Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS

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Umbraco CMS


Recent Reviews

Umbraco is a No Go

1 out of 10
May 24, 2021
Umbraco is used as the main website for one of the business units. With that being said, it was used for the whole organization as a core …
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Easy to use CMS

8 out of 10
December 06, 2017
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 …
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Platform & Infrastructure


Web Content Creation


Web Content Management


Product Details

What is Umbraco CMS?

Umbraco CMS is an Open Source ASP.NET CMS boasting over 500,000 active installs worldwide. The source code is free and available under the MIT License, so it can be downloaded for free.

Umbraco is based on C#, JavaScript, and Razor with MVC and Visual Studio supported.

The CMS is designed to provide a simple installation which users can build upon. This entails a built-in cache, Razor templating, C# APIs, customizable backoffice, support for multilingual and search features right out of the box.

With documented open APIs, users can make 3rd party integrations and are not limited to a set number of tools. Umbraco also offers a set of Umbraco Apps, as well as a selection of community Packages.

Umbraco CMS Features

Web Content Creation Features

  • Supported: WYSIWYG editor
  • Supported: Code quality / cleanliness
  • Supported: Content versioning
  • Supported: Admin section
  • Supported: Page templates
  • Supported: Library of website themes
  • Supported: Mobile optimization / responsive design
  • Supported: Publishing workflow
  • Supported: Form generator
  • Supported: Content scheduling

Web Content Management Features

  • Supported: Internal content search
  • Supported: Content taxonomy
  • Supported: SEO support
  • Supported: Browser compatibility
  • Supported: Bulk management
  • Supported: Page caching
  • Supported: Availability / breadth of extensions
  • Supported: E-commerce / shopping cart extension
  • Supported: Community / comment management
  • Supported: Import / export
  • Supported: Website analytics

Platform & Infrastructure Features

  • Supported: API
  • Supported: Internationalization / multi-language

Security Features

  • Supported: Role-based user permissions
  • Supported: Multi-factor authentication
  • Supported: User-level audit trail
  • Supported: Version history
  • Supported: Simple roll-back capabilities

CMS programming language or framework Features

  • Supported: .NET

Umbraco CMS Screenshots

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Umbraco CMS Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationNo
Supported CountriesWorldwide
Supported LanguagesEnglish


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What is Umbraco CMS's best feature?

Reviewers rate Form generator and Community / comment management highest, with a score of 5.9.

Who uses Umbraco CMS?

The most common users of Umbraco CMS are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees) and the Computer Software industry.


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May 24, 2021

Umbraco is a No Go

Lori Jerome | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 1 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Very simple content management.
  • Secure, no hacking because no one knows how to use it
  • Not user friendly.
  • Need to be a programmer to do anything cool.
  • Not compatible with common digital marketing applications.
  • Very cumbersome, blocky.
  • Horrible user interface.
Score 5 out of 10
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  • Templating
  • Code editing
  • Back office usability
  • The update process is HORRIBLE!
  • Every release has bugs. NOT ONE release is BUG FREE!
  • Fixing issues quickly. We often have to wait over 30 days are months for something as simple as a media picker to be updated.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • Easy to learn. If you know ASP.NET MVC, using Umbraco is straightforward.
  • Full use of the Framework MVC.
  • Very short time to market.
  • Conflict management if two or several users modify the same page or object in the same instance.
  • It would be great if the CMS came with two or more starter kits: very simple site, corporate site and maybe one with a simple e-commerce functionality.
  • Integrate a minimum continuous integration/continuous deployment functionality.
December 06, 2017

Easy to use CMS

Debbie Marshall | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • 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
Jason Kelly | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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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
  • 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
Alex Lada | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • 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.
Matthew Hardesty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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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.
  • 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"
Filip Witkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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  • 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