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Sitefinity review by Richard P.
Richard P.
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"Love the widgets and module builder tools"

What do you like best?

I love the widgets and module builder tools as it allows me to quickly and easily build new pages without having to pay our digital agency to do so. And withe the handy widgets I can use infinite versions of similar templates to make as many different pages as I need.

What do you dislike?

It took longer that I thought it would to master the module builder tool, but when I did it was great. I like the ability to develop my own widgets without having to pay my digital agench to do that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Get actively involved in a Users Group as you will so much from your peers

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our business has reduced its out of pocket costs to our digital agency to develop pages. We can do internally what we were paying our digital agency too much money to do. We now have more people trained to use the systems, expanding the flexibility to update our website faster.

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Sitefinity review by John K.
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"SiteFinity CMS review"

What do you like best?

For our company, the ease to upload and update documents linked on our site is fantastic. Our documents change a lot, and this makes managing them very simple.

What do you dislike?

I am not a fan of the inability to easily find and replace site content. The CMS stores all of the data in a database, so replacing specific lines of text is a chore to say the least. We also have multiple environments, and our content links are specific to each environment (such as QA to QA, and Production to Production). We had to get a custom URL rewriting widget created just to have variable links on each environment. It was a costly chore and something they should have thought of out of the box without needing costly customization. Upgrading from one version to the next is also painful. It is worse then a new install. The databases need to be rebuilt and a ton of new files need to be installed. It was a difficult upgrade process and we are now worried about doing it again as the versions change constantly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a test run and see if you like it. It is very difficult to customize and upgrading to the latest version is a major project. We would probably not use this if we had to start over from scratch. The difficulty of keeping it up to date and not having a C# developer in our group makes using this CMS a chore. We have specific problems and issues more than other companies, so it may work better for others then it does for us.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Not as many as we had hoped. The WYSIWYG doesn't make it so that non-coders can update content. We still need to have HTML knowledgeable people making the updates.

What Web Content Management solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Sitefinity review by Xavier B.
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"Sitefinity, tu gran salvación !!!"

What do you like best?

Una de las grandes ventajas es que se encuentra perfectamente integrado con el entorno de Windows Server.Otra ventaja es que Sitefinity es muy profesional en todas las áreas y todos las opciones y herramientas que da están trabajadas y desarrolladas. También destacó la gran capacidad para importar fácilmente datos de otros sistemas de gestión de contenidos y fuentes de datos. Además tiene una gran extensibilidad independientemente de cómo cambian los requerimientos del negocio, puede ampliar, crear e integrar el uso de una API flexible. Por último, hay que destacar que Sitefinity es capaz de satisfacer incluso el más riguroso de los requisitos de desarrollo personalizado.

What do you dislike?

Una de las cosas que no me gusta es que no hay nada nuevo en Sitefinity que le dé una ventaja sobre sus competidores como CMS Joomla.

Tampoco me gusta que Sitefinity muy pocas extensiones, tiene cerca de 78 módulos y controles en su mercado, mientras que Joomla CMS cuenta con más de 6.000 extensiones en este momento. Tampoco me gusta la poca cantidad de plantillas que tiene Sitefinity. También hay que destacar la poca cantidad cantidad de desarrolladores y usuarios que tiene esta plataforma. Otra de las cosas que no me gusta es que haya que estar renovando las licencias constantemente y que no haya una licencia de por vida. También destaca el servicio técnico que no soporta el español por lo que hay que comunicarse siempre en inglés.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Úsalo !!! Sitefinity tiene una versión gratuita por lo que puedes saber si te gusta o sino le encuentras el valor suficiente. Recuerda que para poder utilizarlo debes tener una conexión constante a internet. También tengo que recomendaros que debéis usar un ordenador con gran velocidad para que funcione de manera rápida y sin errores.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity se suministra con una serie de servicios que me facilitan la construcción y el uso de mi sitio web. Además, dichos servicios incluyen la función de búsqueda interna, se alimenta módulo, papelera de reciclaje, mapa de su sitio, etc. Todas estas características aumentan el rendimiento y me ayudan a gestionar la infraestructura de mi sitio web.

Sitefinity review by Pavel D.
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"Sitefinity is the best CMS I've used, but for certain types of projects"

What do you like best?

The ease of use for business users if the project is done properly by the integration partner. The ease of use for developers if the project is done properly.

What do you dislike?

Most of the shortcommings of Sitefinity seem to come from bad planning, however there are a few places where we may see a bit of improvements. One is to expand the Export for deployment feature a bit so we can select certain items (more or less like the Site Sync). If we have this - we can get rid of doing manual changes for clients with complex infrastructure. Banks for example do not have connection to the live website, so we cannot use site sync. It's very difficult to deploy manual changes on such clients.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be sure you have the problems that Sitefinity solves. Ensure you have the right expectations, ensure that you can meet the Sitefinity requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In our view Sitefinity is best if you have a relatively big project with a lot of content editors and a few websites. It is easy to create the first website, duplicate it and then leave the other countries team translate (or maybe use the translation services to have it translated).

Sitefinity review by Kierstin B.
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"Great content management tool"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, basic content management system for beginners, room for expansion for developers.

What do you dislike?

Only looks/works best in Chrome browsers. Will glitch or not save updates in other browsers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great content management product. Good for beginners, but can be used more in-depth by developers. This is a good product for having all of your important content automated in one place. This is key for ensuring quick and easy updates. The product is a huge time saver when copying/uploading content into pages. It keeps almost of the formatting. I will say that if you use and type of tables, you cannot copy and paste them directly. They require some coding experience, as well as editing in specific platforms (excel). If you have forms, you will have to throw in page code, or recode them to have a better look. The templates are basic. Many features like MVC, templates, multilingual, etc. range from basic to high-user levels. Overall, if you have a lot of content that needs managed more efficiently, this is a great tool.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have better ensured our content is the most up-to-date or valid. We've realized this opens opportunities for automating several documents and company information in one place.

Sitefinity review by Jerry v.
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"Great CMS For Mid-Large Business "

What do you like best?

The Sitefinity GUI is very friendly, and easy on the eyes. This makes it an easy platform to use for hours. The layout of all the capabilities is also very intuitive.

What do you dislike?

Some of the previewing capabilities while one is working on a page are very basic. This doesn't allow one to visualize the final result of how a widget will be rendered.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a very powerful tool, so make sure that you have the need for it. The different licencing levels also allow for some more advanced capabilities like personalization and multi-site management. It can get you many of the higher end features without a lot of deployment complexity. Don't consider this if you have ecommerce needs, it's an area of functionality that Progress is receding.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity is the CMS for our corporate site (smartercommerce.net), but our organization also partners with Progress Software to provide Sitefinity CMS as the front end to our JD Edwards integrated ecommerce solution. However, I am a user of the software, because I manage the corporate site.

Sitefinity review by Nathanael M.
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"A small cms that leaves a lot of room for improvement"

What do you like best?

As a developer / devops engineer, I can't think of anything I found good or outstanding in the Sitefinity product, I feel it falls behind its competitors in the majority of areas. If I had to pick an area I think that was the best part of the product, it would probably be feather (but even this lacks in many areas).

What do you dislike?

The page based architecture (unlike umbraco / sitecore being more of am item based architecture).

The need for a lot of magic strings to make it work and gave poor error guidance when it didn't.

Building an atomic design was near impossible

Content being (generally) limited to a single widget (whilst reusability is possible, it is annoyingly complex to achieve)

The price tag (considering there are better cms' for less money imho)

The promotion pipeline

The lack of community add ons / support

Recommendations to others considering the product

Look at Umbraco, Episerver or Sitecore. I think they are far in advance of Sitefinity

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I built a website for a large American education establishment.

Sitefinity review by Internal Consultant in Information Technology and Services
Internal Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Great CMS with kendo built in"

What do you like best?

We like the ability to integrate and share MVC views, and build re-usable widgets which can be manipulated by the end-user. Having an underlying familiar framework in Kendo UI also helps ease the learning curve for any developers with previous experience with Progress products. Many of the functions of a typical ecommerce site are available out of the box and immediately available for customization.

What do you dislike?

MVC (feather) integration in version 10 did not feel very mature in comparison with the webforms templates. In addition documentation for MVC was not as extensive. This may have moved on with the current version, but we have yet to upgrade.

Some templates can only be saved within the application, ideally there would be better integration with Visual Studio and GIT especially for deployment of MVC Partials

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great CMS with integrated Ecommerce functions. Going forward stronger MVC support will make this an awesome product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The business required a flexible public facing website, with out-of-the box ecommerce solution. Sitefinity significantly reduces development time and allows the business to remain flexible in it's presentation to customers.

Sitefinity review by Billie-Ann W.
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"Sitefinity: Easy to use for content managers"

What do you like best?

We have a few users in different departments (content managers) and the UI is simple and intuitive enough for everyone to use. I haven't had any major issues with the product as a content manager. It's fairly straightforward.

What do you dislike?

Our major limitations come from the web developer we use to design the site - our templates are restrictive in the sense that we can't just plug in any Sitefinity feature, it has to be integrated into our site design which can be costly (time and money). In that sense, it's not a very adaptive platform but I recognize it's because our design isn't native to the tool. Along those lines - some of my gripes might pertain directly to the lack of access/implementation due to template restrictions (forms, better SEO customization, AB testing).

Recommendations to others considering the product

I wasn't at the company when Sitefinity was chosen/launched so I'm not sure what benefits were proposed for the tool. However, as a more advanced digital marketer I would have liked to see more integration with automation and sales tools or native tools - but I think this is user-based (predecessor was less adaptive to marketing automation technology).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I would say that Sitefinity is an easy enough tool that our departments that have content on the site have total ownership of their pages - it takes the onus of time and content responsibility away from the owners of the site.

Sitefinity review by Joshua B.
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"Easy implementation, great support, productivity boost to small teams"

What do you like best?

