When we became Umbraco Gold Partners over 10 years ago, creating a website to gain online revenue was still relatively new. Not many companies understood the potential of what was about to happen, but we spotted the potential in Umbraco and the eCommerce industry as a whole.
Today, in 2023, we’re the longest-standing Umbraco Gold Partner in the UK and still reap the benefits of this prestigious title, all these years later. However, there is a lot of questioning behind what being an Umbraco partner means.
In today’s blog, we’ll unravel everything you need to know about this and the benefits that come with the partner program. Carry on reading to learn more about this user-friendly CMS!
What is an Umbraco Gold Partner?
Umbraco Gold Partner status is given to development agencies or firms that have demonstrated exceptional expertise and proficiency in working with Umbraco, a popular content management system (CMS).
Umbraco is known as a CMS that fits a diverse range of businesses when building websites and web applications. It is extremely flexible, scalable, and easy to use. To achieve Umbraco Gold Partner status, agencies must meet stringent criteria set by Umbraco, which we’ll discuss further in the next section.
Being an Umbraco Gold Partner represents a high level of expertness and a commitment to excellence in web development, making the company that receives this status a trusted and reputable choice among businesses looking to maintain or improve their websites using Umbraco.
What does it take to be Umbraco Gold Partners?
In regards to how you can become an Umbraco Gold Partner, this can be done in two ways: you have two or more developers who are certified by Umbraco, or you can join their ecosystem training program to become experts on their technology.
These strict criteria set by Umbraco also require you to have a proven track record of successful Umbraco projects and a commitment to delivering high-quality solutions using the CMS. Therefore, no matter what route you decide to take, you will have to be in contact with Umbraco in order to obtain this partnership.
However, if you’re a business that has various digital creators, from web developers to website designers, keeping up-to-date with the latest versions of Umbraco CMS is paramount to stay in the loop.
Their Umbraco cloud platform is always growing, as they always want their customers to receive the best user experience when either creating a website or landing on one of their websites. So, if you want to be a partner, you must be willing to put in extra effort to earn this ‘Umbraco expert’ status.
What do we get in return for being Umbraco Gold Partners?
As a Gold Partner, we gain access to a range of valuable resources, including priority technical support directly from Umbraco's team, which can be crucial for resolving issues promptly and efficiently for not only us but for our clients.
One of the biggest benefits of using Umbraco is that we also receive early access to new features and updates, ensuring that our clients can benefit from the latest advancements in Umbraco technology.
Furthermore, we have access to an exclusive training portal (Umbraco TV) and certification opportunities, allowing our developers to stay up-to-date with Umbraco's best practices. Not to mention, we receive marketing support and exposure on the Umbraco website and within the Umbraco community, helping us to attract new clients and projects.
As you can see, there are numerous benefits that we receive as a marketing agency as part of the Umbraco partnership program, and it is clear that the CMS itself is always improving, which is why it’s loved by developers and used by thousands around the world.
How does it impact our work for clients?
As we’ve been working with Umbraco for over 10 years, we’ve been able to master our professional services and grow with the platform, making it one of the only and best open-source CMSs on the market.
Therefore, this only benefits our clients when they work with us, as we have all the benefits listed above, along with working with clients around the world for multiple years.
The open-source platform not only gives our clients more freedom to have more of a say in their design but also keeps their websites much more secure due to the high number of people invested in its success. Therefore, if there’s ever a potential threat to someone’s data, everyone on the open-source platform comes together to help each other out.
Umbraco is also a flexible CMS, meaning that it is suitable for both eCommerce and service-based clients, allowing us to diversify our client portfolio and provide our services to all types of businesses.
What does it mean to us to be an Umbraco Gold Partner?
It’s a privilege to be a part of the friendliest open-source community on this planet, which is incredibly pro-active, extremely talented, and filled with so much knowledge. Everyone has always been great to us at Umbraco, and we are always looking to do our part in giving back to the Umbraco community in any way we can.
It is also amazing to see that when someone has a question, is looking for documentation, or needs friendly advice, there is always someone on hand to help them out.
We see a bright future with Umbraco, especially in this new digital age where implementing a solid website structure is vital for business growth and revenue numbers.
It continues to allow us to deliver the best service to our clients, whether that be in the front end of their website (website design) or the back end (website development), by offering unique experiences to us as the editors and the visitors when they land on the website.
If you have a project you need support with, we’d love to hear from you. Book a discovery session below to see if we’re the right fit for what you want to achieve; we can’t wait to hear back!