welcome to the December release of Kentico Newsletter.
What you find inside:
Information about upgrade from 1.9 to 2.0 and ASPX page templates
Kentico CMS 2.0 customer survey
New, 8-page Quick Start Guide
2.0b release information
New hosting partners
It's been 6 weeks from Kentico CMS 2.0 release and we've already received a lot of feedback from some of our clients. One of the most common questions was:
How do I upgrade my web site to 2.0 and will I be able to use ASPX page templates in 2.0?
The upgrade from Kentico CMS 1.9 to 2.1 will be possible with Migration Toolkit that will allow you to move your content and code files to the new system. The Migration Toolkit will be released together with version 2.1 later this month.
In version 2.0, we have introduced the new portal engine that allows you to build pages without programming in Visual Studio. Still, many of you prefer the traditional way of development using your favorite tools.
I'd like to assure you that the ASPX page templates will be fully supported and documented in version 2.1, so you will be able to use the methods you already know and leverage dozens of improvements in version 2.0.
We will also try to keep both development approaches equal so that you can use all features in ASPX and portal engine page templates.
For those of you who aren't sure how to use the new portal engine with web parts, page layouts and visual inheritance, we have prepared a short video tutorial - you can download it at http://www.kentico.com/Support/Documentation.aspx.
Petr Palas, CEO
Kentico CMS 2.0 Customer Survey
If you've already had a chance to use Kentico CMS 2.0, we'd like to ask you for providing us with feedback and help us make the CMS even better.
You can fill in a short, 4-question survey at http://www.kentico.com/Company/Survey.aspx.
First 10 clients who answer the survey completely, receive a free license of Kentico Compare SQL, the MSSQL database comparison tool, worth $79.
Kentico CMS 2.0b Quick Start Guide
We know that going through the whole Tutorial may take some time. That's why we created a short, 8-page Quick Start Guide PDF that will help you become familiar with the most important concepts of Kentico CMS 2.0b in one or two hours.
Download Kentico CMS 2.0b Quick Start Guide (PDF)
Kentico CMS 2.0b Released
We have just released Kentico CMS 2.0b with several bug fixes and minor improvements:
Full support for Internet Explorer 7.0 and FireFox 2.0.
New system of full-page caching that provides a performance comparable to static HTML pages.
Improved editing of page layouts directly in the Design mode.
You can download the latest version at http://www.kentico.com/downloads/kenticocms.exe.
The upgrade procedure from 2.0a to 2.0b can be found at http://www.kentico.com/Download/Upgrades.aspx.
New Hosting Partners
We are happy to announce that we have successfully tested Kentico CMS 2.0 with two new hosting partners:
You can find the full list of hosting partners and details on how to set up Kentico CMS on their servers at http://www.kentico.com/Partners/Hosting-Partners.aspx.