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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/tL/Zl/NSCJ7PRHW82O.pngEasy to use CMSWe currently use Umbraco to build our company company website. It's a great tool and very easy to use, it allows me to [have] different roles from editor through to admin. The CMS is simple to use, each employee has been able to use it independently with very little training. The system has allowed us to integrate our digital marketing into web pages, so for the end user, the process of completing forms is seamless. We have been so impressed with the umbraco CMS that we currently use this tool to deliver [our] website to our customers. The main reason we chose this tool was we wanted a site that could be updated and maintained by anybody, and we wanted to avoid having to wait for the development team to make a simple change to the site.,Simple to use Different people can be assigned different roles Easy to keep the site updated with the latest information, no technical knowledge needed Accessibility features can be turned on,If you miss an update on the software, issues can happen if you jump to far ahead of where you are Search could be improved on the site,8,Has helped us to create more engaging pages that push people to complete the online forms We have seen more people buy from us since we launched our new look website We can easily update the content without waiting for the development team to make changes,abobe and WordPress,Capsule CRM, Act-On Software, Zendesk,Content Author / Administrator,10-100 pagesUmbraco CMS is great for publishing sites that want to use a .NET code baseUmbraco CMS is the content management system for our entire website. It is used by the whole organization, but mostly the Content team, which uses it for publishing, and the Technology and Events teams. It addresses the need for a powerful, yet customizable management system that can host a wide range of content and media types.,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,Speed for older sites - Umbraco content can load slowly if you have thousands of pages of content. Of course, this would not be a problem for simpler websites Complexity - since the product is free out-of-the-box, it will take technical expertise to get Umbraco setup properly,8,Positive: as a free product out-of-the-box and having a .NET technical expert on staff, Umbraco has had a tremendously positive ROI for us Negative: some pluggins have failed to update during Umbraco upgrades,WordPress,Salesforce Service Cloud, HubSpot, Stripe,Content Author / Administrator,More than 10,000 pagesUmbraco CMS review and comparison to other CMS systemsCurrently we have one client that uses Umbraco CMS. It filled their need of moving off of static HTML pages to a .NET CMS system that did not have prohibitive costs/licensing fees. The client only has one developer on hand, so this provided a way to democratize content updates across a larger user base.,Data architecture Templating System Permissions/Workflow Updating system files from CMS admin,Migration of data between servers. There are tools that you can pay for that help facilitate this, but like any CMS system, there are still some tricks to getting it to work correctly. Running as a Web Project instead of a Web Site. Umbraco does not run compiled code, but instead compiles it on the fly. I find this to cause some performance issues that would otherwise be resolved with a compiled code base.,8,Umbraco provided the client with the bulk of their need for a CMS system to take pressure off their sole developer. The client has stayed happy and pursued further opportunities with our agency.,Drupal, Sitecore, WordPress and Progress Sitefinity,WordPress, Drupal, Sitecore Web Content Management,Developer,10-100 pagesUmbraco: The do-it-yourself frameworkOther than helping to implement Umbraco for some of our clients, we use Umbraco CMS as an alternative to WordPress for a couple of our microsites. We typically only consider Umbraco for our clients (and teams) when they have one or more tech-savvy resources to help instruct and troubleshoot issues when they come up. From a business perspective, Umbraco is very flexible (and open source). It allows for more freedom in design and data architecture (vs WordPress). For some clients, that is a necessity.,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.,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",7,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.,WordPress and Kentico,JIRA Software, Google Analytics, AdWords, Atlassian Confluence, WordPress, Kentico, Laravel PHP Framework, Google Domains, Windows Azure, Adobe Photoshop,Developer,10-100 pages,Yes,Price Product Features,We evaluate the requirements of our projects and clients from the very beginning before recommending a platform. If they are comfortable working with a less stable platform and have the budget to accommodate technical assistance and development teams, then Umbraco is the way to go. If they don't, it's best to stick to WordPress or fork up the license costs for Kentico.,Implemented in-house,Yes,Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled,The premium contact form plugin from Umbraco is very buggy and unreliable.,7,Online training Self-taught,3,Learning how to use Umbraco requires an investment of time and interest. It's also contingent on being tech-savvy or having experience with other CMS platforms. People new to CMS platforms should subscribe to in-person training and have a few developers accessible to answer questions.,No,2,Yes,So far, Umbraco has not provided quality support for their premium/paid plugins.,Adding new pages is relatively simple. Editing / deleting content (users/pages/products/etc) is straightforward. Code reuse is easy and straightforward.,Contact forms are buggy to work with. The admin panel interface will occasionally feel sluggish to respond after clicking or performing an action. Performing another action during this time will almost guarantee an error.,Yes,4,4,7,3,Yes,Umbraco now supports element and class styles in the TinyMCE. This satisfies a few specific use cases for our clients. The latest release fixes an issue where some images would be lost when uploading to the media library in bulk.,301 redirect management.,No,NoUmbraco - clean CMS based on ASP.Net MVC 4.Umbraco is used for custom projects (websites) for various clients. It is used as as framework (ASP.MVC 4) and content management system. It allows fast development of new websites, created from scratch. It allows non-professionals to create and manage content. Unlike PHP-based Drupal, Umbraco is based on ASP.Net and well fits into our company infrastructure.,Quick to learn. For most if cases, developer needs to know Razor coding. Doesn't require back-end programming. Has build in users management (developers, content managers) and members management consoles (users of the site). Clear admin tool (especially in version 7) Fast. Creating code from scratch, so it is easier to create clean code.,Courier plugin, used for staging is not always working well. Tool is used to push changes (database and some files) between stages of website (dev QA staging production, or whatever the configuration is set by developer. The tool is not 100% reliable. Rare incidents of publishing error. Doesn't have build in support for SASS, LESS, ..., so if one of those is used, needs to be done outside admin tool. Small community of developers Little documentation, video tutorials are not free Not many plugins for extended functionality,7,CMS is free Support form Umbraco HQ is not expensive, can include Courier or other functionality For most cases does not need back end developer For trained Umbraco developers (Razor coding, using admin tool), developing medium site, takes a few weeks max,,Developer,100-1,000 pages
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Debbie Marshall profile photo
December 06, 2017

