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Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Concrete5

59 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Concrete5

59 Ratings
Score 6.2 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

If you have a number of smaller parts of your organization that you want to maintain the same look & feel as the rest of the organization, it is easy to create a base site and then let them customize. Also, if you have contributors of content who are not involved in the web site maintenance - our professors, for example - they can enter the text on a basic page which is then incorporated through tagging
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Concrete5

Concrete5 fits just about any web project easily with the exception of HEAVY BIG eCommerce projects. There is an eCommerce module but it's not appropriate for stores with more than about 100 products. If you have a huge store you're better in a product like ZenCart, PrestaShop, Shopify, so on.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Concrete5
8.9
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Concrete5
8.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Concrete5
9.5
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Concrete5
9.4
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
Concrete5
9.6

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Concrete5
7.6
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Concrete5
9.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Concrete5
7.9
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Concrete5
6.9
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Concrete5
7.2
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
Concrete5
4.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Concrete5
8.9
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Concrete5
8.9
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Concrete5
6.1

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Concrete5
7.4
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Concrete5
8.4
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Concrete5
9.5
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Concrete5
9.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Concrete5
3.2
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Concrete5
6.8

Pros

  • Give content editors an easy and intuitive interface to manage content. For example the WCM allows users to create and edit pages. The page editor allows the users to navigate the DAM and drag/drop images onto the page. Once done editing, they can submit the page into a workflow for manager review.
  • Give managers the tools to establish an editorial workflow to better control what is published. Managers can create custom workflows, often with out of the box components (there is a workflow editor) to allow them to control the review and publishing of content.
  • Based on Open Source so it is easier for developers to work with. There are at least 2 major OSS libraries out there, ACS Commons and WCM.IO.
  • Out of the box integrations with many other systems, especially the Adobe Marketing Cloud.
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  • Inline editing is very easy for users to edit pages because they can see what their changes will look like as they make them.
  • Pages can support multiple areas for blocks to be added to. This makes it easy to create complex page layouts with user-provided content placed throughout while still retaining the ease of editing.
  • Concrete5 is very flexible for developers to extend it to provide specific features needed on a project. Many of the core classes can easily be replaced by an application specific class to provide additional capabilities. Features that are commonly changed can typically be extended by creating a new type service without having to modify the core classes, such as authentication.
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Cons

  • Widget customization is extremely challenging
  • Ability to create Custom Dashboard is missing
  • Portal support is inadequate
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  • You have to really find a web host that runs well or maybe even a dedicated/virtual server to see the best response.
  • Though you can often see live demos and documentation for addons and themes, it would be great to be able to try the product to see if it's a fit for your project.
  • Though its UI is one of the easiest to use for clients, there is always room for improvement. Two things come to mind, the first being the Layout block needs improvement, updating or replacing. It doesn't always behave as expected and sometimes to make changes requires you to rebuild the whole thing (especially if you use layouts within layouts). The other item is that you don't always see the correct display while you are logged in. I fought the code for days trying to figure out a formatting issue, until my client said they were seeing it differently from me, and I realized it was because they weren't logged in. I had fixed the code and never knew it! I have to say here that this might not have been an issue with C5 directly, but maybe with the theme I was using. In either case, you have to make sure that you check it both ways.
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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
The Concrete5 marketplace and constant improvement of Concrete5 by its developers are the major reasons why I will continue to use this product. The marketplace has hundreds of add on modules that can improve the functionality of your website. The developers of Concrete5 have many training videos that help web developers get up and running with a Concrete5 website in very little time
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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
It is the easiest CMS I've ever had the pleasure of using. I literally could train everyone in a matter of a couple of hours.
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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

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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
Concrete5 is open-source and has an incredibly strong, polite, and supportive community. You can get an answer to nearly anything you want to do with Concrete5 by googling for it, searching the Concrete5 discussion forums or stack overflow, or posting your question to the forum. Members are very courteous and do not look down on those with less knowledge. And answers are always quick, informative, and supportive.
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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

I've done numerous implementations using WordPress (a free open source CMS that many medium sized companies are leveraging) and found that it's really awkward for non-technical users. Adobe CQ is a much more friendly piece of software for managing large and varied pieces of content. However, if you just want a corporate blog, WordPress will definitely fill your needs.
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I believe WordPress and Drupal to be superior products. But Concrete5 holds its own against them. I selected Concrete5 for real estate and marketing firms for the ease of use and updating. The drop and drag editor is hard to beat.
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Return on Investment

  • Lead generation through rapid campaign launches
  • Reduce the reliance on IT
  • Regular content refresh making the company more active and present
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  • Reusable components have made it easy to turn around projects more quickly saving on work time and therefore money
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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