Ease of implementation, decent documentation, the productivity boost to small teams as well as their commitment to new features are reasons enough to recommend this product.

What do you dislike?

The thing I dislike most about this product is that they do not always drink their own cool-aid. I have brought it up multiple times in this review, but the whole 1-2 resources being larger than they should be, un-mimified, and render blocking in this day and age is unacceptable. 2 seconds is not a lot of time, unless you are a customer waiting for a website to load.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Ease of implementation, decent documentation, the productivity boost to small teams as well as their commitment to new features are reasons enough to recommend this product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With the increased need for mobile friendly sites, and the need to be able to pivot quickly Sitefinity gave us the agility to rapidly deploy changes to our site to A/B test things that increased our lead generation stats.

Sitefinity review by Brian A.
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"Open Platform That Allows for a Lot of Customization"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity makes it easy to navigate across large websites and implement changes. It is easy to upload pictures, manage documents and quickly create landing pages.

What do you dislike?

If you are not a developer, there is not a lot of support or discussions online as there are for WordPress. The out of the box modules are very basic and plain. It is hard to implement custom widgets or modules without getting a developer to build them from the ground up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefits of Sitefinity is that it can be completely customized and changed as different UI trends and behaviors emerge.

Sitefinity review by Tim E.
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"Great Price and Customization"

What do you like best?

Great customization and simple installation has made the implementation a great success. There is a community with great tips or help you are stuck and having the ability to integrate into SharePoint is a huge plus from our side.

What do you dislike?

End Users GUI.. for the end users that need to update certain areas of the website the web ui is not the most user friendly. This has caused a lot of back training, as well a little more involvement then we wanted to take on

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great product, end user training does take some time. If you want the most out of the product expect do to customization to the underlying code versus the ootb solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The original scope was to reach out to patients and communities about the health regions, since adoption we have recently help move along fundraising which as been great.

Sitefinity review by Oscar P.
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"Very happy with the performance and versatility of Sitefinity"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is a pretty robust CMS platform very user friendly and flexible yet allowing enterprise deployments that scale well. In the past performance was an issue but this has been significantly improved since version 8 and it keeps getting better. The API is one of e biggest advantages it is very flexible and allows integration to pretty much any third party solution.

Content creators and managers like it a lot because they do not need technical skills to publish content and make adjustments to the structure. Tech people like it a lot because the software runs well does not cause headaches and performs well.

What do you dislike?

Feature waste. In the last few versions too many features have been added reducing the focus on the core product. Licensing is not very clear as well, sales process has gotten pretty complex after Telerik's acquisition. Sales people are focused on "closing the deal" rather than "finding the right solution to the problem".

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Running multiple web properties 24x7 with confidence in great up-time. Ability for internal non-tech teams to manage the content increasing overall productivity and reducing inefficient flows and procedures.

Sitefinity review by Warren B.
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"Robust and reliable solution for managing website"

What do you like best?

We have been using Sitefinity CMS for over 3 years. The platform has been very reliable and hasn't required us to reach out for support very often. We recently launched a redesigned version of the site and moved to a responsive layout - Sitefinity has allowed us to add custom modules etc. while remaining at it's core a stable and solid way to manage our website content.

What do you dislike?

The UI. While recent versions of the platform have made improvements, the UI still feels behind the curve. The layout can be confusing and overly complex at times. And it's not responsive - when other solutions such as WordPress are. The learning curve for new content managers is a little steep. Better documentation and user guides for beginners would help with this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need a CMS that is stable, flexible and easy to use. Sitefinity has for the most part hit the mark.

Sitefinity review by Valerie H.
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"A more user friendly enterprise level CMS"

What do you like best?

The structure of content was easy to follow. I learned the system in a day. It was moldable to our content needs, even if that required bootlegging some of their inherit options

What do you dislike?

The sites I've seen built on Sitefinity aren't the most beautiful. And our developers told us there were limitations with some of the functionality we desired that felt more modern. I'm not sure how much of that was our development team or a true Sitefinity limitation though.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sitefinity is a good system for companies seeking to bridge IT and marketing needs. I was satisfied with the ease of use and IT was satisfied with security and scalability.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We inherited the use of Sitefinity from our corporate IT department, because they used it for the company's major systems. It was beneficial to have a single platform and get some in house support because of the shared system.

Sitefinity review by Administrator
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"Like building in the CMS but many quirks and Developers hate it"

What do you like best?

Building pages with drag and drop functionality

What do you dislike?

The ability to extend out-of-the-box widgets isn't possible. Developers have to do everything custom because out-of-the-box widgets are very limited. Example you can't add multiple buttons to the Card widget so we had to build a custom widget for that. The problem with customer widgets is that they are built in AngularJS with is an outdated technology so these custom widgets will have to be rebuilt in the near future. Sitefinity NEEDS to keep up with current technology.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do you research. Don't like that customer widgets use AngularJS so would only recommend for basic sites that don't need much customization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Making sites easier to build for our marketing teams and add personalized customer experiences on our sites.

Sitefinity review by Aubrey R.
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"Great out of the box functionality with the ability to easily customize"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is very easy to use and provides solid design options and features out of the box. More experienced developers can also easy get in and customize the site to fit specific needs.

What do you dislike?

We have always struggled with updates - though this is possibly a result of our own error somewhere along the way as we customized the site.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recent updates have really made Sitefinity a great CMS to work with. It provides a lot out of the box, and if you have a background in .Net and / or are comfortable using Visual Studio, you can easily implement your own customization.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Sitefinity for our main website, it allows us to easily and stylistically get information out to our residents. When used correctly (using metadata and special publishing features) it really improves efficiency for our public information department.

Sitefinity review by Daniel K.
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"Easy to Use CMS and Highly Extensible"

What do you like best?

Ease of backend editing was the number one featured compared to other Enterprise CMSes we have worked with. Also their content personalization features are really nice. Lastly their site-sync feature was crucial to our workflow.

What do you dislike?

The email marketing component could use some work to bring it up to the standards of some other email service providers. List management functions did not allow for easy segmenting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to work with 3rd party vendors that have Sitefinity experience not just .NET. There are nuances that are important to making quality modules.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our challenge was to find an enterprise level CMS that had an easy to use backend, the ability to customize, and a good workflow for syncing staging and production environments. It has provided great flexibility and has proven to be a great platform.

Sitefinity review by Tommy B.
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"Great Platform"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is very easy to work with and a stable platform. I love the personalization features, and it's been easy to get internal staff to make edits to their pages.

What do you dislike?

Can be hard to implement third-party customizations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure that you choose a good vendor that can help with your day-to-day support should you need it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is helping us immensely with crafting personas and delivering a customized user experience. It is also giving us the opportunity to provide a more dynamic web presence.

Sitefinity review by Hristo M.
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"Incredibly powerfull"

What do you like best?

The more one gets to know Sitefinity, the more he realises the HUGE potential it has of achieving tons of various tasks, being extremely easy for content editors at the same time. If your project is properly configured - fitting your needs with a proper discussion of what exactly needs to be edited often and how - Sitefinity might turn out to be the best CMS there is.

What do you dislike?

Finding the correct implementation partner might be hard. Sitefinity allows tons of different ways to achieve the same thing, but only experienced agencies will build and configure your project in such a manner, that it would fit your exact needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Dynamic content changes in multiple languages performed and reviewed by a lot of people.

Sitefinity review by Aaron G.
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"Powerful and easy to use Enterprise CMS"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is very flexible in how you can setup your site and what you can customize. It's a very powerful system with lots of options for plug-ins/integration. The page editing tools are robust and easy to use. The file management is easy to use as well.

What do you dislike?

The main issues I have had with Sitefinity relate to their support. We have had several bugs or issues in the back-end that have taken a long time to fix. We haven't been able to do a platform version upgrade due to all of the projects being done. They have improved their response over the last 6 months. This is not a major issue, just something to be aware of and look for.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used the Sitefinity platform to build out a custom Intranet site to store company tribal knowledge, as well as a Marketing search engine and a mapping application. All of these have had big business impact and have been done with a fairly low cost and quick timeline. We are very happy with Sitefinity and look forward to seeing how it grows over time!

Sitefinity review by Jason T.
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"Largely a good system but there are some issues"

What do you like best?

As a CMS Sitefinity is really good, there is a great balance of off the shelf features and flexibility to do it yourself. The page creation is easy to use and my clients seem quite happy navigating round the system themselves.

What do you dislike?

The e-commerce platform needs some serious work. We have needed to write lots of customisation to get the e-commerce module anywhere near usable for our clients and we still have a long list of basic e-commerce functionality that we still need to write.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking forCMS that is easy to use, administer and customise to your specific requirements then Sitefinity is a great option. However if you are looking for an e-commerce solution there are other options at present which provide a better solution.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our clients that are on Sitefinity were really keen to use the personalisation that Sitefinity offers and were looking for a single system to manage the vast majority of their online activity.

Sitefinity review by Akhilesh N.
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"A powerful, flexible, user friendly & complete CMS"

What do you like best?

The flexibility that Sitefinity offers in extending its features through custom components is really a must have for all CMSs in the market. The configurations available in Sitefinity make it one of the best CMS in developing optimized websites. The ease of use for end users to administer the site is one of the USP for SItefinity. We had to provide lot of support to users earlier for administering their sites using another CMS but with Sitefinity we have cut down that time to a single 2 hour user training session and then users have picked up site administration. The DIgital Marketing Cloud is another shot in the arm in today's digital driven world.

What do you dislike?

Some of the features like site sync have been erratic at times for us. In our sites we create a lot of custom widgets and we have faced some site sync issues

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for an enterprise content management system then SItefinity is a very good option. If you are an organization that develops websites for customers then you should definitely consider Sitefinity. Sitefinity will be a one stop solution for all your website development and management requirements

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We create corporate & e-marketing websites for our customers. We also provide e-commerce website solutions using Sitefinity. We feel that Sitefinity provides a lot of good features out of the box and more importantly allows customization of those features based on user requirements.

