How do you choose the best digital partner for your Umbraco Platform?
13 March 2023
Choosing the right digital partner for your Umbraco platform is an important step in realising your online goals. Want to make an informed choice, but are uncertain about what you should prioritise? We are here to help you.
Umbraco is an open-source .NET CMS, known for its user-friendliness, flexibility, security & scalability. It gives users and content editors an easy-to-use interface and content editing experience.
Umbraco is maintained by a team of experts at Umbraco HQ, the company behind the CMS. However, because it is open-source, there is also a global community supporting Umbraco with over 220,000 active members currently contributing to get the best out of Umbraco.
iO is part of this community as an Umbraco Contributing Gold Partner, but what factors should you prioritise when selecting the right Umbraco partner for your project?
1. Experience with Umbraco
Choose a partner with a proven track record of successful Umbraco implementations. Ask if the partner has done similar projects before and how successful they were. At iO, we work every day on large and small Umbraco projects. Take a look at some of our recent work:
2. Technical skills
Choose a partner who has the skills and knowledge to get the best out of Umbraco. Umbraco Certifications are a good indicator that the partner understands the platform's technical requirements and has the right skills to efficiently implement and maintain your website.
3. Communication and collaboration
It is important that you choose a partner that you can communicate and collaborate with easily. In any partnership, it is important that your partner listens carefully to your wishes and takes them into account when making decisions. Do they come up with a proactive input, proposals, and suggestions for optimisation, or are they purely responsive?
It is also important to know if the partner has integrity and is honest and transparent about all things Umbraco. This way you make well-informed decisions and communication is clear and open.
4. Knowledge of the contemporary digital landscape
Choose a partner who knows the contemporary digital landscape, and where the market is going.
A reliable Umbraco partner knows:
What's on the Umbraco Roadmap.
What developments are taking place around Umbraco, e.g., at Microsoft and Google.
Which Umbraco packages are available and how you can use them to improve your website.
What trends have an impact on your Umbraco platform.
What integration possibilities there are with other technologies and systems.
How to optimise Umbraco for SEO and social media.
5. Further development
Last but not least, choose a partner that offers support after the launch of your website, who solves any problems quickly and effectively, and can help you maintain and continually improve your website so that it’s always up-to-date.
Want to learn more about Umbraco?
Build an organisation that is ready for the future with our experts. Discover how iO can help you grow as an Umbraco Gold Partner.
Choose a recognised Umbraco Gold Partner as your digital partner with proven qualifications and experience using the platform. An Umbraco Gold Partner has:
Expertise & Experience: An Umbraco Gold Partner has leading experts in-house, including the necessary knowledge and experience in working on an Umbraco platform.
Quality Assurance: Working with an Umbraco Gold Partner is an assurance of consistent quality and skills. Umbraco Gold Partners deliver high quality Umbraco solutions.
Priority Support: An Umbraco Gold Partner has priority support at Umbraco. This means that all support tickets are treated as a priority.
Finally: An Umbraco Gold Partner has a close relationship with Umbraco and gets early information about new releases and CMS updates, so you’re always on top of the latest developments.
Why choose iO as an Umbraco Gold Partner?
iO is Umbraco Gold Partner with more than 150 successful Umbraco projects, large and small, over more than a decade. With our knowledge and expertise, we can take on any challenge - whether the Umbraco platform is your core business, or part of a broader digital landscape. Both in a traditional tech setup, and composable/headless, iO are Umbraco experts.
Corné HoskamSoftware Engineer & Umbraco Domain Lead | iO
Being a Certified Umbraco Master and MVP, Corné breathes creativity, domain architecture and automation. No better world than that of software to unite these elements in, like Umbraco’s - for creativity in code.