January 27 2022

Introducing Umbraco 9

umbraco 9The long-awaited Umbraco 9 was recently introduced and is a powerful .NET 5 (ASP.NET Core), open-source Content Management System (CMS). Offering custom design and development to meet the unique needs of businesses and organizations, this powerful CMS provides the latest technology in an easy-to-manage interface that marketers and IT professionals alike will fall in love with.

What is the benefit of a .NET Core CMS?

Umbraco overhauled their platform to have it run entirely on .NET 5 – allowing for the CMS to offer the latest Microsoft technology and flexible, cross-platform development. Who benefits?

  • Administrators will notice performance gains in the new version – allowing for projects to be less time-intensive and more scalable.

  • Developers will find that building in the CMS and cross-platform integrations are simplified, making it easier to do their jobs.

  • Marketers will continue to enjoy the same features and user experience they had before – being able to easily manage their site and dream up digital experiences to better meet their goals.

Note that this is a platform re-write so while the content database can be migrated from certain previous versions of Umbraco, customizations of sites previously developed in Umbraco will have to be rebuilt in Umbraco 9.

Why choose an open-source CMS?

An open-source CMS (e.g., Umbraco, WordPress) is backed by a community of developers who create packages which can be installed to add features and functionality that isn’t built into the native CMS. With an open-source CMS there is no ongoing license fee for the CMS itself, but certain plugins may incur a cost, and support through the platform or an agency should also be budgeted for. Companies or institutions might choose an open-source CMS for financial reasons, existing development team expertise, or because they are already relying on third-party integrations for some features that may be included in a commercial CMS (e.g., personalization). Note that choosing an open-source CMS doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be product support offered through that CMS, but the CMS company will only be able to support the product they wrote, and not any third-party plugins/packages that you might be using.

In contrast, a commercial CMS (e.g., Kentico, Sitefinity, Sitecore) is offered by a business who employs developers that write proprietary code for that CMS and support product development via a dedicated roadmap. As such, they offer full product support, often as part of their license fee. Fees for the CMS license differ by CMS, but most commercial CMS’ are moving to an annual subscription model if not there already.

Cloud vs hosted solution

For some businesses, the Umbraco Cloud solution is a great fit – offering a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution through Azure. For other clients who want to maintain control of their website codebase and custom configure their hosting environment, you will want work with your IT department or agency to develop a site using their on-premise hosted solution and setup hosting services that fill fit your business or institution’s unique needs. Whichever your business or institution desires, Umbraco 9 can fit the bill.

The future of Umbraco

Umbraco continues to invest in its product and releases regular hot fixes for site owners or their development team to install. Additionally, many packages (aka plug ins) have already been configured to work with version 9, with many more being added regularly, so that you can harness the power of this community-supported CMS. Umbraco has published a roadmap for their version support along a published timeline, proactively sharing their short- and long-term plans for their product, which should be considered as you work with your agency partner to plan an appropriate website strategy both now and in the future.

Looking to design or redesign your website? Talk with a ZAG representative about the best CMS for your business, organization or institution.

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Michelle Brown
Michelle Brown
VP of Sales & Marketing

ZAG Interactive is a full-service digital agency in Glastonbury, CT, offering website design, development, marketing and digital strategy to clients nationwide. See current job openings.
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