Microsoft Tells Sharepoint Users to Move to Sitecore

Sharepoint is Out; Sitecore is In

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that they would be dropping the Public Websites feature in SharePoint Online. This service allows Office 365 users to build and customize websites with in-browser tools. Through the use of templates, companies can build public-facing websites with custom domain names, search engine optimization tools, social media integration and search-friendly tools. While Microsoft customers already using SharePoint Online for this feature will continue to receive support into 2017, Microsoft is urging them to move to, and new customers to choose, third party providers like Sitecore, a top-rated platform in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant.

Microsoft explained that SharePoint’s capabilities just didn’t compare with that of third-party solutions, like Sitecore.  “As part of the evolution of the Office 365 service, we periodically evaluate the capabilities of the service to make sure that we’re delivering the utmost value to customers. Although it was a difficult decision to discontinue the SharePoint Online Public Website feature, this change lets us focus on future investments while we broaden our partnership with industry leaders.”

So, what’s so great about Sitecore?

Sitecore is a an enterprise-grade Customer Experience Management platform with a .NET foundation and is a great Microsoft-based option for hosting public websites. This customizable marketing powerhouse has advanced capabilities such as CRM integration and personalization through personas to name a few. According to a 2015 Q1 Forrester Wave report on Web Content Management, Sitecore is heavily used among customers who have adopted Microsoft technologies and have employees with .NET skills that they want to maximize across more applications. Sitecore also fully integrates with SharePoint so all the content in SharePoint can be leveraged in Sitecore.

Some additional benefits of Sitecore include:

  • Single focus on WCMS, customer intelligence, and engagement

  • Easy to handle globalization and localization needs

  • Simple to reuse content, presentation templates, and components

  • Total multi-channel management

  • Freedom of design/experience for branding

  • An all in one governance system for marketing content across the global ecosystem

  • Solid mobile integration and third party content reuse

  • User interfaces designed for marketing team and web developers

  • And so much more

While dropping the Public Websites feature in SharePoint Online will cause short-term pain for users, the strength of third-party solutions like Sitecore will only serve to benefit users in the long run.

Delphic Digital has been a Sitecore-certified partner since 2008 and knows how to create public-facing websites that remain tightly connected to your SharePoint content. We are a two-time recipient of the Sitecore Site of the Year award. We understand the value of integrating the right CMS, which is why you should talk to us about making the switch from SharePoint to Sitecore.


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