publish an on-line gallery of images, such as product photos or photos of your team. The files can be uploaded through the browser or using the batch file import module. The gallery can display image thumbnails and detail images in required size. The thumbnails are generated automatically, so you do not need to resize them manually. You can also publish additional image information, such as name or description, in the gallery. Kentico CMS supports several types of galleries - classis, "Lightbox" gallery that opens a preview of the image on the top of the page or Sliding Image Gallery. www.kentico.com P a g e | 29
  30. 30. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Media Library If you have lots of media files, such as images, video, MP3, PDF, Flash, etc. you can manage them using the Media Library module. You can create multiple Media Libraries and upload files through browser or using FTP. The files can be organized into folders. The files can be displayed in galleries. The content can also be uploaded by site visitors, site members or group members. The Media Library comes with built-in players for most common multimedia formats and you can also integrate your own players for specific formats. www.kentico.com P a g e | 30
  31. 31. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Message Boards The message boards represent a simple alternative to forums. They allow site visitors to post comments in a flat structure. They are always bound to some page, so you can use them for article or product comments. The comments can be moderated by authorized users. Site visitors can subscribe to receive e-mail notifications when a new comment is posted in the message board. The comments in Message Board can also be combined with content rating, which can be used e. g. for product reviews in on-line stores. www.kentico.com P a g e | 31
  32. 32. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Newsletter E-mail marketing became a standard part of marketing communication. Newsletters allow you to keep in touch with your clients, inform them about new products and get new leads. Kentico CMS comes with built-in newsletter module that allows you to manage several subscriber lists and send them newsletters using graphic templates prepared by web designer. You only enter the text and send it. You can also schedule the mail-out to a later day. The users can subscribe through your web site and they can unsubscribe using a link in the newsletter e- mail. When they subscribe, they automatically receive a confirmation e-mail that may contain something valuable (e.g. a discount coupon or free e-book) that motivates them to subscribe to your newsletter. The newsletter can be personalized with subscriber first name and/or last name to achieve a more personal feel. You can also configure the Newsletter module so that it sends some content (such as "last week's articles") on a regular basis. www.kentico.com P a g e | 32
  33. 33. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET On-line Forms and Surveys (BizForms Module) You web site should allow visitors to communicate with you and help you generate leads. You may also need to run a survey, create a registration form for some event, etc. In the past, such forms had to be created by programmer. The BizForms module enables business users to create on-line forms or surveys, publish them and view entered data. All without programming! You just define a new form and its fields. For each field, you can specify its type, caption, tooltip, validation rules, default value and if it allows empty values. There are several built-in field types, such as textbox, checkbox, drop-down list, multiple options, radio buttons, e-mail address, phone number, etc. Publishing form on the web site The form can be published by business users through the editor - they only click a button, select the form and the system automatically inserts the form into the text. You can choose what happens when the user enters form data (display text/redirect to page/continue editing) and you can optionally send all entered values to some e-mail address or send an auto-reposponder to the person who filled-in the form. www.kentico.com P a g e | 33
  34. 34. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Managing entered records All entered records are stored in the database. They can be viewed by authorized users through the web browser or exported to an Excel file. www.kentico.com P a g e | 34
  35. 35. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Polls The Polls module allows you to publish polls on your web site and get visitor opinions and feedback. Every poll may contain any number of answers and you can decide whether the visitor can choose only one answer or multiple answers. You can specify if any visitor, authenticated users or only members of chosen roles can vote. You can configure the polls web part so that it displays the results always, only after the user votes or not at all. www.kentico.com P a g e | 35
  36. 36. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Reporting The reporting module is a universal module for creating reports from data stored in the Kentico CMS database. It can be used for web analytics, but it can also be used for reports on documents in the content repository, sales in the e-commerce module, most active forum posters and other custom reports you can create. The reports need to be created by a developer or administrator who knows SQL. Developers can design the layout of your report and insert a bar chart, pie chart, line chart, table or scalar value that display data specified by your SQL query. You can also define a filter for your report using various fields, such as textbox, date-time picker, drop- down list and others. The reports can be saved in report history or printed. www.kentico.com P a g e | 36
