And we're back once again! Round three of putting the most popular CMS's head to head. If you haven't already checkout our previous comparisons putting Umbraco against both WordPress and Drupal be sure to check those ones out.
This time around, we're doing something a little different, comparing Umbraco to another CMS a little closer to home, today its Kentico being put to the test.
What Is Kentico?
Firstly, what even is Kentico? As already mentioned, Kentico is built on ASP.NET and written in C#, making is very similar to Umbraco. Currently on version 13 of the closed-source platform and acts as an all in one CMS, eCommerce and online marketing solution.
Content Creation, Management and Editing
When it comes to templates, Kentico offers you a bunch of already designed and prepared option straight out of the box.
If custom functionality is something you want to implement, Kentico does provide this ability. Its versatile framework makes it incredibly easy to add in custom code or integrate alongside other platforms.
Kentico also allows for customer documentation and organisation. Content can be structured and kept in various formats, allowing users to create custom page types. This means that content entry becomes easy and straightforward. You may also use the WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor. Acting similarly to Microsoft Word and allow to insert the likes of images, links and performance enhancement formatting techniques.
Coming already pre-packaged with the ability to support many other languages. Users of Kentico therefore can swap between and edit text on sites extremely easily.
Should users of the CMS wish to tackle any problems that might be facing themselves, documentation is available. If you feel like you are the type who relies strongly on the community for support for your work it's worth noting that Kentico community support is less responsive than other CMS's out there on the market. Finally, if you need professional support, it is readily available and the professional team will be able to provide you with solutions to your queries within 7 days.
Ease of Usability
Every time Kentico releases to new update it improves its user-friendliness overall. Editors can go into the platform and make any necessary changes or additions quickly and efficiently. There are also methods for on-page changes and also through the back-end of the website too.
The Kentico CMS eCommerce module provides users with a vast range of out-of-the-box solutions. The overall task of developing and managing an online store which was once a painfully slow and complex as been transformed into a much quicker process. For website owners, the Kentico module offers tools for managing orders, shipping and payment options, products or manufacturer lists and so much more.
Kentico has Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) practices already integrated into its platform. It offers settings for Google Sitemap additions as well as 301 redirects. users may also create their own custom URLs or other modules that aid in future SEO successes.
What About Umbraco?
If you've been following us for a while, you will already know exactly what Umbraco is, but for those who don't Umbraco is also built on .NET, is a content management system that is entirely free to install, set up and host yourself. It us ansi very well known for being "The Friendly CMS" for all its user-friendly features.
Content Creation, Management and Editing
Unlike Kentico, Umbraco provides no custom templates. This is due to its lack of structure for the site design. However with its clean interface and easy to install manner, users may choose to use other CMS templates by uploading custom HTML and CSS files.
Documentation can also be used in both standard or custom manners for different types of approaches and needs. When it comes to the overall management of documents, it's all centralised to the media section with access through a separate management tool.
Umbraco's multilingual features comes with pre-packages that can support 15 languages. However, because of it's easy-to-use page creation features are slightly less intuitive when it comes to MUI, it create a duplicate of every page and directory in each new language added, while this isn't an issue it just makes the organisation of your content appear a little muddled.
Umbraco provides user with documentation, guides and any reference lists are constantly being updates. With such a wide and active community, it means its very responsive for any crowd-sourced solutions.
When looking at more on the lines of professional support. it's not as readily available, especially if you're trying to utilise a package that Umbraco doesn't offer.
Ease Of Usability
One of the biggest perks of Umbraco is that is makes content creation very simple, as long as the developers have completed their tasks accordingly. Users can create a desired pack in the back end and fill in attributes that populate the pages cleanly and efficiently. Edits work in the same way and users can see exactly what form field each piece of content is linked to and change accordingly without ever having to use code changes.
Umbraco offers installed open-source modules and applications. These have two recognised and respective variants being Ucommerce and Tea Commerce.
Umbraco does take SEO into account. It allows for SEO-friendly web pages and the ability to manage its URLs, Page titles and other necessary details.
So in a nutshell, when it comes down to looking between Kentico or Umbraco as your next CMS that is open-source but still backed by a professional and responsive community then once again we've got to hand it to Umbraco. However, let's say you want to opt for a slightly more regimented service and don't want to over complicate with custom builds and templates then Kentico would be a better option for you.
Both CMS's work great in their own ways, while Umbraco needs a lot more initial expertise and knowledge to utilise and set up correctly we have to hand it to them once again. This was a close call but Umbraco is providing pretty much everything Kentico can but for free. It does just kind of rock guys!
At Cold Banana we build websites using both Umbraco and Kentico, so even after reading this you're still unsure of which to go for, get in touch with us today and one of our experiences development team will happily guide you through your specific requirements in order to get the most of out your new CMS.