EpiServer - Easy to Use CMS
Kim Tran | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated March 19, 2015

EpiServer - Easy to Use CMS

Score 8 out of 10
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5

Overall Satisfaction with Episerver Web Content Management

I used EpiServer as a Content Management System 5 CMS for Syncron's website within the Marketing department, only a few employees in Marketing have access to EpiServer. We also employed an external company to build the website within EpiServer and manages the major changes outside the scope build within the CMS. For example, build new templates, change page layout and add new website functionalities. As a side note, this is not cheap. On average, the fee can run about $180 per hour.

Overall, EpiServer CMS was easy to learn but you do need to know at least basic HTML to properly edit and update it. As for Search Engine Optimization functionalities, I have to request some of those features to be added in like the Canonical URL and Dynamic XML Sitemap generator. I have also worked with Kentico CMS and WordPress, I can say with confidence that EpiServer is a much easier tool to build web forms in.

From my experience, if a company is planning to use EpiServer, I suggest the Webmaster plan out exactly how web pages should look and how each area of the page should function leaving room for flexible edits and future updates. For example, do you want the body text area to have robust edits or text only? If not planned well in the beginning, the company will be locked into very specific setting and will be paying out lot of money for minor edits later. In case no one in the company truly understands how to do this, I would suggest contracting an outside Online Marketing Consultant to support through building the website. In the long run, this will save the company a lot more money and having the website function like it should from the front end to the back end coding.
  • Easy to learn
  • Easy to create and edit the web form
  • Easy to manage multiple languages
  • Have plugins to add more functionalities
  • Should include dynamic xml sitemap generator
  • Should include 401 Redirect functionality
  • Should include Canonicial URL functionality
  • Should include "No Index" functionality
  • We implemented a registration form requirement for visitors wanting to access restricted collaterals. This resulted in about a page long of gibberish code embeded within the source code for all web pages. If their is a way to shorten this, it would be great for SEO.
  • Create and post web pages faster
  • Provided better functionalities for Search Engine Optimization
  • Due to increase efficiency, less time is spend on managing web pages
I'm currently using Kentico CMS and by comparison, EpiServer is much better product.
I do not recommend EpiServer for companies with a small website budget. Building the website itself costs us about $40,000. This does not include the cost of management from an external company ($150-$180/hr) and in-house resources afterward.

Using Episerver Web Content Management

It works great and we have already made significant financial investment in it, so we are planning to keep on using it.

Using Episerver Web Content Management