Sitefinity 5.1 is here! This is quite an exciting release for us. Among the big features and optimizations, there are some highly requested features that come as a surprise for you. Here are the full release notes. Enjoy!
The module has been completely revamped according to your feedback. There are new wizards for creating campaigns and report tools that track the effectiveness of those campaigns. We have implemented our own CSS transformation algorithm for conversion of external css styles to inline ones for maximum compatibility with all the mail clients. Last but not least - you would love the new A/B campaigns tests management capabilities.
Asp.Net MVC3 support (surprise!)
With the 5.1 release, Sitefinity becomes the first CMS ever to provide the developers with the option to choose the platform they would like to use for their pages and templates - traditional Web Forms or MVC. There are 3 modes for pages and templates - Web Forms, MVC and mixed mode in which you can have both MVC controllers and Web Forms controls on one page. This is not an emulation of MVC, but a native support - as such, the designers can enjoy Razor templates and the SEO geeks - minimized and clean HTML output.
Needless to say, once MVC4 is released, we will bring the support for it as well.
Generic New Features and Enhancements
Modules and Services Management UI
- Support for custom URL extensions in pages and content (by popular demand)
- Faster page publishing
- Search in Users management screen (by popular demand)
- Forms Module e-mail notifications (by popular demand)
- DocumentService - API for extraction of text from PDFs and MsOffice documents
- eWay payment provider and customer profiles in the Ecommerce module
- Merchants can now create states, provinces or territories for each country through the administrator settings - PITS
Sitefinity 5.1 brings the functionality for turning on and off modules. In order to save memory, you can disable certain modules that you don't use for this web site - their navigation links and widgets will be hidden and disabled. The less modules load, the faster the startup times are.
The search service has been enhanced to index PDFs, Microsoft Word .docx documents, RTF, HTML and text files stored in the Documents module. We have introduced UI for customization of the fields to be indexed and to be searched by.
There are also performance improvements in the search results retrieval/display times.
Module Builder Enhancements
The Module Builder handles multiple (and hierarchical) type relations. As usual, all widgets and services for hierarchical content types are generated automatically. Permissions by types and fields as well as additional URLs for custom items are also part of this release.
Introducing the Events Driven Infrastructure
With Sitefinity 5.1 we are putting some of the foundations of an event-driven infrastructure (EventService) allowing many of the benefits of event-driven development, like “loose coupling” of the code among others. A number of basic CRUD events have been exposed by some of the data providers and the communication with the publishing system (including search and site synchronization) has been re-implemented to take advantage of this infrastructure and to decouple the code internally. This allows user code to subscribe to any of these events without performance degradation of the system, and also makes hooking to the internals easier and more elegant than ever.
Sitefinity Thunder Features
Sitefinity Thunder is now capable of:
- Creating page and form widgets with designers
- Generating content selectors for images, documents and dynamic content (by popular demand)
- Creating layout and field controls
- Creating custom modules and configuration sections
- Automatic templates uploading
- Intellisense in widget templates plus auto-completion of the CSS styles presented in the selected theme
- RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX updated to 2012.2.607.40
- OpenAccess ORM updated to 2012.2.628.2
Pages and Templates
- Restoring basic templates to the default ones does not remove the base template if it is set - PITS
- The content of a page that uses a template based on another template (master page template) doesn't get updated
- Changing a template based on .master file to be based on some default Layout template preserves the old .master page settings
- Error when duplicating pages translated in all languages
- Caching settings are not preserved when duplicating a page
- Pages definitions constants are internal, they are not set to public
- Importing user file different from .csv and .txt it results in error
- Small Business Edition, Mailing lists: adding a connection results in error for missing Forms module
- Deleting the search string in Mailing List selector causes the full list of records not to display again
- Unsubscribe widget: no proper message if you try to unsubscribe a non-existing subscriber
- Subscribe widget: duplicate emails if you subscribe user in a few mailing lists
- Wrong notification message if you send a test campaign but SMTP settings are not set
- Slow loading of the Like a web page grid in Firefox
- Concurrency issue when editing a campaign, AB test, mailing list, message template or subscriber
- Taxonomy control doesn’t show taxa that have been applied to custom content items
- Paging for custom types is not working on the front-end for more than 20 items
- Cannot create custom module with a choices field that has many options - PITS
- Issues with identifiers when the field for URL generation is changed - PITS
- Search indexes are broken when the field for URL generation is changed - PITS
- ContentViewDisplayMode does not work with Custom Modules - PITS
- Publishing/Saving an item with Media field duplicates the ContentLink records in the database - PITS
- Two or more content items can be created with the same URL name - PITS
- Search indexes for custom content types search only in the Title field - PITS
Search, Publication System, Site Sync
- Content block's "Table Properties" and "Copy From Word" dialogs don't show up correctly when editing in Full Screen
- Insert link dialog: "Page from this site" tab is read-only and will not let you select a page to insert a link to - PITS
- AppyCss dropdown doesn't work in content blocks put on pages - PITS
- Facebook like widget - js error "relation is null or not an due to Facebook API change
- Categories widget doesn't filter content by custom classification - PITS
- "A potentially dangerous Request.QueryString value was detected from the client…" exception when editing permissions of the Login widget - PITS
- Images stored on the file system cannot be synced
- Images stored in blob storage other than the default one cannot be synced
- Syncing images does not preserve the image ordering in the Images module
- Changing data while it's being synchronized causes an error
- Search index is not updated when one of the multilingual versions of a page is deleted
- Choosing “Show search box above the results” functionality in the Search widget causes incorrect search results
- Searching content in different culture variations returns zero search results (requires re-indexing) - PITS
- Cannot filter news and event items by tags and categories in inbound pipes
- Search does not return results when the search term has special characters
- Taxes by billing are not applied correctly. - PITS
- Checkout not correctly applying tax. - PITS
- Checkout discount cannot be larger than the total. - PITS
- UI during Image selector when creating new product breaks. - PITS
- Taxation of non-shippable and shippable items in the cart - PITS
- Product List detail template changes sort order in overview - PITS
- Product detail shows up twice - PITS
- Ecommerce Reports displays horizontal scrollbar - PITS
- Ecommerce shopping cart is not updated when placed on separate product details page - PITS
- Checkout widget needs a valid SMTP server, username, password, and from address - PITS
- Two product list widgets result in two product details - PITS
- During checkout, Shipping and Billing Countries/States can show incorrect values occasionally.
