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Monday, April 10, 2017

Testimonial: Webmind on Umbraco Cloud

First slightly sceptical, today, Webmind has embraced Umbraco Cloud at full-speed

Just a week after Codegarden ‘16 Dennis migrated Webmind.se to Umbraco Cloud. It all worked out perfectly to a somewhat nice surprise. Since then, Webmind has migrated a number of sites to Umbraco Cloud. Have a read on all the whys and hows by Dennis himself:

Like a well-tailored glove, Umbraco Cloud just fits

Most of our projects built on Umbraco Cloud are “traditional websites” (if there is ever such a thing as a traditional website), but there is also a retailer portal for a big Swedish car manufacturer (oooh, wonder which one?) showcasing new products/features.

We’ve also built a site for the Swedish Enforcement Authority to help them recruit new hires. It was an interesting project and it felt great to build a government site on Umbraco Cloud. We are looking forward to when we will get to build our first e-commerce on Umbraco Cloud, which we think will be pretty soon.

“We believe that Umbraco Cloud is a great product that saves us an incredible amount of time with all the automated functionality, the easy team collaboration and because we feel like it’s a stable and reliable product.” Dennis Adolfi, System Developer, Webmind

Dare to go automatic

Our main concern about Umbraco Cloud was to not having 100 percent control over the environment. In our usual setup, we have our own servers that we remotely connect to and configure everything ourselves such as IIS configurations, setting up databases and SSL and so on.

While having all of this automated by Umbraco Cloud is convenient, we were a bit scared that we would end up in a scenario where we would have the need to configure something that we wouldn’t be able to. Fortunately, this has still never been the case.

The tools available in the Umbraco Cloud portal, together with Kudu, give us all the control we need, and the amazing support team are always extremely quick to help us out as soon as we have any questions or problems.

Hello Smooth Workflow - Goodbye Content Freeze!

With Umbraco Cloud our content editors never have to experience “content freeze”, since all the code and content are being deployed separately. This allows us all to work more or less simultaneous which saves us a lot of time.

Another great thing about Umbraco Cloud is that our front-end developers can now work with us directly in the browser from their MacBooks without having to use a VM. This saves them from downloading and switching between Windows partitions when working on a project. With Umbraco Cloud it's all right in there for them.

Stability & reliability at a click of a button

I think that the deployment of both code and content is really stable. Keeping all your environments (local, dev, stage, live) content and code synced is always a challenge but not with Umbraco Cloud, it’s as easy as a click of a button.

Another feature that has resulted in a huge increase of stability and reliability is the automatic upgrades. This was a feature that we were a bit nervous about at first, but it works really great and the fact that we know that all our Cloud sites are running the latest and greatest Umbraco and Forms versions makes me sleep really good at night 😊

Also one of my favorite things with Umbraco Cloud is how easy it is to hook on a SSL certificate to a project ensuring that the site is more secure and meets Google SEO requirements. It’s done literally in 1 minute!

Everything merges perfectly

We always work in teams and I love the fact that I can work with some new functionality on my local machine, while our frontend developers are working on some design improvements directly on the dev environment, while at the same time our content editors are working with content in the stage and/or live environment directly. Everything just merges perfectly.

We’ve had very little hassle with merging and the few times there has been a problem, it’s usually pretty easy to fix them and 9/10 times it’s due to a developer mistake and actually not a product fault.

Our clients love Umbraco Cloud!

We’ve been working with Umbraco for about 4 years and I still haven’t heard any client complaints about it. Instead they always make sure to let us know how easy they think the backoffice is to work with and compliment the user experience.

The clients we’ve moved to Umbraco Cloud have mentioned an increase in performance, and they love how easy it is to push content from one environment to another.

We believe that Umbraco Cloud is a great product that saves us an incredible amount of time with all the automated functionality, the easy team collaboration and because we feel like it’s a stable and reliable product. It’s a relationship we’ll keep on investing in!

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