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The Ektron Web Content Management System was a content management offering optimized for web that is now discontinued. Its creator, Ektron, merged with Episerver in 2015 and operates under the Episerver name.https://media.trustradius.com/product-logos/ne/8T/A2D2R5H8Z6RP.JPEGEktron CMS : An Eye on the FutureWe use Ektron for our main website as a content publishing tool which integrats with our enrollment system as weel as course and programs catalog. In addition we use Ektron's smart form to develop online applications.it functions as a document repository for digital assets for public access, customer and internal access. Ektron has proven to be a rebost tool for editing and updating online content as well as providing an easy to use publishing workflow.,Ektron smart orm is a very powerful and easy to use tool which can be updated by content editors and leveraged by developers using XSLT or code behind classes Ektron Framework API provides developers with the right tools to extend and enrich the website's functionality. Publishing workflow Ektron's publishing and approval workflows allow multiple content editors to easily collaborate on updating a single content item in tandem. Site administrator to create approval workflows which integrate with the organization's business logic and hierarchy. eSync Tool Ektron's eSync tool allows for synchronization of content and application files of multiple environments, making migration of changes a seamless process.,Subdomains - Native support for multiple subdomains under one Ektron site,8,Ektron's easy publishing management features have allowed to publish content more efficiently and of higher quality Ektron allowed us to integrate information from our ERP and CRM systems which benefits our business goals.,,9,Professional services company,10,9Ektron system serves non-profitEktron CMS serves as the platform for seven of the organization's websites. The sites include a main, general organization identity website, and six smaller sites that support annual events and special interest campaigns. Sites are administered and updated by marketing staff, and a few other line department staff within the organization. The organization adopted Ektron CMS (at version 4) because it was cost-effective, and relatively easy to set up and manage.,The system has been very stable and dependable - up-time has been nearly 100%. Content editing is relatively simple and flexible, and it's easy to include images and video in page layouts. In user management, security and permissions are flexible and easy to administer. Content approval chains are simple to set up. The system includes advanced features such as manual or rule-based content aliasing, widget-based page layout, blogging, content rating, and integrated analytics. Ektron support staff are prompt and helpful when we encounter problems. Unlimited support is offered to licensees. The system integrates seamlessly with our organization's customer management system for e-commerce.,Content editing has become challenging as new browser versions are released. Some operations of the content editor in v8.6 are unstable with recent versions of IE, Firefox and Chrome, and can cause loss of work if the user is not careful. We hope this will be addressed in the next upgrade. Only other option would be to lock down browser upgrades in our shop, but that doesn't seem safe. The upgrade process has become more difficult with each new version. We used to perform upgrades and any needed cleanup in-house, but Ektron now recommends having this work done by a partner re-seller, adding significant cost. Site search was based on index-server until v8.0. It was simple to set up, very reliable and met all our needs. Newer versions are much more complex to setup and require more resources.,8,The system was simple enough to be set up and maintained by in-house staff. The initial purchase cost was much lower than competing systems. System use is reasonably intuitive - it is relatively easy to train new staff and for them to become productive.,RedPoint Data Management,Weblink,9,1,9,Professional services company,10Ektron - Reliable WCM (.NET) Platform for Multiple Industry VerticalsExperis is a global implementation partner for Ektron; and, as such, we develop specific solutions for a variety of customers to meet their business challenges. We have created and worked with Ektron solutions for those in the government, health care, education, non-profit, financial, software, hotel and manufacturing verticals. Primary CMS authors tend to be those in a marketing related role; and, then supported by the IT department. Typically, the implementations address the need to (1) manage content creation/workflow for the public websites (2) provide easy to use WYSIWYG editors to allow for quick content/page creations (3) manage translation needs (4) support the need for document repositories.,Translation Services - Ektron was one of the early adopters that understood the importance of the global community and the need to provide localized translations for a multinational audience. As such, Ektron has had a way to export content in standard XLIFF format that would allow different translations providers to review your word count and provide competitive pricing for your