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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) is a terrific solution for small to medium businesses that are able to leverage e-commerce and seek to have an all-in-one solution. It's less of a fit for larger businesses that will soon scale or enterprise-level websites that have internal and external focus web needs greater than e-commerce.
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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
6.6
Joomla
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Joomla
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
Joomla
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Joomla
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.9
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
3.1
Joomla
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Joomla

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.7
Joomla
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.7
Joomla
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
Joomla
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.4
Joomla
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.7
Joomla

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Joomla
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
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
7.0
Joomla
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Joomla
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Joomla
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Joomla

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Joomla
7.9
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.5
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
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.4
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.7
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.3
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
5.9
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.5
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.4

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.0
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.8
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.4
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
7.5
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Joomla
6.9

Pros

  • It's easy for my design team to turn Adobe InDesign or Photoshop files into HTML and CSS
  • It's easy for my production team to build out the whole site in terms of content and on-site search engine optimization (SEO)
  • It's easy for our clients to log in, add new pages, update the navigation, blog, and add contact forms
  • Some clients really like the email marketing capability, especially as this functionality usually doesn't cost them anything extra
  • Our e-commerce clients really like how easy it is to set up and maintain
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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

  • Being able to use custom XML with web apps is non-existent even though they have been working on the issue for awhile. They even showed me a beta version of their web apps that would have done just that. That was about 2 years ago.
  • It's email portal needs a lot of work.
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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
We don't think twice about working with Business Catalyst. This all-in-one platform allows us to efficiently run our web agency by deploying powerful web solutions to our clients that they can maintain and manage themselves. We spend less time developing and supporting our clients which allows us to focus on their business goals and marketing initiatives to help grow their business.
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Joomla10.0
Based on 28 answers
One thing people must understand about Joomla is that it is completely FREE. No subscriptions at all! Any subscriptions that one would make would be with the third party plugin developers. The Joomla you download is yours forever, and you will be given automatic notifications when an updated version of Joomla is available. That updated version can be installed with ONE click of a button, no charge, no unzipping files, and no big hassles in most cases (unless one of your plugins is only meant for the older version of Joomla, but that is a plugin problem, not a Joomla problem.) Joomla is committed to providing a free solution that is kept up to date and continues to grow with the challenges and new industry standards.
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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
It is not a ten only because of its learning curve but again, that is a wise investment of time.
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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

Business Catalyst outperforms other CMS systems out there. Because it's a hosted content management system maintained by Adobe we have to spend less time worrying about server setup, maintenance, and security and more time building better websites. We also don't have to worry about system updates and upgrading to new features as these happen automatically. Performance also excels on Adobe Business Catalyst compared to Drupal, Wordpress and Joomla. In all, Adobe Business Catalyst, with it's predefined functionality allows us to build powerful websites more efficiently then the competitors out there.
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WordPress and Drupal are all backed by corporate groups that don't foster the open source community which I want to support. Joomla! is non-profit and 100% volunteer based and the time I put into Joomla! outputs a better product for my clients and everyone else
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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

  • Positive: Offering a solution to clients that need an in-depth eCommerce platform
  • Positive: A deeper understanding of the power of CRM
  • Negative: A new requirement to learn and support the platform
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  • Due to being a free tool, there were no costs other than the training of the team that used the tool.
  • The return on investment was immediate because the return was rapid in projects with Joomla!
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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