- The ability to create various user levels and access for large organizations is quite impressive.
- The user interface and WYSIWYG interface is very easy to learn and gain a comfort level for those not very computer savvy.
- The dynamic display of content is quite easy to achieve from a developers perspective.
- I may be wrong, but there are so many options that it can be overwhelming to the end user making updates. I may need to investigate user access better.
- Draft modes of pages or content is not as user friendly as I would like it to be.
- A review module of new content added would be wonderful.
- User friendly for tech and non-tech people.
- Good workflow for approvals to ensure accuracy.
- Easy calendar option allowing for managing events.
- Every aspect that I use to perform my job for Kentico is pretty user-friendly. I believe those that dive a little deeper may see some areas for improvement, but it is up to par for my needs.
- I love the intuitive top and left navigation within the content management platform. I can easily find what section, sub-section, and page I'm looking to edit
- For creating content, the WYSIWYG editor is so intuitive; it feels like you're working on an MS Word doc!
- The tab for adding metadata in simple fields takes away the headache of having to hunt and peck through code to add H1 tag, page description etc.
- The image library is easy to edit and manage
- Perhaps upgrade the dashboard's user interface to make it feel more like an app environment which is more modern and expected these days.
- The standard You-Tube widget doesn't always render correctly on mobile or desktop. not sure if this is the tool itself or the way the people who built out my site for me configured it
- Make it easier to add anchors to a page (i.e. when clicking a certain link it "jumps" to a specific part of a page) for a user that is not a programmer.
- Ease of use. The out-of-the-box feature set of 450 web parts alone will help anyone create almost any type of website without writing code.
- Performance. Based on core Microsoft .NET technologies Kentico can handle any amount of traffic and users. If a single server is not enough the web farm support helps scaling of the required infrastructure.
- Extensibility. The Kentico API offers a wide range of programming interfaces for developers. If something is not there it can be easily developed using standard development tools such as Visual Studio.
- Because of it's vast feature set the documentation could be a bit more robust and thorough.
- The support for standard html5 elements would be a good point to add when developing.
- The primary selling point of Kentico is its tremendous value for the licensing dollar. When compared to high-dollar CMSs, Kentico provides a 95% of the functionality of a system like Sitecore or AEM at a fifth of the price.
- The development model for Kentico allows for quick entry for developers and a relatively low learning curve. Setup and install is also extremely easy.
- The CMS admin tool itself is quite intuitive and capable for easy ramp-up by non-technical staff members.
- Among top-tier CMS vendors, Kentico has far and away the best support and documentation available in the marketplace.
- Kentico needs to invest in more enterprise class environment management utilities -- example: global CDN support via the CMS is sorely lacking. There are work-arounds, but it should be more elegant.
- The Kentico staging module could be improved to support the concept of bundled releases. Current staging module functionality is good, but could be improved.
- Kentico ecommerce support is a touch immature. While content management is superb, Kentico lags in this area when compared to many open source ecommerce engines.
- Kentico is lacking MVC support. 99% of the time this isn't an issue for the end-user or business user, but can be a hurdle for technology teams depending on the team's makeup.
- Page Templates. I've never used any other CMS with the ease of use in creating and reusing the same template across multiple pages.
- User management and security. This is very straightforward and simple when all you want is basic security for your content managers, but it's also granular if you need it to be. Allowing access or denying access to virtually any control or object in the site, or on the administrator side without the need of custom code
- Keeping Custom code to a minimal level when using the portal engine. The Webparts that are built in cover 80% of all business needs, and customizing the rest is a breeze since it is built around .net.
- The learning curve is much faster than with other systems such as Ektron, or Sitecore.
- Custom modules are really cool if you want to package custom code to reuse on different sites and for the community
- Global event handlers to hook into any change that is made on any document or object in the system. You can literally add any code you want and attach it to any event you want.
- Automated Marketing in this system is rivaled by no other CMS
- A/B variant tests are excellent for determining traffic on the site.
- The Shopping Cart feature can use some work. There are excellent modules that make up for this, and I hear the next version has improved this, but nonetheless it is still lacking in the ways it can be customized
- Calendar controls have to be highly customized to make it work right and look good.
- The integration bus doesn't make sense for importing, and is lacking in documentation.
Review: "Kentico Rocks! Using the CMS is a breeze and E-commerce and Online Marketing are icing on top of the cake"
- Ease of use for the developer, content authors, and internet marketers that use it. The user interface in Kentico 8 truly is amazing and easy to pick up with no training.
- Strong customization and integration capabilities, including the built in REST service, Integration Bus, and elegant API. I love the fact that if there is anything not in the box we can use the system to extend it or connect it to any CRM, ERP, or other third party service very easily.
