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Joomla

221 Ratings

Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

Joomla

221 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

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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Joomla

Joomla! is very suitable and the best choice for medium to large sized organizations. For example a city government, county government, state government, a high school, college or university, a police department or a fire department. I do use Joomla! for small, medium, or large organizations or projects, but for some people it might be overkill. Just like any other piece of software, the developer and the administrator need to know how to use it.
I think a great use of Joomla! would be in the education sector. Joomla! has a wealth of Components, Modules, and Plugins.
Two of my favorites that I have been working with currently are:
1. Joomla’s: JomSocial http://www.jomsocial.com
2. Qontori Pte Ltd’s: Joomdle http://www.joomdle.com
The really awesome part about both is that Moodle and JomSocial can interconnect with each other providing an even more useful experience for students and staff in an Online Learning Environment.
In conclusion, I have had a great experience using Joomla and I will continue to use and implement it whenever I can.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Joomla
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.7
Joomla
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.9
Joomla
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.3
Joomla
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
Joomla
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Joomla
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Joomla
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Joomla
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.3
Joomla
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Joomla

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Joomla
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Joomla
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Joomla
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
Joomla
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Joomla

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Joomla
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
Joomla
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Joomla

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Joomla
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Joomla
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
Joomla

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Joomla
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Joomla
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Joomla
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
Joomla

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
Joomla
7.7
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Joomla
7.5
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Joomla
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Joomla
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Joomla
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.8

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
8.2
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
8.2

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.6
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.5
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.8
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
5.5
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
5.1
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.8
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.3

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.7
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.2
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.2
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.4
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.7

Pros

  • Extremely stable platform.
  • Very flexible with the modules and web apps features.
  • The development UI side of the platform makes it very comfortable and easy for front end coding.
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  • Joomla has tons of templates. Some free, some paid. I particularly like Joomla Bamboo templates which are responsive and highly customizable.
  • Joomla has a very strong community that will assist newbies if they have questions. There is also a database of questions, answers and solutions that can assist newbies and solving their problems.
  • Joomla has tons of modules and components. Most of the free ones are sufficient to develop to comprehensive website.
  • Joomla is capable of building a more complex website than wordpress. That said, the learning curve is slightly steeper too.
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Cons

  • Better drill down of the reports & analytics feature.
  • Better integration and clarity with the CRM (Customer Relations Management) section.
  • More selection of HTML5/CSS3 Responsive templates.
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  • Joomla documentation can be better and clearer. Since the change of Joomla 1.5 to 1.6 to 1.7 to 2.5 to 3.0, the knowledgebase wiki is quite messy and sometimes confusing.
  • Joomla has a lot of hidden functions whereby changing a certain part might affect a totally different part. The link might not be obvious especially for newbies.
  • Joomla version change is quite rapid with the new direction that they are going with. After I mastered Joomla 2.5, we are now moving towards Joomla 3.0 now. The version change is sometimes unwarranted and unnecessary.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
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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Joomla10.0
Based on 28 answers
Just yesterday I started developing a new site using Joomla. I still use WordPress but hands down, Joomla is my go-to solution.
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
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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Joomla9.9
Based on 7 answers
Joomla! 3.x is easily installed either manually or via a script provided by your host. It contains most of the tools needed to begin creating websites right from the start. Those features that it doesn't have are easily installed via links and buttons from the thousands of extensions available in the community
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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Joomla9.9
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Joomla7.8
Based on 2 answers
Today's Modern Joomla performs very well and is robust and durable. The pages load faster than they ever did in the past and Modern Joomla's integration into other software or systems has become seamless. Modern Joomla sites will last long and will stay running forever.
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Support

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
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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Joomla10.0
Based on 4 answers
I would say the Joomla.org support team does a great job for being volunteers. I however think good 3rd party developers and resources provide excellent support that I utilize often.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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Joomla6.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Joomla8.7
Based on 3 answers
Make sure that PHP.ini is set to at least 60 ms for computer priority, 60MB for maximum downloads and 128MB for uploads. This is the minimum. It is best to run Joomla on a business host if you are using a shared hosting environment so that there are fewer accounts on the server. Make sure you have access to the root on CPanel. Be sure to point the DNS to the host and set up all zones prior to implementation and run your new version in a sub-domain hidden from the live version until you are ready to cut over.
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst has Web Apps which makes all the difference between them and competitors. Without that, BC would be behind many of the other CMS systems out there. Being a hosted system without any maintenance needs also puts it ahead of others. LightCMS is easier for clients to use, but not as customization and Evoq or DNN is over complex but a stronger platform..
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Joomla offers more but is harder to learn.
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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Joomla9.9
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Return on Investment

  • 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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  • It is free to download and install, so the out of pocket cost to practice with it and set up a simple site for a client is $0. Learning how to use this system and being able to practice with it before messing with it on a client's site was invaluable. There is no limit to what you can do with the system, if you have the time and knowledge to invest in it.
  • Installation of Joomla takes me about 5 minutes, when I use a cPanel for the hosting side. First, I download the latest version of Joomla, I set up my database in Cpanel, upload my newly downloaded Joomla zip file to my host via the "File Manager" in cPanel, extract the zip in the directory of choice, go to the my website url (http://site.blahblahblah.com/joomla, for example), and go through the 2 minute installation process, where it asks for database information (which had just been created), and the user name of the main user of the site.
  • That kind of turnaround is extremely important, because the client wants their site quickly, and you don't want to waste your time trying to get the initial site up in the first place.
  • At that point, the rest of the site depends on the needs of your client. If they only need a simple template, and 5 pages, then you are done within one hour, from the time you download the Joomla zip, to when you present it to your client. If you want to custom create the template, then you can up that to 4-5 hours. Joomla is very fast and very efficient.
  • When something is going wrong with Joomla, it is usually an easy fix. A post into the Joomla help forum is usually answered within 24 hours, with a request for more information, or an answer/suggestion to the problem.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst

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

Joomla

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