Beginner’s Guide: What is Episerver?

Often people or businesses ask me, "Why should I use Episerver? Isn’t my current website good enough? Why should I switch to Episerver?" If you want to know the answers to some of these questions, then this guide was written for you. In today's article, I have compiled a few reasons why you should use Episerver, in what ways you can use Episerver and who is using Episerver.

What is Episerver?

Episerver is an online, commercial website creation tool written using the Microsoft technology stack, ASP.NET. In non-geek speak, Episerver is one of the most powerful website content management systems (CMS) in existence today. If you have never come across the term content management system/CMS before, then a CMS is a bit of software that allows non-technical people to create, edit, organise, and publish content to your website without any development. Organisations usually build their websites powered by a CMS so people in the company, like the marketing or HR department, can write website content without the need and pain to go through the IT department. In simple terms, Episerver is a CMS platform that can allow you to create and publish content onto your website. Although it is mostly used for managing an online website, Episerver can also be used to manage content on an intranet.

Who uses Episerver?

Due to Episerver's robust features, you’re in good company if you use Episerver to publish on the web. Many of the world's top brands use Episerver to power their websites, companies include Gatwick Airport, Prezzo, Marie Curie, Legoland, Pizza Hut Restaurants, TalkTalk, Virgin, Reebok, Renault, and AXA. Let’s take a look at why you should use Episerver. 1. Episerver is easy to use for content editors and has an easy interface for developers to interact with it. After your website has been built, you don’t need to be an internet expert, or a developer to create flexible web pages using Episerver. 2. Episerver provides the tools for a successful website. Episerver not only provides a CMS solution for your website but it also provides extra modules that can be integrated easily to add quick enhancements to your website. These modules include forms, e-Commerce, Marketing automation, Social, Analytics. More information about this is here. 3. Commercial Support. With Episerver you get great support. As you have a commercial support agreement, if your website goes down you know you will have a guaranteed SLA that someone can help your business out. 4. Episerver is Safe and secure. Since Episerver is not open source it is harder for people to try and hack it. Episerver takes the security of its users very seriously. Episerver releases updates to the CMS every fortnight. These updates will contain fixes and patches that will ensure your website is as safe as it can be. No other CMS out there makes releases this frequently. 5. The Episerver community. Episerver has a great community of users who are happy to help with any issue you might have. Post a question on the Episerver forum and you will generally get an answer within an hour. With so many clients, it’s only natural that a great, active, and generous community has sprung up to help support and exchange ideas. 6. Episerver is mature. Episerver is over ten years old. Throughout this time, Episerver has been refined, tested, and enhanced to work with the latest web standards. In the process, it has evolved into a world-class web publishing system highly recommended in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for CMS solutions. 7. Mobile friendly. Every modern website needs to be mobile-friendly. A large portion of web traffic comes from smartphones and tablets. With Episerver, however, you don’t have to be concerned over that as it's been built with responsive websites in mind

How do I get started using Episerver?

Now you’re probably wondering, 'how do I get it?' Episerver provides a free access for evaluation purposes that can be downloaded in a number of ways. To install Episerver will require some technical guidance as it requires some .NET technical knowledge. If you are comfortable working with Visual Studio, then I recommend that you read this guide, How To Install EPiServer 7.5 Using the New Visual Studio Extension. If you are non-technical then you can contact Episerver direct from here. So, what are you waiting for? Go get Episerver today to start creating your awesome website.

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Jon D Jones

Software Architect, Programmer and Technologist Jon Jones is founder and CEO of London-based tech firm Digital Prompt. He has been working in the field for nearly a decade, specializing in new technologies and technical solution research in the web business. A passionate blogger by heart , speaker & consultant from England.. always on the hunt for the next challenge

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