Acoustic Content vs. ExpressionEngine

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Acoustic Content
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Acoustic Content (formerly Watson Content Hub) gives business owners the power to create, robust and consistent brand experiences using cloud-based, cognitive content management capabilities. Marketing and merchandising professionals can quickly select content to create relevant offers delivered across multiple channels, such as mobile, web-based or email. Acoustic is an independent spun off from IBM Watson Marketing in 2019.N/A
ExpressionEngine
Score 5.7 out of 10
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ExpressionEngine is a content management system from EllisLab in 2002, a successor to pMachine Pro, a blogging system, which is written in object-oriented PHP and uses MySQL for data storage. ExpressionEngine is their flagship Content Delivery Platform.
$299
One Time Fee
Pricing
Acoustic ContentExpressionEngine
Editions & Modules
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License
$299.00
One Time Fee
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Acoustic ContentExpressionEngine
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Acoustic ContentExpressionEngine
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Acoustic Content
8.5
3 Ratings
ExpressionEngine
9.9
32 Ratings
Role-based user permissions8.53 Ratings9.932 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Acoustic Content
8.5
3 Ratings
ExpressionEngine
8.0
26 Ratings
API8.43 Ratings8.023 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language8.53 Ratings8.020 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Acoustic Content
8.7
3 Ratings
ExpressionEngine
8.6
32 Ratings
WYSIWYG editor7.53 Ratings8.129 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness8.43 Ratings9.131 Ratings
Admin section8.43 Ratings9.931 Ratings
Page templates8.43 Ratings8.027 Ratings
Library of website themes9.03 Ratings7.011 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design9.03 Ratings9.114 Ratings
Publishing workflow9.53 Ratings9.924 Ratings
Form generator9.53 Ratings8.017 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Acoustic Content
8.9
3 Ratings
ExpressionEngine
8.0
32 Ratings
Content taxonomy8.43 Ratings8.124 Ratings
SEO support8.53 Ratings8.924 Ratings
Bulk management9.03 Ratings9.026 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions9.53 Ratings7.931 Ratings
Community / comment management9.03 Ratings6.029 Ratings
User Ratings
Acoustic ContentExpressionEngine
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(3 ratings)
8.9
(60 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.2
(36 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
5.3
(6 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
2.8
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.2
(8 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
6.9
(6 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Acoustic ContentExpressionEngine
Likelihood to Recommend
Acoustic
We can organize all our content easily by uploading content files and other digital assets. CMS smart AI generates metadata by tagging them automatically which helps us to sort our content into different categories. CMS content modeling feature helps us to visualize our content structure, assemble them in an intelligent manner and reuse the content whenever we want to for different purposes.
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Open Source
ExpressionEngine is a very powerful and flexible content management system. It can handle a simple small business website all the way to a large corporation's website. If you are a business with multiple websites ExpresionEngine can handle that as well with it's Multiple Site Manager. I think ExpressionEngine would be less appropriate for a global large scale business with a magnitude of sites with different regions and languages.
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Pros
Acoustic
  • Creating separate pages is easy and straightforward and only requires basic basic knowledge to get started
  • Advanced API calls can be easily built.
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Open Source
  • Content structuring. You can set up channels and fields to hold just about any kind of information imaginable; text, images, videos, numbers, code, etc. You can structure this information any way you want and in any order. You literally create your own information database just the way you want it using a clear, easy online interface.
  • Template system. Utter freedom. Need I say more?
  • Exensible. There are a lot of add-ons, extensions, and other external modules that extend the core functionality of ExpressionEngine. Need a user management system? Check out the User module at http://solspace.com.
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Cons
Acoustic
  • The organization of the application is poor and some elements could be more easily accessible not buried in menus.
  • There is little to no community around the application and what does exist is out of date.
  • Does not work well with our IBM applications as well as you would expect, which seems a common issue with IBM products.
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Open Source
  • For me, one of the greatest strengths of ExpressionEngine is also one of their weaknesses. There are so many add-ons available (some free, some not) for ExpressionEngine to allow you to do just about anything you want. However, the more add-ons that you use the more you have to deal with when performing updates. For instance, is the add-on compatible with the new version of ExpressionEngine - or even another add-on? What if that add-on gets abandoned by the developer - is there another that can perform the same functionality?