translation needs. Over time, Ektron has worked with software providers to make widgets available that will allow the exports to integrate with translation management systems to help provide near real-time view of the work being done. eSync - Early on in their software development road-map, Ektron identified the need for an easy file transfer system between servers so that the IT department would not need to be involved; and, ultimately give more control back to the CMS author/administrator. Ektron’s eSync allows users to synchronize content, assets, HTML pages and other website components (whether they are managed by Ektron or not) from server-to-server in real-time or on a predetermined schedule. Page Builder - When Ektron introduced PageBuilder, it was viewed as a game changer in that it provided more usability to the authors; and, reduced the need for IT staff to be involved with the website from a management perspective. Once a template has been created, any CMS author than can assign it for use and manipulate what/where on the page the content will reside using drop zones with drag-and-drop widgets. Aloha WYSIWYG Editor - All new versions of Ektron come with the Aloha editor (http://www.aloha-editor.org/) that allows users to create HTML5 complaint text/markup. The Aloha Editor is a semantic Rich Text Editor framework written in Javascript with best support of xHTML5.,Pricing - My concern around pricing is not limited to Ektron; but, is a symptomatic problem with the majority of the products in this space. Overtime, the pricing model has changed; and, has created a barrier to entry for smaller/mid market customers. Modules - Similar to pricing (and definitely not limited to Ektron), the optional add-on modules are attractive; but, have created a barrier to entry. During the sales process, varies modules/functionality are shown to entice the buyers decision making process; however, it becomes sticker shock when they learn that the modules are not part of the base model. eCommerce - I've been working with the Ektron product for close to 8 years; and, during this time, I have heard that there are only a handful (10 or less) eCommerce implementations running in a production environment today.,7,Increased Efficiency - Authors can easily create content, submit it via workflow for approval and schedule move to production without having to rely on IT staff/schedule. Time to Market - With the use of PageBuilder, Ektron has allowed customers to create custom landing pages/micro-sites with ease to (1) quickly respond to marketing/communication initiatives (2) use internal resources to save money versus having to request additional services from an outside partner.,,10Managing many sites with EktronAt AMN, Ektron is used by the Marketing department so they can manage and edit content without IT intervention. Marketing also uses the tool to build and publish campaign landing pages. The IT department uses Ektron to manage website templates for both desktop and mobile.,Landing page creation. Marketing can quickly learn to create pages on the fly. Easy to do. Managing content and graphics. Clean interface and easy to navigate. URL aliasing. Marketing can quickly change the names of pages and assign SEO friendly URLs.,Speed. The tool can be slow in certain browsers. Uploading graphics. Load balancer does not work well.,6,Faster campaigns to market Free up IT from doing content management Puts Marketing in control of the web content,,9,7An Expert Review of the Ektron Content Management SystemEktron is used to run our corporate website. Our marketing team members are the primary users of the CMS platform. They use it daily to create content, publish blogs, execute on our SEO and inbound marketing initiatives including but not limited to: Displaying Call to Actions (CTAs)Creating Landing PagesCapturing LeadsPersonalizing the customer journey,The eSync product is one of the best tools on the market for synchronizing both content and its associated assets between and authoring and production environment The Cloud Manager offers a streamlined process for hosting in the cloud The Taxonomy functionality allows you to create one piece of content and serve it up contextually throughout other areas of the website with ease.,The user interface within the administration area feels very dated The Page Builder product produces a fair amount of extraneous html markup which can make some mobile implementations more complicated The Page Builder product can case somewhat of a maintenance complication for large scale websites,8,Faster Lead Conversion Faster time to market on content creation Reduced dependency on development staff for website updates,,8Ektron - Creating value with integration and implementationIn most cases, our clients' marketing or communications department "owns" the CMS. In some circumstances, content authoring is distributed across the organization, but most of the time it stays within that business unit. Typically, Ektron is brought in to: 1. Improve Content Authoring Capabilities 2. Increase flexibility for creating and maintaining a website 3. Integrate more powerful marketing and communications tools and capabilities and put more in the hands of the content authors without requiring IT or developer time 4. Improve change control and release management 