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Umbraco, is it the best Open Source CMS?

I worked on several projects involving SiteCore CMS, Ektron, DotNetNuke, Joomla, Mambo and custom Content Management systems. Out of all of the above mentioned CMS softwares, Sitecore stood out the most. In fact I was so impressed that I even got certified for Sitecore version 5.3.1

The features I like about Sitecore are its Structure, the ease of Navigation and most of all –its stability. The one drawback, however, is that the process of creating a site through SiteCore is different than conventional ways. This new approach might make a project more tedious but the final result you get through Sitecore is well worth the effort. Relatively speaking, all CMS’s have their pros and cons, though.

Many of you might have heard about Umbraco. All the news and blog entries about Umbraco sparked an interest in me to play around with it. I downloaded the latest version 3.0.3 from their website Umbraco.org. It far exceeded my expectations for a CMS, let alone a free Open Source CMS.

I have to be honest, I didn’t get to explore it as much as I would have liked to,but it looks promising. It only has a 4mb footprint and it’s extremely fast compared to DotNetNuke. It might even replace my use of DotNetNuke!

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6 Responses »

  1. There’s now another professional free CMS for ASP.NET – Kentico CMS for ASP.NET Free Edition. You can download it at http://www.kentico.com.

  2. I wasnt sure what anyone would get out of your Free CMS. Here is a comparison:

    http://www.kentico.com/getdoc/bc8a237e-ad06-4e6b-930c-499ac413bba0/Feature-Matrix.aspx

    http://umbraco.org/products/umbraco-pro/feature-matrix

    Look like with Umbraco, you get everything except the Support.

  3. I’m not sure i’d consider it the best although it is definitely a decent CMS, I’ll have to do a review of it and see if it stacks up to it’s claims. I’ve got a list of all kinds of cms systems including this one on my site if anyone is interested. http://cmstester.com

  4. You know, Umbraco just recently is trying to get into the American community.. and it’s not too bad. http://cmscritic.com

  5. As a professional developer located in the US who has been using umbraco for my clients’ websites since 2006, I can say that it is the best ASP.Net CMS available and much easier for me to use than many of the other CMSs out there.

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