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Score 7.4 out of 100

Magnolia

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Score 9 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Magnolia ranks higher in 4 feature sets: Security, Platform & Infrastructure, Web Content Creation, Web Content Management

Security

8.0

Cascade Server

80%
9.3

Magnolia

93%
Magnolia ranks higher in 1/1 features

Role-based user permissions

8.0
80%
19 Ratings
9.3
93%
56 Ratings

Platform & Infrastructure

7.1

Cascade Server

71%
8.7

Magnolia

87%
Magnolia ranks higher in 2/2 features

API

7.0
70%
12 Ratings
8.4
84%
48 Ratings

Internationalization / multi-language

7.3
73%
7 Ratings
9.1
91%
50 Ratings

Web Content Creation

7.1

Cascade Server

71%
8.3

Magnolia

83%
Magnolia ranks higher in 6/8 features

WYSIWYG editor

6.1
61%
19 Ratings
8.8
88%
51 Ratings

Code quality / cleanliness

6.0
60%
18 Ratings
9.0
90%
51 Ratings

Admin section

8.0
80%
19 Ratings
8.1
81%
56 Ratings

Page templates

9.0
90%
17 Ratings
8.6
86%
58 Ratings

Library of website themes

5.5
55%
2 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Mobile optimization / responsive design

7.0
70%
15 Ratings
7.1
71%
51 Ratings

Publishing workflow

9.0
90%
19 Ratings
8.8
88%
59 Ratings

Form generator

6.4
64%
7 Ratings
9.3
93%
47 Ratings

Web Content Management

6.9

Cascade Server

69%
8.7

Magnolia

87%
Magnolia ranks higher in 4/5 features

Content taxonomy

8.0
80%
13 Ratings
9.3
93%
50 Ratings

SEO support

7.0
70%
14 Ratings
7.5
75%
52 Ratings

Bulk management

9.0
90%
14 Ratings
8.5
85%
48 Ratings

Availability / breadth of extensions

6.0
60%
11 Ratings
9.0
90%
49 Ratings

Community / comment management

4.8
48%
5 Ratings
9.3
93%
43 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Cascade Server is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Performance
  • Magnolia is rated higher in 1 area: Online Training
  • Cascade Server and Magnolia are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.9

Cascade Server

99%
44 Ratings
8.8

Magnolia

88%
64 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
26 Ratings
8.2

Magnolia

82%
4 Ratings

Usability

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
4 Ratings
7.7

Magnolia

77%
59 Ratings

Availability

6.7

Cascade Server

67%
8 Ratings

Magnolia

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

8.0

Cascade Server

80%
2 Ratings
7.3

Magnolia

73%
58 Ratings

Support Rating

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
10 Ratings
9.1

Magnolia

91%
3 Ratings

In-Person Training

7.0

Cascade Server

70%
1 Rating

Magnolia

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

5.0

Cascade Server

50%
1 Rating
8.2

Magnolia

82%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

9.1

Cascade Server

91%
8 Ratings

Magnolia

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

5.0

Cascade Server

50%
1 Rating

Magnolia

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Cascade Server

Cascade Server is well suited with it's WYSIWYG editor being better than most editors that I have used in other systems. In context, editing makes adding content easy compared to the last CMS I used where you had to wing it and view the page outside of the CMS to see if it was correct. The ability mix HTML, CSS, and the Script of your choice anywhere and with ease.
The scenarios were Cascade Server is less appropriate would be in the use of compilers or programs like Visual studio. You need to go out of Cascade Server and go to other environments to perform tasks and then copy the result to Cascade Server. You can write directly in Cascade Server, but it's easier to do in and editor that is specific to a function.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

Magnolia best fits with bigger companies who can afford it and also someone who needs additional hands for content compilation and management. If you are looking for something cheap and trendy, Magnolia might not be an option for you. This is the next level of efficiency, but it comes with a price.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Cascade Server

  • Cascade CMS makes no assumptions about your content. Templates control how the content gets displayed.
  • Workflows are intuitive and allow for one or more people to review content before it is published.
  • The published site is static (no database connection) which allows for faster page loads and reduced risk of attack.
John Dezember | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

  • Includes intuitive posts and content management options.
  • It provides a powerful editor that allows us to format our content with ease.
  • It is highly customizable, thanks to the thousands of plugins and themes.
  • It has a strong and very active community.
  • Includes support for multilingual websites.
  • It allows us to manage multiple sites from a single installation.
  • It makes it possible to share data and tools between our websites.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cascade Server

