eZ Platform Enterprise Edition

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eZ Platform is a modern open source content management system, based on the Symfony full-stack framework. With eZ Platform Enterprise Edition your developers, editors and marketers have the tools to create, deliver and optimize content as they build exciting digital experiences for your customers. eZ Platform provides a flexible content repository, multichannel and multidevice content delivery, multilingual and multisite content management, , granular user permissions, enterprise-grade support and maintenance services as well as additional training and consulting options. eZ Systems’ innovative technology is trusted by thousands of companies around the world who want to create the digital experiences of tomorrow.

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eZ Systems review by Felix L.
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"The most flexible and extensible enterprise level CMS out there."

What do you like best?

Developing web and mobile apps based on 4 generations of eZ Systems CMS's has been a fantastic experience.

The very best thing about eZ Platform is the backend. Symfony, Twig and clean APIs on the top make it super flexible and extensible solution wether you want html, REST or just about any other output.

Even if the community these days is not most crowdy out there, the eZ Crew is easy reachable trough Slack. Help is never far away.

What do you dislike?

Whereas the backend always has been the strong side, the front end hasn't. The contrast to e.g. Wordpress where the front end is good but the backend is crap is great. That said, the front end is improving all the time.

The same goes for documentation. Historically you needed to be quite an eZ Nerd to know where to find the good stuff. These days that is finally changing as the docs get better by the day.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your needs are mostly backend oriented - go for it!

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

Even if the content model hasn't evolved much the last decade, it is so flexible that I hardly gives me constraints.

I develop basic solutions that need to deliver on different platforms. I tend to make my own APIs with clean and light JSON output, but I could easily switch to e.g. REST if that would suite my needs better.

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eZ Systems review by Nicolas A.
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"I work with eZ Publish since 8 years. Com to Code implement it around many different projects."

What do you like best?

Flexibility, scalability, performance, security, easy to install, easy to use, easy to maintains. A perfect product if your want perform a great web project. Also, you can use the API to perform a mobile app. e

What do you dislike?

Nothing relevant ! Maybe lack of communication around upgrade needs for our customers but I think I've not find informations in right item on the website

Recommendations to others considering the product

Powerful, easy to use, easy to implement, perfect tool to begin a project and implement new functionality, turn to the future, growing community with Symfony implementation, reactivity of engenering when we submit an issue, perfect product and that's all !

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

Since 8 years, I work on different projects with different size and context related on place game, cooking accessories, building company, training center, intranet, collaborators management.

Each websites has their particularities, their needs and eZ Publish/Platform allows to begin with a simple solution and implement easily our modules, our functionnalities to perform a wonderful tool for our customers.

eZ Publish / Platform is a real useful tool to build an easy life for our customers.

What Web Content Management solution do you use?

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eZ Systems review by Administrator in Publishing
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"A good solution for multi-universe publishers"

What do you like best?

The ability to share multiple content across multiple 'universes' setup within the CMS. The flexibility for the setup of these universes and the massive upgrades that add a multiude of new features.

What do you dislike?

Too much development or customisation to a specific version means that upgrading becomes very problematic. Difficult to find programmers with enough experience in the platform to utilise it correctly, meaning specilist costs soon spirial.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Implement the data sets correctly, else migrating to other CMS', or even updating across versions will become very difficult. Understand and implement a redirect strategy as soon as you can to also ensure these can be managed effectively when used across versions. Get the development teams trained in use of the actual CMS as soon as possible.

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

For a 'publication warehouse' - of that there are multiple sites across multiple universes that would benefit from cross article publication. This in a real life example would be having a "food" universe of sites, that compile of Food Manufacture websites, Grocer retail, ingredient sourcing and restaurant review sites. Articles can be shared across a multitude of sites without having to republish. Really sees benefits in ensuring services such as newsletters consistently have new and exciting content.

eZ Systems review by Administrator in Marketing and Advertising
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"Mixed feelings about current state of ez publish 5.x and will wait 2+ years before switching to 6.x"

What do you like best?

Solid enterprise features

Symfony2 integration

Lower licensing costs compared to competitors

Open Source license on most of the code base

What do you dislike?

Lots of bugs and annoyances due to integration with Symfony2, no clear documentation and way to develop apps/pages using this dual-kernel with a complementary relationship rather than complete features in Symfony2 rather than Legacy Kernel (the desired way)

Lack of latest tech trends and patterns use in the code base

Lack of good solid up-to-date documentation

Lack of development guidelines to streamline dev in a fast and reliable way, compared to competitor solutions (even open sources ones)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do proper due diligence by trying to develop applications and pages in eZ Publish, do not simply read outdated documentation, then judge for yourself.

