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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 you want to create a simple website, quite cheaply, and you don't have much technical knowledge, then Wordpress is a good place to start because there are so many tutorials you can follow to help you along the way. And you will need guidance the first time!It's also incredibly flexible so it becomes even more appropriate when creating sites like eCommerce or membership sites, or other more complicated developments. The code is "open source" so if you want a customized experienced web developer can edit the actual code running the site and create literally any type of experience or interaction that is needed.
James Crook ☛ Business Coach for Massage Therapists ☚ | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Cascade Server
8.0
WordPress
8.4
Role-based user permissions
Cascade Server
8.0
WordPress
8.4

Platform & Infrastructure

Cascade Server
7.2
WordPress
8.3
API
Cascade Server
7.1
WordPress
8.4
Internationalization / multi-language
Cascade Server
7.3
WordPress
8.1

Web Content Creation

Cascade Server
7.1
WordPress
8.3
WYSIWYG editor
Cascade Server
6.3
WordPress
8.4
Code quality / cleanliness
Cascade Server
6.1
WordPress
7.7
Admin section
Cascade Server
7.9
WordPress
8.5
Page templates
Cascade Server
8.9
WordPress
8.2
Library of website themes
Cascade Server
5.5
WordPress
8.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Cascade Server
7.0
WordPress
8.5
Publishing workflow
Cascade Server
8.9
WordPress
8.5
Form generator
Cascade Server
6.4
WordPress
7.7

Web Content Management

Cascade Server
6.9
WordPress
8.5
Content taxonomy
Cascade Server
7.9
WordPress
8.5
SEO support
Cascade Server
7.0
WordPress
8.2
Bulk management
Cascade Server
8.9
WordPress
7.6
Availability / breadth of extensions
Cascade Server
6.0
WordPress
9.2
Community / comment management
Cascade Server
4.8
WordPress
8.9

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

  • Flexibility - WordPress is open source software that can be used and shared by anyone. It is easy to distribute to many different teams or contributors.
  • Cost - the basic version of WordPress is free (you just have to pay for a domain and web hosting).
  • Plugins - because WordPress is so popular, there are tons of customizable plugins available that make managing your website very easy.
  • Support - again, because of the popularity and usage, there is a wealth of info, tutorials, and a dedicated community available to help with needs.
  • Easy drag and drop functionality - WordPress has different types of website build editors that allow for very easy drag and drop functionality, and easy customization in a user-friendly interface.
Anonymous | 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

  • Security. I have had several instances in working with WordPress over the years where security has been compromised. In all situations, it was related to unpatched installs but brings light to the fact that the system cannot be left alone. Regular maintenance is a must.
  • Sketchy third-party plug-ins. With 50,000+ plug-ins available, this isn't the Apple-curated App Store and some of the plug-ins can be questionable in both their quality and data collection habits. You should always be careful of where you download your plug-ins from. And ALWAYS keep them up-to-date (see point #1).
  • The amount of change can be somewhat of a workload to keep up with. Although it is not difficult and often 'one-click' in nature, it is not a set-it-and-forget-it type of platform.
Mitchel Laman | 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

WordPress

WordPress 8.8
Based on 38 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 8.3
Based on 18 answers
The quality of WordPress and ease of use is not comparable to other platforms. It's ideal that WordPress can be managed from any computer and mobile device since it's browser-based. Often with new software, I find there to be a significant steep learning curve; however, with WordPress it's relatively intuitive and there's plenty of available tutorials.
Tory Robinson | 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

WordPress

WordPress 9.5
Based on 3 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 1 answer
Does a great job.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

WordPress

WordPress 8.6
Based on 2 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 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

WordPress

WordPress 8.3
Based on 16 answers
There are forums for WordPress along with the Subreddit. I understand that this is an open-source product so they don't have a company supported helpline (which isn't feasible). It is a bit of a pain trying to Google the right solution for getting help from other experts. However, the support is pretty adequate as there are plenty of resources out there.
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 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

WordPress

WordPress 9.0
Based on 12 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

WordPress has a larger market share and it is friendly and widely used. Across organizations, it shows ease of use, ability to integrate, multiple paths for creating sites, designs, and much more. For volunteer based organizations, WordPress is ideal and provides a path to train stakeholders to empower business functions. Overall, it has been the favorite when compared to other platforms.
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

  • Many functionality of WordPress is free and is enough for a large number of sites
  • Implementing additional functionality through plugins/themes is usually more cost effective vs. implementing in-house using custom code
  • WordPress cuts down significantly on maintenance time as it is supported for a very long time by its developer community. (Very old versions of WP are still supported via updates)
Shion Song | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cascade Server

General

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

WordPress

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
WordPress
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Cascade Server
9.1
WordPress
8.8

Usability

Cascade Server
9.1
WordPress
8.3

Reliability and Availability

Cascade Server
6.7
WordPress
9.5

Performance

Cascade Server
8.0
WordPress
8.6

Support Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
WordPress
8.3

In-Person Training

Cascade Server
7.0
WordPress
7.0

Online Training

Cascade Server
5.0
WordPress
10.0

Implementation Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
WordPress
9.0

Scalability

Cascade Server
5.0
WordPress
10.0

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