5. Provide a Single Source for commerce, community and content and other web-facing functionality,Content authoring is a strength of the CMS. The interface is relatively simple to understand and utilize and most users feel comfortable finding, editing and publishing content with just a short introduction or training session. The integrated community, marketing and commerce tools simplify the administration of more complex websites and provide a single place and unified methodology for managing all web-facing content and capabilities. Page Builder, as a platform, really provides a lot of flexibility for content authors to create the exact experience users want while not requiring developers to create new templates or layouts to support their initiatives. Embracing the Page Builder / Widget architecture yields considerable flexibility for content authors.,The developer APIs have gone through various iterations over the years and we find we have to utilize both old and new methods to achieve the desired functionality. Ektron needs to complete the new Framework API's and make them usable for all use cases. The system requires considerable support to maintain and upgrade and developers and administrators need to plan updates and upgrades carefully. Smart Forms (xml-structured content) need to be modernized and more strategically integrated into the content authoring experience and more robust support through the APIs. The community tools need to be overhauled and updated to keep pace with the current market's requirements and capabilities.,6,Improved content authoring and increased ability to distribute content authoring within the organization Faster time to market with mobile capabilities Consolidated content, community and commerce functions Simplified staff training and on-boarding,Sitecore Web Content Management,Sitefinity,EpiServer,Telligent Community,Umbraco,8Ektron in a crowded WCM field of competitors - where do you stand out?Ektron is used from a core perspective for content publishing and distribution basis. In addition it functions as a document repository for digital assets for public access, customer and internal access. Finally as a lead gen marketing campaign with landing page, marketing automation integration and visitor tracking.,Content Publishing. Control is intuitive and very distinct from a workflow perspective. Advanced features such as tagging & taxonomy may be introduced for more personalization Mobile. support for responsive design / adaptive sites is imperative and Ektron provides device based support to control the mobile experience relative to content, images, navigation, etc... eSync. the ability to replicate from multiple environments at both an app level and content as well as in a bi-directional manner is very powerful and a differentiator for the WCM to competitive platforms,Need to expand on external system integration to where they are more automated. This ranges from the marketing Automation platforms to analytical / social platforms. Document Repository could be improved to be a complete Digital Asset Management tool that includes in depth usage data/analytics.,8,Better efficiency and control over content. Faster creation of content specifically marketing campaign based landing pages. Easier implementation and tracking site visitor info and support for mobile has been easier to maintain. Ektron has a wealth of features. implementing these requires in depth training and planning.,dnn,Acquia Drupal,Adobe CQ,Sitecore Web Content Management,Sitefinity,WordPress,8An "OK" product, but not ready for the big leaguesWe use Ektron for our corporate website with roughly 70 users accessing the system globally. When we upgraded to 9.0 they touted a large list of functionality, but sadly, most of these are half-baked, poorly integrated solution with a UX that is not intuitive and changes drastically from one function to the next. If you want a simple CMS with only a few power users, Ektron is great, but if you're looking for a stable system with complex workflows, look elsewhere.,Basic page creation Simple Workflows,Aloha WYSIWYG editor has large UX gaps. Tech-savvy users can learn workarounds, but base users will have trouble. Sync'ing from one environment to another is a crap-shoot. (There are options for bi-directional sync's but Support has said never to use them because of stability issues) Ektron 9.0 is much more resource intensive than 8.5 was. We needed to double our allocated memory.,3,Consistent system crashing causing site downtime,EPiServer,Adobe CQ,MS SharePoint,Sitecore Web Content Management,4Ektron CMS: Invest in the BestThe Ektron CMS is utilized by Allegheny County, Pennsylvania for the entirety of its website. Beyond just the County IT Department, multiple departments (such as the Department of Human Services) utilize the CMS to update and manage their content on a daily basis. Without it, it would be extremely difficult for the County to provide our constituents with timely, relevant information.,Responsive web design (version 9.0) Design customization Content management (uploading, editing, approval process, etc.) Fabulous customer support,Have the "Desktop" tab of the CMS function more like a dashboard than an information center, giving each user a customized and efficient user experience. The ability to delete