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Matt H.
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"MuraCMS - beautifully crafted for specialisation"

What do you like best?

In our work every client needs a customised CMS, one that specifically performs the transactional integration that the business needs to operate ... whilst at the same time providing rock solid web content functionality. MuraCMS has been crafted to allow developers to leverage off a solid foundation using plugins. Mura's structure is elegant allowing complex web applications to be built on top of its already highly functional core. We also love Mura for its stability.

What do you dislike?

There is very little to call out about Mura. It's open source, has a strong community behind it and moves with the times. Yes, there's a learning curve to become expert in how to best customise output, use iterators effectively, but that's all worth it when applied across multiple business challenges.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you're looking for a rapid application development platform for a bespoke CMS solution, do not dismiss the MuraCMS and Lucee server solution. It's fast and stable, elegant in its design, modern in its adoption of new UI elements and functionality and easily extended.

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

Mura CMS has allowed us to provide robust supply chain solutions with extranet capability built in for retailers, manufacturers and suppliers. We've also delivered subscription based functionality, again using extranet toolset that's built into the Mura core. The benefit of using Mura has allowed us to focus on the specialisation needed to meet project requirements. Using Mura has relieved us of the worry about trusting things like security and approval workflows, we mostly used these 'out of the box' with little or no modification.

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Stick H.
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"Why Mura just works"

What do you like best?

So many CMSs and web based requirements are already baked into Mura. It is a strong CMS base that has endless possibilities. I have yet to say, "Mura can't do that." Though it has a base in ColdFusion, it can be completely used without any CFML. It has a strong API that allows you to use Mura anyway you want!

What do you dislike?

It isn't what I dislike about Mura, it is that I dislike that more people have not embraced Mura. This largely is not Mura's fault.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Even if Mura and Coldfusion is new to you, I say just jump in. BlueRiver is great to work with, Mura is a great product, and Coldfusion lets a developer code faster and with less resources (lines of code). Even if you don't want to use ColdFusion you can utilize the API to do what you want.

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

Web CMS - Many people can manage the web content, technical and nontechnical alike.

App Base - custom apps can utilize the Mura core and API to expanded on top of it to do so many things. We use it for arrest records, media postings, product tracking, quiz taking, reporting, and so much more.

It really is what can't Mura do? If it can't do something, it can easily be customized to do it or used as a base.

What Digital Experience Platforms (DXP) solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Scott W.
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"Powerful and Flexible CMS"

What do you like best?

Mura is an extremely flexible CMS and easy to customize to individual client business requirements. Mura comes with at least 90% of what I need for most of the B2B websites I create for clients. Mura provides its tool set and gets out of the way allowing the developer to be creative in the way they solve client challenges.

What do you dislike?

There really isn't much to dislike, the documentation is solid and has been a focus for the Blue River team with recent releases. Occasionally there is something that seems to be missing or needs clarification and that is where the community comes in. The Blue River team, especially Matt, Steve W. and Michael E., are regularly seen jumping in to quickly help users when there are questions regarding implementation of the latest features or those on the bleeding edge.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Install, read and refer to the documentation and ask questions on the Slack channel or Google Group.

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

I use Mura on a daily basis for all websites I create and maintain unless the client specifically dictates another platform. Mura allows me to quickly develop and deploy new or redesigned websites for clients and give them a way to manage their content in an intuitive way using the backend content management tools or the frontend layout manager & editor. I have used Mura for simple brochure-like websites, complex user/community-based review sites with thousands of products and tens of thousands of users as well as large business to business multi-lingual websites.

Alex K.
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"Мura - єдине рішення"

What do you like best?

Мура нічого не важко використовувати і адаптувати. Я ціную роботу з нею тонну. У вас буде більшість апаратів, які вам можуть знадобитися, щоб максимально використати сайти, які ви повинні зробити для кожного клієнта. Фронтальні зміни та формати роблять його менш вимогливим, щоб отримати те, що вам потрібно від Мурa. Ви можете змінити все, як вам подобається, що є великим. Це також неймовірно стійкий, ніколи не розбитий.

What do you dislike?

