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Umbraco

UMBRACO A/S https://umbraco.com
Market Position: Mid-Market Platform: ASP.NET
Licence Model: Open Source Current Version: 7.5.7
Base Price: Cloud Starts at $29.00 per month. Umbraco Cloud Professional $424/per month The “Umbraco Cloud Enterprise” license is negotiated based on customer needs.
Founded In: 2000 CEO: Niels Hartvig (16-years)
NA Offices: New York NA Partner Network: 39 – as of Jan 2017
Hosting Type: On-premise and SaaS Closest Comparison: DNN
Free Trial Version? Yes Certified Training? Yes

Umbraco was developed by Niels Hartvig in 2000 and released as a fully-featured open source content management system with the flexibility to run anything from small campaign or brochure sites, right through to complex applications.

Umbraco is supported by both an active community of users around the world, and backed up by a commercial organization providing professional support and tools. Umbraco can be used in its free, open-source format with the additional option of professional tools and support if required, and supports ASP.NET MVC or WebForms, including User and Custom Controls, out of the box.

Umbraco is about to introduce personalized content, in a future update that will be released sometime in the first half of 2017.

Comments from Umbraco

Umbraco’s focus is on you doing what you do best, developing awesome websites. On top of that, you join the world's biggest open source .NET community, where there is always someone to ask or someone that could use your advice.”
Martin Wülser Larsen, Online Communications Dragoon

Differentiators

Umbraco is open-source WCM. There are no licensing fees associated with the product, but there are fees tied to support and some add-ons. There is a large developer community for Umbraco that releases many free and open-source add-ons ranging from analytics, themes, social connectors, and more. Umbraco’s focus is on simplicity, speed, and performance. A new install with a completely bespoke design may take a little longer to get up and running, since document types, page templates, partial views, and controls all need to be built by a developer. However this does provide a high level of flexibility in the development of the site.  Umbraco’s backoffice is fully responsive, so edits from a phone or tablet are possible.

Strengths

  • Highly flexible, but uninstructive CMS, that does not change the markup.
  • If you’re an experienced integrator you can be up and running fairly quickly with one of the included starter kits, or seamlessly integrate your own design.
  • Umbraco is backed by a large .NET community (more than 200,000 members), who provide sparring, knowledge sharing, and download of free community-created modules.
  • Umbraco is built for users that implement multiple sites. It is very easy to copy components from an existing site to a new one, so you can cut down on repetitive work and focus on building what needs to be customized.

Weaknesses

  • Umbraco is for experienced web developers that have a good grasp of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and there is a severe learning curve. It takes time to set up before it can be utilized fully. 
  • There is limited documentation and information available to help you learn the system.
  • Bridgeline
  • Dot Net Nuke
  • Elcom
  • epi
  • Ingeniux
  • Kentico
  • Progress Sitefinity
  • Sitecore
  • Umbraco

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Gary Eisenstein

Gary Eisenstein

Gary has been working in the IT industry for over 23-years and is a Principle Analyst at CMS-Connected. If you would like to receive additional advice or consultation on selecting a “best-fit” Web Content Management solution, Gary can be reached at gary.eisenstein@cms-connected.com.