- Large out of the box functionality. There is an extremely high level of value that the platform provides. Instead of having to build extra modules for things like Event Booking, Forums, Polls, or E-commerce, they are already there for us to use.
- Ability to control the HTML output of the site at a very fine level. Creating HTML5 is very easy in Kentico and implementing any design, as responsive, is totally possible in the system.
- The ability to get a very high level of insight into the visitors journey through the website and market back to them with the Contact management, Lead Scoring, and Marketing Automation modules is very impressive.
- The scalablity of the system is impressive. Running a very highly trafficked web site is totally possible with Kentico and its strong caching and web farm capabilities.
- The support that Kentico provides is top notch, 24/7 global support is included with any purchase, 7 day bug fix policy, and excellent documentation
- The development community is engaged and ready to help if you are a developer learning Kentico, and the Kentico partner community is very strong as well.
- NET MVC has a way to go still in Kentico.
- Some of the older modules that have existed in previous versions of Kentico have some dated HTML markup that makes responsive a challenge.
- Some of the intranet modules are fairly week in terms of scalability. The document library, projects, and tasks functionality are not that great and ill suited for large uses.
Are you looking to move into the cloud, specifically the Azure cloud? If so Kentico 8 is set up extremely well to play nice with the cloud.
Do you need to have a digital marketing solution for your site? Kentico 8 provides an excellent all in one solution for this.
My overall opinion is very thankful that we implemented this system.
- Enabling content changes to be made quickly by stakeholders outside of IT.
- Adding seach engine optimization information
- Continue improving the Sharepoint connector adding more functionality
- Certified add-on modules, I think it would be helpful to have modules produced outside of Kentico that have been throughly tested and certified and supported by Kentico.
- Better migration wizard
- Master pages and templating.
- Page maintenance and updating.
- Web form creation, particularly flexibility in regards to display of forms.
- Not open source.
- Documentation can be a little clunky to read through and understand sometimes - especially for inexperienced users.
We set up a company newsletter that automatically gathers information from the current month's articles and formats it into an email template that we can send directly through Kentico.
Aside from our company's usage, we also develop Kentico websites for clients. We always propose Kentico if there is sufficient budget, because we prefer Kentico's flexibility and built-in features over any other CMS that we have tried.
- Full-feature CMS - Kentico is the whole shebang; it includes analytics, social media, email marketing, and doesn't require plugins.
- User Interface - Kentico's user interface was redesigned in version 8, and was a vast improvement over version 7. Things are easy to find, and you can customize your dashboard.
- Flexibility - my group feels that we can build anything a client would want or need within Kentico, if for some reason it wasn't there already.
- Their slogan - "Right First Time Technology" - I get what they mean, but some things may be lost in translation. This is a sentence fragment in English, and some clients may be turned off by it.
- Easier to understand documentation - their official documentation could use an overhaul. All of the information is there, but most of their code examples need to be fleshed out a bit. This aspect of their product can be very hard to navigate for first-time Kentico developers.
- Email Queue - this should be in the same section as Email Marketing; currently this is under Configuration
- User and Role Management/ACL: With Kentico 8's built in ACL features, we can get as granular or high level with access and permissions as we want. The ACL features allow tuning to the exact customer specific levels that are needed.
- It would be nice to have something built in that supports reusing widget content across multiple pages. For instance, if I have a widget with a link that sends someone to a page, I would like an easy, built-in way to say: "I want this widget on these pages and in this order and to hide it on this page, and change the order on this page"
- Ease of use for Customers to manage. The entire site is run through the web, and I mean EVERYTHING. Files, CSS, JS, Page Templates, the works. This means customers have complete control without needing a developer, and when they want a developer to help them both parties can simply hop onto the admin panel and work it out together.
- Lightning fast development. Because Kentico has a portal styled Template system, you can build out the entire site in the web interface quickly. I have imported templates from places like ThemeForest in a matter of hours. You are not limited in any way shape or form, you can really integrate any website, any functionality into Kentico.
- Open Documentation / Support. I've worked in some CMS systems where everything is hidden, you have limited API, and when you want to figure something out there's no documentation. Kentico has an extensive Developer Network, open to the public, with very in depth documentation, API examples, and even an entire "demo" site that anyone can set up that shows you how to use all the great functionality. Tech support is top notch as well, super friendly.
- The only areas that could use some more fine tuning are some of their back end integration functionality. Some Event hooks are hard to fully utilize, but it's something they are looking to improve. Honestly that's the only thing I can think of.
- Kentico's page interface gives SMEs and content administrators a simple way to update content, review changes and create a streamlined content development workflow.
- Utilizing the Kentico widget framework, we are able to create components for content administrators to use yet force the adherence to style / functional guidelines established during the user experience / design phase of the project. This greatly increases the content owner's 'perceived' flexibility of the system, while still keeping the consistency of user experience in mind.
