Sitefinity

Digital experience management for marketers

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Sitefinity Overview

What is Sitefinity?

Sitefinity by Progress is a digital experience platform, designed for marketers, that offers tools for web content management, digital experience management, website personalization, digital commerce, and more. It allows businesses to completely customize and personalize their digital experience. Hosted on Microsoft Azure by Progress, Sitefinity allows users to build and manage custom digital experiences within the cloud.

Using Sitefinity’s web content management tools, users can create and update online content, including text, images, and more, design custom layouts, embed widgets to websites, personalize content, manage multiple sites in multiple languages, manage digital assets, and enhance SEO. The Sitefinity Digital Experience Cloud Platform helps marketers to identify new opportunities, study customer behavior patterns, conduct A/B tests to aid decision making, and use web analytics to improve the customer experience. Sitefinity also offers tools for managing security and compliance, with features such as endpoint protection, a web application firewall, and GDPR compliance.

Sitefinity Overview

Pricing

Starting from
N/A

Pricing options

Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Sitefinity is available to purchase in 3 different editions: the Professional Edition, the Online Marketing Edition, and the Enterprise Edition. Contact Progress to request a price quote.


Sitefinity Features

Devices
Business size
S M L
Markets
United States
Supported Languages
English

Media

Sitefinity dashboard
Sitefinity news
Sitefinity image library
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Sitefinity Reviews

Sitefinity Reviews

Overall rating
3,4
/
5
Excellent
3

Very good
9

Average
9

Poor
1

Terrible
2

Value for Money
3,5
Features
3,8
Ease of Use
3,7
Customer Support
3,3
50% recommended this app
Jerry V.

Sitefinity is a strong CMS with very scaleable capabilities.

It manages our site content very well, and provides the level of analytics we need.


Will B.

Enterprise Level CMS

Sitefinity is a powerful CMS that is built for extensibility without sacrificing the ease of use content editors want and need. Great out of box starting point with an intuitive drag and drop page and template designer. There a vast assortment of built in widgets allowing non-developers the means to create blogs, news, custom dynamic content, site search, navigations, and the list goes on and on. Content authors can also easy create custom page layouts and visualize how pages will look while editing them.

Sitefinity has extremely granular permissions allowing specific widgets and content within a page to be locked down to specific users/groups if needed. Like most features in Sitefinity, it isn’t a requirement to use this but it’s there if you need it and easy to configure.

Custom workflows for content approvals can be optionally configured to setup approval gates to ensure the quality of content changes prior to publish.

From a developer perspective, Sitefinity Is architected with extensibility in mind. Custom widgets can be easily introduced and made to blend it with the native out of box widgets. Sitefinity also offers deep hooks into almost every feature and process in the pipeline.


Paul D.

Complex, confusing, old-fashioned

In the modern age of lean-yet-extensible software, Sitefinity seems to me like a relic of an age that software developers collectively decided should disappear. I was asked to develop a Sitefinity extension for a client's website, and the experience has been a consistently miserable one from start to finish.

First of all, I find it hard to understand the value proposition of a closed-source, statically compiled CMS in an age of high-quality, open-source CMSes with plenty of developer support. Debugging is hard, licensing is hard(-ish), redeployment is hard. If Sitefinity offered features or a developer experience that was better than, say, WordPress (not a hard bar to hit; WordPress is pretty frustrating too), it could justify its costly licenses.

Sitefinity feels overengineered; there are far too many features for the casual user, and necessary developer features are often buried behind confusing and baroque admin menus. This complexity comes at a cost; it's hard to manage and develop for a Sitefinity site. Large design firms can afford to become experts in Sitefinity, I'm sure, and create a justification for their continued involvement in a website project by continuing to manage the application's complexity for their clients. But I'd rather build a website on something simple that helps me deliver business value to my clients, and doesn't require my involvement for simple, day-to-day operations. This seems like much better use of my time and my client's budget.

This overengineering also impacts performance. Application startup is painfully slow, and page loads aren't all that snappy either.

I know there are many people who absolutely love Sitefinity, but I can't figure out what the fuss is all about.


Verified Reviewer

Full Featured Mature CMS

Sitefinity is a fairly lightweight .NET based CMS which means that you can customize it just about however you need. That is for better or worse.


Dave J.

Excellent value for the money

We switched to the Sitefinity platform in 2012 and really like this very affordable proprietary solution that is simple to maintain.


Jerry V.
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Sitefinity is a strong CMS with very scaleable capabilities.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/02/14
Review Source: Capterra

It manages our site content very well, and provides the level of analytics we need.

Pros

Sitefinity has strengths surrounding template management, document management, and page creation. The drag-and-drop capabilities are very useful, and are easy to brand with HTML and CSS. Our team uses this CMS for both of our corporate websites, and use multi-site management to switch from each site. If you are managing multiple websites, this is a great feature.

Cons

Publishing pages, and making significant changes to the website can often slow it down for a couple of minutes, or take some time to initialize. Not a big deal, but visitors during that time will be greeted with a "Initializing" message.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 10.0/10

Will B.
Industry: Marketing & Advertising
Company size: 51-200 Employees

Enterprise Level CMS

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/06/27
Review Source: Capterra

Sitefinity is a powerful CMS that is built for extensibility without sacrificing the ease of use content editors want and need. Great out of box starting point with an intuitive drag and drop page and template designer. There a vast assortment of built in widgets allowing non-developers the means to create blogs, news, custom dynamic content, site search, navigations, and the list goes on and on. Content authors can also easy create custom page layouts and visualize how pages will look while editing them.

Sitefinity has extremely granular permissions allowing specific widgets and content within a page to be locked down to specific users/groups if needed. Like most features in Sitefinity, it isn’t a requirement to use this but it’s there if you need it and easy to configure.

