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Top 5 .NET Based CMS (Content Management Systems)
28 November 2014

Top 5 .NET Based CMS (Content Management Systems)


Content Management Systems are web interfaces that can be used to modify, update or publish web content for a website. These are centrally managed and provide workflows in a collaborative environment.

In today’s highly evolved web world, there are plenty of options when it comes to selecting a content management system for your business website. The type of CMS you choose also depends on the type of business – whether your website is of ecommerce type or a content driven blog type or a gallery type. You also need to decide whether you require any social features for your website.

You also have an option to create a customized solution for business with CMS Web Development. There are choices while selecting the right platform too. There are open source platforms based on PHP and .Net.

Although options are plenty, here we shall discuss a few .NET based CMS so that you make a well informed decision about your business website.

DNN (DotNetNuke)

DNN or DotNetNuke is an open source .NET based Content Management System that is known for its flexibility and scalability along with apt security. It powers approximately 800,000 websites on the web. The good news is that DNN can be used as a CMS or an independent framework for development. It is used for creating large and small websites suited for businesses and enterprises. It is known for its ability to create rich websites with modular structure and helps build websites that are highly interactive.

DNN Modules Development and DNN Extensions can be downloaded and installed on the go to add features to your website at any stage.

DNN comes is three forms, one is absolutely free (Community Edition) and other two are subscription based (Professional and Enterprise Edition).


Kentico is a Microsoft ASP.NET based Content Management System that has a range of features suitable for enterprise level web development and helps build rich websites, intranets ecommerce websites and community solutions. Kentico also provides support for mobile websites, Marketing Automation and SEO. Along with all this it has rich features for document management, multi lingual capabilities and multi site management. It ships with 70 modules and 400 configurable web part and source code is made available for open source developers who wish to modify and create web innovations.

Kentico comes in two versions, one is Free and the other one is Paid.


Umbraco is an Open Source CMS and can be used to build small website to large enterprise level websites. It is being used to build the world’s largest media sites too. The learning curve is easy and developers can easily adapt to the platform to build web solutions. It is easy to customize and robust in architecture. It’s modern UI and .NET architecture make it the best choice for developing CMS web solutions. It supports both MVC and WebForms.

Umbraco is completely open source but has options for paid support.


Sitefinity offers businesses with diverse capabilities to build compelling websites, intranet portals and blogs. It offers enterprise features and simple and easy to use administrative console. It was developed by Telerik, and uses .NET standards such as MasterPages and Controls that are used for template management.

Sitefinity offers just one paid version for business users.


MojoPortal is a content management system that offers full fledged functionality along with mobile compatibility. It is written in C# and ASP.NET You can create blogs, forums, calendar, Maps and lots more with MojoPortal. It supports databases like Microsoft SQL 2005/2008/SqlAzure, SQL CE, MySQL, PostgreSql, SQLite, or Firbird Sql. It follows web standards more stringently and offers users with open source as well and paid options.

Content Management Systems make lives of CMS Developers as well as Users very easy and are a preferred choice when quick solutions and easy administration is a priority.


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