Sitefinity review by Robert G.
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"Great for Designers and Developers alike"

What do you like best?

Easy to use, easy to understand, and easy to teach users how to get the most out of it. I've been creating and managing sites in SF since version 3 and even though I found it easy to use back then, it has advanced in leaps and bounds since then integrating more sought after features and fixing many of the problems earlier versions had. Project Feather was a huge step forward and I can't wait to see what comes next.

What do you dislike?

There are a few limitations which are either difficult to get around or not possible based on what libraries SF uses and those can be pretty frustrating when you run up against them. The licensing price points also make it difficult to sell to anyone who is not a mid to enterprise level business. I understand them, it's just a hard sell.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Website design refreshes are a snap with SF's Design Template system. I can redesign the entire look and feel of a site or just sections of a site without ever interrupting the day to day operations of the site. Then when I am ready to roll out the changes, it's as simple as a few clicks. No need to set up redirects (it does it for you) so even making changes to navigation or linking in the site is all taken care of.

Sitefinity review by Jochem B.
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"MagicQuadrant enterprise content management system with the agility required for this devops age"

What do you like best?

I continue to be impressed by their focus and determination to constantly remain on the forefront of technology by extending features to empower users and let developers focus on development with great ui components, web services and great developer and support community.

With its mixture of both modern (angular/mvc) and trusted (microsoft .net) technology stacks they continue to be the most logical enterprise choice when looking for a solution that bridges silo's and it remains a perfect fit when looking for a solution that spans internal collaboration (sharepoint) web and mobile.

Development continues to be a breeze compared to other cms systems, allowing me to use VS Code, or VisualStudio with full TFS integration with automated build-test-and-deploy and stick to industry best-practices and tools.

What do you dislike?

A lot of dislikes have already been addressed with the v9 features and functionalities released in the last few months. But if one has to name dislikes, there's no consolidated/open market-place with a great number of 3rd party components and integrations available at the moment.

More insights into the road map would be great to have in order to anticipate when developing custom integrations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Watch one or two of their recorded webinars that showcase the cms and its core features, then grab a 30-day sandbox trial to play around or download a trial yourself if you want to install and develop locally. Reach out to the community members with your questions or contact their sales team directly and you'll see why it moved up in the new MagicQuadrant for ECM and why this is the defacto choice for a .net technology cms for the digital transformation age.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used Sitefinity primarily as a enterprise content management system as a single-repository for content authoring across integrated system, where data from external systems (like kiosks, mobile apps, web applications) is attributed with Sitefinity data but also as an intermediate between sharepoint intranets and mobile applications.

This allowed us to achieve great benefits for the clients in terms of lowering content duplication and presentation of out-dated content and it has greatly reduced development time for stand-alone mobile/web applications that can now take advantage of authorization, workflows and consistent content management.

Sitefinity review by Mark B.
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"Sitefinity has been a love hate relationship over the last 10 years."

What do you like best?

Support has been great to work with, but the time zone differences and timeliness of responses has been tough.

We really like the custom modules functionality and use it heavily.

Very easy to translate content

Templating system is getting much better including well know css frameworks like Bootstrap (not reinventing the wheel is good)

What do you dislike?

Upgrades have never worked the first time on the any of the sites we have upgraded.

I wish there was more of a focus on improving the core

Pricing is spiraling out of control (remember the $895 pro version back in the day?) Now it's 15K per domain to add on to our enterprise license.

Licensing seems to change on a very regular basis, and the turnover of employees in sales seems to be a revolving door. I get emails from

Recommendations to others considering the product

Headed in the right direction, but please focus on your core product. Be aware of cost increases. Have seen this dramatically increase in the last 5 years.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are building global dealer portals and public sites, and the benefits are many. Here are a few:

Easy translation of content

Being out in Azure we can easily load balance

Shared content between many sites

We don't really use other features like newsletter, ecommerce, and DEC yet, as there are other players in the market that specialize in this, so we feel it muddies up the product. (maybe some more acquisitions?)

Sitefinity review by Darrell W.
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"Solid CMS System"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of being able to edit pages, move/rename pages and also change small layout items by using the layout feature of the editor. I also like that Sitefinity is very extensible, being built with SQL server and ASP.net.

What do you dislike?

It is fairly complex to go beyond simple editing and minor layout changes. You need programming skills to set up templates (unless you use built in ones) and to make changes. Also the price, I feel that the cost is pretty substantial for smaller clients/smaller sites.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend this CMS for larger, more complex websites. For smaller websites the solution is just too expensive to implement. In the past, Sitefinity offered the Small Business Edition which would work for smaller sites and smaller clients. They have discontinued that version so the cost of entry now is more than a lot of smaller businesses can undertake. For smaller clients, we are back using open source CMS because of this move by Sitefinity. Like so many software companies, Sitefinity is moving to the "enterprise" model and leaving the small business behind. So for smaller sights with a tight budget, I cannot recommend Sitefinity. But for larger clients and more complex projects, Sitefinity is a good choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Been able to help clients with Intranets and integration to client systems through Sitefinity. The benefits have been robust solutions that help my clients.

Sitefinity review by Terri G.
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"An application with far too many revisions in too small a time-frame"

What do you like best?

Who wouldn't like a robust CMS? With a plethora of templates and features, this tool has a lot to offer. For users who don't need to overhaul a template, or like our case... modify Master Pages, this tool should suffice. However, if you are required to go down that rabbit hole, be prepared to deal with poorly organized CSS content and a convoluted mess of templates and dependent files.

What do you dislike?

With the exhaustive revision cycle, this application churns out entirely new version numbers 2-3 times per year. Our somewhat basic site was left in the stone-age (version 3.4) in 3 years. Revisiting it for updates, we were forced to either set up and entirely new server to migrate the site up to version 9.x or just move it to our own server for hosting and drop the CMS entirely.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are working within the constraints of the tool, you'll likely not have problems. Also, whether you're actively updating content or not, stay on top of CMS version changes or you'll rapid be left out to dry when the CMS begins to fail.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The larger portion of our organization wanted a simple solution to hosting and updating their website, so this tool was chosen as the home for that site. This tool was initially chosen so we could build out the base site and hand it back for others to make updates, however, those changes always ended up being done by a developer due to tweaks frequently needed on master pages.

Sitefinity review by Steve C.
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"Flexible CMS geared toward mid-level to enterprise sized organizations"

What do you like best?

The best part feature of Sitefinity is its flexibility. You can do nearly anything with widgets, either by modifying included code or by creating your own.

The code base is also fairly straightforward meaning you can use C# throughout without needing to learn a large bit of a custom language.

What do you dislike?

On the opposite side of the coin, because it's so flexible, there isn't a lot out of the box that you'll use without at least some customization. Doing so means working with developers because there isn't a ton that can be customized in the front-end.

Another downside is that Sitefinity isn't lightweight, though I suppose you could say that's expected in a CMS positioned for mid to enterprise level customers. A strong infrastructure is a requirement to run Sitefinity at its full potential.

The biggest flaw with Sitefinity is the bugs. They've done much to improve this over the years, but if you read their support forums you'll see a number of customers run into the same issues, and there isn't a ton of support from Sitefinity to resolve them. A Sitefinity rep may reply, but it's typically to say its a known bug, or to provide a simple fix that doesn't actually resolve the problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Know it's likely that you're going to need to customize a large bit of Sitefinity to meet your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The benefit of Sitefinity to us is that it provides our organization with a CMS that a large part of our company can use, whether they have deep coding knowledge or not.

Sitefinity review by Hristina T.
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"Sitefinity review from a developer"

What do you like best?

There are lots of controls provided by Sitefinity CMS, which can be useful to you if you're developing your amateur website, for example - a website with cooking recipes, or one where you show your pets to the community, or just your personal blog.

What do you dislike?

The customization of any of the Sitefinity default widgets is a very unpleasant experience. I can give you a good number of examples. The one issue that took me the most time to resolve is customizing the contact form widget. You can use the provided widget only if you want the customer to give you his/her basic contact info written in a text field. Everything else behaves in an unexpected way (a more detailed example - the file upload field works only with web forms, but not with MVC, and we have to agree that MVC is what most of the clients want). There are plenty other issues but I won't go into detail about them unless you want to hear about them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do not use it if you want to have many customizations. If your intention is to have a non-professional website, then go ahead. It provides a nice drag-and-drop opportunity which will be useful to you if you're not an experienced .NET programmer.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've been migrating our company's corporate website from WordPress to Sitefinity. The benefits are supposed to be experienced by our HR team because of the "easily controlled" back end environment.

Sitefinity review by Anuj A.
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"Amazing CMS"

What do you like best?

Accessibility and usability. Page creation and managing the content is very easy even for non-IT personnel .

This CMS enables various personnel - not just the tech-savvy people - to add and manage content. For example, someone who writes for the company blog can simply access the CMS, write and edit their blog post, maybe add an image or two and publish it without having to, say, submit work to the web designer or developer and wait for them to add it to the site.

As from Developer perspective, I am a big fan of Fluent APIs which Sitefinity offers.

What do you dislike?

We discovered many problems with Sync architecture and reported to Telerik. Sitefinity Sync Logs are misleading. Also, External URLs are not going off to Sync list. Environment instability caused by site sync.Captcha Image Issue with Load Balanced Environment. These are some of the major aspects which i don't like.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Yes, you can definitely rely on it but please consider it's Syncing before go ahead. On load balanced/ multisite environment we faced many problems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We need a super easy, cost effective, reliable CMS which also should be blazing fast when it comes to web page load for end-user. We found Sitefinity to address these all problems and help achieve these business goals.

