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Magnolia CMS is an open-source Web Content Management System (CMS) that focuses on an intuitive user experience in an enterprise-scale system. The combination of ease of use and flexible Java architecture has attracted enterprise customers such as Allianz, Foxtel, Sony, Thomas Cook, Michelin, U.S. Navy, Rewe, MBC Group, EADS, ING Bank, Atlassian and Migros. Magnolia CMS is used by governments and Fortune 500 enterprises, and in over 100 countries.
Using Vaadin for an Intuitive and Beautiful CMS
Magnolia 5 is the latest version of the product and was released in the summer of 2013. Using the Vaadin Web framework, Magnolia 5 delivered the most advanced and intuitive open-source Web Content Management System (WCM) available on the market today. Magnolia 5's brand-new, mobile-inspired user interface makes content editing more efficient on desktop as well as on touch devices. Vaadin enables the Magnolia developer community to write their own custom apps, while keeping a consistent user experience for editors, developers and administrators.
Magnolia is for Building an Open Suite
Magnolia 5 is aimed at large organizations that have a complex IT infrastructure. Magnolia CMS' open architecture allows organizations to connect existing and future tools into an integrated platform for digital marketing, commerce and services. Customers can therefore create their own suites, tailored to their exact needs, and with all the benefits of Magnolia's enterprise-grade Java foundation. This “Open Suite” approach maximizes choice and future-proofs digital investments. It keeps companies agile, enabling them to use state-of-the-art customer and communications management as the digital world evolves
Magnolia's Benefits: Separate Code and Content
Java developers often write applications that need a content management, editing or publishing component. While it seems easy, the fact that marketing needs differ radically from those of developers, it is not a good idea to combine code and content in one product. The better approach is to have a CMS to take care of everything that marketeers need, and allow the Java developers to focus on custom development of business logic needed to provide a rich virtual presence experience. This way, marketing and business users can work on content updates, microsites, campaigns, mobile sites etc. without involving IT, which benefits both sides. No longer do developers need to update a release just to fix a typo or add a CSS tag. Business is more agile, and everybody is happy.
"The collaboration with Vaadin has been very rewarding. To make our team even more efficient, we had a Vaadin developer work with us in our office directly. This turned out to be a great decision, and helped us speed up the process and fix mistakes efficiently."
- Philipp Bärfuss, Lead Developer Magnolia -
"With the Vaadin framework, we delivered the most intuitive and beautiful CMS user interface available on the market.Our CMS is easy to use and designed for touch to reflect the importance of the mobile revolution".
- Boris Kraft, CTO Magnolia-
"Because Vaadin is easy to understand and use for Java developers, it’s easy for them to customize and expand Magnolia's UI. This is also true the other way around: it’s not difficult for Vaadin developers to write Magnolia apps. So Magnolia 5 isn't only a joy to use for editors and authors, but developers, too.” "
-Andreas Weder, UX Designer Magnolia-