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Score 7.9 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

ExpressionEngine can literally be used for any type of site, but for a very basic site with just a few pages or if the site will primarily be used for blogging, there are better tailored solutions.Also, you will need a developer and/or someone very familiar with content management systems to install and configure the software. There is nothing like the "WordPress famous 5 minute install" that will give you visible results very quickly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
ExpressionEngine
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
ExpressionEngine
7.9
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
ExpressionEngine
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
ExpressionEngine
8.5

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
ExpressionEngine
8.6
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
ExpressionEngine
9.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
ExpressionEngine
5.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
ExpressionEngine
10.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
ExpressionEngine
8.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
6.6
ExpressionEngine
5.0
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
ExpressionEngine
9.5
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Pros

  • It is easy for people who are not web designers to achieve an attractive and useful website
  • It is easy to manage users and their permissions
  • It allows users to assemble their digital assets in one place, for use on the web site
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  • Extensibility: ExpressionEngine's core is extensible, allowing for third-party code to be modularized and installed. ExpressionEngine's community has a number of highly talented add-on developers that contribute to its pool of add-ons.
  • Flexibility: ExpressionEngine is tremendously flexible, allowing for a single installation to manage everything from static pages, to blogs, to full fledged eCommerce platforms.
  • Ease of Use: ExpressionEngine's control panel can be themed and its publish layouts customized, allowing for a very pleasant experience for our clients. This increases the likelihood of them actually using the platform which reduces the number of support hours we must provide.
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Cons

  • A lot of the OOB (Out Of the Box) components are still a little buggy and not fully ready to go without some minor tweaks.
  • Since the software was acquired not too long ago by Adobe, a lot of Adobe integrated solutions are not fully baked yet. That is getting better with time.
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  • Query bloat: ExpressionEngine tends to run an excessive number of queries to generate content. This is due, in large part, to an inefficient database schema.
  • Lack of third-party add on reviews: ExpressionEngine's extensibility is also a curse, due to a lack of official reviews of add ons. This can introduce bugs in the system that are difficult, at best, to squash.
  • Reliance on outdated technology: While newer versions of ExpressionEngine have started to move away from CodeIgniter (almost entirely at this point), older installations still rely on the outdated framework resulting in a code base that does not take advantage of updated server software.
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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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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
ExpressionEngine is very powerful and flexible. With this flexibility comes a bit of a learning curve. There are some great online resources for getting up to speed with EE, but the control panel can be a bit daunting. A lot of EE's installation process involves settings, configurations and flipping of switches. It is tedious, but well worth it as you ultimately have a very robust, secure and scalable CMS.Also, as of version 2.9.2, the control panel isn't responsive natively. You'll want to have a big enough screen to see the full control panel UI. Personally, I think the control panel would benefit from a major overhaul. It would be nice to see the colors and UI controls "modernized" and be able to more effectively customize the layout. Yes, some of this is built-in, and there are third-party add-ons to help, but maybe we'll see more refinement in future versions.
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Reliability and Availability

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

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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

This was a C-Level decision.
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We have experience with Wordpress and Joomla. ExpressionEngine compares favorable to both in terms of security, as we've experienced many security problems with both Wordpress and Joomla. We find the community behind ExpressionEngine to be more professional and the level of add-ons to be more polished and better supported. Although ExpressionEngine is more of a blank slate out of the box, third party extensions allow it to shine.
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Scalability

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No answers on this topic
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

  • Extreme flexibility and speed to publish new pages with as little as a few hours of notice. This allowed us to be more efficient in handling landing pages for lead generation.
  • Powerful technology stack that allows for an infinite amount of customization. New ideas came up as we learned all the capabilities of CQ. It helped us innovate in the way we build and author pages.
  • Poor documentation and small community slowed our initial ramp up and development times until first release. By now this should have improved with the increased popularity.
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  • It should be said that a smaller business probably will not be happy with ExpressionEngine. Unless the dev work is done by a vendor, this is not right for them. The learning curve is too much for an in-house developer to grasp and have a working website up quickly. Whereas almost every other platform can be up and running within a day or two.
  • The investment cost really is the time. There had been several situations where the ExpressionEngine development had taken twice as long as originally planned. This is due to the lack of skilled developers available to code ExpressionEngine. We were lucky to have contracted one of the best ExpressionEngine devs in the country, but he was the only one and had other responsibilities at his agency.
  • Once ExpressionEngine was up and running, making updates was smooth and easy. It was easy to train new individuals to use the CMS and easy to manage content. The WYSIWYG editors are very robust.
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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