Umbraco CMS Review: "Easy to use CMS"

Score 8 out of 10
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We currently use Umbraco to build our company company website. It's a great tool and very easy to use, it allows me to [have] different roles from editor through to admin. The CMS is simple to use, each employee has been able to use it independently with very little training.

The system has allowed us to integrate our digital marketing into web pages, so for the end user, the process of completing forms is seamless.

We have been so impressed with the umbraco CMS that we currently use this tool to deliver [our] website to our customers.

The main reason we chose this tool was we wanted a site that could be updated and maintained by anybody, and we wanted to avoid having to wait for the development team to make a simple change to the site.
  • Simple to use
  • Different people can be assigned different roles
  • Easy to keep the site updated with the latest information, no technical knowledge needed
  • Accessibility features can be turned on
  • If you miss an update on the software, issues can happen if you jump to far ahead of where you are
  • Search could be improved on the site
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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Jason Kelly profile photo
September 29, 2017

Review: "Umbraco CMS is great for publishing sites that want to use a .NET code base"

Score 8 out of 10
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Umbraco CMS is the content management system for our entire website. It is used by the whole organization, but mostly the Content team, which uses it for publishing, and the Technology and Events teams. It addresses the need for a powerful, yet customizable management system that can host a wide range of content and media types.
  • 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
  • Speed for older sites - Umbraco content can load slowly if you have thousands of pages of content. Of course, this would not be a problem for simpler websites
  • Complexity - since the product is free out-of-the-box, it will take technical expertise to get Umbraco setup properly
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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March 14, 2017

"Umbraco CMS review and comparison to other CMS systems"

