December 19, 2011
The module builder is a tool which allows users to create new modules (and hence content types) through the user interface, and enable for them core Sitefinity features such as workflow, permissions, search, RSS feeds, etc. For each new module the module builder inserts a new section in the backend where the module items are managed, and a new widget to display the module items on a public page. A special code reference section is created for the module, thus giving developers quick access to ready-to-use module related code.
When creating a module, users can define the fields it contains and the way they show in the backend interface. The supported fields are: Short text, Long text, Choices, Yes/No, Date and Time, Number, Classification, and Media (images, videos, files). Users can also adjust the layout of the backend sections where the module items are listed and created. Modules can be easily activated and deactivated.
Site Staging & Syncing
(Included in Enterprise Addition, Add-on available for Professional Edition)
The feature allows users to synch content updates between development, staging, and production environments thus allowing them to separate development activities from testing and authoring on the live site.
Sitefinity content subject to synching is: Content Blocks, News items, Blogs, Events, Blog Posts, Albums, Images, Documents, Videos, Lists, List Items, Taxonomies (Tags, Categories, Custom), Pages, and Page Templates.
Syncing transfers items which were newly published or deleted since the previous time. History log and changes since the last sync are available for users’ review.
The synchronization is based on CMIS and uses Basic Authentication.
Product Variations - Implemented flat product variations including options, additional cost, and SKUs. The merchant can setup Attributes such as Size or Color and create Values such as Small, Medium, Large, etc. The merchant can then create product variations by selecting from the Attributes and Values.
Multilingual Store - Allows a merchant to create products in multiple languages. The merchant can use the language selector and create pages for the product listing, product detail, shopping cart, and checkout.
Additional Backend Filters - Additional filters were added to help the merchant find products based on product title or SKU in the backend.
Blob Storage on Windows Azure
Content files in Sitefinity (images, videos, documents, etc.) can be stored on Windows Azure blob storage.
Migration Tool 3.7 SP4 to 4.x
See this link for a list of breaking changes from Sitefinity 4.3. to Sitefinity 4.4.
See this link for a list of known issues.