multiple files or images at the same time versus individually. The ability to further organize or flag a file (such as with a color, icon, etc.) within folders, in order to make it simple for another use to locate.,10,Being a government entity, our primary objective is to provide constituents with relative and timely information from numerous departments. Ektron's CMS has allowed us to do so in an organized, efficient, and timely manner. By upgrading to version 9.0 in our re-design phase, we will be able to provide our site visitors with a responsive website to better serve them. Being simple to use, the Ektron CMS allows us to train individuals (who are not necessarily tech-savvy) to update content on behalf of their departments.,10,10,Yes,Updating, managing, and editing content Design customization (i.e. with CSS, etc.) Widget implementation,Deleting multiple files or images at once (versus separately),10Ektron CMS400 ReviewWe used the product for more than 5 years to run both our public site for the school district as well as 37 school sites. We no longer use the product having migrated to the Sharepoint platform but that was a strategic decision and not one that was a result of problems or issues with the Ektron product. Ektron is an excellent choice for organizations looking to provide a template based content management system and is especially useful in a multi-site environment like ours.,Ease of use and integration - I'll caveat this with you need some experience with the concept of a template based solution where users are given a standard workspace but the design elements (colors, layout, etc) have already been provided by the organization via the templates. Its not a difficult concept but the system is not "built for you" out of the box but does have some templates to get you up and running. Most organizations are going to implement customization's however. Good fit with our technology - This is a .NET based system which fit with our current staff's expertise and experience. It allowed us to get the system up quickly and begin development above and beyond what is provided by Ektron out of the box. Administration - The system allows for adequate granular administration of the site(s). This was especially important to us as we have nearly 40 web sites each with administrators who are tasked with providing content.,Modules - Given that we have not used the product recently this may have changed but I would like to see more out of the box modules that address typical use (i.e. media, industry specific modules especially ones geared towards education, etc). Social elements - The last version we used lacked any social integration so users were still forced to update their websites and then go out to Facebook, etc and make those same updates. Id like to see more integration between Ektron and various social platforms. More granular administration with an easier interface for assignment of user rights and the ability to fine tune user group rights.,10,Timely content generation - Prior to implementation of the Ektron product the our main web site and the school sites varied in terms of up to date and relevant information. This stemmed from the fact that no consistent platform existed for users to generate content on. Consistency - While not perfect we were able to provide consistency via the template model so that our sites were generally following the same look and feel guidelines as all the other sites. Improved support - The product allowed us to provide better support given that all our users were on the same platform now. This also allowed us to develop modules everyone could take advantage of at the same time and very quickly.,MS SharePoint,10EktronWe managed multiple web sites and web systems using an older version of Ektron. Currently it allows users to manage their own content.,User management,Content management is difficult Documents are hard to locate via search,4,N/A,Kentico,Joomla,WordPress,CollabNet,1Efficiently handled business solutionUsed to a provide a business solution to a customer.,Handles large scale of data efficiently. User friendliness and easy accessibility.,User manual is not detailed enough.,9,Cannot download for free. Product Licence is required.,9Moving wcm forward for local govWe're currently using Ektron for both our internal, and external site. Over the last 7 or so years, I've noticed a pretty massive change with the company and its proven to be beneficial. From a technical perspective, I handle the implementation, administration and development for roughly 175 content editors, and just over 5000 publicly viewable pages. I've been very happy that it's been a steady workhorse these past few years, and we're looking at utilizing more of the cms with our next re-write.,The performance of the database as well as the cms itself has improved greatly. Not tied to the CMS in particular, but the dev community on Ektron sites as well as Twitter is great.,The editor is great, but its still missing some of the functionality of the previous WYSIWYG editor. I'd like to see some expanded html forms or custom content types used as forms. As is, you can do basic surveys and forms but anything beyond that essentially requires a custom page / app.,9,Better customer service eSync gives us the option to actually keep a synced up