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WordPress

Top Rated
1805 Ratings

Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

WordPress

Top Rated
1805 Ratings
Score 8.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

The service provision is good the accounts customer service is poor so I would struggle to give BC a better than average review, if only they could offer customers a better accounts service then the value would be much higher.
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WordPress

WordPress is well suited to a very wide range of applications and shines when used for content management, periodic news, product information and comparison, and ecommerce applications. Community interaction websites may not find all of the features they need readily available, and sites needing to display a large amount of data that is heavily cross referenced or that needs very complex data structures may have a hard time building out the necessary site structure.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

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

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

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

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
WordPress
8.6
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
WordPress
8.4
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
WordPress
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
WordPress
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
WordPress
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.7

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.3
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.3

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.2
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.1
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.2
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.5
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
7.7
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.7
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.5
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.2
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
7.7

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.4
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.4
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
7.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
9.3
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
9.1

Pros

  • As mentioned previously, we use the Content Holder module quite often because of the ability to place any html content that is prone to being frequently edited. It simplifies the process and allows us to simplify our templates.
  • We also like the ease of the Photo Gallery and how simple it is to either add or remove photos from the gallery once it has been placed.
  • Media Downloads seems to be a very helpful resource. With its ability to be categorized both by file type and customized categories within the web site and then placed by category also helps us streamline document placement especially when there are large number of those resources to organize.
  • News is obviously a much needed resource and it is simple to add news items, classify them and place them on template pages where they are fed. It is one of the easiest items to teach new clients how to manage.
  • Web Apps is our most prized module because of the ease of creating a database, then being able to style the output in any shape form or fashion.
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  • Offers easy-to-use back end management of content for non-technical users, making updating basic content achievable without contracting a developer.
  • Offers a wide variety of plug-able features to expand functionality without adding bloat allowing a wide range of custom applications without unnecessary or unneeded features crowding the system.
  • Offers basic on-page SEO optimization out of the box with little or no configuration allowing site owners to focus on their content.
  • Offers a wide variety of theme options that can be used without the need for a designer or developer, but also provide a lot of flexibility to creat unique, custom solutions as well.
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Cons

  • Pricing seems inflexible and many times it's what makes my clients turn to other CMS systems. How can I defend spending $40 just because I want to use the BC Apps but have no use for the e-commerce function?
  • I used to have a plethora of templates that I could use as a starting point. They are now gone and I miss them.
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  • WordPress has been improving their framework since the beginning of development. If I would say that WordPress has room for improvement, it would be giving itself the ability to host plugins on a remote location to call functions from so that the use of many plugins won't disrupt the site's load speed times, which effects the overall experience of the site's users.
  • I think that WordPress can expand on some of their customization features to allow a simpler, faster way of getting your brand in the framework. Though this is capable through plugins that are out there, I think WordPress could alleviate the use of a lot of plugins if they incorporate some of the major used plugins features within the framework itself.
  • I think that WordPress can improve on the ease of use in connecting their members management functionality with outside source software that companies may be offering as a SaaS to their customers, and using WordPress as their main site that stores the sales information and sign-up features.
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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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WordPress10.0
Based on 36 answers
WordPress is open source, completely free to use software. There is no cost to renew and you can use the software to build an unlimited number of websites on domains that you own. Hence, a $0 cost software that builds you infinite assets.
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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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WordPress9.0
Based on 13 answers
I think that many people can use WordPress easily but not everyone is able to. WordPress is still be a little overwhelming for some. Everyday, WordPress is improving it's usability and that's what makes it such a great platform to use for business and personal websites. I think serious business owners will take the time to learn to use it
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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WordPress9.5
Based on 3 answers
Anyone can visit WordPress.org and download a fully functional copy of WordPress free of charge. Additionally, WordPress is offered to users as open-source software, which means that anyone can customize the code to create new applications and make these available to other WordPress users.
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Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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WordPress8.6
Based on 2 answers
WordPress is a resource hog. It just is. Performance is not crisp especially for sites with a lot of design assets.
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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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WordPress8.0
Based on 10 answers
Mostly free services, so time is not of the essence. This is a community, not a sales team, in general.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
WordPress7.0
Based on 1 answer
Varies by the person providing training. High marks as it's incredibly easy to find experienced individuals in your community to provide training on any aspect of WordPress from content marketing, SEO, plugin development, theme design, etc. Less than 10 though as the training is community based and expectations for a session you find may fall short.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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WordPress10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to find online resources to learn how to do just about anything with WordPress.
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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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WordPress6.7
Based on 9 answers
As someone who learned how to install and configure WordPress and then began performing the service professionally for other local businesses, and finally ended up teaching and training business owners about the benefits of using WordPress and developing WordPress training products, I am constantly amazed when I hear from business owners that their sites have taken weeks or even months to get built and how much they have paid for it. Getting a professional WordPress site built and fully configured requires only hours or a couple of days. If you learn how to do it yourself, the only cost you have is registering a domain name and getting a web hosting account, which is a requirement for any website. Additionally, WordPress website owners can be up and running and growing their presence online even before deciding on a specific web design "look" for their sites. You can start with any web template and change your theme as soon as you find the design you like, and everything that you have added to your site will remain the same.I have grown to love WordPress, as have thousands of other WordPress users, and I have always taught in my business seminars and workshops that, unless what you plan to do online requires some specific custom-built complex application, then consider using WordPress. WordPress is the ideal platform of choice to consider for most business website needs - it can save you thousands of dollars on web development costs and it puts you in the driver's seat of your own online vehicle!
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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 started out using regular web applications to build websites until I discovered WordPress is 2006. All of the sites I have built since then have been WordPress. Knowing all I know about WordPress now, I wouldn't recommend anything else for most business owners. WordPress allows me to build sites that can do almost pretty much anything I can imagine - e-commerce sites, membership sites, provide customer support, integrate with social media, etc ...
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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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WordPress10.0
Based on 1 answer
WordPress is completely scalable. You can get started immediately with a very simple "out-of-the box" WordPress installation and then add whatever functionality you need as and when you need it, and continue expanding. Often we will create various WordPress sites on the same domain to handle different aspects of our strategy (e.g. one site for the sales pages, product information and/or a marketing blog, another for delivering products securely through a private membership site, and another for running an affiliate program or other application), and then ties all of these sites together using a common theme and links on each of the site's menus.Additionally, WordPress offers a multisite function that allows organizations and institutions to manage networks of sites managed by separate individual site owners, but centrally administered by the parent organization. You can also expand WordPress into a social networking or community site, forums, etc.The same scalability applies to web design. You can start with a simple design and then scale things up to display sites with amazing visual features, including animations and video effects, sliding images and animated product image galleries, elements that appear and fade from visitor browsers, etc.The scaling possibilities of WordPress are truly endless.
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Return on Investment

  • Has allowed us to develop websites about 25-50% faster when compared with WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Umbraco, Modx, Miva, etc.
  • Has eliminated the need to manually updated the content management system, which is the main weakness of WordPress
  • Has become our default web content management system, which has led to website development driving growth for our business in addition to our strategic marketing consulting and research services
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  • Positive: WordPress is can be set up vey quickly, you can have a site go live as fast as you can input the content, once it's been set up with the right functions and theme.
  • Positive: People want their HTML sites moved over to WordPress because of it's versatility and ease of updating.
  • Positive: Even though I may be missing out on profit when my Customers don't need to come back to me for changes to their site, what I do get is great Customer feedback about how I have solved their website issues and how much they love their WordPress site - for that I get recommend to others.
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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

WordPress

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