CoreMedia is Great for Contributors and for Developers
June 02, 2014

CoreMedia is Great for Contributors and for Developers

Brett Harris | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Software Version

5.3

Modules Used

  • CMS
  • Solr Search
  • Workflow

Overall Satisfaction with CoreMedia

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.
  • The overhead of maintaining a 16,000+ page site is minimal now where it was entirely unmanageable previously.
CoreMedia continues to refine and deliver new features. They also explore new technologies and trends, like social media integration. The platform is solid and growing. We are also slightly locked into using CoreMedia. Migrating such a large amount of content to another system would likely not be feasible or prudent.
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.

CoreMedia Implementation

Set aside more time than you think you need to migrate content. That is the hard part. Implementing the technology is easy.
  • Vendor implemented
  • Implemented in-house
Yes - We had two tracks of tasks for the project. One was a set of tasks for developing the design then implementing the software based on those designs. This work was done by a team of in-house developers and a few consultants from CoreMedia.

The other track was a set of tasks for migrating content from our previous system (aka, HTML files). These were content analysis, information architecture, and data entry tasks.
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.