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Score 8.5 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Cascade Server

Cascade Server is well suited with it's WYSIWYG editor being better than most editors that I have used in other systems. In context, editing makes adding content easy compared to the last CMS I used where you had to wing it and view the page outside of the CMS to see if it was correct. The ability mix HTML, CSS, and the Script of your choice anywhere and with ease.
The scenarios were Cascade Server is less appropriate would be in the use of compilers or programs like Visual studio. You need to go out of Cascade Server and go to other environments to perform tasks and then copy the result to Cascade Server. You can write directly in Cascade Server, but it's easier to do in and editor that is specific to a function.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

As a true content management system it is great for site and content creation. It does need some help when it comes to adding functionality for using modern code systems that require server side scripting. For a marketing or public company site, it is an ideal CMS. For a SAAS type site, there could be many road blocks.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Cascade Server
8.0
Clickability
6.9
Role-based user permissions
Cascade Server
8.0
Clickability
6.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Cascade Server
7.2
Clickability
6.6
API
Cascade Server
7.1
Clickability
5.1
Internationalization / multi-language
Cascade Server
7.3
Clickability
8.0

Web Content Creation

Cascade Server
7.1
Clickability
6.6
WYSIWYG editor
Cascade Server
6.3
Clickability
6.5
Code quality / cleanliness
Cascade Server
6.1
Clickability
6.0
Admin section
Cascade Server
7.9
Clickability
7.0
Page templates
Cascade Server
8.9
Clickability
7.0
Library of website themes
Cascade Server
5.5
Clickability
5.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Cascade Server
7.0
Clickability
5.9
Publishing workflow
Cascade Server
8.9
Clickability
7.9
Form generator
Cascade Server
6.4
Clickability
7.0

Web Content Management

Cascade Server
6.9
Clickability
6.6
Content taxonomy
Cascade Server
7.9
Clickability
6.6
SEO support
Cascade Server
7.0
Clickability
6.0
Bulk management
Cascade Server
8.9
Clickability
6.5
Availability / breadth of extensions
Cascade Server
6.0
Clickability
5.9
Community / comment management
Cascade Server
4.8
Clickability
8.0

Pros

Cascade Server

  • Cascade CMS makes no assumptions about your content. Templates control how the content gets displayed.
  • Workflows are intuitive and allow for one or more people to review content before it is published.
  • The published site is static (no database connection) which allows for faster page loads and reduced risk of attack.
John Dezember | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

  • Easy to get going for a business that has tons of content they need to manage.
  • Clickability offers development and design services so you don't really even need IT.
  • No need to worry about server uptime, storage, bandwidth, etc you have all the reports at your fingers for what you are using.
  • Simple template and content design system, easy to expand and add.
  • Powerful CMS and settings with a design and programming guide provided.
  • AkAMAI and Limelight CDN's can be used for powerful and fast loading in many regions.
  • Debugging tools to see how long specific templates and content load is exceptional. One can narrow down that this specific template ran X number of times and took this look and had to be stopped at X number of time due to exceeding set limits.
  • Having a built in Dev, Staging, Production environments for testing makes seeing new features and how they will integrate into your site seamless.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cascade Server

  • Cascade CMS is not an out-of-the-box pre-built system that you can install, turn on and expect to be serving sites and pages on day one. It's not a blogging system like WordPress, or a drag-and-drop system like SquareSpace (both of which I've used for their own purposes). You need to have someone tasked with management and system administration – and if you implement the on-premise self-hosted version, you ought to have several people. We have the university's IT shop handling infrastructure (server hardware, containers, clustering, operating systems, load-balancing, DNS, database servers, NAS/SAN drives), our Web & Design team managing Cascade CMS (system settings, sites, templates, permissions) and managers coordinating each respective academic unit (A&S, business, education, law, marine science).
Andrew Bauserman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

  • Choosing ad size/placement should be easier than it is. Now, I have to re-create the whole thing.
  • When you "save" anything a pop-up comes up that is redundant.
  • Ad list only shows a limited number. It's not until you click on one and cancel it out, then you can see all the listings. A bit tedious and redundant.
Bryan Crowe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 26 answers
Changing systems would require too much effort. Our institution is using Cascade Server, WordPress and Drupal but we only serve 2200 students so we have 1 too many content management systems. Reflecting on current technical resources we would like to drop down to 2. This effort hasn't moved forward because of the extensive work required to migrate content and train users in a new system.
Jason Slater | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