environment Employee efficiency - as they can edit their own content when properly trained,,100,1,10,9Create, Deploy and Manage Enterprise-Scale WebsitesEktron is be used by all of the websites that the Company has. Right now besides being our content management, Ektron directs our Marketing Automation and analytics strategy.,Easily create and manage content Analyze and optimize site and campaign performance to drive desired results Content Targeting: Personalize content to site visitors Deliver a unified, optimized customer experience,A better integration of the Page Builder pages with MVC,8,Faster Marketing Automation integration: Easy connection with Marketing Automation Systems like Marketo, HubSpot, and ExactTarget Easy integration with CRM systems like Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics Leverage your existing investments in .NET technologies and skills,,9,8,8,8,9Ektron CMS - Solid potential in a ride that might be a bit bumpy for the uninitiated.I used to support Ektron CMS for customers of the product, and then I specialized in integrating solutions using Ektron CMS as the primary system to power intranets and public facing websites. It used to power our personal website at a past job, but my primary interaction with it was to build solutions for customer's needs. Organizations implementing Ektron CMS on the public facing side were looking to empower marketers to manage the content on the website. Most companies I worked with were managing their website through the IT department and most IT departments did not want to continue to manage email requests for small HTML changes. For internal implementations, organizations were looking to create a social atmosphere with their intranet to serve documents to employees and provide a way for internal employees to connect to one another or access important information.,It's an all in one solution that can be built to suit your needs. From the simple job of managing content and resources like images and documents, to social components like activity boards, messaging services, and eCommerce. The interface provides a solid structure to configure components of the application to allow quick and easy content entry and management. Smart Forms, for example, provide a nice way to structure content entry for marketers and non-technical users so they are limited to the scope a developer needs, but are allowed flexibility to the degree the author might need. Page Builder allows a developer to set up various templates for the website to be flexible enough for a marketer to be able to add content and create "pages" on the website that suite the needs of the department or user. Ektron's "widgets" are similar enough to standard .NET user controls that a developer familiar with them can create custom ones for Page Builder pages pretty successfully. Recent updates have added support for SOLR as a search engine allowing you the freedom to move away from the strong licensing structure of Microsoft Search Server and FAST if your organization is more familiar with the APACHE offering. The Document Management System (DMS) built-in provides the ability to add typical office documents into the system complete with search, versioning, and permission and privacy control. The API is pretty powerful and flexible when you become familiar with all the levels and features available through it.,Some users feel the management interface (Workarea) feels a little dated or confusing with a typical Windows-like folder tree on the left and a right pane that changes based on the section of the Workarea you are in. Visual cues for buttons and components are not always obvious. While the interface enables you to structure the site and add content with faster and easier setup than some other competing products on the market, as with many the competition, the implementation is only as good as the administrator configures it, and over the years I have found this to be one of the biggest complaints and problems with the system. The CMS has many features packed in for marketers, developers, administrators, and users, and it has a great deal of potential to be a powerful system because of them. But many of them feel half-baked into the system more to serve as keywords for a sales pitch or a checklist as opposed to being a solid and usable addition to the system. That's not to say that many of these features are not usable, but they are not as usable or great as they could be. For example, the eCommerce component tends to feel clunky or confusing for users managing products in it. The intranet components, like activity boards or messaging, are difficult to manage in the Workarea because of the interface and lack of access to features that exist and are otherwise hidden from the Workarea or are available only through a front-end widget. The API can be very powerful, and I find most of the time I leverage that to build custom components and controls, but the documentation, though much better now than it has been in past years, is still struggling to provide the level of detail to the various methods and libraries available through the product. This is one area where some of the competition outshines. With someone who has many years of professional experience with the product this is not as big an issue as the API is fairly easy to