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Agility CMS

6 Ratings

Cascade Server

45 Ratings

Agility CMS

6 Ratings
Score 7.6 out of 101

Cascade Server

45 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Agility CMS

Agility is well suited for companies that want a balance of control and support. For major global site updates, these can be handled by Agility's support team, while minimal changes and updates can be performed autonomously by the company's own staff with ease. For companies that are interested in flexibility to reconstruct site structure or major global facelifts, Agility is less ideal because these changes must be handled and paid for through Agility support.
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Cascade Server

Even though we know that switching servers would be a HUGE project (especially for our small team) I can't wait to get started. Cascade just doesn't keep up with open source options. I'm very tired of telling people "that's a great idea for our website, but we can't do it with Cascade."
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Agility CMS
6.0
Cascade Server
8.9
Role-based user permissions
Agility CMS
6.0
Cascade Server
8.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Agility CMS
5.5
Cascade Server
5.4
API
Agility CMS
3.0
Cascade Server
4.5
Internationalization / multi-language
Agility CMS
8.0
Cascade Server
6.2

Web Content Creation

Agility CMS
5.4
Cascade Server
6.8
WYSIWYG editor
Agility CMS
6.0
Cascade Server
5.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Agility CMS
9.0
Cascade Server
6.7
Admin section
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
7.7
Page templates
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
7.0
Library of website themes
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
5.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Agility CMS
4.0
Cascade Server
7.3
Publishing workflow
Agility CMS
4.0
Cascade Server
7.2
Form generator
Agility CMS
Cascade Server
6.9

Web Content Management

Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
6.2
Content taxonomy
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
6.7
SEO support
Agility CMS
4.0
Cascade Server
7.0
Bulk management
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
6.7
Availability / breadth of extensions
Agility CMS
6.0
Cascade Server
5.6
Community / comment management
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
4.8

Pros

  • File management within the CMS is extremely helpful as a hosting/uploading tool local to our web pages and content.
  • Ability to clone web page content across mutli-language websites takes only a few clicks, and translation can be performed easily based on default English content.
  • Ability to post shared content and link content to categories for easy organization of content on the web - post once, and serve the content up on the live site in multiple places.
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  • Security is decent
  • Organization (allowing use of a folder tree) is helpful
  • Backups of page versions works well
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Cons

  • Simplification of uploading files would be ideal - where all files are located in the Media & Documents section rather than uploaded directly to Shared Content modules. One home for all files helps us keep track of what is uploaded and what is not.
  • Better copy/paste handling of content from external programs (cleaning Word document formatting, etc.), similar to handling by Word Press and other simplified CMS would be helpful.
  • Greater control over global content such as headers/footers, multi-language implementation, etc., would allow our developers more flexibility and reduce our time coordinating with Agility support and using BOH.
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  • No inherit control over types of content that users can upload such as pdf, jpg, or other files. This has to be done via regular expressions. It's also possible for users to create files/folders that don't use web-safe naming conventions.
  • Requires an experienced XML/XSLT developer to implement and structure. Because it's so flexible it's also very complicated to implement a structured solution that allows users to maintain content without getting frustrated with layout and formatting challenges with the WYSIWYG.
  • The system doesn't support the latest XML/XSLT standards so you must use a lesser known scripting language Velocity to accomplish more advanced tasks.
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Likelihood to Renew

Agility CMS5.0
Based on 1 answer
I am not a part of this decision process at our organization.
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Cascade Server8.7
Based on 25 answers
We have an ongoing relationship with Hannon Hill. We were with them from the ground up and were able to see where they were 10 years ago and how they have grown now. They have exploded in the Higher Ed world. I believe they are only just beginning and many great things are still ahead for Cascade Server
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Usability

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No answers yet
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Cascade Server9.1
Based on 3 answers
It is very straight forward. It's a very clean interface.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
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Cascade Server6.7
Based on 4 answers
Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
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Performance

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No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server8.0
Based on 1 answer
Does a great job.
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Support

Agility CMS9.0
Based on 1 answer
Support is always available and responsive when we email, responding right away that they are on the case, even if they are unable to solve the issue right away. Support will usually find the issue of our problem quickly and require minimal hand-holding, direction, or re-explanation from our team. They are knowledgeable about the platform and our instance and are able to run diagnostics with minimal information from us. When issues are resolved they always request confirmation that things are working as expected before closing out our tickets.
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Cascade Server8.4
Based on 4 answers
They have always regarded any question or problem we encountered as very important. We have never felt that they ignore or downplay any issue and not once has anything been left unresolved. They also hold an annual conference where users are invited to attend and share their experiences and wisdom with the entire Cascade community. And with the care and support the provide, we all feel a part of that community.
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In-Person Training

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Cascade Server7.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was helpful.
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Online Training

No score
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Cascade Server5.0
Based on 1 answer
Still needed that physical help
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
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Cascade Server10.0
Based on 3 answers
Making sure that our export from our previous CMS was correct was crucial. If it wasn't, we would have been in a world of hurt. Thanks to the import tool Hannon Hill created, everything went great and all pages were successfully imported.
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Alternatives Considered

Agility offers a balance of simplicity and capability that other platforms don't offer. User-friendly platforms like Word Press do not offer our company the ability to fully customize our site based on our goals, but more adaptable programs like Drupal do not offer the support resources to simplify the structure of our site with pre-existing modules or professional development to meet our needs.
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The learning curve is steep for Cascade Server so if your goal is to get a new site up quickly then you may look elsewhere. However, if you have the time Cascade Server is worth the investment since it's secure and easily allows users and groups to manage their site's content. The support and community for Cascade Server is good because it's a fairly small product so people are always happy to help. As a developer, if you learn Cascade Server, you will become a very attractive candidate for jobs using Cascade Server.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server5.0
Based on 1 answer
I used it only a few times.
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Return on Investment

  • It is fairly simple for our employees to make web updates via Agility CMS, and this greatly optimizes our employee efficiency.
  • We are able to load and host company files easily via Agility CMS Media & Documents, which allows minimal, quick content sharing between departments when other file sharing platforms are not available.
  • Automation platforms and tracking code easily integrate with Agility CMS global headers to allow us to seamlessly acquire analytics on our site visits and content access.
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  • Improved connection with research participants
  • Allows ability to share files in a user friendly secure webpage
  • Customization to make your teams webpage your own and reflect the goals of your group
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Pricing Details

Agility CMS

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

Cascade Server

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details