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159 Ratings
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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Score 8.7 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe is an enterprise level software that is best suited for large amounts of web content. The entire web management experience is engineered around the author. It is a large solution with many capabilities readily available to you out of the box.
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Contentful

When I started working at FSR, marketing was utilizing another CMS which was very hard to navigate, when we switched to Contentful I really liked how intuitive it was compared to other CMS applications. The ease it gives you when it comes to shaping the mages in your online content in a simpler way is great. When making content updates it is very simple finding the portions where the text is placed in order to adjust it. Overall, a huge improvement from other CMS services we've used before.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Contentful
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Contentful
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Contentful
7.5
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
Contentful
9.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Contentful
6.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Contentful
7.6
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Contentful
8.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Contentful
9.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Contentful
7.5
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
Contentful
7.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Contentful
5.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Contentful
9.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
Contentful
7.3
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.4
Contentful

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Contentful
5.7
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Contentful
8.3
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.2
Contentful
7.5
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Contentful
4.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
5.6
Contentful
3.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Contentful

Pros

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Easily searchable with the proper meta data
  • Creating links to assets, publishing assets and sharing assets is very easy and fast
  • Uploading files and creating folders is fast and easy
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Contentful

  • Clean, modern interface (not clunky and outdated, like WordPress)
  • High degree of flexibility (I can structure data any way my clients need)
  • Enables headless frontend (i.e. I can build any frontend I want without having to change my CMS)
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Cons

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Components were introduced to reduce the development & authoring time by reusing them. With some clients, it worked very well because they had page structure and content like that. But if you have UI requirements that can not support component re-usability then your life will be difficult. You will end up creating more and more components in the hope that they will be utilized one day some where on some page... Although you can achieve re-usability by creating smaller customizable component but then again it will increase your development time. In a Nutshell, you will not save development time.
  • Osgi was a great concept. AEM Developer used to write the most of business logic in them but due to adaptation of micro-services, now everybody wants to implement business logic in there instead of AEM internal OSGi. If your architecture had micro services then power of Osgi is useless for you, you will just use 10-20% of it which will bring no big value.
  • License of AEM is super costly, not every organization can afford it. Once you have implemented AEM, it will be hard to get rid of it. Getting rid will mean another investment.
  • Like other products, AEM also releases new versions. Upgrades to new versions never happens smoothly. Means organization needs to spend more money to upgrade the servers.
  • You need a big infrastructure to deploy AEM server setup. Each setup needs at least 3 machines, one for author, one for publisher and one for dispatcher. This means spending more money on maintenance.
  • TouchUI is confusing sometimes for everyone i.e business, authors, developers.
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Contentful

  • Contentful uses "references" to allow you to build very modular content. If I have a "slider" content type, I can create a "slide" content type which references a "button" content type, and so forth. This works well, but I occasionally wish there was a better solution for one-off content, like a settings page. Currently, this is done for creating an entire content type called "settings" with a single entry. Not a big deal, but not ideal, either.
  • There are a few quirks with GatsbyJS integration, etc, but these issues are being fixed and improved upon very quickly.
  • A minor gripe, but Contentful does not have a way to organize fields within an entry. Entries with many fields are somewhat tiresome to scroll through.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
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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Contentful

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 10.0
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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Contentful

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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Contentful

No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 8.7
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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Contentful

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Experience Manager

This is one of the best java based Web CMS solutions and Adobe has done extremely well to connect all possible integrations required for digital marketing. The rest of the other vendors are still struggling for a complete solution.
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Contentful

Very similar to WordPress, but has more organizational properties than square space.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Experience Manager

  • A few clients see no ROI but few are heavily dependent and align on it.. Mixed reviews from clients
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Contentful

  • Positive: faster changes and new associates can easily navigate without prior training/knowledge of CMS to make content updates
  • Negative: Our website manager/provider can keep certain abilities (like changing specific images) so they can charge a fee for making the change
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Adobe Experience Manager

Pricing Details

Adobe Experience Manager

General

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

Adobe Experience Manager Editions & Modules

Adobe Experience Manager
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Contentful

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Contentful Editions & Modules

Contentful
Edition
Starter
Free1
Plus
$99/month1
Pro
$199/month1
Enterprise
Contact us1
1. https://www.contentful.com/plans/
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