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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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Joomla

If you are primarily running a blog with some supplementary pages/content I'd recommend going with WordPress still. I know this is an outdated approach, and that WordPress has been modified to handle being a more traditional web CMS much better, but it was still designed with blog intent and still excels at what it was originally designed for. Specifically if you are working or implementing a CMS for non-technical users who like everything relegated to its own 'section' or 'area' on the admin side, the way Joomla is organized makes a lot of sense to those types of clients. From an IA standpoint it's more of CMS for a 'website'
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Agility CMS
6.0
Joomla
8.6
Role-based user permissions
Agility CMS
6.0
Joomla
8.6

Platform & Infrastructure

Agility CMS
5.5
Joomla
7.9
API
Agility CMS
3.0
Joomla
7.6
Internationalization / multi-language
Agility CMS
8.0
Joomla
8.3

Web Content Creation

Agility CMS
5.4
Joomla
6.8
WYSIWYG editor
Agility CMS
6.0
Joomla
7.4
Code quality / cleanliness
Agility CMS
9.0
Joomla
7.2
Admin section
Agility CMS
5.0
Joomla
7.8
Page templates
Agility CMS
5.0
Joomla
6.2
Library of website themes
Agility CMS
5.0
Joomla
6.5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Agility CMS
4.0
Joomla
5.6
Publishing workflow
Agility CMS
4.0
Joomla
7.4
Form generator
Agility CMS
Joomla
6.3

Web Content Management

Agility CMS
5.0
Joomla
6.9
Content taxonomy
Agility CMS
5.0
Joomla
6.5
SEO support
Agility CMS
4.0
Joomla
6.2
Bulk management
Agility CMS
5.0
Joomla
7.4
Availability / breadth of extensions
Agility CMS
6.0
Joomla
7.4
Community / comment management
Agility CMS
5.0
Joomla
6.8

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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  • The relationship between the frontend (visitor side) and the backend (admin side) of the website is well thought through and easy to handle. A visitor may register in the frontend and get special privileges on what they can see and what they can't. Admins can log into the front or the back and manage content, modules, and components on either side. Keeping the frontend and the backend separate gives an advantage to designers and developers, as they can work in the backend on, say, text for a page, save it, and then view it in a different tab as a separately logged in frontend registered user.
  • User group and access management is highly flexible. I had a client who had 7 different levels of members. Some members could have access to pages x, y, and z, some only x and y, and some only x and z. Joomla allowed me to create different user groups and access levels to accommodate this complex member access. Allowing one user to be part of multiple groups was a big part of making the particular membership system work efficiently
  • Joomla manages the content of the site in a database, with different aspects of the content being stored in different tables of the database. The organization of the database is very logical and easy to deal with, in the case that one would need to.
  • The code for the core Joomla system extremely well documented within the source code and is clean. Any code that it uses to render the content from the database is standard code compliant and does not raise any errors in the browser.
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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 current Joomla version, Joomla 3.x, uses redundant database calls when rendering the pages. When a page is being rendered, a specific file is used to control what shows up on the page. That file calls information from the database, so that the correct text, images, etc. are rendered onto the end page. Currently, unnecessary calls to the database are being made, making the pages load slower than they have in previous versions of Joomla.
  • I wish it was a little easier for clients to be able to manage their own content once the site is finished. It is not very hard to do once you are on the page you are editing, however, getting to that page from the backend is difficult for many novices, because they don't know the relationship between what they are editing and how it ends up on the frontend.
  • While the menu system is extremely logical for designers and developers, it is difficult for clients to set up new menu items or pages on their sites, beyond adding blog posts. To set up a menu, you...
  • Have to add a menu in the "Menu Manager"
  • Go to the "Module Manager" and place the menu into a module spot in the template
  • Create a category in the "Content Manager"
  • Create an article in the "Content Manager" that lives within a category that has already been created
  • Finally, a menu item must be added to the menu from part 1, that calls the article created in part 4.
  • This is highly organized when setting up the site, but is difficult to deal with for users who are not used to the set up.
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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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Joomla10.0
Based on 28 answers
One thing people must understand about Joomla is that it is completely FREE. No subscriptions at all! Any subscriptions that one would make would be with the third party plugin developers. The Joomla you download is yours forever, and you will be given automatic notifications when an updated version of Joomla is available. That updated version can be installed with ONE click of a button, no charge, no unzipping files, and no big hassles in most cases (unless one of your plugins is only meant for the older version of Joomla, but that is a plugin problem, not a Joomla problem.) Joomla is committed to providing a free solution that is kept up to date and continues to grow with the challenges and new industry standards.
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Usability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Joomla9.9
Based on 7 answers
It is not a ten only because of its learning curve but again, that is a wise investment of time.
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Performance

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Joomla7.8
Based on 2 answers
Today's Modern Joomla performs very well and is robust and durable. The pages load faster than they ever did in the past and Modern Joomla's integration into other software or systems has become seamless. Modern Joomla sites will last long and will stay running forever.
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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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Joomla10.0
Based on 4 answers
I would say the Joomla.org support team does a great job for being volunteers. I however think good 3rd party developers and resources provide excellent support that I utilize often.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic
Joomla8.7
Based on 3 answers
Make sure that PHP.ini is set to at least 60 ms for computer priority, 60MB for maximum downloads and 128MB for uploads. This is the minimum. It is best to run Joomla on a business host if you are using a shared hosting environment so that there are fewer accounts on the server. Make sure you have access to the root on CPanel. Be sure to point the DNS to the host and set up all zones prior to implementation and run your new version in a sub-domain hidden from the live version until you are ready to cut over.
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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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For complex websites, with unique customizations, Joomla is my go to. If my clients want a user-friendly administration and plan on making changes to their website content themselves, I choose WordPress. Joomla's templating system is quicker and simpler to create completely custom templates vs WordPress' Theming system. For managing content, creating content, extending, both software packages are pretty equal. I use both Joomla and WordPress extensively for my client base.
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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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  • Speed to deployment
  • Flexibility to integrate new features/solutions
  • Increased performance of employees with workflow
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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

Joomla

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