Course Catalog Software Comparison — Compare Acalog, Smart Catalog, and Clean Catalog

If you're shopping for course catalog software for your college or university, these are probably the three options you're looking into. Here's a breakdown of the features they offer.

Disclaimer: This page is brought to you by Clean Catalog, so it is biased — but we still think it does a good job of laying out the strengths and weaknesses of course catalog software providers.

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Course Catalog Software Features

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Acalog

Smart Catalog

Clean Catalog

No startup fee X
Initial content import done for you with no additional cost X
Drupal 8 Integration Module X
Responsive Design for Phones, Tablets, and Screens of All Sizes X X
Support for Degrees, Courses, Text Pages X X X
WCAG 2.0 AA Accessibility Compliance Out of the Box X X
Manage Multiple Catalogs Through the Same System — Graduate, Undergraduate, and More X
Integration with Student Information Systems/Websites X X X
Workflows and Editorial Management X X X
Fully Customizable Design X
Page load times under one second X
SSL/HTTPS Security by Default on All Catalogs X
Automated PDF Generation of Every Page and Entire Catalog X
Automatic Search Indexing of All Content X

Google Lighthouse Comparison for Course Catalog Software

Lighthouse is a Google-built tool that measures performance, accessibility, general web best practices, and SEO for websites. Below are how different catalog sites stack up.

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Clean Catalog Lighthouse Audit

Clean Catalog Course Catalog Lighthouse Audit Site used: Howard University Catalog

Acalog Lighthouse Audit

Acalog Course Catalog Lighthouse Audit Site used: PLNU Catalog

Smart Catalog Lighthouse Audit

Smart Catalog Course Catalog Lighthouse Audit Site used: UMHB Catalog

Course Catalog Software Accessibility Comparison

Accessibility audit ran with WAVE accessibility tool on catalog homepages from each provider.

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Clean Catalog

Howard University Catalog

0 Errors

Clean Catalog Course Catalog Software Accessibility Chart

Acalog

Baltimore City Community College Catalog

3 Errors, 8 Contrast Errors

Acalog Course Catalog Software Accessibility Chart

Smart Catalog

UMHB Catalog

4 Error, 12 Contrast Errorss

Smart Catalog Course Catalog Software Accessibility Chart

Course Catalog Software Speed Comparison

Speed test done with Pingdom Website Speed Test on catalog homepages from each provider.

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Clean Catalog

Howard University Catalog

Load time: 242 milliseconds

Clean Catalog Course Catalog Software Speed Chart

Acalog

Baltimore City Community College Catalog

Load time: 1.87 seconds

Acalog Course Catalog Software Speed Chart

Smart Catalog

UMHB Catalog

Load time: 2.21 seconds

Smart Catalog Course Catalog Software Speed Chart

Course Catalog Software Uptime Comparison

Uptime monitored by Uptime Robot on two catalog homepages from each provider in Jan. 2020.

Clean Catalog Average Uptime

100%

Acalog Average Uptime

99.9925%

Smart Catalog Average Uptime

99.57%