Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) vs. Contentstack

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Adobe Business Catalyst was a cloud-hosted system for building and managing web content and online stores with a built-in CRM framework in addition to sales, service, and marketing features including eCommerce and Email Marketing tools. It has been end of life (EOL) since 2020.
$10
per month
Contentstack
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Contentstack headquartered in San Francisco offers an API-first headless CMS. From desktops to smart phones, from kiosks to smart watches, from billboards to jumbotrons, from dashboards to VR headsets – content is delivered with the push of a button and optimized for every screen, device and channel.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
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Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.6
14 Ratings
15% below category average
Contentstack
8.1
10 Ratings
5% above category average
API7.911 Ratings8.29 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language00 Ratings8.18 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
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Ratings
Contentstack
7.6
11 Ratings
7% below category average
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings7.611 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
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Ratings
Contentstack
8.2
12 Ratings
7% above category average
WYSIWYG editor00 Ratings8.12 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Admin section00 Ratings7.812 Ratings
Page templates00 Ratings7.38 Ratings
Library of website themes00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design00 Ratings6.79 Ratings
Publishing workflow00 Ratings7.710 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
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Ratings
Contentstack
6.6
12 Ratings
12% below category average
Content taxonomy00 Ratings7.510 Ratings
SEO support00 Ratings6.910 Ratings
Bulk management00 Ratings6.49 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions00 Ratings6.48 Ratings
Community / comment management00 Ratings5.86 Ratings
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User Ratings
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)Contentstack
Likelihood to Recommend
6.0
(21 ratings)
7.8
(12 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.4
(10 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Usability
9.7
(4 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Availability
9.0
(4 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Performance
8.2
(1 ratings)
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Support Rating
8.6
(5 ratings)
8.1
(9 ratings)
Online Training
8.6
(2 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
9.6
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
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Vendor pre-sale
8.2
(1 ratings)
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(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)Contentstack
Likelihood to Recommend
Discontinued Products
The service provision is good the accounts customer service is poor so I would struggle to give BC a better than average review, if only they could offer customers a better accounts service then the value would be much higher.
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Contentstack
Contentstack has flexible functionality which opens up a lot of possibilities for businesses with proactive web development teams to create their own website builder app to compete with 3rd party agencies. This is especially useful in a large enterprise where non-technical teams often turn to expensive outside agencies which cost more in the long run than an up-front investment into an in-house application.
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Pros
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  • Probably one of the easiest e-commerce platforms to work in, it does take setup, but compared to a lot of other e-commerce solutions, this is probably the best one that I have seen that can be designed and implemented custom.
  • Their template system works very well and allows you to create and re-use templates across Adobe Business Catalyst.
  • Their pre-built modules are great, giving people a great way to use common web elements without having to use a plug-in or find some solution, it is simply built in and generally works exactly as you would expect.
  • Adobe Business Catalyst is more of an all-around solution, providing elements that most smaller companies would have a hard time figuring out, since it includes the ability to build websites, send and track e-mails, analytics. It really is a powerful tool that would typically require a fair amount of coding knowledge and expertise but with the system already built, it can be easily modified and edited by those with limited or no coding knowledge at all.
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Contentstack
  • Enables us to build and architect content through the use of their easy to use software and user interface.
  • Customer service has been by far the most reliable and responsive in any vendor i've dealt with.
  • Listens to feedback and builds features and technical improvements that helps customers usability and experience.
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Cons
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  • Multi Client Management: The dashboard for managing multiple clients as a reseller is a little difficult to get to. There is also no very easy way for me to manage multiple clients at once. I have to log into and out of individual client accounts to do billing or management.
  • Lack of Server support: There are certain server protocols and languages that are not supported using BC. For example I cannot build a custom php database and upload to BC. I am required to use their tools.
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Contentstack
  • In my opinion it's not very intuitive. I've found its difficult to understand how to best structure entries, especially if they are related
  • In my experience, entries can get difficult to understand if weren't the creator. It would be helpful to have some meta data around the entry itself and the fields within them in my opinion.
  • Integration with an A/B testing platform would be nice.
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Likelihood to Renew
Discontinued Products
Actually with Business Catalyst there is no renewal; once you are a partner, you are a partner for as long as you like. It is an investment in your business not simply a product you purchase...and as an investment in partnership with Adobe, both are committed to each other's success.
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Contentstack
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Usability
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Overall it is a "plug and play" interface. The majority of the work is done in other software interfaces. Managing billing, user roles and custom reports are all that you need to manage in the actual BC user interface. For my business this is an incredible benefit as I have to leave my preferred software less.
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Contentstack
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Reliability and Availability
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very few issues with availability
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Contentstack
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Performance
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Very few issues
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Contentstack
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Support Rating
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The support provided by Adobe is excellent. Though the knowledge base, forums, blogs and online chat questions most all answers can be found. In the event that you are unable to find an answer or you have a unique situation simply post a question to the forums. These forums are regularly monitored by Adobe and its users.
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Contentstack
They have an in-app chat with their support team, who is always quick to respond and provide helpful answers. I've never walked away from an interaction without my issue being solved quickly and easily. They're also very communicative over email and are sure to follow up after any changes are made to ensure we're seeing the desired result. They are always very professional and easy to work with.
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Online Training
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Contentstack
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Implementation Rating
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Pretty easy to do
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Contentstack
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Alternatives Considered
Discontinued Products
As far as the CMS for BC goes, there is none out there that compares. In the past we have utilized Joomla, Wordpress, Mambo, Drupal, Concrete 5 and others. None of them were as easy to use and train on that Adobe's Business Catalyst. Our alternative to BC is WordPress when our clients want a less expensive solution. For the most part that works OK but we have had issues with plugin incompatibility among other issues. We lost at least two clients because of similar issues. The other great part about BC's solution is that we can still work with our favorite site creation tool - Dreamweaver. The whole process continues to be more and more simplified with added features to the system. No other solution (that we've found) offers such an easy way to create custom web sites that are easily editable by our clients.
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Contentstack
Contentstack has better international hosting support then Contentful and we found the presales and sales support people were MUCH more responsive than Contentful. The Sitecore sales process was very very slow and overly complex. We felt Sitecore had many features that were not valuable and the cost to benefit ratio was much lower compared to ContentStack
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Scalability
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It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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Contentstack
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Return on Investment
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  • As someone who uses it on behalf of other clients, our ROI with BC is definitely positive. We needed a mid-range CMS without huge licensing costs to satisfy mid-range clients who have some dynamic needs but doesn't need the expense or liability of enterprise level products. Without it we would have lost possible customers or taken bigger hits on projects because of the costs involved with satisfying their mid-level needs
  • Our clients are all usually very positive about the BC platform and are able to use it themselves which lessens our Support time/cost.
  • To use the Web App element,. which we do on almost every site, you need to pay for the highest plan. This brings along with it many features most of our clients would never use. A more basic plan with that Web App capability would be a big improvement on our costs.
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Contentstack
  • Saved significant amounts of money that would previously been spent on 3rd party agencies to build websites
  • Empowered Comms teams to create and edit the design and content of their own websites on demand rather than relying on the Dev team
  • Allowed the Development team to concentrate on building functionality rather than websites, so we can focus on improvement rather than BAU work.
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