Announcing the Better Shared Source Initiative
I would like to announce the Better Shared Source Initiative, where we have taken some of the most popular shared source modules and have them pass a series of checks to make sure that they meet the Sitecore best practices.
A Sitecore solution architect have been assigned one of the selected modules and the solution architect should then become a champion of that module, meaning that when a question about that module is posted on the shared source forum that person should be able to answer the question within a reasonable amount of time. For the modules that get a high number of posts a specialized forum for just that module will be created. As of now there are specialized forums for the EviBlog, Image Gallery, Dynamic flash for marketers etc.
The list of modules selected is available here at the index list of the shared source modules. The project rooms for each of the selected modules should also contain this
with a link to the list of the checks that the module has gone through in order get such a label.
If the module has been validated by Customer Service the project room will also feature a supported by Sitecore label.
It was our intention that people would be more comfortable using the shared source modules on their site if they knew that a solution architect from Sitecore had made sure that the quality of the modules meets the checks on the list before implementing them.
So how does a shared source module become a part of the Better shared source initiative? Well first of the module should meet the checks that I mentioned before and then every once in a while we will ask our Sitecore offices what shared source modules are popular and most used by the Sitecore partners and developers and what the solution architect’s and Pre-sales use themselves. Then we take the top of the list and test them to make sure that they do meet the checks on the list and when ready we will add it to the list of modules that gets labeled with a “Tested by Sitecore” label on the project room so that visitors would know which modules have been tested by Sitecore.
Sitecore’s Customer Service have also had a look at the list of modules that have been labeled “Tested by Sitecore” and have decided that they would also offer support for these modules for a fixed price per module.
This means that developers who might have looked at implementing a shared source module but decided not to because of the lack of support can now reconsider using shared source modules for their solutions.