Документація велика, але може бути краще. Визначення того, як виконувати деяку корисність часто вимагає просіювання через різні Як новий вихід з нового клієнта, я був в залежності від онлайнової документації і обговорення мережі google, щоб дізнатися, і я регулярно відчуваю труднощі знайти саме те, що Мені потрібно. Збори.

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

Мура робить нам простим перерахувати нашу історію поступово. Крім того, ми перенесли багато нашої речовини з зовнішніх напрямків (Flipbook, Eventbrite і т.д.) послідовно на наш сайт, роблячи зустрічі гостей нашого сайту більш розумними.

Damien B.
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"The best CMS I have ever used"

What do you like best?

Mura is very simple to use yet super powerful. The fact that we can use an unlimited number of sites with a single Mura installation is a must that allows us to host many language versions of the same site very easily.

What I like the most in Mura is the comprehensiveness of the feature set. It means that we need very few plugins (if any at all) to run exactly the site we need, which makes updating the system a breeze.

The front-end editing capabilities are of great help to author our pages and blog post directly in the context into which they will be viewed.

The content staging feature allows us to work on a set of pages and to test them out extensively before going live.

What do you dislike?

Mura is written in CFML, which is both its strength and its weakness. CFML is one of the best language for developing a dynamic website, but the CFML community is quite small and the language adoption is far from doing justice to the awesomeness of the language.

Few hosting companies proposes ColdFusion hosting, and, for those that do, it is often a little bit more expensive than "regular" web hosting.

Hopefully the Mura community is very active and friendly, which compensates for its small size.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't be afraid by the fact it is written in CFML. The learning curve is very soft and the reward is worth 10 times the training investment... Don't hesitate at all.

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

We use Mura CMS to power our website in 2 languages (En and Fr). We have also developed a custom Mura Theme, so the site looks just the way we want.

We have used the amazing Display Objects to develop our own training video hosting application on top of Mura, and we have more developments in mind.

Mura is our single stop shop for all our entreprise web communication needs and it has never let us down!

Ben S.
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"The answer for all CMS solutions "

What do you like best?

The extensibility and flexibility of the software offers a variety of solutions to solve common application build problems you would run into with other software CMS. Mura really does allow the capabilities to build anything ranging from headless applications to large api integrations.

Whether your a content editor or developer you'll find Mura easy to use and will have a arsenal of tools at your finger tips. I could list all the great features (Form builder, Content Collections, mura.js, front-end editing, multiple template structures, admin ux, event scope, etc.) of Mura but really the best way to find out is to check it our for yourself.

What do you dislike?

The lack of bulk editing. Coming from building Wordpress sites, not having a bulk editor took some time to get used too. There are copy and paste tools that help with this missing component so it is not a complete hinderance but a few bulk editing options would be a plus. Aside from that the software is great and has exceeded my expectations and I would never go back to building with Wordpress.

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

Building sites that are extensible. We want to be able to grow with our clients as they do. Having the ability to easily create new layouts, add admin functionality or add integrations has been a huge win. We can literally tell our clients, most anything is possible, staying in the realm of web technologies.

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"A CMS with a content platform and framework"

What do you like best?

Mura is great out of the box but it is also easily extendable. Even without code you can do a lot. With coding you do almost anything building off easy to use content management tool for even the most technically illiterate. You can even build an application in and language and call content through it's API. There has been nothing I couldn't make it do. It's even Docker/container ready.

What do you dislike?

Restricting content and managing users can be a little cumbersome, but it is a minor annoyance. However easily fixed by integrating with AD or Saml pretty easily.

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

All my company's public web properties use Mura so the business can maintain content without the need for technical support. We build to enforce the brand so they don't have to worry about it. For our Java applications they can pull content from Mura remotely without needing to build content management into their application at all.

We even have aMura application to setup redirects like bit.ly and manage maintenance/outage pages. This reduced thousands of network redirects that were difficult and costly to manage in the routers.

When someone here needs something quick Mura is normally where they go first.

Wesley M.
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"Mura as a Daily Driver"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, open source, great documentation, top of the notch onsite and remote training, "Beans" (java term) as an organized structure of useful methods, Javascript framework

What do you dislike?

