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Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Squarespace

Top Rated
111 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Squarespace

Top Rated
111 Ratings
Score 8.6 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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Squarespace

Artists, photographers, writers - anyone selling digital content or trying to display their work. Their site and template selections are very well suited for this type of interface, and can easily encourage sales. It is less appropriate for sites who are constantly updating their catalog, like car sales or ones which require a more extensive vetting process.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Squarespace
8.4
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Squarespace
8.4

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Squarespace
7.5
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Squarespace
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
Squarespace
7.8

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Squarespace
8.2
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Squarespace
8.3
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Squarespace
8.1
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Squarespace
8.1
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Squarespace
8.4
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
Squarespace
7.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Squarespace
8.9
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Squarespace
8.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Squarespace
8.1

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Squarespace
6.9
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Squarespace
7.5
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Squarespace
7.0
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Squarespace
6.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Squarespace
6.4
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Squarespace
7.3

Pros

  • Media library and asset management is simplified, separating storage and also allowing developers to manage the workflow of the publishing process.
  • No addition of API services are required, using the same requests and data access layer for both front end and back end development simplifies the project lifecycle.
  • Duplicating code is easy, developers can simply copy components and reuse or rework for each use case.
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  • Easy to create visually appealing designs using the gridded drag and drop and preset formatting options/ themes
  • Maintains consistent design elements across your whole site - which you can change at a high level with one click and automatically updates globally
  • Instantly updates content to your live site
  • Great photo slideshow options and quotation box features
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Cons

  • Steep learning curve for both Authors and Developers when it comes to customized components and workflows.
  • Development community is small and somewhat closed. It keeps growing with the years as CQ becomes more popular, which is a good thing.
  • Expensive, both to purchase, train and certify. This makes it harder to learn unless companies are willing to spend thousands on official training.
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  • Discounts don't have use limits. We have wanted to give a discount for a customer for a one time use but the only option currently is to give a code and then keep an eye on when the code is used and then end change the expiration code once it has otherwise they could use it more than once.
  • Shipping options are limited. You can choose to ship everywhere or add which countries you want to allow but you can't exclude more specific than countries. For example, we can include United States but can't exclude specific places such as the Virgin Islands which are included in the United States.
  • It's more expensive than other website options. The ease of use might make up for the cost, but if you have someone who can do coding and/or dedicate more time to maintenance of the site, there are likely cheaper options.
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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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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've renewed my Squarespace 3 years in a row
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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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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
It's simple to use for someone who is really good with computers as well as those who are not. I've been using my personal squarespace for years and have also helped clients build a starting page which they are later able to manage theirselves.
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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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Squarespace10.0
Based on 2 answers
Easy to find support on their website.
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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 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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Squarespace is much better than other website builders because it is cleaner, more user-intuitive and advanced than other web page building sites. I used to use Wix and I really didn't like it at all. Wordpress can be too difficult to customize for someone who isn't too savvy on technology. Overall, I love Squarespace's simplicity and the ease of being able to adjust layouts and customize.
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Return on Investment

  • AEM allows authors to push content live in a matter of minutes. This has greatly increased launch times for business.
  • Good integration with Adobe Marketing suite allows for analytics.
  • Poor documentation of the system proves a challenge for developers and administrators.
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  • After recommending Squarespace to a small or low-budget client, they have come to me for other large projects or recommended my services to larger organizations. Squarespace has been my foot-in-the-door to several long-term customer relationships.
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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

Squarespace

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