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Agility CMS

6 Ratings

Ektron

48 Ratings

Agility CMS

6 Ratings
Score 7.6 out of 101

Ektron

48 Ratings
Score 5.7 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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Ektron

I think Ektron is good for enterprise use where bang for the buck is a priority and there is a commitment to having an on-staff web team: developer, cms administrator, and lead author (at a minimum). For small organization use, I question if it is the best value in terms of staffing required and overkill of functionality; open-source options may be a better fit in this case. Ektron is great when there is lots of structured content that needs to be managed, displayed, and/or repurposed. If you are working with mostly free-form content, and at a smaller organization, I think there are other better options.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Agility CMS
6.0
Ektron
8.5
Role-based user permissions
Agility CMS
6.0
Ektron
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Agility CMS
5.5
Ektron
5.7
API
Agility CMS
3.0
Ektron
5.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Agility CMS
8.0
Ektron
5.8

Web Content Creation

Agility CMS
5.4
Ektron
5.3
WYSIWYG editor
Agility CMS
6.0
Ektron
5.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Agility CMS
9.0
Ektron
5.6
Admin section
Agility CMS
5.0
Ektron
5.3
Page templates
Agility CMS
5.0
Ektron
4.6
Library of website themes
Agility CMS
5.0
Ektron
3.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Agility CMS
4.0
Ektron
3.8
Publishing workflow
Agility CMS
4.0
Ektron
6.3
Form generator
Agility CMS
Ektron
6.8

Web Content Management

Agility CMS
5.0
Ektron
5.6
Content taxonomy
Agility CMS
5.0
Ektron
5.8
SEO support
Agility CMS
4.0
Ektron
5.3
Bulk management
Agility CMS
5.0
Ektron
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Agility CMS
6.0
Ektron
5.6
Community / comment management
Agility CMS
5.0
Ektron
6.0

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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  • It's an all in one solution that can be built to suit your needs. From the simple job of managing content and resources like images and documents, to social components like activity boards, messaging services, and eCommerce.
  • The interface provides a solid structure to configure components of the application to allow quick and easy content entry and management. Smart Forms, for example, provide a nice way to structure content entry for marketers and non-technical users so they are limited to the scope a developer needs, but are allowed flexibility to the degree the author might need.
  • Page Builder allows a developer to set up various templates for the website to be flexible enough for a marketer to be able to add content and create "pages" on the website that suite the needs of the department or user. Ektron's "widgets" are similar enough to standard .NET user controls that a developer familiar with them can create custom ones for Page Builder pages pretty successfully.
  • Recent updates have added support for SOLR as a search engine allowing you the freedom to move away from the strong licensing structure of Microsoft Search Server and FAST if your organization is more familiar with the APACHE offering.
  • The Document Management System (DMS) built-in provides the ability to add typical office documents into the system complete with search, versioning, and permission and privacy control.
  • The API is pretty powerful and flexible when you become familiar with all the levels and features available through it.
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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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  • The developer APIs have gone through various iterations over the years and we find we have to utilize both old and new methods to achieve the desired functionality. Ektron needs to complete the new Framework API's and make them usable for all use cases.
  • The system requires considerable support to maintain and upgrade and developers and administrators need to plan updates and upgrades carefully.
  • Smart Forms (xml-structured content) need to be modernized and more strategically integrated into the content authoring experience and more robust support through the APIs.
  • The community tools need to be overhauled and updated to keep pace with the current market's requirements and capabilities.
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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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Ektron8.0
Based on 21 answers
Amazing customer support; the company stays atop industry changes; the platform is very user-friendly; covers a huge range of functionality.
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Usability

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No answers yet
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Ektron6.2
Based on 4 answers
As both a manager of CMS content as well as a designer, I find the CMS to be intuitive and easy to understand. (They also have great documentation and customer support if you need it.)

Between the platform's functionality and Ektron's technical support, I use the CMS with confidence on a daily basis.
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Reliability and Availability

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No answers yet
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Ektron9.2
Based on 4 answers
Unplanned outages or errors are fairly rare in our instance. And when there are issues, they're usually fixed fairly quickly
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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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Ektron8.0
Based on 2 answers
Working with Ektron Support has always been a pleasure. They are quick to respond, extremely knowledgeable, and truly care about resolving your issue. I have never once been disappointed with their response.
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Online Training

No score
No answers yet
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Ektron7.5
Based on 2 answers
Ektron is one of the best solution for .Net platform. Over the years have improved the performance issues that the previous versions had. My only complain is right now you can't do Page builder pages if you choose to have a MVC architecture
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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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Ektron's built in publishing workflow, eSync service and easily configured and utilized smart form methodology made it a superior enterprise level solution for our purposes. Considering the amount of content editors that we have, it was essential to have a CMS solution which could accomadate their needs as well as be user friendly and intuitive to use.
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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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  • Ektron's easy publishing management features have allowed to publish content more efficiently and of higher quality
  • Ektron allowed us to integrate information from our ERP and CRM systems which benefits our business goals.
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Pricing Details

Agility CMS

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

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

Ektron More Information