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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Score 6.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager is well suited for businesses with a lot of information or depth, or businesses that must manage multiple websites simultaneously. I picture this being a great tool for insurance companies, financial communities, etc. I do not believe it is well suited to more creative businesses. Despite images of Illustrator of Photoshop that you may conjure when you hear Adobe, Adobe Experience Manager is ill-suited to the kinds of creatives who thrive with those types of programs.
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Concrete5

Concrete5 is well suited for any website that is going to be a static company website with maybe a careers section, contact form, portfolio, customer management, and dynamic features like that. Although when it comes to eCommerce it's a bit tricky because there are scenarios where Concrete5 works and doesn't work. For example if there is a client who needs a large eCommerce site with a 100,000 plus product catalog that is continually revolving and constantly syncing with third party commerce vendors such as Amazon, eBay etc., then I would probably not recommend Concrete5 because there are other platforms that are solely for this type of eCommerce site (e.g. Magento). Although if there is a client who needs a smaller scaled eCommerce site to showcase maybe their own product line or a niched group of products which requires more engagement with the users then Concrete5 is perfect for this.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Concrete5
9.5
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Concrete5
9.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Concrete5
9.8
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Concrete5
9.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Concrete5
9.8

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Concrete5
7.9
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Concrete5
8.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Concrete5
8.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Concrete5
7.5
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Concrete5
7.5
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
Concrete5
6.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Concrete5
9.5
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Concrete5
9.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Concrete5
6.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Concrete5
8.1
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
6.6
Concrete5
8.3
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Concrete5
9.9
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Concrete5
7.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Concrete5
6.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Concrete5
8.4

Pros

  • Adobe Experience Manager allows our company to manage multiple sites simultaneously.
  • Adobe Experience Manager make it easy to share review sites for necessary sign-offs.
  • Adobe Experience Manager is a flexible resource and can always be what you make of it.
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  • Easy Front End Editing - Look at what you're editing instead of trying to do things in a dashboard in a WYSIWYG editor.
  • Easily extendable with an MVC structure.
  • Easy to design themes for.
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Cons

  • Cost. AEM is expensive.
  • Touch UI not as intuitive as classic UI.
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  • If you upgrade from pre 5.7 to 5.7, adding pages is rather tricky. Once you are familiar with it, it makes perfect sense!
  • If you are using an older computer, the admin pages are very slow to render.
  • In some cases, using the column tool will stop a responsive theme from being responsive. This is not the theme's issue, as we have used it many times in the same theme. Some pages stop being responsive, others do not. ("Stop being responsive" is technically incorrect, they behave improperly as they resize. This is with text-only content, and does not have images distorting them.)
  • The only way to add h tags is to click on the html editor of a block, and add the the tag to the heading.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 5 answers
We had and still have a fantastic experience using Adobe CQ. Lots of flexibility, great integration with other Adobe products we already use and a powerful technology make it a great fit for our corporate environment. Also as the community grows, it makes it easier to network with other developers and users to get new ideas on how to continue to get the best out of the software.
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Concrete59.9
Based on 22 answers
Whenever I need to build what in our department we call a 'micro-site' or small web application, Concrete5 is the first and only choice. In one day, I can have the CMS installed and already start working on it to fit my needs. I know that anyone can later get in and improve and maintain the CMS if I'm not around without any specific training
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Usability

Adobe Experience Manager10.0
Based on 2 answers
I personally feel that AEM is very intuitive to use from an authoring standpoint. The entire CMS was engineered around the author. Everything about AEM is geared to helping authors generate and maintain content. There are ways that tool tips can be customized so that any individual could simply hover over and be guided step by step on how to author web content
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Concrete58.9
Based on 11 answers
I have clients who have called themselves computer illiterate (and worse!) who find this so easy to use, and so much fun! In all the clients I have set up in concrete5, or migrated to concrete5 from Joomla or WordPress, I have not received a single complaint, only gratitude.
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Reliability and Availability

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Concrete510.0
Based on 1 answer
Since it's not tied to a central server (other than for authorizing updates and assigning licenses to specific sites), it's available pretty much 100% of the time.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Concrete59.0
Based on 1 answer
The site works extremely well, the front end flies, searches and form submissions are very fast indeed.The reason its a 9 not a ten? the back end can be a little slow at times, and this is unfair, because for the backend to be so amazing, it has to do a huge amount of work!
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Support

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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Concrete510.0
Based on 3 answers
The site is built to be self-helping, and it works really well. You get "paid" with karma credits, that you can cash in. Payment for helping to find bugs, fix bugs and support others. This means that when you have an issue, there is a rush to help you! The one to helps gets the recognition, and there are many wanting to help
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Implementation

Adobe Experience Manager8.7
Based on 2 answers
Depending on your individual needs, It is really quite simple to create an authoring experience for a website that looks really good. I have been part of many implementations and many teams and have seen many projects that were super successful and others that were not implemented well. AEM has room for a lot of flexibility in the implementation process compared to other CMS like SharePoint
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Concrete59.8
Based on 6 answers
Build off of an existing theme to speed up the creation of custom designed themed. Bootstrap is a good one but there are many others that are probably much simpler to build from than the Bootstrap one was. Make sure you host on a Unix/Linux server so you don't have to install PHP or MySQL separately. It's just smoother on those platforms.
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Alternatives Considered

Websphere is antiquated
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I often use Perch for smaller site builds because it is simpler, lighter, and faster than Concrete5. Perch has become more and more capable and along the way is taking over some of the medium-size sites I build.WordPress was designed for blogs, and its ubiquity has made it a common hacker target. I avoid it entirely now because it is unusual that I build blogs.
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Return on Investment

  • A few clients see no ROI but few are heavily dependent and align on it.. Mixed reviews from clients
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  • I think being able to offer multiple CMS options gives our service more value for our customers. They are not stuck with one CMS.
  • Better customer service to be able to assist clients already using Concrete5
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Pricing Details

Adobe Experience Manager

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

Concrete5

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