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CommonSpot is a Web platform that includes a content management system, an application development framework, marketing solutions, and social media features from PaperThin, Inc, a privately held, MA-based company. PaperThin's customers span multiple industries, including: government, healthcare, higher education, and association/non-profit sectors.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/c6/2w/CI7CI7TE8CWM.jpegCommonspot is more than just common!Commonspot is being used by my department and organization to construct and maintain websites. We are also able to focus primarily on content as well as integrate updates across various web pages for the wider public. Commonspot is a great business investment because a person can become skilled at building web pages and managing this web content system easily thereby making them more efficient in their work performance thereby reducing staff turnaround.,CommonSpot allows any person with basic web abilities to edit and maintain sites. CommonSpot allows anyone with basic web abilities to focus on content management and to not be consumed with the complexities of HTML . My organization's marketers are able to optimize digital content and email campaigns across all web channels especially social media.,Commonspot needs to improve on its authoring feature. It is impossible to author on more than one page at a time . (One must always click on "View work on all changes") before switching between pages otherwise, the changes will not be saved. CommonSpot does not support sharing the definition of any custom element or any template layouts. Therefore, one must recreate these in each site. In Commonspot, a user who has to manage content in multiple sites will have to log in to each site to see and act on any actions.,8,Better customer service Improved accountability as it regards tracking the tasks assigned to which employee Improved accountability led to increased employee efficiency,Zendesk,Content Author / Administrator,More than 10,000 pagesCommonSpot: Web Content Management for the Common PersonCommonSpot is used by all departments within the organization to host and edit the website. The organization as a whole utilized CommonSpot for editing of the main website pages, while each department used CommonSpot to edit their individual web pages. It's sole usage, as far as I was able to understand it, was to host and edit the web content for the organization's website.,I think CommonSpot's greatest strength is its ease of use. It's relatively intuitive in it's usage, so it therefore makes it easy to train new people to use it. Within my usage of it, our options were limited, which again added to it's ease of use.,It was difficult sometimes to make edits once they had been done. Going back and adding something would cause the whole page to reformat and made it incredibly difficult to make small changes. This is perhaps due to the limited options from our organization, but the options were boring. As a result, CommonSpot often bore the brunt of our frustrations in not being able to make the site more attractive. Adding a link was a tedious process that always seemed like it could have been done with a cut and paste instead of uploading the link address and connecting it to the word.,6,I was working in a religious institution and based upon our usage and audience, there was no ROI to speak of. Our usage was more for providing information than having any type of interaction. In that instance, it worked very well.,,The Raisers Edge,Content Author / Administrator,10-100 pages,Adding pages is really easy.,8
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February 23, 2016

User Review: "Commonspot is more than just common!"

Score 8 out of 10
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Commonspot is being used by my department and organization to construct and maintain websites. We are also able to focus primarily on content as well as integrate updates across various web pages for the wider public. Commonspot is a great business investment because a person can become skilled at building web pages and managing this web content system easily thereby making them more efficient in their work performance thereby reducing staff turnaround.
  • CommonSpot allows any person with basic web abilities to edit and maintain sites.
  • CommonSpot allows anyone with basic web abilities to focus on content management and to not be consumed with the complexities of HTML .
  • My organization's marketers are able to optimize digital content and email campaigns across all web channels especially social media.
  • Commonspot needs to improve on its authoring feature. It is impossible to author on more than one page at a time . (One must always click on "View work on all changes") before switching between pages otherwise, the changes will not be saved.
  • CommonSpot does not support sharing the definition of any custom element or any template layouts. Therefore, one must recreate these in each site.
  • In Commonspot, a user who has to manage content in multiple sites will have to log in to each site to see and act on any actions.
Commonspot is well suited for web content management to be conducted by individuals with low-level web skills.
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February 20, 2016

Review: "CommonSpot: Web Content Management for the Common Person"

Score 6 out of 10
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CommonSpot is used by all departments within the organization to host and edit the website. The organization as a whole utilized CommonSpot for editing of the main website pages, while each department used CommonSpot to edit their individual web pages. It's sole usage, as far as I was able to understand it, was to host and edit the web content for the organization's website.
  • I think CommonSpot's greatest strength is its ease of use. It's relatively intuitive in it's usage, so it therefore makes it easy to train new people to use it.
  • Within my usage of it, our options were limited, which again added to it's ease of use.
  • It was difficult sometimes to make edits once they had been done. Going back and adding something would cause the whole page to reformat and made it incredibly difficult to make small changes.
  • This is perhaps due to the limited options from our organization, but the options were boring. As a result, CommonSpot often bore the brunt of our frustrations in not being able to make the site more attractive.
  • Adding a link was a tedious process that always seemed like it could have been done with a cut and paste instead of uploading the link address and connecting it to the word.
I do actually think CommonSpot is pretty well suited when the organization that you work for requires very specific parameters on site design. It was very clear what could be used and what could not in the design of individual department pages. The other thing I think CommonSpot is best suited for is website content management done by people with little or no website content management experience. It's very intuitive and easy to use and thus, easy to train people on.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (1)
7
Code quality / cleanliness (1)
6
Admin section (2)
6.5
Page templates (2)
7.0
Library of website themes (1)
7
Publishing workflow (2)
7.0
Form generator (1)
4
Content taxonomy (2)
7.5
SEO support (2)
7.0
Bulk management (1)
8
Availability / breadth of extensions (1)
7
Community / comment management (1)
9

About CommonSpot

CommonSpot is a Web platform that includes a content management system, an application development framework, marketing solutions, and social media features from PaperThin, Inc, a privately held, MA-based company. CommonSpot is designed to address the requirements of web content management, web experience management, brand management, social media management, document management, and community management, while satisfying the needs of digital marketers and business users at every technical level.

PaperThin's customers span multiple industries, including: government, healthcare, higher education, and association/non-profit sectors. Customers such as American University, Hasbro, Sharp HealthCare, and The National Park Service work with CommonSpot to make their multi-channel digital marketing efforts more effective.

Categories:  Content Management

CommonSpot Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:Yes