Magnolia vs. SiteExecutive

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Magnolia
Score 8.3 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
SiteExecutive
Score 9.0 out of 10
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SiteExecutive from Systems Alliance provides a flexible, capability-rich content managemant system that is available for local-hosting or as a SaaS.N/A
Pricing
MagnoliaSiteExecutive
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
MagnoliaSiteExecutive
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
MagnoliaSiteExecutive
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Magnolia
8.1
66 Ratings
1% above category average
SiteExecutive
7.2
2 Ratings
11% below category average
Role-based user permissions8.166 Ratings7.22 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Magnolia
8.0
64 Ratings
4% above category average
SiteExecutive
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Ratings
API8.457 Ratings00 Ratings
Internationalization / multi-language7.657 Ratings00 Ratings
Web Content Creation
Comparison of Web Content Creation features of Product A and Product B
Magnolia
8.0
70 Ratings
5% above category average
SiteExecutive
7.9
2 Ratings
4% above category average
WYSIWYG editor8.561 Ratings6.12 Ratings
Code quality / cleanliness8.461 Ratings9.01 Ratings
Admin section7.966 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Page templates8.968 Ratings7.92 Ratings
Library of website themes7.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile optimization / responsive design8.559 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Publishing workflow7.569 Ratings10.02 Ratings
Form generator7.156 Ratings8.12 Ratings
Web Content Management
Comparison of Web Content Management features of Product A and Product B
Magnolia
7.6
65 Ratings
4% above category average
SiteExecutive
8.1
2 Ratings
10% above category average
Content taxonomy7.660 Ratings10.01 Ratings
SEO support7.159 Ratings6.32 Ratings
Bulk management7.954 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Availability / breadth of extensions8.058 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Community / comment management7.248 Ratings8.01 Ratings
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User Ratings
MagnoliaSiteExecutive
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(74 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(9 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.0
(69 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.5
(68 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
MagnoliaSiteExecutive
Likelihood to Recommend
Magnolia
Magnolia is very well suited to scenarios where there are multiple end points for content eg. apps, remote devices, websites etc. and with multiple users. Magnolia is very good at working with different "shapes" of content so it's not necessarily all about HTML content for the web which tends to be the default for a number of other products of this nature. This means that it's more logical for people to work with structured data and easier for the applications to sort and manage that content when they receive it.
This works really well when you have multiple team members (often in multiple locations). We've had clients who've had people in twelve European locations with sixteen languages and they can share skills and resources between them but still manage their own content.
Magnolia is less appropriate for SMEs who have fewer digital assets and content. It's not to say that it can't be done but it's more that the budget would not necessarily fit.
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Systems Alliance
We recently put our alumni magazine online so viewers can read it digitally. SiteExecutive has been great for this project as it allowed us to easily create new templates and styling options specifically suited for our purposes.
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Pros
Magnolia
  • Use of YAML to define content models with code.
  • Versatility of defining actions for custom handlers.
  • Reloading classes when code is modified in a local dev environment is nice. While it doesn't seem to work when changes extend beyond the method body (i.e., adding methods), it remediates the pain of long startup times.
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Systems Alliance
  • SiteExecutive provides a simple basic and convenient interface for creating and updating webpages.
  • Easy way to create web forms, set up a confirmation webpage, and send a confirmation email.
  • Integration with YouTube allows us to quickly embed the most recent videos to our website automactically as well as choose specific videos by date or title.
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Cons
Magnolia
  • As a developer the learning curve is long, you can start developing relatively quickly but getting to know the platform in depth takes time.
  • Having a history of modifications not only at the page level but also at the Content Apps level would be very useful.
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Systems Alliance
  • Glitches happen more frequently than I'd like them to
  • Limited options for formatting and organization within blog applications
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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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Systems Alliance
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Usability
Magnolia
There are a ton of small things that could make this CMS great Off the top of my head... 1) Better navigation between a component and its corresponding node in the jcr ( devs often have to flip between a page and a spot in the jcr even though there could be a button to take you from a page/component in the pages app to its location in the JCR) 2) Why does a content editor need to open the page to edit the page properties? They could just as easily edit the dialog from the tree view if they have many pages to touch, and it would save them time by not having to render the page.
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Systems Alliance
No answers on this topic
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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Systems Alliance
No answers on this topic
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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Systems Alliance
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Alternatives Considered
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.
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Systems Alliance
WordPress is another CMS that I've used within a professional setting. Despite the cost difference, SiteExecutive is well worth the investment. Its functionality is much, much greater (they can't really be compared on the same level) and I have more freedom for customization and creating EXACTLY what I need.
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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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Systems Alliance
  • External constituents are able to clearly see our mission, goals, and programs (i.e: we are successfully attracting potential students and their families)
  • Faculty and staff are able to be directly involved in how their department is represented
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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.