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

We are using eZ Publish to build a corporate website and applications.

CMS is definitely a huge benefit as it helps streamline content creation by non-developers in a controlled way, this saves us time and money while making great marketing-driven content on the website.

eZ Systems review by Administrator in Internet
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"Now developer friendly (A Developer's Review)"

What do you like best?

eZ Publish, or eZ Platform, is now built on top of Symfony. Symfony is a modern php web framework that has a large user base. By adopting Symfony as a backbone for eZ Publish, eZ has opened the door to make developing and extending eZ Publish easier than ever. Moreover, by adopting Symfony, eZ Publish by default has a much larger pool of developers who will be able to step into a development role on an eZ Publish project.

eZ Publish has also adopted a better release cycle and a better upgrade path. Keeping up to date is now a breeze with eZ Publish; the same claim cannot be made for other CMSs I have worked with.

What do you dislike?

eZ still has a large legacy base that is still supported. Maintaining that legacy base can mean duplicating configuration and a slower development process for some projects. eZ is working on making this better, but it is still a pain point.

Arguably, another pain point is the eZ Publish administration interface. Due to eZ Publish's power, there is a lot to manage. This can be overwhelming for some users.

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

eZ does a very good job at separating out pieces of content into meaningful types for users and editors. This makes administrating an eZ Publish site much easier than other CMS's where that separation doesn't happen (drupal, wordpress, etc).

eZ Systems review by Ivo L.
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"The best enterprise open-source CMS, very powerful, highly extensible and easy to integrate"

What do you like best?

There are many thing I like about eZ. First of all its open source which offers more innovation and efficiency when implementing web solutions on top of it. At the same time the end client has, optionally, enterprise level support to lower the risk. Furthermore, eZ has a great architecture with 2 important pillars: extensible content model for channel agnostic content management and separation of content and presentation. It has several API-s that offer easier integrations and customisation. It is based on Symfony2 PHP framework which offer almost unlimited ways of extending the core. It is known for its upgradeability (taking care that the product can be upgraded smoothly when needed)

What do you dislike?

The weakest point currently (Q1 2015) is the editor experience which is based on the old administration interface (the concept dates back from 2003 or so). The long awaited new editorial interface is in the works so we should have more appropriate experience for editors during 2015, finally.

Also, the learning curve is high, but it is a consequence of the fact that it not a simple CMS, it has many features and traits, and it is possible to do the same thing in many ways. So eZ might be better described as a Content Management Framework. Documentation (especially for beginners) is not very rich which contributes to the steep learning curve. This is changing recently as newer versions of eZ are based on Symfony2 which offers plenty of resources for developers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

During 2015 eZ Systems will rollout a completely new editorial interface. That should make the product much easier to use by editors than it is today.

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

My company is implementing eZ based solutions from 2005. We successfully implemented and are still implementing medium and big sized web solutions. We very rarely reached limit with the product, there was always a way how to solve some issue. We like the combination of open source and enterprise which is rare and hard to accomplish. The architecture made it possible to build efficiently multi-site, multi-language and multi-channel solutions for our clients and partners. They appreciate very much, not just the cost, but the time to market benefit which is very important in this fast paced web landscape.

eZ Systems review by Piotr K.
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"eZ Publish, rock-solid CMF and application platform"

What do you like best?

There are so many things that one can love eZ Publish for... My feeling is that the majority of the good things that we appreciate about the CMS today result from the fact that the software had been designed, coded and evolved the way it should have been done, in a very mature manner. Simple as that, yet so rare for so long and in so many open source projects. Stability, extensibility, robustness, security, flexibility, extensive use of best practices in terms of content management, content model as well as code organization and application architecture - all gracefully negotiated and combined together, at least since around legacy version 3.5.x which was the eZ Publish beginning for me about 10 years ago and now additionally amplified with Symfony2. It all makes eZ Publish a very solid, reliable code and project base. After all these years I am still enthusiastic to work with it.

To name few things I like about eZ Publish in particular:

- great, mostly very consistent PHP-level API and codebase (although I can’t deny awaiting the legacy code drop),

- it is great for prototyping and negotiating content and information architecture,

- with Symfony2 framework on board, it is even more robust,

- it is a Content Management Framework rather than just a CMS, there’s really little ground for confusion with most of popular open source products,

- it does help to shape and enforce high content culture within an organization and editorial team,

- it has great a community of enthusiast and experts,

- it is open source - you are able to discover all the awesomeness and adopt it to your own liking and needs and also contribute from time to time!

