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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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X-Cart

X-cart uses Smarty Templates in a PHP environment which means there are many developers who could probably pick it up relatively quickly to provide new features. The smarty template engine is very robust and well documented, and the cost of x-cart is very low which makes it easy for anyone to get started with their e-commerce business.It is a really great e-commerce software and suitable for every business. I actually cannot find any serious objection to what it does. They regularly update it, add new features, fix flaws, offer support. The software itself offers many integrations for shipping and payments, everything you need for sales. Although it covers many things, there will always be something missing, because many things happen in between customer visit and final delivery. Therefore, if you plan to expand your business, also plan to expand your X-Cart - but do not worry, it won't be hard.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
X-Cart
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
X-Cart
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
X-Cart
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.6
X-Cart
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
X-Cart
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
X-Cart
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
X-Cart
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
X-Cart
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.2
X-Cart
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
X-Cart

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
X-Cart
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
X-Cart
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
X-Cart
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
X-Cart
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
X-Cart

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
X-Cart
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
X-Cart
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
X-Cart

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
X-Cart
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
X-Cart
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
X-Cart

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
X-Cart
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
X-Cart
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
X-Cart
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
X-Cart

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
X-Cart
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
X-Cart
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
X-Cart
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
X-Cart
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
X-Cart

Online Storefront

Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
7.7
Product catalog & listings
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
8.0
Product management
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
9.0
Bulk product upload
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
4.0
Branding
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0
Mobile storefront
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
6.0
Product variations
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
9.0
Website integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
8.0
Visual customization
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0
CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
5.0

Online Shopping Cart

Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
9.5
Abandoned cart recovery
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
9.0
Checkout user experience
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0

Online Payment System

Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0
eCommerce security
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0

eCommerce Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
8.7
Promotions & discounts
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0
Personalized recommendations
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0
SEO
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
6.0

eCommerce Business Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
9.2
Multi-site management
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0
Order processing
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
7.0
Inventory management
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
9.0
Shipping
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0
Custom functionality
Adobe Business Catalyst
X-Cart
10.0

Pros

  • The Web Apps element of Business Catalyst is unique among hosted CMS systems. It helps us solve unique challenges without involving heavy-duty programmers.
  • As a Hosted CMS, it has a lot of great features without a ton of cost or liability being taken on which is important to us.
  • BC has a growing developer community and has made significant upgrades over the past few years, which don't end up costing us more, and would be very expensive or time consuming in a traditional CMS
  • Our client's like that it is from "Adobe" and that it has Dreamweaver integration. This provides them with a level of comfort that helps us sell the project.
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  • For everyone. From small to huge business you get everything out of box. Just setup company details, payment and shipping methods and you are ready to go.
  • Upgradable. There are many plugins one can integrate with X-Cart. Over time, many of them became part of the software, and you are one click away to enable them.
  • Well organized code. It uses Smarty template engine, which I find great, specially for debugging (famous Webmaster mode).
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Cons

  • BusinessCatalyst is a hosted solution and some can view this as a negative due to not having access directly to the server.
  • Some of the BuisnessCatalyst modules seem to never be updated or improved upon and it seems almost impossible to extend them into solutions that don't exist.
  • The Photo Gallery module is really easy to get setup however it is really difficult to extend due to the lack of access to do so.
  • It lacks a tagging system that can be used to output content. Currently it has categories which can be used but I don't think the original intention was this due to there only being three tiers available for use.
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  • Creating new plugins the way X-Cart wants is maybe not complicated, but hard to implement because there are no hooks. One has to manually change each file. This is similar to patching the core and therefore one has to know basics of web development.
  • Even if you get everything styled correctly with base skin, there is a bunch of unused styles you have to cope with. Start skin should be much cleaner. You may find thousands excess lines of code.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
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Adobe, is very expensive, has a solid background and produces quality programs. You can't argue with that
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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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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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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

I prefer Adobe Business Catalyst to the open source competitors because they require a bit of upkeep to keep versions and plug-ins updated; BC does the versioning and updating for you.
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
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It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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Return on Investment

  • The CMS has been a great tool to use to close a deal.
  • Assists those who do not have much experience with back end programing.
  • The platform is far more secure because of their closed source code than platforms like wordpress or joomla.
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  • Flexibility in presentation as well as functionality
  • Full open source software allows for unlimited possibilities with the store function, though some developers who create modules do encode their modules which have errors in their code which therefore can't be fixed
  • A fully functional professional level application at a fraction of the cost of similar applications such as magento.
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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
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X-Cart

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
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