dotCMS Reviews & Product Details

Sr Front End Developer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

dotCMS allows you to use it in the way you want. You can go from purely headless with APIs to simply hosting all your site(s) in the platform. It provide you with the ability to organize the content the way it makes more sense for each different project/site. On the top of it, the Cache system is impressive. You could have your DB in maintenance, if your content is cached, it'll be served like if nothing was wrong. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes flexibility comes with drawbacks. The limitation of the java based system is that sometimes you will need to do custom things at the core level. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting sites: it can hold several sites in the same instance sharing the same theme.

Cache power: you could come up with API of content that is cached and super fast.

Organizing content: as a CMS, it does it in a good way with all the relationships of content. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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dotCMS Overview

What is dotCMS?

dotCMS is a cutting-edge Hybrid Content Management System (CMS) that allows organizations to build, manage, and deploy content-enabled applications such as websites, single-page apps, mobile apps, and more. Our API-first approach enables users to manage content, images, and assets in one centralized location and deliver them to any channel. Used by Fortune 500 companies, SMBs, and digital agencies alike, dotCMS empowers you to develop multi-channel content-driven web applications quickly. The plugin architecture and APIs allow users to easily customize and integrate with third-party systems to build a best of bread Digital Experience Platform (DxP). Privately owned and headquartered in Miami, Florida, dotCMS has an active open source community that has generated more than 500,000 downloads. dotCMS customers include DirecTV, Hospital Corporation of America, Standard & Poor’s, Constant Contact, Thomson Reuters, TELUS, and more.

dotCMS Details
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Languages Supported
Danish, German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish
Product Description

dotCMS is an Open Source Java CMS - offering both Community and Enterprise Editions. Keep an eye out on Twitter for announcements and happenings.

How do you position yourself against your competitors?

Our ‘Content as Infrastructure’ philosophy helps enterprises thrive in today’s ever-changing digital ecosystem as you can create once, deliver anywhere. dotCMS is an API-first Hybrid Headless CMS that gives developers RESTful APIs to content and templates, layouts, modules, pages, and workflows—allowing developers and business users to work together to deliver engaging digital experiences for their customers.


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dotCMS
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Year Founded
2003
HQ Location
Miami, FL
Twitter
@dotcms
1,544 Twitter followers
LinkedIn® Page
www.linkedin.com
24 employees on LinkedIn®

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Agile Delivery Manager
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

DotCMS made possible to build very flexible websites with reusable components and templates which enables our content managers and designers to compose pages with different dynamic components in no time. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Some of the DotCMS entinties cannot be deployed through the pipelines which makes impossible to have a continues delivery, however, the push publishing helps on this process. The support and RCA in case of incidents can be improved further as it is already improved in the past year. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It is a very flexible CMS and you might start with the comunity version to try it out Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Creating headless content for mobile/desktop apps and flexible websites where content managers and designers can compose and create pages themself. DotCMS facilitates the review and publishing of new versions. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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IT
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

i love the flexibility it provides. we chose our desired Front End technology, and after the initial implementation it is very straightforward to use by no-code users. another plus is about the speed to deliver into production new pages. we managed to launch an entire video streaming platform based on dotcms in only 10 days. it is easy to integrate with other platforms due to API based features. on the other hand, features as push-publish, persona and widgets are really great to use Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is quite long. we depend quite much on the vendor to learn to use the product at its best. but the best part here is that they are very committed in supporting us. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

it takes a bit of time to find the best set up (if you are doing it on-prem) but it's worth the effort Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

page editing by non-technical users. fast integration with other sources of data. fast delivery content pages on our site and easy way to modify afterwards, without depending on Developers for the slightest update Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
Business partner of the seller or seller's competitor, not included in G2 scores.
What do you like best?

dotCMS has been a great solution for my organization and enterprise clients. Besides its flexibility, it's also highly customizable and able to handle complex content. I am able to shape dotCMS into exactly what my client requires for content and websites. It's also relatively easy for non-techy people to learn and get comfortable with. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

If you're not a developer who already knows the language, there's a long learning curve before you're able to code Velocity to do what you want. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As mainly a development shop, the flexibility of the different frameworks we can use (Spring MVC, Struts, OSGi, AngularJS) allow us to use cutting edge technologies along with their scalable architecture and tackle just about anything you could want. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AM
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

