Magnolia CMS

Magnolia CMS 5.2 Aims to Reduce Migration and Administration Overheads

Miami, December 3, 2013 - Magnolia International has released Magnolia CMS 5.2. The new version delivers the latest Magnolia 5 content management platform to existing Magnolia CMS users, offering a supported upgrade path with dedicated migration tools. Magnolia CMS 5.2 also offers a new REST API and enhanced support for the Groovy scripting language.

New Magnolia CMS 5.0 Focused on Mobile

Magnolia International announced today the release of Magnolia CMS 5.0, the new generation of its open Java content management system (CMS). Magnolia 5 features a mobile-inspired, HTML5 user interface that is intended to be as easy to use on the desktop as it is on a smartphone. With Magnolia 5, full CMS functionality if provided for both desktop and tablet computers.

10 New Content Management Systems via CMS Focus

Our CMS Focus page lists the top 30 content management systems that we want to discuss most here at CMS Report. It has been more than a year and a half since I made any changes to this list and so I decided it was time to make some significant changes. On this page you'll now find 10 new CMS that have been added to the list as well as ten previously listed CMS that were "retired" to the "Hall of Fame".

The applications listed under CMS Focus are not necessarily the biggest and most popular in content management, but instead are CMSs that for whatever reason have caught and kept my attention. If you find value in the CMS Focus page then that's great news and I'm glad I could help. If you find little value in lists such as these, that's fine too and I hope that you can find other content here at CMS Report that at least plays a role in your quest for a better CMS solution.

For those curious, the following ten web applications were added to CMS Focus:

The Magnolia CMS and the U.S. Navy

A couple weeks ago, one of Magnolia's press people gave me a sneak preview of a case study for how the Magnolia CMS was being used by one of their partners in redesigning the recruitment website of the United States Navy, Navy.com. I was given the opportunity to write a story about the redesign before the case study was published online. It was a great opportunity I was being offered but I just wasn't able to find the time in my schedule to write the story.

Magnolia CMS LogoSo it is only fitting, that I at least talk about this case study on the Navy's use of the Magnolia content management system on Veteran's Day. The recent Navy.com was redesigned to be more interactive, more responsive to user needs, and better integrated with social media communities nurtured by the U.S. Navy. Additionally, the site needed to support the Navy’s recently launched new brand, “America’s Navy. A Global Force For Good™”.

As mentioned in the case study, integrators spent six months researching and evaluating open source content management systems. Their evaluation was platform-agnostic; they considered Java, PHP and Python solutions in their research. Key evaluation criteria were:

  • Easy to learn and easy to use for content authors
  • Short learning curve for designers and developers
  • Easy to integrate with custom business objects
  • Compliant with Web standards and accessibility guidelines
  • Scalable and robust

Magnolia CMS Enterprise Edition, together with the Magnolia STK and Blossom module, met all of these criteria. Navy.com is now running on Magnolia CMS Enterprise Edition with Magnolia STK and Blossom, Magnolia's instant Spring integration. The infrastructure supporting this site includes an Apache Web Server, Tomcat Application Server, MySQL Database, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.