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Score 5.2 out of 101
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Score 6.8 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Squiz Matrix

Working with a large amount of web content where there is a need to focus on related content.
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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

Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
7.5
Role-based user permissions
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
7.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
7.4
API
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
8.3
Internationalization / multi-language
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
6.5

Web Content Creation

Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
5.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
7.1
Admin section
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
8.3
Page templates
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
7.2
Library of website themes
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
7.2
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
8.6
Publishing workflow
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
9.0
Form generator
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
8.6

Web Content Management

Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
7.8
Content taxonomy
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
8.8
SEO support
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
8.8
Bulk management
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
7.1
Availability / breadth of extensions
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
8.0
Community / comment management
Squiz Matrix
Umbraco CMS
6.4

Pros

Squiz Matrix

  • Speed and efficiency
  • Roles and content control
  • Related content
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Umbraco CMS

  • 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

Squiz Matrix

  • User Interface was good but heavy, with Java powering the backbone I recall finding this somewhat troublesome at the time.
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Umbraco CMS

  • 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

Squiz Matrix

Squiz Matrix 7.0
Based on 1 answer
I don't work with Squiz any more so it's difficult to say, that said, the site is still running on the same CMS so obviously it's still considered a great platform
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Umbraco CMS

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Squiz Matrix

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 4.0
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

Squiz Matrix

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 7.0
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

Squiz Matrix

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 3.0
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

Squiz Matrix

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 2.0
Based on 1 answer
Support for Umbraco-owned paid plugins is nonexistent.
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Online Training

Squiz Matrix

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 3.0
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

Squiz Matrix

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 7.0
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

Squiz Matrix

Easier to work with
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Umbraco CMS

There is not really an alternative when it comes to CMS based on ASP.Net (MVC4 with Razor). There are a few frameworks, like Booststrap; however framework is not content management system. I will compare it to Drupal, because the second one is well known. Against Drupal, Umbraco is very clean and fast framework/CMS. It does not have as much of big community, support or range of plugins as Drupal.
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Scalability

Squiz Matrix

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS 4.0
Based on 1 answer
Without significant development, the product does not scale well.
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Return on Investment

Squiz Matrix

  • Having a single powerful CMS platform that would integrate a number of organisations that had recently merged - Squiz was a big part of bringing our web architecture together gracefully.
  • Increased employee efficiency
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Umbraco CMS

  • It's a .net solution and we program in .net so it was faster
  • thanks to their good SEO, we have more leads
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Pricing Details

Squiz Matrix

General

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

Squiz Matrix Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Umbraco CMS

General

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

Umbraco CMS Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Umbraco Free$0
Umbraco Professional$5,0002
Umbraco Enterprise5000+2
  1. per year
SaaS Edition
Umbraco Cloud Starter$301
Umbraco Cloud Professional$4701
Umbraco Cloud Enterprise5000+1
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details
The Umbraco CMS and all of its core features are the same across all plans. The paid on-premise plans includes support, onboarding, licenses to add-on products (Umbraco Forms, Umbraco Courier, Umbraco TV) as well as a discount on developer training courses. Umbraco Cloud is the CMS hosted on Azure Cloud servers with automated upgrades, unlimited hosting and smooth deployments. All features can be found on Umbraco.com.

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