Steep learning curve, update structure, table structure

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Read hevily into the documentation. Use steve withingtons gist for code examples. Attend the mura training (its worth every penny).

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

We build sites for clients who need a fully tailored solution to their needs. We utilize the power to build just about anything in mura and make it scalable. Currently, our team is looking into making it fully headless and using mura solely as a backend solution and cannot wait to see the end results. They constantly update mura to keep up with times and create new frontend frameworks to make a developers life a little easier.

Joshua J.
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"Useful interface; easy enough to understand; customizeable."

What do you like best?

I like that I am able to delegate a lot of my web development roles to those who are less technical by giving them access to portions of code that make sense to them through Mura's interface.

What do you dislike?

I am still unable to create custom error pages using Mura 7 after having reported the bug a few months ago.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you require custom error pages, for now, you will need to purchase a contract with Mura to get them implemented.

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

I am able to modify content created through Mura with its own style sheet while simultaneously using an 'm' tag to call content with nested styles. It's great to be able to edit this content with CKEditor through the Mura interface. It saves me time and categorizes more simply.

Aurélien D.
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"Enterprise Class CMS... for humans"

What do you like best?

Mura team succeeded to bring a very powerful CMS, very extendable like eZ Publish does, but with a simplicity and an efficient I've never met at this level of maturity in other CMS. The way of creating plugins that allows 3rd party integrator to bring new features directly integrated into the Mura user experience. The version 7 is a big push in the right direction, the "in context" web site edition is a killer feature like the form designer.

What do you dislike?

Available templates are limited even if like a dozen has been released last year, otherwise almost all you need is available out-of-the-box.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Don't be afraid by CFML, this is a very powerful language that will cut your dev cost by 5 to 10 compared to Java.

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

We use Mura CMS to build from simple website to complex e-commerce platform and high class intranet. The users find their way very easily.

UR
User in Real Estate
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"CMS Made Eady"

What do you like best?

Mura has core features that other CMS systems require extensive plugin installation to compare with, it's completely free, and also offers robust end-user training for those of us that are not technically savvy.

What do you dislike?

Difficulty in finding pre-constructed themes like other CMS systems which requires extensive internal development of themes and customizations.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Ensure you have adequate internal resources to install ColdFusion which is an older technology from Adobe that many developers and web hosts no longer support

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

Mura doesn't look or feel like a standard CMS for our clients, they feel as though they are using a customized website that is purpose-built for their needs.

Mike C.
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"Robust, Stable, Extensible And More Than Capable"

What do you like best?

Mura is very easy to set up , configure and deploy. Compared to Wordpress and Drupal, making edits and adding new pages is very easy for the end user with little CMS experience. When it comes to extending/creating content types and integrating custom code nothing comes close to being as easy. We've worked with a dozen CMS packages over the past decade and Mura is our "go to " when client ask.

Support from Mura and their Google group is second to none. We've had issues with making something work and the Mura techs have replied with code solving out problem!

What do you dislike?

Unfortunately the community is small compared to the more popular CMS systems. This is not a fault of Mura but rather CF.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Absolutely give it a try if you are considering a CMS deployment.

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

Deploying multi language sites or having clients that have a need to have multiple public facing or private sites yet want to share content across each. Was very simple to set up and maintain.

Mike P.
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"Open-Access Publishing with Mura CMS"

What do you like best?

I'm an experienced ColdFusion developer who was looking for a CMS that would support a fairly large site with a number of editors. I've been impressed with the ease of designing and developing the site, the tools for creating users and groups and assigning permissions, and the ease of integrating files into the overall site. We're developing a new site for the WAC Clearinghouse (https://wac.colostate.edu), which provides open-access publications such as books and scholarly journals. We have a few thousand PDF files. I was able to link to these files easily using some virtual directories.

What do you dislike?

Not much. It can be difficult to move from relying fully on CFML and scripting, but that's to be expected with a CMS. One great thing: I'm able to make calls to our databases (we use both MySQL and SQLServer) using display objects, which can be integrated easily into a page.

