So if you are going for an open source Content Management System (CMS), which should you choose: DotNetNuke (DNN) or Umbraco.
Both have the advantage of being open source programs, which means they are constantly updated and improved. There are many plugins and applications created by a core of invested users, increasing functionality and removing bugs with regularity.
Still, there are plenty of differences, as anyone who has used both systems will note.
Here are some things to consider about Umbraco:
- It can be edited in Microsoft Word, making for easy editing for most users.
- There are OSS or commercial install options
- A high-quality, highly functional CMS
- Install gives you a blank page – no template, not much of anything else – This means plenty of freedom and flexibility – freedom to succeed or freedom to fail. Success of a site is entirely up to a developer, meaning you must have a highly qualified and creative developer who also knows legal compliance and standards compliance.
- Umbraco has high requirements for hosting, so it is difficult to find a “shared” hosting environment that will support it
- Still working on good ecommerce solutions
- Version 4 has better support for Safari and Firefox
- There are good plugins available, and a management system built into Umbraco
By contrast, here are some items to consider about DotNetNuke:
Has a proprietary feel, despite being open source
- Dot NET developers like it, those who are not dot NET developers have trouble with it
- Based on Microsoft’s ASP.NET, which is the most popular web technology currently
- Cheap to use and reduces total development costs – no ongoing licensing fees
- Full access to source code so it can be altered to fit individual organizations
- Can manage text, image, documents, links, events, news, banner ads and threaded info
- Supports multiple websites
- Installs easily
- Can manage site hosting, content, security, web design and membership in one program
- Multi-language ability
- Fully extensible and scalable
- User friendly interface and intuitve site wizards, help icons and interface for those familiar with Dot NET
- DNN has a large user base (125,000 registered users) and a core programming team dedicated to the system, so it is a large community. There are also an increasing number of third party developers of plug-ins, etc. for DNN
Which open-source hosting program is right for you? It depends on your abilities, wants and business model. Either way you go, using an open source CMS might be the way for you to save money and still have a strong, attractive site.