remember, but for new developers this can be a challenge. Support used to be more of a hit-or-miss roller-coaster ride, and while it has improved in the past years, it's still bumpy for some people. The positive side of this is they have a solid group of community users that are willing to help answer questions and provide samples or demo code where they can to enable new and existing users and developers. While the community is very helpful and willing through various social spheres, like Stack Overflow, Twitter, and Ektron's Developer Forums, Ektron's own Developer Forums are a bit rough to use, making that piece more challenging than it should be. As mentioned, however, they have very helpful and active community members that patrol, and a few internal users that are fairly "hell-bent" on making sure that questions are seen by anyone who might be able to assist. I always recommend Tweeting about something after posting it, for optimal exposure. Ektron's support for MVC is probably it's biggest, obvious weakness currently. While the competition has moved on to solid support for MVC, Ektron's strength is still with Webforms. The three-tier architecture Ektron has built provides a similar approach, but it still cannot compete with true MVC support. If your organization is dedicated to an MVC implementation, a different solution might suit you better.,7,I have deployed several successful University sites powered by Ektron CMS. With several of them, there was a disconnect between the IT and Marketing departments, primarily because IT sees a website as technology and marketing sees it as an online advertising powerhouse. The primary goal in most cases is to allow IT some control, but move control over content and web presence to the marketing department. While I can't quote conversion rates for visitors and students, I can say the satisfaction level with both IT and Marketing departments in these implementations has lead to more active content on the websites and a more positive attitude from both departments. For intranet implementations, the goals are typically to connect employees to each other, or connect employees with the business, and many times this also involves centralizing document repositories. One large implementation had very low employee satisfaction scores with regards to the use of internal resources, and their new intranet has since become the central hub for all local and international internal communications. The use rate has increased exponentially, and satisfaction scores have been at all time highs.,Sitecore Web Content Management,WordPress,Acquia Drupal,MS SharePoint,8Managing a complex websiteEktron is being used to manage the content of our public website. The system is mainly used by our marketing team.We wanted to have a solid solution that would be integrated with our CRM system. (SalesForce),Makes it easy to work across departments.,The system might look a bit complex if you did not get proper training.,7,Increased flexibility of the website Increased user experience on the website,Acquia Drupal,4,1,Website management,Track visitors,Manage our printed material,6,6The best CMS for .Net customizationWe use Ektron to manage content, create dynamic pages, create widgets, and templates.,Manage user security and roles Manage content and rollback .Net inetgration,Ektron sometimes tries to clean up javascript and HTML that we enter with code for specific enhancements that we need to do. Ektron tries to clean some of this code up when it saves the content, thereby removing our intended implementation.,8,It's a very good tool to use in today's dynamic web where content needs to change often.,,8Ektron CMS is good.My company is an Ektron integrator and partner. Ektron's Content Management System is used by clients to maintain their websites. Typical clients are associations that have an Association Management System that plugs into the Content Management System. They manage the permissions of content, create workgroups, set up notification alerts for administrative users and members. The system is typically used throughout an organization as it is user friendly and intuitive. The business problem it addresses is disseminating content online in an efficient and effective manner.,Content creation User and workgroup creation with AMS Permissions and control of information,Admin dashboard should have a default setup Integrate videos into Help component of Admin,9,While I can not speak to numbers I can say that Ektron is a well known, well designed CMS and our clients like using it. The Ektron name has opened opportunities for lead conversions because it is so well respected in the industry. Ektron's developer portal was recently revamped and has a wealth of knowledge. Working with Ektron to open tickets is pretty simple.,,10Ektron, good for .NET sites... with a little performance tag on itWe use Ektron in our company to support content management for more than 10 websites, allowing the Marketing department to push new content as desired. Besides serving content to websites, we also have Smart Forms to integrate dynamic User Interface elements; for smaller websites, we connect to Ektron using either their API or Web Services. This allows to have very dynamic website with little effort from the development team once they go live, allowing other