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Agility CMS

6 Ratings

Agility CMS

6 Ratings
Score 7.6 out of 101

ExpressionEngine

77 Ratings
Score 7.7 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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ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine is a very powerful and flexible content management system. It can handle a simple small business website all the way to a large corporation's website. If you are a business with multiple websites ExpresionEngine can handle that as well with it's Multiple Site Manager. I think ExpressionEngine would be less appropriate for a global large scale business with a magnitude of sites with different regions and languages.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

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

Platform & Infrastructure

Agility CMS
5.5
ExpressionEngine
7.9
API
Agility CMS
3.0
ExpressionEngine
7.3
Internationalization / multi-language
Agility CMS
8.0
ExpressionEngine
8.5

Web Content Creation

Agility CMS
5.4
ExpressionEngine
8.6
WYSIWYG editor
Agility CMS
6.0
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Agility CMS
9.0
ExpressionEngine
8.9
Admin section
Agility CMS
5.0
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Page templates
Agility CMS
5.0
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Library of website themes
Agility CMS
5.0
ExpressionEngine
5.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Agility CMS
4.0
ExpressionEngine
9.9
Publishing workflow
Agility CMS
4.0
ExpressionEngine
8.0
Form generator
Agility CMS
ExpressionEngine
9.9

Web Content Management

Agility CMS
5.0
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Content taxonomy
Agility CMS
5.0
ExpressionEngine
5.1
SEO support
Agility CMS
4.0
ExpressionEngine
9.4
Bulk management
Agility CMS
5.0
ExpressionEngine
9.8
Availability / breadth of extensions
Agility CMS
6.0
ExpressionEngine
8.5
Community / comment management
Agility CMS
5.0
ExpressionEngine
9.9

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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  • ExpressionEngine has a very good track record on security
  • It doesn't dictate markup or styling or use predefined templates--100% of the outputted code is developer generated
  • It is extremely customizable to fit a proejct's specifications
  • Non-technical users find it very easy to use for managing their site content
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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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  • Performance can be an issue on complex pages--nested conditionals can result in slower load times
  • A fairly powerful server is required to generate the many SQL statements in order to generate complex pages
  • Many of the back end database tables are not normalized
  • There is room for improving some of the base functionality (EE has done better with this recently--e.g. Grid)
  • Corporate communication to users has historically been a mess
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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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ExpressionEngine9.2
Based on 36 answers
I'm satisfied with the way that my site runs on EE. My primary concern is that support is now a profit center for EE's publisher and so they've consequently gutted their community support boards. However, a good EE community is developing at StackExchange. At this stage, I don't think that EE is a good choice for an individual site owner. WordPress or SquareSpace would be a better choice unless you have a budget for support.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine5.3
Based on 6 answers
I'm not sure how to answer this since I'm coming from the perspective of a programmer, and not a content editor. The content team complained about how cumbersome it was to have to upload images one at a time instead of being able to upload multiple images into a blog at once.
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Reliability and Availability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never experienced an issue like this with it
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine2.8
Based on 2 answers
The admin section would slow to a crawl the larger the tag section grew. There were many areas where better pagination would've helped improve performance. Nothing complicated, which made the lag so frustrating
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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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ExpressionEngine6.2
Based on 4 answers
I have personally never found any complications when trying to receive support from EllisLab in regards to ExpressionEngine when using the support plans they offer. I have always been responded to promptly and received satisfactory help with whatever my needs were in an extremely timely manner. This makes rating the support offered an easy job for me
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine6.9
Based on 3 answers
After installing the system a few times, you can see a pattern of things that have to be done to work the way you want them (settings, paths, etc.). By knowing what you want, you can put together some scripts that prepare the file system for installation, adjust post installation configuration settings, and install initial templates.
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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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We have experience with Wordpress and Joomla. ExpressionEngine compares favorable to both in terms of security, as we've experienced many security problems with both Wordpress and Joomla. We find the community behind ExpressionEngine to be more professional and the level of add-ons to be more polished and better supported. Although ExpressionEngine is more of a blank slate out of the box, third party extensions allow it to shine.
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Scalability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
ExpressionEngine1.0
Based on 1 answer
Maybe it's scale-able from the content user perspective, but it was very limited from the programmers perspective. So many custom hacks were necessary that it reached a point it would be impossible to upgrade to a newer version
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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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  • We have seen increased efficiency building sites on ExpressionEngine
  • Customer satisfaction is high
  • Security track record has been outstanding
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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

ExpressionEngine

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