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September 27, 2018
Score 1 out of 10
The worst CMS I have ever used. We use Jadu as the CMS for our college. We have multiple uses throughout the college. It is suppose to be used to organize our departments and content. It is years behind every other CMS I have every used (in my career I have used quite a few CMSs). It is expensive and to be frank, open source options like Drupal and WordPress are a much better option.
- The one thing Jadu does well is organize your own content well.
- Jadu has one of the worst database setups I have ever used. If you want to grab content that needs at least 2 categories you are out of luck.
- It is not flexible at all. A simple thing link create menus with drops downs cannot be done without extensive code.
- It is extremely slow. Loading pages on the page end takes up to 30sec.
- The support team are nice guys, but we find ourselves waiting several days for a response to an issues and it doesn't seem like they know what they are doing a lot of the time.
- Bugs, bugs and more bugs.
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Personally speaking Jadu would only be good for a government style website that is just text. It is not suited for anything else. It's lack of flexibility and amount of extra code need for simple task just does not make it suited for a company looking for a solid CMS option.
May 01, 2014
Score 9 out of 10
Jadu CMS is being used for our main home page for our college. We have a Marketing Web Team that manage the CMS and approves all content changes, among other duties, but we have users throughout our campus using it as content editors. We had previously used a Luminis (Ellucian) product to edit our web pages, but support for the product was being dropped by the company. It was also a very clunky and hard to use system. The decision was made to go with Jadu CMS over other products.
- The interface to edit content is simple and resembles word processing programs with its editing abilities.
- If you do not have a separate form creation program/application, Jadu has its own form module.
- Jadu gives the ability for users to sign in on your webpage and have different options for logged in users.
- Even if you haven't used the system in a long time, it's easy to get reacquainted with the user interface.
- The Jadu team we worked with kept constant communication with us throughout the different stages of switching to a new CMS.
- Jadu has a great support website that will allow you to search problems, submit your own, and receive responses from the support team.
- Sometimes when copying/pasting content, there hidden HTML elements that don't show up on the WYSIWYG when an editor makes the changes, and it requires the administrators to go back in and edit the HTML to get it to look the same.
- If users are allowed to add pictures to the system, they're also allowed to delete photos. There's no middle ground on that.
- Since Jadu is not geared toward educational use, Jadu has a great potential for the future.
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Jadu CMS is not currently geared toward the academic side, but more of the business/government types of organizations. Things can be tweaked to suit your needs, but sometimes there are limitations. The programmers are very helpful in assisting with that.
If you have some in house programmers, and you can get developer training, they will be able to program their own custom widgets to use on your website. We did not have programmers but managed to create a few simple widgets.
There's also a marketplace to look for other widgets that you could use on your site.
May 01, 2014
Score 5 out of 10
Jadu is being used as the content backbone for the entire organization. It helps us to address the problem of allowing content owners to easily add their own content while adhering to the web standards and guidelines established by the web and IT departments. Jadu is easy enough for all employees to be able to get started with submitting and editing their own content with minimal upfront training time.
- Provides site and content standardization
- Provides ease of use to novice web creators
- Provides detailed control for more advanced users
- The custom HTML editor can be frustrating
- Does not provide advanced controls and looks as well as some competitors
- Menus to add media content are litigious and require many clicks
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Jadu is well suited for larger organizations that require many content owners and editors. It provides levels of access from editor to administrator across all the sites and pages. Be sure to select similar features to compare the product to its competitors to ensure that their are not any key features that may be missing for your Jadu implementation.
July 07, 2015
Score 9 out of 10
We are using Jadu for the core CMS of our public-facing website. In addition, it also serves as a portal for our current and prospective students. We are also using the XFormsPro Module (sold separately) to collect information from our users and automatically store it in our Oracle database. The Jadu CMS has become the center focal point for pretty much any web-based development we do.
- Reliability. The LAMP-powered server/software rarely has any problems and can handle hundreds of concurrent users without issue. It was developed with scalability in mind.
- Ease of Use. Our users find the backend GUI very easy to use. The layout is intuitive and follows the same format throughout the entire control panel.
- Powerful. Even if it doesn't do something you would like it to out of the box, the code is well formatted and easy to customize.
- Bugs. We seem to run in to random bugs quite often and find it odd that nobody else has reported them yet. More extensive testing might be helpful before releasing versions/patches.
- Authentication. It would be nice to see Single Sign-On added to both the front end and administrator panel. Almost all higher education schools are using some sort of SSO, in particular, CAS.
- Support. The support team is fantastic, but sometimes we find ourselves waiting several days for a response to an issue we are having.
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The power of Jadu is incomparable. The set of features provided by alternative solutions like Drupal just don't stand up to Jadu. Jadu is continuously working on development and adding new tools. They even recently started releasing bi-weekly updates. We find it to be perfect for managing large websites, even if you have thousands of pages.
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