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Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

Magnolia V5+

18 Ratings
Score 7.3 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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Magnolia V5+

It is a great CMS for websites of large companies, but not suited for small companies nor blogs or simple services websites. Not so good for selling sites or intranet sites. Still good for documentation pages, showing images and videos, commercials, informative persistent sites, governative sites and so on.I think it is still a little bit tough to update from one major version to another due to the lack of documentation.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Magnolia V5+
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.7
Magnolia V5+
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.9
Magnolia V5+
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.3
Magnolia V5+
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
Magnolia V5+
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Magnolia V5+
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Magnolia V5+
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Magnolia V5+
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.3
Magnolia V5+
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Magnolia V5+

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Magnolia V5+
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Magnolia V5+
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Magnolia V5+
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
Magnolia V5+
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Magnolia V5+

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Magnolia V5+
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
Magnolia V5+
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Magnolia V5+

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Magnolia V5+
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
Magnolia V5+
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
Magnolia V5+

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Magnolia V5+
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Magnolia V5+
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Magnolia V5+
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
Magnolia V5+

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
Magnolia V5+
7.0
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Magnolia V5+
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Magnolia V5+
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Magnolia V5+
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
8.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Magnolia V5+
6.0

Pros

  • Server Uptime is good
  • Online Chat is good
  • Security is good
  • Technical Service is good
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  • Easy to use for end users
  • You can use both jsp and ftl
  • It lets you easily develop a site for both mobile and desktop (V5 only)
  • Nice templating mechanism
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Cons

  • 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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  • Publishing
  • Content Management
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
It's a robust and reliable product.
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Magnolia V5+9.5
Based on 3 answers
Next version seems to be largely improved, but managing the update will be challenging. I think that a big company needs a CMS like this for their websites. Also it is always good to have a CMS that gives you also the possibility of managing the publishing for different devices like in V5.
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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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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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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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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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Magnolia V5+8.2
Based on 1 answer
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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Alternatives Considered

The largest competitor in my portfolio is GoDaddy. I tend to use them for larger products or for all inclusive domain registration and web presence. I prefer using BC for most everything due to its simplistic nature. It is a very streamlined product and is easy to add users from my clients as editors and managers. This makes content update and creation so much easier. It also eases the minds of content managers within my clients companies as they will have some control over what goes on the web site. GoDaddy is my go to product for customized web designs, larger projects, and anything that requires server side software not supported by BC. It tends to be more involved and time consuming and less productive for me as a small business. So while I prefer to work with BC there are just some limitations that send me over to another hosting platform.
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It is open source and Java based. They are the major consideration and it has an open community to support. We can find answers easily. Also since top users are using it - that give us confidence to use it. It is a Java purely based framework and developers can easily pick it up and use it. We are happy to have selected it.
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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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Return on Investment

  • Adobe Business Catalyst allows us to offer our clients a custom design, custom functionality with the use of web apps, and the ability to easily update their websites.
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  • The biggest business for Tinext is digital marketing. Our team - which includes Sales accounts, Project managers, information architects, software engineers, designers, system engineers, etc. - use Magnolia CMS every day. Having a team focused on a product only is very efficient and allows us to offer a good service and advice to customers.
  • Our customers have very high expectations and need a lot of integration: the flexibility of Magnolia allows us to satisfy every request.
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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
Adobe Business Catalyst Editions & Modules
Adobe Business Catalyst
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Magnolia V5+

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Magnolia V5+ Editions & Modules
Magnolia V5+
Edition
Magnolia Community Edition
$0
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Standard
-2
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Pro
-2
2. per instance
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