Is Umbraco a match for your next project?
You deserve the most flexible, customizable, and user-friendly website - after all, it might need to accommodate thousands or even millions! Umbraco is the solution of choice for many public sector organizations, from the City of Minneapolis to the Council of the European Union.
Wondering if our Friendly CMS is the perfect fit for your next project in the public sector? We'd love to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.
Best of Breed with no technical debt
The debate of ''Best of Breed vs. a Suite CMS'' is ongoing and there's no right or wrong here - we even wrote an entire whitepaper about it. Choosing the right tech stack can have a big impact on your business. So what sets Umbraco apart from the rest?
Free and open-source
There are no licensing fees, no hidden costs, and no limitations on our open-source version. Instead of spending your budget on licensing fees, you can spend it on actual development of your website. Lovely, isn't it?
We do offer direct support, hosting, and multiple add-on products to make it a stronger platform, but you're also welcome to use Umbraco for an entire implementation lifecycle without ever paying us a dime.
Best of breed
There is a reason we mention flexibility and customizability a lot because we've realized there are only so many use cases that can be covered out-of-the-box with any CMS.
Instead of forcing extra features you’d never use into the product, we've built Umbraco on a solid foundation that you can enhance and mold endlessly until it's just right for your goals.
No technical debt
Umbraco is in a constant development cycle from both the open-source Community and Umbraco HQ, which ensures you always have an updated CMS where bugs are squashed regularly.
Plus, any code written by you or an agency partner will never come back to haunt you later on. Using an open-source CMS means you always have access to the code even if you change platforms or agencies.
Real-world success stories
Umbraco is not plug-and-play, and requires development to meet all of your demands. It's easy for us to write up a storm about the usability, functionality and flexibility of the CMS - so don't just take it from us! Let's start with real-world public sector projects that put Umbraco to the test and are glad they did.
Here are just a few:
Want more? See all of our public sector case studies.
We've also collected a list of some local, regional, national and international public sector sites built on Umbraco.
Accessibility made easier
Web accessibility is important - especially in the public sector. With Umbraco we've made it easier to live up to the web standards and accessibility laws for public sector sites.
The flexibility of the CMS allows your developers to customize the front-end to ensure that everything from content to global code and appearance is accessible to everyone and complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
With the customizable backoffice at your service, you don't have to rely on your editors to do extra work. Your developers can customize it to fit their workflows while still ensuring that any content they publish complies with the accessibility guidelines.
Discover the possibilities with Umbraco's Web Accessibility Features.
Data privacy & security
Umbraco and GDPR? We got you covered. As a company located in the EU, we comply with industry security standards and follow best practices.
The Umbraco CMS is open-source, but only we at Umbraco HQ can approve changes to the core CMS and make them available to everyone through updates. All development is done with security in mind and is regularly tested to ensure any project using Umbraco is safe and secure. Apart from internal testing, we also have an external security company doing thorough penetration testing every 6 months.
If you choose to build your solution on Umbraco Cloud, we've made it even simpler to stay secure. Umbraco Cloud comes with automated upgrades, so all security patches are automatically applied to your project. As the cherry on top, automatic TLS certificates via Cloudflare are standard with Umbraco Cloud.
Read all about the Security Features.
At Umbraco we care a lot about privacy - both for you and your users. When GDPR was enforced, we made improvements to ensure full compliance and to make it simpler for you to handle. You can get more info about Umbraco and GDPR here.
On top of ensuring high levels of security in the core code of Umbraco, we've made it possible for you to implement additional security measures for your website.
Umbraco security features:
- Hashed passwords
- Default log-out of backoffice due to inactivity
- Built-in security Health-check
- Support for HTTPS
- Support for OAuth login system
- Possible to set-up password rules
- Possible to implement two-factor authentication (2FA)
- Possible to implement single sign on (SSO)
- Possible to use custom OAuth providers such as Azure Active Directory
If you're using Umbraco Cloud, here are some additional features you get:
- Automated Security updates
- Automated HTTPS certificate with Umbraco Latch
Yes, we conduct 3rd party penetration tests. Apart from doing regular internal testing, every 6 months we have an external security company doing thorough penetration testing of Umbraco to detect possible vulnerabilities. Based on the results of these tests we are able to perform any necessary actions.
If any critical issues are found, we follow our internal procedure (see question below).
Besides running our internal tests and 3rd party penetration tests to identify issues, we've made it easy for users to report a vulnerability in Umbraco (click the link to see the procedure in detail).
Once a vulnerability has been identified and it's verified to be a part of the core CMS code, our team will determine the severity level of the issue and escalate it accordingly.
Our procedure depends on severity level, but goes through the same main steps:
- Decide what and how to notify our users of the issue without it being obvious how to exploit it (to avoid it being exploited in the wild)
- Involve the relevant teams at Umbraco HQ to fix the issue
- Communicate to our users that a new security patch is coming, so they're ready to upgrade when it's released
- Release the patch and communicate to all of our users that the patch is released
Beyond security, GDPR and UX
As a platform, there's only so much we can do to comply with security and accessibility standards: Ultimately, full compliance will always come down to the implementation - especially when customizing the website to fit your needs like a glove. Umbraco's flexibility makes it a great enabler for developing applications that support any industry-specific technical standards, like OpenEHR and FHIR.
