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Wix

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

Wix

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8.1 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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Wix

Great for building a website for any kind of business.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

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

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

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

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
Wix
7.5
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Wix
7.7
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Wix
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Wix
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Wix
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.2

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
8.5

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
8.0
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
8.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.3
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
8.2
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
8.5
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
8.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.7
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
8.3
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.5

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.8
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.4
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.4
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Wix
7.9

Pros

  • Probably one of the easiest e-commerce platforms to work in, it does take setup, but compared to a lot of other e-commerce solutions, this is probably the best one that I have seen that can be designed and implemented custom.
  • Their template system works very well and allows you to create and re-use templates across Adobe Business Catalyst.
  • Their pre-built modules are great, giving people a great way to use common web elements without having to use a plug-in or find some solution, it is simply built in and generally works exactly as you would expect.
  • Adobe Business Catalyst is more of an all-around solution, providing elements that most smaller companies would have a hard time figuring out, since it includes the ability to build websites, send and track e-mails, analytics. It really is a powerful tool that would typically require a fair amount of coding knowledge and expertise but with the system already built, it can be easily modified and edited by those with limited or no coding knowledge at all.
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  • It's easy to use and learn
  • There are a lot of great functions
  • Great customer support
  • Affordable
  • Lots of design maneuverability
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Cons

  • Multi Client Management: The dashboard for managing multiple clients as a reseller is a little difficult to get to. There is also no very easy way for me to manage multiple clients at once. I have to log into and out of individual client accounts to do billing or management.
  • Lack of Server support: There are certain server protocols and languages that are not supported using BC. For example I cannot build a custom php database and upload to BC. I am required to use their tools.
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  • In my experience, Wix has trouble working with Chrome. The click and drag features are jumpy at times causing misplaced images and text.
  • Again, with Chrome, it seems that the site editor/interface is very slow to load.
  • If you're looking to customize your site to its fullest, you will have to upgrade to a paid account.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
There is no renew option, it is a one stop buy-in. There are two different options that can be chosen.
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Wix10.0
Based on 3 answers
We will definitely renew Wix. The ability to completely control our website has been invaluable to us. We will maintain this service as long as we are an incorporated organization, we've tried several other software options and this has been the best solution by far for all of our needs.
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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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Wix7.0
Based on 4 answers
Wix is quite easy especially if you use pre-made templates. Getting into the advanced editor can be trickier but still much easier than manual site-building.
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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
I have used Adobe support for many of their products. I find that they are quick to respond and present a wide variety of support platforms from forums to online chat. Depending on the nature of the issue I am usually able to get resolution within 24 to 48 hours. With more complex issues I have never had a problem with Adobe dropping the ball.
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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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No score
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No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

As far as the CMS for BC goes, there is none out there that compares. In the past we have utilized Joomla, Wordpress, Mambo, Drupal, Concrete 5 and others. None of them were as easy to use and train on that Adobe's Business Catalyst. Our alternative to BC is WordPress when our clients want a less expensive solution. For the most part that works OK but we have had issues with plugin incompatibility among other issues. We lost at least two clients because of similar issues. The other great part about BC's solution is that we can still work with our favorite site creation tool - Dreamweaver. The whole process continues to be more and more simplified with added features to the system. No other solution (that we've found) offers such an easy way to create custom web sites that are easily editable by our clients.
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Wix has the best WYSIWYG design method, since all others we tried showed not to reach anywhere near what our intentions towards the design were. It doesn't provide the best pricing if compared to, let's say, WordPress, but then again it fulfills basically everything we expected in terms of design and functionality.
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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

  • 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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  • Through organic search and PPC ads, I have been found online and earned new customers this way.
  • I was able to see a positive ROI in my business after 2-3 months (considering time invested, not just subscription price).
  • I am currently trying to use a Wix form to convert more leads and get contact information but I am not a fan of the forms I have seen so far.
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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

Wix

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