- From a programmer aspect, Kentico has one of the strongest, easiest-to-use, APIs in the business. This allows for developer-centric solutions to highly complex problems, but also allows for the maintainability of custom code through the software upgrade lifecycle. Not having to re-compile and test all the time on version to version has been a significant time saver.
- For those sites that are looking for a robust Web CMS solution and are in need of eCommerce, Kentico offers one of the stronger OOTB eCommerce platforms. We've gotten customers up and running in a short amount of time.
- The Kentico community continues to grow and a number of experts participate in the Kentico Question & Answer area of their support site, which is really helping build confidence in the brand and provides better assistance than just always relying on Kentico Support.
- As with most software companies, documentation can sometimes be a bit cryptic to read through. There is a certain level of knowledge that is expected when reading through it to understand how best to utilize it.
- Though Kentico has been working these out over the past few versions of the product, I would like to see more emphasis on OOTB webparts being rendered according to responsive design best practices. There are a few that require re-work to get them to work well in a responsive design.
- I would like to see more training offered targeted towards Kentico power users or administrators. Right now most training is geared towards the developer space (with some end user).
- The easy to use dashboard.
- The powerful automated marketing tools.
- The great integrated developer tools.
- SharePoint bi-directional synchronization.
- CRM and ERP integration improvements.
- Lack of asset management functionality throughout multi-site platform.
- Form builder tool can improve.
- Easy to work with and customize from a developer standpoint. This makes it possible to deliver exactly what the client wants.
- Built in asp.net and fully integrates with Visual Studio. Any asp.net developer should have no problems with Kentico
- Tons of built-in modules and it's very easy to add custom modules and functionality
- Great support and helpful community of developers
- Enterprise level product at a reasonable price
- It seems that pure aspx templates sometimes take a backseat to portal functionality but this is understandable from a big picture perspective.
- The number of files in the solution is still an issue but this is improving with each version.
- As Kentico matures it seems there might be a trend to make customization harder for developers. Hopefully is stays developer friendly.
- Content Publishing is one of the most important features when looking at a CMS and Kentico supplies this with ease. One of our major pain points and reasons to drive looking for a CMS, is that our process prior to Kentico was very developer heavy: needed someone to make the changes in HTML/ASP or write a SQL script to plug them into our database and management of this was in several different spots to correspond with our chaotic Workflow. Kentico's document types make everything very easy as you really only have to set them up then non-technical people can come in and input the content, save and let it follow the workflow steps then finally publish in your page template.
- Workflow and Versioning has been another area where Kentico just "clicked" with us. With a website that is constantly being updated like ours, it has been very nice to have a process that not only guides itself (based on rules we set up) but also provides versioning. This comes in handy on a daily basis.
- Of course being a developer, the API. I have enjoyed my time working with the Kentico API. Unlike many other APIs, Kentico has done a great job setting it up plus providing documentation of a lot of the main focus that you can stem almost anything you want to do off of. Plus their technical support is phenomenal.
- There are some confusing pieces and naming conventions to first time users in the admin/management desk but as you get used to it and know where things are (like any software), you are more than comfortable.
- There are some aspects and features within the workflow that we would like to add to make it a little more automatic and enable publishing between staged severs but in its current state is more than applicable to our workflow.
- Repeaters - This allows for us to programmatically build webpages without the need to build each page multiple times for multiple offices/products
- Templates - With the use of templates, we can assign it to a page or site uniformly to provide perfectly spaced pages every time.
- Support - Like Johnny on the Spot, the support team is quick to reply and always provides links for learning more.
- UI - We are on 7.0 which has just about reached end of life, however v8 is out and am looking forward to seeing the UI made more intuitive
- Terminology - Without reading the entire HUGE manual, the widgets and web parts available in the software are not self explanatory.
- Steep Learning Curve - It takes months to become familiar enough with the system to diagnose minor issues.
- The site tree keeps management simple for users. Passing along this solution to a client leaves me feeling confident they'll have a CMS they can manage easily for years to come.
- The preview mode and save>publish features work seamlessly to see your changes before publishing.
- The ability to have multiple contributor levels has made it a great choice for users with many users providing content.
- Perhaps the form management could be made a bit simpler. Have had reports of clients not being able to find how to edit or export submissions.
