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Abila netFORUM Enterprise

4 Ratings
Score 6.6 out of 101

The City

3 Ratings
Score 5.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Abila netFORUM Enterprise

netFORUm is generally good for small to medium membership organizations but can definitely pose problems in the amount of data and the reporting tools as the membership grows.
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The City

The City would work well for a church who struggles to provide an easy way for members to connect and join groups. While the app has some drawbacks, as noted above, it beats allowing visitors and members to remain disconnected and in the dark about ways to involve themselves in church activities. Better to have this kind of ability to connect than none at all.
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Pros

  • Can store a lot of information. There are many different modules and each module has a lot of spaces for details such as birthday, gender, spouse and children's names, emergency contact information, photos and more.
  • Can be linked to our internal systems. Our awards system is run through our organization's website but the winners are sent to netFORUM so that their records indicate the awards and distinctions they have achieved without us having to manually enter all of these.
  • Can provide a lot of reporting information which is useful for data collection or year-end reporting needs.
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  • View volunteering opportunities
  • Find and join groups
  • Submit prayer requests and join others in prayer
  • Connect with other members
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Cons

  • The queries and reports are not user-friendly. One really needs to understand the search terminology to run queries and reports.
  • There is no way to prevent duplicates so if someone enters an updated address for a member but creates a new record instead of updating the current record, there are now two records for that person which makes some of the data difficult to sift through.
  • Linking members to their organization is difficult because if someone enters an organization slightly differently from the way it is registered in netFORUM, the person will not be linked to the organization and the reports that say how many members come from a specific institution is now inaccurate.
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  • Seems the developer no longer supports the app
  • User interface is difficult to navigate
  • Often forces a sign out, thereby requiring you to sign in again
  • Cumbersome search features
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Alternatives Considered

netFORUM is better at data collection and support for the price.
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While I haven't used another social networking app built for churches, I have used an app built by another local church. The City makes connecting with members easier. The user experience is severely lacking in The City app. It does, however, facilitate connections between members.
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Return on Investment

  • Easier to see expiring or expired memberships and initiate the renewal process
  • Streamlining of data increases employee efficiency
  • Difficulty in using it to its full potential means that the total possible ROI may not be achieved
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  • The City has made it easier to connect with people I met at church.
  • It makes it simple to submit a prayer request and join others in prayer.
  • It shows opportunities to get involved.
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Pricing Details

Abila netFORUM Enterprise

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

The City

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details