Contentful vs. Plone

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Contentful
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Contentful is a cloud based CMS solution that provides the ability to manage content across multiple platforms.The editing interface allows for managing content interactively and provides developers the ability to deliver the content with the programming language and template framework of their choice.
$489
Plone
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Plone is a free and open source content management system built on top of the Zope application server. Plone can be used for any kind of website, including blogs, internet sites, webshops, and internal websites.N/A
Pricing
ContentfulPlone
Editions & Modules
Team
489/month
Community
Free
Enterprise
Custom
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ContentfulPlone
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
ContentfulPlone
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Contentful
8.0
9 Ratings
0% below category average
Plone
8.0
5 Ratings
0% below category average
Role-based user permissions8.09 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Contentful
8.1
10 Ratings
5% above category average
Plone
8.5
5 Ratings
10% above category average
API8.79 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language7.57 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Contentful
8.0
11 Ratings
5% above category average
Plone
8.0
6 Ratings
5% above category average
WYSIWYG editor7.34 Ratings8.06 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness9.07 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Admin section8.79 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Page templates7.64 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Library of website themes7.52 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design8.26 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Publishing workflow8.510 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Form generator7.01 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Contentful
8.3
10 Ratings
12% above category average
Plone
7.8
5 Ratings
6% above category average
Content taxonomy8.59 Ratings7.05 Ratings
SEO support7.78 Ratings10.04 Ratings
Bulk management7.76 Ratings5.05 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions8.77 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Community / comment management9.01 Ratings9.05 Ratings
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ContentfulPlone
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Score 9.5 out of 10
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Score 9.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
ContentfulPlone
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(11 ratings)
9.0
(13 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(10 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ContentfulPlone
Likelihood to Recommend
Contentful
Well suited for our needs of multiple images for auto auctions from a variety of sellers. Pointing them to one platform is easier than attempting to use a variety of platforms as we were doing before (email, slack, Dropbox and Google Drive would randomly be used by a variety of employees )
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Plone
The larger your organization, the more appropriate Plone will be. This is not to say that Plone is a worse choice for small websites, only that the minimum investment for a Plone site is certainly higher than for other platforms. If you already use Plone for your site and are looking for a redesign or an overhaul, I would only advise switching to a different platform such as WordPress or Drupal if your organization is downsizing. For any other situation, Plone is the natural choice for your growth.
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Pros
Contentful
  • Flexible. This CMS can be easily extended and provide access to dynamic content
  • Simple. The WYSWG is very easy to work with and identifying pages and content in the system is fairly easy
  • Clean Interface. The interface is clean and uncluttered keeping focus on the content and not other factors.
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Plone
  • Plone is a folder-based system, organising content in a similar way desktop-users are doing for the last two decades. No need to teach non-tech customers some relational-database like paradigm for content management.
  • Plone is secure. It is the most secure CMS you can get your hands on.
  • Plone is flexible, and makes fast development easy.
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Cons
Contentful
  • Contentful uses "references" to allow you to build very modular content. If I have a "slider" content type, I can create a "slide" content type which references a "button" content type, and so forth. This works well, but I occasionally wish there was a better solution for one-off content, like a settings page. Currently, this is done for creating an entire content type called "settings" with a single entry. Not a big deal, but not ideal, either.
  • There are a few quirks with GatsbyJS integration, etc, but these issues are being fixed and improved upon very quickly.
  • A minor gripe, but Contentful does not have a way to organize fields within an entry. Entries with many fields are somewhat tiresome to scroll through.
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Plone
  • Not everything is configurable or editable by Plone, and when you need to adjust or add custom pieces in, you need to deal with Zope. Zope has an ugly, confusing and difficult UI and structure as a backend.
  • Using 3rd party products is difficult to do - there are a few different ways to get them installed, all of which take a bit of luck to get right.
  • Building custom products for Plone is not fun. You've got to deal with an archaic framework to tie in that is not well documented (there is documentation about many things, but not great documentation and there are a lot of holes in the documentation).
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Likelihood to Renew
Contentful
No answers on this topic
Plone
I no longer use Plone because I got an internship in the web development field and my current place of employment uses their own content management system that they created. After getting to know other CMS's and similar software and comparing them to Plone, I would enjoy using Plone again in the future, but there are more complicated software that I'd like to learn as I progress in my field of study.
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Usability
Contentful
No answers on this topic
Plone
Compared to the amount of Plone sites, users and customizations we have in our organization, the amount of support requests and training needed is really small
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Performance
Contentful
No answers on this topic
Plone
Plone is very intensive in its operations, and if not configured well it can be slow. However it is designed and built with speed in mind and with proper use of coding, templates and caching can perform extremely well under high loads. It is capable of scaling to very high load availability environments with no specific coding requirements.
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Alternatives Considered
Contentful
In the past we've used WordPress to manage documentation content. WordPress was more flexible than Contentful but also prone to inconsistencies and we ended having a lot of hacks to accomplish various WordPress tricks. With Contentful there's less ambiguity so content producers are less likely to go astray. We also have our own in-house programmatic template solution for managing content, but this was a previous pain point when we needed to get the dev team to do a deploy for every content change.
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Plone
Drupal: Plone is cheaper, so with Drupal is more complex to reach the required ROI. However, Drupal has a lower learning curve WordPress: For our necessities it has a more expensive learning curve than plone. Joomla, is easier to use. However, it have some issues on security and web content where Plone is much better
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Return on Investment
Contentful
  • Positive - new hires are able to get onboarded quicker with us using Contentful
  • Positive - we can customize the journey of what modules/material the user sees after a course/video/article
  • Positive - it's been an overall game changer when hiring external candidates who need extensive training
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Plone
  • As a development company Plone allows us to provide complex web applications in a short amount of time.
  • Plone is quite robust and reliable so when you customize some parts you do not risk to damage other parts. This is quite positive for a web development framework,
  • Plone allows our clients to spread their activities among different employees improving the efficiency of content generation and management.
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