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CoreMedia is a global provider of web content management software headquartered in San Francisco and Hamburg, Germany, with offices in Singapore and London. CoreMedia CMS, or CoreMedia 7, is a Java-based web content management and publishing system supporting high traffic, multi-language, multi-channel publishing.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/H5/67/XVDTWDWI5EDR.pngCoreMedia is fast, flexible and (yup, I'll say it) fun!CoreMedia is the content application for the marketing pieces of our sites. I've used this now on 2 installations. It is quick, flexible, easily understood by my colleagues - and since I am responsible for training in the Americas, this is a huge plus. I've even successfully trained colleagues in Asia via screen sharing with great success.,Shows what you're going to see immediately in a side-by-side screen. Allows for easy standardization of content look/feel. Permissions are easy to maintain.,Early learning within the company was slow. We elected a customized version of CoreMedia - which in the end may not have been the best decision.,8,Once trained, users really ramp up, but getting them to switch mindsets has not been easy or painless. We can easily show ROI with add-ons and increasingly do so. Since it's a very large site, we have to go a bit slower than everyone would like in terms of the roll-out.,Content Author / Administrator,More than 10,000 pagesGreat for developers of large sites; lacking for contributors/editorsWe use CoreMedia to manage our main website. We have approximately 200 contributors internally who use the system to build, manage, and maintain subsites.,CoreMedia is a robust system that can manage large sites with multiple, well-organized subsites. CoreMedia has a built-in workflow system that functions well for a distributed contributor model.,CoreMedia, although robust, is also complex. It is not easy to teach or learn, especially when a contributor is not in the system on a daily basis. The user interface is built with developers in mind, but not with contributors in mind. It is hard to navigate and not easy to learn or remember. Some of the terms are confusing. With the translation from German to English, not everything was translated well for an English-based American user base and it is easy to get confused whether one is, for example, marking something for deletion or actually deleting something.,4,WordPress and django CMS,Content Author / Administrator,More than 10,000 pagesCoreMedia is Great for Contributors and for DevelopersCoreMedia is used across the organization. Governance is done centrally by the Communications Department while content creation is done by 100+ users across all departments. Product implementation is done by software engineers in IT and by web developers in Electronic Communications. CoreMedia is used to deliver our content-driven public website, a peer-reviewed publications site, and a career advising content application.,Integrates well with existing infrastructure and software applications. We leveraged ActiveDirectory authentication, a Solr search engine, Java/Spring, Oracle, and other technologies. Allows for multiple workflows for content publishing based on user roles. Each of our sites has separate workflows and allow for managed and unmanaged content production. Templating system is extremely customizable without being unmanageable. This allows developers to custom tailor content and presentation without worry about performance.,Some technical concepts require quite a bit of learning. There is very good training and documentation available, but you will need a strong team of developers to leverage all the features of CoreMedia.,8,The overhead of maintaining a 16,000+ page site is minimal now where it was entirely unmanageable previously.,8,Vendor implemented Implemented in-house,Yes,Change management was a big part of the implementation and was well-handled,Content migration took significantly longer than anticipated due to the complexity of analyzing static HTML files. We attempted to hire a 3rd party to automate the migration which turned out to be a waste of time and money. In the end, content experts migrated content manually.,8Consistency is keyCoreMedia was used at my previous organization to update the website for the entire organization. I used it specifically for two departments and edited many subpages. It helped to streamline the web development process and helped keep formatting consistent across the board.,Easy to use for beginners, because the software is straightforward and easy to learn. The input to output is consistent - when editing for a webpage, you know what to expect. The program helps streamline the web development process and works to achieve fast, consistent results.,Every so often, there would be issues with HTML, that were occasionally difficult to troubleshoot. Suggest having a preview feature that would show exactly what the website will look like after changes are implemented. Add direct social media feature.,8,Increased employee efficiency. Fast time to achieve results saves company money. Better constituent relations.,Drupal,5Not the Biggest Fan of CoreMedia... At TimesCoreMedia is being used at our Association to manage content for our website. We have a central team within Communications that manages the publishing and day-to-day use or CoreMedia, but staff across all departments at our organization contribute content and work within CoreMedia. It allows individual content owners and contributors to submit their content as they would like it/or need it to appear on their program/initiative page.,Allows many staff members to contribute content to various portions of our website, and allows our Electronic-Communications staff to delegate tasks to these various staff (diffusing the work-load). CoreMedia allows for easy creation of different types of content (like teasers, articles, download objects, links, etc). Permission levels can be set, so only certain staff can upload content such as photos, videos, or audio files. The CoreMedia workflow process is easy to understand and follow. Once a staff member has submitted content for publishing to the web, they can then see who it's been assigned to for review, and at what time. You're able to leave detailed notes and stay abreast of where the workflow is at any given time.,Where content lives within CoreMedia can often be confusing (i.e. you have created an article, but are linking to content in another folder that might be completely unrelated). Navigating to and from different content folders can be frustrating and often confusing on where the content "lives" versus where it is posted on the website. Formatting is CoreMedia is less than desirable. You have minimal options for headings and other formatting options, resulting in a dull, or boring website. Several of the formatting functions don't work across different browsers, for example, bullet points. Because some users are granted different permissions levels, staff often have to wait in order for an admin user to assist with certain aspects of their workflow. There should be a button, or option to submit an urgent request on an item from within CoreMedia, rather than having to email colleagues via Outlook. Additionally, there could be an added level of permissions for basic users, more advanced users, and then the admins of the system who ultimately publish content.,5,Increased employee efficiency Sometimes unsatisfactory reviews from users because our site is hard to navigate or it looks "old" Increased organization of content. Although this is still an issue we're working to fix, there is the potential to be more organized in CoreMedia.,ASG Content Management,6
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January 06, 2016

