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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Score 5.2 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Security

    8.0

    Cascade Server

    80%

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cascade Server ranks higher in 1/1 features

    Role-based user permissions

    8.0
    80%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Platform & Infrastructure

    7.1

    Cascade Server

    71%

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cascade Server ranks higher in 2/2 features

    API

    7.0
    70%
    12 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Internationalization / multi-language

    7.3
    73%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Web Content Creation

    7.1

    Cascade Server

    71%

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cascade Server ranks higher in 8/8 features

    WYSIWYG editor

    6.1
    61%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Code quality / cleanliness

    6.0
    60%
    18 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Admin section

    8.0
    80%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Page templates

    9.0
    90%
    17 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Library of website themes

    5.5
    55%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile optimization / responsive design

    7.0
    70%
    15 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Publishing workflow

    9.0
    90%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Form generator

    6.4
    64%
    7 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Web Content Management

    6.9

    Cascade Server

    69%

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cascade Server ranks higher in 5/5 features

    Content taxonomy

    8.0
    80%
    13 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    SEO support

    7.0
    70%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Bulk management

    9.0
    90%
    14 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability / breadth of extensions

    6.0
    60%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Community / comment management

    4.8
    48%
    5 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Cascade Server is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.9

    Cascade Server

    99%
    44 Ratings
    7.0

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    70%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Renew

    9.1

    Cascade Server

    91%
    26 Ratings
    7.0

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    70%
    1 Rating

    Usability

    9.1

    Cascade Server

    91%
    4 Ratings

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Availability

    6.7

    Cascade Server

    67%
    8 Ratings

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    8.0

    Cascade Server

    80%
    2 Ratings

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    9.1

    Cascade Server

    91%
    10 Ratings

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    7.0

    Cascade Server

    70%
    1 Rating

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Online Training

    5.0

    Cascade Server

    50%
    1 Rating

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    9.1

    Cascade Server

    91%
    8 Ratings

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    5.0

    Cascade Server

    50%
    1 Rating

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    Working with a large amount of web content where there is a need to focus on related content.
    Jordan Payne | TrustRadius Reviewer

    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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    • Speed and efficiency
    • Roles and content control
    • Related content
    Jordan Payne | 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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    • User Interface was good but heavy, with Java powering the backbone I recall finding this somewhat troublesome at the time.
    Jordan Payne | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cascade Server

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    General

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

    Starting Price

    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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform 7.0
    Based on 1 answer
    I don't work with Squiz any more so it's difficult to say, that said, the site is still running on the same CMS so obviously it's still considered a great platform
    Jordan Payne | 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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Reliability and Availability

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 6.7
    Based on 8 answers
    Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
    Graham Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 8.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Does a great job.
    Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 9.1
    Based on 10 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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    In-Person Training

    Cascade Server

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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    Cascade Server

    Cascade Server 9.1
    Based on 8 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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    Easier to work with
    Jordan Payne | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Scalability

    Cascade Server

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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    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

    Squiz Digital Experience Platform

    • Having a single powerful CMS platform that would integrate a number of organisations that had recently merged - Squiz was a big part of bringing our web architecture together gracefully.
    • Increased employee efficiency
    Jordan Payne | TrustRadius Reviewer

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