AEM, great and easy CMS for small and big sites!
Vanessa Suarez | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 22, 2018

AEM, great and easy CMS for small and big sites!

Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source

Overall Satisfaction with Adobe Experience Manager

One of my clients uses Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) for their site, and as a Web Optimization specialist, I update content on a daily basis for them. AEM allows building and keeping an organized site structure, where you can create new pages in the correct location from the beginning. With AEM, you can have different pre-set page templates but also you can build your own template for specific types of pages i.e Landing pages, product pages, form pages etc... This has to be done by the IT team of your organization, and then, everyone with correct access can use those templates. You can also control the level of accessibility and permission by person, which helps to keep the publishing process clean.
  • It's a drag and drop kind of platform, so building pages is very easy and you don't need coding abilities.
  • The ability to copy existing blocks and section from other pages is excellent! Instead of creating content from scratch, you can actually copy the section you want from an existing page, and paste it in your new page and update the content. This saves a lot of time!
  • The block/brick system is very clean and the results look very good!
  • You can easily embed videos from Youtube only by adding the Youtube ID. Very easy!
  • There is no easy way to change a template if it has been built a certain way. Sometimes it would be nice to have an option to add an extra item on the spot. Instead, you have to ask your IT team to create for you.
  • You can set up a staging site and a site to publish... but sometimes the 2 environments doesn't connect correctly, meaning some changes in the staging sites doesn't show of on the live site.
  • The quick publish button is dangerous and not that helpful: pages can be published with the "quick publish" option even if they are blocked... however, the purpose of a blocked page is to prevent it from publishing until you unblock it. Also, the "quick publish" option will publish your age and every other page connected to it! so be careful!!
  • I am not involved in the acquisition part of AEM as the client was the one involved in that decision.
I had no involvement in the selection process of Adobe Experience Manager, however, from a user experience point of view, I would recommend it over other CMS due to its ease of use, user friendliness, and clean appearance. You can look at the pages by listing, or by structure. This makes it so easy to find pages.
Content Author / Administrator
If the employees in charge of creating pages are not developers, this is a great platform since everything is easy and drag and drop style. For a developer, this might be more frustrating since small code tweaks are not as accessible.

Adobe Experience Manager Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
10
Code quality / cleanliness
10
Admin section
8
Page templates
10
Library of website themes
5
Mobile optimization / responsive design
8
Publishing workflow
7
Form generator
8
Content taxonomy
Not Rated
SEO support
9
Bulk management
5
Availability / breadth of extensions
5
Community / comment management
5
API
7
Internationalization / multi-language
9
Role-based user permissions
10