Kentico CMS is a must-have system for anyone with a lot of content and targeted users.
Todd Musgrove | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 08, 2014

Kentico CMS is a must-have system for anyone with a lot of content and targeted users.

Score 8 out of 10
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Software Version

7

Modules Used

  • site
  • staging
  • custom tables
  • media

Overall Satisfaction

We are using Kentico for several client website CMS set ups. It is being used by several departments across our whole organization. It is also being used by our clients for reviewing and updating certain elements.
  • Centralized updates - make one update that shows up in several places throughout a site
  • Staging to production synchronization - The ability to choose what files, objects, etc. to push to production makes simultaneous site updates a breeze
  • Users and Roles for updates - Allowing users access to specific areas of the site, and approving their updates streamlines the whole development process
  • Doc type versioning - We may not have this set up correctly. If we do, then there needs to be a way to rollback edits to modules on a doctype
  • Microsoft Silverlight dependency - Several of the UI features require Silverlight. Most of our development team is on Chrome, which causes rendering issues
  • UI - the user interface is better than other the ones I have used in other CMS. However, there are several areas for improvement, including the cut and paste functionality into text boxes
  • Increased employee efficiency - easy site updates allow for users at different skill levels to make content updates without the inclusion of a developer
  • Content Strategy - Kentico provides out-of-the-box features that give structure to different types of content, from press releases to a resource library
  • Advanced functionality - Certain sections of a site can be customized based on the incoming user. This advanced audience profiling is great for creating unique user experiences.
I selected Kentico for it's strong .NET CMS offering. It's not particularly expensive as far as CMS systems go. Kentico offers enough advanced functionality to make any free CMS systems, like Umbraco, WordPress, pale in comparison. They are good starting points for anyone that's never used a CMS, but their feature sets don't compare withe Kentico's logic-driven, content-focused abilities.
Several enterprise CMS systems like SiteCore or SharePoint were never considered due pricing.
First, it's very easy to keep the Kentico CMS license up to date. They supply weekly hot fixes and the ability to rollback a fix. It's great to be able to roll back in case a custom object breaks.
Second, the Kentico CMS support has always been there for any issue that we ran across. My team has reached out via email, chat and phone and never been disappointed in the response time and quality of the support.
Third, the CMS grows with a site. At the end of the year, we added functionality to the site with every new idea.
Kentico is well suited for clients with complex or end-user interactions with the site. It is far less expensive than, say, Sitecore but it's never lacking in features or functionality. It may be less appropriate to use Kentico for smaller, single-focused site builds. It is well suited for sites with a lot of content, especially if that content needs to be organized and tracked.