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SDL Tridion Sites Review: "Tridion - A CMS to Avoid"
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April 08, 2014

SDL Tridion Sites Review: "Tridion - A CMS to Avoid"

Score 1 out of 101
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2011

Overall Satisfaction

We are starting to convert everything to a CMS and Tridion was chosen as the CMS of choice by the IT leadership. We have slowly started to migrate everything to CMS and are still in the process of migrating everything over. Tridion is being used by both Technology and Business.

While Tridion does give business more functionality to edit some parts of the website that were previously not editable, I feel that Tridion is completely out-dated as a CMS and there are lots of better alternatives.
  • Tridion has a blueprint (hierarchy) where you can inherit items from a higher structured website or publication
  • Tridion has version control built-in to the application so you don't need to use a separate SVN
  • You can write custom plugins or extensions such as one to minify all JS and CSS files automatically
  • Doesn't work well in all browsers. Tridion is a Microsoft product so they really push IE; however, now-a-days it SHOULD work in all browsers. Even though they say to use IE, Chrome actually functions the best with Tridion.
  • It uses Dreamweaver Syntax. Dreamweaver syntax is completely out-dated and SDL really needs to come up with a better way of looping through content by using it's own structure or using .NET syntax to loop through items - Dreamweaver syntax is not the way to go
  • Component Templates and Page Templates. Tridion uses Component Templates and Dreamweaver templates to display content and store the content that is to be displayed. These 2 items could easily be converted into 1 group of items, but SDL chose to keep them separate therefore increasing the complexity of Tridion
  • Steep learning curve. Tridion has a very steep learning curve and it will take some time to train people on it. We had to hire 4 Tridion experts (at probably around $1000 / day) to get everyone trained on Tridion and then build the structure for Tridion
  • Some control given to business to edit site content
  • Much faster ways to copy site content to other sites
  • Expensive to get your site up and running on Tridion
We didn't chose WordPress because can't handle the traffic we generate. Sitecore is what we are currently looking at and it looks like a much better alternative to Tridion.
I am giving this a semi-high rating because we have already got Tridion up and running and we are still in the process of moving the sites over to Tridion. It is unlikely we will be moving things to a new CMS AGAIN in the near future as the cost to get Tridion was high.
Anything that Tridion can do can be done by another CMS. Maybe not a free one, but definitely other paid CMSs. I would really have liked to use Drupal or Sitecore.