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Dot NET Content Management Systems

Jun 21, 2011

I was asked the other day for some insight into what CMS's are .NET. I compiled a quick list and thought I'd share it:

Open Source

1. N2 – open source, very lightweight, requires a lot of development. It’s more of a framework


N2 landing page


2. Umbraco – open source, new to the marketplace, but it looks promising -

Umbraco landing page


3. DotNetNuke – open source, very mature CMS, however it is a little challenging to use if you don’t know the tool very well. We know this tool. 

DotNetNuke landing page

Low Market Solutions ( < 20K)

1. Ektron – cheaper than Sitecore or Elcom, but lacks many features, can only build a single site w/ it and it doesn’t scale well

Ektron landing page

2. Kentico – as cheap as Ektron

Kentico landing page

3. Sitefinity – cheap also (< 5K). This is built by Telerik, they build a lot of add-in .NET controls -

Sitefinity landing page

Mid Market Solutions (20 - 75K)

1. Elcom – about the same price as Sitecore, however, it doesn't appear to have as many features.  This is an australian company trying to break into the US market  -

Elcom landing page

2. Sitecore – this is an excellent commercial tool. Almost as good as higher priced options. We’ve used it for a number of clients –

Sitecore landing page

3. Episerver - this product is very good as well.  It's a Swedish company trying to break into the US.  Lots of flexibility and well built at it's price point to compete with higher priced options.  The addition of a Module Exchange / Developer community makes this product a very good option for people looking for .NET -

Episerver landing page

4. Microsoft CMS or MOSS - Microsoft's offering can somewhat be considered a CMS -

Microsoft CMS landing page

I think that's about it for PURE .NET products.  The enterprise ones that are partially .NET are:

Enterprise Solutions

1. Open Text Web Solutions (RedDot) - this has been partially .NET for a few releases and will be all .NET in some yet-to-be-dated release.  It's partially .NET on the CMS side, but not on the delivery side -

Open Text landing page

2. SDL Tridion - also partially .NET on the CMS side, but not on the delivery side -

SDL Tridion landing page

There isn't a great deal of options for .NET in the Enterprise space b/c most of the products in the Enterprise space were built before .NET existed.

Let me know if you come across any more!

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