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. CMS400: Great Bang for the BuckWe use Ektron CMS400 for our organization's public-facing web site. It it used across the entire organization. Sometimes we use it for limited B2B and intranet purposes. As a smaller institution of higher education, financial resources are always a concern. Ektron CMS400 provides a wealth of power, flexibility, and features for an affordable price vs. the competition. Great bang for the buck. It addresses our business need for a central web content management system, including versioning, workflow, and permissions.,From a developer perspective, Ektron CMS400 is powerful and flexible. All the features and functionality of the system are accessible to the developer through a well documented API. The system has had great backwards compatibility through numerous upgrade cycles. Security patches have been problem-free. Ektron CMS400 is great for working with structured data. I feel this is a key strength. It is simple to build smart forms for authoring content with structured data. The data is then available in XML format as individual items or collections of items, and may be displayed or applied as desired.,The evolution of the product has focused on architecture and functionality that is of value in large distributed installations, but less so for smaller 1 or 2 server implementations. Development of the back end authoring and administrative interface has lagged. It has received a cosmetic face lift over the years, but has received little attention in regards to ease-of-use and usability. To some degree, it has poor discoverability with many idiosyncratic UI conventions. Our authors complain about learning and retaining the knowledge for using the authoring interface. In Ektron's usage model, it is a skilled role. We would prefer the authoring be more intuitive. I don't feel Ektron necessarily lags behind the competition in this area, but there is lots of room for improvement and differentiation here if they chose to make this a priority.,6,Ektron CMS400 has helped us to improve web publication speed, especially with forms. The system has helped improve departmental content ownership and content maintenance. Ektron has definitely helped us provide better customer service through fresher content, conversion of paper forms to web forms, and publishing of rich media assets.,Percussion CMS,Cascade Server,Drupal,WordPress,Sharepoint,Developer,1,000-10,000 pages,Implemented in-house,Smart forms and handling structured content are a key strength of the system. Ektron's developer API is powerful and comprehensive. Web forms are easy for author to implement.,Authoring interface is not always intuitive, has a learning curve, and it remains difficult to insulate non-technical users from needing to know some HTML and CSS. For authors, there is a confusing paradigm in the back end between two different types of content repositories. Although web forms are easy for authors to implement, there are some idiosyncrasies in how submitted form data is handled in the back end. For instance, a submitted email form will never complete if there is an issue with connecting to the mail server. This should be asynchronous, and not the site visitor's problem.,No,5Ektron 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 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 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),10Managing 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,6,6
Ektron Web Content Management System (Discontinued)
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Usability principles have been a part of modern web application development for some time now. Ektron lags behind in this area. It's not that the back end is terrible, but to me it does not reflect commitment, expertise, and a systematic approach to usability in Ektron's development process. There are too many UI idiosyncrasies and inconsistencies for my liking.
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As both a manager of CMS content as well as a designer, I find the CMS to be intuitive and easy to understand. (They also have great documentation and customer support if you need it.)

Between the platform's functionality and Ektron's technical support, I use the CMS with confidence on a daily basis.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

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

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,, 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

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