September 23rd, 2014

EPiServer CMS has come a long way in the last few years

I have recently done some work on an EPiServer build for the first time in a few years. The overall impression is of a rapidly maturing CMS that is much easier to implement than it used to be.

March 27th, 2014

Here’s the truth about CMS selection: It doesn’t really matter…

A lot of hot air is wasted on CMS selection. Having lived through many implementations, it’s not the platform decision that determines whether or not you will be successful.

February 5th, 2013

Using Umbraco 6 to create an ASP.NET MVC 4 web application

A lot of .Net-based CMS systems have been slow to adopt MVC and Umbraco have had more trouble than most. The newly released version 6 boasts a rendering model that plays pretty nicely with a full MVC 4 project – so long as you’re prepared to ignore the webforms lurking in the Umbraco UI.

October 17th, 2012

What’s the least you should expect from a modern web CMS?

When you’re selecting a web CMS it makes sense to try focus on core content functionality, but what features should you reasonably expect from a modern web CMS?

June 19th, 2012

The Umbraco 5 debacle proves that even a free CMS needs effective governance

Having to pull the plug on a new version of your product is unfortunate. Scrapping it months after it’s been released is just plain careless.

March 18th, 2012

EPiServer vs Sitecore – Comparing .NET CMS platforms

EPiServer and Sitecore are direct competitors in the middle-tier CMS market and on the surface they appear to do pretty much the same thing. You need to dig quite deep to draw out a useful comparison.

February 15th, 2012

Is web experience management a realistic ambition?

Many web content management systems are seeking to become all-encompassing “platforms” that can manage a rich and interactive user experience across multiple channels. Is this ambition realistic or even desirable?

November 18th, 2011

Even Umbraco agree: XSLT is not an interface building tool

It seems that Umbraco are finally dropping XSLT on the next release of their CMS. About time too – it’s been a while since you could really justify using it to build web interfaces.

September 9th, 2011

EPiServer CMS anti-patterns: common mistakes in development projects

EPiServer is a great CMS but like all platforms it has a number of traps for the unwary and inexperienced.

August 19th, 2011

What value does Gartner’s Magic Quadrant bring to a WCMS selection?

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant is frequently used as a reference point when evaluating WCMS platforms. Although the report may provide a strategic overview of a particular slice of the WCMS market, it does little to shed light on the real issues that underpin a WCMS selection.

August 11th, 2010

Does a scoring methodology help or hinder CMS selection?

Scoring methodologies are often used in CMS procurement to provide transparency, but in reality they don’t offer much more than the illusion of a structured process.

May 25th, 2010

The Times Online doesn’t need content to make its paywall a success…

The success or otherwise of the Times Online’s imminent paywall shouldn’t be judged on the number of subscribers. After all, content isn’t the only source of revenue.

March 24th, 2010

What’s new in EPiServer 6? A review of the new features

EPiServer 6 seems to be primarily a release for content editors, though there are some nice new features for developers too.

January 27th, 2010

Selecting a web CMS: The most common mistakes in RFPs

There seem to be some very common mistakes made in web CMS Request For Proposal (RFP) documents that can make them difficult to respond to in any meaningful way

August 25th, 2009

Developing EPiServer page providers: optimizing performance

If you are developing EPiServer page providers for very large data sets, there are a few things you ought to bear in mind about performance.