What we need first is a tool that let us create relational database collections without limit, with GraphQL to access our data. That's what we found and many more. There no limit with data collections , projects, entries and it's very powerfull regardless of its elasticsearch and caching capabilities. The onboarding was very easy, supported by great people. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We first try the server version which is very difficult to install on premise. The cloud version is a charm compare to it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can now upgrade a massive number of website and benefit from an integrated workflow to deploy our content. Thanks to the versioning of every entry that gather all changes and give us the chance to roll back innapropriate changes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The dotCMS team is committed to supporting their customers to scale the solution to their needs. dotCMS allows a lot of functionality and has potential for integration with other systems. The training resources are excellent. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The Admin Panel could use some refreshing as it is a bit difficult to work with to set permissions and manage pages compared to other solutions. For this reason, having a qualified web developer is suggested. Major version updates can be significant and should be reviewed carefully to be sure consistency post upgrade. That being said, the upgrade process is relatively smooth. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Have a short term and long term strategy so that you can define what you want to achieve. This could look like a phased approach where you set clear expectations for going live and then a future plan for rolling out additional features or functionality. You'll find that dotCMS continues to innovate and have on premise workshops and online sessions quite often. They make their training videos available that help out quite a bit, especially when you get started. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a mobile responsive web site that could meet a variety of needs that an educational institution would require in 2020 and beyond. There are functions such as defining how to utilize a headless strategy for managing systems with dotCMS as the core. Also useful is how to handle authentication with with Active Directory which is helpful for enterprises. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CMS Developer
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The CMS is able to Handle a massive amount of content quite responsively. Searching using the index provides for fast queries. The cloud hosted environment is very stable and support is usually very quick. The extensibility of the system is very impressive. The plugin framework allows for adjusting or adding new features quickly. The ability to add plugins live without a restart allows for very fast testing and speeding up development times. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes the documentation can be a little frustrating to understand. Especially when getting into the more technical aspects of the system, there is frustratingly sparse explanations for how certain functions work. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The system is allowing for a very large number of users to access and edit only the content relevant to them. The permissioning of folder and system elements allows for fine grained control over who can access which features. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UI
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

I like how flexible it is and how it allows me to make custom content types. I feel that, given enough planning, a fully self serve website is possible, while still allowing for custom layouts and designs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are weird errors that can't be easily explained. And often CSS changes need a complete cache flush which can be annoying. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It can do a lot and has great new features to make your life easier Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Having multiple sites on one system. The benefits is being able to share content and layouts between them. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

Product documentation was on point and easily searchable on their website. We ran across some issues with our deployment which they resolved quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Although they support k8s deployments, it's rather in an infant stage. In time I think it will get better, maybe they'll have a helm chart. This is more of a heads up than a direct complaint. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Reach out to them, they are very friendly and helpful. They will try their best to accommodate your requirements. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We desired a scalable and durable hybrid CMS solution. DotCMS was the obvious choice since it combined both of both worlds. Now our DEV and Content Managers are happy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CEO Lead Software Architect
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

I like every module of cms in my company used it Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The method for authority the publish the page Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

DotCms lets our page update frequent Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AM
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

DotCMS allows us to divorce technology from design. Content creators and designers can work frictionlessly on our system without needing to know middleware or backend programming. We've enjoyed using dotCMS for more than 8 years. In that time we've build several websites and hundreds of branded pages for our clients. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The templating (Apache Velocity) is not widely used and requires some specific learning. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using the multi-tenancy capability in dotCMS to quickly and efficiently build experiences for our client. The templating also us to successfully repeat at scale. We continue to use DotCMS in new ways. The flexible headless design allows for creative solutions to come to life quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Website Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from the seller
What do you like best?

The interface and the possibility of integration with all most everything. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I really can say that i found nothing that should i dislike since working with dotCMS and it's team Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I very recommend this platform because it has big opportunities to be no#1.

Thanks to the clean code and thanks to the awsome team that is very proactive in giving support of any kind Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Fast content editing / administration of source of components Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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UH
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I used an older version of dotCMS when I was a college student working in our communication office. I’d say I had average tech literacy and didn’t need extensive training, and it was easy enough to use. I don’t feel like I could get a website up and running myself with it. It looks like they’ve updated some of their interfaces though so that may not be the case anymore. Overall, pretty good product but not my first thought for website builder. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Challenge to see myself building whole website rather just being contributor. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Have an IT department. Train all contributors Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Was good as an enterprise solution and framework. The website looks really good Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CC
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

I like the content creation process and the ability to easily place items in a page. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Lack of support for dynamic functionality Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to create full websites while giving a seamless content creation process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AH
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

