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David Ziguras November 6th, 2015

With its flexibility, scalability and enhanced security, Sitecore has become an enterprise favorite, powering tens of thousands of websites Worldwide, by many brands we all know such as EasyJet, Canon, Dyson, Mont Blanc and many others.

Why has it become the choice CMS for so many organisations?

With its speed, flexibility and dependability Sitecore’s architecture is able to meet most business needs. Launched in 2001, Sitecore is a leading enterprise grade content management systems built on ASP.NET, enabling web content editors and marketers to have full control over all aspects of their website from social integration and blog posts to advanced personalisation, eCommerce and more.

The Sitecore CMS offers the power of personalisation and conversation management for marketing teams, and business users. The CMS incorporates a powerful desktop interface that is controlled by a fully-customisable role-based system. The CMS is very user friendly, and intuitive, and developers will find its powerful technology platform and open API architecture provides them flexibility and scalability they crave.

10 key Sitecore features

1) Insights for Website Traffic Conversions

2) Targeted Content Based on User Behaviour

3) Repurposing of Content for Different Devices

4) Third Party Tool Integration

5) Improved Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)

6) Fast Integration with Microsoft Technologies

7) Highly Scalable

8) Intuitive and User-Friendly Design

9) Optimised Web Experience with Multivariate Testing

10) Social Media Integration.

Comparisons, Uses, and Strengths 

A conversation we hear often is the possibility of using Sitecore for an intranet or SharePoint for a public-facing website. While the idea of using one technology solution to solve both problems sounds tempting, there are many things you should consider before making a decision. Sitecore excels as a platform to customise the web user experience based on non-authenticated users, it’s a marketing driven platform perfect for sites with an external content focus.

Many companies make SharePoint do the job for them as their platform for public facing websites. Keep in mind however that SharePoint was not developed for such sites so it’s not a natural progression for the platform. Sitecore offers plenty of advantages over SharePoint as a CMS for a public facing website such as:

We also hear many peoples asking about Umbraco as a solution, sometimes as an alternative to Sitecore. Both Sitecore & Umbraco inter=grate with MS Office, offer near endless expansion possibilities, offer a great GUI, have design layouts that are separated from the content, due to the large open-source Umbraco community and the expert development teams within the Sitecore network both CMS platforms are constantly evolving at a rapid pace, both are easily and highly scalable through Sitecore mobules or packages within Umbraco, can be integrated with ease into third party applications such as ERP tools and CRM systems, and both offer comprehensive online help and support.

However, this is where Sitecore and Umbraco differ:

Conclusion

If you are looking for a .NET-based CMS offering fast development time, a stable platform and ease of use for non-technical content creators we strongly recommend Sitecore. Of course, each organisation is unique, and it makes sense to seek the advice of experienced Sitecore Developers to help you select the right platform for your needs.

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