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

I wanted to be able to shift the workload to a larger group of editors and reviewers. This is working extremely well.

Les T.
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"Mura handles our needs very well..."

What do you like best?

Mura has the flexibility to create highly customized sites, then hand off the day management of information to multiple people in your organization (having little to no web design experience).

What do you dislike?

Documentation tends to lag behind production, but most of what you need can be found online with a little digging.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

We ran Mura for a couple years, just trying to figure it out as we went. We eventually ran into things we knew it could do, but didn't know how. I would HIGHLY recommend investing in the training sessions to help bridge the learning curve.

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

We do a lot of information management using Mura. Everything from registration for our training events to tracking location information being reported by amateur radio weather spotters.

Rey M.
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"Excellent CMS for novice to pro"

What do you like best?

Mura has a number of powerful features built in that are easy for novices to grasp, so content managers can focus on managing their content, not mastering technical complexities. At the same time, it is a very extensible platform that allows significant customization so power users can get exactly what they want. It's also designed to ensure that most customizations can be made without touching the core files, so upgrading the core to the latest version is straightforward.

What do you dislike?

Because it's a free tool, and we don't pay for support, it sometimes takes a little while to get answers to questions. That said, it's only been an issue when I'm deep in the guts of the site trying to extend some functionality - for the vast majority of users, all of their questions will be addressed through the extensive documentation and online forums.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Try it out - you will be satisfied.

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

We are supporting multiple client sites with users who are technically competent but not interested in becoming technology experts - they just want to be able to deliver their content effectively. Mura lets them do what they do best, and makes it easy for them to manage their web presence.

Barbara R.
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"Excellent CMS for everyone!"

What do you like best?

Works on both Lucee and Adobe platforms. Very extensible once you understand the underlying concept. It is a true CMS not just for blogging although you can do that too. Version 7 has so many improvements, especially with the way to manage content objects. The more I use it the more I love it.

What do you dislike?

Things have actually gotten better since my first review. They have so much improved things. However, this is what I still do not like. Still difficult to figure out how to customize various aspects of the process.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for a great CMS this is the one to go for. Works on Lucee and Adobe versions of ColdFusion. It is easy to implement and well put together. MURA has great extensible and flexible features for both a seasoned developer and a novice.

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

We use MURA extensively for all of our web clients. So far we have built over 50 sites using the MURA platform. From simple sites to e-commerce sites. Training clients on the use of the admin is pretty simple and you can lock clients down to varying levels to prevent them from doing anything that could potentially harm their own site.

Guust N.
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"A great CMS with a lot of functionality out-of-the-box!"

What do you like best?

The usability and easiness of using Mura CMS, as well as all the functionality that comes out-of-the-box. All of my clients that use Mura CMS to maintain their website have no issue getting used to the administrator interface and I therefor have very little work supporting them.

What do you dislike?

There is only a limited amount of themes and plugins available on the market. But since it's so easy to create your own or to convert an Bootstrap theme, you can get around this very easily. The same counts for the plugins. Nearly everything you might need is already available out-of-the-box and if not, Mura CMS is easily extendable.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Mura CMS is a great CMS to use for custom site development.

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

I've bootstrapped a lot of websites very quickly with Mura CMS. And the great thing is that, once the sites get bigger, Mura CMS keeps a perfect solution to work with.

Christian R.
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"An enterprise-level CMS for everyone"

What do you like best?

Mura occupies a unique niche in the CMS space as general purpose Enterprise CMS that doesn't try to be all things to all people. As a result, it becomes extremely easy to setup and configure without all of the cruft of features that will never need to be used for most purposes. Its API leaves plenty of ways to implement custom plugins and capabilities.

What do you dislike?

Perhaps the only thing I disliked at first was the difficulty I had assigning new themes to it. This was before Mura adopted its own theming standards. While I understood their intention at the time, it ended up making theming projects much more difficult for developers. Since then, Mura has adopted its own theming standards which make it far easier to develop and customize.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Mura doesn't try to be all things to all use cases. Rather, it's optimized for the Enterprise and public-facing sites. While you could use it for a blog, I'd recommend WordPress for example. At the same time, a large institution might benefit from a Drupal-based implementation. If the scope is well defined to include content management across an enterprise or public-facing website, Mura is the best combination of power and ease of setup/use for the job.

