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Ektron WCM

by Ektron
[ 4.0 ]
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Framework: .NET
License: Closed Source
Product Cost: $$
Implementation Cost: $$

Description

Ektron Web Content Management (WCM) is the platform of choice for more than 3,500 companies worldwide.

Create, deploy, and manage enterprise-scale, global, personalized websites. Empower users, designers, and developers to work in parallel, speeding time-to-web. Make content updates directly on the site using an intuitive browser-based editor.


Capabilities:

Capability Availability
Document Library Yes
Event Management Yes
Jobs Yes
Search Yes
RSS Yes
Publishing Workflow Yes
Analytics/ Statistics Yes
Personalization Yes
Taxonomy Yes
Multilingual Yes
Mobile Website Support Yes
FAQs Yes
Meta Data Tags Yes
Workflow Framework Yes
Mobile Authoring Client Yes
Audit Trail Yes
Photo Gallery Yes
Geolocation Yes
Sitemap Yes
Preview for Mobile Device Layouts Yes
Multi-Site Yes

Reviews (3)

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  1. Constantly improving, moving beyond just Content Management Submitted by Nathan Fulwood on March 13, 2012 – 11:08AM

    Full disclosure: we are Ektron Elite partners. However, with 6 certified developers, 5 years product experience and close a dozen large implementations using previous and current versions of Ektron, we're hopefully well place to offer a useful review.

    In our eyes, the evolution of Ektron in recent years has been something like this:

    A powerful, if difficult to use CMS that took SEO, multisite, multilanguage and search seriously

    They embraced Web 2.0, building a really comprehensive set of community tools that distinguised them from the competition. However, if anything, this meant it was a little more difficult for developers and admins to get their heads around

    In Version 8 they sorted the user interface and the worklows - it was now a much easier CMs to navigate, and with PageBuilder (drag and drop page design), easier and quicker for marketers to push out pages

    Since then they been moving beyond web CMS, which they now do very well, into a broader Customer Engagement suite. With content at the heart of everything, the most exciting (to our customers) features are things like Multivariant testing, Content targetting, bi-directional integration with CRM's like Salesforce. These cutting-edge features set them apart from 'just CMS's' - and are worth the investment in both the license fee and the need for proper, professional implementation.

    It is not a one-click install - learning Ektron, and continually improving that knowledge, has taken a fair deal of investment. But over that time Ektron have been incredibly supportive. We have regular contact with them, they are responsive when things go wrong, and genuinely keen to involve partners and customers in the ongoing development of the product.

    In parting, our key points would be:

    Don't compare Ektron with lower-end, open-source CMS

    Consider it if you want to invest in a platform that will continue to develop, and can play a central role in empowering really smart digital messaging and customer engagement

    Don't jump in to the development - train your guys up, get involved with the developer community, speak to Ektron, or find an experienced partner.

    Finally - the features list on this site is a little inaccurate: it does offer personalisation, FAQ's (through it's knowledgebase module), Audit trails, Geolocation (very, very well actually) and Multi-site capability (we've built instances managing 6 or 7 sites, but there are examples of it managing 100's).

    If you want more details on any of our implementations - modules used, development approaches etc, feel free to contact me through this site.

  2. It is better then most CMS's I have used Submitted by Scott T. on June 27, 2013 – 06:02PM
    It is better then most CMS's I have used in creating widgets and using what they call "PageBuilder". Does Ektron have issues? Yes it does for sure. But there isn't a CMS out there that is a "silver bullet" solution. Would I have said I loved Ektron before the latest releases? No... there were many many issues in the past but most of that has been resolved. The framework API is easy to use and for the most part intuitive. It hasn't caused me too many headaches (like I have had in the past with other CMS systems e.g. DNN) other than a couple of API bugs I have reported and have been promised they will be fixed in the next release. Ektron is well on the way to repairing it's bad reputation from old versions that just didn't work the way they should.
  3. Lots of features Submitted by Kirk Hinch on June 27, 2013 – 08:36PM
    I've worked as a developer and solution engineer for an implementer company for 6 years. We've always been focused on websites built on top of a CMS but have never focused on just one CMS. Ektron is one of the CMSs we most consistently selected due to its large number of out of the box features and relative flexibility. In my experience, Ektron CMS has been very reliable in at least keeping up with the technology and various directions web content management has been taking in the past 3-4 years, sometimes being even uniquely cutting edge for a while until CMSs in its class catch up. This in itself is not unique but knowing it has put my mind at ease when recommending Ektron to clients. From a content editor's point of view, I would rank the Ektron experience as adequate because it is workable but in my opinion one of the weaker features especially when compared to other CMSs like EpiServer, Sitecore, or Sitefinity. The weak point as I see it is that there is very little customization and extensibility to the editing interface of the Ektron SmartForms and the editing experience in general. One can use Ektron's PageBuilder module to build pages by dragging and dropping widgets onto a wireframe but it's not feasible to build an entire corporate website out of nothing but handcrafted PageBuilder pages. What will probably happen is editors creating and updating content using the pretty abstract content entry forms called SmartForms which need a bit more detailed guides from the implementer for the more complex content types. From a developer's point of view, I'd rank Ektron pretty highly as long as you're using version 8.6 or later. The API will continue to improve and expand but it is already at a point where you can feel good about an upcoming task and your ability to make whatever the client wants happen. Having said all that, I'd only strongly recommend Ektron when the project has critical requirements surrounding advanced search, anything complex that is taxonomy-related, sharepoint integration, and cloud deployment. If these areas are not defining for your project, then Ektron is probably on par with at least a couple others in its class and I'd look for further differentiation in terms of other features, price, licensing model, etc.

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