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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Score 8.3 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Cascade Server ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Security, Platform & Infrastructure
  • Wix ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Web Content Creation, Web Content Management

Security

8.0

Cascade Server

80%
7.2

Wix

72%
Cascade Server ranks higher in 1/1 features

Role-based user permissions

8.0
80%
19 Ratings
7.2
72%
58 Ratings

Platform & Infrastructure

7.1

Cascade Server

71%
6.9

Wix

69%
Cascade Server ranks higher in 2/2 features

API

7.0
70%
12 Ratings
6.8
68%
42 Ratings

Internationalization / multi-language

7.3
73%
7 Ratings
7.0
70%
31 Ratings

Web Content Creation

7.1

Cascade Server

71%
7.3

Wix

73%
Wix ranks higher in 5/8 features

WYSIWYG editor

6.1
61%
19 Ratings
7.8
78%
79 Ratings

Code quality / cleanliness

6.0
60%
18 Ratings
7.3
73%
65 Ratings

Admin section

8.0
80%
19 Ratings
7.5
75%
81 Ratings

Page templates

9.0
90%
17 Ratings
7.1
71%
90 Ratings

Library of website themes

5.5
55%
2 Ratings
7.3
73%
87 Ratings

Mobile optimization / responsive design

7.0
70%
15 Ratings
7.0
70%
90 Ratings

Publishing workflow

9.0
90%
19 Ratings
7.6
76%
76 Ratings

Form generator

6.4
64%
7 Ratings
7.2
72%
73 Ratings

Web Content Management

6.9

Cascade Server

69%
7.2

Wix

72%
Wix ranks higher in 3/5 features

Content taxonomy

8.0
80%
13 Ratings
7.3
73%
63 Ratings

SEO support

7.0
70%
14 Ratings
7.7
77%
71 Ratings

Bulk management

9.0
90%
14 Ratings
6.9
69%
46 Ratings

Availability / breadth of extensions

6.0
60%
11 Ratings
6.9
69%
65 Ratings

Community / comment management

4.8
48%
5 Ratings
7.0
70%
51 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cascade Server is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • Wix is rated higher in 3 areas: Availability, Performance, Product Scalability

Likelihood to Recommend

9.9

Cascade Server

99%
44 Ratings
8.4

Wix

84%
90 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
26 Ratings
7.0

Wix

70%
4 Ratings

Usability

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
4 Ratings
8.0

Wix

80%
7 Ratings

Availability

6.7

Cascade Server

67%
8 Ratings
9.9

Wix

99%
3 Ratings

Performance

8.0

Cascade Server

80%
2 Ratings
9.9

Wix

99%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
10 Ratings
6.0

Wix

60%
1 Rating

In-Person Training

7.0

Cascade Server

70%
1 Rating

Wix

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

5.0

Cascade Server

50%
1 Rating

Wix

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
8 Ratings
8.0

Wix

80%
1 Rating

Product Scalability

5.0

Cascade Server

50%
1 Rating
8.0

Wix

80%
2 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

Wix

Wix is well suited for start-ups wanting to create a website to promote their products and services but can not afford to pay for an expert to create it for them. It also offers a free plan for those with little to zero budget or business domain. I have and will continue to recommend the Wix website for those types of customers that I encourage to start with their business idea and test to see its viability by getting set up online
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | 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

Wix

  • User-Friendliness: Wix is a lot easier to navigate than other web-building sites. Oftentimes it's like Wix does the thinking for you instead of just throwing endless options at you and complicating the process.
  • Unique Content: Many services for generating websites, images, videos, etc. are starting to look the same and, for that matter, they're starting to look stale. What Wix offers feels fresher and cleaner.
  • Reliability & Respectfulness: We have yet to incur any issues that have affected our web properties or routine to this point. Furthermore, Wix does not constantly throw new offers or new pricing or new requirements at us. They value you where you are.
Kristen Zatina | 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

Wix

  • One place where Wix falls short of other CMS's is with insights and analytics. On other platforms, I can instantly see how many page views I received, what time the pages were viewed, location, etc. But seeing this information on Wix requires a Google Analytics integration that is not automatically included when you make an account. You have to first go to Google Analytics to make an account, then come back to Wix to activate the integration, it's a little time-consuming for a feature that most CMS's come with instantly.
Brittney Collier | 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

Cascade Server Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Wix

General

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

Starting Price

$14 per month

Wix Editions & Modules

Edition
Website Plan - Combo$141
Website Plan - Unlimited$181
Website Plan - Pro$231
Website Plan - VIP$391
Business & e Commerce Plans - Business Basic$231
Business & e Commerce Plans - Business Unlimited$271
Business & e Commerce Plans - Business VIP$491
Enterprise$5001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

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

Wix

Wix 7.0
Based on 4 answers
We will definitely renew Wix. The ability to completely control our website has been invaluable to us. We will maintain this service as long as we are an incorporated organization, we've tried several other software options and this has been the best solution by far for all of our needs.
Kalyn Hoffman | 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

Wix

Wix 8.0
Based on 7 answers
Great customization, but a pain to backtrack. They recently added the ability to set fonts etc as headings, title, body etc, but if you did not begin your build with these presets you are screwed if you ever try to change font/ colors/layout etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cascade Server

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

Wix

Wix 9.9
Based on 3 answers
I never had an outage issue per say. I would say it was very reliable of a website building platform and as a marketing source there was never any issues connecting it to the server. I don’t recall there being any editing tools or hosting issues. Nothing went down when using it.
Sarah Lightman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cascade Server

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

Wix

Wix 9.9
Based on 3 answers
Not complex at all. It teaches you how to use their platform in a dynamic way. Each tutorial offers an explanation that can be reviewed later on. The connection speed of a web page has been smooth so far, with no major problems regarding this subject. Overall, Wix can manage 10+ pages with great connection speed.
Horacio Carcamo | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Wix

Wix 6.0
Based on 1 answer
As stated before I didn’t use the support as I did not have the feature and did not often enough need the help. I was able to figure it out mostly on my own by exploring the site. I’ve found exploring and playing on it told me how to do most things.
Sarah Lightman | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cascade Server

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

Wix

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

Wix

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

Wix

Wix 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Like I said I was a beginner so it was fun to navigate and teach myself how to implement the features when building and maintaining my site. It was a fairly easy place to host my domain, and creat something simple.
Sarah Lightman | 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

Wix

Wix is a great starting platform for anyone looking to create a website. It definitely holds its own against any other all in one website creation platform. The one thing I would say is if your main focus is solely on eCommerce you may be better off using something like Squarespace which is specifically designed for that market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cascade Server

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

Wix

Wix 8.0
Based on 2 answers
I give this rating to Wix because it's a great content creator. It has a great platform and also offers great customer service. If you encounter any technical issues, with Wix you will find a solution. For premium members or domain holders, this is the same as for Trial members or non-domain holders.
Horacio Carcamo | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Wix

  • The data-driven, dynamic pages will eliminate an entire part of our event launch process. Multiplied across 60 events, over several years, that will save us a ton of time but also vastly increase the quality of our presentation.
  • The data-driven pages will also give us the ability to archive past events and radio shows in an easily searchable manner. This will be helpful for us when it comes to booking new events as well. (It has been no small feat for me to figure out the code to get this all working, though!)
  • This new site will reflect our brand and organization vastly better than our old site. It will make our organization appear much more professional and legitimate.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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