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Today is a big day for us here at EPiServer. The first prerelease of EPiServer 7 – EPiServer 7 Preview – is available for download! Although there's still a lot of work to do, we've reached our first big milestone and are very confident with the product. So now we want to give everyone a chance to try it out, see where we are heading and give feedback.
EPiServer 7 takes a new approach on how to work with content and your online presence, no matter if you are an editor, marketer, site owner or developer. We haven't forgotten our background and hold true to the core concepts that have made EPiServer into what it is today.
You can find a great summary of what is new in the Release Notes, but I will highlight the most important concepts that all have one thing in common: Simplicity.
No more switching between different modes. You are always editing.
The chrome is there when you need it, but it doesn't take away focus from that most important: the content.
Reuse smaller content parts, such as listings and banners across sections, sites and channels.
Use strongly typed content models to simplify development, test and deployment.
Built-in support for different renderings of the same content depending on context. Ideal for multi-channel pages and shared blocks.
Choose the design pattern you prefer or combine both WebForms and MVC in the same solution.
An Add-on Store that makes it possible for site owners to install, upgrade and uninstall add-ons without the need for a developer.
Stay on top of your online presence and manage campaigns that spans across channels such as social, e-mail and AdWords.
With site settings controlled through code, site owners may feel left out in the cold. Fear not, we have made sure that important settings can be both changed and restored to “factory settings”.
As you can tell we have got a lot of blogging to do for you to gain insight into all improvements we've made. Stay tuned! For developers who want to kick start, we recommend the reworked SDK with Getting Started and Developer Guide with instructions, technical concepts and lots of other good information. When trying out the preview, beware that this is prerelease software and therefore some parts are still missing whereas other parts are not yet done. We do however believe that you will get a good feel for the product in its current state and that’s why we want as many as possible to try it out and give feedback. If you have any comments or questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
The final version of EPiServer 7 is due later this year.
» Download EPiServer 7 Preview (requires membership on EPiServer World)