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Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

ExpressionEngine

77 Ratings
Score 7.6 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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ExpressionEngine

It really depends on the scope and scale of the project in question, and not to mention its budget. As a creative services firm we analyze a projects informational needs and determine which solutions are best. We highly recommend ExpressionEngine for projects that have complex IT requirements and large budgets for both initial development and ongoing support.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
ExpressionEngine
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
ExpressionEngine
7.9
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
ExpressionEngine
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
ExpressionEngine
8.5

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
ExpressionEngine
8.6
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
ExpressionEngine
8.9
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
ExpressionEngine
5.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
ExpressionEngine
5.1
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
ExpressionEngine
9.4
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
ExpressionEngine
9.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Pros

  • Allows non-technical staff to author and publish content by focusing on the content itself and the needs of a given campaign instead of technical implementations.
  • Content workflows allow varying degrees of complexity for content review and quality assurance before providing approvals on any piece before going live.
  • Development teams can build very robust and complex component for handling virtually all posible needs: from integrating back-end web services to UI Widgets for content authoring; from multisite suites to multi-language components, CQ can handle it all thanks to the power of Java and the flexibility of Sling and JCR.
  • Easy to scale for high-traffic sites and thanks to the Publisher/Dispatcher infrastructure, very flexible for caching and load balancing.
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  • Content structuring. You can set up channels and fields to hold just about any kind of information imaginable; text, images, videos, numbers, code, etc. You can structure this information any way you want and in any order. You literally create your own information database just the way you want it using a clear, easy online interface.
  • Template system. Utter freedom. Need I say more?
  • Exensible. There are a lot of add-ons, extensions, and other external modules that extend the core functionality of ExpressionEngine. Need a user management system? Check out the User module at http://solspace.com.
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Cons

  • Can be very difficult to develop for
  • Adobe takes a very long time to fix bugs, sometimes not fixing them at all
  • Lack of any consistent documentation
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  • Big learning curve! In my opinion, ExpressionEngine is not really for the inexperienced, be it users or developers. Clients who aren't web-savvy have a hard time picking up the backend, and end up paying more for a custom front-end control panel to fit their project needs. Developers have to learn the templating language. It's not that complicated for someone who is experienced with HTML/CSS, at least, let alone a programmer, but still expect to spend weeks, if not months, learning all the ins and outs.
  • It's not free or cheap. A license for the core ExpressionEngine software is currently $299 a pop. Premium add-ons can average between $20-$200 for their licenses, but there are also many add-ons that are free. https://devot-ee.com/ is the premier marketplace for ExpressionEngine add-ons.
  • A relatively small user/developer community = above-average contractor rates. ExpressionEngine experts hard to find and do not come cheap, and understandably so. ExpressionEngine is a highly specialized and advanced CMS. Due to the price barrier, ExpressionEngine is nowhere near as popular as free WordPress or Joomla!.
  • Poor software updating system. ExpressionEngine is NOT WordPress where you get pushed core and add-on update notifications, and apply them with a few clicks. Updating ExpressionEngine requires a developer who can manually go in, backup everything, upload specific files, and otherwise follow specific procedures that require time and expertise. Due to the changing and hazardous nature of the Internet, it's imperative to keep your software updated - so this makes ExpressionEngine not ideal for projects with small budgets.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 5 answers
I'll continue to use this product for many years. Adobe is making it clear they are taking customer feedback seriously and there continues to be growing demand for Adobe CQ implementations. As a developer, I find that there is still lots of room in this platform to try new techniques and really keep our implementations up to par with the latest standards.
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ExpressionEngine9.2
Based on 36 answers
Because of the costs involved with using Expression Engine, not just in software license fees, but also in professional time and expertise, we only recommend Expression Engine for large-scale projects, and even then only for clients who are comfortable with large budgets. We do not recommend Expression Engine for clients with shoe-string budgets and/or minimal requirements, such as a simple blog site. There are better, more cost-effective solutions out there.
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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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ExpressionEngine5.3
Based on 6 answers
Some areas are very easy to use, others need to be configured by users, and there are some areas that Ellis Lab needs to update.
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers yet
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ExpressionEngine10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never experienced an issue like this with it
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine2.8
Based on 2 answers
The admin section would slow to a crawl the larger the tag section grew. There were many areas where better pagination would've helped improve performance. Nothing complicated, which made the lag so frustrating
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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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ExpressionEngine6.2
Based on 4 answers
I have personally never found any complications when trying to receive support from EllisLab in regards to ExpressionEngine when using the support plans they offer. I have always been responded to promptly and received satisfactory help with whatever my needs were in an extremely timely manner. This makes rating the support offered an easy job for me
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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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ExpressionEngine6.9
Based on 3 answers
Ask the implementing company for references and talk to those references about their experience.
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Alternatives Considered

Websphere is antiquated
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ExpressionEngine is vastly more flexible than any other content management system I have used to date and the quality of the add-ons are significantly higher than what you find in other directories. The ExpressionEngine community is also very willing and helpful with if you have any questions or run into any issues.
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Scalability

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ExpressionEngine1.0
Based on 1 answer
Maybe it's scale-able from the content user perspective, but it was very limited from the programmers perspective. So many custom hacks were necessary that it reached a point it would be impossible to upgrade to a newer version
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Return on Investment

  • Increased employee efficiency - Once the components were created the content authors could knock out a ton of pages in one day.
  • Customer changes were easier to fix.
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  • Quicker turnaround for new features and/or micro-sites.
  • Quicker content updates now that managers can update their own content.
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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

ExpressionEngine

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