This got me thinking about our experiences with Umbraco over the past few years and I thought it might be interesting to share some of the projects we've done in Umbraco. I've picked 3 of our more interesting projects to give and insight into the many different ways Umbraco can be used.
Quba & Co.
quba.com was our first foray into the umbraco world, Quba is a bespoke ASP.net MVC front end built on Microsoft Commerce Server 2009 but uses Umbraco to manage the content. For this project we kept Umbraco as a standalone site and the Quba site actually pulls all of the content out through the Umbraco web services. Why did we do it this way? At the time we couldn't see an easy way to get both systems to work happily alongside each other, also we wanted to make a really clean lightweight MVC frontend which wouldn't have worked with the pre MVC Umbraco.
The Luxury Chalet Collection
armitwines.co.uk is our latest ecommerce website and is a responsive site which runs on both Umbraco 6.0 and Gibecommerce, our own ecommerce framework. Gibecommerce is built on ASP.NET MVC and when we started this project Umbraco wasn't MVC, but I could see the next version in the Umbraco issue tracker and that was adding the support we needed to merge the 2 systems together. As soon as 4.10 came out we were able to integrate GibeCommerce and Umbraco together which allowed us to use the flexibility of Umbraco's CMS features with Gibecommerce's ecommerce abilities. Turns out to be a pretty powerful combination, and as Umbraco's MVC features have matured, especially with Umbraco 6, it's allowing us to really polish the code and get it working exactly how we'd like.