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Score 7.8 out of 100

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

Joomla

Using Joomla!, you don't need to be a web development expert to build the most creative websites; it provides everything you need and is quite intuitive. Most tasks can be easily accomplished using Joomla! modules. The benefits of Joomla! include learning site analysis, metadata, structure, and navigation to create a professional website. It's worth it.
Sergey Gvozdetskiy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Cascade Server
8.0
Joomla
8.7
Role-based user permissions
Cascade Server
8.0
Joomla
8.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Cascade Server
7.2
Joomla
8.4
API
Cascade Server
7.1
Joomla
8.2
Internationalization / multi-language
Cascade Server
7.3
Joomla
8.5

Web Content Creation

Cascade Server
7.1
Joomla
7.9
WYSIWYG editor
Cascade Server
6.3
Joomla
7.4
Code quality / cleanliness
Cascade Server
6.1
Joomla
8.0
Admin section
Cascade Server
7.9
Joomla
8.5
Page templates
Cascade Server
8.9
Joomla
7.9
Library of website themes
Cascade Server
5.5
Joomla
7.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Cascade Server
7.0
Joomla
7.8
Publishing workflow
Cascade Server
8.9
Joomla
7.9
Form generator
Cascade Server
6.4
Joomla
8.2

Web Content Management

Cascade Server
6.9
Joomla
8.2
Content taxonomy
Cascade Server
7.9
Joomla
8.5
SEO support
Cascade Server
7.0
Joomla
7.9
Bulk management
Cascade Server
8.9
Joomla
8.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Cascade Server
6.0
Joomla
8.0
Community / comment management
Cascade Server
4.8
Joomla
8.3

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

Joomla

  • Multiple templates assigned on a page-level basis allow fine-grained control of your site design
  • Excellent ACL out-of-the-box means you can have a mutli-user website up and running without needing to install anything additional
  • Straightforward control panel and useful help features and documentation make it easy for people to manage their own websites
Lisa Keyser | 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

Joomla

  • Updating was never as seamless/easy as it seems to be with Wordpress. Obviously we accounted for this with our own workflow/methods, but I remember whenever we did WordPress updates it always seemed a breeze compared to the time/energy involved with a Joomla update/upgrade.
  • For a while (I think this has changed some) Joomla left itself open to attacks when administrators were not as well versed as they should be. There were developer additions that did security checks/audits for you, but the CMS was the subject of a lot of attacks when left in the hands of our clients for a long time (who had changed permissions to make editing easier/convenient). Ideally the CMS would have been more restrictive on some of these things to prevent easy abuse. Obviously this is more the fault of the misinformed/human then the CMS, but it could have been more dummy-proof.
  • No native versioning. There are some community extensions that add this functionality, but they pale in comparison to the versioning plugins of other CMS's (WordPress specifically). Again this was some time ago and in our experience, it could have changed by now.
Anonymous | 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

Joomla

Joomla 10.0
Based on 28 answers
I gave it a rating of 10 because I just love how Joomla! works, how it is set up and how it handles many users. Also it is very fast, and there is no overload on the MySQL database or servers ever.
Leontine Vandermeer | 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

Joomla

Joomla 9.9
Based on 7 answers
Joomla! 3.x is easily installed either manually or via a script provided by your host. It contains most of the tools needed to begin creating websites right from the start. Those features that it doesn't have are easily installed via links and buttons from the thousands of extensions available in the community
Rita Lewis | 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

Joomla

Joomla 9.9
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Cascade Server

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

Joomla

Joomla 7.8
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.
James Fauria | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Joomla

Joomla 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Between the core Joomla developers who are excellent at answering questions and providing support, you have a whole community of developers who work with Joomla and are happy to help fellow developers out answering questions and supporting the Joomla project. Out of the many communities I am involved in for open-source software, Joomla's community is by far the best.
Jen Garfinkel-Canseco | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cascade Server

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

Joomla

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

Joomla

Joomla 6.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Joomla

Joomla 8.7
Based on 3 answers
Joomla has gone through tremendous growing pains. It is now better than ever. But before, when it was going from 1.5-2.5, the templates and plugins would break over and over again. If you don't understand what Joomla was trying to do back then, you might have a bad attitude toward it. Today, those pains are over and things don't break like they used to during that time period.
James Fauria | 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

Joomla

We tested other platforms like WordPress, Magento and some local CMS. 
But Joomla offered us better resources for generating content.
Joomla is a CMS suitable for many types of projects, especially if you have several people editing content at the same time.
It allows you to maintain visual standardization and offers many options for working with images.
With its ability to control access to different articles, categories or even different components, it is a great tool, even if they are managed by different people.
Fernanda Ministerio | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cascade Server

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

Joomla

Joomla 9.9
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Joomla

  • Joomla has reduced our costs of rolling out a new website because it uses less developer time and can be rolled out by individual users as needed.
  • Joomla has a lot of extensions and add-ons that make it easy to create and implement advanced solutions quickly.
Miles Szkoda | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cascade Server

General

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

Joomla

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
Joomla
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

Cascade Server
9.1
Joomla
10.0

Usability

Cascade Server
9.1
Joomla
9.9

Reliability and Availability

Cascade Server
6.7
Joomla
9.9

Performance

Cascade Server
8.0
Joomla
7.8

Support Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
Joomla
10.0

In-Person Training

Cascade Server
7.0
Joomla

Online Training

Cascade Server
5.0
Joomla
6.0

Implementation Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
Joomla
8.7

Scalability

Cascade Server
5.0
Joomla
9.9

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