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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

Do you have XML/XSLT developers? Is your user base one of frequent use or infrequent use as infrequent use requires much more support? Are your users technically competent with the ability to navigate file/folder structures and understand basic web concepts to maintain content such as linking, uploading, publishing? We have users that are not competent and try and follow exact steps to maintain content rather than grasp the concept thus increasing their support needs. Workflow is incredibly complicated and can be more of an impedance to users. There seems to be no easy way to overhaul a websites IA and content while keeping the current site alive and then swapping it out later.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Agility CMS
6.0
Cascade Server
9.9
Role-based user permissions
Agility CMS
6.0
Cascade Server
9.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Agility CMS
5.5
Cascade Server
7.9
API
Agility CMS
3.0
Cascade Server
9.4
Internationalization / multi-language
Agility CMS
8.0
Cascade Server
6.4

Web Content Creation

Agility CMS
5.4
Cascade Server
8.1
WYSIWYG editor
Agility CMS
6.0
Cascade Server
9.6
Code quality / cleanliness
Agility CMS
9.0
Cascade Server
9.6
Admin section
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
8.9
Page templates
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
7.3
Library of website themes
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
5.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Agility CMS
4.0
Cascade Server
7.6
Publishing workflow
Agility CMS
4.0
Cascade Server
9.7
Form generator
Agility CMS
Cascade Server
6.8

Web Content Management

Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
6.5
Content taxonomy
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
6.8
SEO support
Agility CMS
4.0
Cascade Server
7.2
Bulk management
Agility CMS
5.0
Cascade Server
7.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Agility CMS
6.0
Cascade Server
6.0
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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  • Cascade Server is generally very secure because most of the time it publishes out static HTML content. We've not had a compromised site using Cascade Server.
  • Cascade Server is good at previewing your site before making it live. The built in page preview supports HTML, CSS, and Javascript so you can see exactly how the page will render once published.
  • The Hannon Hill team is very good at providing quick support. They have a support forum, a Knowledge Base and also an idea exchange where you can submit feature requests.
  • Cascade Server is good at being agnostic when it comes to installing the software and publishing the content to a web server.
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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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  • There aren't many options in who can assist with developing sites, as there aren't many Cascade developers available. We contract most of our development work with third party vendors.
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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 Server9.1
Based on 26 answers
Because Cascade Server is easy to use and understand. Also managing websites is not that difficult.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server9.1
Based on 4 answers
It is very straight forward. It's a very clean interface.
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Reliability and Availability

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

No score
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 Server9.1
Based on 5 answers
The support staff are all well-versed in Cascade, respond in a timely fashion, and provide excellent service.
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In-Person Training

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server7.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was helpful.
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Online Training

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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Cascade Server9.1
Based on 4 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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Our latest round of CMS evaluations we looked at OmniUpdate, Drupal, and Wordpress as possible CMS choices. It quickly became apparent that all of the upper tier products seemed capable of managing strong websites, but upon a deeper investigation of our needs Cascade rose to the top. The two largest considerations is that we had already been using it for 8 years, so most users were familiar with how to use it, and it didn't require inhouse developers. Secondly, since it wasn't open source it had an advantage with being secure out of the gate
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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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  • Cascade Server had a very positive impact, because it was easy to switch permissions, easy to update, and that has made it very easy to keep our students and applicants updated on the goings-on.
  • Since it was easy to learn, it was easy to hit the ground running when I became the website manager, and became easy to teach others for when I went on vacation or was otherwise absent.
  • When a site-wide redo occurred, it was easy to switch things to the new format, including images and forms.
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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