Magnolia, That Great Unknown
Updated March 01, 2023

Magnolia, That Great Unknown

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

Overall Satisfaction with Magnolia

Development of content in Magnolia, such as components, content-apps, pages, etc. with headcounts. [In my experience,] the problem that we find at a technical level is the slowness of Magnolia when there is a heavy load of nodes in [the] workspaces. The speed is slow when it comes to solving problems, [like] when we open tickets in Magnolia. Additionally, Magnolia 6 has removed proper functionality from Magnolia 5.
  • Shows page content
  • Easy development
  • Intuitive
  • Content loading times
  • Documentation in the absence of examples
  • Content that applies [across] different types of nodes (Example: 2 types of nodes within a content app)
  • Loading times (so slow) of nodes in content app
  • Good speed [in terms of timing] of launches
  • Some errors in FTL (not exactly explained on websites)
At the user level, it is a rewarding and intuitive experience when it comes to creating websites, components, and content within content applications. Although, [in my opinion,] there is [a] slowness when it comes to going through the workflow when publishing. To add permissions at the administrator level (going through a PM role) is not very intuitive and a bit messy to give permissions to [other] roles and users.
I put this score, since most of the time, loading content with large images takes a long time [in my experience]. In addition, [I feel that] the content loading of nodes in Magnolia is very slow when there are [a lot] of these nodes. [In my opinion,] the same [can be said] for assets, [as] there are times when loading images takes a long time to render.
  • Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP)
Magnolia gains in ease of content creation but loses in documentation and practical examples for developers.

Do you think Magnolia delivers good value for the price?

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Liferay Digital Experience Platform (DXP), Adobe Commerce (Magento Commerce), WordPress
Magnolia is put to good use [when] creating a basic website with limited content. It is very easy for both the developer and the customer to contribute content. [In my opinion,] the part [that needs improvement] is in the documentation. Content and examples are missing [when trying to] develop certain properties. [In my opinion, the] Magnolia modules should be explained better in the documentation. In the interface, [I find that] it is difficult to move elements and nodes sometimes. [I also believe that] content loading is sometimes very slow when there are more nodes on the account.

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

Using Magnolia

15 - Almost all of us use Magnolia to develop components, pages, perform Rest short, we develop and contribute to the end customer. Some of us use it as a headless environment and others develop completely in Magnolia (That is, everything is displayed in Magnolia). Others have dedicated themselves especially to the contribution within Magnolia, with said role, without carrying out any type of development-
15 - Technical knowledge may be needed in areas such as software development (preferable knowledge in Java, Javascript), databases, servers, networking. Project management, communication, problem solving and customer service skills may also be required from a project manager.
  • Website management
  • Headless management
  • Digital asset management
  • Intranet/extranet management
  • To manage a lot of number of nodes (like using Magnolia as a Database)
  • Work on multiple sites as if they were one
  • Personalization of apps
  • Integration with Jenkins
Magnolia is a powerful cms on a par with the big ones, which is expressly focused on the needs of the client and is easy to use. However, special care must be taken to handle large numbers of nodes to avoid possible slowdowns in the environment. We also have an extensive menu of extensions from both Magnolia and external ones (although it would always be nice to have more).