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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/kn/mP/T32FOTCX7RL2.PNGWhy choose Magnolia as Open Source CMS?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.,The usability of Magnolia is appreciated, a content editor easily learns how to manage the content in two hours only. Magnolia is open, flexible and extendible and it is possible to modify or improve the standards features. Using Java API, REST, SOAP, CMIS, XML, etc. makes it possible to integrate other software or legacy data. Magnolia as a modular architecture, a module has its lifecycle, configuration, version handing and dependency: this is a good approach for package content and functionality. Magnolia is written in Java, the platform of choice for enterprise IT systems. It is scalable, stable and secure, and Magnolia separates the staging from public environment.,Magnolia lacks of an administrative dashboard showing all the workflow, possibly in a graphical representation of their status. The audit module only logs in a file: having a dashboard for the audit would be a nice improvement. When the time comes to configure templates and components in the Standard Templating Kit is quite complicated and boring at times. A widget to help the developer would be a very interesting job. In addition, having the possibility to configure template and component in the Standard Template Kit by code would be nice. Implementing a customization in the administrative UI or in the dialogs isn’t simple and the developer must know Vaadin. Migrating from the previous major release is complicated and expensive, since Magnolia 5 isn’t compatible with the old major versions (Magnolia 4).,8,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.,,12,9,9Magnolia CMS, great on his purpose, less on documentationWe use it to manage the sites of the customer I work with. We use as a front end application, with a custom module we made. We don't use the authentication module to let the users login, but our secure servlets. the product lets us solve the problem of finding a templating system and a CMS application to not let IT employees change the contents of the web pages.,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,Uninstalling modules it too messy Almost no documentation It uses 2 dbs (one on filesystem) and so it is impossibile to get back in case of errors when publishing new version of self made modules,8,Faster to publish content updates Profiling the access at the front end management Only one point to access the content which is also well organized Easy to manage once in production,10Magnolia - java cms leader for medium and big enterprisesIt is the official CMS. It is used across the whole organization. Licence costs.,Easy to create and move pages Easy to do custom development Easy to integrate with other frameworks,The admin interface could be easier to use It would be good to have more modules provided by the community,10,I don't know, I'm a developer.,Alfresco,10Magnolia ReviewOverall it is a good CMS product, but sometimes it has issues with publishing content. It is open source and pure Java. It is easy to deploy and maintain. Also, it has a good community to ask questions. We can customize on our demand. Java developers learn it very quickly without any knowledge curve.,Deployment Development Open Source Easy to Maintain,Publishing Content Management Subscribe,7,Development Deployment Maintain,,Content Author / Administrator,10-100 pagesA powerful content management system for smaller businessesWe used Magnolia CMS for a prototype solution for a range of multilingual websites that are managed by their own department in that country. We investigated the product to create a solution for the client, who were looking for a content managed website solution.,The product allowed the site to be skinned easily. The product allowed developers to create dialogs to enable the content editors to enter content for the website. The product is a powerful content management tool.,The set-up of Magnolia CMS seemed to be a little fiddly.,4,I believe that it would have a positive effect as it is a powerful tool and is not as expensive as Adobe CQ5. It may be well-suited to smaller companies and businesses.,CQ5
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August 20, 2015

Magnolia V5+ Review: "Why choose Magnolia as Open Source CMS?"

Score 8 out of 10
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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.
  • The usability of Magnolia is appreciated, a content editor easily learns how to manage the content in two hours only.
  • Magnolia is open, flexible and extendible and it is possible to modify or improve the standards features. Using Java API, REST, SOAP, CMIS, XML, etc. makes it possible to integrate other software or legacy data.
  • Magnolia as a modular architecture, a module has its lifecycle, configuration, version handing and dependency: this is a good approach for package content and functionality.
  • Magnolia is written in Java, the platform of choice for enterprise IT systems. It is scalable, stable and secure, and Magnolia separates the staging from public environment.
  • Magnolia lacks of an administrative dashboard showing all the workflow, possibly in a graphical representation of their status.
  • The audit module only logs in a file: having a dashboard for the audit would be a nice improvement.
  • When the time comes to configure templates and components in the Standard Templating Kit is quite complicated and boring at times. A widget to help the developer would be a very interesting job. In addition, having the possibility to configure template and component in the Standard Template Kit by code would be nice.
  • Implementing a customization in the administrative UI or in the dialogs isn’t simple and the developer must know Vaadin.
  • Migrating from the previous major release is complicated and expensive, since Magnolia 5 isn’t compatible with the old major versions (Magnolia 4).
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.
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March 08, 2014

Magnolia V5+ Review: "Magnolia CMS, great on his purpose, less on documentation"

Score 8 out of 10
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We use it to manage the sites of the customer I work with. We use as a front end application, with a custom module we made. We don't use the authentication module to let the users login, but our secure servlets. the product lets us solve the problem of finding a templating system and a CMS application to not let IT employees change the contents of the web pages.
  • 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
  • Uninstalling modules it too messy
  • Almost no documentation
  • It uses 2 dbs (one on filesystem) and so it is impossibile to get back in case of errors when publishing new version of self made modules
It is a great CMS for websites of large companies, but not suited for small companies nor blogs or simple services websites. Not so good for selling sites or intranet sites. Still good for documentation pages, showing images and videos, commercials, informative persistent sites, governative sites and so on.
I think it is still a little bit tough to update from one major version to another due to the lack of documentation.
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February 21, 2014

