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UmbracoWordpressDrupalSquiz MatrixJaduGossContensisEasysite
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Type (open source / licenced)Open SourceOpen SourceOpen SourceLicensedA license is needed for the CMS, but not the front end website codeLicensedLicensed
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CMS front end coding language
.NET (up to v6)
.NET & AngularJS (v7+)
HTML / PHPHTML / PHPPHPColdFusion.net (ASP) ASP.NET
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Web front end coding language
.NET (MVC - C# & Razor)PHPPHPPHP & TWIG ( http://twig.sensiolabs.org ).NET (C# ASP.NET Web Forms) or Java.net (ASP) with RazorASP.NET
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Database PlatformMS SQLMySQLMySQL | MS SQL | Oracle | Postgres | MongoDB | Most othersMySQL | MS SQLMSSQL or PostgreSQLSQLMS SQL
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Operating Platform(s)Windows Server - IIS,
Umbraco as a Service - cloud hosting (http://umbraco.com/future)
Apache / IISApache / IIS / NginxApache / IISIIS or ApacheIISIIS
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Active user group communityhttp://our.umbraco.org/ and https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group/umbracohttps://www.drupal.org/communityhttp://jadu.net/academy (quarterly unconference)

Sencondary User Group on Knowledgehub
https://knowledgehub.local.gov.uk/group/gossicmcmsusergroupOnline community with discussion forums and regular conferences and user group meetings in the UKhttps://resources.easysitecms.net/ and annual user group meeting
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Level of skill needed to develop (low, medium, high)MediumLow / MediumMediumMediumMediumMediumTemplates and styles require xhtml & css (low). Plugins require .net and need to be controls as embedded resources (med/high). Prob easier than Umbraco (IMO)
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How easy to integrate with back office?You can build anything you need as long as the back-office has an APIYou can build anything you need as long as the back-office has an APIYou can build anything you need as long as the back-office has an APIYou can build anything you need as long as the back-office has an API. Jadu also has a Public REST Interface called MyJaduAPI for open data.Version 10 comes with an API server to intergrate with back office systemsYou can build anything you need as long as the back-office has an APIEasysite has an API, you can build plugins so as long as the back-offcie has an API or open database you can do it.
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Responsive design as standard?Yes - the HTML structure and CSS is entirely up to youYesAs of v8 as standard in core, but the theme design is normally custom anyway, and that's where the responsive design needs to be built, and can be built any way you want. in v7 there are many modules to help with this, including for truly responsive images etcYes - all sites designed by SPACECRAFT Agency are Responsive as default. Designers / users can create RWD templates also. Yes - the HTML structure and CSS is entirely up to youYou design the CSShtml5 doctype and complete control of the templates and css so yes.
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Ease of use for content authoring (easy, moderate, hard)Easy - but it does depend on how you lay out your content when you build your siteEasy - custom post types and advanced fields really help the ease of use tooDrupal can cause content authoring issues depending on how the content types are configured. A developer with decent experience of the platform will ensure that the content types are configured to make authoring very easy. Poor implementations make authoring a nightmareEasy. Designed with ease of use for non-technical users as a prime consideration. Granular privilege levels and workflow give complete control over tools available to individual users and content approval prior to publication.Easy to Medium, depending on the complexity of your siteEasy. You can have multiple levels of adminEasy. Very granular privileges.
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How easy is it to navigate the site structure in the back-office? (easy, moderate, hard)EasyEasy/Moderate - the larger the site, the harder it becomes. However, once logged onto the back-office you can use the website itself to navigate to the desired page and use the "Edit page" button in the toolbar overlaySame as above, Drupal's biggest bonus is flexibility so the admin area and site structure has to be just as well designed as the site itselfEasy. Individual user privileges can be configured to determine what content is presented to CMS users within the backend. For example, a user could be restricted to only see and be able to edit content that they have created, or to be able to see and edit any content within a specific section of the website.Easy to Medium, depending on the complexity of your templateseasy to moderate. The files are in the same structure as your site. If you use friendly URL's you have to know the full conent path. For editors they only see the folders they have authorisation to edit.Easy.
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Are there themes/starter kits to base my site on?http://our.umbraco.org/projects/starter-kitshttp://vip.wordpress.com/spotlight/government/http://openpublicapp.com/Main site templates are based on a 'Vanilla' which installs from disk. Galaxies (a multi-tenant CMS deployment system in the CMS) provides a suite of ready-made templates which can be customsied both in the CMS user interface and by designers in code.NoNo.
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Are there plug-ins I can use?http://our.umbraco.org/projects/http://wordpress.org/plugins/https://www.drupal.org/project/project_modulehttp://marketplace.jadu.net/https://github.com/orgs/GOSSInteractiveA new marketplace will be available from August 2014There are paid-for modules and the potential for sharing plugin between developers exists.
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