March 05, 2012
Forums module enables your Sitefinity site to have Forums functionality. The module allows easy management of forum groups, threads and posts. In contrast to the 3.x Forums module, this implementation provides search, permissions, file attachments, e-mail notifications and feed subscriptions management. The performance is also taken in mind – Statistics subsystem takes care of all the visible forum counters (views, number of threads, forums), so that even large forums are performing really well.
This feature is based on Windows Identity Foundation. It opens the doors to Windows Authentication and Single Sign On support. You can configure several Sitefinity instances to work in Single Sign On mode. The implementation is done with FIPS standards in mind.
Mobile & Responsive Design
Sitefinity can now serve content ready for mobile devices. The content can be transformed in flexible and customizable way – for tablets, smartphones or any devices with custom resolution. The rules of content transformation are up to you and your target set of devices. The feature allows preview and rules management from the UI.
This is a new developer productivity tool that is integrating with Visual Studio in order to help developers manage (create/edit/delete/deploy) Sitefinity assets on the fly. The Visual Studio plugin can connect to any Sitefinity instance even on a remote server. This speeds up the development and the support of any Sitefinity web site. The extension is be able to install new assets through templates – for example in this version, all files and folders needed for a Sitefinity theme can be installed with a click.
You can download Sitefinity Thunder from the Visual Studio Gallery
Module Builder Import/Export
Sitefinity 5.0 brings dynamic modules import and export functionality, dynamic module deletion and module data export to excel tables. This allows the developers to simply pack the modules as zip files and import them in any existing Sitefinity web site. The Module Builder also features new dynamic field types, which allow the developer to create one-to-many relationships in dynamic modules - Blog Post.
The Ecommerce module has added functionality to allow merchants to sell Downloadable Goods. Downloadable goods can be any type of media, images, pdf’s, music files, docs, text files, etc… Customers can purchase the Downloadable goods and then download them from their “My Account” after they’ve logged in. The Ecommerce module also offers a new pre-processing hook that allows developers to cancel an order based on some custom order processing before an order is placed. The merchants can now filter orders for a specific date range. And lastly, merchants can define multilingual product variations.
Upgraded Developer Tools
Modules and Content
Widgets and Pages
Security and Permissions
Search, Publication System and Workflow
There are certain instructions you should follow in order to successfully upgrade your web site to Sitefinity 5.0. Please see these instructions here - Upgrade Instructions