Skip to content

Kentico vs Sitecore: Understanding the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

A woman working on a Mac computer

When it comes to choosing a digital experience platform or content management system (CMS) for your business, two popular options are Kentico and Sitecore. Both of these platforms have their unique features and capabilities, but one of the key considerations for any business is the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the platform. In this article, we will compare the TCO of Kentico and Sitecore to help you make an informed decision.


Kentico is a versatile digital experience platform that offers a wide range of content management features and workflows while providing an advanced marketing suite and e-commerce engine. Not only can high-availability websites be built using the platform but we have also used it to deliver company intranets, extranets, and partner portals. It also provides an integration layer allowing the platform to be integrated with third-party systems such as Salesforce.

The platform is highly secure and based on the Microsoft .NET framework and technology stack. Kentico carries out bi-weekly pen tests on the core CMS platform and provides hotfixes and updates via a dedicated technical support team. Kentico is also renowned for its user-friendly interface, which makes it easy for non-technical users to use.

The TCO of Kentico depends on several factors, including the number of licenses required, the level of customisation, and the type of hosting environment that you wish to put in place. Kentico is very transparent about licensing costs which range from £9,000 to £15,900+, depending on the features and functionality that you wish to deploy and use. Additionally, custom development and integration with third-party systems can add to the cost. Hosting costs for Kentico can vary depending on the type of hosting, but it is less expensive than Sitecore which is very resource and server hungry.


Sitecore is seen as a market leader and is a powerful feature-rich digital experience platform that is geared toward enterprise-level businesses. The platform offers advanced personalization, analytics, and marketing automation capabilities, making it ideal for businesses that need to manage large amounts of data and complex workflows. Sitecore is also based on the Microsoft .NET framework and technology stack. It is however very resource-intensive and hosting requires quite a costly server environment to be put in place.

The TCO of Sitecore is vastly higher than Kentico due to its advanced features and functionalities. Sitecore actually no longer advertises license costs which can now be as much as a major six-figure sum. Even per annum, subscriptions are over £100K plus. It also has a more complex architecture which adds greatly to the design, development, and deployment timescales.

In conclusion

While both Kentico and Sitecore offer powerful and feature-rich content management systems, their total cost of ownership differs vastly. Kentico is a more cost-effective option for businesses that require a versatile digital experience/CMS solution with a user-friendly interface.

Sitecore is geared and priced accordingly for enterprise-level businesses that need advanced personalisation, analytics, and marketing automation capabilities. Ultimately, the choice between Kentico and Sitecore will depend on your digital strategy and specific organizational needs. If budgets are limited then Kentico is the best option. If money is no object, then Sitecore does lead the way.

Interested in learning more? Then why not get in touch to have a one-to-one session with one of our experts?

For more interesting insights, please visit our latest insights.


Subscribe and stay up to date with the latest industry insights, great tips and how-to's, through our monthly newsletter.