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Magnolia

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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

It definitely works great if you need a centralized hub for distributing information and making it easy to access. Although it is not something we use it for, I can also see how it can be implemented with great success for an e-commerce platform. It probably won't be that beneficial for a company with an already established Intranet presence. However, I am confident you can make Magnolia work in any scenario, or at least any scenario I can think of.
Daniel Georgiev | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Cascade Server
8.0
Magnolia
8.2
Role-based user permissions
Cascade Server
8.0
Magnolia
8.2

Platform & Infrastructure

Cascade Server
7.2
Magnolia
8.0
API
Cascade Server
7.1
Magnolia
8.2
Internationalization / multi-language
Cascade Server
7.3
Magnolia
7.9

Web Content Creation

Cascade Server
7.1
Magnolia
7.7
WYSIWYG editor
Cascade Server
6.3
Magnolia
8.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Cascade Server
6.1
Magnolia
7.6
Admin section
Cascade Server
7.9
Magnolia
7.7
Page templates
Cascade Server
8.9
Magnolia
7.8
Library of website themes
Cascade Server
5.5
Magnolia
7.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Cascade Server
7.0
Magnolia
7.8
Publishing workflow
Cascade Server
8.9
Magnolia
8.2
Form generator
Cascade Server
6.4
Magnolia
7.6

Web Content Management

Cascade Server
6.9
Magnolia
7.9
Content taxonomy
Cascade Server
7.9
Magnolia
8.0
SEO support
Cascade Server
7.0
Magnolia
7.8
Bulk management
Cascade Server
8.9
Magnolia
7.6
Availability / breadth of extensions
Cascade Server
6.0
Magnolia
7.8
Community / comment management
Cascade Server
4.8
Magnolia
8.1

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

  • Availability of editing options that modify our web content and eliminate the unwanted or old one is a role that Magnolia is doing effectively.
  • Critically and analyzing web visits, and the activities that visitors do on those sites is an essential role from Magnolia.
  • Finally, having a dedicated, informative, and time-conscious support system is another effective thing that Magnolia does.
  • Finally, Magnolia has templates that assist us in ways or coming up with information of any form, more so than one that suits our web page.
Doreen Lioy | 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

  • [In my experience] The admin back end of Magnolia is quite hard to use and requires some simplification.
  • The documentation details also are challenging, where some people may struggle to comprehend them.
  • Finally [I feel] Magnolia's live chat is quite ineffective, and this could be the simplest communications avenue.
Nelly Hilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 9.5
Based on 3 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 8.1
Based on 47 answers
Magnolia has a back end that is straightforward for developers to use and enough materials in form of templates for easy and convenient facilitation. Also, Magnolia has many modules, which are precisely facilitated to make designing content more successful and faster. The marketing path that Magnolia uses is another solid assistance, as there is the use of SEO and other paid search methods for global reach.
Vivian Chep | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Cascade Server

Cascade Server 6.7
Based on 4 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 1 answer
Does a great job.
Collan Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Magnolia

Magnolia 7.8
Based on 46 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 5 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 2 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 4 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

Prior to using Magnolia as an enterprise CMS solution, different teams leveraged different website platforms including WordPress, Weebly, and others. While these other platforms may be slightly more user friendly to the content editor, they don't offer nearly the same amount of customization and digital best practices out of the box that are customizable by web development teams like Magnolia does. The other solutions may work better for a quicker/simpler web implementation without technical resources but don't have the depth and breadth of capability and functionality that Magnolia has and fall flat.
Anonymous | 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

  • Magnolia streamlined the whole process of updating and developing substantial content on our web page.
  • Furthermore, Magnolia gives us an optimization feature, which makes sure that the content on our webpage is exact, updated, and informative, based on our business profile.
  • Magnolia introduced an E-Commerce option in our business, as it ensures that shopping and payments can be effectively done on cloud.
Jayson Mayne | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Cascade Server

General

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

Magnolia

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cascade Server
9.8
Magnolia
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Cascade Server
9.1
Magnolia
9.5

Usability

Cascade Server
9.1
Magnolia
8.1

Reliability and Availability

Cascade Server
6.7
Magnolia

Performance

Cascade Server
8.0
Magnolia
7.8

Support Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
Magnolia
9.1

In-Person Training

Cascade Server
7.0
Magnolia

Online Training

Cascade Server
5.0
Magnolia
8.2

Implementation Rating

Cascade Server
9.1
Magnolia

Scalability

Cascade Server
5.0
Magnolia

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