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DotNetNuke Corp.

October 23, 2012 07:00 ET

Sportsdirect.com Standardizes on the DotNetNuke Web Content Management Platform and Leverages Cantarus' Development Services for More Than 100 Online Properties

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SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 23, 2012) - DotNetNuke Corp., the company behind the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platform for Microsoft .NET, today announced that Sportsdirect.com, the U.K.'s number one sports retailer by revenue and profit, evaluated and chose DotNetNuke as the standard web content management platform for over 100 of their online properties, including USC, Lillywhites, FieldandTrek, Dunlop, Slazenger, Lonsdale and Karrimor. Cantarus Ltd, a DotNetNuke Gold Certified Partner and a leading system integrator for DotNetNuke in the U.K., was selected to provide development, integration and training services for Sportsdirect.com.

By standardizing on DotNetNuke, Sportsdirect.com's developers are now able to rapidly modify specific web applications and design templates for individual brands, while maintaining consistency across multiple sites. The company also plans to utilize DotNetNuke 6.2's social capabilities to implement user ratings and reviews as its sites are migrated to the platform.

"Sportsdirect.com's online business is an important, rapidly growing retail channel for our company, increasing 83% over the past year," said Jay Lyford, IT manager of Sportsdirect.com. "The Olympic Games have created a tremendous spike in interest for sports and sporting goods, generating a surge in demand for our brands online. We needed to strengthen our online infrastructure to better handle the volume of traffic and transactions. DotNetNuke's Web Development Framework and CMS was chosen because it easily integrates with our existing systems, allows us to redeploy sites quickly, and enables us to scale to meet growing demand."

Sportsdirect.com's network of websites currently receives in excess of 436,000 peak daily visitors and 7.7 million page views per day. The existing platform did not scale well and ultimately struggled to cope with the demands placed upon the sites. The move to DotNetNuke was therefore a logical progression to a more robust platform that would enable the future expansion plans for Sportsdirect.com's online presence.

"At DotNetNuke we measure the caliber of the company we are by the company we keep and we are thrilled to add Sportsdirect.com to the growing number of global organizations standardizing on the DotNetNuke platform," said Bob Cortale, senior vice president, Sales and Customer Care at DotNetNuke. "The introduction of our DotNetNuke Professional and Enterprise products in the UK and European markets has been extremely well received and has led us to establish an office in Amsterdam and develop partnerships with leading integrators like Cantarus to help meet that demand."

Sportsdirect.com is working with DotNetNuke partner Cantarus to build and redeploy its websites using DotNetNuke's platform and tools. Cantarus has collaborated with Sportsdirect.com and DotNetNuke to architect a solution tailored to Sportsdirect.com's complex, technical and demanding business requirements. Additionally, Cantarus' DotNetNuke experts have helped Sportsdirect.com optimize DotNetNuke for the company's highly transactional eCommerce back-end and to achieve zero downtime during upgrades and system maintenance.

"A joint Cantarus and DotNetNuke team is working closely with Sportsdirect.com's own, highly-skilled development group to redeploy multiple branded websites using DotNetNuke in a short period of time," said Lee Adams, co-founder and partner at Cantarus. "Cantarus is equipped to deliver even the most demanding enterprise-class DotNetNuke projects. When it's fully deployed, we believe the Sportsdirect.com project will be among the largest DotNetNuke environments in the world by daily page views."

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About DotNetNuke Corp.

DotNetNuke software is used by developers, designers and business people to quickly build and easily maintain websites of all kinds. DotNetNuke is the most widely deployed Web CMS native to the .NET platform -- more than 700,000 websites have been deployed worldwide using our products. Our online store speeds up this process by offering thousands of apps and add-ons that quickly and easily extend our product. Thousands of organizations like True Value Hardware, Bose, Cornell University, Glacier Water, Dannon, Delphi, USAA, NASCAR, Northern Health, and the City of Denver have leveraged DNN to deploy highly engaging business critical websites. There have been over 7 million downloads of our open source project, which fuels an active global community one million strong. The rapid growth of our commercial products resulted in DotNetNuke Corp. being named as one of the fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. Magazine in 2011 and 2012. Founded in 2006 and funded by Sierra Ventures, August Capital and Pelion Venture Partners, DotNetNuke Corp. is headquartered in San Mateo, California, with offices in Vancouver and Amsterdam.

About Cantarus Ltd.

Award-winning UK-based Cantarus Ltd. is one of the world's leading DotNetNuke partners and was the first DotNetNuke Gold Partner outside the USA. It has the skills, experience and scale to deliver even the most demanding projects, as evidenced by a client portfolio including leading national and international organizations such as Sports Direct, Barclays, United Utilities, HRG, Durham County Council and Radley & Co. Cantarus provides a complete range of DotNetNuke products and services spanning consultancy, development, hosting, training, modules, skins and licenses. It works with clients from small businesses and public bodies to the largest commercial enterprises across multiple verticals. Cantarus' rapid growth -- the company is projected to have grown by circa 300% between 2010 and the end of 2012 -- is centered on the delivery of world-class DotNetNuke solutions. Founded in 2004, Cantarus is headquartered near Manchester, England with plans to expand into London, England and internationally.

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