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Adobe Business Catalyst

Overall Business Catalyst is an excellent product especially for smaller agencies and freelancer developers.Helpful resources for BC partners are:
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OpenCart

OpenCart is well suited for multiple client e-commerce website building, with unlimited categories for products. It's not suited for data management, very large queries that take a lot of time to load, and those who lack the developer skills to administer OpenCart.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
OpenCart
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
OpenCart
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
OpenCart
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.4
OpenCart
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
OpenCart

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
OpenCart
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
OpenCart
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
OpenCart

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
OpenCart
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
OpenCart
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
OpenCart
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
OpenCart

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
OpenCart
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
OpenCart
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
OpenCart
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
OpenCart
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
OpenCart

Online Storefront

Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.4
Product catalog & listings
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
8.0
Product management
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.7
Bulk product upload
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
8.3
Branding
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
6.7
Mobile storefront
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
6.5
Product variations
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.5
Website integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.8
Visual customization
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
6.7
CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.7

Online Shopping Cart

Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.5
Abandoned cart recovery
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.0
Checkout user experience
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
8.0

Online Payment System

Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.0
eCommerce security
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.0

eCommerce Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.2
Promotions & discounts
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.7
Personalized recommendations
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
8.3
SEO
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
5.5

eCommerce Business Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.7
Multi-site management
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
8.7
Order processing
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
8.2
Inventory management
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.7
Shipping
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
7.0
Custom functionality
Adobe Business Catalyst
OpenCart
6.6

Pros

  • Blogs are one of the best ways to generate new content and gain organic rankings with search engines. Business Catalyst's built in blog engine allows users to have their blog resident on their website instead of having to maintain to two sites. This helps to keep the website fresh and builds SEO.
  • Business Catalyst provides a comprehensive Email Marketing module. Users can create and schedule email series. BC also allows for other modules to be placed within the email so that as you update content on your website you are also populating your email newsletter.
  • Although not a feature of Business Catalyst itself, there is a great community of BC partners that support one another. The community shares their knowledge and successes as well as their trials and tribulations. The community happily welcomes new partners without condition or judgement. Through the knowledge shared partners can learn about the platform itself, site building in general, tips on working with clients and how to build their own business.
  • Business Catalyst support is excellent. Being able to chat with support in real time while you are talking a client through a problem is a great asset.
  • The Web Apps module is a powerful feature which allows users to add content to the site while locking in the design. Users simply fill out a form and the information is added to the site perfectly formatted.
  • The ability to replicate sites allows partners to reproduce a successful site thereby reducing build time and increasing productivity and profits.
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  • Supports a lot of modules like, Google Analytics, abandoned cart, payments, etc.
  • Very easy to go live using OpenCart and it is very user friendly.
  • Can customize website according to the personal/client need.
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Cons

  • I love web apps but it can be time consuming to get the bulk import file just right the first time
  • Support is good, but the effort to research can be massive for unusual issues
  • Metadata on blog posts and pages can require lots of content editing at a slow pace
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  • OpenCart is free to download but you have to purchase modules to make it more user friendly and more economical.
  • In every new version you can find a lot of bugs, which you have to solve internally. Support system is BAD but you can find your answers in OpenCart forum.
  • Return and cancellation modules are very buggy.
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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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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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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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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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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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Opencart and Magento both are very stable and easily useable. Learning OpenCart is often easier than learning Magento. Opencart also supports multi vendor websites using a single code, which is you with yearly upgrades. If you are not using open source like Shopify , you won't have ownership of your website. Also it is very difficult to build a Shopify website.
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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

  • Complete reporting connecting dollars spent on marketing to dollars earned as revenue
  • Faster turn-around on ideas into market-ready content
  • Better service to clients through greater usability in account management
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  • Free of cost open-source platform.
  • Highly customizable so clients are happy with designs and functionality.
  • Upgrade it without any payment time to time.
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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

OpenCart

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