The market for ASP.NET CMS products is expanding rapidly. Users now have another option for blending content management and the power of ASP.NET with Webaptive. Just released by developer Striquent, Webaptive is an enterprise CMS available in premium and community versions. The biggest draw to this program is its ability to incorporate content management functionality into existing applications without the implementation of third-party software development kits. This is made possible by the presence of IIS and the stack of Microsoft .NET technologies.
Creating ASP.NET Applications
Webaptive works closely with the web server to add CMS functionality to your applications. From within IIS, you can choose the application you want to enhance. Once you make your selection and a database is automatically created, you can then enable existing applications or develop new ones. Because the method in which Webaptive associates itself with applications is specific to the ASP.NET framework, it is strongly recommend that you create your pages and applications using standard ASP.NET programming practices.
Though rich in ASP.NET functionality, Webaptive offers many of the same capabilities found in other CMS products. For instance, it has a built-in WYSIWYG editor for easily creating articles and blog posts, a CSS editing facility, and support for multiple authors. Some of its more advanced features include localization and campaign management as well content inheritance options for managers and administrators. Another unique quality of Webaptive its seamless integration with Perifigure, Striquent’s sister product. Perfigure is a powerful analytic tool that analyzes site performance and provides detailed statistics on traffic, marketing campaigns and several other business related activities. These capabilities alone make Webaptive a very attractive CMS for business users.
Standing Alongside and Out from the Crowd
Marketed as a CMSaaS product, Webaptive shares a few qualities with similar hosted SaaS CMS solutions such as CushyCMS and Surreal CMS. Many of these platforms work by mildly blending content management features into a web page or website. Though effective for the most part, they are not all that intrusive in regard to the core technologies and as a result, only provide limited CMS functionality. Although Webaptive performs in a similar manner, it goes beyond the basics by digging into the code at the ASP.NET application level. This gives it the ability to interact with ASP.NET controls as well as the standard HTML elements. When all components are properly configured, this CMS can truly help you take your web applications to the next level. Another difference is that whereas most SaaS CMS platforms are hosted solutions, Webaptive can be downloaded, installed and configured on your own server.
Availability and System Requirements
The Webaptive CMS is currently available in three versions: Community, Express and Enterprise editions. In terms of functionality, the Community and Express versions are nearly identical. However, the community version is free and therefore does not come included with reliable technical support. The Enterprise edition is the most powerful version of the product as it is equipped with many advanced back-end versions and of course, paid support. In order to run Webaptive, you will need the Windows Server 2003 operating system or higher and an SQL Server database. These elements are needed to support your ASP.NET applications and web pages.
I would recommend to check the Kentico CMS for asp.net, I already use it for 3 comemrcial projects, one is even running on their Free edition. Kentico is rich in features and thanks to support there were no time constrains in the development.