Monday, July 27, 2015

Which CMS choosing ? and how Azure Marketplace could help ?


In the CMS field they are many CMS available (PHP, JAVA, OpenSource, Microsoft, … Open-Source / Commercial…). Many “bad” managers will think they they can re-invent the wheel by asking its non qualified staff to implementing a futur-fiasco CMS, because obviously this Manager is the best of the world, and because he thinks a CMS is a trial topic, his team could handle it is a matter of 1 or 2 months.

  • Either you are as lucky as I was to be involved in re-writting a large CMS : many years-man-day, 1 year of detailed specification/PSD/Translations, involving truly 60 people to address what is under the sea-level :

translation, securing contents according to roles, single sign-on, search engin that performs well!!, user experience, payment transactions, Content Caching coding and mocking such as AKAMAI, performance testing, horizontal and vertical scaling ….

  • Else, let’s rely on professionals that has already done this work, AND most importantly has released their CMS into production, as we did in due course, with the expected quality.

This Post focuses on the .Net CMS.

If you are working on a .Net environment, you could be choosing various CMS tools, starting from the Microsoft Sharepoint. But, what else could we find ??

Here is a recent, but non-exhaustive, list of CMS (credits and few comparison here on


  • DotNetNuke
  • Orchard
  • Umbraco
  • N2 CMS, Piranha, Kooboo, and others that I won't cover much here.


  • Sitecore
  • EpiServer
  • Kentico
  • Ektron


They have been compared here:

Some of them are part of the Microsoft Azure template : you just need to select it, and in a matter of minutes the CMS will be available, such as Sharepoint (with high-availability configured),


Depending on your needs, you’ll choose one or the other, this short comparison will help you choose the proper one that suites best your needs.


APPENDICES : On the Marketplace of Microsoft Azure, here is a complete list of CMS (not only .Net), as per today:

Orchard CMS .NET Foundation

TYPO3 CMS 6.2, dkd Internet Service GmbH

Umbraco CMS,

Better CMS, Devbridge Group

Composite C1 .NET CMS, Composite

CMS Made Simple 1.11.10-3 (Ubuntu 12.10), Bitnami

Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware 12.2-0 (Ubuntu 12.10), Bitnami

SageFrame, SageFrame

Lemoon, Formpipe Software

Joomla!, Joomla

MonoX, Mono Software

Pligg, AppDirect

concrete5 (Ubuntu 14.04), Bitnami

Brandoo WordPress 3.9 LAMP (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS), Brandoo, New Media Group, Inc

MODX 2.2.14pl-0 (Ubuntu 12.10), Bitnami

Ametys 3.5.4-0 (Ubuntu 12.10), Bitnami

ProcessWire 2.4.0-3 (Ubuntu 12.10), Bitnami

SiteCake 1.0.41-1 (Ubuntu 12.10), Bitnami

concrete5 (Ubuntu 12.10), Bitnami

XOOPS 2.5.7-0 (Ubuntu 14.04), Bitnami

TYPO3 6.2.4-0 (Ubuntu 14.04), Bitnami

mojoPortal, Source Tree Solutions, LLC

Ametys 3.5.4-0 (Ubuntu 14.04), Bitnami

eZ Publish 2014.05-1 (Ubuntu 14.04), Bitnami

Webuzo Joomla 2.5 Stack [CentOS], SoftaculousWebuzo

Joomla! 3.3.3-0 (Ubuntu 14.04), Bitnami

Brandoo WordPress 3.7.1 LAMP (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS), Brandoo

TYPO3 6.1.8-0 (Ubuntu 12.10), Bitnami

Joomla! 3.3.1-0-test (Ubuntu 14.04), Bitnami

wordpress, Docker

Kentico 8.1, Kentico8

CiviCRM 4.4.6-0 (Ubuntu 14.04), Bitnami

Mobile Engagement, Microsoft

wordpress + mysql, Docker

Altiar Cloud Enterprise, Altiar

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