- Display offline payment method name instead of the word “offline” in the backend on the customer order and on the frontend invoice.
- Cart will display two line items if you add the same item twice to the shopping cart using the BuyNow widget.
- Product type label can’t be changed.
- Non-shippable order displays error message that the shipping method is no longer available.
- Products grid filter by product types does not work if the product type contains ‘&’.
- Backend Order detail – anonymous user image is missing.
- Customer info is not updated with newly updated photo.
- Orders – status icon is not changed if the order is deleted or marked paid.
- Ecommerce backend, when an order is deleted just change the order status to deleted.
- SagePay – exception occurs with invalid URL is used to post a transaction.
- Order Summary widget is not available on the widget template screen.
- Ecommerce-Delete product type and then recreate type and the previous custom fields will exist.
- Ecommerce reports do not show correct currency
- Ecommerce reports show full price not discounted price.
- Ecommerce currency culture still changes currency.
- When a payment fails, orphan records are created in order addresses and order discounts
- Some labels in Sitefinity Ecommerce are not localized
- Ecommerce shopping cart doesn’t display proper localized product after a new language is added
- Sale articles don’t’ expire once placed in shopping cart
- Error appears when a page with shopping cart widget opened in view mode “You are trying to access an item that no longer exists.”
- FE Buy now widget doesn’t recognize product
- After checkout customers are not assigned to the Customers (ecommerce) role unless one of the products specified the role
- Product List – Items per page option is hidden and items per page not correctly set
- Product list is not formatted using default currency as configured in the backend settings page.
- Receipt doesn’t display for anonymous users
- Sale expires on a product but customer still gets sale price if they’ve placed item in their shopping cart
- KendoUI css files are not loaded if custom theme is used for Sitefinity backend
- Current album is not preselected when uploading images in the Images module - PITS
- Page selector does not work under Cassini - PITS
- Cannot view or create users in Internet Explorer 7 - PITS
- File Manager grid: Clicking outside of one of the checkboxes selects the App_Data folder - PITS
- Backend users see Pages and Content blocks
- Files without extension break the master page selector - PITS
- Files without extension in root folder break the JS and CSS widgets
- Forums file attachments size is in bytes but measurement is in KB
- NLB setup not working as expected when both sites are configured without trailing slashes
- RecoveryMailBody and RecoveryMailSubject properties do not work properly
- Cannot register new twitter application after all aplications are removed
- Filtering of content by tags is lost in some cases when categories filtering is also applied
- Clicking the browser's back button while in Forums causes “Webpage has expired” message
- Deleting forum's user causes threads with his posts to appears empty
- Unnecessary db calls is done even when Responsive Design is turned off
- Fixes on migrating additional URLs for content modules, when doing migration from Sitefinity 3.7
- SQL Azure option is removed during install because it's misleading there
- When splitting a published page, the translations should be republished.
- URLs extensions should be the same on all page translations
- Redirect pages are not working properly under split pages.
- Switching from monolingual to multilingual mode, requires a reindex.
- Ecommerce -> Products list widget - Sort by Name (localized). This is a known issue and happens throughout Sitefinity. Merchants should create the languages they are going to use for the storefront before they start adding products or they can go back into each product and resave it so that it has the titles for each language and they are not null.
- We removed the Customers (ecommerce) role from the dropdown when editing a product in the backend because if the customer is a registered/logged in user they will automatically get assigned to the Customers (ecommerce) role after they checkout. This should be used for roles such as “Gold Membership” or “Silver Service” or with selling content, membership, etc…
- Post action on an MVC home page generates an error
- Email campaigns are inactive after upgrading to Sitefinity 5.1 - KB article
- Shopping Cart custom templates have to be recreated with the missing controls. Those missing controls can be taken from the default widget templates.
API Changes are attached as a zip file to this thread. Please make sure to check our online Upgrade Instructions
in case you upgrade to Sitefinity 5.1.