departments to take ownership.,Allows user control management and publishing flow in a seamless way Content versioning Multiple content access (i.e. native control, API, Web Services),Content Manager interface - UI and performance Web Services Better MVC integration,6,Once you implemented in one site, it gets easier to customize for other projects Allows developers to focus in other tasks rather than update content Marketing can make adjustments on campaigns a lot faster to get more users into websites,WordPress,Grupal,Joomla,7Stable robust CMS for a healthcare orgWe use Ektron as the CMS for our health system's website. Almost all of the production work is done in the communications department, though the site represents the whole organization. It would of course be next to impossible to run a website of this size and complexity without a reliable CMS in place, and Ektron fits the bill.,Good reliability. When implemented correctly, extremely rarely have timeouts or crashes User-friendly. I've worked in CMSs before that were so complicated you might as well have been writing everything by hand in HTML. Not so here. That being said, the code view is easy to use, as well, for those (like me) who actually are quite comfortable using HTML.,No major complaints. My impression is that it is rather flexible, and that it's not particularly difficult for devs to build what producers and managers need on top of the existing code.,8,I can't say, since we have only been using Ektron since I've been here.,WordPress,HTML,In-house solutions,10Web DeveloperWe use it to build client websites, which are used by different client departments to manage their website.,It gives you an opportunity to reuse content; it can reference multiple content blocks on different parts of the site It's robust with lots of capabilities. Taxonomies, metadata definitions can be used to enhance the website and maintain it Work area structure where different parts are defined clearly,API slowness Lot of issues when integrating page builder which always causes issues while moving widgets or having the client use it Restoring deleted content Provide different options for menu to pass in class names or any definitions. Would be better if there were an option to update the menu items display list which would help different implementations.,7,Improvement on lient projects and better customer service The biggest issue is with support where sometimes issues are delayed in getting fixed which leads us difficult situation while using the product. This weakens client trust Big companies are using the product which increases client confidence,,7
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We intend to renew our license with Ektron because we are currently satisfied with Ektron's features and have made a significant investment in deploying and integrating it with our systems. Also, Ektron has made a strong commitment to developing it's CMS product and in upgrading between version 8.0 to 8.5 we have attained many additional features and added stability and bugfixes. Ektron's roadmap also includes exciting new functionality on all fronts including Workarea GUI, Search services and Framework API.
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After eight years of use, the Ektron system still works well for our organization. The issues noted elsewhere in this review have been manageable, so-far. In any decision to switch to a different CMS, we would need to factor in the significant cost of conversion of multiple websites, and the re-integration with e-commerce systems. Ektron has rewarded our loyalty by keeping licensing renewal costs very low in comparison to other systems.
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As a partner and system integrator, we will continue to recommend that our customers renew their use of the Ektron CMS product. I would recommend that any customer/organization that has invested in software/services to create a CMS website remain on that platform for a minimum of 3 years so that the can effectively monitor/evaluate their ROI, the CMS product road-map; and, as they mature with their use of the CMS overtime, then begin looking to see what additional features that they need (and why). Switching to a new CMS product is not one to be taken lightly; but, typically, if it's going to be done, it tends to be at times when (1) a redesign is needed (2) your hosting contract is up for renewal.
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We think of Ektron as an investment and just like any investment, the longer you have it, the more ROI you receive (hopefully). We have been using Ektron since the CMS 300 days and have successfully upgraded to every version of the product since. Our content team is trained and comfortable with the product and we don't have any ambitions to change anytime soon.
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We will continue to service the product and our clients that have Ektron for the foreseeable. Ektron has established a firm place in the market and can drive tremendous value over the long term when it's properly fit and implemented into an organization. Ektron is investing in it's API and user interface and integration capabilities and we believe it will continue to be competitive as the market grows and matures.
