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Amaxus

1 Ratings

Umbraco CMS

21 Ratings

Amaxus

1 Ratings
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Score 3 out of 101

Umbraco CMS

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Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amaxus

Amaxus is well suited as a development platform and content management system for companies who have a dedicated, experienced development team because it has such complex functionality. It is not well suited for companies whose main content updater will be a person with limited development experience, because it is so hard to learn and understand how to use.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco is well suited for websites that are looking to do a wide range of activities that require complex technoligies. An example of this is a company with several different products or services. Umbraco would be overkill for simple sites that are mostly static. It is also difficult to find developers who have Umbraco experience, as it's market share is not all that high
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Amaxus
9.0
Umbraco CMS
9.4
Role-based user permissions
Amaxus
9.0
Umbraco CMS
9.4

Web Content Creation

Amaxus
7.4
Umbraco CMS
7.9
WYSIWYG editor
Amaxus
5.0
Umbraco CMS
9.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Amaxus
6.0
Umbraco CMS
7.7
Admin section
Amaxus
6.0
Umbraco CMS
8.9
Page templates
Amaxus
10.0
Umbraco CMS
7.9
Library of website themes
Amaxus
8.0
Umbraco CMS
7.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Amaxus
10.0
Umbraco CMS
6.2
Publishing workflow
Amaxus
8.0
Umbraco CMS
8.7
Form generator
Amaxus
6.0
Umbraco CMS
6.6

Web Content Management

Amaxus
7.3
Umbraco CMS
7.8
Content taxonomy
Amaxus
7.0
Umbraco CMS
8.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Amaxus
10.0
Umbraco CMS
8.1
Community / comment management
Amaxus
5.0
Umbraco CMS
7.7
SEO support
Amaxus
Umbraco CMS
8.0
Bulk management
Amaxus
Umbraco CMS
7.1

Platform & Infrastructure

Amaxus
6.0
Umbraco CMS
8.7
Internationalization / multi-language
Amaxus
6.0
Umbraco CMS
8.1
API
Amaxus
Umbraco CMS
9.3

Pros

  • There is a lot of flexibility and power with what you can do.
  • The client has a lot of power to make changes on their own without needing a development team.
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  • Umbraco has a lot of design/layout flexibility.
  • Umbraco provides a lot of control for customization.
  • You can maintain your data (product, page, entity) in a structured way.
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Cons

  • There is a huge learning curve for developers. All our new website builds were going beyond the timeline because of the learning curve.
  • It is very complex and teaching our clients how to use it required several training sessions.
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  • Umbraco can initially be challenging for new users with limited or no development experience. After initial installation, there is a lot more work required to 'see' a site.
  • Umbraco isn't stable. For example, even on a fresh new site sometimes you'll get errors when trying to save something in the admin panel. It's not common, but it happens often enough to be annoying.
  • No out of the box contact forms. Umbraco sells their forms plugin that we've used in the past, but the plugin is disappointing. It isn't well maintained and it's very buggy. Making a new contact form with the paid plugin can take a lot of time to get everything right (fields, validation, confirmation emails, etc). This is especially frustrating for new users.
  • Documentation / resource links frequently 404. Umbraco seems to change their site URLs often enough that, when you encounter an issue, you're likely to find a number of bad links in Google's search results. This makes it difficult to research solutions to a problem.
  • Posts often go unanswered or without resolution in their community support forums. Hopefully this will improve as the community grows.
  • The update process is clumsy at best. Many people are familiar with the simple WordPress upgrade button for the core and plugins. This doesn't exist at all for Umbraco. Instead, you'll need to select specific files to overwrite and potentially update any old code references.
  • Migration between development environments is clumsy. Umbraco offers a premium plugin to address this because, as they state on the premium plugin page, deployments are "complicated, headache-inducing"
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Usability

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Umbraco CMS4.0
Based on 1 answer
Many end users will be overwhelmed with the admin interface. Some common functions are buried in menus
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Reliability and Availability

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Umbraco CMS7.0
Based on 1 answer
Occasionally, errors will appear in the admin that make it impossible to work without developer support.
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Performance

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Umbraco CMS3.0
Based on 1 answer
Working in the admin panel (adding / reviewing / editing content) is very slow.The public facing site speed is dependent on what the pages are doing and how well the code was written (whether it is optimized for speed).
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Support

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Umbraco CMS2.0
Based on 1 answer
Support for Umbraco-owned paid plugins is nonexistent.
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Online Training

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Umbraco CMS3.0
Based on 1 answer
Online training is often based on older versions of the platform. So, you'll have to fill in the gaps on your own.
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Implementation

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Umbraco CMS7.0
Based on 1 answer
Spend the time to wireframe the content structure prior to diving in. This helps speed the process of implementation and it serves as documentation for end users.
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Alternatives Considered

I have used an in-house CMS which was very simple and only allowed the user to update very basic templated content, and I have used Sitecore, which is sort of like a middle-of-the-road. Sitecore is great because it allows for the user to have a lot of control over templates and updating content, but it's not so complex that it is very difficult and time-consuming to learn how to use, like Amaxus.
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Umbraco vs WordPressUmbraco has more flexibility and customization options, but less features, reliability/stability, and community support.WordPress offers less customization for data and content, but it is immensely more stable, has better features /plugins, and includes an enormous amount of community support & documentation.Umbraco vs KenticoBoth are intended to be customized after installation (flexible design and data management)Kentico is more robust, reliable, and feature rich. But, it requires more effort to get a site up and running.Umbraco is less stable than Kentico. But, it is often easier to get a site up and running.
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Scalability

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Umbraco CMS4.0
Based on 1 answer
Without significant development, the product does not scale well.
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Return on Investment

  • It has a negative impact because it put us back on our timelines.
  • It had a negative impact because our customers didn't like the learning curve to use it.
  • It had a negative impact because it caused so much stress among our team to learn it.
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  • When used for the appropriate clients, Umbraco typically helps get a customized layout and data structure to market faster than some competing CMS platforms.
  • For clients that may not understand data relationships on the back end, the content management in the admin panel helps them visualize what's happening.
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Pricing Details

Amaxus

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Umbraco CMS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details