Centercode vs. Higher Logic Vanilla

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Centercode
Score 7.1 out of 10
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Centercode Connect is a hosted software platform that provides all of the tools needed to run a beta program: recruiting, NDA management, product distribution, surveys, bug reports, forums, reporting, and more.
$500
per month
Higher Logic Vanilla
Score 6.0 out of 10
N/A
Higher Logic Vanilla is a customizable and themable forum software. It can be used for support communities, Q&A Communities and more. There are numerous integrations, including SSO, and connectors to popular software such as Mailchimp, WordPress, Zendesk and Salesforce.N/A
Pricing
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
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Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
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User Ratings
CentercodeHigher Logic Vanilla
Likelihood to Recommend
7.1
(7 ratings)
9.0
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(1 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
CentercodeHigher Logic Vanilla
Likelihood to Recommend
Centercode
It's not perfect but it definitely does its job and what its purpose for. The fact that we were able to access this globally and produce a great product after performing massive bera testing gave that "dev" feels eventhough we aren't. Seeing the cross comment add collaboration made it more intuitive because we were able to narrow down on the specifics of what we were actually testing
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Higher Logic
For companies that want to customize almost anything and make the forum look like your site, Vanilla Forums is the one for you. Customization and automation of the data via the API with other systems is more than possible and they serve to be great as a hosting provider, dealing with all the upgrades, deployments and maintenance and threat management well. I would say they might be less turn key for a small application but the fact they have an open source community, the ability to find help and information can lower the barrier of entry for most.
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Pros
Centercode
  • One stop destination for managing all aspects of testing, including community, recruiting, feedback (bugs, suggestions, surveys).
  • Easy way to communicate with testers and collect their feedback
  • Customizability, I can customize the platform to address differences between products.
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Higher Logic
  • Gamification: The ability to incentivise community members to get involved with ranks and badges is one of the main reasons that we purchased the tool.
  • Support: The Vanilla support team are incredible, often responding to issues very late at night and proactively fixing issues as soon as they occur.
  • Customisation: Vanilla can be completely styled with css allowing us to match it to the branding of the rest of our website.
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Cons
Centercode
  • Tag and attribute searching for forms, messages, and surveys
  • Report graphics with large datasets
  • More of a focus on B2B beta testing and not solely business to customer
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Higher Logic
  • There are some features I wish Vanilla would implement that could improve ease of use in our specific community, but some of the ideas we have are not necessarily something that would benefit all of the forums that Vanilla works with.
  • In the past, we've had issues with releases breaking some of our specific site features they built for us, but this has improved drastically recently.
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Likelihood to Renew
Centercode
Makes beta enjoyable.
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Higher Logic
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Usability
Centercode
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Higher Logic
It is very intuitive and simple to operate. Our customers immediately came up with the curve and began contributing content.
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Support Rating
Centercode
Tony is amazing. I look forward to our interactions.
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Higher Logic
They did an amazing job transferring our content from GetSatisfaction. We had almost 100% success in the transfer of 8 years worth of content.
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Alternatives Considered
Centercode
Centercode is better than Google Forms and Sheets for our use case of a long ongoing beta with participants rotating in and out 10000x times better. However, it might be a little too complex for what we needed. We may have been better off with something in the middle--a little more lightweight and cheaper.
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Higher Logic
From a footprint standpoint, Vanilla has less technical bloat than vbulletin or InVision, and it outdoes Lithium as far as features and service go. The bloat of other services and ability to use new ways of engaging communities such as through Reactions are part of the reason Vanilla was selected. However, the features are better on a couple more seasoned platforms and more equipped to deal with issues and technical problems.
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Return on Investment
Centercode
  • A project and beta testing that could've taken > 6 months or even years was cut down to a month and few weeks only
  • Overall accessibility, ease of use, and security were right on the money
  • Collaboration tools and features allowing everyone to innovate and spark great ideas and share it
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Higher Logic
  • Increased uptime and overall speed in the forum (compared to our previous phpbb solution)
  • Increased usage by users which resulted in a higher pages/session in a short amount of time
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ScreenShots

Centercode Screenshots

Screenshot of Project Homepage: This dashboard shows the heartbeat of your project and gives you quick access to key areas of the tool. Centercode also has a similar dashboard for your entire program so you can see all of your projects at a glance.Screenshot of Powerful Dashboards and Reports: Leverage data across your organization that drives product improvements and enhances projects. Whether it's user profiles, participation rates, or product issues all of your data is available on one platform.

Higher Logic Vanilla Screenshots

Screenshot of Looks great on any device, including desktop, tablet or mobile device.Screenshot of We offer over 60 plugins that can add functionality to your community.Screenshot of Many different themes to choose from, which you can further customize as you like.Screenshot of You have full access to edit HTML and CSS of your theme, to make any changes you need.