-Magnolia Review
April 01, 2021

-Magnolia Review

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Magnolia

Magnolia is our company's content management system. It is used by multiple departments in the organization. It is used to create and publish content [on] the company's website. It offers us an easy way to deliver a digital experience to our consumer, business, and professional audiences. It allows multiple teams within the organization to communicate with an external audience.
  • It's intuitive
  • It's customizable
  • The version we currently use (Magnolia 5) is [aesthetically] pleasing
  • With virtual mapping, it would be useful for there to be a way to organize items in groups and to filter (e.g., alphabetically).
  • Still, with virtual mapping, it would be easier if a page didn't become redirected until the virtual URI is published. Currently, the page being redirected becomes inaccessible once a vanity URL is created, even if left unpublished.
  • More online references/documentation for front-end users.
  • An edit mode that lets you make changes to the actual page (i.e., what the page looks like to a website visitor), which would be a separate edit mode [that] currently exists (editing to the back-end, which looks more like a database).
  • The ability to multi-task in the CMS. For example, if approving publishing requests, the ability to edit pages while the CMS processes the approvals.
  • Has provided our organization with an easy-to-use CMS. Even inexperienced web page builders can create content.
  • Has allowed us to create a bilingual website that reaches a large audience while meeting language requirements.
  • Common templates have allowed us to create a cohesive website.
It's very intuitive and allows even inexperienced website creators to build pages. Java knowledge is not necessary to create and post content. Adding users, and managing roles and users is simple. The templates are easy to use and allow for a consistent-looking website. The ability to duplicate pages and components helps will productivity.
Opening components can sometimes be slow. When too many requests are in the publishing queue, the CMS slows down. When a user is approving publishing requests, they are unable to do anything else in the CMS. (This is an issue because wait times can be up to a minute if 10+ items are in the queue.)
The ability to customize modules has allowed us to be creative in our page designs while still maintaining a consistent look. I find the interface of Magnolia 5 to be pleasing (not as crazy about Magnolia 6 at the moment). The ability to duplicate components and pages has simplified some of our workflows.
Magnolia has worked well for our organization, where there are multiple users in different departments needing to access the same pages. While it can be overwhelming at first, the CMS is intuitive to new users once they have hands-on experience. For basic needs - creating simple pages - works well for front-end users with little to no CMS experience or Java knowledge.

Magnolia Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Publishing workflow
Form generator
Content taxonomy
SEO support
Bulk management
Not Rated
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Not Rated
Not Rated
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions