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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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Plone

The larger your organization, the more appropriate Plone will be. This is not to say that Plone is a worse choice for small websites, only that the minimum investment for a Plone site is certainly higher than for other platforms. If you already use Plone for your site and are looking for a redesign or an overhaul, I would only advise switching to a different platform such as WordPress or Drupal if your organization is downsizing. For any other situation, Plone is the natural choice for your growth.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Agility CMS
6.0
Plone
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Agility CMS
6.0
Plone
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Agility CMS
5.5
Plone
9.7
API
Agility CMS
3.0
Plone
9.7
Internationalization / multi-language
Agility CMS
8.0
Plone
9.7

Web Content Creation

Agility CMS
5.4
Plone
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Agility CMS
6.0
Plone
7.8
Code quality / cleanliness
Agility CMS
9.0
Plone
9.0
Admin section
Agility CMS
5.0
Plone
8.0
Page templates
Agility CMS
5.0
Plone
7.6
Library of website themes
Agility CMS
5.0
Plone
3.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Agility CMS
4.0
Plone
7.4
Publishing workflow
Agility CMS
4.0
Plone
10.0
Form generator
Agility CMS
Plone
8.0

Web Content Management

Agility CMS
5.0
Plone
7.9
Content taxonomy
Agility CMS
5.0
Plone
9.4
SEO support
Agility CMS
4.0
Plone
9.0
Bulk management
Agility CMS
5.0
Plone
6.3
Availability / breadth of extensions
Agility CMS
6.0
Plone
7.4
Community / comment management
Agility CMS
5.0
Plone
7.7

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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  • Plone shines in its usability for content editors: unlike other CMSes, there is no "admin" interface separate from the public-facing site, with many confusing settings and screens. Instead, when you edit or create a page, you do so right in the place where the change needs to occur.
  • One of Plone's greatest strengths is its ability to model your organization's specific workflows, and to give all your staff members the appropriate roles and permissions on different sections of your site. Therefore, you can give certain users a role that allows them to create new content, other users will have the ability to review newly created or edited content and publish it or send it back for further edits. You have full control over what content is made available to the public, etc.
  • In the last few years, Plone has made great strides in two specific directions: theming, and custom content types. For theming, Plone has embraced a new technology named Diazo, which allows virtually unlimited flexibility in mapping any arbitrary page elements into an existing HTML theme. Thus, it is possible to select any theme from the thousands of free or low-cost designs created for any other blogging or CMS platform, and very quickly and cheaply turn it into a native Plone theme. For content types, the Dexterity architecture allows site administrators to very easily create new custom content types through a browser, with no programming required, and integrate them into the full set of features available in Plone.
  • Plone's security track record is legendary. NASA, the CIA, the FBI and many national, regional and local governments, as well as higher education institutions have chosen Plone because it's secure.
  • Plone scales up to any size website, with any level of traffic, thanks to its solid architecture and the availability of an industrial-strength ecosystem of add-ons for virtually any applciation.
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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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  • Not everything is configurable or editable by Plone, and when you need to adjust or add custom pieces in, you need to deal with Zope. Zope has an ugly, confusing and difficult UI and structure as a backend.
  • Using 3rd party products is difficult to do - there are a few different ways to get them installed, all of which take a bit of luck to get right.
  • Building custom products for Plone is not fun. You've got to deal with an archaic framework to tie in that is not well documented (there is documentation about many things, but not great documentation and there are a lot of holes in the documentation).
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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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Plone8.3
Based on 10 answers
Plone has been used for more than ten years and it already has an interesting roadmap for its future. I do not know any other open source CMS with the same story of continuous evolution and security track. Interesting new features are added at each release and new modules are created continuously
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Performance

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Plone9.0
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Plone is very intensive in its operations, and if not configured well it can be slow. However it is designed and built with speed in mind and with proper use of coding, templates and caching can perform extremely well under high loads. It is capable of scaling to very high load availability environments with no specific coding requirements.
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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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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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Plone is really almost the only truly enterprise opensource CMS. Most of its opensource competitors cant compete in this area, while they may have some nice editing tools, and some cool features, Plone stands our for its security, scalability, version control, highly configurable workflows and permissions.Plone is a highly functional CMS out of the box, but it is also a platform that can be extended in many ways. We often develop custom content types to meet our clients needs. We regularly plug in external authentication systems (some of which are odd proprietary systems). And we often develop complex permissions and workflows. We simply could not achieve these solutions with many of Plone's competitors.
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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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  • Plone let us create and manage employee profiles with ease. Once someone left the department we could easily remove their profile and create a new one with their replacement
  • News items were a great addition and secretaries could easily update news items and organizational web pages with updates from their department heads.
  • With its tiered management IT spent far less time doing small updates which staff could easily do. Focused more on the overall design and function of the site.
  • Only negative is when we do a total re-design of the site it will cost a decent amount of money to upgrade, design and code new elements for the next phase.
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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

Plone

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