Custom workflows for content approvals can be optionally configured to setup approval gates to ensure the quality of content changes prior to publish.

From a developer perspective, Sitefinity Is architected with extensibility in mind. Custom widgets can be easily introduced and made to blend it with the native out of box widgets. Sitefinity also offers deep hooks into almost every feature and process in the pipeline.

Pros

Easy to use and develop for.
Highly extensible for developers.
Many built in integrations for third party systems.
Granular permissions.
Ability to sync content across instances.
Many many many more features.

Cons

Upgrades in the past could be difficult but with the newer releases this has become much easier.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

Paul D.
Industry: Computer Software
Company size: 2-10 Employees

Complex, confusing, old-fashioned

Used Monthly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/04/12
Review Source: Capterra

In the modern age of lean-yet-extensible software, Sitefinity seems to me like a relic of an age that software developers collectively decided should disappear. I was asked to develop a Sitefinity extension for a client's website, and the experience has been a consistently miserable one from start to finish.

First of all, I find it hard to understand the value proposition of a closed-source, statically compiled CMS in an age of high-quality, open-source CMSes with plenty of developer support. Debugging is hard, licensing is hard(-ish), redeployment is hard. If Sitefinity offered features or a developer experience that was better than, say, WordPress (not a hard bar to hit; WordPress is pretty frustrating too), it could justify its costly licenses.

Sitefinity feels overengineered; there are far too many features for the casual user, and necessary developer features are often buried behind confusing and baroque admin menus. This complexity comes at a cost; it's hard to manage and develop for a Sitefinity site. Large design firms can afford to become experts in Sitefinity, I'm sure, and create a justification for their continued involvement in a website project by continuing to manage the application's complexity for their clients. But I'd rather build a website on something simple that helps me deliver business value to my clients, and doesn't require my involvement for simple, day-to-day operations. This seems like much better use of my time and my client's budget.

This overengineering also impacts performance. Application startup is painfully slow, and page loads aren't all that snappy either.

I know there are many people who absolutely love Sitefinity, but I can't figure out what the fuss is all about.

Cons

Complexity, complexity, complexity.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 0.0/10

Verified Reviewer
Industry: Hospital & Health Care
Company size: 10 000+ Employees

Full Featured Mature CMS

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/09/17
Review Source: Capterra

Sitefinity is a fairly lightweight .NET based CMS which means that you can customize it just about however you need. That is for better or worse.

Pros

Compared to other .NET based CMS we looked at: Very low learning curve, able to get up and running quickly. Updates come quickly and with features and fixes from the community. Able to handle thousands of pages.

Cons

Some features are finnicky especially during upgrades. Backend interface isn't yet consistent, but that is improving. Caching options are lacking.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend: 8.0/10

Dave J.
Industry: Biotechnology
Company size: 201-500 Employees

Excellent value for the money

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/08/07
Review Source: Capterra

We switched to the Sitefinity platform in 2012 and really like this very affordable proprietary solution that is simple to maintain.

Pros

I went from being the only person inputting content onto our website to an admin that was able to show product managers how to easily input their own content. As a result, we have many more web pages than ever before.

Cons

A few weird little glitches with their "MVC" content widgets.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend: 9.0/10

User recommendation
6,7/10
Based on 24 user ratings
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Sitefinity Pricing

Sitefinity Pricing

Starting from
N/A
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Sitefinity is available to purchase in 3 different editions: the Professional Edition, the Online Marketing Edition, and the Enterprise Edition. Contact Progress to request a price quote.

Sitefinity is available to purchase in 3 different editions: the Professional Edition, the Online Marketing Edition, and the Enterprise Edition. Contact Progress to request a price quote.

Value for Money
3,5/5
Based on 24 user ratings
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Sitefinity Features

Sitefinity Features

API
Activity Dashboard
Automatic Notifications
Content Management
Customizable Branding
Customizable Templates
Data Import/Export
Drag & Drop Interface
Electronic Payments
Inventory Management
Order Management
Product Catalog
Reporting & Statistics
SEO Management
Search Functionality
Social Media Integration
Template Management
Third Party Integration
Website Management
eCommerce Management
Features
3,8/5
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Additional information for Sitefinity

Additional information for Sitefinity

Key features of Sitefinity

  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Templates
  • Document Indexing
  • Document Management
  • Format Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Retrieval
  • SEO Management
  • Version Control
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management

Sitefinity FAQs

Sitefinity FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Sitefinity.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sitefinity offer?

Sitefinity offers the following pricing plans:

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Sitefinity is available to purchase in 3 different editions: the Professional Edition, the Online Marketing Edition, and the Enterprise Edition. Contact Progress to request a price quote.

Q. What are the main features of Sitefinity?

Sitefinity offers the following features:

  • Collaboration Tools
  • Customizable Templates
  • Document Indexing
  • Document Management
  • Format Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Retrieval
  • SEO Management
  • Version Control
  • Website Management
  • Workflow Management

Q. Who are the typical users of Sitefinity?

Sitefinity has the following typical customers:

Small Business, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Sitefinity support?

Sitefinity supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Sitefinity offer?

Sitefinity has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Sitefinity support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Sitefinity supports

Q. What other apps does Sitefinity integrate with?

Sitefinity integrates with the following applications:

Bynder, HubSpot CRM, LiveChat, Marketo Engage, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, Oracle Eloqua, Salesforce Sales Cloud, SharePoint, Siteimprove

Q. What level of support does Sitefinity offer?

Sitefinity offers the following support options:

Phone Support, Online Support, Forum, Knowledge Base, Video Tutorials