  37. 37. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Taxonomy Kentico CMS supports three ways how to categorize and organize content: Content Tree Hierarchy All content in Kentico CMS is stored in a hierarchical repository. The documents can be organized into folders or site sections that represent categories. A single document can be placed into multiple categories by creating a "linked document", which is an analogy of a shortcut in Windows file system. Tagging Any type of document (not only blog posts) can be marked with tags. This allows you to easily group articles, news, products and other types of content based on topic. Tags are organized into tag groups and these can be displayed as a tag cloud. The tags can be predefined by administrator and the content authors can define their own tags. www.kentico.com P a g e | 37
  38. 38. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Categories Additional categories can be used at places where you need an extra categorization along with content tree hierarchy and tagging. Categories can be defined by administrators and content authors can define their own categories. www.kentico.com P a g e | 38
  39. 39. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Wiki (User Contributed Content) The Wiki module (also called User Contributions) enables site visitors to create content directly on your web site, without having access to the Kentico CMS administration interface. It can be used in many scenarios, including: • Partner section of your web site where partners can manage their own profile. • Community site where any community member can publish articles. • Business directory where organizations can manage their profiles and contact details. • Traditional Wiki site where site visitors can create and edit any content. • Intranet/project portal where employees can add new content through the web site without going to the administration interface. The Wiki module supports several security configurations: • Any visitor can edit any content (traditional Wiki) • Only authenticated visitors (site member) can edit content (community site) • Only document owners can edit content (partner directory, business directory) • Only visitors granted with permissions for given document can edit it (intranet, project portal) www.kentico.com P a g e | 39
  40. 40. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Web Analytics The Web Analytics is a crucial part of any on-line marketing strategy. It gives you information about your visitors and about the success of your web site. The Web Analytics module allows you to track web site visitors and their behavior. You can track the following statistics on a yearly, monthly, daily and hourly basis: Visits, Page views, Downloads, Invalid pages, Referring URLs, Conversions, Campaigns, Browser types and Countries. Tracking Campaigns In order to get most out of your on-line campaigns, you need a system that will allow you to track the number of visitors who come from your campaigns. Since the referring URLs may not be enough for campaign tracking, the Web Analytics module allows you to specify a URL parameter that contains the ID of the campaign. Then, if you link your web site using URL like http://www.mydomain.com/?cam paign=banner1_large, the statistics will show you how many people came from the given banner campaign. You can also create URL aliases for campaigns that use a simplified, easy-to-read format, such as http://www.mydomain.com/novembersale. Moreover, when the user registers on your web site, the system stores the campaign and the URL from which the user came to your web site and you can later track orders coming from a particular campaign. Tracking Conversions The only fact that you get thousands of visitors doesn't mean your web site is successful. What you really need to track is the number of conversions. A conversion is something that gives you value, such as user registration, on-line store order, sign up for your services or sign up for a newsletter. You can then track the number of conversions and in combination with campaign tracking, you can also see which campaigns lead to most conversions. www.kentico.com P a g e | 40
  41. 41. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Kentico CMS Performance and Web Farm Support Kentico CMS can scale from small web sites of a few pages to large sites with dozens of thousands documents. Some of our customers successfully use Kentico CMS to manage web sites of 30,000+ pages. If you need high performance to handle large number of visitors, Kentico CMS 4.1 or higher can handle up to 16,000 page views per second on a single web server using the Full-page Caching technology. This technology saves often-used pages into memory. When another user comes to the same page, the CMS doesn't have to look into database or generate the page HTML code. Instead, it just takes the whole HTML code from memory and sends it to the client browser. Kentico CMS has been optimized for high performance and it offers a variety of caching options that enable granular configuration of caching and performance: - web part-level cache - page-level cache (Full-page Caching technology) - web site-level cache - image cache If you need extra high performance or if you're looking for a fail-over configuration, you can use the built-in web farm support. It allows you to synchronize in-memory settings and uploaded files between multiple web servers. Please note: The web farm support doesn't replace any load-balancing or web farm management tools. You still need to use usual tools to set up a web farm. www.kentico.com P a g e | 41
  42. 42. Kentico CMS for ASP.NET More Information You can find more information at http://www.kentico.com where you can also download a free trial version or try Kentico CMS on-line without any installation using the Kentico CMS Virtual Lab. Should you need any help, please send an e-mail to sales@kentico.com or call +1 888 225 2767. www.kentico.com P a g e | 42

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