Magnolia vs. Progress Sitefinity

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Magnolia
Score 8.2 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Founded in 1997 with a vision to create the first truly open content management system, Magnolia is presented as a fast way to launch digital experiences. With a mission to help clients move fast and stay flexible and boasting users among brands like Atlassian and The New York Times, Magnolia DXP supports industries ranging from automotive to telecommunications, offering enterprise features and headless agility to help them stay ahead. From humble beginnings in Basel, Magnolia's…N/A
Progress Sitefinity
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
Progress Sitefinity is a content management and customer analytics platform. It supports content management, tailored marketing, multi-channel management, and ecommerce sites.N/A
Pricing
MagnoliaProgress Sitefinity
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
MagnoliaProgress Sitefinity
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
MagnoliaProgress Sitefinity
Considered Both Products
Magnolia

No answer on this topic

Progress Sitefinity
Chose Progress Sitefinity
We chose Sitefinity because it was the only CMS framework that was built on ASP.Net MVC web pages and we believed it was going to be a much easier implementation than the others, since our site was already written in that language.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
MagnoliaProgress Sitefinity
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Magnolia
8.0
70 Ratings
0% below category average
Progress Sitefinity
8.1
163 Ratings
1% above category average
Role-based user permissions8.070 Ratings8.1163 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Magnolia
8.0
69 Ratings
4% above category average
Progress Sitefinity
8.1
144 Ratings
0% above category average
API8.462 Ratings8.1137 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language7.562 Ratings8.1106 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Magnolia
8.0
75 Ratings
5% above category average
Progress Sitefinity
8.0
170 Ratings
6% above category average
WYSIWYG editor8.566 Ratings8.1160 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness8.466 Ratings8.0151 Ratings
Admin section8.071 Ratings8.0168 Ratings
Page templates8.973 Ratings8.1164 Ratings
Library of website themes7.01 Ratings8.0104 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design8.564 Ratings8.0155 Ratings
Publishing workflow7.574 Ratings8.1152 Ratings
Form generator7.059 Ratings8.0140 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Magnolia
7.5
70 Ratings
2% above category average
Progress Sitefinity
8.0
164 Ratings
13% above category average
Content taxonomy7.564 Ratings8.1157 Ratings
SEO support7.164 Ratings8.1151 Ratings
Bulk management7.858 Ratings8.0122 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions8.063 Ratings8.0130 Ratings
Community / comment management7.152 Ratings8.0121 Ratings
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User Ratings
MagnoliaProgress Sitefinity
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(79 ratings)
7.1
(171 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.1
(9 ratings)
7.2
(7 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(69 ratings)
8.9
(10 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Performance
8.5
(68 ratings)
5.5
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(3 ratings)
9.0
(7 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
4.6
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
5.5
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
4.5
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
6.4
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
5.5
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
MagnoliaProgress Sitefinity
Likelihood to Recommend
Magnolia
Magnolia is a very capable DXP, that provides client with lots of flexibility in composing its own stack. While the core of the platform is a content management system, the open architecture of Magnolia DXP allows it to connect to any platform, allowing client to extend the capabilities. One scenario would be a centralized content hub - where through a single platform, content authors can choose which channel to distribute what content. For example, long form content for consumers viewing on a laptop, short form content for those using a mobile browser. This allow the client to personalized the experience based on channels. Another scenarios would be leveraging on GenAI - using Magnolia's built-in connector to ChatGPT. If that is not the service that one desire, you can always connect to another AI service such as Google Gemini. With GenAI, connected, content author can use AI as co-pilot to help them scale up their content production.
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Progress Software Corporation
Progress Sitefinity remains a little heavyweight for sites that require basic text content, or a limited number of pages. However, its flexibility (including the range of different content types if supports) make it a good choice for any organization requiring advanced content management capabilities at an affordable price.
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Pros
Magnolia
  • Speed of development - time to delivery from zero to MVP was excellent
  • Ease of use - the authoring experience is very easy to build and train
  • PAAS/SAAS - the managed service platform removed the traditional overhead of running in-house technologies, meaning we could focus on value add, with less time spent keeping the lights on.
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Progress Software Corporation
  • 'Low-code structured content' (dynamic content types) is one of Sitefinity's most powerful features that allows you to structure content according to business needs, while at the same time dampening editorial freedom to ensure accessibility, meta enhancement, SEO and API consumption can be achieved.
  • Sitefinity's content provider model allows us to flexibly (by means of admin interface) easily aggregate or separate content sharing within a multi-site instance.
  • This proofs particularly powerful in emerging situations where there suddenly is a demand for content sharing across countries or regions.
  • Adaptability at its core.
  • While there's never a perfect fit for everything, it allows for easy code customization and extension being a .NET application at heart. Giving it a corporate edge over other custom solutions, whether it is on the development side or deployment side (on premise, IaaS or Azure DevOps Paas). And it has enabled us to put the system to use in its core feature - which is to manage content, where on other occasions we were able to take full advantage of its features such as A/B testing and personalization.
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Cons
Magnolia
  • The documentation provides samples that are often out of context, and difficult to know where the provided example code should be implemented. More tutorials providing the full project or step-by-step instructions on how to implement subject material would help greatly. Baeldung is a resource I would consider the gold standard in how this is done in other spaces.
  • The use of JCR and Nodes makes object serialization/deserialization painful. Jackson compatibility or similar would be a welcome enhancement to the developer experience. Maybe leveraging code-gen from light modules to build model classes when possible could help accomplish this.
  • Modifying the home layout from light modules is frustrating. It seems that any configuration overrides made merge with the default rather than overwriting, which makes for a difficult combination of guess-and-check while referencing the documentation to see what should be in each row/column when making changes.
  • Including "mark all as read" or "delete all" in the notifications app would be a great quality of life improvement. It seems that by default, users have to individually select messages and operate them.
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Progress Software Corporation
  • Diagram or illustrate more use cases for server setups, and managing of upgrades.
  • I'd like to see the ability to synchronize from one server to multiple others at once.
  • Implementation assistance as part of the purchase rather than farming out to 3rd party, although they did answer every question we asked in order to determine our best architecture setup.
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Likelihood to Renew
Magnolia
We have invested a lot of time and energy into tailoring a solution that works for the company.
We think the new features in v6.2 will help us get to the next level
We also don't have the resources to rebuild a website platform from scratch even if we wanted to
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Progress Software Corporation
Pricing makes this a no brainer. Not the best CMS, but with work arounds and some fumbling around we are able to make it do what we want it to do
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Usability
Magnolia
We've shown it to a number of users both clients and our own team and despite initial apprehensions, they "get it" very quickly. It's intuitive and friendly and quick to perform daily tasks. We once had a client tell us "Using Magnolia makes me smile" which says it all for us.
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Progress Software Corporation
Very big fan of this CMS, as it allows scalability, performance, and everything else. The support is great whenever we need it. As a marketer, the digital/marketing side of things is very easy to use and we've seen strong results from an SEO and marketing perspective. I can't speak to the developer/creative side too much, but in talking with these teams, they do recommend the tool as well.
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Reliability and Availability
Magnolia
No answers on this topic
Progress Software Corporation
Has been solid for us on availability
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Performance
Magnolia
I gave [it] 7/10 only because of the loading time of pages. Otherwise, I think it deserves an 8. Normally this is not an issue per [se] but considering the rating matrix and as I have been asked to honestly write about it. Yes, the page loading times could be improved.
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Progress Software Corporation
A bit sluggish sometimes as the compiler works.
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Support Rating
Magnolia
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
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Progress Software Corporation
Support can be pretty good, even though, depending on the level of licensing, it can take longer to hear back from their team. They do have a phone option, which works well. Overall, they are knowledgeable, and helpful when needed. At times, support is able to access the system directly and troubleshoot critical items when needed.
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Implementation Rating
Magnolia
No answers on this topic
Progress Software Corporation
N/A - I was not part of the implementation team. We have had this internally for over 5 years. Based on my experience, ensure that you have documentation on the initial implementation and subsequent upgrades. I would also recommend to have all the documentation on how and why the system was implemented the way it was
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Alternatives Considered
Magnolia
I've used several CMSs like AEM and EpiServer, and comparatively, they all excel at different things. Magnolia is the best to develop for/against. Episerver has the best/most fluid UI in terms of content editing, and the overall admin experience AEM is just all around sucks.
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Progress Software Corporation
It is hands down just easier for our customers to use. The interface and the page builder experience is much better than what we have used in the past and has many enterprise features even in the lower price-point
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Scalability
Magnolia
No answers on this topic
Progress Software Corporation
Seems pretty scalable.
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Return on Investment
Magnolia
  • Magnolia has brought about positive impacts. For instance, we need not outsource web design and marketing services because thanks to this software, we can handle most work inhouse
  • The software is affordable with no compromises on capabilities and therefore it is gives us value for money.
  • The templates makes the whole process easy
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Progress Software Corporation
  • Sitefinity has reduced the amount of time it takes to edit and publish content, which has enabled us to get information out more quickly.
  • Sitefinity allowed us to establish a consistent and modern brand identity and apply it across multiple websites.
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ScreenShots

