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Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

Umbraco CMS

21 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

The key question to a client would be to ask if they want to be able to do their own web site site maintenance without the need of software. The added benefit of the CMS is that it also comes with the CRM, e-Mail campaign capabilities, reporting and much more.
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Umbraco CMS

Umbraco CMS is the perfect tool for a company that is looking to keep their website updated. The simple to use tools and templates means updating and creating new pages is easy. The WYSIWYG editor is a nice feature, however, for accessibility, there should be some more guidance on what is suitable to be used on the CMS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Umbraco CMS
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
Umbraco CMS
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Umbraco CMS

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Umbraco CMS
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Umbraco CMS
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Umbraco CMS
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
Umbraco CMS

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
Umbraco CMS
8.7
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Umbraco CMS
9.3
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Umbraco CMS
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Umbraco CMS
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Umbraco CMS
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
8.1

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
9.4
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
9.4

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
7.8
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
9.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
7.7
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
8.9
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
7.8
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
7.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
6.2
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
8.7
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
6.6

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
7.7
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
8.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
8.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
7.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
8.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Umbraco CMS
7.7

Pros

  • Extremely stable platform.
  • Very flexible with the modules and web apps features.
  • The development UI side of the platform makes it very comfortable and easy for front end coding.
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  • Quick to learn. For most if cases, developer needs to know Razor coding.
  • Doesn't require back-end programming.
  • Has build in users management (developers, content managers) and members management consoles (users of the site).
  • Clear admin tool (especially in version 7)
  • Fast.
  • Creating code from scratch, so it is easier to create clean code.
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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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  • Courier plugin, used for staging is not always working well. Tool is used to push changes (database and some files) between stages of website (dev QA staging production, or whatever the configuration is set by developer. The tool is not 100% reliable.
  • Rare incidents of publishing error.
  • Doesn't have build in support for SASS, LESS, ..., so if one of those is used, needs to be done outside admin tool.
  • Small community of developers
  • Little documentation, video tutorials are not free
  • Not many plugins for extended functionality
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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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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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Umbraco CMS4.0
Based on 1 answer
Many end users will be overwhelmed with the admin interface. Some common functions are buried in menus
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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Umbraco CMS7.0
Based on 1 answer
Occasionally, errors will appear in the admin that make it impossible to work without developer support.
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Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Umbraco CMS3.0
Based on 1 answer
Working in the admin panel (adding / reviewing / editing content) is very slow.The public facing site speed is dependent on what the pages are doing and how well the code was written (whether it is optimized for speed).
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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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Umbraco CMS2.0
Based on 1 answer
Support for Umbraco-owned paid plugins is nonexistent.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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Umbraco CMS3.0
Based on 1 answer
Online training is often based on older versions of the platform. So, you'll have to fill in the gaps on your own.
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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Umbraco CMS7.0
Based on 1 answer
Spend the time to wireframe the content structure prior to diving in. This helps speed the process of implementation and it serves as documentation for end users.
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst has Web Apps which makes all the difference between them and competitors. Without that, BC would be behind many of the other CMS systems out there. Being a hosted system without any maintenance needs also puts it ahead of others. LightCMS is easier for clients to use, but not as customization and Evoq or DNN is over complex but a stronger platform..
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There is not really an alternative when it comes to CMS based on ASP.Net (MVC4 with Razor). There are a few frameworks, like Booststrap; however framework is not content management system. I will compare it to Drupal, because the second one is well known. Against Drupal, Umbraco is very clean and fast framework/CMS. It does not have as much of big community, support or range of plugins as Drupal.
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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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Umbraco CMS4.0
Based on 1 answer
Without significant development, the product does not scale well.
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Return on Investment

  • Better customer service
  • Faster site builds.
  • Workflow notifications and faster response time.
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  • Has helped us to create more engaging pages that push people to complete the online forms
  • We have seen more people buy from us since we launched our new look website
  • We can easily update the content without waiting for the development team to make changes
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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

Umbraco CMS

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