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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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Pixpa

Pixpa is a well-suited option for photographers, artists, and creative professionals. Definitely worth if anybody is looking for a creative website.Pixpa is a product that will appeal to people who need to get a simple website together very quickly. It’s particularly handy for constructing Photography websites with the option to client proofing and selling images, portfolio websites, small business e-commerce.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Pixpa
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Pixpa
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Pixpa

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Pixpa
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Pixpa
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Pixpa
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Pixpa

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Pixpa
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.5
Pixpa
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Pixpa
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Pixpa
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Pixpa

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Pixpa
10.0

Pros

  • The Web Apps element of Business Catalyst is unique among hosted CMS systems. It helps us solve unique challenges without involving heavy-duty programmers.
  • As a Hosted CMS, it has a lot of great features without a ton of cost or liability being taken on which is important to us.
  • BC has a growing developer community and has made significant upgrades over the past few years, which don't end up costing us more, and would be very expensive or time consuming in a traditional CMS
  • Our client's like that it is from "Adobe" and that it has Dreamweaver integration. This provides them with a level of comfort that helps us sell the project.
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  • 40 + customizable and responsive themes with the option of blogging, e-commerce and client proofing included in all
  • 20+ gallery layouts to showcase the images and easy drag and drop page builder.
  • Amazing customer support.
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Cons

  • There is a lot of documentation out there, but much of it is out of date or lacking in detail or specificity.
  • The biggest weakness of BC is its support. While the chat feature is good, it has long hold times and staff that is not knowledgeable about the product. I doubt anyone in support has ever even built a site with Business Catalyst before. They need US support centers with actual designers or developers who would be able actually help. It seems like 50% of our support questions should be easy but end up being escalated as a "not for the development team" or never answered.
  • The Admin UI could be more intuitive and the In-Content Editing is very difficult to actually use in practice with a novice client.
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  • Pixpa has a great interface for managing the content on website. But still it has further scope for improvement.
  • Another thing which seems to be missing is a mobile version of the app. It is currently available only for desktop. But they promised a mobile version soon.
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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
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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Pixpa9.0
Based on 1 answer
Pixpa is easy-to-use platform and it allows me to quickly update my website with hardly any effort. It's UI is pretty pleasing and anyone could easily understand its functionality.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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No answers yet
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Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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No score
No answers yet
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Support

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
Good support; there have been a few issues that we have been unable to resolve
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Pixpa10.0
Based on 1 answer
A couple of reasons why they are best at support :
  • Wonderful staff.
  • Quick action on support tickets.
  • Turnaround time of merely 1-2 hours.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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No answers yet
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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst is our favorite web content management system - it has everything built in and, being in the cloud, never needs manual updating like the open source stuff out there. It's contact database isn't as robust as SalesForce or Sugar, but it works and is convenient. The email marketing capability is "light" but does the job and saves our clients $50-$100 per month if they don't email more than 1,000 people per month and, even if they do, it still costs less.
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I have previously used Wix and Squarespace to build my photography and design portfolio. But I think the way Pixpa portrays my photographs and designs is by far the best in the industry. Pixpa's primary focus revolves around showcasing my photographs and designs, and I see it by far the best in the industry. Moreover, my website loads pretty fast, and this acts as an advantage for them, since most of top website builders are struggling with slower site speed. Pixpa has a very easy interface and compelling templates, better than Squarespace and Wix (I think) along with pre-built content blocks which I can use to build any kind of custom page with the help of their awesome drag-and-drop PageBuilder tool. This saves a lot of my time.
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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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No answers yet
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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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  • Pixpa has just been amazing. It has proven to be a one-stop solution for me.
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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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Pixpa

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Pixpa Editions & Modules
Pixpa
Edition
Starter
$101
Pro
$151
Plus
$201
1. per month
Additional Pricing Details