Magnolia Screenshots

Screenshot of the customer experience: Brings together content and audiovisual digital assets to form more compelling digital experiences.Screenshot of the Magnolia App Launcher, used to switch between workspaces and manage pagesScreenshot of Magnolia's native analytics integration framework, used to take advantage of data directly in the authoring UI, coupled to content.Screenshot of global search that brings relevant content, no matter where it resides.Screenshot of customizing the ecommerce experience.

Progress Sitefinity Screenshots

Screenshot of Engage your audience with thoughtful, relevant content. Your marketing team can create and manage content faster and easier than ever before with inline drag-and-drop editing, requiring no help from your web team.Screenshot of Create a truly global solution that provides consistent experiences and unmatched performance across brands, regions and languages. Reduce maintenance and hosting infrastructure by managing multiple websites from a single platform. Reduce time to market and deploy changes faster with content and code synchronization between websites and environments.Screenshot of Increase revenue with a personalized, connected experience between your website and online store. Easily manage your product catalogs, price lists, shopping cart and checkout process. Connect to cloud services for accurate real-time tax and shipping rates. Integrate with your ERP and other business systems to improve and automate inventory management, order fulfillment and customer support throughout the product lifecycle.Screenshot of Increase conversions and generate more leads with 1:1 conversations with your customers. Create, preview and deliver personalized experiences at a massive scale with amazingly easy to use tools. Analyze and optimize the experience with the help of contextual analytics and A/B testing solutions.Screenshot of Analyze cross-channel data to get a detailed view of content and campaign performance. Gather data on visitors and build persona segments and track their behavior on your site. Get ML-driven recommendations for the next best update to introduce into your journey.