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Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Plone

20 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Plone

20 Ratings
Score 5.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

Out of the box, AEM is great for building simple websites. For more complex websites such as e-commerce and database integrated websites it requires a lot of customization. Due to this, our team does not use AEM for an e-commerce site we support.
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Plone

Well suited for most colleagues since it is easy to use.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Plone
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Plone
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Plone
9.7
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Plone
9.7
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
Plone
9.7

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Plone
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Plone
7.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Plone
9.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Plone
8.0
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Plone
7.6
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
Plone
3.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Plone
7.4
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Plone
10.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Plone
8.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Plone
7.9
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Plone
9.4
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Plone
9.0
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Plone
6.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Plone
7.4
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Plone
7.7

Pros

  • Easy content authoring by using drag-n-drop components.
  • Strong workflows support. You can quickly implement review-approve workflows. DAM Workflows can create different renditions of uploaded images by default.. For example create thumbnail image, small image, large image, adding text on image.. all these feature are out of the box
  • OOTB Social integration feature. You can quickly integrate with facebook, pinterest and share your content there.
  • Easy to launch multiple site from source site using live copy feature. You can launch child site from parent site with content subset. For example... for different region of same language you want to launch the site with minimal content.
  • Content fragment, Experience fragment making authors life easy..They can create content in advance that can be used on multiple pages.
  • OOTB integration feature provided for Adobe analytics, Adobe target. Obviously, you need separate license for analytics and target
  • OSGi support. Project can be divided into multiple sub-projects and can be deployed/un-deployed without affecting other deployed projects. Using runmodes, you can impose different configurations for different environments.
  • Easy User management and permission control.
  • Adobe provides OOTB caching plug-in for webserver that can be used to clear cache automatically on content change. You can specify the rule what you want to cache or not.
  • Reporting made easy... DAM asset reports, page reports, click reports are available OOTB..
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  • Very easy to use framework, even without any training.
  • Pages are made exactly the same each time, giving all your pages a coherent look. Also, company specific templates are available to reach this goal.
  • Easy and clear management of pages and visibility into the process.
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Cons

  • I've found that CQ isn't quite as stable as I'd expect an enterprise piece of software to be. There are a few out of the box components that are finnicky/fragile.
  • Supposedly this has been improved in the latest release (6.0), but up until 5.6.1 there were no true coding standards, so business logic could be found scattered all over in scriptlets and servlets. The scriplets would be part JSTL/Expression Language, part scriplet code. This is kind of a nitpick, but as a developer it definitely has an impact.
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  • Bullets and formatting sometimes make it difficult to add text to an existing paragraph. The 'code' button is useful in those cases, but only to those who know html.
  • Sometimes the pages don't save correctly and you use information.
  • Uploading and displaying images is a bit too much work.
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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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Plone8.3
Based on 10 answers
At this stage the outlook for Plone in the future is very positive. The development community is still very active, updates are still coming out on a regular basis and the roadmap goes well into the future. We are confident that Plone will continue to improve and keep up with the demands of web CMS needs. We also dont see any other product in the opensource space that can replace Plone at the moment.
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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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Performance

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Plone9.0
Based on 1 answer
Plone is very intensive in its operations, and if not configured well it can be slow. However it is designed and built with speed in mind and with proper use of coding, templates and caching can perform extremely well under high loads. It is capable of scaling to very high load availability environments with no specific coding requirements.
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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

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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Plone is really almost the only truly enterprise opensource CMS. Most of its opensource competitors cant compete in this area, while they may have some nice editing tools, and some cool features, Plone stands our for its security, scalability, version control, highly configurable workflows and permissions.Plone is a highly functional CMS out of the box, but it is also a platform that can be extended in many ways. We often develop custom content types to meet our clients needs. We regularly plug in external authentication systems (some of which are odd proprietary systems). And we often develop complex permissions and workflows. We simply could not achieve these solutions with many of Plone's competitors.
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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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  • Plone let us create and manage employee profiles with ease. Once someone left the department we could easily remove their profile and create a new one with their replacement
  • News items were a great addition and secretaries could easily update news items and organizational web pages with updates from their department heads.
  • With its tiered management IT spent far less time doing small updates which staff could easily do. Focused more on the overall design and function of the site.
  • Only negative is when we do a total re-design of the site it will cost a decent amount of money to upgrade, design and code new elements for the next phase.
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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

Plone

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