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Score 7.9 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager is well suited for large organizations that need a powerful, comprehensive and robust CMS to manage multiple websites/translations of websites. It is also well suited for those who need a CMS that is well integrated with other systems such as analytics, targeting and email marketing, or those who want some fancy add ons like Adobe smart tags or AI-enhanced capabilities.It is also an expensive product with a steep learning curve, so it is less appropriate for smaller companies/individuals or those that don't need an overly robust system that is integrated with other digital marketing tools. If you're looking for a more affordable solution that is easy to pick up and play, go with a more basic WordPress or Joomla type option.
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TERMINALFOUR

It's an extremely flexible solution. It can be a nightmare to work with if not properly planned out or fantastic if well thought out. If you have a team and an application owner with a plan it's a great option.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
TERMINALFOUR
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
TERMINALFOUR
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
TERMINALFOUR
5.0
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
TERMINALFOUR
6.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
TERMINALFOUR
4.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
TERMINALFOUR
7.0
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
TERMINALFOUR
8.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
TERMINALFOUR
8.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
TERMINALFOUR
8.0
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
TERMINALFOUR
8.5
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
TERMINALFOUR
6.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
TERMINALFOUR
4.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
TERMINALFOUR
8.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
TERMINALFOUR
5.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
TERMINALFOUR
6.7
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
TERMINALFOUR
7.4
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.2
TERMINALFOUR
7.0
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
TERMINALFOUR
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
5.6
TERMINALFOUR
6.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
TERMINALFOUR
7.9

Pros

Adobe Experience Manager

  • AEM is great for customization. Web Dev builds the parts and authors use what they need.
  • Branding can be ensured with the ability to require brand colors, fonts, and styles.
  • It's easy to see who has built, modified, and published pages. It makes tracking changes very convenient.
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TERMINALFOUR

  • Easy to navigate site management.
  • Customizable templating with not much limitation.
  • User management by groups.
  • Selective publishing.
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Cons

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Commerce platform integrations are really hard
  • Developer documentation is not up to the mark
  • Certain issues are very hard to detect and there is little log information
  • Rapidly changing features are compromising the stability of the system
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TERMINALFOUR

  • It can be a bit buggy with media library management.
  • The html editor can act pretty wonky sometimes with the html it translates things into.
  • The navigation builder tool is pretty confusing.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
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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TERMINALFOUR

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Usability

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 10.0
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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TERMINALFOUR

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Support

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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TERMINALFOUR

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Implementation

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 8.7
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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TERMINALFOUR

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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Experience Manager

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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TERMINALFOUR

WordPress is obviously a fantastic product. TerminalFour was more appropriate for our needs as determined by a team before my arrival. I think WordPress is better and cheaper but going with TerminalFour offered the opportunity to work with a smaller company to whom we mattered
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Return on Investment

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Difficult to calculate ROI, which would likely only be measured by time savings and improved SEO.
  • Takes time, which lowers productivity, to get up and running smoothly when first adopted.
  • Ensures we're using best practices, including maximizing SEO and more, through check lists and evaluations/ratings.
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TERMINALFOUR

  • Increased employee efficiency.
  • Happier internal customers because changes are much easier than they used to be and we can often empower them to make their own changes to their websites.
  • For our application owner it's become a huge project that consumes all of his time. Not ideal but it's working for now. Knowledge sharing the more intricate pieces can be really difficult.
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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

TERMINALFOUR

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$15,000*
1.  organisation per year
Additional Pricing Details
Generally the initial cost is between $15,000 to $100,000 with ongoing support and hosting subsequent years.

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