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I have a client who is evaluating CMSs and they need something that can run on .net. They have looked at Ektron and Sitefinity. I believe they could go with Drupal or Joomla (not sure) though they have not explored those 2 yet.
They seem to really like Sitefinity. I have no experience with that one and my role is search enginge optimization, so I'm trying to get a feel for Sitefinity so I'll know if it can do all the SEO stuff well or not. I have read their whitepaper and it doesn't say much about SEO other than the fact that you can create custom titles and meta data and filenames.
Anyone have any experience with Sitefinity, esp. from an SEO perspective?
The .net one that comes up more often is DotNetNuke. I've never used that either, but the fans of it in this forum swear by it.
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Sitefinity looks to be a fairly powerful CMS solution based on the .net framework. Sitefinity is made by Telerik which means it's not free nor open-source. I haven't used Sitefinity however I have used Telerik controls in both DotNetNuke CMS deployments and Windows forms applications.
I've used many a CMS and prefer DotNetNuke for a .net based CMS. It has all the bells and whistles as any other CMS and enables the SEO work you need to do. The SEO team I source my projects to have given great feedback about the ease of adding and integrating the technics and mechanics of SEO components within the DNN framework. The results, albeit more to do with linguistics and less with on page mechancis, have yeilded impressive first page positions in the major search engines for very competitive, target key phrases. In many of my clients' cases, this solidification of SERPs positioning has lasted 4 and 5 years.
So while I can only comment on the value of Telerik's interface controls, the best .net based CMS, inclusive from an SEO perspective, is DotNetNuke. It's also free (open source), supported by hundreds of thousands of community contributers and members, and has added a paid support option if you need accountability and immediate answers to questions.
I have deployed DotNetNuke for small business, large corporations, government, education and non-profits in both Canada and the US.
Hope this helps..
Considering the future of these two I would give priority to Kentico since their CMS is their only focus for which they have almost 50 employees (25 in development) comparing to Sitefinity with 5 guys developing.
Anyway, all the CMS you mentioned all good way to go to.