  • I think that ExpressionEngine needs to offer more out of the box than it does. Yes, you can get add-ons for just about anything but this adds to the cost. I have a list of add-ons that I use on almost every site which can raise the cost of getting started with a new site by $100-300. So add that to the cost of a license and you're at $400-600 and you haven't even started working on it yet. For instance, I shouldn't have to buy an add-on to allow me to customize the menu for my end-users.
  • The membership management feature is seriously lacking. Fortunately, there are add-ons (for an additional cost) to allow you to manage things better.
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Likelihood to Renew
Acoustic
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Open Source
I'm satisfied with the way that my site runs on EE. My primary concern is that support is now a profit center for EE's publisher and so they've consequently gutted their community support boards. However, a good EE community is developing at StackExchange. At this stage, I don't think that EE is a good choice for an individual site owner. WordPress or SquareSpace would be a better choice unless you have a budget for support.
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Usability
Acoustic
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Open Source
ExpressionEngine is very powerful and flexible. With this flexibility comes a bit of a learning curve. There are some great online resources for getting up to speed with EE, but the control panel can be a bit daunting. A lot of EE's installation process involves settings, configurations and flipping of switches. It is tedious, but well worth it as you ultimately have a very robust, secure and scalable CMS. Also, as of version 2.9.2, the control panel isn't responsive natively. You'll want to have a big enough screen to see the full control panel UI. Personally, I think the control panel would benefit from a major overhaul. It would be nice to see the colors and UI controls "modernized" and be able to more effectively customize the layout. Yes, some of this is built-in, and there are third-party add-ons to help, but maybe we'll see more refinement in future versions.
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Reliability and Availability
Acoustic
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Open Source
Never experienced an issue like this with it
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Performance
Acoustic
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Open Source
The admin section would slow to a crawl the larger the tag section grew. There were many areas where better pagination would've helped improve performance. Nothing complicated, which made the lag so frustrating
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Support Rating
Acoustic
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Open Source
I have personally never found any complications when trying to receive support from EllisLab in regards to ExpressionEngine when using the support plans they offer. I have always been responded to promptly and received satisfactory help with whatever my needs were in an extremely timely manner. This makes rating the support offered an easy job for me
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Implementation Rating
Acoustic
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Open Source
After installing the system a few times, you can see a pattern of things that have to be done to work the way you want them (settings, paths, etc.). By knowing what you want, you can put together some scripts that prepare the file system for installation, adjust post installation configuration settings, and install initial templates.
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Alternatives Considered
Acoustic
Acoustic Content stands out mainly in 3 areas, Digital Asset Management system AI Based metatags More secure CDN and REST API to share content All these three features play a huge role in Acoustic Content CMS in terms of finding matching images for our content, categorize and sort our content automatically and finally secure way to publish our content.
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Open Source
ExpressionEngine is vastly more flexible than any other content management system I have used to date and the quality of the add-ons are significantly higher than what you find in other directories. The ExpressionEngine community is also very willing and helpful with if you have any questions or run into any issues.
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Scalability
Acoustic
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Open Source
Maybe it's scale-able from the content user perspective, but it was very limited from the programmers perspective. So many custom hacks were necessary that it reached a point it would be impossible to upgrade to a newer version
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Return on Investment
Acoustic
  • Approved developer is a simple tool for integrating other end-user applications.
  • It has allowed us to have one-stop-shop and easy-to-use debugging, saving time.
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Open Source
  • Being able to be recognized as a leader within the ExpressionEngine development community has led to us being sought out by those customers seeking expert guidance.
  • We tend to specialize in using ExpressionEngine for our customers, so it has been easier to ramp new resources up on our development process, as well as be able to seek out independent experts to use as sub contractors or freelancers.
  • As we have been using ExpressionEngine almost exclusively for a number of years, we have built a reusable repository of proprietary code that makes our development process much more efficient and decreases the effort required for our projects.
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