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Umbraco vs Sitecore

There are a lot of things to think about while choosing between Sitecore and Umbraco. When Sitecore is better for one scenario, Umbraco will be better for the other one. In fact, long-term planning and technical guidance can make a difference in the decision to choose one CMS over another.

Sitecore’s Advantages

Sitecore Customer Experience Platform can provide a number of useful tools adapted to market needs and enhanced in new version releases over the years.

  • Sitecore Content Editor Explorer is very simple and user-friendly. It consists of a vast toolset that can be used for content insertion and editing. For more experienced CMS users, Content Editor Explorer is the best thing to use. However, less experienced users can do a lot of work in Page Editor mode if back-end developers have mapped all the items correctly. All they need is to navigate to the page in Edit mode and enter their corrections. But this approach works for editing, only if new items are added by means of CMS.
  • Sitecore’s Page editor is far superior to Umbraco’s Canvas mode. It allows content editors to easily modify content inline and lets them work faster and more efficiently. Umbraco’s canvas is a bit buggy and it is not as customizable as Sitecore.
  • Umbraco uses different views considering their purposes, Content, Settings, Developer, Media, Users, and Members. There is no ribbon with rich editing capabilities like in Sitecore.
  • In Sitecore, all objects are items. It supports inheritance; therefore, common best practices can be applied here too. Developers can base complex objects on simple objects and reuse content across the site or multiple sites.
  • Sitecore lets you to set up complex validation rules for content entry. Umbraco only offers simple validation rules. If you want to create more complex field validation, you need to either create complex regular expressions or develop bespoke data type controls which are a huge developer maintenance overhead and cost.
  • Logging in Sitecore writes to the file systems which can be archived off if required. Umbraco logs to the database that can have an impact on the size and performance of the database. The Umbraco logging often requires truncating to improve the site and CMS performance over time.
  • Sitecore has a log viewer out of the box. In Umbraco, you can install log viewer as a free additional module.
  • Sitecore has three separate databases – Core, Master, and Web. The published content of the website is stored in the web database. It speeds up requests since there is three times fewer data to go through. It is also more secure than a separate DMZ. This means there is less risk of a user error or a developer who can accidentally make unpublished content visible on the website before it is marked as publishable. Umbraco has only one database which stores all content.
  • Sitecore Community (previously SDN) has a large number of materials, white papers and sample code for the various Sitecore products. It is more mature than Umbraco and feels more professional.

Umbraco’s Advantages

  • A big open source community includes not so big dedicated team of developers. It is better when developers create a lot of unique solutions which cannot benefit from the existing ones.
  • The configuration files in Umbraco are less complex. And the overall setup of custom applications goes much faster and with less pain. Umbraco contains much fewer tools that come right out of the box. Therefore, it takes less time to reload after every change developers make in the application based on CMS.
  • You can easily find FAQs on the Umbraco forum. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, post a question and hope for a quick response.
  • Umbraco does not have much out of the box, as a result, it doesn’t require a lot of time to learn it, unlike Sitecore.
  • Most of Umbraco additional modules that you’ll find are not that expensive.
  • Umbraco sells additional support license agreements. This lets you use their additional paid products Courier 2, Concierge and Contour.

Anything that Sitecore and Umbraco Have in Common?

  • Both support .NET technologies, MVC, razor etc.
  • Content Editing functionalities are available via UI and a content tree view.
  • Both leverage the standard ASP.NET Membership in their User & Role-based security management which allows you to apply high-level security. However, Sitecore can be easily used for personalizing your application’s content.
  • Multisite support and content sharing across them.
  • Multilingual support. Sitecore is far ahead in this providing a really simple and easy way of translating pages by having a different language version of the same content item. It is not hard to have a translated URL for this version after that and this is something that Umbraco simply cannot do.
  • Both provide a content publishing workflow.

However, it is important to emphasize that Sitecore is a much more sophisticated and mature CMS than anything that can be offered by open source community.

Total Cost for Sitecore

TDS License Costs


Microsoft Server Costs

It’s not obligatory, but you might also enjoy using Microsoft Azure with your Sitecore.

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