dotCMS Features

dotCMS

Java-based content management system

4.23/5 (30 reviews)

dotCMS Feature Summary

  • Code quality
  • Content versioning
  • Admin section
  • Library of website themes
  • Content scheduling
  • Browser compatibility
  • Versioning
  • Publishing workflow
  • Content library
  • Form generator
  • Authentication & Security
  • Import / Export Data
  • Landing Page Templates
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • WYSIWYG Editor

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dotCMS Feature Reviews

25 reviewers had the following to say about dotCMS's features:

Christopher Falzone

dotCMS is a great Content Management System and Development Platform for Enterprises

2019-07-02

We integrate it with our custom internal tooling, as well as many third-party integrations like: Eloqua, Taleo, and Google's entire suite of SEO tooling.

Pros

The flexibility and toolset gives our team a lot of options and methods to integrate with our complex ecosystem.

Cons

IMO, dotCMS is not for the small team. It provides a ton of features and power, but the complexity makes it hard to jump in to.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 201-500 employees)

New employee learning a new CMS

2018-12-14

We have defined content types and the template tool and reused content and widget editor allows us to display those content types in ways that make the code reusable.

Pros

- Lots of room for customization - templating and layout options are robust - file management is a breeze - personalization and personas - ability to establish workflows for publishing content - reasonably priced for a product of this size

Cons

- Complex for non power users - Documentation is overwhelming with examples not always being clear - Velocity is some what limiting when programming certain features - Large macro code base but they don't always function or stay up to date

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: Less than 6 months

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Sreedhar Athikam

dotCMS Feedback

2018-12-19

Good so far, we have our web interfaces deployed on dotCMS.

Pros

Build on sound software foundations and frameworks, flexibility with regards to integration plugins.

Cons

Customer support, lacking in understanding requirements of clients especially the ones who are in commercial in nature, taking feedback from marketing and real users for UI specific needs.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Steve Chalastra

When you need a solid framework that lets you build a web infrastructure, dotCMS is a great choice.

2017-12-05

Pros

Intuitive interface for creating web pages and reusable or structured content; ease of adding JQuery plugins; custom workflow designer; theme-based templates that support responsive design; built-in personalization and rule-based targeting; effective multilingual support; RESTful API; push publishing across servers.

Cons

Lack of built-in components - but then it's more of a framework than a plug-and-play system like WordPress.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
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Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Dennis Bond

dotCMS is pretty great

2018-12-21

we have been able to use the system to unify over 500 websites which now are able to share content and features for easy management!

Pros

we were looking for a highly configurable system that would allow us to create and manage a large number of abstract content types using taxonomies, workflow and other best practices. dotCMS definitely provided this for us.

Cons

the system is pretty abstract so it takes some planning to get started. we also ended up going with the cloud solution, which was easier than installing it and managing it ourselves.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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James Crone

Solid cloud-hosted CMS for the Enterprise

2019-07-12

My experience overall has been very good. We use their enterprise cloud-hosted service so we pay one reasonable fee for the annual license, support and hosting. It is advisable to purchase some sort of training package to get started. Otherwise, you may spend extra time figuring out how to ideally work within the system. For instance, you need to become familiar with the Velocity language that is related to Apache/Tomcat/Java.

Pros

This is an ideal CMS for an enterprise environment that needs a product that is flexible, highly customizable and reasonably priced.

Cons

In the meantime, I have to defer to a third-party sitemap tool.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Jonathan Laughlin

This is an intuitive CMS that gets better with each iteration. Technical support is top-notch.

2017-12-12

Pros

Extensive API uses Java viewtool objects to interact and code with the data programmatically.

Cons

There are limits on datatypes in content structures (which is understandable) but I can't think of why the text limit and date limit should be the same.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Will Groenendyk

Great CMS for the non-techy

2018-12-18

My background is in web development, with most of my experience in frameworks and content management systems like Drupal, WordPress, and Laravel; one organization that I work for specializes in web development.

Pros

dotCMS uses concepts familiar to the average computer user, such as files and folder, so it's easy for people who know nothing in particular about web development to add and maintain content. Support is very courteous and responsive.

Cons

Not very developer-friendly: On the job, the main thing I do in dotCMS is write code for templates, detail pages, etc.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Ravi Samlal

dotCMS Impressions

2018-12-27

We needed a system that was fully responsive and this was an excellent presentation for our needs.

Pros

Coming from our prior system, dotCMS was an improvement in several areas. The layout of the administration portal was simple to learn in order to get started.

Cons

The management of users and roles required manual intervention and could not use work flows to do automation.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Aviation & Aerospace company, 1001-5000 employees)

Powerful CMS for Complex Content

2018-12-14

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.

Pros

It is able to handle complex content and relationships and makes it realitvely easy to build your website or app around your content and data.

Cons

The interface and learning curve can be intimidating for first-time or casual users.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Bill Denneen

DotCMS (hosted/Enterprise edition) might be perfect for you – but it wasn't for us

2018-12-14

I think the biggest problem over the years (we are no longer clients) was the lack of a good, consistent working relationship. As a result, we missed years of updates and then had a very painful period where everything seemed to break while, version by version, we got our system up to date. During this time our stakeholders lost faith in DotCMS, so when it came time for a site redesign, there was no question that we would move to another platform even though the capabilities of the updated software were solid.

Pros

The ability to create widgets and place them in any container on the page allows for a ton of flexibility for pulling in and displaying content. The interface for content editors was generally easy enough for them to use effectively.

Cons

(Example: generating friendly URLs, which is automatic in something like Wordpress.)