We have enjoyed the way dotCMS still treats a site as a series of folders with subfolders and pages. It's been the easiest way for our editors to transition. Conversely, it's also been a gentle introduction for our users to the concepts of structured content. It's not at all difficult to understand. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We have had a series of difficulties with the stability of the software. The cloud has been good for us, but the occasional software crash has been frustrating. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are sharing content across our site without re-creating it. For instance, a piece of news created by our Marketing department can be shared on the Biology department's website if they wish. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Client Development Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The tool is extremely easy to use for non tech people as well as tech people. Support service for any issues are OUTSTANDING. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I can think of nothing I dislike. The tool and the people that support it are top notch Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Always consider the ease of use and how well you can import data to the application Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We utilize this to allow easy publication and maintenance of our web pages Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AR
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Time machine, work flow and publishing features Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We are not able to track some logs like connection failed. Need to improve to track all kind of logs Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are mainly dealing with work flow and publishing. It is easy to handle in dotCMS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

dotCMS is super easy to use and very functional for what my organization needs. Navigating dotCMS is very user friendly as well. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There are rarely any glitches, but they always seem to be fixed in a very timely manner. I don't have many dislikes. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Updating my organizations website has been a breeze with dotCMS. Uploading files, photos, etc. has been quick and painless. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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DevOps Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

Being a Java shop we needed something that all of the developers could easily understand. Content maintainers don't have the technical understanding that the developers do, so a good visual editing environment was needed for them, dotCMS provided that too. dotCMS fitted in with our environment perfectly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

We have a niggly bug that crops up now and again. dotCMS support have been unable to assist in resolving it for us. Pages appear missing from the admin screen, they still exist but just aren't displayed. As a workaround we have to re-index dotCMS. Sometimes it works first time, other times random other pages appear and disappear, and then another re-index is required. It is just a minor irritation and doesn't affect the functionality of the system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

The documention for dotCMS is fantastic and helps in installing and setting up the CMS immensely. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed an intranet solution that would need very little training for content maintainers to be productive. The visual editor is so intuitive and easy to use. The reliance on support required from IT has dropped significantly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AF
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

Headless CMS approach

open source Java based

concept of osgi plugin

multi-site admin Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

push publishing feature does not work seamlessly..

installation without enterprise licence connecting to ldap puts the database in inconsistent state. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

good CMS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

many sites built with dotcms, some using it as headless CMS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AL
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The performance made my to admire dotcms technology and the ease handling contents making the customization simple Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

More sophistication is I dislike.Cache isssues are still found make the technology less consistent Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

use more efficiently Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Handling contents posting in specific period and publishing Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Web Developer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The flexibility in dotCMS allows us to engineer solutions that meets our business needs. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

With great flexibility comes great complexity. dotCMS is not an out of the box solution, you have to engineer with it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Be prepared for the engineering requirements for this software. If you plan to host your own instance, you will need someone versed in setting up java application servers and databases. If you plan on going with their cloud offering you will still need a programmer versed in enough Java to learn Velocity (the templating language behind the software). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Powers all of our main websites, marketing efforts, landing pages in Eloqua/Salesforce. Integrates with our custom Job Data Providers with the ability to import content from any system we've thrown at it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AM
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

It is fairly easy to learn basic functionality quickly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Getting data out of dotCMS is complicated and needs a programmer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Get training Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Content management and data organization around our assets. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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AB
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The build in functionality that dotcms offers in terms of the demo Project is one of the most helpful thing. Developing website using the demo as an example helps to ease the process. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

There is not as much documentation on dotcms in terms of issues and errors. ` Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to develop a website.

Development of webpages and templates is really made easy using dotCMS Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Website Content and Design Specialist
Aviation & Aerospace
Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

dotCMS was a great out-of-the-box solution for our organization. It is able to handle complex content and relationships and makes it relatively easy to build your website or app around your content and data. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The interface and learning curve can be intimidating for first-time or casual users. However, it had improved significantly over the last few years with more improvements constantly coming down the line. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

dotCMS brought our website down from thousands of separate files and pages into a well organized CMS that if much easier to manage. It also gave us the ability for other users within the company to add and edit content without having to go to the web team. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Front End Web Developer
Higher Education
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2 on behalf of the seller
What do you like best?

The relationship and tagging features are great for delivering dynamic content across multiple sites. We can use tags to group related content and suggest content to users based on their tagging history. Relationships allow for content to be linked across pages dynamically. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The admin area for non-technical users is a little confusing. The way content creation works within our system means we need a large amount of training for users to utilize our full system. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have a need to specified content types use this product. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Spreading and sharing information between sites is easy with tagging and relationships. Allows us to spread our research across a broad platform. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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