Review: "CoreMedia is fast, flexible and (yup, I'll say it) fun!"

Score 8 out of 10
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CoreMedia is the content application for the marketing pieces of our sites. I've used this now on 2 installations. It is quick, flexible, easily understood by my colleagues - and since I am responsible for training in the Americas, this is a huge plus. I've even successfully trained colleagues in Asia via screen sharing with great success.
  • Shows what you're going to see immediately in a side-by-side screen.
  • Allows for easy standardization of content look/feel.
  • Permissions are easy to maintain.
  • Early learning within the company was slow.
  • We elected a customized version of CoreMedia - which in the end may not have been the best decision.
Localization of content is SUPER easy (and we're a global company, so this is quite important)!
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January 06, 2016

CoreMedia Review: "Great for developers of large sites; lacking for contributors/editors"

Score 4 out of 10
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We use CoreMedia to manage our main website. We have approximately 200 contributors internally who use the system to build, manage, and maintain subsites.
  • CoreMedia is a robust system that can manage large sites with multiple, well-organized subsites.
  • CoreMedia has a built-in workflow system that functions well for a distributed contributor model.
  • CoreMedia, although robust, is also complex. It is not easy to teach or learn, especially when a contributor is not in the system on a daily basis.
  • The user interface is built with developers in mind, but not with contributors in mind. It is hard to navigate and not easy to learn or remember.
  • Some of the terms are confusing. With the translation from German to English, not everything was translated well for an English-based American user base and it is easy to get confused whether one is, for example, marking something for deletion or actually deleting something.
CoreMedia would be great for a very large website handled by very astute developers, who are also editors. Unfortunately, developers and editors are not usually the same people, thus CoreMedia is ill-suited for our company and companies like ours.
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June 02, 2014

Review: "CoreMedia is Great for Contributors and for Developers"

Score 8 out of 10
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CoreMedia is used across the organization. Governance is done centrally by the Communications Department while content creation is done by 100+ users across all departments. Product implementation is done by software engineers in IT and by web developers in Electronic Communications. CoreMedia is used to deliver our content-driven public website, a peer-reviewed publications site, and a career advising content application.
  • Integrates well with existing infrastructure and software applications. We leveraged ActiveDirectory authentication, a Solr search engine, Java/Spring, Oracle, and other technologies.
  • Allows for multiple workflows for content publishing based on user roles. Each of our sites has separate workflows and allow for managed and unmanaged content production.
  • Templating system is extremely customizable without being unmanageable. This allows developers to custom tailor content and presentation without worry about performance.
  • Some technical concepts require quite a bit of learning. There is very good training and documentation available, but you will need a strong team of developers to leverage all the features of CoreMedia.
I think this CMS is best suited as an enterprise level system. For small, or simple sites, there are better options, but for large high-traffic sites, this is a great CMS.
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August 30, 2014

CoreMedia Review: "Consistency is key"

Score 8 out of 10
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CoreMedia was used at my previous organization to update the website for the entire organization. I used it specifically for two departments and edited many subpages. It helped to streamline the web development process and helped keep formatting consistent across the board.
  • Easy to use for beginners, because the software is straightforward and easy to learn.
  • The input to output is consistent - when editing for a webpage, you know what to expect.
  • The program helps streamline the web development process and works to achieve fast, consistent results.
  • Every so often, there would be issues with HTML, that were occasionally difficult to troubleshoot.
  • Suggest having a preview feature that would show exactly what the website will look like after changes are implemented.
  • Add direct social media feature.
I think that CoreMedia is well-suited for a big organization because many staff members can use it at once and, with IT staff, can have a very convenient, consistent system. It may be less appropriate for a small organization where only one or two people are managing web development and don't need as vast or complex of a system.
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April 11, 2014

