The HTML5 mobile CMS comes of age

Magnolia International has announced the release of the 5.0 version of its Content Management System (CMS).

This release is positioned as an open Java CMS with a mobile-inspired HTML5 user interface that can be used on a smartphone.

To be clear, this is a CMS with desktop functionality too, but it is one that can be used on tablet computers as well.

NOTE: Other CMS systems (such as the one used to post this story) are also “compliant with” or at least usable via tablets (and even smartphones to a degree), but this product has been specifically engineered for use on mobile devices with HTML5 in its DNA.

Content orchestration hub

Magnolia says that its product acts as a “content orchestration hub” for integrating and managing all digital channels: desktop websites, tablet and mobile optimised content, plus also data that feeds personalisation and visitor segmentation functions.

The development team behind the product also say that they are covering future developments of new platforms such as digital TV and intelligent devices.

“Enterprise content management is growing in both scope and complexity due to the proliferation of digital channels and devices. As this happens, CMS systems are becoming more unwieldy and intimidating for users at all levels within the enterprise,” explains Boris Kraft, Magnolia co-founder and CTO.

“Magnolia has undertaken a radical rethink of how all end-users interact with their company’s online presence. The typical enterprise CMS, with endless drop down menus and confusion, has been replaced with a modern interface, centred on the individual.”

The new CMS uses a combination of task-specific ‘Apps’, ‘Pulse’ real-time monitoring on actions and content changes, along with user-defined ‘Favorites’ to provide simple, relevant and personalised access.

Passion from Pascal

“For the past decade, Magnolia has concentrated on delivering an open Java CMS that delivers the ultimate combination of power, flexibility and simplicity for enterprises, developers and end users,” comments Pascal Mangold CEO at Magnolia. “The launch of Magnolia CMS 5.0 is the culmination of 10 years of open development to deliver on this mission.”

For software application developers, Magnolia 5 features an integrated HTML5 App development platform based on Vaadin and GWT. This allows programmers to add custom functionality to Magnolia and to develop new Apps tailored to the exact needs of selected user groups. Developers have access to additional open source modules for e.g. the Spring Java Framework, Groovy and Ruby, along with well-documented open APIs.

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