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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

I believe WordPress is well suited for all websites, except those of major corporations. In my estimation, if you have fewer than 500 employees your website should be on WordPress. The other exception to this rule is if you are a one- or two-man shop and have no technical aptitude. In that case you may want to use a competing CMS software package that is easier to learn.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
WordPress
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
WordPress
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
WordPress
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.7
WordPress
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
WordPress
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
WordPress
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
WordPress
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
WordPress
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.1
WordPress
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
WordPress

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
WordPress
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.7
WordPress
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
WordPress
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.4
WordPress
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.7
WordPress

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
WordPress
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
WordPress
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
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
7.0
WordPress
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
WordPress
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
WordPress
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
WordPress

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
WordPress
8.5
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.4
WordPress
8.5
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
WordPress
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
WordPress
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
WordPress
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.4

Security

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

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.2
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
7.7
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.1
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.3
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
7.8
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.6
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.6
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.4
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.1

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.7
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.4
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.5
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
8.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
9.2
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
WordPress
9.0

Pros

  • Server Uptime is good
  • Online Chat is good
  • Security is good
  • Technical Service is good
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  • It is constantly being improved, with new features added, because of the community code-sourcing aspect.
  • Security vulnerabilities are continually being patched to keep it secure.
  • It has the best plugin repository, by far. So, anytime you have a needed new feature for your website, there is usually a plugin that already exists to allow you to do what you're wanting.
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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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  • Because it is the most-used CMS, there are a lot of hackers targeting it. As such, you need to make sure you're always updating the software and patching plugins to the latest version. Not hard to do, but something you need to be vigilant about.
  • Plugins are hit and miss. If it is a new plugin without many existing users and reviews, it is truly hard to know if the software package is any good.
  • Sometimes there are too many options. For example, there are a dozen or so plugins for any given functionality and so you have to sift through to find the right thing.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
It's easy to use and we are invested in it now.
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WordPress9.3
Based on 35 answers
As time goes on, websites will become less focused on paged content and more immersive. At the same time, the need for security will only go up. While WordPress has served the web community well for over 11 years, it's probably time to look for other better platforms.
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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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WordPress9.0
Based on 13 answers
WordPress has to be the most user-friendly web-editing and content management system I have ever used for an application that allows me to fully run and manage a website on my own domain with no licensing costs. There are other website applications available that may be easier to use, but most of these require users to run their websites on the application's domain, not on their own domain. One of my core beliefs is that businesses should grow their own assets online, not someone else's. WordPress is not only very easy-to-use once you learn how, but it also lets you publish unlimited content on your own site, and hence, continually grow your own asset.
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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
Mostly, any performance issues have to do with using too many plugins and these can sometimes slow down the overall performance of your site. It is very tempting to start adding lots of plugins to your WordPress site, however, as there are thousands of great plugins to choose from and so many of them help you do amazing things on your site.If you begin to notice performance issues with your WordPress site (e.g. pages being slow to load), there are ways to optimize the performance of your site, but this requires learning the process. WordPress users can learn how to optimize their WordPress sites by downloading the WPTrainMe WordPress training plugin (WPTrainMe.com) and going through the detailed step-by-step WordPress optimization tutorials.
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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
I give this rating, which I believe to be a great rating for a community based support system that's surrounding it. Most platforms and products have their own, and as WordPress does have their own team that help here and there, a lot of it's handled by community involvement with dedicated users who are experts with the system who love to help people.
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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
This is not WP's fault. It was the implementation plan or rather lack thereof. Have a plan, communicate it clearly to leadership. Be willing to change focus of effort as user experience indicates.
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Alternatives Considered

We prefer Adobe Business Catalyst over WordPress. Adobe Business Catalyst websites are more secure and you don't have to update plug-ins. Saving our clients in cost over time.
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I have evaluated various CMS that you can add on to HTML sites and I also spent some time working with Joomla.
With the CMS add ons for HTML, they are fine if you just want to update the text exactly where it sits on the page. At the time I evaluated them, they didn't allow for much expansion to a page or the site.
With Joomla, I found that there were so many steps involved in editing or adding content and pages, that it was far too much to expect my customers to learn to be able to update their site themselves. Which in my opinion, which totally misses the point of a CMS.I have tried a couple of others but none of them seem as intuitive or easy to use as WordPress.
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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

  • 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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  • 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