Magnolia--very stable and easy to use
June 16, 2021

Magnolia--very stable and easy to use

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

Overall Satisfaction with Magnolia

Magnolia is used by the whole organization to manage content for various websites, however my department is a key team for support. It is used for unstructured content, structured content, and digital assets. Custom solutions and content apps are developed in house. The main websites for VSP are all housed within Magnolia, which adds up to many pages.
  • Magnolia is very stable.
  • Magnolia is easy to learn.
  • Structured content apps save time.
  • The digital asset manager needs to do much more; it is just basic.
  • The new version of Magnolia has an interface which is harder to use than the previous version.
  • Too many solutions must be customized instead of coming out of the box.
  • Huge variety of sites are maintained
  • New content is published quickly
  • Business employees can learn the system successfully
  • Sites are stable and stay up
As stated previously, a variety of business roles can learn Magnolia and successfully publish content.
I have found Magnolia to be fast and responsive, based on the integrations and APIs we use.
I like the content apps, if they are set up well with a good plan. Content can be published quickly and troubleshooted when needed. The category app is easy to use.
It does not nearly do what AEM does, but the again, it is much easier to use.

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It is well suited to simple sites that have a similar look and feel, and with a small number of templates. As the sites grow more complex, custom code is needed, which may fail when the system is upgraded. Connections to third-party solutions may be difficult to use, but if set up well can really expand the solution.

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
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions