Overall Satisfaction with Plone
Currently Plone powers most of the websites in the University of Jyväskylä. It is used across the whole organization. Plone provides us an easy to use interface for managing our web content in a way that a lot of people can participate in the editorial work.
- Good security record.
- Flexible workflows.
- Indefinitely extendable.
- Ease of use.
- Not widely known.
- Slightly esoteric software stack.
- Better desktop integration.
- Before Plone there were couple of dozens of web editors. Now it is in the hundreds. That leads to more information on the websites and more accuracy.
- Through the good SEO properties of Plone, our content is more easily found on Google compared to some of our competitors.
- Plone being an Open Source product there hasn't been any license payments for a decade.
The security is much better with Plone than most of its competitors. It is also written in Python which makes it a better target for internal software development than PHP (which as a language is quite broken). Plone's component architecture makes our own extensions more maintainable than the customisations made with the competitors.
Plone has served us well so far. There haven't been any serious contenders to challenge it. Sharepoint is sometimes mentioned but the real benefits for making the switch doesn't really add up. It is a lousy system on which to do custom development and is ill suited to public websites. We would get some integration benefits for our desktops but when we are moving more and more to the mobile space so it's a kind of a moot point.