Review: "Not the Biggest Fan of CoreMedia... At Times"

Score 5 out of 10
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CoreMedia is being used at our Association to manage content for our website. We have a central team within Communications that manages the publishing and day-to-day use or CoreMedia, but staff across all departments at our organization contribute content and work within CoreMedia. It allows individual content owners and contributors to submit their content as they would like it/or need it to appear on their program/initiative page.
  • Allows many staff members to contribute content to various portions of our website, and allows our Electronic-Communications staff to delegate tasks to these various staff (diffusing the work-load).
  • CoreMedia allows for easy creation of different types of content (like teasers, articles, download objects, links, etc). Permission levels can be set, so only certain staff can upload content such as photos, videos, or audio files.
  • The CoreMedia workflow process is easy to understand and follow. Once a staff member has submitted content for publishing to the web, they can then see who it's been assigned to for review, and at what time. You're able to leave detailed notes and stay abreast of where the workflow is at any given time.
  • Where content lives within CoreMedia can often be confusing (i.e. you have created an article, but are linking to content in another folder that might be completely unrelated). Navigating to and from different content folders can be frustrating and often confusing on where the content "lives" versus where it is posted on the website.
  • Formatting is CoreMedia is less than desirable. You have minimal options for headings and other formatting options, resulting in a dull, or boring website. Several of the formatting functions don't work across different browsers, for example, bullet points.
  • Because some users are granted different permissions levels, staff often have to wait in order for an admin user to assist with certain aspects of their workflow. There should be a button, or option to submit an urgent request on an item from within CoreMedia, rather than having to email colleagues via Outlook. Additionally, there could be an added level of permissions for basic users, more advanced users, and then the admins of the system who ultimately publish content.
For websites with many individual pages, CoreMedia can certainly get out of hand very quickly. Our Association's website has over 30,000 pages, which is too many, but managing those in CoreMedia is quick difficult. The search function isn't always very helpful, and the system itself is not automatic or intuitive to help you in keeping content current. Questions to ask might be: how many people will I have using this product? Who will ultimately be in charge of publishing content? Do you have set web standards to share with staff to allow for the delegation of tasks/content contributions?
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April 19, 2014

CoreMedia Review: "Works for me!"

Score 5 out of 10
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I work for an advertising agency. We use Core Media to source traffic for our spots, input media buys, to update reports on our clients, to track our post logs in conjunction with Sigma, for addresses and plenty of other tasks for our clients. It is used by our media and media operations department. It helps keep things organized and to track our TV campaigns with our clients.
  • Gives us a detailed report as to what has aired versus what was bought.
  • Helps keep track of our buys.
  • Able to source out traffic through Core which is helpful.
  • It isn't as smart as it could be.
  • Needs to pick up more mistakes.
It seems we have to input a lot of work to generate reports that a computer system should be able to do for us. However, it is very well suited to keep track of things but can be very sensitive when it comes to adding buys and what not. Automatically inputs numbers when I tab over that shouldn't be there and doesn't pick up numbers that should (such as when inputting post logs) which can be quite annoying.
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April 11, 2014

CoreMedia Review: "Overall CMS"

Score 4 out of 10
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The product is to restricted when our team wants to make custom changes over layouts and content
  • Good tool for collaboration
  • Queries in Coremedia compared to other tools are more robust
  • Responsive Design ready
  • Content customization by type of user (i.e. facebook style)
Does it meet our expections? Is it customizable? Does it offer support? How much will it cost to implement new features
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (2)
5.0
API (1)
7
Internationalization / multi-language (1)
7
WYSIWYG editor (1)
10
Code quality / cleanliness (1)
7
Admin section (1)
7
Page templates (2)
4.5
Library of website themes (1)
7
Mobile optimization / responsive design (1)
7
Publishing workflow (2)
8.0
Form generator (1)
7
Content taxonomy (2)
6.0
SEO support (2)
5.0
Bulk management (2)
5.0
Availability / breadth of extensions (1)
7
Community / comment management (1)
7

About CoreMedia

CoreMedia is a global provider of web content management software headquartered in San Francisco and Hamburg, Germany, with offices in Singapore and London. CoreMedia CMS, or CoreMedia 7, is a Java-based web content management and publishing system supporting high traffic, multi-language, multi-channel publishing. As it is targeted at global-oriented businesses and enterprises, CoreMedia touts Multi-site management with regionalization / localization via centralized control and preservation of brand for maintaining a uniform global image. CoreMedia uses object-oriented content modeling and provides security and separation of editorial and delivery environments. That is, it possesses a decoupled architecture. It contains inbuilt integration with SAP and IBM e-commerce platforms.
Categories:  Content Management

CoreMedia Technical Details

Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:No