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Jadu CMS

Jadu CMS is not currently geared toward the academic side, but more of the business/government types of organizations. Things can be tweaked to suit your needs, but sometimes there are limitations. The programmers are very helpful in assisting with that.
If you have some in house programmers, and you can get developer training, they will be able to program their own custom widgets to use on your website. We did not have programmers but managed to create a few simple widgets.
There's also a marketplace to look for other widgets that you could use on your site.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS is the perfect tool for a company that is looking to keep their website updated. The simple to use tools and templates means updating and creating new pages is easy. The WYSIWYG editor is a nice feature, however, for accessibility, there should be some more guidance on what is suitable to be used on the CMS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Jadu CMS
2.0
Umbraco CMS
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Jadu CMS
2.0
Umbraco CMS
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Jadu CMS
6.0
Umbraco CMS
8.1
API
Jadu CMS
3.0
Umbraco CMS
8.9
Internationalization / multi-language
Jadu CMS
9.0
Umbraco CMS
7.3

Web Content Creation

Jadu CMS
3.6
Umbraco CMS
7.8
WYSIWYG editor
Jadu CMS
3.0
Umbraco CMS
7.7
Code quality / cleanliness
Jadu CMS
1.0
Umbraco CMS
7.4
Admin section
Jadu CMS
2.0
Umbraco CMS
8.6
Page templates
Jadu CMS
8.0
Umbraco CMS
7.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Jadu CMS
7.0
Umbraco CMS
7.4
Publishing workflow
Jadu CMS
1.0
Umbraco CMS
8.9
Form generator
Jadu CMS
3.0
Umbraco CMS
7.5
Library of website themes
Jadu CMS
Umbraco CMS
7.4

Web Content Management

Jadu CMS
1.0
Umbraco CMS
7.8
Content taxonomy
Jadu CMS
1.0
Umbraco CMS
8.4
SEO support
Jadu CMS
1.0
Umbraco CMS
8.4
Bulk management
Jadu CMS
1.0
Umbraco CMS
7.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Jadu CMS
1.0
Umbraco CMS
8.1
Community / comment management
Jadu CMS
1.0
Umbraco CMS
7.1

Pros

  • The interface to edit content is simple and resembles word processing programs with its editing abilities.
  • If you do not have a separate form creation program/application, Jadu has its own form module.
  • Jadu gives the ability for users to sign in on your webpage and have different options for logged in users.
  • Even if you haven't used the system in a long time, it's easy to get reacquainted with the user interface.
  • The Jadu team we worked with kept constant communication with us throughout the different stages of switching to a new CMS.
  • Jadu has a great support website that will allow you to search problems, submit your own, and receive responses from the support team.
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  • Plugins - as an open source CMS, Umbraco is very customizable and flexible to the needs of the organization
  • Publishing - Umbraco has powerful tools for publishing
  • Media hosting
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Cons

  • Sometimes when copying/pasting content, there hidden HTML elements that don't show up on the WYSIWYG when an editor makes the changes, and it requires the administrators to go back in and edit the HTML to get it to look the same.
  • If users are allowed to add pictures to the system, they're also allowed to delete photos. There's no middle ground on that.
  • Since Jadu is not geared toward educational use, Jadu has a great potential for the future.
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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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Likelihood to Renew

Jadu CMS9.5
Based on 2 answers
I decided not to give it a 10 because I don't know what else is out there in terms of CMS products, and there's a bias when you've only been exposed to one product. At my current job, I used Jadu sparingly but it's easy to get reacquainted with the software and the look and feel of the CMS
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Usability

Jadu CMS10.0
Based on 1 answer
For the common user, Jadu is very easy to use and to understand. For the more complex user/administrator, there's a lot of power to be harnessed in HTML editing, creating widgets, editing styles, creating workflows, and other advanced features Jadu can work up for the customer.
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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

No score
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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 was not part of the team that evaluated other products during the CMS search. I did however use our old CMS from Luminis, which was not a great product. It's almost not fair comparing the two products because Jadu blew it out of the water. I do know that our company researched several companies and felt that Jadu was the company that would suit our needs the best.
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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

  • Jadu has allowed us to allow more users to edit their own content, and in a much easier format.
  • Compared to our old CMS, there are more features available through Jadu that helps us make our website better.
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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

Jadu CMS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Umbraco CMS

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