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Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Progress Sitefinity

Top Rated
180 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Progress Sitefinity

Top Rated
180 Ratings
Score 7.7 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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Progress Sitefinity

Ideal for companies who are a Microsoft shop, and are small to medium sized businesses. But if you want all kinds of cool design possibilities and you have your own web designer, you may be better off with an open source product like Joomla.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Progress Sitefinity
8.7
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Progress Sitefinity
8.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Progress Sitefinity
7.2
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Progress Sitefinity
7.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
Progress Sitefinity
7.3

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Progress Sitefinity
7.3
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Progress Sitefinity
8.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Progress Sitefinity
8.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Progress Sitefinity
7.6
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Progress Sitefinity
7.5
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
Progress Sitefinity
5.4
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Progress Sitefinity
7.3
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Progress Sitefinity
7.4
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Progress Sitefinity
6.9

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.2
Progress Sitefinity
6.9
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Progress Sitefinity
8.2
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Progress Sitefinity
7.9
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Progress Sitefinity
6.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Progress Sitefinity
5.5
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Progress Sitefinity
6.7

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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  • It's very user-friendly. If our organization wanted to move to a workflow system, I'm confident every person here could be comfortable with Sitefinity with little training.
  • Updates are quick and easy. I like the drag and drop modules.
  • Our previous system didn't give us CSS access; it's nice to be able to edit literally any part of the site on our own without going through our web vendor.
  • I really like being able to upload multiple images or files at once.
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Cons

  • Adobe CQ could do a better job at providing more intuitive user and developer documentation
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  • As a developer, when you run into a problem, sometimes it will be incredibly difficult or impossible to diagnose yourself. No one likes seeing a "NullReferenceException", but when it's thrown and it's deep in a Telerik (Progress) stacktrace, what are you supposed to do?
  • Telerik Progress has left a bad taste in my mouth in the past about their brilliant ability for marketing and sales, but when it comes time that you need help, you feel like a second-class citizen. StackOverflow (the de-facto website for all software, development, and programming help) has very few Sitefinity questions and answers. The Sitefinity forums will probably provide you with some very old results. Responses are very slow, and sometimes never come from Sitefinity staff. There's a few heros (like Sitefinity Steve) that will come around and help. Sitefinity's own support portal absolutely needs improvement. When you begin creating a ticket, you're provided with a very clunky interface. The actual box to provide detail is a very tiny 100x200 pixel box- I've pointed out that it's very difficult to use, to which I was told to type somewhere else and copy into the box. Once you create your ticket, they claim you will receive a response in 48 hours, but that is rarely the case. Typically the response is about 6 days, +- 2 days.
  • The documentation site is not too bad. It can be very helpful. Sometimes you will run into areas that have not been touched in a while. For example, the current documentation for creating a widget designer does not provide an example of how to create a widget designer. All it says is to use Sitefinity Thunder, which is an extension for Visual Studio. That's fine, but there is no supported extension for the latest version of Visual Studio (Visual Studio 2017). Plus, the industry is headed in a direction where you shouldn't need particular tools to get the job done. We've got JetBrains Rider and Visual Studio Code (different than Visual Studio), so we shouldn't need a particular extension to a particular version to get a job done.
  • There's a lot of bugs. I currently have 7 support tickets open. Some features, like the ability to export all pages/data, and import them into another instance, does not work at all. There's similar issues with SiteSync, which is their ability to sync multiple separate instances.
  • There's some really bad UX (user experience) choices. For example, I filed a support case because when you're on the Backend / Users page, and click "Search", a search box appears but it does not focus it for you. Because of this, you will begin typing but have it not go anywhere. So you focus the search box and begin typing the name of the user you are looking for (The first column of the table shows the User's first and last name). However, search does not use the user's first and last name. Because of this, you can search for the name of the first user you see in the table, and there will be no results. I was told that this is expected and is not a bug.
  • Sitefinity has two main data layers: the "native api" and the "fluent api". The native API is older and is fully implemented. The fluent API is the newer, "more readable" API. But, it appears that "readable" just means that you chain the calls and perform actions using callbacks. This would mostly be fine, except that the fluent API is only partially implemented. This is unfortunate when you're trying to maintain consistency and suddenly you run into a feature that is not implemented. Now you'll have to switch back to the native API.
  • The Sitefinity certification exams need to be completely redone. They're not as serious as the Microsoft Certified Professional exams. I don't mind that nearly as much as the actual questions on their exam. There's spelling and grammar mistakes. They don't include topics on the latest features and best practices.
  • Learning materials for Sitefinity tend to be outdated and questionable. The official learning material for the Sitefinity certification exams are outdated. There are only a couple of videos on Pluralsight for Sitefinity, one of which provides the questionable suggestion that, in order to figure out how to do something, you should decompile the Sitefinity DLLs and read the code. I think if you were to do that you'd spend significantly more time and be much more confused than if there was sufficient documentation. There needs to be examples for everything. The language in documentation needs to be as simple as possible. There needs to be multiple delivery mechanisms (docs, videos, books, forums with fast and intelligent moderators).
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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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Progress Sitefinity4.5
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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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Progress Sitefinity6.0
Based on 2 answers
Ease of use for what I do.
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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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Progress Sitefinity7.3
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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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Progress Sitefinity5.5
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Alternatives Considered

I had no involvement in the selection process of Adobe Experience Manager, however, from a user experience point of view, I would recommend it over other CMS due to its ease of use, user friendliness, and clean appearance. You can look at the pages by listing, or by structure. This makes it so easy to find pages
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Content Managers have full, easy, control the content on the site and when content gets released.
  • IT should only be required to help with new features but not with content updates.
  • Usually contain support contracts and decent sized development communities.
  • Fully customizable with some work.
  • When implemented correctly can do great things for all involved.
  • When implemented incorrectly (which is often) make it a pain for everyone involved
  • Very expensive which mean they are only feasible to mid-size and larger business.
  • When implemented incorrectly, IT is often in charge of making content updates for content managers because they are frustrated with the system.
  • Business should be dedicated to the CMS and spend time on training and making sure the CMS is worked on right
  • Developers tend to not like working on most out of box solutions.
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    Return on Investment

    • I am not involved in the acquisition part of AEM as the client was the one involved in that decision.
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    • Our Nevada Association of Realtors is a non-profit agency so we weren't looking to Sitefinity to make us money but rather serve as a member engagement tool. It has done that.
    • Sitefinity helps us disseminate information to our 15,500 members statewide and promote our association to both members and the general public
    • As the business world grows more digital you need a tool that embraces different technology. Sitefinity allows our website to promote with video and host widgets that showcase our social media avenues. These are proving invaluable for member engagement.
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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

    Progress Sitefinity

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