Composite C1 3.2

Rating:        Based on 16 ratings
Reviewed:  16 reviews
Downloads: 35550
Change Set: 16274
Released: Apr 27, 2012
Updated: Aug 30, 2012 by mawtex
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

Composite C1 3.2 (3.2.4497.34793) is the major service release to 3.0, adding features like optional workflow ("Save and Publish"), an improved Page Browser, spell checking (when using Mozilla Firefox with dictionaries installed) and .less file editing with syntax highlighting. This release also fixes all issues reported on 3.0 and 3.1 and add a number of developer oriented features.

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What's new in Composite C1 3.2 (also see
  • Save and Publish - a new combo button when editing pages and publishable data - let you easily opt out of workflow, eliminating the need to publish content.
  • Easier to set your desired language settings in the C1 Console
  • Media Archive now support streaming video for html5
  • Compatible with .NET 4.5 (currently in beta)
  • The "Insert Front-end URL" selection dialog allow you to create folders, upload files
  • Converting the website files into a Visual Studio Web Application project is now painless.
  • Adding support for serving popular html5 file types (like .woff - web fonts) from the Media Archive.
  • New feature on Tree Definitions: new attribute ShareRootElementById="true" enable Tree Definitions to share a common folder / perspective
  • Media Archive: a provider model allow you to integrate media files and folders from external sources as first class C1 Media.
  • LoginSessionStore provider model made pluggable, so you can replace the way uswers log into the C1 Console (like authenticating against an AD).
  • New Package Fragment Installer; XmlFileMerge making it easy to merge a XML fragment in/out of an physical XML file.
  • Fix: Firefox could feel laggy and 'eat' keyboard input.
  • Fix: Turkish-i problem, now works on Windows servers configured with Turkish system locale.
  • Fix: The C1 Package "Extranet" works (user editing fail when running on 3.1)
  • Fix: optimizeCompilation="true" setting in web.config removed (it made compilation unpredictable)
  • Fix: Image Resizing done dynamically (like appending &w=250 to the media url) result in better quality.
  • Fix: Works with IE10 (currently in beta)
  • Fix: Issue where <em><f:function ...></em> would break in the Visual Editor, if parameters existed.

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What's new in Composite C1 3.1
  • Mozilla Firefox users have spell check features in text boxes and visual editors
  • Support for editing .less files via the C1 Console
  • Fixing issues reported on 3.0

What's new in Composite C1 3.0
For an overview of top 3.0 features and screenshots, visit

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Reviews for this release

Thoroughly thought-through, with an extensible and customisable architecture. It's the first CMS product that has ticked all the boxes for me.
by iaresean on Mar 13, 2013 at 3:26 PM
Great lightweight CMS with awesome data features. We use it in every project now! Thanks C1
by skoenigpi on Feb 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM
A very flexible CMS with a solid well-designed architecture to back it up. It's practically technology agnostic (within .NET land) so you can use ASP.NET master pages, MVC, XSLT etc without it limiting what you can do. My customers seem to love the user interface which is very straightforward. Looking forward to the next release :)
by nmg196 on Aug 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Powerful, easy to template, nice built-in functions... But the backend is a total shame... Editing content is a pain in the **** ... I just hate it ! And uploading a complete hierarchical image gallery is just a waste of time !
by cmwalolo on Aug 20, 2012 at 2:55 PM
An extremely powerful and flexible CMS that's a real pleasure to use for fully featured foundation to develop on top of. Active developers that provide help through the discussions / forums for help with those trickier edge case scenarios. The best CMS I've had the pleasure of using so far.
by gavinharriss on Aug 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM
Dont like MVC? Use webforms? Do you want clean markup and like MVC, USE MVC? Amazing but true - A very stable system and a very good documentation compared to so many others
by MatiasKorn on Jul 7, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I went on the search for a new CMS platform after they pulled the plug on Umbraco 5 and picked Composite C1. Provides all the flexibility I came to love with Umbraco and more. The only current downside is the small community, which I hope will change, and costly key core modules.
by csNET on Jul 2, 2012 at 6:07 PM
Composite is a great CMS! Many good packages and a smooth way to customize!
by christophc on Jun 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM
You saved my life after the Umbraco 5 Rip. Fast and simple. Reccomended
by tbruno80 on Jun 27, 2012 at 1:59 PM
The has got to be the best open source cms maybe even the best cms. This is a project I am willing to put time into! Thank you all for providing this awesome piece of software. :)
by c_astle on Jun 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM
A very high quality CMS - very good documentation - easy expandable - a lot of useful packages - based on the latest Microsoft technologies - perfectly suited for Windows Azure.
by ThorstenH on Jun 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM
A very stable CMS. It's rare to find a CMS that does so many things well and yet allows for extensive customization. The stability of a commercial product with the openness of Open source! Razor functionality, XSLT, C#. Have your own data as a first class citizen! Something for everyone! Add to that an ecosystem that allows you to create your own widgets and you can go as deep as you want!
by oneproton on Jun 16, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Composite C1 version 3.2 is *the* version 3 release. I know its hard to get spot-on in the first or second attempt, but whats important is keeping to fix bugs and listening to the community! All previous things which made C1 great is there, rock solid, and small improvements like "Save and Publish" makes this the best release so far.
by burningice on Jun 15, 2012 at 1:25 PM
By far the best .NET CMS I worked with. It's open source, easy to install (no building necessary, optional database storage, ~15 MB footprint), easy to extend, and has a clean design. My only troubles using it were learning XSLT (which isn't a problem with C1 per se) and working in the C1's admin interface for extended period would to bloat tab memory usage in Chrome.
by Shawn_Conn on Jun 14, 2012 at 1:52 AM
Runs like a dream.
by slacto on May 3, 2012 at 8:38 AM
Still kicking ass :-)
by sorenjuul on May 1, 2012 at 9:16 AM