Magnolia V5+ Review: "Magnolia - java cms leader for medium and big enterprises"

Score 10 out of 10
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It is the official CMS.
It is used across the whole organization.
Licence costs.
  • Easy to create and move pages
  • Easy to do custom development
  • Easy to integrate with other frameworks
  • The admin interface could be easier to use
  • It would be good to have more modules provided by the community
Well suited for medium - big enterprises and to integrate with other systems.
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July 07, 2015

Magnolia V5+: "Magnolia Review"

Score 7 out of 10
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Overall it is a good CMS product, but sometimes it has issues with publishing content. It is open source and pure Java. It is easy to deploy and maintain. Also, it has a good community to ask questions. We can customize on our demand. Java developers learn it very quickly without any knowledge curve.
  • Deployment
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  • Easy to Maintain
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  • Subscribe
It is open source so from a budget perspective it is a good choice. It is Java based, so Java developers can learn it fast and it is easy to maintain. It has an author and subscriber model, so you can distribute content to multiple servers without any problem. It is a JCR support Oracle database so the content repository is safe.
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March 08, 2014

Magnolia V5+ Review: "A powerful content management system for smaller businesses"

Score 4 out of 10
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We used Magnolia CMS for a prototype solution for a range of multilingual websites that are managed by their own department in that country. We investigated the product to create a solution for the client, who were looking for a content managed website solution.
  • The product allowed the site to be skinned easily.
  • The product allowed developers to create dialogs to enable the content editors to enter content for the website.
  • The product is a powerful content management tool.
  • The set-up of Magnolia CMS seemed to be a little fiddly.
I think that Magnolia CMS is a powerful tool, but I only had a limited experience of using it. I think it is probably costed effectively, but I prefer Adobe CQ5 CMS and find it easier to use and easier to set up. Magnolia CMS is very similar because it uses the JCR (technology).
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Role-based user permissions (1)
7
API (1)
7
Internationalization / multi-language (1)
7
WYSIWYG editor (1)
6
Code quality / cleanliness (1)
6
Admin section (1)
7
Page templates (1)
7
Library of website themes (1)
7
Publishing workflow (1)
7
Form generator (1)
8
Content taxonomy (1)
6
SEO support (1)
7
Bulk management (1)
7
Availability / breadth of extensions (1)
7
Community / comment management (1)
6

About Magnolia V5+

Magnolia is a digital business platform with a CMS at its core. The vendor’s value proposition is that its unique open suite approach allows organizations to go to market fast, adapt quickly to changing business priorities and integrate easily with third party systems. This enables them to create outstanding multi-channel customer experiences while maintaining central control over experience, channels and content.

The vendor says that enterprises such as Airbus Group, Al Arabiya, Avis and Virgin America use it as the central hub for their web, mobile and Internet of Things initiatives (IoT). Additionally the vendor says more than 300 enterprises rely on Magnolia to create personalized experiences for their customers.

Magnolia is available in both Community and Enterprise editions. Working with a global network of certified partners, Magnolia offers support, implementation and training for enterprise clients. The Magnolia community of clients and partners regularly gathers at events like the Magnolia Conference to share and learn more about real-life digital marketing solutions.

Magnolia V5+ Features

Web Content Creation Features
Has featureWYSIWYG editor
Has featureCode quality / cleanliness
Has featureContent versioning
Has featureAdmin section
Has featurePage templates
Does not have featureLibrary of website themes
Has featureMobile optimization / responsive design
Has featurePublishing workflow
Has featureForm generator
Has featureContent scheduling
Web Content Management Features
Has featureInternal content search
Has featureContent taxonomy
Has featureSEO support
Has featureBrowser compatibility
Has featureBulk management
Has featurePage caching
Has featureAvailability / breadth of extensions
Has featureBuilt-in e-commerce / shopping cart
Has featureE-commerce / shopping cart extension
Has featureCommunity / comment management
Has featureImport / export
Has featureWebsite analytics
Platform & Infrastructure Features
Has featureAPI
Has featureInternationalization / multi-language
Security Features
Has featureRole-based user permissions
Does not have featureMulti-factor authentication
Has featureUser-level audit trail
Has featureVersion history
Has featureSimple roll-back capabilities
CMS programming language or framework Features
Does not have featurePHP
Does not have featurePython
Has featureJava
Does not have feature.NET

Magnolia V5+ Integrations

Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), CloudFoundry, Cumulus, Google Analytics, Apache Solr, Apache Tomcat, SugarCRM, Campaign Manager, Oracle WebLogic Application Server, Spring Framework, Central Authentication Service (CAS), Google Sitemap, IBM Websphere, IBM Marketing Cloud, KonaKart, Groovy, NTLM, Atom/RSS, REST, Salesforce, Freemarker, JSP, Vaadin, WebDAV, Wildfly

Magnolia V5+ Competitors

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?No
EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Magnolia Community Edition$0
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Standard-per instance
Magnolia Enterprise Edition Pro-per instance

Magnolia V5+ Customer Size Distribution

Consumers
%
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
10%
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
57%
Enterprises (> 500 employees)Enterprises (> 500 employees)
33%

Magnolia V5+ Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
Forum/Community
FAQ/Knowledgebase
Social Media
Video Tutorials / Webinar
Phone
Live Chat
Email
Onsite

Magnolia V5+ Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac, Solaris
Mobile Application:Mobile Web