60 Ratings
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Score 8 out of 101
16 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

I feel that Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) is best suited to small businesses and free lance designers reselling to small businesses. The whole interface is very personal and easy to use from an inexperienced perspective. This makes it a perfect platform for small business websites or even portfolio websites. Its lack of different server side protocols and languages makes it perfect for the small scale web implementation.
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Movable Type

Is your business an enterprise level business that has more than a half dozen different content types? If so, then you might want to use a dedicated CMS rather than Movable Type. Movable Type is best used on small / medium sized businesses and is not the best solution for a full-fledged CMS. If you're using your content for something other than just displaying a website, then it's probably not for you. Movable Type works great for news/blogging sites. In fact, Daring Fireball, one of the most popular Apple-centric blogs is using Movable Type as its publishing platform.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.6
Movable Type
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
Movable Type
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.0
Movable Type
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.8
Movable Type
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.9
Movable Type
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Movable Type
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.0
Movable Type
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.1
Movable Type
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
3.1
Movable Type
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.8
Movable Type

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
Movable Type
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
Movable Type
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.2
Movable Type
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.4
Movable Type
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
Movable Type

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
Movable Type
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
Movable Type
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.3
Movable Type

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.2
Movable Type
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.8
Movable Type
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.6
Movable Type

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Movable Type
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.0
Movable Type
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Movable Type
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
Movable Type

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.5
Movable Type
6.0
API
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.6
Movable Type
6.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Movable Type
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
Movable Type
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
5.5
Movable Type

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
5.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
5.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
6.4
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
9.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
6.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
8.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
5.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
3.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
8.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
9.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
3.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
5.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
9.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
6.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
3.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
3.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Movable Type
7.0

Pros

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • As mentioned previously, we use the Content Holder module quite often because of the ability to place any html content that is prone to being frequently edited. It simplifies the process and allows us to simplify our templates.
  • We also like the ease of the Photo Gallery and how simple it is to either add or remove photos from the gallery once it has been placed.
  • Media Downloads seems to be a very helpful resource. With its ability to be categorized both by file type and customized categories within the web site and then placed by category also helps us streamline document placement especially when there are large number of those resources to organize.
  • News is obviously a much needed resource and it is simple to add news items, classify them and place them on template pages where they are fed. It is one of the easiest items to teach new clients how to manage.
  • Web Apps is our most prized module because of the ease of creating a database, then being able to style the output in any shape form or fashion.
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Movable Type

  • Renders one or more static pages per node/content item. Static pages are better for high traffic sites because dynamic sites do not always properly implement caching and are more likely to fail from needing a constant database connection.
  • Out of the box, the custom fields in Movable Type are much more intuitive to work with than Wordpress and other blogging platforms. The custom fields even work better than some dedicated content management systems such as Joomla. Custom fields can be defined for several different entity types such as content and taxonomy. The fields show up in the new content form and are easy to find and use.
  • The templating language in Movable Type is extremely rich and has many nice features built in. There is less of a need to extend for further templating functionality and you can also add some of your own PHP to the mix to add more features.
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Cons

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • The blog module could be improved so there is more functionality and more freedom for easy customization.
  • Multiple files upload into the Media Downloads module would be a great feature to have.
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Movable Type

  • The installation of Movable Type still needs improvement. I've had to learn quite a bit about setting up my own apache servers in the past, but most of the needed modules for Movable Type come preinstalled nowadays with many server stacks.
  • The customization of the backend is much more complicated in comparison to Wordpress or other content management systems. It is difficult to rebrand the backend interface without hacking core files.
  • The licensing of Movable Type is confusing, keeps changing and now you're unable to get an open source version of MT6.x.
  • Movable Type could use its own command line utility like Drush for Drupal.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.4
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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Movable Type

Movable Type 5.4
Based on 9 answers
I am most likely to use it in situations where there is not much at stake. I have less faith in the platform because of the direction I see it going in. Movable Type never really won the blogging wars with Wordpress so its future is still a bit uncertain. Most people I know have given up on Movable Type and have moved on to other platforms so I can't recommend it in most situations.
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.7
Based on 4 answers
It's easy to log in; areas are well marked, and support is available if needed.
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Movable Type

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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Movable Type

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Movable Type

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.6
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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Movable Type

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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Movable Type

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Movable Type

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

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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Movable Type

Movable Type is better than Wordpress because it generates static sites that cannot be broken by losing your database connection. The custom fields in MT are superior to Wordpress because of the way the fields are presented in the new content form. You need to get paid plugins in order to get that kind of functionality in Wordpress. Most of the templates in MT can be customized with greater control because you're provided with more templates.
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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Movable Type

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • Surprisingly enough and despite having a second, less expensive hosting solution, a majority of our clients prefer to use the Adobe Business Catalyst solution. We are then able to enjoy the commissions that are returned as we sign up new customers for annual contracts.
  • Being able to store and utilize data that comes from web form submissions has been very helpful in customer retention since we became a partner in 2011. Since that time, we have only lost two clients. That's 3 times better than our other hosting solution.
  • Our largest negative impact has come from having only one choice in SSLs. For example, we had a great client in a local and growing bank. We spent 2 months getting the web site built to their specifications and we were very clear on the SSL situation. However, once the site went live, problems arose. In the past they had submitted their site to search engines with their secure URL and that was all that was indexed. Then when their customers searched for their site and clicked on the secure URL, it either showed that the site could not be found OR it said that they were entering to a site with an unverified SSL. People would then call the bank and complain. We then had to quickly move their site to another solution costing us days of re-development time and resources.
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Movable Type

  • I am definitely more efficient as a student blogger when I transition into working with Movable Type
  • As a college student, I have gained a tremendous technological skill in becoming acquainted with Movable Type
  • My resume is probably a lot stronger by the addition of knowledge in navigating Movable Type and I will have the opportunity to work in more spaces because of that.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

General

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

Movable Type

General

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

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