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Score 7.4 out of 100

WordPress

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Score 8.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • WordPress ranks higher in 4 feature sets: Security, Platform & Infrastructure, Web Content Creation, Web Content Management

Security

8.0

Cascade Server

80%
8.4

WordPress

84%
WordPress ranks higher in 1/1 features

Role-based user permissions

8.0
80%
19 Ratings
8.4
84%
125 Ratings

Platform & Infrastructure

7.1

Cascade Server

71%
8.3

WordPress

83%
WordPress ranks higher in 2/2 features

API

7.0
70%
12 Ratings
8.3
83%
91 Ratings

Internationalization / multi-language

7.3
73%
7 Ratings
8.4
84%
77 Ratings

Web Content Creation

7.1

Cascade Server

71%
8.2

WordPress

82%
WordPress ranks higher in 6/8 features

WYSIWYG editor

6.1
61%
19 Ratings
8.1
81%
118 Ratings

Code quality / cleanliness

6.0
60%
18 Ratings
7.8
78%
120 Ratings

Admin section

8.0
80%
19 Ratings
8.2
82%
129 Ratings

Page templates

9.0
90%
17 Ratings
8.3
83%
126 Ratings

Library of website themes

5.5
55%
2 Ratings
8.8
88%
128 Ratings

Mobile optimization / responsive design

7.0
70%
15 Ratings
8.5
85%
127 Ratings

Publishing workflow

9.0
90%
19 Ratings
8.4
84%
124 Ratings

Form generator

6.4
64%
7 Ratings
7.6
76%
105 Ratings

Web Content Management

6.9

Cascade Server

69%
8.4

WordPress

84%
WordPress ranks higher in 4/5 features

Content taxonomy

8.0
80%
13 Ratings
8.2
82%
111 Ratings

SEO support

7.0
70%
14 Ratings
8.2
82%
116 Ratings

Bulk management

9.0
90%
14 Ratings
7.8
78%
99 Ratings

Availability / breadth of extensions

6.0
60%
11 Ratings
9.3
93%
120 Ratings

Community / comment management

4.8
48%
5 Ratings
8.6
86%
119 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cascade Server is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
  • WordPress is rated higher in 5 areas: Usability, Availability, Performance, Online Training, Product Scalability
  • Cascade Server and WordPress are tied in 1 area: In-Person Training

Likelihood to Recommend

9.9

Cascade Server

99%
44 Ratings
8.9

WordPress

89%
167 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
26 Ratings
8.1

WordPress

81%
37 Ratings

Usability

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
4 Ratings
9.2

WordPress

92%
17 Ratings

Availability

6.7

Cascade Server

67%
8 Ratings
9.5

WordPress

95%
6 Ratings

Performance

8.0

Cascade Server

80%
2 Ratings
8.6

WordPress

86%
4 Ratings

Support Rating

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
10 Ratings
6.5

WordPress

65%
21 Ratings

In-Person Training

7.0

Cascade Server

70%
1 Rating
7.0

WordPress

70%
1 Rating

Online Training

5.0

Cascade Server

50%
1 Rating
10.0

WordPress

100%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
8 Ratings
9.0

WordPress

90%
18 Ratings

Product Scalability

5.0

Cascade Server

50%
1 Rating
10.0

WordPress

100%
1 Rating

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

WordPress

If your business relies heavily on content creation, and particularly on blog posts, then WordPress is really the best option you have. But if you don't have a blog, you only need static pages, or you want to build an eCommerce site, then you might want to explore other alternatives.
Sebastian Correa Marsico | 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

WordPress

  • WordPress is incredibly easy to set up and get running with little to no technical knowledge. Most web hosts will do it for you, since it's so easy.
  • With thousands of themes available for free and for low cost, WordPress can accommodate any design you can imagine.
  • The community behind WordPress is generous, and there are loads of educational opportunities both online and in person to learn and connect with other users.
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

WordPress

  • WordPress breaks often so you need to have someone who understands how to troubleshoot, which can take time and money.
  • Some plugins are easier to customize than others, for example, some don't require any coding knowledge while others do. This can limit your project if you are not a coder.
  • WordPress can be easily hacked, so you also need someone who can ensure your sites are secure.
Anonymous | 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

