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Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings

Magnolia V5+

18 Ratings

Adobe Experience Manager

Top Rated
147 Ratings
Score 8 out of 101

Magnolia V5+

18 Ratings
Score 7.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

If you have a number of smaller parts of your organization that you want to maintain the same look & feel as the rest of the organization, it is easy to create a base site and then let them customize. Also, if you have contributors of content who are not involved in the web site maintenance - our professors, for example - they can enter the text on a basic page which is then incorporated through tagging
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Magnolia V5+

Magnolia CMS is a great product to develop enterprise websites, extranets and intranets. At the moment, the community is growing day by day but so far not many extensions are available. Magnolia is an enterprise CMS, the initial learning curve takes time, to learn all its functionalities and how to customize it is necessary to know Java. When one wants to develop just a simple website without complexity which doesn’t need any specific features such as workflow, versioning, environment separation between staging and public, etc. it is preferable to choose another CMS.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.1
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Magnolia V5+
7.0
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
7.9
Magnolia V5+
7.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Magnolia V5+
6.9
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Magnolia V5+
6.0
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.8
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Magnolia V5+
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.0
Magnolia V5+
8.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.2
Magnolia V5+
6.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.2
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.4
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.5
Magnolia V5+
7.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Magnolia V5+
6.0

Pros

  • Media library and asset management is simplified, separating storage and also allowing developers to manage the workflow of the publishing process.
  • No addition of API services are required, using the same requests and data access layer for both front end and back end development simplifies the project lifecycle.
  • Duplicating code is easy, developers can simply copy components and reuse or rework for each use case.
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  • Easy to use for end users
  • You can use both jsp and ftl
  • It lets you easily develop a site for both mobile and desktop (V5 only)
  • Nice templating mechanism
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Cons

  • Styling the front-end of the author interface can sometimes be challenging. Built in styles and HTML can be overwhelming until you get used to it. Having a less intrusive author output or defining a standard output per site could speed development.
  • Documentation is often outdated, keeping docs up to date and readily available is needed.
  • The local build process is slow and takes a lot of space. Reducing the overhead with local testing would be great!
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  • The set-up of Magnolia CMS seemed to be a little fiddly.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 5 answers
We had and still have a fantastic experience using Adobe CQ. Lots of flexibility, great integration with other Adobe products we already use and a powerful technology make it a great fit for our corporate environment. Also as the community grows, it makes it easier to network with other developers and users to get new ideas on how to continue to get the best out of the software.
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Magnolia V5+9.5
Based on 3 answers
I am unable to rate this.
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Usability

Adobe Experience Manager10.0
Based on 2 answers
I personally feel that AEM is very intuitive to use from an authoring standpoint. The entire CMS was engineered around the author. Everything about AEM is geared to helping authors generate and maintain content. There are ways that tool tips can be customized so that any individual could simply hover over and be guided step by step on how to author web content
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Support

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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Implementation

Adobe Experience Manager8.7
Based on 2 answers
Depending on your individual needs, It is really quite simple to create an authoring experience for a website that looks really good. I have been part of many implementations and many teams and have seen many projects that were super successful and others that were not implemented well. AEM has room for a lot of flexibility in the implementation process compared to other CMS like SharePoint
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Alternatives Considered

We selected Adobe CQ mostly for the ease of page authoring in brought to our non-technical staff. Powerful and simple UI widgets made it very simple for our merchandiser to create, edit and publish new pages. It also allowed us to customize those widgets to fit their needs while keeping the same clean experience. We also saw a plus in the ability to run activation workflows based on our own organization hierarchy, which helped make sure the right pages were exposed to the right eyes before going live. Overall, it was the mixture of user-friendliness of the authoring interface with the robustness of the technology stack that convinced us to go with CQ.
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I prefer Adobe CQ5 over Magnolia because I have more experience at using CQ5. I only gained a limited exposure to Magnolia on a prototyping exercise. I have used Adobe CQ5 for three years now. However, I would not object to learning Magnolia and giving a better comparison between the two content management systems.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive: Can quickly create and launch marketing campaigns.
  • Negative: Can be expensive to develop custom AEM experiences.
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  • I believe that it would have a positive effect as it is a powerful tool and is not as expensive as Adobe CQ5. It may be well-suited to smaller companies and businesses.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Experience Manager

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Adobe Experience Manager Editions & Modules
Adobe Experience Manager
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Magnolia V5+

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Magnolia V5+ Editions & Modules
Magnolia V5+
Edition
Magnolia Community Edition
$0
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Standard
-2
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Pro
-2
2. per instance
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