Bitrix Inc. has released the Bitrix Site Manager 5.1--web content management system. New features in the new version include: an AJAX-enabled user interface, where users have new modules to create blogs, training courses, and examination tests; a new tabbed Control Panel with three modes: "Public section" to view the site as-is; "Edit site" in which system control areas are highlighted and powered with management tools, and the "Control Panel." The new interface provides for switching between the three modes; all product editions can import and export data from/to information blocks in the CSV format (e.g. for communication with MS Excel). The Small Business edition contains the Forum and Newsletter modules. The Professional and Enterprise editions include the Blogs and e-Learning modules. Additionally, the Enterprise edition has an AD/LDAP module; and the ability for users to manage affiliate networks.
The eStore also features a system of discounts and coupons, while the forum engine offers new functions. All users of older versions of Bitrix Site Manager whose tech support subscription is active can update their systems for free via the SiteUpdate to upgrade to Bitrix Site Manager 5.1. A 30-day trial version is also available from the Bitrix website.