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

Small to Medium-sized businesses with needs for intranets, public facing site, and e-Commerce (with Slatwall)

Daniel L.
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"Great, extendable CMS platform"

What do you like best?

Very powerful CMS functionality.

Plugin architecture allows for extensive customisation and integration.

Good admin UI which is relatively easy to train non technical users to use.

What do you dislike?

While decent documentation exists for how to use and extend the product, core functionality (i.e. the guts of how the system works) is not. This means that when something is not working as intended (esp. when extending and overriding core functionality) it can sometimes be hard to work out why.

While Mura does contain a reasonable roles and permissions system, the permissions themselves are fixed - i.e. you can only set ~4 different levels of access to a section of content for a user role - which makes complete sense with respect to pages etc. but doesn't allow custom permissions to be set and used when extending using plugins - such as giving a particular role permission to undertake a custom action. This can be worked round by effectively hard coding a role within a plugin to have access to particular functionality - i.e. using the role as a permission - but does not allow the flexibility a true m:n:m user : roles : permissions hierarchy to be configured.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Great CMS platform, offers great combination of extendability and core functionality at an unbeatable price.

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

We use Mura as the core platform for content managed sites and applications.

We develop the majority of the custom functionality our client's require for these systems as plugins within Mura, allowing us to integrate with numerous third party systems with minimal overhead.

Erin C. K.
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"Mura is awesome!"

What do you like best?

Awesome out of the box, yet easy to customize. Themes and plug-ins are easy to implement. Customers are not intimidated by the interface and can update content easily. The Blue River team is great to work with if you need help and their conferences are always very informative. I always come away with a renewed energy to get more clients using Mura - I have three additional clients using it since the last MuraCon (Feb 2016). Yay! Hosting providers (especially Hostek) are very easy to work with - I'm not a system administrator by trade, but their interface is easy to navigate and the support is outstanding.

What do you dislike?

Not much, except sometimes you have to dig a little when customizing. Would be nice if eliminating index.cfm from the URLs and Data Collection object 'date entered' field were OTB options, similar to how you can implement SSL with just a radio box check.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Just get it!

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

Ease of updating content for customers, quick turn around for new features, quick time to market.

Andrew P.
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"Mura CMS in the government, non-profit, and corporate spheres"

What do you like best?

From a content manager's perspective, Mura is very simple to use, and yet has everything needed to build and maintain more intricate content, such as forms, galleries, calendars, right out of the box. As a designer, I like that Mura is integrated with Bootstrap, jQuery, LESS. As a developer, I like that Mura is open source and built in the powerful CFML language. As a manager, I like that Mura is free, as is the database (MySQL) and engine (Lucee) I run it on. The community is great also

What do you dislike?

I'd prefer if more people used Mura. The sad fact is that it is not always the best program that is the most popular. I'd like if if I didn't have to explain what Lucee is, or correct all the misconceptions about CFML. I'd also like to see more comments in the open source code. That would help in understanding what is going on under the hood.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you know CFML, this is arguably your best choice. If you don't, using an open source software is a great way to learn a language. As a manager, this option is a no brainer.

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

I am running Mura on government websites, non profit websites, and small business websites. We are using plugins, integrating existing applications, serving up data, promoting projects and programs - all packaged in modern themes.

Michael D.
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"Enterprise Intranet"

What do you like best?

Ease of use, the ability to customize anything, the plugin architecture, and the fact that I've been running it for seven years and it's been stable and crash free the whole time.

What do you dislike?

My main dislike was addressed in later builds of version 6 with the JSON API. One thing I would like to see added is the ability to generate static pages.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

To fully customize Mura, you need to know some CFML. However, once you get a plugin template set up (there are templates on Github), you can go pure javacript and even use your js framework of choice (we've got Knockout, Angular and React plugins up and running).

