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Social media user authentication capabilities available in Sitefinity CMS update

17 May 2017

Progress today announced the release of Progress Sitefinity 10, the latest edition of its web content management system (CMS).

The release delivers new user authentication and security capabilities making social authentication on websites a capability available to any organisation.

Enabling visitors to log into websites using their existing social and email IDs including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Github and LinkedIn has been proven to increase website registrations and conversions.

When marketers have access to the rich customer data associated with these third-party sites, they can offer customers a more personalised, enriched digital experience.

According to Gartner research, consumer identity data is a powerful sales and marketing tool that allows organisations to know their customers better and deliver personalised services.

It improves customer service and helps build customer loyalty.

But the complexity of building these capabilities has made it time and labour-intensive, forcing many organisations without the requisite resources or developer skill sets to forgo using this resource.

With the Sitefinity 10 CMS, Progress has simplified the authentication process, with out-of-the-box capabilities for third-party authentication for major social and email accounts.

It has also added new security capabilities to the Sitefinity 10 CMS, with a standards-based implementation layered on top of OpenID Connect and IdentityServer3, making enterprise-grade identity management and security accessible to small and large organisations. 

IT administrators can rely on Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) or LDAP to automatically authorise website users by mapping active directory roles to Sitefinity content management roles. 

In addition, Progress Sitefinity 10 CMS is the first solution to empower digital marketers to work with Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) images, without the inherent security concerns associated with embedded malware.

Additional features new in the Sitefinity 10 CMS include:

·         Sitefinity Site Shield: Website managers can invite stakeholders to secure websites that are under development, without having to grant back-end permissions. This feature is ideal for product managers and web agencies that need to secure approval from end clients, legal and PR teams that are not active CMS users.

·         Export / Import Site Data: Developers can streamline the development of new websites by easily creating starter kits and moving website components, together with their data, from one Sitefinity CMS instance to another. 

·         CDN Support Improvements: Businesses can now bring the latest content to their visitors by implementing a cache-control header strategy with full control over the cache settings for site images and pages delivered by their CDN.

·         Azure Cloud Support Improvements: Progress Sitefinity 10 CMS enables developers to take advantage of the latest Azure SDK to deploy Sitefinity websites in the cloud. 

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