CommonSpot

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CommonSpot™ is a secure Web platform that includes a content management system, an application development framework, a suite of marketing solutions, and Web 2.0 and social media features that help organizations create world-class Web experiences that drive high-impact results.

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CommonSpot review by User in Higher Education
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"Complicated "

What do you like best?

It does work. The content/text editor is not too complicated, at least. And sites can look great if you know what you’re doing and don’t have too many authors working on the same pages.

What do you dislike?

The content management piece is a nightmare on our site. It’s a huge website and there are hundreds of authors, with little consistency in organization. It’s almost impossible to find things (documents, photos, etc.). And within the content/text editor, if something at some point is messed up, such as font or formatting, it’s practically impossible to fix it. Might as well trash the page and start over.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Make a plan for organizing content (tags, naming conventions, etc.) prior to implementation, use it and thoroughly train authors to use it while rolling it out, then STICK TO IT. Make sure it’s part of on-board training for potential authors.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used CommonSpot to manage our website for many years, but are in the process of migrating (one subsite at a time) to Drupal. So right now the only benefit or business problem it’s helping to solve is providing continuity of service to our customers while we migrate the site. Currently half the website is on Drupal and the other half is still using CommonSpot.

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CommonSpot review by Brittany J.
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"Not the Best"

What do you like best?

As much as I would like to say things I like best, there's not a lot of things that I actually like about CommonSpot. If you like things where you can add boxes and update the information without any coding, this is the product for you. (But be warned, you don't have a lot of freedom.) I think the dashboard is the best part, but even then, it's really hard to learn if you are used to easy sites like WordPress, Wix or Weebly.

What do you dislike?

It creates crap code. Even if you want to throw in your own nice and clean HTML it adds weird characters and doesn't display it the way you want it to. This site is super controlled by the people who integrated it into our business. It calls itself responsive, but isn't mobile friendly. It's really hard to work with, REALLY hard. It's not ADA compliant or SEO friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want to keep this, be in every single meeting when they release something new, or you will be behind the learning curve.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used CommonSpot for our webpages, and after fighting to get rid of it, we are finally moving elsewhere. CommonSpot was only good to display webpages and nothing else benefit us from working with it.

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CommonSpot review by User in Higher Education
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"Too Little, Too Late for this CMS"

What do you like best?

The one thing I liked about CommonSpot was the ability to review specific history of edits: who, when, what.

What do you dislike?

It was extremely difficult to create responsive pages, and its tabling tools were buried deep in complex menus.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't bother. Get Drupal or use Adobe Dreamweaver.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used it as our CMS to manage our web site. Very few benefits.

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