Sitefinity review by Brett W.
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"A Great Answer For Content Managers That Want to Manage Their Own Content"

What do you like best?

As a developer, some of the most boring tasks when it comes to developing websites is making content changes such as updating photos and changing copy. CMS's solve this problem by taking these changes out of developer hand's and give the power back to content managers. Many CMS's while attempting this try and fail and developers end up making the changes anyway. Not with Sitefinity, it has easiest UI for content managers to change. Drag and Drop controls and rich text editing have never been easier.

For developers, it also takes a lot of SCUT work out of making changes and lets them get back to more interesting problems. I've not run into a problem I have not been able to solve with Sitefinity yet.

What do you dislike?

The biggest thing I dislike about Sitefinity is the price. It's clearly not meant for smaller businesses which has priced many of my clients out of the market. Another negative for me is that the product's base is Web Forms. However, they have made some headway into the MVC space, it still not a purely MVC product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your primary content managers are non-technical Content Managers, then Sitefinity is for you. If your primary content managers are very technical like a developer another CMS may be up your alley.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Most of the problems I solve with Sitefinity are content related. Most of my clients have issues maintaining their own content and Sitefinity has solved that problem for them. I have done other projects that involved an active web community. This allowed the business to interact with customers and allowed customers to share their ideas and thoughts.

Sitefinity review by Wesley S.
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"Does so much, but still easy to use."

What do you like best?

The ease of use to set up modules and pages without having to get too deep into the code base. It is also a very robust system that makes it very easy for clients to manage content.

What do you dislike?

As a user that has used many different content management systems, the speed of the admin could be improved when on a development server that is not in a dedicated environment. It would also be nice to have a one button page template creator where you can export out a page template and import it into a newly created page to make it easier for clients to set up page designs without having to drop all the modules on the page or duplicate an already built page.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is easy to get overwhelmed with everything in the admin, but it's pretty straight forward once you understand where things are, what they do and how to work with them.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

N/A

Sitefinity review by Juan G.
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"Great CMS and Intuitive Design Features"

What do you like best?

The UX is very intuitive for making changes quickly, but it also allows more technical users access to the html, CSS and scripts if there are any changes required on that end.

Creating new templates and having them set up for mobile responsiveness is also standard.

What do you dislike?

Some customization is required if you plan on using a payment or log-in wall. There is no clean way to house those in the CMS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They offer a test environment to try it out on your current build. A great option if you want to "try before you buy." Also if you plan on moving forward with them they have end-to-end integration services available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

For my job it solves managing thousands of pages of content and a library of images, css and script files.

The tool allows me to make all the changes I need that in previous versions would require reaching out to my development team or IT which always added delays. The tool allows more control for design and optimization without having to reach out to IT for normal day-to-day operations.

Sitefinity review by Matt D.
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"Sitefinity is perfect if you have a good partner in your implementation"

What do you like best?

The best thing about Sitefinity is that it is flexible. You can develop and create about anything you would ever need in this platform. We're able to manage our web properties much more efficiently now.

What do you dislike?

There is a very limited content ecosystem in terms of templates and out of the box templates aren't useful. But, with a good developer and designer you can create really amazing templates for yourself, and make a lot of pretty nifty magic happen.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a good developer team, or a good implementation partner, Sitefinity will be an amazing product for you. You'll have to plan more in terms of creating templates etc. than you would in a Wordpress environment where there is a rich ecosystem, but you have infinitely more opportunities to develop something that works the way you need it to.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to maintain a centralized CMS for our family of websites and Sitefinity provides the flexibiity we need to be able to do that. We are able to create different templates for different properties. Web updates are faster, and all sites are centralized on a single platform. Not as easy to use as say, a wordpress, but really deep customization options as an ASP.NET product.

Sitefinity review by Nidhi A.
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"Excellent CMS with easy to use UI for both developers and end users."

What do you like best?

That the CMS is extremely user friendly and that it is very extendible. There are a lot of features available out of the box that require very little setup to get them working like blogs, events, ecommerce; and the entire product is easily customisable and extendible to fit the need of any business.

What do you dislike?

There's nothing that I dislike really. Of course the product has its short comings but which product doesn't.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Sitefinity to provide simple solutions like giving our clients a web presence, as well as extremely complex applications where our clients use their Sitefinity site for their public appearance and also as an intranet site for their employees only. Having everything managed from within one back-end interface has been extremely beneficial for our clients and the interface is really easy to use which in turn makes them edit and publish content more quickly.

Sitefinity review by Darrin R.
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"Sitefinity Flexability"

What do you like best?

What I like about Sitefinity is the freedom, flexibility and control I have to cerate custom modules and widgets to make content managers experience easy.

This ability also allows me to show how the platform can be extended from just displaying a website but to actually running the business.

What do you dislike?

The platform can have a big start up time and upgrade process across environments are improving.

The system lacks the support for a distributed cache would reduce local server resource requirements. Especially in large deployments.

No small business license.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The development, build and deployment process makes the biggest difference to working with the product. If you get this right then the improvements and management of the implementation is far greater experience.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Sitefinity I have been able to move sites from being advertising or brochure sites of the company to functional management sites of the business.

Sitefinity review by Consultant
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"One of the best intuitive CMS"

What do you like best?

I like how it easy it keeps its User Interface clean and less cluttered. I am a developer but always worried about end users experience but with Sitefinity, I wouldn't have to worry about it.

What do you dislike?

I kind of dislike the loading screen. I know its unavoidable but I would be happy if Sitefinity can literally take off the loading time.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a requirement of handling many documents and release news and updates which many users tend to browse and use on a daily basis. Sitefinity's in-detail document segregation based on libraries is really helpful and the best part was when we had a choice to move the files from file system to database.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Banking
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"Huge Improvement From Our Old CMS"

What do you like best?

User-friendly and very flexible. Day-to-day functions are simpler and more advanced functions are possible.

What do you dislike?

Forms, version updates, and plug-ins are all a little clunkier than they could be.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For us, Sitefinity was the least expensive option that still provided all the features we wanted and needed. It's been a huge relief to us to not have to have our hands tied when we want to do something new, even if there are some cheaper options out there that probably would have been good enough.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity has helped us simplify and streamline our outdated website. This has allowed us to implement a much more robust content marketing strategy, embrace responsive templates, and helped us more directly and effectively manage SEO and quality control.

Sitefinity review by Julia S.
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"Great functionality and ease-of-use"

What do you like best?

Sitefiinity offered the out-of-the-box functionality we wanted. The deployment required very little custom development to meet our needs. The responsive layout features are great and allow us to easily spin up new pages. The support team is generally responsive and helpful when we encounter issues.

What do you dislike?

With each new version, there seems to be a new batch of minor bugs. Because of this, we have to dedicate a significant amount of time to testing during each upgrade in order to identify the bugs and determine if they will impact our processes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity allowed us to make our websites mobile-responsive and also greatly simplified the content management and creation process. Creating, managing and publishing content is very easy and can be managed entirely by our Communications department without assistance from IT.

Sitefinity review by Doug S.
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"SiteFinity Review"

What do you like best?

I like that it has both the flexibility for content to be updated by a non-technical person while at the same time providing the capabilities to be customized by building widgets

What do you dislike?

Support is email-only which sometimes takes time to get things fixed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great tool which combines ability to customize with tools which allow non-technical individuals to update content and pages to keep it fresh.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Use the site to promote our business and provide capabilities for online job applications

Sitefinity review by Bryan J.
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"Sitefinity -- works nicely"

What do you like best?

Great extensibility -- allows us to create components using standard .NET, and the users can drag and drop those components on any page they choose. The MVC flavor allows us to customize the HTML without it adding a bunch of extra code. Great permissions / user setup. Inline editing is nice. The Multi-site component allows us to spin up a new website in a matter of minutes.

What do you dislike?

Upgrading to a new version tends to be a crapshoot -- sometimes it works great, sometimes it introduces issues that take a few days to fix. The initial load screen on an app refresh is painfully slow.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Stay with the MVC flavor.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Standard CMS stuff -- how to have users create web pages while still maintaining a common look and feel, and introducing custom code inside the CMS.

Sitefinity review by Natalie E.
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"Sitefinity rocks!"

What do you like best?

I like that Sitefinity can do everything I need it to do (and more that I don't even utilize!). It is easy to use and the staff is very helpful and friendly whenever I have to put in a ticket.

What do you dislike?

I wish I had a little more freedom when it comes to the forms section in terms of layout and look. It would be nice to be able to govern the amount of space between form elements but this is just a tiny nit pick. Otherwise the forms are very easy to use and versatile in terms of function.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Sitefinity for our company's website to display our services to clients and prospects, as well as a place for job applicants to come and apply. We use contact/intake forms for various marketing initiatives as well as the "contact us" section on our site. The site acts as a place our clients can go to view news and any best practice articles we post. Eventually we will implement a log in based section to act as an employee portal and will implement a similar portal for clients to access their specific reports and information. The site is also integrated with Google AdWords and Analytics which has helped with our marketing efforts and tracking.

Sitefinity review by Tammy K.
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"Best CMS Out There"

What do you like best?

Drag and Drop Functionality for non programmers.

Re-useable widgets and modules

Ease of modifying SEO

granular user permissions

What do you dislike?

Mobile Rules are not all that friendly to set by non programmers

Cost for Canadian customers due to exchange rate is not cost effective for most Canadian businesses

Multi site environments don't work together smoothly, nor does the sync process.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have enough and the right internal resources to implement this software. Training and learning time will be critical in the first few weeks but after that you'll be flying.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity is for growing businesses that require a lot of flexibility and have internal resources who are demanding more access and permissions to modify their own web content. This takes pressure off IT Depts and helps Communications depts get their messages out quickly,

Sitefinity review by Administrator
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"Sitefinity responsive to client needs"

What do you like best?

