Open source .Net-based content management aims for the enterprise

The DotNetNuke platform now boasts staging capabilities and beefed-up support

DotNetNuke, a Web content management platform, is the largest open source project in the Microsoft ecosystem. It's also the most widely adopted WCM (Web Content Management) platform built on Microsoft .Net, boasting 6 million downloads since launching in early 2009.

This week, DotNetNuke expanded its scope in announcing the Enterprise edition of its WCM platform. This update, Version 5.5, is the company's first concerted attempt to bring its platform beyond smaller businesses and into enterprises.

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The DotNetNuke platform runs on the standard Microsoft Web Services stack (as opposed to LAMP or Java) plus SQL Server, and it is fully open, meaning users can add custom-built apps or apps purchased from the Snowcovered apps market to tailor DotNetNuke to their particular needs. It features provider capabilities as well, so users can plug in other databases and support multiple Web sites off one instance of DotNetNuke.

For the Enterprise edition, DotNetNuke is now offering staging capabilities. Users can create a separate staging server where they can implement and test site changes before pushing them live. The system also compares the staging server configuration to the production server to identify missing components and provides a detailed view of all planned changes.

The Enterprise edition also features stepped-up support. Customers have access to the platform's online knowledge base and unlimited second-level support from the company's architects and engineers, and Enterprise-level customers can purchase Elite support, which  features extended support hours, faster guaranteed support, priority management of support tickets, installation upgrade assistance, and source code access to the proprietary Professional or Enterprise Edition expansion apps.

DotNetNuke Enterprise edition is priced at $5,000 per year per instance.

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