October 6, 2015
Enterprise data is growing every year. People are surfing websites through mobile devices and utilizing information through social networking sites. So enterprises, regardless of size, are leaving no stone unturned to make their presence felt over the Web. As expected, this practice is generating tons of data, which has further necessitated use of enterprise Content Management Systems (CMS).
Content management systems enable enterprises to evolve a strategic approach toward data management. With the help of CMS, enterprises can:
- Take control of their data
- Amalgamate vital information at one place
- Boost efficiency and effectiveness at work place
In the last few years, there has been a considerable increase in number of robust CMS. Before you choose one, you should remember that using a CMS isn’t only about managing more data but, it is all about managing and sharing the right data. Listed below are 10 CMS that are currently in the limelight and are offering better features than their counterparts.
Sitecore is one of the leading Web content management systems built on Microsoft .NET 3.5. Users can store content as .NET objects or in XML format. For database storage, it can work with either Oracle Database or Microsoft SQL Server. It consists of a user-friendly WYSIWYG editor, and its interface is similar to Windows, which makes it easier to work with.
It also offers full tracking and reporting on users’ behavior. Its customer engagement platform has the ability to seamlessly integrate between major components. This allows better integration between sales and marketing platforms. Its digital marketing system gives valuable insight on the performance of campaigns and sites. Through proper monitoring, enterprises can generate more leads via Web, mobile and social networking channels.
If you wish to leverage more from this CMS, then you can go for additional licensing. An additional license will give you two more valuable features:
- Intranet Portal
- Foundry Multi-site Solution
DotNetNuke is perhaps, one of the oldest CMS built on Microsoft .NET. Being one of the oldest platforms, it is quite stable and mature too. Another big reason for its popularity is its availability in multiple versions. Besides a CMS, it can be used as an application development framework and it is highly flexible and scalable.
Some highlighted benefits of DotNetNuke are:
- Three-tier architecture model
- Extensible modular structure
- A strong community support
- Plenty of themes and plug-ins
- Availability in both free and subscription based editions (choose according to your needs)
For many enterprises looking for a proven platform, DotNetNuke is definitely their first stop.
Built on ASP.NET, Kentico is yet another CMS that offers multiple licensing options. In the free edition, you’ll have to keep its logo but the paid edition frees you from branding. A huge reason for its popularity is its flexibility. Apart from developing CMS, enterprises can use Kentico for developing websites, intranets and online stores.
It is already powering more than 16,000 websites across 90 countries. Its support extends further in the following areas:
- Document management
- Online marketing tools
- Multisite management
- Translation management
In addition to these wonderful features, Kentico offers a structured hierarchy that is extremely effective during site navigation. Kentico is the best choice for enterprises looking to make more out of less.
A reputed .NET tool, Sitefinity is aptly known as the next generation CMS. Developed by Telerik, it offers standard features like support for responsive Web design and mobile website development. It uses .NET features like MasterPages and Controls that makes it easier for users to set up the front end. It offers the following key features:
- Form building options
- Blogs and Ecommerce services
- CMS Role Management
Sitefinity consists of a revolutionary, task-oriented interface that makes user interaction with the system extremely easy. Although there is no free edition, the features it offers make it worth the cost.
Written in C#, this open source CMS is easy to learn and use and equally simple to customize. But its simplicity doesn’t interfere with its robustness. Right from management of small campaigns to development of complex applications, Umbraco has the potential to handle almost anything. Its open templating system makes it all the more popular and comfortable for designers.
It has a modern UI along with a .NET architecture which make it a standard Web CMS. It extends support for WebForms as well as MVC. Umbraco provides several components like calendars, galleries and other back-office integrations that reduce overhead development and saves a lot of time. All these components can be added and customized during Umbraco installation.
Umbraco was dubbed as one of the best open source .NET CMS by CMS Wire and in 2011, it was estimated to be the 12th most downloaded application from Codeplex. Hence, enterprises can definitely count upon this CMS.
EPiServer is a robust CMS that has been built on Microsoft .NET technologies. Its focus lies on simplicity and efficiency. With features like user management and access control levels, it makes page level content management extremely easy. It has a simple WYSIWYG interface that allows users with less technical knowledge to handle it efficiently.