I like the service staff at Sitefinity. Their response time to my questions is consistently same day or within 24 hours. Once issues are discussed, the service staff is always clear to talk about expectations and timelines, which are prompt.

What do you dislike?

My frustrations with Sitefinity have been limited. I would like more flexibility in changing the appearance of our website pages, but many of my issues have been with getting our third-party provider to work with Sitefinity in a timely manner, not the other way around.

Recommendations to others considering the product

My only recommendations for new Sitefinity clients would be to make sure you're clear about your needs and ask about potential pitfalls.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have worked with Sitefinity staff to optimize our website speed and upgrade software. Our users are pleased with the changes we've made, largely because their time on the site is much more productive and efficient.

Sitefinity review by Consultant in Management Consulting
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"Great from a user perspective. Better from a development perspective"

What do you like best?

I love that Sitefinity is super friendly for business users. The drag and drop interfaces for managing and creating content, particularly in page templates, is excellent. Clients' reaction to seeing the UI for the first time is almost universally positive.

I also really like the introduction of Feather - it allows developers to use the MVC framework in ways that are much truer to the framework - as opposed to feeling like it is just pasted on the top.

What do you dislike?

There are several things within the programming model that leave a lot to be desired. One of the most significant is in how you access data through the API when you are in multi-site mode. They use a concept of data providers that are seeming arbitrary, which complicate accessing data significantly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a solutions provider, so we are typically creating Sitefinity websites for clients.

Sitefinity review by Mike W.
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"Sitefinity Review"

What do you like best?

The site is fairly easy to interact with and maintain. The controls make sense, the interface is fairly intuitive.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes speed is an issue, particularly when you have to drill down to an edit form that is buried in subfolders, then under the edit screen, then under the edit form in that edit screen. More direct access would be nice, with a faster interaction (though this might be related to equipment limitations rather than the software).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity replaced our old CMS, which was difficult to use and had an extremely outdated interface. While we aren't using many of the bells and whistles of Sitefinity, we are able to manage our site pages, and to interface with both Sitefinity and our CRM solution for a more interactive experience on our site.

Sitefinity review by Richard P.
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"Enterprise Solution"

What do you like best?

I like the self-config applications with module builders and widgets

What do you dislike?

The lack of ease for upgrades in first versions of the software. This have been fixed but was hard in the beginning.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure the options others offer are included in the base price like Sitefinity

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity has allowed us to update content and formats easier than our previous CMS and helps us achieve our SEO goals

Sitefinity review by Joyce H.
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"Sitefinity CMS - easy to use"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is perfect for those who don't have experience in web development or content management for websites. It is easy to use and most people are able to maintain their webpages without any help from a developer.

What do you dislike?

There have been times that we have experienced issues with documents in the documents repository. If a new document has the same name as the old one, once you sync content, the new one sometimes is not the one you are viewing after the sync. Almost like the CMS is confused about which version to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

SME have the ability to write their own content solving content writer issues. With the approval process in place this makes life much simpler by not having a few people responsible for all the changes.

Sitefinity review by Menderes D.
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"Robust CMS to handle all your web management needs"

What do you like best?

Since 3.7 i'm familiar with this CMS and have watched it grow as a developer. Sitefinity offers the right tools to build a website, and has great features for content management. Editing content was never this simple with drag & drop widgets and customizable page layouts.

What do you dislike?

Between versions 4 through 8, many subversions were released. These were not always bug free. After an upgrade it was quite annoying to find functionality that did not work as expected. I have not experienced this with the current version (9).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing content can be an obstacle to users. A content management system can be complex and / or limited in features. Sitefinity offers a lot for backend users, so that everything from content to marketing can be organized within one system.

Sitefinity review by Administrator
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"Simple out-of-the-box settings to get you up and running quickly"

What do you like best?

It's easy to get up and running quickly with lots of sensible options set by default. There's also lots of options for advance configurations. Interface is fairly intuitive for both content editors and site administrators. Technical and Account Management support is very good: they are responsive and quick to resolve any issues or queries raised.

What do you dislike?

Getting the site to work in a highly resilient and fault tolerant manner takes some effort. The options and documentation is there, but it's not as straight forward as one would hope. Also, make sure you understand the licencing models in order to select the most appropriate for your needs. If your business spins up and tears down lots of sites it can get expensive as domain licences are non-transferable.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Empower digital marketing teams with the tools and capability allowing them to create and manage engaging, responsive websites with minimal reliance on IT.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Nice product... Quick to deploy but can handle the complicated stuff as well."

What do you like best?

I like the fact that this is a REALLY simple product to setup. Out of the box there is plenty of functionality ready to go.

I REALLY like the fact that if what you see out of the box isn't enough you can easily develop additional functionality or tweak what you already see. If you can't or don't want to make the modifications yourself there are MANY people out there that know how to do this easily.

What do you dislike?

If I had to give any negative feedback it would be the initial price. The cost for the overall package seems to be a bit high when compared to other products but when you consider the excellent support team and community it might be worth it to you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We just needed a platform to present information for our members and advertise our membership to prospective clients. Sitefinity did this but we decided to integrate Aptify to fill in the gaps.

Sitefinity review by Karinne C.
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"Good service"

What do you like best?

The convenience of having a dedicated account manager.

What do you dislike?

I would have made more elements of our website easier to adjust and or modify. There are functionalities that should have been put into place to help our site grow with the company and changing end user needs.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Think about where you would like your website to be, not where it is currently. Make sure you implement a site that can evolve with that vision.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I want our website to work well for us by showcasing our products/services as well as be easy to navigate for potential and existing customers. I'm continually looking for ways to achieve both.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Philanthropy
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"Sitefinity upgrades need improvement as does their support"

What do you like best?

Once implemented, it is fairly easy to use and maintain, though it has it's quirks.

What do you dislike?

Progress support can be challenging. Since most of their support is overseas, having a technical conversation with a non-native English speaker has been frustrating. Because of the time difference with the USA, cases are drawn out much too long. For some reason, this vendor is averse to using screen sharing programs such as webex/gotomeeting (or charging extra for it even with the enterprise version), which would make explaining an issue so much clearer and more efficient for both parties. I don't know any another vendor that operates this way. Very frustrating. This has been an impediment to providing good support.

Another challenge with Sitefinity has been the upgrade process. With a customized solution, the upgrades almost always break something. When you have an environment with dev, test, and prod with more than one site, this becomes quite a headache and bigger ordeal than it should be. Sitefinity should do a better job in this area.

As a platform based on dot net, the implementation of sts has been an unexpected annoyance. Clearly, using Integrated Windows Authentication would have been a much better choice. While authentication has improved in the later versions, the lack of Integrated Windows Authentication is still a perplexing omission.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your homework to ensure it will meet your needs.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity is serving both our intranet and internet sites.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Government Administration
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"Extremely configurable and great ease of use for editors"

What do you like best?

Extremely configurable and customizable -- we haven't hit any requirements that we have not been able to satisfy with the solution.

Very broad and deep functionality of product. eg a rich security model, task scheduler, email list integration, etc

Ease of use for web editors means non-technical users are able to maintain their content

What do you dislike?

Patching / upgrading is tedious and time consuming, with a moderate degree of risk; therefore we only do it annually and miss out on potential features and fixes.

While developing, the spin-up time of the application is quite slow, so small changes take minutes instead of seconds to validate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The strength of Sitefinity is in its customizability. This, however, requires strong technical expertise, including programming in ASP.Net. It is well suited to be used as-is out of the box by relatively non-technical people; however if it is to be customized, it should be done with a knowledgeable third-party vendor or a strong in-house team.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Provide a corporate CMS solution that can meet internal clients' needs, and is easy to use by largely non-technical staff.

We have been able to integrate numerous standalone solutions into one standard solution that can be maintained and upgraded more efficiently.

Sitefinity review by Jacqui S.
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"Progress SiteFinity key to our success!"

What do you like best?

The ease in which our customers can utilize the product and how easy it is to make changes to our environment. The system is easy to manage and we are able to keep our environments secure.

Implementation and management of the system was beneficial as we were able to manage and maintain the system with 2 people.

Our relationship manager at SiteFinity was extremely helpful and supported us through our transition.

What do you dislike?

There are some things that would help us even more within the product itself but we submit those to SiteFinity for review and they are very open and responsive to our suggestions.

It's very rare that we work with the help desk but we have had about 2 instances where we took longer then expected to resolve the issue we were experiencing. This was resolved through working with our relationship manager and the manager of the technical support team (help desk)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Work with your product manager they are very helpful and can assist you with a lot of resources to help make sound business decisions.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reduction in the number of help tickets submitted by customers because they are able to manage their own content.

Reduction in the amount of code we need to maintain because SiteFinity assists with providing tools that keeps code to the minimum.

The cost for what you get is reasonable and extremely competitive.

Sitefinity review by Vishal A.
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"Excellent product!"

What do you like best?

Best is the sharepoint like content type management. Merging it with MVC support makes it really easy to design application. Easy for administrator to do data entry. It took really less time to pick up Sitefinity CMS for development and everyone enjoyed building such a massive site like Astronics.

What do you dislike?

I most dislike out of the box search feature. It has limitations in sitefinity 8 and it has improved in latest version. Also, we faced lot of issues in indexing custom content types

Recommendations to others considering the product

Must go for it. Worth the price

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We created massive site for client Astronics - http://astronics.com/ They have several subsidiaries and each subsidiaries has several owners. Sitefinity has been really easy for non technical persons to do data entry

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Chemicals
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"Good MVC widget development tools but not enough technical documentation and support"

What do you like best?

Ease of creating MVC widgets with their custom designers. Customisation of built in controls via resource package MVC views with pre-built libraries.

What do you dislike?

It was a real struggle to find tutorials and teaching material when I wanted create custom widgets for template we were using for our sites.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Once you find out how to create/custom widgets and customise resource packages, it is easy to use and update the new sites.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

After we trained our users on how to create pages and update widgets using their custom designers, they found it quite easy to update our websites with minimal IT support.