WordPress

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

WordPress

WordPress 8.1
Based on 37 answers
My rating is based on the knowledge I have of the community that WordPress has had built around it for years now. It's as solid as it comes when you talk about community involvement and expansion. There's no other CMS out there that can match-up with it, hands down.
Mathew Riexinger | 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

WordPress

WordPress 9.2
Based on 17 answers
I give it an 8 rating because it's a great piece of open-source software that can be customized easily. There is an ease of use and the customizations are a treat. There are a lot of themes to choose from (though paid themes are the best as they provide more support).
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

WordPress

WordPress 9.5
Based on 6 answers
Anyone can visit WordPress.org and download a fully functional copy of WordPress free of charge. Additionally, WordPress is offered to users as open-source software, which means that anyone can customize the code to create new applications and make these available to other WordPress users.
Martin Aranovitch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cascade Server

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

WordPress

WordPress 8.6
Based on 4 answers
Mostly, any performance issues have to do with using too many plugins and these can sometimes slow down the overall performance of your site. It is very tempting to start adding lots of plugins to your WordPress site, however, as there are thousands of great plugins to choose from and so many of them help you do amazing things on your site.If you begin to notice performance issues with your WordPress site (e.g. pages being slow to load), there are ways to optimize the performance of your site, but this requires learning the process. WordPress users can learn how to optimize their WordPress sites by downloading the WPTrainMe WordPress training plugin (WPTrainMe.com) and going through the detailed step-by-step WordPress optimization tutorials.
Martin Aranovitch | 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

WordPress

WordPress 6.5
Based on 21 answers
WordPress itself only has community service so your experience will depend on where you turn. Online, through forums and community boards, support is rudimentary but effective. You can easily turn to your local community and find exceptional individuals who know and use WordPress regularly for more advanced, inexpensive, support. I'm rating this less than 10 because of the lack of any formal support provided by a company.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cascade Server

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

WordPress

WordPress 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Varies by the person providing training. High marks as it's incredibly easy to find experienced individuals in your community to provide training on any aspect of WordPress from content marketing, SEO, plugin development, theme design, etc. Less than 10 though as the training is community based and expectations for a session you find may fall short.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Cascade Server

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

WordPress

WordPress 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It is very easy to find online resources to learn how to do just about anything with WordPress.
Lori Berkowitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

WordPress

WordPress 9.0
Based on 18 answers
WordPress is not a great solution if you have:1) A larger site with performance / availability requirements.2) Multiple types of content you want to share - each with its own underlying data structure.3) Multiple sites you need to manage.For very small sites where these needs are not paramount, WordPress is a decent solution
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

WordPress

We have considered and operated within Shopify and Squarespace. Both serve their purpose for niche clients, but we do recommend WordPress as being the superior option. We find that WordPress is easier to use and offers maximum scalability while the others are more challenging to design, code, configure and launch.
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

WordPress

WordPress 10.0
Based on 1 answer
WordPress is completely scalable. You can get started immediately with a very simple "out-of-the box" WordPress installation and then add whatever functionality you need as and when you need it, and continue expanding. Often we will create various WordPress sites on the same domain to handle different aspects of our strategy (e.g. one site for the sales pages, product information and/or a marketing blog, another for delivering products securely through a private membership site, and another for running an affiliate program or other application), and then ties all of these sites together using a common theme and links on each of the site's menus.Additionally, WordPress offers a multisite function that allows organizations and institutions to manage networks of sites managed by separate individual site owners, but centrally administered by the parent organization. You can also expand WordPress into a social networking or community site, forums, etc.The same scalability applies to web design. You can start with a simple design and then scale things up to display sites with amazing visual features, including animations and video effects, sliding images and animated product image galleries, elements that appear and fade from visitor browsers, etc.The scaling possibilities of WordPress are truly endless.
Martin Aranovitch | 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

WordPress

  • WordPress helps us reduce website management costs because we can oversee updates in-house.
  • WordPress is easy to use, reducing the amount of time we spend on website management.
  • The ease of use enables us to offer website management for clients, helping us grow our capabilities/business.
Jess Messenger | TrustRadius Reviewer

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