A notable function of EPiServer is creation of visitor groups. By grouping content, you can target specific visitors. Some other associated features with this function are visited pages and geo-IP. Besides these, it offers a suite of features that include:
- E-mail marketing
- Ecommerce services
Relate+ is a feature which can be used by enterprises to create their own branded community. Enterprises can also create forums and can implement user-generated content through Relate+. So, in addition to content management, enterprises can use this platform to use social channels for brand building.
Orchard is Microsoft’s venture in the open source world. It is maintained and delivered under the OuterCurve Foundation (founded by Microsoft but working as different entity). Written in ASP.NET, this community-focused CMS aims to create shared components of ASP.NET. The shared components can then be used by end-users and developers to create applications and extensions.
It is distributed under New BSD License and provides some fantastic back-end features. Built on a modern architecture, Orchard consists of a rich UI composition system. Users can get the precise look for their content. Applications can be extended by utilizing modules. One striking feature of Orchard is that almost all of its components can be extended or replaced with better ones.
Some typical features of a robust CMS might be missing in Orchard. But small enterprises looking to leverage from Microsoft’s expertise will be impressed with Orchard. Also, with the number of contributors increasing each day, you’ll always find useful solutions to your problems.
MojoPortal is another fantastic, open source CMS based on .NET framework. But what makes it stands out from the rest is its cross-platform feature. This means besides Windows, it can be run under Mono/Apache or Mac OS X. Besides serving as a powerful CMS, mojoPortal also serves as an extensive web application framework. It can be used for building blogs, forums, polls, surveys, newsletters and photo galleries.
However, what makes it unbeatable is its list of key features that include:
- Support for multiple databases including SqlAzure, SQLite database and MySQL
- Support for multiple sites on one installation
- Compliance with XHTML or HTML 5
- Password encryption
- URL rewriting
- Customizable User Profile System
MojoPortal is backed by a strong community support. Though it can be downloaded for free, it also provides useful commercial add-ons used for funding the project. Because of its robustness, mojoPortal has received many accolades.
9. Composite C1
Compared to other .NET open source CMS, this one’s a newcomer, but its user-friendliness and extensible modules have earned it quick recognition. It is offered under Mozilla Public License and aims to help developers working for corporate websites. Key features of this platform include:
– Easy to use WYSIWYG Editor
– Multilingual, UNICODE support
– Support for XML and SQL Server via LINQ
– Support for Google Chrome, IE as well as Mozilla
– Compatibility with XHTML
The end user interface of Composite C1 is uncomplicated and is easy to understand and use. Further, its core features like image management, previewing and visual editing makes it more popular with end users. Another good part is that you get plenty of free as well as commercial add-ons to extend your application. Enterprises looking forward for a combination of customization with usability will surely love mojoPortal.
This one is another new player in the CMS market. Written in ASP.NET MVC, Kooboo stands as a good platform from an architectural point of view. It supports both HTML and XML but is non-SQL. Its strong point is its compatibility with MicrosoftAzureCloud and that makes it extremely famous among ASP.NET developers.
Also, it’s open source and hence, provides good opportunity for experimentation for experienced developers. Building plug-ins for this CMS is relatively easyKooboo might not be way ahead in CMS race, but when it comes to CMS built with ASP.NET MVC, it certainly stands among the few options that enterprises have.
Selection of one CMS from so many options is certainly not going to be an easy choice. But when it comes to choosing one, it depends on your priorities. While picking out CMS, enterprises must pay attention to:
- Type of content that will be handled
- Requirements and objectives of the project
- Security and scalability
- Overall development cost
Keeping the above points in mind will lead you to right CMS. Don’t stick to the notion that getting a costly CMS will give you right product. If your project doesn’t require an intense system, then it’s not worth investing in. After all, it’s not about big data but the right data.
Manmay Mehta is a senior IT Consultant at Cygnet Infotech. He loves to talk about technology and the latest digital marketing trends. He is an avid reader and a passionate writer. In his free time, you can find him playing tennis, swimming or reading books.