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Most WCM implementations can be expensive to replace especially if they have customizations and integration. They become embedded at times within the organization. We find that evaluations occur when the organizations go through a re-structuring or re-design. Typically this occurs every 2-3 years. Cost, feature sets and ease of implementation will factor into staying with Ektron. Other factors are the company health, support structure and direct relationship.
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February 21, 2014

Ektron CMS400 Review

Score 10 out of 10
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10
Given the opportunity to use the product again I most certainly would. I was very comfortable with the architecture and felt the product was a good fit.
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Score 9 out of 10
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10
We've integrated Ektron into both our intranet and internet. Unless theres some massive issues which come across in our current version, or future versions, we'll be sticking with Ektron for a while.
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Score 7 out of 10
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8
Since I work on the implementation side of things, and do not directly own licensing for Ektron CMS, I have to base this rating off of how I think it will be received or presented to customers looking to start a new site deployment. I try to remain CMS agnostic, though my specialty is with the .NET and Microsoft stack. Because of the experience I have working with Ektron, I tend to be more forgiving with the shortcomings as I am familiar with how to work around them or past them from experience. Being familiar with the community available also helps, as you become familiar with the best approaches to find solutions to your issues. Each product has it's ups and downs and all of them are only going to be as good as the company or development team implementing them can make them. This is EXTREMELY important to remember when choosing a CMS, as it can make or break your expensive investment.
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February 24, 2014

Ektron CMS is good.

Score 9 out of 10
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10
For a robust CMS, Ektron is pretty user friendly. Once you are familiar with the Administrative backend, you can view the content, dms (pdf, word, xls, images) objects, users groups, reports and configuration setting. Essentially, you can personalize and control the content you want to present and the audience you want to present it to. Ektron also works with a number of AMS' - so you can customize any products and events you would like to display.
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Score 6 out of 10
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7
It has a good .NET integration level, and Web Services availability makes it a good choice for smaller sites that are not very dynamic but still need content management features. Based on future releases descriptions, it will keep improving its MVC integration, which we expect will make Ekton performance improve.
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February 28, 2014

Web Developer

Score 7 out of 10
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7
It has become a little pricey these days to renew the licenses.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (5)
8.5
API (5)
5.6
Internationalization / multi-language (5)
5.8
WYSIWYG editor (7)
5.9
Code quality / cleanliness (7)
5.6
Admin section (7)
5.3
Page templates (4)
4.6
Library of website themes (2)
3.9
Mobile optimization / responsive design (6)
3.8
Publishing workflow (7)
6.3
Form generator (5)
6.8
Content taxonomy (6)
5.8
SEO support (6)
5.3
Bulk management (5)
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions (5)
5.6
Community / comment management (5)
6.0

About Ektron (Discontinued)

Ektron was a Web Content Management System from Ektron+Episersver (Ektron was retained as a brand following the merger). The product is no longer offered to new clients, and is being sunset, with previous Ektron users migrating to the Episerver platform. Ektron was originally focused on mid-market accounts but expanded to serve enterprises as well. The product had a very comprehensive set of connectors to CRMs (e.g. Salesforce) and web analytics products (e.g.Google, Webtrends). It was built on a .NET platform. Its WYSIWYG, drag and drop content editor favored a less technical approach; the system supported the creation of lists, content, forms and multimedia in pages via its simplified interface. Extron had multichannel delivery, so content was mobile-accessible and viewable on many device types. Ektron was offered via a perpetual or a subscription model, and could be deployed on premises or from the Ektron Managed Cloud. Cost of implementation varied.
Categories:  Content Management

Ektron (Discontinued) Integrations

Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics, Salesforce.com, Webtrends Analytics, Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly Microsoft Dynamics CRM)

Ektron (Discontinued) Competitors

Amaxus, Crownpeak DXM, Elcom Platform, OpenText WEM, Oracle WebCenter Sites, Sitecore Web Content Management, Ingeniux CMS, HCL Digital Experience (formerly IBM WebSphere Portal & Web Content Manager)

Ektron (Discontinued) Technical Details

Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No