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Occasionally

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No

Response from dotCMS


Hey Bill,

We completely understand your frustrations and valued having Oberlin College as a customer

This feedback is representative of the why behind our investment in customer experience and customer success. We've built out a customer centric program over the last two years to ensure more optimal customer experiences.

Since your departure, we've also built out a much more intuitive and business friendly UI with the launch of the dotCMS 5 series. This release has a cleaner UI, new drag-and-drop features, and an added reporting module. dotCMS 5.0 follows our `NoCode¿ initiative, offering non-technical users, editors, and marketers the autonomy they need.

We're happy to walk you through any of the latest enhancements.

Please feel free to contact me with any additional suggestions or feedback at kristina.couchon@dotcms.com. We're always striving to move forward with the voice of our customers in mind.

Kristina Couchon
Director of Customer Success

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Ben Michoux

Ability to be flexible

2019-02-11

Pros

Allowing you to create content and use it in many different ways.

Cons

Like any CMS, having to create template for special things might be challenging some times.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
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Rossie Trujillo

dotCMS is a great web environment

2018-12-19

Pros

The ability to reuse widgets & content across the site is a time saver.

Cons

Building tables on the web page is painful but it is across most web environments.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Jerry Yang

dotCMS backend

2018-12-14

Pros

We were able to customize and integrate with single page application completely.

Cons

So far nothing, most critical issues we found were quickly patched.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Nash Owen

Hit the ground running with this innovative and evolving CMS

2018-12-18

Customer service was always responsive and we were able to get the corporate site up and running on this platform in a few short months.

Pros

This tool was much more approachable than previous CMS and the APIs that they provide allow you to extend the product with ease

Cons

Some of the desired customizations weren't always possible

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Weekly

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Christopher Falzone

dotCMS, a great java-based, enterprise-level CMS

2018-12-17

They have come a long way and created a great product that I would highly recommend for any team that needs an enterprise-level CMS and is wants a product they can mold and shape into exactly what they need to deliver either just their content or their content and their websites.

Pros

It has a lot of built-in features and the custom content types and flexibility.

Cons

With great flexibility comes great complexity. There are examples of how to do everything, but in the end you have to build out your own stuff. It doesn't theme, it doesn't one-click upgrade. You have to have a competent development wrapped around it.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Information Technology and Services company, 10001+ employees)

Very usefull tools for making (almost) any potal

2018-12-18

I've done several portals, all with customers satisfaction.

Pros

Very simple to use, customizable, time to market

Cons

Expensive Enterprise license Site documentation is poor

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

9/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Higher Education company, 1001-5000 employees)

Over 10 Years with dotCMS

2019-06-28

We need an easy-to-use but flexible CMS; dotCMS is a good balance of both.

Pros

Permissioning is granular. Custom content types are fairly easy to create.

Cons

Getting satisfactory answers from support is sometimes frustrating.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

7/10
Source: Capterra
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Christopher Falzone

dotCMS is a great Content Management System

2017-12-06

Pros

I love the content model, it provides a very flexible and powerful way to model what content makes up our website.

Cons

Administration is not trivial. The powerful features in dotCMS come at a price that makes it harder to administer at a technical level. It requires more resources to run, upgrades are difficult, etc.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Source: Capterra
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Robert Rider

Very User Friendly Dashboard

2019-01-16

The software is vey good and the features and abilities are nice and useful.

Pros

The dashboard is very well done.

Cons

The pricing. We loved the demo but the enterprise package was a little more that our budget could handle for a CMS.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features

Time used: Free Trial

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Anonymous
(Wireless company, 51-200 employees)

dotCMS gave us the freedom we were looking for.

2019-01-03

Overall this platform has opened doors to us that were previous closed. I'm generally very happy with the freedom this software has given my team.

Pros

Thanks to dotCMS, we are able to give our front end users an easy way to edit and add content to their pages no matter what their skill levels are.

Cons

Sometimes it feels like the software falls short in some instances. Some UI bugs that we have encountered frustrate us as they seem to simple that with some UI/UX focus, shouldn't have occurred.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

5/10
Source: Capterra
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Robin Pringle

dotCMS for our intranet platform

2018-12-18

Pros

Adding and maintaining content in dotCMS is simple and easy for non-technical staff.

Cons

dotCMS has a fairly large footprint and can be quite complex to set up initially. There are some minor quirks which we have come across that their technical support wasn't able to solve for us, but I believe it is specific to our installation and may not affect other installations. Other than that their support has been outstanding.

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

8/10
Source: Capterra
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Syrine Joubert

dotCMS does the job!

2019-01-08

Pros

However, when I do need to go in and make a change for our company's website, it is fairly easy and quick.

Cons

I wish it would be a bit more user friendly and not so cumbersome in some areas. It could be the way my company initially structured the software for our needs.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Features

Time used: 1-2 years

Frequency of use: Monthly

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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Kasey Hamlin-smith

Use dotCMS to manage a higher education website

2015-10-08

Powerful multi-tenant hosting for managing multiple websites. Separation of authoring and production servers with the ability to push publish between environments.

Rating breakdown

Ease of use
Customer support
Source: Capterra
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Joshua Holmes

Best Value of any Enterprise CMS

2017-05-10

Fast paced team development built around technologies that we're already using with mainstream clients to tackle enterprise problems.

Pros

We've been using the software with out clients since almost the inception of the software. Their support is great, and more affordable than most that are comparable amongst enterprise CMS providers. 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.

Cons

Software still has some legacy functionality that needs refactored; the impact is very low but from time to time creeps up from a "want" to a "need".

Rating breakdown

Value for money
Ease of use
Features
Customer support

Time used: 2+ years

Frequency of use: Daily

Likelihood to recommend

10/10
Source: Capterra
Helpful?   Yes   No
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