Kentico vs. Umbraco

A .Net comparison

You’ve got a strong business model and content you want everyone to see. However, to do so, you need to choose a Content Management System (CMS). When selecting a CMS, there are many options from which to choose. ASP .NET frameworks are known for their high-quality solutions. Today you can take a comparative look at two of the most popular .NET CMSs: Kentico and Umbraco.

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So what’s kentico?

Kentico is a CMS created by Kentico Software, built on ASP.NET and written in C#. It is on version 9 of the closed-source platform. It is an all-in-one CMS, ecommerce, and online marketing solution.

What About Umbraco?

Kentico is a CMS created by Kentico Software, built on ASP.NET and written in C#. It is on version 9 of the closed-source platform. It is an all-in-one CMS, ecommerce, and online marketing solution.

Comparing Kentico and Umbraco

  Kentico Umbraco

Kentico has a free version of its services. However, it places constraints on your usage while placing logos and links related to Kentico on your website.

Its basic package is available for purchase at $1999 which may cost more depending on the licensing and specific services needed.

For those unsure of which route to go, Kentico offers a 30-day trial of its licensed version.

Umbraco, being open-sourced, requires no licensing fees, so it offers a completely free version. However, it comes without tools and support of any variety.

If you want standard tools it will cost you $1150 and to get support for Umbraco, you need to spend roughly another $1000. Premium support and tools adds another $2000, bringing the total to around $4300.

Content creation, Management, and editing

In regards to templates, Kentico offers over 30 prepared options. If you want custom templates, the CMS provides many controls without extra add-ons needed to create your own template without any custom code needed.

If custom functionality is required, Kentico provides that ability. Its versatile framework makes it easy to add custom code or integrate it with other platforms.

Kentico allows for custom documentation and organization. Structured content can be kept in various formats and this CMS lets users create custom page types for sorting. Content entry becomes easy and straightforward because it follows guidelines you’ve set forward.

You may also use Kentico’s WYSIWYG editor. It acts like Microsoft Word and lets you insert images, links, and perform advanced formatting techniques.

Documents are stored in a media library or as a CMS file in the content tree.

Umbraco has no custom templates due to its lack of structure for site design. However, with its clean install, users may use other CMS templates by uploading the HTML and CSS files.

Documentation can be used in standard or custom manners for different types of approaches and needs.

You can create content offline with Umbraco’s integration with the desktop version of Microsoft Word. Online editing can be performed with the Umbraco word editor.

Document management is centralized to the media section with access through a management tool. Access is based on permission and user needs.


Presents a stable, growing community of users who interact through forums.

Being an open-source solution, it has a large community following that interacts often.

Multi-language support (MUI

Comes prepackaged with the ability to support many languages. Users may swap between and edit text on sites (live and otherwise) easily.

Umbraco’s multi-lingual features come prepackaged able to support 15 languages. However, its easy-to-use page creation features are less intuitive when it comes to MUI. It creates a duplicate of every page and directory in each language added, muddling content organization.


Documentation is available if users want to tackle problems themselves.

Community support is less responsive than other CMSs.

Professional support is readily available and responsive, providing solutions within 7 days.

Umbraco provides documentation, guides, and reference lists and updates them continually.

With an active community comes responsive, crowd-sourced solutions.

Professional support is not as readily available, especially when utilizing a package of Umbraco that does not offer it.

Ease of usability

Kentico improves user friendliness with each update it releases. Editors can go into the platform and make necessary additions/changes quickly and easily. There are methods for on-page changes and through the back end of the site.

Umbraco makes content creation simple as long as the developers have completed their tasks. Users create a desired page in the back end. They fill in forms that populates on the page cleanly. Edits work the same way. Users see to what form field each piece of content is linked and can change as necessary.


Kentico provides an ecommerce platform to build your own webstore and sell your products electronically.

You can also integrate PayPal or other finance methods.

Offers installed, open-source modules and applications. Has two recognized and respective variants: Ucommerce and Tea Commerce.


The code complies with XHTML specs and even fixes incompatibility issues caused by ASP.NET

Follows web standards, but the customization and flexibility Umbraco provides means you may have to ensure manually that it follows protocol.

Marketing Functionality

Kentico has Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practices integrated into its platform. It offers settings for Google Sitemap additions and 301 redirects. Users may also create custom URLs or use other modules that aid in SEO success.

Umbraco takes SEO into account allowing for SEO friendly web pages and ability to manage URL, page title, and other necessary details.


Both open and closed source versions of ASP.NET have their values and benefits. Kentico is a growing platform with solutions and support provided at a price, but great for newer users. Umbraco has been on the market longer than Kentico and has the possibility of being used for less money with its open-source efforts, but at the cost of professional support. Either option will work, you just need to find which works for you.

Hopefully this presents a bit clearer look at the differences between Kentico and Umbraco.

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