Publish and Update Web Content Faster with Magnolia
June 16, 2021

Publish and Update Web Content Faster with Magnolia

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Magnolia

We use Magnolia to allow non-technical marketing and communications professionals to quickly and easily update websites on their own without technical support or development. The workflow also ensures governance so that all changes are reviewed/approved within the business as well as quality assurance review by our technical team before publishing. It has been crucial in helping improve speed to launch for changes to existing sites as well as quick launches for new sites. We currently have more than 300 websites set up through Magnolia across six companies in our enterprise.
  • Easy to use for non-technical resources to update content and images
  • Faster implementation/launches
  • Version tracking and workflows/approvals to support governance
  • Drag/drop functionality to make page building/component usage more intuitive for non-technical users
  • Ability to customize workflow notifications by site/roles and/or pause
  • Out of the box ability for key site templating like Google scripts, no index/no follow, etc.
  • Refocus of technical resources: Our front-end developers can invest time in scalable solutions that benefit multiple sites rather than minor content updates on day-to-day sites.
  • More control to marketing and communications resources: Non-technical employees can make updates themselves, preview changes for review and approval, and request publishing all on their own.
  • Speed to market: Instead of only having one install a month or week, our team is able to support ad-hoc publish requests within two business days as the marketing and communication teams request them. This has provided much-needed flexibility and speed for website changes.
  • Elimination of agencies: By having a more turn-key solution that empowers non-technical resources and allows for faster implementation, we've been able to consolidate or eliminate agencies and other website platforms, increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
I haven't used other enterprise content management systems, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. However, Magnolia works well for internal users without technical expertise with some training and support. It's not the most intuitive system but works well once users are trained and become familiar with it.
We haven't had significant issues with performance or integrations while using Magnolia. Sites/pages are available and changes are rendered in preview almost immediately. Workflow notifications are seamless and workflow steps complete quickly.
Prior to using Magnolia as an enterprise CMS solution, different teams leveraged different website platforms including WordPress, Weebly, and others. While these other platforms may be slightly more user friendly to the content editor, they don't offer nearly the same amount of customization and digital best practices out of the box that are customizable by web development teams like Magnolia does. The other solutions may work better for a quicker/simpler web implementation without technical resources but don't have the depth and breadth of capability and functionality that Magnolia has and fall flat.

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We've had success using Magnolia with a team of front-end web developers creating templates and components and site structures and then turning over to non-technical business partners for ongoing content entry, updates, and maintenance. Some users are also comfortable with using the components to quickly and easily build pages and/or revamp existing ones. Magnolia has been a great platform to leverage front-end development resources more effectively and give more control to non-technical resources.

However, if an organization doesn't have technical resources to help with setup and templating, Magnolia may be difficult for non-technical users to implement and set up on their own without HTML and/or other development experience or expertise.

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Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Publishing workflow
Form generator
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Content taxonomy
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SEO support
Bulk management
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Availability / breadth of extensions
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Community / comment management
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Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions