Why Choose Kentico CMS over its Open-Source kin

kentico cms v/s open source cms

Content Management System (CMS) arose as a structure within which an enterprise could develop and manage all its content needs: modification, editing, publishing, and deletion. The foremost intention behind setting up CMS was to reduce the amount of time spent in coding and letting the IT teams focus on their core functions than the subsidiary content needs. Today, enterprises can choose between numerous propriety and open-source CMS.

While open source software include OpenCms, DSpace, Kooboo, Umbraco, Drupal, Plone among others, the leading proprietary systems include Kentico, Ektron, Titan, Solodev and many others. In this piece, we will go through ways in which Kentico fulfils CMS needs of an enterprise.


Kentico: An All-Round CMS

Kentico showcases as a strong CMS which has a trinity for producing impeccable digital experience: ASP.NET, virtual marketing and ecommerce. Running over 25,000 websites across 100 countries, Kentico was deemed favorite in the DevProConnections’ Community Choice Awards (2011). With clients running into giant names like Sony, Vodafone, Starbucks, Twinings and Mazda, Kentico has proved its expertise across the aforesaid three regions by collaborating an ideal set of e-skills including Training, User Groups, How-To videos, and consulting. Acknowledging the varying needs of enterprises, Kentico also puts forth a rich Application Program Interface (API) that allows to produce parts in a website, event-handlers, modules and other additions. Coupled with its capacity to back mobile websites, Kentico picks up the ability to manage documents, to market the company online and also to handle multi-layered sites. What separates Kentico from the race of players in CMS battle is its pulsating security which penetrates every element of the site and its high-level security forums.

Here are 5 reasons why Kentico aces over open-source CMS options.


  1. Expense of Ownership

In an open source CMS, enterprises will only find the initial membership to be free-of-charge. In the long-term, the total expenditure on ownership in an open source CMS will often run into inestimable figures. In cases where the CMS has a paid version, the free-version generally provides limited features that would only prove the need to go for the paid version. Other hidden costs like transition fee could also culminate in a heavy expense list.


With Kentico, the issue of ownership-cost is nonexistent. Paying for the Kentico CMS is akin to adopting a robot which can work on multi-dimensional domains (online marketing, content management and so on) and thus, reduce the cost you would have to pay each time with an open-source version. The total expenditure on ownership not only includes the payment for software itself, but also for tasks like software acquisition, instalment, execution and exit.


  1. High-level Security

With an open-source CMS, the agenda is to make available a software whose code is openly accessible and thus, alterable by a vast network of community members. The unrestricted presence of code becomes the primal cause for security issues in open-source CMS. The security walls of any enterprise become thin and easily breakable for hackers looking to exploit their resources (and abuse confidential information). Since the open source CMS receives a continuous stream of modules from different sources, it usually becomes difficult to record the changes and track the fallbacks. Thus, with open source CMS, the risk of being attacked by hackers exponentially increases and so does the worries about improper functionality of third-party formulated modules.


With Kentico, every module undergoes rigorous testing and the code is secured for use and alteration solely to the development team. Only those enterprises which pay up for the version that includes full source-code will have access to it, thus diminishing the possibility of security break-ins. Thus, while choosing a CMS, the question is: Do you prioritize your client data and confidentiality over apparent cost benefits? If you do, then proprietary CMSs like Kentico can provide complete assurance of privacy and security.


  1. Holistic Matrix of Features

In open-source CMS, the list of usable features are hesitantly based such that with every add-on, the enterprise will have to fret over effect on overall performance. Kentico puts forward the list of features up-front which avoids confusion about the “could-be’s”. Topped with strong service and support, your company can enquire the list of effects of each feature and of how it could benefit your interface. Personalization of modules and web-components is made easier with the consistent and well-recorded updates. Kentico’s fabric of features were generated through years of development and maturation. This hard work is exhibited by tools which can answer to every enterprise need like: social network marketing, company blogging, SEO, ecommerce platform, and intranets. Within content management, enterprises experience content locking, image gallery and editor, multilingual content, portal engine, taxonomy, and workflow. Online marketing is inclusive of lead scoring, personas, content management and segmentation. Ecommerce brings to the companies bundled products, product options and variants, donations and discounts, reports and online payments along with custom product types.


  1. Strong Services and Support

When you occasion upon a difficulty in open source CMS, you are left chasing only footprints- you will have to trail through the entire directory of developers to chance upon one who could help you. In Kentico, support and service to clients forms a core value. With bug-fix-in-7-days policy, Kentico dons a 24*7 customer service. The capacity to respond to technical and non-technical hurdles determines the strength of a CMS. In this sense, Kentico excels with a track-record of almost 85% of the queries being responded to within 24 hours. The presence of support towers across the world decreases worries of inefficient support in certain geographical locations. Most importantly, Kentico offers its 24*7 support with the license which avoids extra costs that would have to be shelled out to buy it separately.


  1. Intuitive Admin User-Interface

In open-source CMS, the admin interface is highly susceptible to inconsistencies in span of applying add-ons. This is due to the availability of source code to the vast developers’ community.  In Kentico, the admin users encounter an intuitive atmosphere where updating a website is an easy task. The major update release on Kentico is an annual task which is developed and unfolded parallel to the marketing benchmarks. This makes the interface stable and capable of experiencing changes with smooth functionality.

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Author : Sahana Rajan Date : 07 Dec 2015