Score 8 out of 10
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Currently we have one client that uses Umbraco CMS. It filled their need of moving off of static HTML pages to a .NET CMS system that did not have prohibitive costs/licensing fees. The client only has one developer on hand, so this provided a way to democratize content updates across a larger user base.
  • Data architecture
  • Templating System
  • Permissions/Workflow
  • Updating system files from CMS admin
  • Migration of data between servers. There are tools that you can pay for that help facilitate this, but like any CMS system, there are still some tricks to getting it to work correctly.
  • Running as a Web Project instead of a Web Site. Umbraco does not run compiled code, but instead compiles it on the fly. I find this to cause some performance issues that would otherwise be resolved with a compiled code base.
Umbraco CMD is well suited for users looking for a .NET based CMS system without the high licensing fees that come with a system like Sitecore. It allows the developer to easily get up and running, model data, create front end templates, and get a framework of a site out quickly. It is also easy to extend the built in functionality with your own .NET libraries. For enterprise level users, Umbraco might not have quite enough juice to model and deliver content efficiently.
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February 15, 2016

Umbraco CMS Review: "Umbraco: The do-it-yourself framework"

Score 7 out of 10
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Other than helping to implement Umbraco for some of our clients, we use Umbraco CMS as an alternative to WordPress for a couple of our microsites. We typically only consider Umbraco for our clients (and teams) when they have one or more tech-savvy resources to help instruct and troubleshoot issues when they come up.

From a business perspective, Umbraco is very flexible (and open source). It allows for more freedom in design and data architecture (vs WordPress). For some clients, that is a necessity.
  • 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.
  • 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"
We use Umbraco CMS when clients need design flexibility, more tailored content management, and structured data. Umbraco CMS is not for clients with little to no budget for technical/developer assistance. We don't recommend it for most small companies because they don't have the budget to maintain (read: troubleshoot and work around bugs) a platform like this.
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July 08, 2015

Umbraco CMS Review: "Umbraco - clean CMS based on ASP.Net MVC 4."

Score 7 out of 10
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Umbraco is used for custom projects (websites) for various clients. It is used as as framework (ASP.MVC 4) and content management system. It allows fast development of new websites, created from scratch. It allows non-professionals to create and manage content. Unlike PHP-based Drupal, Umbraco is based on ASP.Net and well fits into our company infrastructure.
  • Quick to learn. For most if cases, developer needs to know Razor coding.
  • Doesn't require back-end programming.
  • Has build in users management (developers, content managers) and members management consoles (users of the site).
  • Clear admin tool (especially in version 7)
  • Fast.
  • Creating code from scratch, so it is easier to create clean code.
  • Courier plugin, used for staging is not always working well. Tool is used to push changes (database and some files) between stages of website (dev QA staging production, or whatever the configuration is set by developer. The tool is not 100% reliable.
  • Rare incidents of publishing error.
  • Doesn't have build in support for SASS, LESS, ..., so if one of those is used, needs to be done outside admin tool.
  • Small community of developers
  • Little documentation, video tutorials are not free
  • Not many plugins for extended functionality
Umbraco is suitable when you need a clean code website with CMS or something that will work well on mobile devices. It is very scalable, [can even be ] used for a large website (100+ pages). When a company relies on ASP.Net environment, this is the CMS to go with.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (5)
9.4
API (5)
9.3
Internationalization / multi-language (4)
8.1
WYSIWYG editor (5)
9.3
Code quality / cleanliness (5)
7.7
Admin section (5)
8.9
Page templates (5)
7.9
Library of website themes (4)
7.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design (4)
6.2
Publishing workflow (5)
8.7
Form generator (5)
6.6
Content taxonomy (5)
8.0
SEO support (4)
8.0
Bulk management (4)
7.1
Availability / breadth of extensions (5)
8.1
Community / comment management (5)
7.7

About Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS is an open source .NET content management system. There are a number of add-ons available to extend the product.
Categories:  Content Management

Umbraco CMS Technical Details

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Mobile Application:No