Magnolia review
January 10, 2022

Magnolia review

Antonio Miguel Pérez Rivera | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Magnolia

We build custom Magnolia applications for our clients, as Magnolia CMS has the following capabilities our clients need: Editing and viewing instances separation: Allowing publisher users to preview/modify content before public users Possibility of implementing custom workflows Possibility of having more than one public instance in order to achieve high availability Headless capacities Centralize the different content types in custom Magnolia Content Apps Possibility of serving different pages/components depending on the language of the user or region from which it connects
  • Custom workflows
  • Headless capabilities
  • Different Author / Public instances
  • Traits
  • Multi-site capabilities
  • Publishing mechanism is slow if the number of elements to be published is high
  • Allows only one content type per content app in the newest versions
  • Common problems with Lucene indexes
  • Improved page creation times
  • Improved page load times
  • Improved the ability of the users to manage the content
Clean layout, apps organized in groups for better understanding, ability to edit content in one instance and visualize it in a different one, ability to have custom publishing workflows, ability to connect to Magnolia using the own organization's active directory, possibility of creating variations of pages/components at the click of a button
Overall, Magnolia's performance is good in terms of speed (Load times are low, both when serving pages to end-users and when editing content) However, being a Java application, memory consumption is sometimes high, which can end up affecting the general performance of the system on which it is installed.
Good documentation and examples Online demos to mess with and test functionalities Easier to install Better knowledge about the product Ability to centralize content of the same type in apps Better performance in some scenarios Better usability: In the newest versions, Magnolia has, among other functionalities, a search engine that allows us to access the application or desired content from the main screen

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Magnolia is perfect for Building simple landing pages Building complex websites Providing a simple way to allow the marketing users to manage the information that will be displayed in the public pages Allowing different users (With different groups and roles) to edit the content at the same time, On the other hand, Magnolia is not so well-suited to, for example, build Intranets, since there are specific products for this case.

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
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions