Exploring Solodev CMS 8

It’s time to kick off another featured week, this time with Solodev CMS, an enterprise-grade platform built to handle websites, document management, digital marketing, eCommerce, as well as custom and mobile app development.

Launched in 2006, Solodev is a well-established CMS, boasting clients such as OneBlood, MobileHelp, CNL Financial Group, Springstone Hospitals, Dr. Philips Center and the State of Florida Department of Education.

They tend to work within industries like: Consumer Services, Education, Healthcare, Government and Financial Services.

Getting Comfortable with Solodev

Solodev can be deployed as an on-premise solution, or as a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, making it flexible enough for pretty much all corners of the online world.

The platform’s core features span WYSIWYG and inline content editing, multi-site management, dynamic drag-and-drop templating features, a built-in Google Analytics dashboard, a landing page builder and a custom form builder.

Solodev also has built-in modules (called “Managers” in the platform) that make it easy to manage dynamic features like blogs, calendars, management pages, news items, and photo galleries.

It also integrates well with third party CRMs, marketing automation systems and other solutions to unite all marketing efforts under the same digital roof.

Furthermore, thanks to enhanced multi-site capabilities, brands can deploy and manage multiple websites from the a single Solodev instance. Those websites can be cloned to easily spin up new sites, and can also share content with other websites managed by the Solodev instance.

From AWS to API

With the release of Solodev CMS 8, the platform was re-architected for maximum optimization in the AWS (Amazon Web Services) Cloud. The re-build means that Solodev can be rapidly deployed across global regions at the click of a button.

Additionally, the AWS environment provides for load-balancing in multi-server set-ups and high capacity events. This helps to avoid restricted site access by triggering extra web servers or even a secondary load balancer in a redundant environment. Customers with the highest availability requirements can take advantage of hot standby sites in alternate regions to provide live failover capabilities for disaster recovery.

Solodev also provides users with a RESTful API for custom application and mobile app integration.

For example, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority made use of Solodev CMS to develop a website that serves as a portal for developers to request dev keys and access documentation.

The built-in API allowed their developers to take advantage of the existing and extensive Miami Beach data set to create mobile apps focusing on things such as: hotels, shopping, dining, arts and entertainment, nightlife, sports, music, transportation and more.

Getting Started with Solodev

Solodev CMS presents three subscription plans for brands to get started with their platform. Plans start from $7,100/year, and look a little like this:

  • Business – single server with standard support

  • Professional – multi-server with advanced support

  • Enterprise – multi-server cluster with dedicated support

To find out more about Solodev CMS, check out their website and the Solodev CMS Critic Directory listing.

And of course, be sure to stay tuned for more featured coverage during this Solodev CMS featured week.