I have been noticing an increase in the number of new ASP.NET web sites in New Zealand that have been built using Kentico.
Kentico CMS for ASP.NET is a full-featured content management system for building web sites, on-line stores, intranets and Web 2.0 social networks.
I have also noticed that Kentico is currently the 2nd highest ranked application on the Windows Web App Gallery.
Now Kentico is not a Free Open Source ASP.NET CMS like the DotNetNuke® Community Edition (which also has a strong community presence in New Zealand) but it does have a free version available for commercial websites.
Keith Patton at Marker Studio is particularly active blogging about Kentico on their company blog and he has worked on some recently released high profile Kentico sites including Yellow Maps and Guide To Auckland.
I see New Zealand is well represented with five companies that partner with Kentico (3 gold and 2 certified)
Also if you are reading this as a Web Developer working in a company with less than 10 people you can receive Windows Web Server, SQL Server Web Edition, Expression Studio 3 and Visual Studio at no upfront cost to host new websites.
One of the biggest challenges for smaller web development companies (of which there is a lot of in New Zealand) are based around visibility, training, support and access to the latest software. For many the web moves faster than people's ability to learn and adapt their skill set.
Microsoft has recently launched a new global program WebsiteSpark that is designed to address the needs of smaller professional web design companies with less than 10 people. 72 NZ web design companies have already signed up to WebsiteSpark. Having worked personally with some of the companies like McGovern, WebsiteSpark is already showing its potential to be a great program for innovative New Zealanders working on the web.
UPDATE: Kentico has signed up as a global network partner for New Zealand. Sign up for WebsiteSpark with them to get $999USD worth of their software for free.
It would be remise of me to close this post out without making a couple more comments:
Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused project aimed at delivering applications and reusable components on the ASP.NET platform.
Also if you are a php developer may like to take SilverStripe CMS for a run.
The Metlink SilverStripe + Windows Server 2008, IIS 7 & SQL Server 2008. Daily 3k visitors; 23k page views; 2.2GB traffic… details
All of the CMS solutions I mentioned above can be installed on Windows for both development and production using the Web Platform Installer.
Just to add one more technology to the pile SharePoint 2010 is shaping up to be quite the ASP.NET development platform too.
In fact the next Official New Zealand SharePoint Conference 2010 was announced today as taking place on the 9th and 10th June 2010. Some of the following sessions from PDC may be of interest to you if you are a SharePoint developer looking forward to the next release:
- Developer Patterns to Integrate Microsoft Silverlight 3.0 with Microsoft SharePoint 2010
- Overview of SharePoint 2010 Programmability
- SharePoint Is Not Just On-Premise: Developing and Deploying Solutions to Microsoft SharePoint Online
- It's All about the Services: Developing Custom Applications for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Using Microsoft ASP.NET, WCF, and REST
For your interest I have listed below some of the Kentico production sites that I found in New Zealand:
- Auckland City Libraries - details
- Datacom NZ – details
- The Edge – details
- Labtests - details
- Giving to Auckland - details
- North Shore Library – details
- Bayleys Agent Websites – details
- Fertility Associates - details
- Coffee Systems – details
- Harrier Exports – details
- Foodie – details
- ASEAN – details
- Tall By Design – details
- Yellow Maps – details
- IT Partners - details
- Poronui - details
- Kiwi Safaris - details
- New Zealand Film Commission – details
- Guide To Auckland – details
- FreshChoice - details
- SuperValue – details
- Steinlager Pure - details
- Summit Lager - details
- Speights – details
- Lion Red - details
- Guinness New Zealand - details