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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

Adobe Business Catalyst is an absolute rock-star for companies that want an all in one solution, who have limited budgets and/or little technical expertise. It will scale well and can grow with your company. It is more complex and more flexible than something like Wix, where your options are heavily limited, but less open than WordPress where you can use plug-ins and custom code to rebuild how anything works. So it is a nice area in the middle.Adobe Business Catalyst would probably not be a great solution for companies who want absolute control over their website and everything in it and have highly experienced technical resources to build out whatever they need since not every area of the website or server can be modified.
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Joomla

Joomla! is one of the best open-source to create and build web portal and applications. Especially related with e-Commerce project. From the beginning of its appearance until now, Joomla already received many awards in the IT industry. With this extensive and flexible features, this Joomla! platform will suitable for many industries from small to corporate company.Again there will be no silver bullet for all purpose. For someone that require very high customization on their website then Joomla! is not for them.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Joomla
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Joomla
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
Joomla
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.6
Joomla
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Joomla
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Joomla
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Joomla
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Joomla
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.2
Joomla
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Joomla

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Joomla
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Joomla
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
Joomla
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
Joomla
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Joomla

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Joomla
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Joomla
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
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
8.0
Joomla
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Joomla
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Joomla

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
Joomla
7.9
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Joomla
7.6
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Joomla
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Joomla
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Joomla
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
8.3

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
8.6
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
8.6

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.8
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.4
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.2
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.8
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.2
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
5.6
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.4
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.3

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.9
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.5
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.2
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.4
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.8

Pros

  • Analytics: I am able to see on multiple levels traffic, clicks, and most importantly search terms for improving SEO. The reports are easy to generate as well as read, especially for small inexperienced business owners.
  • Marketing: When using the BC platform businesses are able to link up easily with Adobe Marketing to automatically send out emails and newsletters. Its a very smooth and painless process.
  • Online Editing: This is probably the best part of BC. Once a design is approved and launched on the platform, my clients do not have to contact me for small content updates. This frees me up as a small business owner to concentrate on design, new clients, and larger projects for existing clients.
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  • No CMS is perfect for 100% of a clients needs. Usually the base CMS get's 70-80% of the requirements out of the way with just a base install. Then there is another 10-15% that is covered by a standard set of extensions/modules that you would typically install for almost every client (SEO optimization, ACL/permission levels, etc.). The remaining 5-20% is usually custom module work (either building out a custom version of existing modules/extensions/components, or building a new one from scratch). The extensibility and ease of developing components/modules for Joomla is one thing it does very well.
  • We used Joomla for a majority of our clients solutions because of their preference in the administrative interface for Joomla. Obviously administrative interfaces are something that can be customized/skinned/themed in most CMS's, but the native back-end interface was always more intuitive than Drupal (where a non-technical end-user always had a hard time telling if they were logged-in or not, and where the WordPress admin area was always very blog/post centric). Joomla was almost always the top choice for non-blog specific web platforms.
  • The Joomla community was always the most helpful and responsive (WordPress maybe slightly greater, but most of the WordPress community at the time was focusing on themes/skins and less on the development of feature/functionality heavy plug-ins). Much of our work on Joomla went into making the modules/components available look good/consistent with our site designs, which was an easier feat then building out actual functionality/features that were missing from the communities of other CMS's.
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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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  • Updating was never as seamless/easy as it seems to be with Wordpress. Obviously we accounted for this with our own workflow/methods, but I remember whenever we did WordPress updates it always seemed a breeze compared to the time/energy involved with a Joomla update/upgrade.
  • For a while (I think this has changed some) Joomla left itself open to attacks when administrators were not as well versed as they should be. There were developer additions that did security checks/audits for you, but the CMS was the subject of a lot of attacks when left in the hands of our clients for a long time (who had changed permissions to make editing easier/convenient). Ideally the CMS would have been more restrictive on some of these things to prevent easy abuse. Obviously this is more the fault of the misinformed/human then the CMS, but it could have been more dummy-proof.
  • No native versioning. There are some community extensions that add this functionality, but they pale in comparison to the versioning plugins of other CMS's (WordPress specifically). Again this was some time ago and in our experience, it could have changed by now.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Adobe, is very expensive, has a solid background and produces quality programs. You can't argue with that
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Joomla10.0
Based on 28 answers
Joomla! is currently being overhauled at version 3.2 but has many users also running version 2.5.18 which is still maintained by its community of programmers. The shear size of its user base tells me that it will be supported and grow for long years to come. The constant modernizing of the platform and the dedication of its vast add-on community tells me that it will continue to spread as the content management platform of choice for medium-sized projects. Companies are looking for ways to save money and Joomla!'s Open Source license makes it a strong candidate for websites. It is inexpensive to run and efficiently updated by users. It can be cloned on the Cloud for high numbers of users. A small team can set up a Joomla! site in a week.
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
It's easy to log in; areas are well marked, and support is available if needed.
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Joomla9.9
Based on 7 answers
I think it is a great application that allows people to start using right away but has the features for more complex users.
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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
Joomla has gone through tremendous growing pains. It is now better than ever. But before, when it was going from 1.5-2.5, the templates and plugins would break over and over again. If you don't understand what Joomla was trying to do back then, you might have a bad attitude toward it. Today, those pains are over and things don't break like they used to during that time period.
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Alternatives Considered

We prefer Adobe Business Catalyst over WordPress. Adobe Business Catalyst websites are more secure and you don't have to update plug-ins. Saving our clients in cost over time.
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Again, this was largely our clients decision, and a majority of the time based on our specific target audiences needs, Joomla was the best choice. If you were building a web solution that was primarily a blog, I'd likely recommend WordPress. If you were working with a very small team to manage a very few pages (like a brochure-site) I'd recommend CMSMS or TinyCMS. If you were familiar with Drupal or your in-house engineers had more experience with Drupal I'd recommend that. From a development perspective, Drupal has a much steeper learning curve, but is also likely the most powerful in the hands of someone capable of using it to it's full potential.
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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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  • Anecdotally we've received a lot of feedback from clients about how easy it is to manage/user over their previous web CMS/platform (it's all relative, we know). By and large though we don't get too many questions about how to do various things after the initial training is over. The admin interface lends itself to admins/employees exploring new areas with quite a bit of confidence because of the uniformity in design, and consistent look-feel.
  • Of course having many clients on the same CMS allows us to notify/roll-out updates to their CMS or the modules consistently. This isn't specific to Joomla, but because so many were on Joomla, when there was a security update for an extension we used in a majority of the implementations we had done for clients, we could easily notify them all of the update, and if their site was vulnerable/required it.
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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