Kentico 8: Overall a good tool. Some tips here to avoid certain issues...
July 01, 2015

Kentico 8: Overall a good tool. Some tips here to avoid certain issues...

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version


Modules Used

  • EMS
  • Azure Media Library Integration
  • Salesforce Integration
  • Content Personalization

Overall Satisfaction with Kentico 8

We implemented Kentico 8 for a client. It is a good product with a lot of capabilities, but we did run into a few significant issues which Kentico says they plan to fix in the long term, but cannot prioritize right now. If you are using Kentico 8 Media Library with Azure integration, be careful not to store too many files in a single folder. Separate your files into many folders and keep the number of files per folder below 100. If you want to use Salesforce integration, note that custom activities are not passed into Salesforce's activity history by default, and also you cannot easily use a Salesforce sandbox with Kentico, so you will need a workaround for that. And when using the EMS Content Personalization feature, the personalization variant fly-out menus will take a long time to load, but they do load and after that you should be ok to manage variants. If we'd known these things in advance, we'd probably have made some different technical/architectural choices at the beginning of the project. But all these things aside, Kentico 8 EMS can still be an excellent way to centralize your digital marketing efforts into one system.
  • If you create custom web parts, you can make highly versatile templates that support many layouts/designs.
  • The EMS capabilities, especially content personalization, can help you go from a "brochure site" to a truly user-centered website experience.
  • The Kentico 8 admin interface is significantly improved over the Kentico 7 interface.
  • Media Library Azure integration can't handle large numbers of files per folder.
  • Content personalization variant fly-out menus take too long to load.
  • Can't use Salesforce sandbox, activity history doesn't stay automatically sync'd.
  • We implement Kentico for our clients. It helps them automate their business processes and generate leads.
  • Sitecore,drupal,wordpress
Kentico is great when you need an MS / .NET based tool, but you don't want to pay so much for Sitecore.
If you require a MS / .NET stack, Kentico is a cost effective option that offers nearly all the same features and capabilities as its competitors (the major competitor being Sitecore). As just a CMS, it's robust and has a lot of bells and whistles, but when architected well, you can create some pretty slick design templates. The EMS takes it to a whole other level though. If you're just starting out in digital marketing, or you want to consolidate your digital marketing efforts, the EMS offers tons of basic capabilities: content personalization, AB testing, email marketing, marketing automation, etc. If you've never tried things like Salesforce, Optimisely, Google Analytics, etc., using the EMS would be a great way to start out, and then add on these more robust 3rd party services as your needs for additional features grow. Meanwhile all your stuff stays consolidated in one place until you're ready to branch out.

Kentico Xperience Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Library of website themes
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Publishing workflow
Form generator
Content taxonomy
SEO support
Bulk management
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Not Rated
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions