Popular .NET Web Content Management Systems (CMS) - Open Source

As wikipedia defines it - “A web content management (WCM) system is a CMS designed to simplify the publication of web content to web sites and mobile devices, in particular, allowing content creators to submit content without requiring technical knowledge of HTML or the uploading of files

Here are some good Open Source ASP.NET Web CMS that are popular in the community.

Update: Kentico has a free ASP.NET Web CMS too and can be downloaded over here

N2 CMS - N2 is a lightweight CMS framework to help you build great web sites that anyone can update. Using it's interface is intuitive and empowering. It is based on an object model with separation between view templates, content model and database and integrates well with the ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC 2 paradigm.


Online Demo Feature Set Documentation Download Link License

DotNetNuke Community Edition - DotNetNuke, also known as DNN, is the ideal platform for building professional websites with dynamic content and interactive features. It is the most widely adopted Web Content Management Platform for building web sites and web applications on Microsoft .NET.


Online Demo Feature Set Documentation Download Link License

mojoPortal - mojoPortal is an extensible cross platform, cross database, content management system (CMS) and web application framework


Online Demo Feature Set Documentation Download Link License

Umbraco CMS - Umbraco is an open source Web CMS for .NET. Its flexible content model with full .NET integration, full control over markup and stellar user interface makes both editors, designers and developers smile.


Video Tour Feature Set Documentation Download Link License

TheBeerHouse CMS - TheBeerHouse is a website developed with Microsoft's MVC Framework which includes a number of features and modules that you expect from a typical CMS / e-commerce website, such as Membership, CMS, Opinion Polls, Mailing List, Forums and much more.


Online Demo Feature Set Download Link License

Kooboo CMS - Kooboo is a web CMS built based on ASP.NET MVC framework. It is designed for those organizations or people who need enterprise level content management and fast web development


Online Demo Quick Start Video Documentation Download Link License

My Web Pages Starter Kit - The My Web Pages Starter Kit is a dynamic content management system (CMS). It is designed to meet the needs of computer enthusiasts who want to deploy and maintain their own website – and it is also easy to modify the look and feel or even change/extend the feature set


Online Demo Feature Set Documentation Download Link License

Cuyahoga - Cuyahoga is a flexible CMS / Portal solution written in C#. It runs on both Microsoft .NET and Mono and uses NHibernate for persistence Multiple databases are supported


Feature Set Documentation Download Link License

So the next time you want to create a CMS without paying a dime, you would now know which ones to try out! You can Bookmark this link for future use.

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22 Responses to "Popular .NET Web Content Management Systems (CMS) - Open Source"
  1. Anonymous said...
    June 16, 2010 at 5:55 AM

    Telerik's SiteFinity should be here. It has a 'Community Edition' that is completely free.

    Same sort of deal with Kentico. I don't understand why these aren't here.

  2. Piers said...
    June 16, 2010 at 6:05 AM

    I know that at least Kentico is not open source. Even though it is very good.

  3. Martin Anjio said...
    June 16, 2010 at 6:29 AM

    Yes Kentico is a good CMS but cannot fit here since it has only a 30-day trial, and that certainly does not qualify as opensource! I think the same goes for SiteFinity too! Anonymous, where did you see Sitefinity offering a free community edition. I would love to explore that

  4. Anonymous said...
    June 16, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    Check out Sueetie as well at http://sueetie.com

    Integrates a number of .NET products to provide a community building framework.

  5. W3Max said...
    June 16, 2010 at 8:07 AM

    Major miss : http://www.orchardproject.net/

    I think that this project has a great future

  6. Anonymous said...
    June 16, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Without paying a dime? Anyone that builds a site on a MS server stack is going to get a rude awakening when the site grows.

    SQL server alone is a minimum $1500.00 expense. Want that in SAAS form standby to pay $200.00 bucks a month. Need an IIS stack, fork over another $50 a month per server in SAAS mode.

    Cost of the LAMP stack? ZERO.

    You build it in MS, you pay a Server tax. No such thing as a free ride with .NET

    .NOT I think...

  7. KevDog said...
    June 16, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Can we please get past the "LAMP is free" BS? I'm sure the guys at StackOverflow are crying about their choice. LAMP, is fine, but it's not a free ride either.

  8. Demtron said...
    June 16, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    Sitefinity is not open source, and they recently stopped offering their community edition - see this forum post for more information.

    While not open source, I'm evaluating Kentico Free Edition, although the 1000 page limit and no support for MySQL is discouraging. The base installation takes 25MB of MS SQL space - ugh!

  9. Gibson said...
    June 17, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    Telerik's SiteFinity should be here. It has a 'Community Edition' that is completely free.

    Looks like you have no idea that there is a difference between a Community Ed and a trial version. Kentico and Sitefinity are better of the lot but both provide trial versions with stupid limitations

  10. SM said...
    June 17, 2010 at 2:15 AM

    Nice collection! Thanks

  11. Gabe Sumner said...
    June 17, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Sitefinity Community Edition is still available via the Web Platform Installer. The long forum thread linked to above also hints that Telerik will continue to support small web sites with a solution. (Details remain to be seen though.)

    Regarding the trial, I'm not sure what limitations you're referring to. The trial does occasionally output a small bit of "This is a trial" text into the web page, but is otherwise full-featured.

    Disclaimer, I work for Telerik. :)

  12. passa said...
    July 8, 2010 at 2:46 AM

    Kentico has a free edition that can be used even for commercial purposes, it doesn't have any time limitation. It's limited in the functionality (content staging, webfarms, e-shop.. are missing). However it has enough functionality to run a small corporate website.

    Concerning the source code avaiablity - Let me also add that Kentico offers also a full source code.

  13. seminormal said...
    July 8, 2010 at 6:19 AM

    @Anonymous LAMP troll: Where did you get your free servers for hosting your ZERO cost website?

    LAMP != FREE hosting
    LAMP == no support

    I wish people would understand that there are benefits to both sides.

  14. Irina said...
    July 8, 2010 at 7:44 AM

    We are in the process of investing in a CMS to boost ROI on our website this post gives a good overview. just need to decide which CMS to invest in. I am primarily looking for a searchengine friendly cms with minimum implementation costs.

  15. Neo & Vixen said...
    July 8, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Do any of these support deployments to Windows Azure and utilize Table and Blob storage?

  16. Anonymous said...
    July 12, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    what about Graffiti CMS? its now open source too on codeplex. no one mentioned it?

  17. Paiman Roointan said...
    September 25, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    find best opensource systems for .net here:

  18. okhans said...
    December 10, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    find one of the best .net cloud CMS 30+ built in modules .. check it out www.jaenovationcms.com

  19. Anonymous said...
    January 1, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    look Sense/Net (http://www.sensenet.com) open source and pretty good solution !

  20. Alok Pandey said...
    July 20, 2011 at 12:03 AM

    Though the above CMS are good, but one growing CMS SageFrame also.
    One can find it here

  21. Anonymous said...
    December 5, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Kentico offers a free license that has limitations, but it is good for a small website.

    Kentico is also the best CMS I have ever used. It is extremely flexible and you can do most things without touching any real code.

    To the guy who said SQL Server is at least $1,500: You can use SQL Server Express for free. It supports up to 4GB databases, which is plenty of space for a decent sized website. I use it for a site of mine that gets over 1 Million visits and over 2 Million page views per month and I record every page view in the database and I still have plenty of database room to spare.

    If you're site is so large that you need more storage than that and you can't afford a Windows hosting environment, then you're doing something wrong. You should be profiting enough by then to afford it.

    .Net is great.

  22. Vance Odom said...
    May 8, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    The primary operate of cms is to present information on sites. CMS features differ commonly from system to system. Simple methods show a few features.


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