Sitefinity review by Spike S.
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"Development using Sitefinity"

What do you like best?

We really like the features Sitefinity offers for content management and how easy it was to integrate our web application. The admin interface and features are robust enough for seasoned developers and easy for novice content developers.

What do you dislike?

Some preview functions are basic making it difficult for a developer to visualize how a widget will be rendered.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Content management and integration for our web application has been seamless.

Sitefinity review by Scott M.
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"Powerful, with frustrations"

What do you like best?

Easy to drop in a text or image box and move things around.

What do you dislike?

Not always the most intuitive -- it's often difficult to find the things you need since they use unnatural naming. Do you want to add a footer? You need to create it in a "content block". They imply you don't need to know HTML code to make things work the way you want them to work, but you do end up needing to know HTML -- or hire someone who does.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Did a full redesign on our site using Sitefinity, and it turned out well, though it took nearly nine months of three people trying to figure things out. But our traffic is way up.

Sitefinity review by Administrator
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"Perfect for your Marketing department and for IT!"

What do you like best?

We're enjoying the ease of use and how much more attractive our new site is thanks to Sitefinity. It's going to factor in to our strategy over the next five years.

What do you dislike?

I wish there was some built-in source control. We'll select something soon.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Negotiate a discount for a longer term length. We have no license fees for five years and received a discount as well. This is very good for us as the other options were more expensive initially and per year.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our existing website is difficult to edit and it's buggy when we make changes.

Sitefinity review by Administrator
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"Endless Headaches"

What do you like best?

We really like the ability to have multiple nested page templates that can be overridden and inherit from each other. This allows us to manage the large retail websites we maintain for US state specific products.

What do you dislike?

Creating custom widget designers in AngularJS is downright awful. They will all have to be completely rewritten using Angular - whenever Progress/Sitefinity adds support for it.

There is no way to control the routing mechanisms to customize SEO urls - it only allows redirects to one URL. It also doesn't support an empty url for the homepage.

Recommendations to others considering the product

We recommend others look for a lighter-weight CMS that is more customizable and easier to integrate other technologies with.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it as a Front-end CMS for our Marketing department with personalization of experiences through their Digital Experience Cloud.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Internet
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"Right tool for the right purpose "

What do you like best?

Powerful organizational tools and the ability manage multiple sites within 1 admin

What do you dislike?

Can be complex for novice users, if the content team does not have some level of experience they can easily make mistakes that cause unnecessary issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure the product isn’t more than needed. It is a great tool for the right situation but if you implement the product for a site that either can’t take advantage of the features or doesn’t have a content team with at least a small amount of experience the complexity of the tool can cause unnecessary hurdles.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using it for organizations that have several brand sites and need manage each as an independent entity

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Government Administration
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"Great choice for Content Management System"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is easy and intuitive to use, but it also has a lot of nice features.

What do you dislike?

Granted we are not running the latest version (so this may have been corrected), but the HTML view of the text editor does not format/display the HTML very well at all.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I cannot recommend this as a CMS enough. It's so easy to use and has so many features - especially if you're in a .NET environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are a smaller shop, but we have users that depend on our site to be current and informative. Sitefinity helps our small staff efficiently maintain a very robust website. The time it takes us to perform updates, add content, etc. has been greatly reduced.

Sitefinity review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"Some good points, some bad points"

What do you like best?

- The basic user interface

- The module builder,

- The page layout system (though some customers found it confusing)

- Many functions exists right out of the box

What do you dislike?

- The continious mysterious bugs and problems!!!

- User rights system is horrible and buggy

- The thing that if you wanted to do things in slightly different way than the sitefinity basic way , development could get very difficult and you'll have to strech the system and think of way how you can bend it to do what you want. Just like in Sharepoint (which I hated)

- Trouble with integrations and creating systems to for example updating a course catalog from outside source

- The news system

- Many out-of-the-box modules rely that customers are competent in creating html content (not true)

- Sometimes very slow

- Many stupid things, like not being able to link any kind of data to any module

- designers are difficult to customize

Recommendations to others considering the product

Still not a mature product. Many problems in development

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Customer problems, from basic websites to educational institute course system

- Benefit: lots of ready stuff (that is difficult to modify...)

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Logistics and Supply Chain
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"Progress Sitefinity CMS - A Developer Review"

What do you like best?

The integration with .NET MVC technology and the ability to create custom widgets in C# makes it a nice platform to extend and integrate with existing code bases developed with similar technologies. The ability to use C# also allows our business to reuse in house knowledge and resources.

What do you dislike?

Sitefinity Administration can be somewhat cumbersome and limited. The Administration module has thousands of settings and not always intuitive what all of them do or affect. The Email Campaign and Issue seems limited. My marketing department wants more information about Email Campaigns that Sitefinity does not seem to provide. An example is that Sitefinity reports over 2,600 emails delivered in about 3 seconds flat, when in fact the emails are still being processed by the mail server. As a developer I realize the technical challenge, but my business owners interpret status "Delivered" as "sitting in recipients Inbox". In reality it means Sitefinity executed the "SendMessage" method. If there are any internal errors while processing emails it's difficult to get any information without parsing log files.

Another mystery to me is the background process that Sitefinity uses to perform some operations. It's tied to the IIS Worker Process. Iif that process fails, it doesn't seem to do a very good job of picking up where it left off. If you don't check the log file frequently you are not aware you are having issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Please make sure that you communicate to Sitefinity your goals and architecture to understand if integration is possible. Potentially asking them to provide a cloud environment to test on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are creating content for one of the larger Fast Food Chains in North America. We are delivering content via our website and using email campaigns to track efficacy.

Sitefinity review by Agency in Information Technology and Services
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"SiteFinity Review "

What do you like best?

I like the easy development of different widgets and module for larger website. That can be very use full when creating new pages, editing pages and adding or removing pages. I like the different licenses i can get based on the need of traffic or admin panel users.

What do you dislike?

i didn't like the error massages that i received of performance that i had to call sitefinity support for and create a ticket and send it to them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would highly recommend this for bigger corporation websites because of its ease of use and advanced CMS back end and development options, regular license updates, a large support community and quick reponse support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using it for a big health care corporation for there public facing website. it has a lot of benefits such as the ease of use or the back end and content uploading adding removing and editing pages. developing widgets using the HTMLS and improved way of implementing the designs.

Sitefinity review by Sean P.
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"Amazing features. Powerful extensibility. Easy to use Interface"

What do you like best?

I really appreciate the user interface that makes it easy to build new pages, drag content modules into them, and architect the structure of the site and the configuration options needed.

As a developer, it was relatively easy to add new custom components for end users to work with, as well as leverage the existing web service architecture in order to create custom services for my needs.

Documentation was very helpful in adding new customizations or working with existing modules (blog, users, etc.) of the platform.

What do you dislike?

The CodeSync tool that is available needs a lot of work. It seems like it's versioning does not play nicely when you're using code stored in bitbucket or when you have a muti-user team working and deploying updates. Ultimately I went back to using a simple "xcopy deploy" method.

Documentation for advanced coding needs (such as custom user widgets) was lacking and a lot of trial and error was needed to accomplish what was briefly mentioned in documentation. More coding examples for those would be helpful.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you have your site architecture and layouts in mind before digging deep so you can easily plug in your custom components once you get started. Take advantage of the new "Feather" platform/module that has been released that allows you to build Bootstrap based components within the site.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used Sitefinity to create a fresh looking site for a customer that made it easy to modify content and reorganize the large amount of pages they had. I used the custom widgets and modules to tie in to a third party database of the clients and render dynamic content to end users.

Sitefinity review by Clint H.
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"Sitefinity rocks!"

What do you like best?

Super simple to set up and use... not a lot of html or coding is necessary. setting up the CSS seems to be the hardest part, so far

What do you dislike?

it seems a bit time consuming to keep swapping back and forth between modules (images, forms, libraries, etc) when i forgot to upload or move something to a page i'm creating. quicklinks or opening those pieces in other window tabs might help

Recommendations to others considering the product

take a look - the interface is easy to use and very powerful

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

moving our website to a dynamic one from a static/brochure type site. much more interactive and data driven - plus it will now be correctly formatted for mobile devices

Sitefinity review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"I experienced sitefinity a best CMS"

What do you like best?

I like the sitefinity because it is user freindly, it support both ASP.Net Web form and ASP.Net MVC framework. Using sitefinity thunder most of the development made easiser. it also support extending of APIs. Support user and role base authorization. it also support work flow and can manage based on users and roles. Sitefinity provides hierarchical data structure to mantain your data in this way. you can preview your content before publish. sitefinity provides different data providers for same module content with different constraints and implementation.

What do you dislike?

I faced the problem to manage the images in different languages. if i used a image field and want to display different images for eanch language it is not possible, wheneever i change the image in one language it change in other languages as well. to overcome this problem, i used the multiple image field for each language.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recomment the Sitefinity because it is easy to use. provide code sample to understand and implement the solution. it support ASP.Net Web form as well ASP.Net MVC. it provides the build-it module for News, Events, Images, Videos, Document. you can extend the built-in module as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using Sitefinity CMS, we develop differnt type of business requirements including hierarchical data structure model, document centric application. Used sitefinity dataprovider customization to manage content.

Sitefinity review by Internal Consultant in Defense & Space
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"SiteFinity is well outdated and a very poor choice for a CMS solution"

What do you like best?

Unfortunately there is not much to like about Sitefinity. By comparison to other modern CMS offerings it's interface at the administration level is slow and poorly designed.

I guess the fact that it actually renders pages is about the only thing that is positive.

What do you dislike?

