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Top Reasons to Migrate to WebUnity

written by Gabrielle Hendryx-Parker on Thursday February 6, 2014
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Plone 3 Loses Support in 2014

With the expected release of Plone 5 later this year, Plone 3 will become officially unsupported. This means no more security patches. If you haven't migrated to Plone 4 yet, you need to do so in the coming months.

The hidden costs of upgrading

Upgrading is now necessary, but the cost of doing so, and the features you will receive, can vary greatly based on the decisions you make. For a traditional upgrade you will need to go through a discovery phase to determine what features are critical, what packages are still maintained, and how you can move your custom setup forward. You will need to bring all current templates up-to-date with the latest Plone best practice, merge catalogs, set up buildout for deployment, move custom folder items into products, migrate your data to the newest version, test and tweak, test and tweak (yes, multiple times), and then deploy to production.

Is there another, simpler option? Fortunately, yes: you can avoid a lot of headaches by considering an out-of-the-box solution with guaranteed to work add-ons.

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WebUnity is the multisite Plone package designed to have all the add-ons you need in a maintained and continuously supported package. Here are some main reasons why you should consider upgrading to WebUnity on Plone 4.3 instead of a custom Plone installation.

All the add-ons you need, guaranteed to work

Six Feet Up created WebUnity to solve the challenges many of its clients presented. The company took its newest Plone add-ons, Resonate and Spotlight, and bundled them with Lineage and other proven packages (EasySlideShow, calendaring abilities, etc.) that most organizations need. WebUnity's core packages are therefore guaranteed to work well with one another.

WebUnity = Lineage + Resonate + Spotlight

Get a fresh start fast

WebUnity is set up as a clean install with a customizable base theme. You can either style the included theme to match your brand, or use a fully custom theme. Your existing content can also be imported in WebUnity or you can decide to start from a clean plate.

Because WebUnity is an existing package, it can be set up on a staging environment much faster than going through the tedious process of designing, specifying and developing a vanilla Plone site.

Continuous updates + predictable budget = peace of mind

Because of WebUnity's out-of-the-box design, we can keep your website up-to-date with the latest security patches and features, and you can maintain a consistent budget. No more worrying about a core add-on for your site being abandoned, or how much it will cost to upgrade your custom site before a critical security patch can be applied.

What will you decide?

Your site might require customizations no matter what. Depending on the complexity of those customizations, they can be added to WebUnity or our Plone Developers can upgrade your site to a custom version of Plone.

Learn more about your options:

 
Posted by Nathan Van Gheem on Feb 06, 2014 08:37 AM
FWIW, we still have been patching Plone 2 with recent patches. Once Plone 5 is out, the security team will likely still release patches that are compatible with Plone 3.
Posted by jim on Feb 13, 2014 11:49 AM
Hi Nathan, Yes, if a site has no packages that require new versions of Plone for them to be on their latest secure version, and a team can get security patches to work, then they can extend the life of older Plone versions. Still there will be no official support for Plone 3 and it will continue to get harder to maintain older versions. Thanks for sharing this info!
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