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

The main problem we initially had to solve was the classic intranet issue of managing and delivering content that is authored by many different entities. We have currently have about 4,000 pages and documents that are handled by around 100 authors. Mura does that out of the box. The problems we solve now are more complex. We use the plugin architecture to add javascript applications such as a facilities work order system, financial calculators, dynamic forms and financial decisioning tools. The plugin system makes it simple to incorporate the apps into the intranet (important to maintain branding and let users know that they are on the internal secure network) and take advantage of the user data that Mura tracks (and can be extended). Mura is acting as an app hub that handles users, security, styling and general framework responsibilities.

Susan L.
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"We use MURA for all of our websites and have been very pleased with it."

What do you like best?

MURA is extremely flexible, allows for extensive customization and is easy for less technical savvy users to use. With many of our pages data driven, we have leveraged MURA's ability to customize pages to streamline data display for hundreds of pages, each set with unique requirements. We have not yet found something a user requested that we were unable to do. With the ability to customize the administration screens for the user we have created functionality such as cloning pages that make the end users job faster and simpler.

What do you dislike?

There really is not much I don't like. We are extremely happy with this product. It is a learning curve to first learn it, but once you figure it out is is easy to use.. I do wish there was more extensive documentation on how to do things, but I believe they are working on this.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I highly recommend this product

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

With 60 - 80 programs per term and 3 terms per year, we have hundreds of unique, but often similar, program pages. Each set of program pages might have slightly different content and slightly different data , we were able to build a cloning functionality to build out new terms, allow editing of content on one page to be cloned to other pages as selected. Additionally, any of our other pages are data driven search's and it was quite easy to set these up in MURA. The amount of work it takes to maintain all of these pages has been significantly reduced.

Tom S.
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"Powerfull CMS for large, medium or even small websites"

What do you like best?

I liked the fact that Mura can be used as a full-blown enterprise CMS as well as a CMS for small websites.

You can disable or hide some features for your users or content managers that you don't need, this way you can create a 'light' admin UI for users that doesn't need all bells and whistles. In addition to many features that Mura already offers, I like the "one-click" update button to stay up-to-date with the latest version.

What do you dislike?

Maybe the fact that there aren't a lot of plugins available can be a disadvantage for decision makers but Mura has a lot of functionality built-in compared to some other content management systems that require a lot of plugins to get the same functionality that Mura offers out of the box. Maybe one plugin that I'm missing is an easy-to-use 'light' eCommerce solution.

A lot of plugins can also have a drawback if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest version of your CMS. A bunch of plugins can be deprecated or aren't compatible with the latest version of your CMS so you have to stick with the current version of your CMS or search for alternative plugins.

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

As a senior CFML developer I was looking for a CFML based open source CMS for a large university college website and intranet website.

Mura fits in for all kinds of websites, I have used Mura for small 'one-page' websites as well as large multilingual websites (which requires the free multilingual plugin).

Jim H.
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" 6-Year Mura User"

What do you like best?

Mura is amazing at creating modern digital websites quickly. I have created specific-purpose websites in a matter of hours using responsive themes. On the other end of the spectrum, Mura is highly customizable. The class extension manager allows you to create forms with any feature you can imagine. You can then power those features further by adding CFML. I am not a programmer and can extend Mura's powerful out-of-the-box features quite easily. Beyond web sites, Mura is what I use as the CMS under my modern web app development. I like to combine MEAN stack-style functionality to Mura CMS. As a 30-year veteran of the tech game, I find the fact that Mura is offered for free to be quite mind-boggling. I would have killed for this amazing mix of features, extensibility and reliability decades ago.

What do you dislike?

As a non-programmer, setting up Mura is difficult for me. I tend to rely on Mura webhosts to get all the settings correct. I find setting up a local dev box time consuming. I'm also disappointed the Mura community has not grown faster over the last 6 years. It deserves a wider audience. I think that if Angular or ReactJS replaced jQuery as the base JS library/framework, it might get more attention.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Highly recommend this software if you need to build websites quickly. You do not need to know programming. If you are a novice, have a webhost set up a site instance for you. I recommend Go West Hosting.

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

I use Mura for websites that serve up training professional development. I have added custom training widgets to the Mura framework in order to use it as a learning content management system (LCMS).

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