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Score 6.9 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

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.
Maurizio Müller | TrustRadius Reviewer

SDL Tridion Sites

SDL Tridion works well for organizations with a large website with a lot of content to continuously create and manage. The use of page templates and component presentations makes creating new pages fairly straightforward. It can be a little cumbersome when it comes to trying to "break from the norm" and build web pages that are outside of the template-driven format; however, there are ways around this to create pages that break away from the normal page-template format of the website. In this regard, SDL Tridion can be pretty flexible, allowing us to create a lot of custom functionality to keep up with constantly changing web trends.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
10.0
Role-based user permissions
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
9.5
API
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Internationalization / multi-language
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
10.0

Web Content Creation

Magnolia V5+
6.9
SDL Tridion Sites
7.0
WYSIWYG editor
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Admin section
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0
Page templates
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
5.0
Library of website themes
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
5.0
Publishing workflow
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
10.0
Form generator
Magnolia V5+
8.0
SDL Tridion Sites
5.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Magnolia V5+
SDL Tridion Sites
6.0

Web Content Management

Magnolia V5+
6.6
SDL Tridion Sites
6.6
Content taxonomy
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SDL Tridion Sites
10.0
SEO support
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
9.0
Bulk management
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
6.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
5.0
Community / comment management
Magnolia V5+
6.0
SDL Tridion Sites
3.0

Pros

Magnolia V5+

  • 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
Davide Dispenza | TrustRadius Reviewer

SDL Tridion Sites

  • Makes it easy to spin up a new site quickly
  • Allows for numerous users to work on the same site without conflicting with each other's changes
  • Allows you to unpublish changes or revert to old versions if you make a mistake
  • Allows you to time publishing actions (for example, you can set it to happen overnight)
Kirsten McGlone | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Magnolia V5+

  • Publishing
  • Content Management
  • Subscribe
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SDL Tridion Sites

  • Doesn't work well in all browsers. Tridion is a Microsoft product so they really push IE; however, now-a-days it SHOULD work in all browsers. Even though they say to use IE, Chrome actually functions the best with Tridion.
  • It uses Dreamweaver Syntax. Dreamweaver syntax is completely out-dated and SDL really needs to come up with a better way of looping through content by using it's own structure or using .NET syntax to loop through items - Dreamweaver syntax is not the way to go
  • Component Templates and Page Templates. Tridion uses Component Templates and Dreamweaver templates to display content and store the content that is to be displayed. These 2 items could easily be converted into 1 group of items, but SDL chose to keep them separate therefore increasing the complexity of Tridion
  • Steep learning curve. Tridion has a very steep learning curve and it will take some time to train people on it. We had to hire 4 Tridion experts (at probably around $1000 / day) to get everyone trained on Tridion and then build the structure for Tridion
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Magnolia V5+

Magnolia V5+ 9.5
Based on 3 answers
I am unable to rate this.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SDL Tridion Sites

SDL Tridion Sites 6.3
Based on 15 answers
I believe SDL Tridion is the best CMS product out there currently. Every CMS has its problems and strengths but SDL Tridion overall seems like the best solution for large enterprise corporations. The fact that it can be implemented in java or .net makes it attractive to many clients
Piti Itharat | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Magnolia V5+

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

SDL Tridion Sites

SDL Tridion Sites 8.5
Based on 2 answers
The editor user interface is very user friendly and in-site editing makes simple updates fast and easy. The extensibility of Tridion is a big plus and the ability to add our own options into the default Tridion interface helps us integrate with external systems. Finally, the user permissions and security system helps us deploy it within our large organization.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Magnolia V5+

The web features of Magnolia are better.
Andrea Castelli | TrustRadius Reviewer

SDL Tridion Sites

It is a nuclear missile compared to the other handguns and knives on the market today. But it also requires nuclear technicians and expertise that a handgun doesn't require. Do you need to decimate your competition and you have the investment capabilities necessary to put a nuclear missile into the sky? Then definitely do it. Especially if you need a very good multi-lingual blueprint provider like Tridion.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Magnolia V5+

  • The biggest business for Tinext is digital marketing. Our team - which includes Sales accounts, Project managers, information architects, software engineers, designers, system engineers, etc. - use Magnolia CMS every day. Having a team focused on a product only is very efficient and allows us to offer a good service and advice to customers.
  • Our customers have very high expectations and need a lot of integration: the flexibility of Magnolia allows us to satisfy every request.
Maurizio Müller | TrustRadius Reviewer

SDL Tridion Sites

  • SDL is a very complex system. Creating custom components by external vendors turned out to be expensive.
  • The learning curve is very slow, so training takes a lot of time and cost.
  • The revamped corporate site looks clean, modern, and is mobile-friendly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

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

Edition
Magnolia Community Edition$0
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Standard-2
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Pro-2
  1. per instance
Additional Pricing Details

SDL Tridion Sites

General

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

SDL Tridion Sites Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Magnolia V5+
7.0
SDL Tridion Sites
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Magnolia V5+
9.5
SDL Tridion Sites
6.3

Usability

Magnolia V5+
SDL Tridion Sites
8.5

Online Training

Magnolia V5+
8.2
SDL Tridion Sites

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