The backend of the product is convoluted and difficult to locate features. Much of the advanced interface is bundled under Administration-Settings. It is very difficult to locate components. For example, to add a Dot Net user control as a widget requires:

Login-to back-end -> Administration -> Settings ->Advanced -> Toolboxes -> Toolboxes -> PageControls -> Sections -> YourDirectory -> Tools -> Create New

Sitefinity documentation is extremely poor. Locating any feature requires major amounts of work and research. Information on the net appears to have ceased in 2012/2013. There is almost nothing which directly relates to version 9 - the latest version. Therefore I find myself looking at instructions relating to version 4 of Sitefinity - rather than version 9 for which we have paid a lot of cash.

Sitefinity has so many annoying characteristics that I would not recommend anyone purchase it. There are far better offerings in the market-place, including free.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

A large website with 3 million visits per annum.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Computer Software
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"Irritating"

What do you like best?

Draggable widgets.......................

What do you dislike?

Demands high levels of customisation.

Sitefinity developers are very expensive.

Seem to be few high quality developers/designers – you end up feeling like a prisoner of the ones you work with.

Constant, unexplainable hang-ups.

It's slow and clunky.

For a simple website requirement, it offers nothing that can't be achieved in Wordpress for way less cost and hassle.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Depends what you want it for. It's probably good for higher complexity of corporate site, and when huge quantities of content management required with multiple levels of user access. But if you just want a simple website that's easy to manage and low cost to develop, then look at other options.

If you don't have development and design resources in-house who can handle this kind of CMS, you have to have an excellent relationship with your developer agency – they're all expensive and not necessarily as expert as they say they are.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Company website. No benefits beyond other simpler, cheaper alternatives.

Sitefinity review by Consultant
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"Attempts to be all things to all people"

What do you like best?

The content management interface is very friendly to non-technical users. If you intend to mostly use the out-of-the-box functionality, Sitefinity is a good, though expensive, product.

What do you dislike?

Sitefinity does not seem to consider developers as customers to care for. Heaven help you if you need to write custom widgets. We are using Feather MVC for development. The compilation cycle (local build, and page refresh) on a normal MVC site takes 5 - 20 seconds. With Sitefinity, expect a delay of 1.5 - 15 MINUTES delay for even small changes. The cost to us in lost development performance has been crippling to our project budget. We’ve found ways to minimize the number of times that the cycle happens, but that causes delays as well. Most of us have to sit through the cycle about 10 -15 times per day in the course of our work. When we’ve mentioned it to the support folks at Sitefinity, the answer is along the lines of “Yeah, that sucks, but we can’t do anything about it.”

We have also discovered that system upgrades do not go smoothly if you have custom widgets. The recommendation that we got from the company was to do a clean install of the new version and add our custom widgets back in. For obvious reasons, that is not a workable solution. We are still working to solve the problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

From what I've seen, Sitefinity works quite well with it's out of the box functionality. Problems really don't begin to arise until you writing custom widgets.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have about 50 internal users of the system, and about 400K users externally who view the information in the website.

The website that we are replacing contains ~1500 pages of content. About half of that is standard types of content, the rest is very proprietary, custom functionality. For the redesign, we are reducing the number of pages by increasing our reliance on SF to organize, and search for managed content. We’ve had to tweak the display of the managed content by extending their templates. That part has gone well.

We’re building custom widgets to provide interactivity with a system based upon our organization’s data. That data exists in a database separate from SF. This constitutes about 50% of our end users’ experience. This has not gone well, due to limitations of SF.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Very Few Positives while working with Sitefinity"

What do you like best?

The out of the box admin is ok when it's working.

What do you dislike?

We implemented 2 pretty large sites using the Multisite Enterprise license and it's been an absolute nightmare to be honest. First of all, their multisite isn't really so. Both of the sites are housed under the same web application, so when you make a backend change or module change that requires a restart, both websites get reset and there is an incredibly annoying system initialization that takes both sites down for 30 seconds to a minute while this happens. This makes continuous integration incredibly tricky.

It seems everytime we go to use some of the built in Sitefinity "features" they are always broken. Ecommerce was completely not finished and barely does anything out of the box. I had to spend a couple months of development customizing to make it work properly for our needs.

It's constantly giving vague and ambiguous errors that Telerik is aware of, but hasn't fixed yet. We tried using the Salesforce connector module, it stopped working after a few syncs so we had to go custom. We've been utilzing their Site Sync feature, it sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.

Getting it to play nicely with SSL and Load Balancer is also a huge chore.

Our front end team has have a pretty hard time getting javascript to play nicely with the built in one they try to load on every page as well.

We are currently having to restructure how the functionality is housed due to how Sitefinity is., I personally cannot wait to never use this product again.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For the price tag, I don't see the value of this product. There are much better products that will meet your business needs out there for the same price.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ecommerce, Lead Management, Brand information, Campaigns etc. The sitefinity forms have worked well for us without much customization, which is rare.

Sitefinity review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"Powerful, full-featured and extensible platform for .NET"

What do you like best?

The best part of Sitefinity is its flexibility; there are many different ways to do certain things, and no one way is better or worse than the other; rather it's a matter of choosing the path that best fits your team, workflow, and experience. The standard features fill most needs of a website, with customizations in layout and style being easily achieved without the need of a developer or even opening the project in Visual Studio.

What do you dislike?

Out of the box, Sitefinity can get you to 80% of almost all needs of a site; if you have basic customizations required beyond that, Sitefinity can quickly get you to 95%, but filling that last gap can be difficult as some of the internal systems are either restricted (internally scoped) or not customizable. Feather goes a long way to overcome that but even then, if you really need to dig deep in customizations, you risk breaking things on a future release.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Remember that Sitefinity is first and foremost a Content Management System. Although you can extend it with custom applications and integrations, fully integrating them into the platform is not easily done. This platform is best served when utilizing it's existing features for managing content, pages, and users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity's Content model ensures that the using and extending your content is consistent and intuitive. The Provider model lets you easily partition your content, while still leveraging all of the default features (such as permissions and workflow) for a customized, yet consistent experience.

Sitefinity review by Consultant in Computer Software
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"Exciting and rewarding."

What do you like best?

It is secure and highly functional. It is an off the shelf product that has no external code, which is very important from a legal perspective, especially to corporations and large companies.

Once integrated to the specific needs of the client, it provides immense control of the content and its visual presentation on variety, of devices and media.

Last but not least, it offers a lot of out of the box integrations to third party products and services.

What do you dislike?

It has a number of bugs that have been drag along the various versions of Sitefinity. It is a pity because an enterprise product is expected to perform as such and if a bug has been identified, it should be fixed in a timely fashion.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The product is great, but don't let it be the detrimental factor, Sitefinity is a partnership that you will grow to appreciate down the road.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am a project manager. Sitefinity allows our development team to save time when developing new tools, widgets and websites.

Sitefinity review by Samir V.
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"Sitefinity Product Review"

What do you like best?

The Sitefinity Product is definitely one of the most flexible and easy-to-use ASP.NET CMS systems out there. Compared to many other ASP.NET CMS platforms such as Kentico CMS and Orchard CMS, it is much more user friendly and intuitive.

What do you dislike?

The Sitefinity platform as an ASP.NET CMS was a much more affordable platform in the past with v. 3.7 at a price point of the Standard Edition for only $799. However, in recent months, even the Small Business Edition SKU which had a cost of $500 was removed from the product line making it impractical if not impossible for most small businesses to adopt at a price point of $3000+. With such a high price point, many small businesses will look towards alternative solutions such as Orchard CMS, WordPress, Drupal etc. even though they are not ASP.NET based CMS systems because they are considerably cheaper even with add-ons than purchasing the Sitefinity platform today.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Because of the overhead that Sitefinity introduces by running on both ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET MVC technology, businesses should expect that the Sitefinity product will run MUCH, MUCH slower than comparable pure ASP.NET MVC platforms such as Orchard CMS which are incredibly lightweight. The hardware specifications for Sitefinity CMS is also much more hefty and requires much more expertise to perform well and optimally than comparable CMS systems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Develop extranet/internet websites using an ASP.NET CMS to deliver custom developed content to end users.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Flexible and adaptive CMS"

What do you like best?

Responsive design works very well, excellent for multiple devices e.g. smartphones, tablets, all sizes.

Integrates to Microsoft Dynamics CRM, able to pull in CRM data as well as ERP data that is integrated to our CRM.

Great support, helpful and courteous

Very customizable and flexible, many layout options, very compatible

What do you dislike?

Web design skills are not mandatory but are definitely a major benefit in order to fully take advantage of Sitefinity's flexibility of design.

Additional widgets, themes would be nice!

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is definitely worth a trial to determine if it meets your needs and more importantly if you can customize it as you see fit. They have a sandbox and on premise trial which in my case served as a two step trial where the sandbox introduced me to their product and the on premise allowed for a deeper dive into the environment,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

new website will be device friendly with responsive design. The language capabilities will also facilitate our multi language requirements.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Higher Education
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"Currently using Sitefinity for company website"

What do you like best?

I don't have any specific features that stand out.

What do you dislike?

As a new employee, I inherited the management of a Sitefinity site. Within a couple of months it became clear that we needed more page templates and modules/widgets to use for the content needs we had. The IT team at my office didn't specialize in Sitefinity so I started looking for freelance Sitefinity developer or a local web development company that could help us. I was able to get a hold of the Sitefinity main office (that sold us the CMS in the first place) and they offered design/dev help, however their ability to help us develop full pages and concepts was limited and the price was higher than we were able to pay. We were unable to find any developers that even knew of Sitefinity, much less specialize in it, and in a search for online documentation we couldn't find anything after 2014. After 6 months of trying to band-aid our many issues I finally gave up and suggested we move to Drupal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Pick a CMS where you can have full support. An open source product typically has better support options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have seen no benefits. The problems we are seeking to solve are 1. the need for multiple users to be responsible for different sections of the website. 2) ADA/508 compliance 3) Integration of more video 4) Management of content

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Government Administration
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"Very powerful....if you know what you're doing!"

