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Squarespace

Top Rated
118 Ratings

Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

Squarespace

Top Rated
118 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Squarespace

Squarespace is a perfect platform for an informational website, for selling digital products or as a scheduling website. These kinds of things it does incredibly well, what with their myriad templates and design tools. As an e-commerce platform it can be very good but it definitely has some catching up to do with other more well known platforms. They need to focus on some core features a little bit better to make selling easier.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Squarespace
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Squarespace
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Squarespace
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
Squarespace
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Squarespace

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Squarespace
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
Squarespace
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Squarespace

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Squarespace
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Squarespace
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Squarespace
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
Squarespace

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
Squarespace
7.7
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Squarespace
7.4
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Squarespace
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Squarespace
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Squarespace
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.1

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.6
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.6

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.3
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.6
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.3
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.1
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.1
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
9.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.4
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
8.3

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
7.1
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
7.6
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
7.3
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
6.5
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
6.9
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Squarespace
7.4

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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  • Squarespace has professional, appealing templates. It also allows you to change templates as well without affecting your live website while working on an update, which we are currently doing.
  • The eCommerce setup is very easy and user-friendly. Several options for customizing items, such as choosing 4 flavors to go into a 4 pack. The payment through Stripe is very secure as well.
  • There are many options for customizing your pages. There are various slideshow options, different ways to display pictures, products, and text. Each option comes in its own content block which you can't freely move but that helps keep everything aligned on the pages.
  • The pages adapt very well for mobile. There are mobile specific options you can change too.
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Cons

  • The learning curve can be steep.
  • There is no access to the server side programming so some functionality needs a work around or cannot be accomplished.
  • It is more expensive for users than many of the other website options.
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  • Discounts don't have use limits. We have wanted to give a discount for a customer for a one time use but the only option currently is to give a code and then keep an eye on when the code is used and then end change the expiration code once it has otherwise they could use it more than once.
  • Shipping options are limited. You can choose to ship everywhere or add which countries you want to allow but you can't exclude more specific than countries. For example, we can include United States but can't exclude specific places such as the Virgin Islands which are included in the United States.
  • It's more expensive than other website options. The ease of use might make up for the cost, but if you have someone who can do coding and/or dedicate more time to maintenance of the site, there are likely cheaper options.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Actually with Business Catalyst there is no renewal; once you are a partner, you are a partner for as long as you like. It is an investment in your business not simply a product you purchase...and as an investment in partnership with Adobe, both are committed to each other's success.
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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've renewed my Squarespace 3 years in a row
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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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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
It's simple to use for someone who is really good with computers as well as those who are not. I've been using my personal squarespace for years and have also helped clients build a starting page which they are later able to manage theirselves.
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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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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to find support on their website.
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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 didn't really used many products before deciding to use Business Catalyst. When we started we developed sites using an old product (GoLive) and then created a few sites in WordPress. We didn't like that fact that WordPress needed an add-on every time we wanted additional functionality and trying keep on top of updates was distracting.Adobe's Business Catalyst gave us an all in one system to replace the multiple products clients required to run their online businesses. We also didn't have to remember which sites had what add-ons updated...or not. Business Catalyst is SaaS which allows us to always have the latest updates and functionality ready at our fingertips.
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WordPress is a full featured blogging powerhouse with tons of extensions and huge user base. You can start with a WordPress.com blog and when you outgrow it you can set up your own server with the WordPress.org site and import your content to it. It's less straightforward than Squarespace but more malleable in the long run
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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

  • Faster website deployment
  • Better organization since we can keep most clients under the same umbrella
  • Adobe brand recognition
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  • Before implementing and updating the site, it had very little traffic (less than 2%) coming from organic search, now nearly 30% of the traffic is generated organically.
  • User traffic and engagement has increased dramatically because of the SEO implementation as well as the visual design which has brought many people into the site (and back again and again).
  • The site has received many complements on the design, imagery and content.
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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

Squarespace

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