- Ease of use and thin-browser version works on all major platforms
- Advanced functionality for power users including only marketing campaign management, in-browser development, etc
- Customizable and extensible to support our clients unique needs
- Scalable, high performance, and reliable
- Excellent technical support
- User interface can be overwhelming for novices
- Feature set can be so large at times it is difficult to determine what you need for smaller projects
- Some features could be more streamlined or templated
- Kentico provides a great developer experience. It uses current, up to date .NET technologies and has an open and extensible API, providing complete flexibility
- Kentico provides an intuitive content management experience resulting in positive adoption by content contributors
- Kentico is flexible allowing it to be used for organizations of all sizes
- Kentico focuses on the "portal" model which is less attractive to experienced .NET developers. Thus features often come out for that model before the "aspnet" model.
- There is currently no adaptive image solution for the "aspnet" model; however, they have a method for suggesting improvements. I have already submitted this feature request and it is under review! http://kentico.uservoice.com/
- Translations and Language Management - with UI Culture Strings you can specify anything you want to be easily replaced with a language variation
- User Management - Roles and Rights management is deep, but once you learn it's a powerful tool.
- Search index is fantastic out of the box
- UI is too busy but seems to be addressed in v8
- Ability to define a global site and not have language unique pages show up for translation would be helpful for a large global company
- Better blog and tagging
- Marketing Automation is the hot topic for marketers. Everyone wants to be able to automate the lead generation process because consumers want to discover the answer to their problems by searching your website. With Kentico EMS we can make better decisions regarding content to educate our consumers and automate the nurturing process.
- The Kentico platform is tightly integrated with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. When our clients do not have the infrastructure to support a highly available and load balanced environment we are able to deploy those solutions quickly with no capital expenses for our customers.
- Kentico's 24/7 support is critical to our clients. Although we always want to respond to our customers we also know that calling the Kentico support team can save them on our hourly rate when it is a content issue that they need assistance with. Open source solutions do not offer the same benefit.
- At Bit-Wizards we do a lot of custom integration to third party systems. Although Kentico makes it easy to provide these integration points having a more tightly integrated solution for Dynamics CRM would help our Microsoft Dynamics clients.
- Syncing between development and production environments
- Managing small updates
- Allows for easy reusability of templates
- Slow to load
- Bulky to install
- Naming conventions are not consistent with industry terminology (doctype, for example)
- Can't directly import .net code in all cases, sometimes forced to use Kentico solutions which take more time to implement than just writing code to a code behind.
- Excellent Customer Support
- Easy to use WYSIWYG editor
- Excellent online marketing tool
- Simple integration with online communities and social media
- Easy to interpret web analytics
- Kentico addressed the areas I felt it needed to improve with its most recent update to Version 8.
Kentico Scorecard Summary
Feature Scorecard Summary
Kentico’s product line includes Kentico EMS, the all-in-one CMS, E-commerce, and Online Marketing platform, and Kentico Cloud, the comprehensive cloud-first headless CMS and digital experience platform.
Kentico EMS’s rich selection of out-of-the-box web parts, easy customizations, and open API quickly gets websites operational. The all-in-one platform combines a full set of integrated solutions, including Online Marketing, E-commerce, Online Communities, and Intranet and Collaboration. Kentico EMS allows you to manage contacts and campaigns, track the customer journey, provide global e-commerce functionality, and measure and analyze the results to create and manage customer experiences easily in a dynamic business environment.
Kentico Cloud is the cloud-first headless CMS and digital experience platform. Users can manage structured content for multi-channel delivery, use the API-first CMS to display that content on any website or device, and track visitor interactions to personalize the digital experience.
Kentico has 1,000 digital solution partners and powers 25,000 websites across 100 countries. Founded in 2004, Kentico is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner headquartered in the Czech Republic with offices in the US, UK, Netherlands, Singapore, and Australia. Customers include Gibson, Twinings, Ingram Micro, Mazda, Kingspan, Segway, and Allergan.
|Kentico CMS Base License for 1 Website||$4,499||Lifetime License per Seat|
|Kentico CMS Base License for 10 Websites||$16,999||Lifetime License per Seat|
|Kentico CMS Base License for Unlimited Sites||$27,999||Lifetime License per Seat|
|Kentico EMS License for 1 Website||$19,999||Lifetime License per Seat|
|Kentico EMS License for 10 Websites||$39,999||Lifetime License per Seat|
|Kentico EMS License for Unlimited Licenses||$69,999||Lifetime License per Seat|
|Kentico CMS Ultimate License for 1 Website||$9,999||Lifetime License per Seat|
|Kentico CMS Ultimate License for 10 Websites||$29,999||Lifetime License per Seat|
|Kentico CMS Ultimate License for Unlimited Websites||$49,999||Lifetime License per Seat|
|Kentico EMS Corporate||$399,000||Unlimited Users, Websites, Environments, Server Deployment, Source Code, Premium Support|
Kentico Support Options
|Free Version||Paid Version|
|Video Tutorials / Webinar|
Kentico Technical Details
|Deployment Types:||On-premise, SaaS|