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Oxite (alpha) is an open source, standards compliant, and extensible content management sample that can run anything from blogs to big web sites. We know this because it runs MIX Online.

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What's in the bag?

Everything you could ever want When you roll your own blog or web site, you are faced with a huge list of protocols and features that you need to implement, but all you care about is building the best web experience you can dream up. Oxite provides you with a strong foundation you can build upon - pingbacks, trackbacks, anonymous or authenticated commenting (with optional moderation), gravatar support, RSS feeds at any page level, support for MetaWebLog API (think Windows Live Writer integration made easy), web admin panel, support for Open Search format allowing users to search your site using their browser's search box, and more - so, you can spend time on designing a great experience.

Create more than just blog posts. Oxite includes the ability to create and edit an arbitrary set of pages on your site. Want an 'about' page? You got it. Need a special page about your dogs, with sub-pages for each of those special animals? Yep, no worries . the ability to add pages as a child of another page is all built in. The web-based editing and creation interface lets you put whatever HTML you want onto your pages, and the built-in authentication system means that only you will be able to edit them. And if that's not enough, well, you have all the code, don't you?

We heart web standards. Web development isn’t easy. Oxite shows that you can build a standards compliant website, starting with design and markup and realizing that vision into a web application using ASP.NET MVC. The current iteration is an alpha release and we'll continue to ship periodic updates based on all the great feedback we're hearing. We’ve also made it open source so that people can look at the code and even contribute changes along the way.

Lone blogger, or part of a pack? Oxite includes support for multiple blogs on one site, as well as the ability to contain the data for more than one site in the same database.

Learn from MIX Online. We know how frustrating it can be to get going on building a great site on a powerful platform. We're providing a default template to get you started, but fret not if that's not enough. If you're anything like us, you learn best by sifting through code. So, we figured that we'd package up MIX Online codebase for your perusal. If nothing, it should give you a rockin' good start at building your own site.



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