Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Episerver Web Content Management

19 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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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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Episerver Web Content Management

Key Questions To Ask:
  • What is your current technology stack and/or what technology is your in-house developers able to support?
  • What is your current budget for (1) Software (2) Annual Software Subscription (3) Implementation Services?
  • What are the top 3 business challenges you are expecting to resolve with this purchase?
  • How many CMS authors will need to have access to the system?
  • What role will digital marketing play in your decision making process?
  • What role will eCommerce play in your decision making process?
  • What business requirements do you have that will not be met by out-of-the-box features of the platform?
  • Does your site need to support translations (now or in the future)?
  • Where will the site be hosted (IE: On your servers, the cloud, etc)?
  • What is your timeline for implementation?
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Episerver Web Content Management
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Episerver Web Content Management
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Episerver Web Content Management
8.2
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Episerver Web Content Management
8.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
Episerver Web Content Management
8.4

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Episerver Web Content Management
7.2
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Episerver Web Content Management
6.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Episerver Web Content Management
8.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Episerver Web Content Management
7.0
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Episerver Web Content Management
8.5
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
Episerver Web Content Management
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Episerver Web Content Management
6.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.2
Episerver Web Content Management
6.9
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Episerver Web Content Management
6.5
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Episerver Web Content Management
5.5
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Episerver Web Content Management
7.5

Pros

  • Provides instant access from anywhere with a web connection to content.
  • Enables development and use of large image repository that is well organized, promoting easy reuse and accessibility.
  • Accommodates near-real-time edits/changes; changes are reflected almost instantly, as soon as refreshed.
  • Adobe does a decent job of adding features and support, such as for new file formats (added PNG support, when previously only supported GIF and JPG).
  • User interface reminiscent of Microsoft Word, enabling fast customization.
  • Great way to add Cloud capabilities and content management to your workflow.
  • Easy to learn and use; learning curve minor.
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  • Innovation - EPiServer is constantly looking at ways to improve their product and partner with organizations that can develop add-ons to improve the overall features of the core platform. For Example: SilverPop (marketing automation) and Celum (digital asset management).
  • Content Management - It may seem obvious that a WCM product should manage content/reuse well; but, let's be honest, not all products do what they claim to do well. In this case, EPiServer understands the core functionality and has created product that is intuitive and exceeds customer expectations in this area.
  • Previews - EPiServer has built-in templates (emulators) that allow you to easily confirm how your content is going to be displayed on a variety of devices before you publish your content. This is advantageous as it eliminates the guess work and need to redo content (or even code) after you've gone to production because you weren't able to thoroughly test it before hand.
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Cons

  • User interface can be buggy at times.
  • The touch interface can be confusing and/or unintuitive.
  • Cost. AEM by itself is good, but needs some additional services (Analytics, Target) to really make it more effective.
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  • Documentation quality is inconsistent. Ranges from detailed to non-existent, depending on the topic.
  • Publishing between multiple environments requires some nasty workarounds. Export/import tool doesn't work great. Anonymous project preview had to be custom built. Etc.
  • Caching is simple to use with the out of the box set up, but customizing/extending it can be tricky.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 5 answers
Adobe CQ has training classes that you can be in or watch to get a better understanding. They have some of the best customer support so if you run into any problems you can just contact them put a ticket in and they will fix it or work with you to fix the problem or issue you are running into.
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Episerver Web Content Management8.8
Based on 7 answers
The main reason would be because EPiServer is a great product and there aren't many other content management systems that are worth the effort it takes to re-implement an entire website on a new platform. EPiServer also seems to have a more modern approach to the features they offer and the overall design of the workarea so it's very likely that they will continue to improve in the future
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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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Episerver Web Content Management8.0
Based on 1 answer
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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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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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Alternatives Considered

After using Hybris I would love to go back to Adobe CQ. Although we didn't use CQ for an e-commerce it is a lot easier to use and understand compared to Hybris. Adobe CQ has better documentation to figure out how to use it than Hybris does and CQ also has a better UI.
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Sitecore is leaps and bounds ahead as far as personalization and profiling are concerned. They also have much more extensible publishing options. But we know (and many clients know) that it is a.) Expensive and b.) Incredibly time consuming to implement.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive: Can quickly create and launch marketing campaigns.
  • Negative: Can be expensive to develop custom AEM experiences.
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  • Increased efficiency (updates moved from developers and into the hands of content creators)
  • Real-time updates
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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
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Episerver Web Content Management

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details

Episerver Web Content Management More Information