Microsoft’s ASP.NET has been described as not only the next step in ASP (Active Server Pages), but rather the next generation of web development, period. The ASP system now works with a universally understood CLR (Common Language Runtime), executing code so that different languages can interact with one another seamlessly, making Web application development simple and straightforward.
Now, there is a new open source content management system that utilizes the power and simplicity of ASP.NET.
Umbraco has developed a Content Management System (CMS) that works on Microsoft’s ASP.NET.
Advantages to Umbraco are:
• Supports any of the current browsers – no more error messages when a client using a browser other than Explorer visits you site
• Designers can create xhtml that works and is easy to access, while still leaving their own markup intact
• It supports all .NET based controls without any alteration or modification
• Gives designers a free hand when it comes to layout and placement, and allows the latest web standards – there are no constraints on utilizing the Umbraco framework
• Everyone can help fix bugs, work on content, whatever — simultaneously
• “Brilliant” master pages
• It integrates existing technology instead of introducing new proprietary programs – ie: uses HTML instead of some new markup, and uses xslts
Other companies are creating other solutions utilizing the Umbraco platform, including an ecommerce solution. As Umbraco continues to develop, doubtless more solutions will be created for the platform.
Many users around the world appreciate the open source solution’s speed and ease of use. Users say it is easy and intuitive to pick up, and can expand to meet growing needs. Others appreciate its flexibility and speed.
However, there are still some problems with the user interface, and some users complain that there are still bugs in the code. This may be expected with an open source program, and its likely that these will continue to be improved. Several users decry the lack of documentation, as well.
Still, since Microsoft is still king of content, it makes sense to have a CMS that is Windows based. Umbraco integrates .NET technology easily and at a price that can’t be beat. It is constantly updated and improved for a constantly improving – or at least changing—CMS that is responsive to the needs of the users.