What do you like best?

We use Sitefinity because of its powerful built-in Lucene search. The fact that it can search through PDF content is extremely valuable to us, because most of our customers are on our website to look for documents, and we have 900 of them!

We also like how extensive it is, and that you can pretty much customize anything you want. We are excited for the continued switch to MVC, which will make customization much easier.

We also appreciate the knowledgeable support. When we've had development-related issues, the support team at Progress have usually been able to respond with a coded solution. Very helpful!

What do you dislike?

It's not a true CMS, it's a framework that you have to build a CMS out of. You need to have a developer go through the documentation thoroughly, and build a custom set-up that will work for your organization. It's not like Wordpress where a layperson can just install and go. It's a very steep learning curve if you're not used to this kind of framework.

If you want any customizations to look good, you have to develop it yourself. The add-on shop in Sitefinity is very outdated and difficult to search through. It's impossible to tell if any of the add-ons are active or any good, so we ended up making our own customizations.

The settings, UI, and documentation are also clearly built for developers, it's not layperson-friendly. It also has numerous bugs that will frustrate a regular user. We highly recommend that a developer work directly with Sitefinity, because its numerous quirks and bugs will overwhelm anyone else.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Hire a developer who is willing to go through Sitefinity's documentation and LEARN it. Sitefinity is changing very quickly, and sometimes the changes will be very useful. We originally hired a specialist Sitefinity developer, but he wasn't using Sitefinity Feather, which was pretty new when we started our project. Sitefinity Feather would have cut down on development time substantially, which we found when we took over the project in-house.

Do not attempt to use Sitefinity if you do not have developer willing to devote their full attention to it. It has a steep learning curve. But it is very powerful once you learn how to get a handle on it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Sitefinity for an informational site for a city department with many responsibilities. Most customers are looking for specific information, so the search is very nice. Document handling is also very good - we can replace files as we need to.

Sitefinity review by Mateusz P.
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"Likeable CMS "

What do you like best?

It's highly customizable and pretty decent in performance department. Relatively easy to perform operations via API.

What do you dislike?

A bit challenging to automate. Lots of features are not out of the box and have to be requested. Should be a bit easier to manage providers i.e. for images or documents.

A bit hard to split database into separate entities i.e. one for revision history storage and the other for regular operations. But overall a good product.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider splitting document and image providers into separate databases or other entities. Consider cloud from start and a deployment process that does not require large precompilation packages.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing multiple languages, translations.

Scheduled publications across multiple sites.

Sitefinity review by Administrator
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"Progress Sitefinity is a great CMS. I don't know why more people don't use it."

What do you like best?

I love the page templating, content layout and content widget implementation. It makes building page and adding content a breeze.

What do you dislike?

The version to version upgrade process still has a few kinks. It's not always smooth or easy.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have been able to create an efficient web content editing workflow which allows us to identify and train content experts that can make quick changes, then allow our marketing team to polish the pages before they are published. This is a process that used to take days/week. Now it happens in a matter of minutes/hours.

Sitefinity review by Administrator
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"Great platform, but beware during implementation"

What do you like best?

There are so many user-friendly features that can make managing a website easy.

What do you dislike?

When we worked with one of the 3rd parties to design our website, their coding negating a bunch of the user-friendly features and also don't allow us to get help from the customer support team.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The thrid-party we used to design and implement our website used code that negates many of the user-friendly features Sitefinity offers.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have solved the login access to both our website and our software product so that we can manage all user access in a single location.

Sitefinity review by Administrator
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"One of the best web content management systems I've ever worked with."

What do you like best?

It is very user-friendly and easy to train our 150 web users to use the content management system.

What do you dislike?

Not easy to customize some of the functionalities to our environment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The most user-friendly content management system I've ever worked in.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have over 150 web users uploading content on our website. SiteFinity makes it easier for staff with no experience in a website environment to upload and change content on their specific pages on the web.

We also moved our website over to SiteFinity to have more descriptive URLs needed for our SEO.

Sitefinity review by Administrator
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"A solid platform that allows for some innovation"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is an easy to use back end for most intermediate and beginner users. There is a lot of room for innovation.

What do you dislike?

That innovation needs to be worked through the limitations of the software. It can be done, but it can also be quite the task to do so.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn what your non-negotiables are. So that when it comes to implementing out of the box, you will be aware of the choices you may have to make.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We've been looking for ways to have our users access the website and their web portals easily. Sitefinity has helped us accomplish this.

Sitefinity review by User
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"Love Sitefinity"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is incredibly user-friendly and easy to navigate.

What do you dislike?

It isn't usable in Chrome. I wish it offered either in-page editing for quick updates or an edit button on pages that would take me right to the edit screen. I also don't like that when I publish a page and return to Pages, all the menus or collapsed, or a different set of menus are expanded.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it! I am so pleased with the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We didn't have a responsive website before switching to Sitefinity. Our mobile usage nearly doubled within just a few months of making the change. Sitefinity makes RWD so easy.

Sitefinity review by User in Building Materials
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"Ongoing Improvements for a Solid .NET CMS"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity's new MVC platform, Project Feather, has been a terrific addition to the CMS. We recently completed a responsive redesign using Project Feather, and we were able to integrate our new design with Sitefinity very smoothly.

What do you dislike?

As an administrator, it can be difficult to know how best to configure Sitefinity. Its ecommerce module is too bare-bones for our needs. Additionally, Sitefinity seems to be aimed at large, multi-site businesses. Often, I feel like our mid-sized business is right on the edge of its use case.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are already using .NET in your tech stack, Sitefinity is a great choice. If you need ecommerce, I would recommend looking elsewhere.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Sitefinity as the primary CMS for our website. It has provided a great foundation for our content and marketing. Sitefinity has also been a great platform for developing our own extensions to its system.

Sitefinity review by Fran M.
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"Excellent platform for web designs."

What do you like best?

This platform contains useful tools for the design of avant-garde digital projects. ideal for small organizations that require the SiteFinity contribution.

What do you dislike?

Being a design platform, it is not the best on the market but it can be used for important good experiences.

Recommendations to others considering the product

SiteFinity is at the forefront of web designs with unique features. Nothing is lost with giving him a good impulse to try new things.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Within the organization is useful to enhance the work of web designs. The advertising campaigns that we have launched have been created based on SiteFinity.

Sitefinity review by James C.
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"Excellent service and support"

What do you like best?

I like the ease of use of the application. Installation was easy and well documented. Customization and integration with other API's

What do you dislike?

I would like to see more Active Directory integration for the application.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great product, excellent support, loads of controls to use to customize

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having a few issues with upgrades, especially when customization is added to the system.

Sitefinity review by Consultant in Education Management
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"Difficult to customize widget behavior"

What do you like best?

The ability to see what the pages look like as you are building them.

What do you dislike?

The widget designers are built on angularJS, which is outdated. The way it is implemented makes creating custom widgets a challenge. Also, cannot extend existing widgets without copy and pasting from Sitefinity repos.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want something out of the box, then this is it. If you want to create custom widgets with complex behavior, then this is a challenge.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Multiple sites on one instance. It is easy for our end users to use.

Sitefinity review by Cecile L.
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"great product but has some challenges"

What do you like best?

ease of adding content; easy to train users on how to use it.

What do you dislike?

separate steps to do an "accurate" sync to production

Recommendations to others considering the product

The software can support responsive design, but it does not mean that your content is automatically made responsive, unless you are willing to settle for the Basic responsive style that Sitefinity provides. You have to put in some work -- code and stylesheets -- to make your pages display responsively on mobile devices.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our company website used to be maintained solely by the corporate office in the US. With Sitefinity, we were able to spread out the responsibility to our international offices.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Banking
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"Sitefinity is great!"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is user friendly and has made keeping our website updated easy!

What do you dislike?

I have had trouble in the past with the support team.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sitefinity is very user friendly for anyone who is tech saavy! It's ease of use makes maintaining your website very easy, though it can be a little finicky to set up.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our website was very outdated so we chose to update to a new CMS and incorporate that with pardot. It has allowed us to expand our website quickly and effectively as well as optimize the pages.

Sitefinity review by Administrator in Hospital & Health Care
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"Good product, lousy third party vendors"

What do you like best?

Flexible, able to share content across pages. Easy to use. Lots of customizable options.

What do you dislike?

Mobile responsiveness isn't the best (although, not sure if this is because of our third party developer, or the product itself)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Go for it, it's a little different from the typical CMS like Wordpress, but it's very easy to use and has a lot of perks. Just avoid going with a third party vendor and developer that doesn't know what it's doing because they will muck up the product.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We had to build an updated, modern website with a strong content management system to make things more efficient for content authors with low technical abilities. This worked well!

Sitefinity review by Ruben M.
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"Sitefinity CMS is the right fit"

What do you like best?

Sitefinity is easy to use. The software is very intuitive and the users find it very easy work within the environment.

What do you dislike?

That certain common features are not available within the Content Editor and depending on the version that you are using, certain things might not work properly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Sitefinity works great for building websites, it is easy to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are delivering content to our customer in a more effective manner. Sitefinity gives us the ability to get creative.

Sitefinity review by David M.
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"My Sitefinity Review"

What do you like best?

ASP.NET/C# framework

Module Builder

Sitefinity API

Scaleability and Reliability

Hierarchical management of objects

Allows extensive management and creation of content by non-developers

What do you dislike?

Some modules, such as Campaigns, don't allow backend tweaks so custom interfaces are needed

Its pretty slow compared to other CMS's

Recompiles after a set number of widget updates

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best CMS out there for .NET based environments. Handles everything I throw at it. Customer support is great and always helpful.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Sitefinity integration with external data sources- the Sitefinity API makes this very easy. The module builder makes developing and fielding a new content type and business process, very easy.

Sitefinity review by Jay K.
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