Clickability 5.5
Based on 6 answers
As mentioned in the last questions we are going to use a competitor brand next year. I think the issues are trying to find and fix problems from the previous programer. The steep learning curve and lack of mobile and social sharing capabilities. Things that I like are the strength of the programing which comes with a trade off. The ease for those who don't know markup to make updates to the website. Clickability isn't the easiest and can be difficult to find the content that you are interested in. We will not be using it next year.
Adam Blinzler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 4 answers
Cascade CMS is completely usable on mobile devices, we can train our content editors in a single 2-hour session, and we support 1,000 users with a very small team.
There is a level of complexity for the system administrators, site managers and web programmers who implement templates and content types. But the complexity is neither arbitrary nor inconsistent – and once learned provides a powerful environment within which we can develop robust sites that are beautiful and powerful, yet easy for our content editors to manage.
Andrew Bauserman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

Clickability 7.5
Based on 3 answers
My experience with Clickability has been mostly positive but there are a few areas for improvement. It's generally easy to learn and use on a daily basis. I can move fast and do my job with speed with needed. But there is some clunky functionality with targeting and page building. My rating would be higher if some improvements were made.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 6.7
Based on 4 answers
Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
Graham Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Does a great job.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 5 answers
They have always regarded any question or problem we encountered as very important. We have never felt that they ignore or downplay any issue and not once has anything been left unresolved. They also hold an annual conference where users are invited to attend and share their experiences and wisdom with the entire Cascade community. And with the care and support the provide, we all feel a part of that community.
David Van Wie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

Clickability 7.6
Based on 2 answers
I found that some agents were better then others, usually you have an account representative and that I would consider level 1 support. To get really complex answers you need to talk with an engineer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was helpful.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Still needed that physical help
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 4 answers
The key to any CMS implementation is PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Proper planning with Cascade can increase your satisfaction exponentially once the site migration/creation is complete. When all is said and done, your implementation can make your site run like a Yugo or Maserati. Be smart and deliberate in your decisions. Drive the Maserati. It is already paid for.
William White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

Clickability 7.3
Based on 2 answers
Overall, it was pretty seemless to switch the sites over.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Cascade Server

We selected Cascade server seven years ago, and the CMS environment at the time was clearly different than it is today. We decided to go with a vendor solution rather than a free solution because the long term cost in hosting a free solution is not, in fact, free; we've found Cascade to have been an excellent choice for us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

Many of other content management systems similar to WordPress need custom installation. The server costs and upgrades quickly add up. Clickability while expensive, eliminated the overhead of managing all the dependency needs for a CMS. Clickability also works with its clients to understand the business needs and proposes the solutions accordingly. They have a good support team.
Sriharsha Chekuri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I used it only a few times.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cascade Server

  • Initially, ROI was positive - because we completely redesigned the website when we implemented Cascade.
  • Over time, the inability to keep up with the latest interactive tools has reduced visitors time on site.
  • Also over time, the difficulty of use has led to less buy-in by backend users, leading to outdated pages, little timely information, and lower visitors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Clickability

  • I know a big positive is the fact that it is always-on. We are the leading news corporation for our state, and in many markets, nationwide. We pride ourselves on our strong ethics in the community and thus need to exude reliability to maintain the trust of these communities. Having a website fail periodically erodes that reliable perception.
  • It has allowed different areas of the company to approach our team and work in a cohesive manner.
Dave Sell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cascade Server

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Clickability

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cascade Server
9.8
Clickability
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cascade Server
9.1
Clickability
5.5

Usability

Cascade Server
9.1
Clickability
7.5

Reliability and Availability

Cascade Server
6.7
Clickability

Performance

Cascade Server
8.0
Clickability

Support Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
Clickability
7.6

In-Person Training

Cascade Server
7.0
Clickability

Online Training

Cascade Server
5.0
Clickability

Implementation Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
Clickability
7.3

Scalability

Cascade Server
5.0
Clickability

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