Umbraco

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3.8 out of 5 stars

The open source ASP.NET CMS. The CMS is free forever, but you can choose to buy professional support, bug fixing warranty and productivity enhancing add-ons.

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Umbraco review by <span>Hemang R.</span>
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Matured CMS to manage Big websites

What do you like best?

Umbraco has many things that make it a good open-source CMS.

1. Easy to navigate dashboard

2. Great personalization features

3. Availability of APIs

4. Easy customization and SEO friendly

5. Content management is too easy and user-friendly. Even a non-technical person can handle it with utmost ease.

6. Quite easy to add plugins.

7. .Net technology means it is secured and scalable

8. Can seamlessly manage tons of web pages. I am already having 1000+ on my website that we manage by Umbraco.

What do you dislike?

Getting started with Umbraco is difficult because of the incomplete/inappropriate documentation.

Another issue is about managing workflows, but this would matter only if you are implementing Umbraco on a larger scale. Also, any goof-ups in initial setup will make the life difficult in the later stages. It is advisable to take help of technical expert while you are setting up Umbraco.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a content management system, Umbraco is the right choice. Make sure you have an expert while you setup it for the first time. Else, very satisfied with the maturity and quality of Umbraco CMS.

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

We utilize Umbraco to manage our corporate website and other product websites. We have a 1000+ page website with loads of content on it. Umbraco provides a well-structured framework for us to manage our content. The easy to understand dashboard allows our non-technical marketing team to manage content effortlessly. The personalization features also help us to serve the global audience.

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Umbraco review by <span>Jason P.</span>
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CMS that makes it easy to create a custom/bespoke web site

What do you like best?

Umbraco stays out of my way and gives me all the tools I need to work fast and build the site exactly to spec without fighting with the CMS. It's a blank slate for design so you could pull in a pre-made template or build your design from scratch which I like.

What do you dislike?

It can be a bit tricky for new developers to learn, but there are training videos and training classes that you can take.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Try it out on Umbraco Cloud. That's the easiest way to get setup. Also, take a look at Our.Umbraco.org and see the community. Twitter is another great place to learn and chat about Umbraco.

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

We use it for lead generation, selling online, and general marketing. We have also used it for document management, intranets, and even to manage content for mobile apps.

What Web Content Management solution do you use?

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Umbraco review by <span>Herman v.</span>
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Umbraco has much legacy

What do you like best?

Umbraco advertises that Umbraco is not in your way when you develop the UI. Thats ONLY true for the front-end and thats very nice for developers :-) So you can develop a front end how you want it to be. In our case a Bootstrap HTML5 front end. The tree stucture for content is also nice because thats they way we use our content too.

What do you dislike?

The backend is not easily extendible. The documentation is NOT free. If you want to have good documentation there is no other way to get a service contract for Umbraco. Umbraco is MVC but TDD is not good possible.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are planning to use Umbraco you will need a developer to implement.

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

We had a Website where content had to be edited. It had to be mobile-first. Umbraco seems to be a good solution for it.

Umbraco review by <span>Jessica R.</span>
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Umbraco - power and flexibility

What do you like best?

It allows me to achieve my lead-gen goals. Umbraco has the power to allow me to build site sections at will. To optimize all of the elements within those sections and to reuse elements. I describe our current grid implementation as a set of legos. I can build pages, and if I want to reuse elements on another page, I do so with the blocks. The ways to use Umbraco is limitless.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing inherent to Umbraco that I do not like. There are sometimes tweaks that we request to be made within our configuration because a use case or business need changed. Those are handled and we able to proceed with the additional functionality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Work with a certified partner on implementation. We selected Scandia for both implementations because of their expertise and their work in financial services. Both NASB and BBMC can self-maintain their sites, but that's because of the work done right during implementation.

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

I am solving for the need to support high-velocity online lead generation campaigns with technology that is flexible and can change as i need it to change.

Umbraco review by <span>David T.</span>
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A great CMS on top of the very powerful ASP.Net MVC stack.

What do you like best?

As a C# developer my favorite feature is that Umbraco lays so cleanly on top of the ASP.Net MVC stack. That has left us free to route hijack and customize some heavier pieces while leaving the majority of the site in the capable hands of a fairly simple CMS.

What do you dislike?

Pushing changes between multiple environments is difficult. It requires an inexpensive add-on product named Courier that is buggy. They are working hard on it though. I suspect that this problem will finally be resolved with v8.0.0 and its goal of "GUID all the things". If you start with Umbraco as a Service you're less likely to run into this problem because its using an internal v2 of the Courier product codenamed Deploy.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give Umbraco as a Service a try first. It'll get you up and running fast and it has the best content deploy story so far. If you need to upgrade beyond that talk to one of their Gold partners. Look into Nested Content and Grid Editors right away.

If the last time you evaluated Umbraco was before 7.4 you really should give it a fresh look. Their investment in the Angular JS powered back office upgrade and grid editors is really starting to pay out.

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

CMS for corporate website and internal website. We've been able to add some intense customizations like SAML integration and various API integrations (Marketo, Salesforce, Redis) all from the comfort of C#.

Umbraco review by <span>Debbie M.</span>
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Great Content Management System

What do you like best?

The easy of use in being able to administer our websites, we use the tool for both our own and customers websites. It provides a really nice simple tool to keep our site up to date with the latest content.

What do you dislike?

Would like to be able to implement a staging site without having to have 2 versions, same we cannot have a local version and then a go live version, the preview button is sometimes not enough

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very easy tool to use, great for looking down templates and allowing staff members to update certain parts of your website, If you can use word then you can use this tool.

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

Keeping our website upto date, also the marketing team to publish new content without waiting for the development team to make changes, keeps the cost down for us, if the key staff members can update themselves.

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