  • Cascade CMS is not an out-of-the-box pre-built system that you can install, turn on and expect to be serving sites and pages on day one. It's not a blogging system like WordPress, or a drag-and-drop system like SquareSpace (both of which I've used for their own purposes). You need to have someone tasked with management and system administration – and if you implement the on-premise self-hosted version, you ought to have several people. We have the university's IT shop handling infrastructure (server hardware, containers, clustering, operating systems, load-balancing, DNS, database servers, NAS/SAN drives), our Web & Design team managing Cascade CMS (system settings, sites, templates, permissions) and managers coordinating each respective academic unit (A&S, business, education, law, marine science).
Andrew Bauserman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

  • Difficult at times to upgrade versions - moving from 5.6 to 5.7 was time consuming, 5.7 to 6.2 also has been challenging but support from Magnolia has been helpful
  • To build and troubleshoot the CMS requires Java dev skills - it is a powerful CMS but one only businesses with experienced Java developers should consider Magnolia
Alan Livie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Cascade Server

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Starting Price

Magnolia

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Likelihood to Renew

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 26 answers
Changing systems would require too much effort. Our institution is using Cascade Server, WordPress and Drupal but we only serve 2200 students so we have 1 too many content management systems. Reflecting on current technical resources we would like to drop down to 2. This effort hasn't moved forward because of the extensive work required to migrate content and train users in a new system.
Jason Slater | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

Magnolia 8.2
Based on 4 answers
Magnolia is an innovative CMS, for example it is possible to use the ipad to manage the contents. Magnolia’s team works hard to improve the product; the community is small but active and the support for the enterprise version is good. Magnolia’s team asks the users what they think and what they need, and the new functionalities planned for Magnolia 5.3 are very exciting for example the content personalization.
Maurizio Müller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 4 answers
Cascade CMS is completely usable on mobile devices, we can train our content editors in a single 2-hour session, and we support 1,000 users with a very small team.
There is a level of complexity for the system administrators, site managers and web programmers who implement templates and content types. But the complexity is neither arbitrary nor inconsistent – and once learned provides a powerful environment within which we can develop robust sites that are beautiful and powerful, yet easy for our content editors to manage.
Andrew Bauserman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

Magnolia 7.7
Based on 59 answers
I haven't used other enterprise content management systems, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. However, Magnolia works well for internal users without technical expertise with some training and support. It's not the most intuitive system but works well once users are trained and become familiar with it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 6.7
Based on 8 answers
Amazing customer service and VERY customizable.
Graham Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Does a great job.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

Magnolia 7.3
Based on 58 answers
I find it very resourceful and powerful thanks to its many features. While it does not lag, publishing large files is not easy. The software is not complex for people who have an IT background. It is even better for people with coding experience.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 10 answers
They have always regarded any question or problem we encountered as very important. We have never felt that they ignore or downplay any issue and not once has anything been left unresolved. They also hold an annual conference where users are invited to attend and share their experiences and wisdom with the entire Cascade community. And with the care and support the provide, we all feel a part of that community.
David Van Wie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

Magnolia 9.1
Based on 3 answers
You always get an answer based on your SLA. But you always get a solution. That's the successfactor in this case. To often i was frustrated about people in a company without even a clue what there product is about or how to solve a problem. Magnolia's Support Team does a very good job and try to help you in most of the cases
Marvin Kerkhoff | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was helpful.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 5.0
Based on 1 answer
Still needed that physical help
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

Magnolia 8.2
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Implementation Rating

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 9.1
Based on 8 answers
The key to any CMS implementation is PLAN, PLAN, PLAN. Proper planning with Cascade can increase your satisfaction exponentially once the site migration/creation is complete. When all is said and done, your implementation can make your site run like a Yugo or Maserati. Be smart and deliberate in your decisions. Drive the Maserati. It is already paid for.
William White | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Cascade Server

We selected Cascade server seven years ago, and the CMS environment at the time was clearly different than it is today. We decided to go with a vendor solution rather than a free solution because the long term cost in hosting a free solution is not, in fact, free; we've found Cascade to have been an excellent choice for us.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

Availability of extensions, or capacity to connect with numerous solutions is an effort that Magnolia made when other software never saw it. Browser compatibility ensures that no limitations of where or who can run the software. Flexibility and ease of customization is another outstanding concept that we find from Magnolia, and minimal or lacking from other opponents.
Dennis Mwanu | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 5.0
Based on 1 answer
I used it only a few times.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Cascade Server

  • Initially, ROI was positive - because we completely redesigned the website when we implemented Cascade.
  • Over time, the inability to keep up with the latest interactive tools has reduced visitors time on site.
  • Also over time, the difficulty of use has led to less buy-in by backend users, leading to outdated pages, little timely information, and lower visitors.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

  • Has provided our organization with an easy-to-use CMS. Even inexperienced web page builders can create content.
  • Has allowed us to create a bilingual website that reaches a large audience while meeting language requirements.
  • Common templates have allowed us to create a cohesive website.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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