Umbraco HQ also takes the proactive approach even before the first line of code is written. That's why we've made an official security training course that gives Umbraco developers best practices for handling security in Umbraco. The developers who have taken this course are listed on our website, so if you need help from a partner agency, you can check if their developers are well-versed in the ways of our CMS.
An unparalleled editing experience
Umbraco is great for developers - but that doesn't mean we've forgotten about the editors.
It's actually quite the opposite.
"Infinite Editing" is the out-of-the-box editor experience you get with Umbraco. These integrated workflows ensure you never lose track of your context - and are designed to help you create better content, a lot faster.
If your editor team has additional requirements, it's possible for a developer to extend the backoffice to meet them. That's what we've done ourselves here at Umbraco.
Explore the Content Management Features Umbraco has in its toolbox.
An analogy right from the source
At Umbraco, our communications team spends a lot of time in the Umbraco backoffice creating and updating content every day. And while a lot of their requirements are met from the start, we've also required some development.
Luckily, that's more than possible in Umbraco, where developers can extend and tailor the backoffice experience to fit your editors' exact needs. This results in happy editors that spend more time actually creating content and less on long and complicated workflows.
The flexibility of Umbraco also keeps your editing future-proof. Does a new accessibility law require you to have ALT text on all images? Then your developer can make it mandatory to add when uploading an image. That way you know you'll always live up to the laws and not rely on your editors to remember it each time.
Don't just take our word for it
The only reason Umbraco can keep improving at the current rate is thanks to a constant stream of feedback from our Community. We collect this feedback in all forms: reviews, case studies, and video testimonials. You can see everything - good and bad - that the Community is saying on our ''reviews'' page.
Find more reviews from our public sector users here:
Permissions structure and user groups
When handling large-scale publications on a professional website, you need a clear permissions structure for your users. This is often a complex experience that requires a lot of manual work... unless, of course, you choose Umbraco:
- A new team member is only a single invite away
- The onboarding experience is intuitive out-of-the-box and requires very little customization (if any)
- You can pick from predefined user groups or create your own to easily control user permissions. Administrator? Content editor? One-time contributor? Anything is possible.
A scalable solution
When choosing a CMS, the question of best-of-breed vs. suite solutions inevitably comes up (see our whitepaper).
With best-of-breed solutions like Umbraco, you don't have to fear code bloat or switch to a specific ERP, CRM, or marketing suite to make it work. Instead, you will have the flexibility to make it uniquely yours!
You won't be limited by extra user costs or license fees. This means that there's no limit to the site architecture; simply pick the one that fits your needs without worrying about restraints or costs.
If you need a multisite setup, we've made it possible to set up with reusable project components using Baselines. If you need to make sure multiple websites look and feel the same, you can do that too. And if you need to make updates, you can do it in one place and push the changes to all of your sites in a fast and efficient manner.
Integrations? Yes please.
Part of what makes Umbraco flexible is its extensibility, which makes it possible to build and add anything. Whether it’s your CRM, Active Directory authentication with SSO and 2FA, or your on-premise legacy business systems, you can add it all to your Umbraco project.
Umbraco’s full API for both front-end and backoffice allows you to combine your data with beautiful content.
With Umbraco, you’re never trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. We provide a flexible and semantic content model that ensures Umbraco matches your content - not the other way around. We even provide APIs for developers to extend and tailor user experience for the type of content your specific project requires.
Take a look at Umbraco's Integrations and Extensibility Features and discover the possibilities.
Want all that - and a hand?
A website that is fully accessible, secure, protects the data of your users, and still offers your content team a friendly editing experience? It’s a complex project - but you don’t have to worry about developing it on your own!
Umbraco has many friendly partner agencies that know the CMS very well and can help you create a strong website that fulfills all your needs. They are experienced, Umbraco-certified, and up-to-date on the latest Umbraco knowledge - so it's safe to say you're in good hands.
Through these partnerships, Umbraco ensures that we are ready to get you fully started with an online home for your activities. In our partner agency list, you can select an agency to partner with based on your industry, skills you are interested in, and region. Take a look at our list of partners that specialize in Public Sector Solutions.
Would you like guidance in deciding which agencies would be best for you and your project? Get in touch in the contact form below - we’re here to help.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Umbraco
Umbraco is used by over 731438 active websites worldwide and is used to build all sorts of projects - small and large, public and private.
The fastest and easiest way to try Umbraco is by taking a free 14-day Umbraco Cloud trial. All you need to do is fill out your name, email and choose a password - then we'll create a new project for you in just a few minutes.
If you're only interested in testing out the editor experience we highly recommend that you try Umbraco Uno. It is full of prebuilt editor features and a WYSIWYG editor that lets you get started creating and editing content right away. Take a free 14-day Uno trial right here.
Alternatively you can always download the free open source version of Umbraco and set it up as a local copy or on your own hosting solution.
You can get a demo in 3 different ways:
- You can take a 14-day Umbraco Cloud trial, which will have you up-and-running in 5 minutes (no installation required).
- We host weekly live 45-minute webinars where you can get a walkthrough of the CMS or one of our SaaS products and ask any questions you might have. Find an upcoming webinar right here.
- We can give you a live one-on-one demo of the CMS. If you're interested in this, please contact us
Umbraco is open source and free to install, setup and host for yourself.
You can see the terms and conditions for the paid Umbraco plans here.