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Score 7.9 out of 100
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Score 5.7 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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

Episerver CMS provides a very well rounded system that will meet the needs of most businesses, in my experience. The biggest draw-back that I've seen with the underlying system is the response time in the back-end. Being on the digital experience cloud allows you to spread the load between services, but our experience has shown, even with a distributed network, the response time on the back-end can prove time-consuming and have delays in loading for content writers/editors. If there's a lot of hands-on, constantly, you will need to make sure the architecture has the response time your team needs.
Sean Haddy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Cascade Server
8.0
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
7.7
Role-based user permissions
Cascade Server
8.0
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
7.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Cascade Server
7.2
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
5.8
API
Cascade Server
7.1
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
5.2
Internationalization / multi-language
Cascade Server
7.3
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
6.3

Web Content Creation

Cascade Server
7.1
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
5.1
WYSIWYG editor
Cascade Server
6.3
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
6.9
Code quality / cleanliness
Cascade Server
6.1
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
5.4
Admin section
Cascade Server
7.9
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
5.9
Page templates
Cascade Server
8.9
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
3.7
Library of website themes
Cascade Server
5.5
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
2.1
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Cascade Server
7.0
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
4.6
Publishing workflow
Cascade Server
8.9
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
6.9
Form generator
Cascade Server
6.4
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
5.0

Web Content Management

Cascade Server
6.9
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
5.3
Content taxonomy
Cascade Server
7.9
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
6.0
SEO support
Cascade Server
7.0
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
5.1
Bulk management
Cascade Server
8.9
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
6.5
Availability / breadth of extensions
Cascade Server
6.0
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
4.2
Community / comment management
Cascade Server
4.8
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
4.6

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

  • Ektron CMS is reliable and performs well. Outages are extremely rare, and the site is fast.
  • The Ektron CMS content editor is easy to use, and updates can be made by non-technical people. The Ektron site synchronization process allows us to automatically publish updates every 30 minutes. This is very important to the resort's marketing efforts during the busy ski season.
  • This is straight from the marketing department: 'Ektron CMS is user friendly for non-technical people, and it allows us to be more effective in our marketing efforts.
Joy Kilmer | 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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

  • Ektron's user interface could use a complete overhaul, beginning with the odd logical separation between "Library" items and "Content." From an end-user perspective these distinctions are completely irrelevant and only serve to confuse everyone.
  • The way Ektron reads html in the code editor is unfathomable. White space is dealt with in a completely unconventional and error prone way and the text editor often inserts immense amounts of unnecessary markup that often causes problems and bugs.
  • Ektron contains so many bugs its almost impossible to list them all. As the main editor of the website, my standard answer to any standard functionality requests is "no" because Ektron charges inordinate sums of money for those functions and even if we do custom manage our own solution, it would likely cause the entire system to crash.
  • Ektron is very very slow.
  • Ektron requires a seperate module for mobile/web-friendly websites. You can't just code it yourself. You have to buy their's.
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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud) 8.0
Based on 25 answers
Since I work on the implementation side of things, and do not directly own licensing for Ektron CMS, I have to base this rating off of how I think it will be received or presented to customers looking to start a new site deployment. I try to remain CMS agnostic, though my specialty is with the .NET and Microsoft stack. Because of the experience I have working with Ektron, I tend to be more forgiving with the shortcomings as I am familiar with how to work around them or past them from experience. Being familiar with the community available also helps, as you become familiar with the best approaches to find solutions to your issues. Each product has it's ups and downs and all of them are only going to be as good as the company or development team implementing them can make them. This is EXTREMELY important to remember when choosing a CMS, as it can make or break your expensive investment.
Anonymous | 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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud) 6.5
Based on 5 answers
Usability principles have been a part of modern web application development for some time now. Ektron lags behind in this area. It's not that the back end is terrible, but to me it does not reflect commitment, expertise, and a systematic approach to usability in Ektron's development process. There are too many UI idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies for my liking.
John Shea | 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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud) 9.2
Based on 8 answers
Unplanned outages or errors are fairly rare in our instance. And when there are issues, they're usually fixed fairly quickly
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cascade Server

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud) 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Working with Ektron Support has always been a pleasure. They are quick to respond, extremely knowledgeable, and truly care about resolving your issue. I have never once been disappointed with their response.
Jenn Murray | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cascade Server

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud) 6.7
Based on 3 answers
Ektron is one of the best solution for .Net platform. Over the years have improved the performance issues that the previous versions had. My only complain is right now you can't do Page builder pages if you choose to have a MVC architecture
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud) 8.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

I believe that EPiServer is here to stay; and, we routinely see them competing against other similar .NET technology platforms in this space (IE: Sitecore & Ektron). Experis has been following the Gartner Magic Quadrant and Forrester Wave reviews; and, EPiServer is well positioned to move into the "Leaders" quadrant in the near future (as of the 2013 Gartner Magic Quadrant, EPiServer was listed in the "Visionaries" quadrant).
Jonathan Graham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cascade Server

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

  • Better efficiency and control over content. Faster creation of content specifically marketing campaign based landing pages. Easier implementation and tracking site visitor info and support for mobile has been easier to maintain.
  • Ektron has a wealth of features. implementing these requires in depth training and planning.
Chris Chodnicki | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Cascade Server

Pricing Details

Cascade Server

General

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

Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cascade Server
9.8
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
5.5

Likelihood to Renew

Cascade Server
9.1
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
8.0

Usability

Cascade Server
9.1
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
6.5

Reliability and Availability

Cascade Server
6.7
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
9.2

Performance

Cascade Server
8.0
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

Support Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
8.0

In-Person Training

Cascade Server
7.0
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

Online Training

Cascade Server
5.0
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
6.7

Implementation Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)
8.0

Scalability

Cascade Server
5.0
Optimizely Content Cloud (formerly Episerver Content Cloud)

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