What do you dislike?

The content model doesn’t seem to evolve too much anymore.

The general adoption of eZ Publish on our market doesn’t change at best.

Recommendations to others considering the product

To successfully evolve complex web applications or content repositories based on eZ Publish you either need an expert implementation partner or an experienced internal team. Great as it is, the CMF is not immune to bad design or architectural decisions. To guarantee a future-proof solution you may need a team of people with deep understanding of eZ Publish content model abstraction, advanced caching, all sorts of low-level extensibility and all kinds of other details that take a lot of time and practice to master.

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

We have developed on top of eZ Publish since around 2006 and used it for all sizes of projects, from smallest websites to large scale editorial, content repository, social or e-commerce solutions for customers in various industries. It provided us with ability to easily deal with multi-site, multi-language and/or high-load architectures. It was effectively integrated with numerous IT systems including ERP, e-commerce, payment providers, content providers etc. It allowed developing entirely dedicated extension-based applications and solutions, either interconnected or disconnected from eZ Publish content model or other core features.

eZ Systems review by Matías B.
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"If you think big, this might be the sofware you need"

What do you like best?

The most Professional CMS we have been working with.

Don't be confused, wordpress is nice, simple and fast. But this is in a whole different level, once you learn ezpublish you have a CMS platform where you can create big and fast performing sites with a very pro API that you can extend and integrate.

Based on symfony 2.X makes ez publish a perfect choice for us as we already invested in learning symfony platform inner workings.

The contend edition is very simple, you either gives them access to the site admin section (which is more daunting for beginners or just the frontend editing toolbar )

Database design is exquisite, if you have a DBA around he will love it.

Mobile ready from the beginning and the API is great.

What do you dislike?

Steep, steep learning curve. Don't download this project to make a website during the weekend.

Even some simple things take a long time to do. Don't even try to change a single parameter in the database like you will do in wordpress, here database design is so relational (maybe 3rd or 4rth degree of normalization) that you need a good understanding of the design before trying to do that.

Being symfony based (version 5 and up) made the system very robust but you need to really understand what you are doing, otherwise you will feel lost.

Community is lagging behind wordpress and other CMS.

*EDIT (24/2) - Ezpublish is not yet fully migrated to symfony so some components are not yet there and there is an ezpublish_legacy bridge, bear this in mind, try to go for the latest version and upgrade often while learning so you don't have to learn some legacy stuff.

Recommendations to others considering the product

They moved to symfony a few years ago, a very bold move and they were followed by drupal doing the same thing.

So if you learn symfony you will already understand a lot of ezpublish and possibly drupal, your learning curve will pay off even if you leave ezpublish CMS.

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

Tightly integrated websites.

We develop websites with a portal that is connected with ERP/CRM systems with tightly integrated functionality.

With ezpublish we got the web frontend covered when multiple users / systems required edit access to the contend. We got thousands of users using the platform buying things, checking credits, and in the background ERP inventory will be connected and customer information pushed to the CRM software.

eZ Systems review by Vincent G.
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"In love with the Ez Publish tecnology"

What do you like best?

What I prefer of Ez Publish is the Security and the Stability. I am working with EzPublish for more than 5 years, I never had security problems. Even without update the CMS for years you will be safe of hacking. I started to implement this tecnology in Chile. In the agency I am working all website was done with Joomla and Wordpress and the agency was suffering hacking everytime. Joomla and Wordpress need you to be always attentive of new versions. All websites was rewrited with ezpublish and nowadays we can focus 100% on developments improving the quality of our solucions. Of course, this is only THE best think I like with ez but i could talk about ez for hours.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that there is no automatic update of the CMS. All have to be done manually and this is really annoying. (at least with the ez comunity version). I also dislike the fact that it is not possible to extends an existing class (talking about "content class", not about PHP class) (Employe is a Person, Director is a Person, both should have comon field ... )

Recommendations to others considering the product

Secure, Powerful, Scalable, allow you fast improvment of your existing ezpublish projects

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

With ezpublish we are able to answer all projects with one solución, from medium websites to very complicated websites. Ez Publish is using the same database structure for years, not because its an old structure, but just because the structure was very logical from the begining of the ezpublish project. This allow us to update our knowledge very quickly and to always up to date.

eZ Systems review by paulo b.
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"eZ is easy, or not."

What do you like best?

This CMS is a full-featured, all bells and whistles, all-you-need, and then some, kind of beast. Many advanced features that are clunky and hard to use on other CMSes (multiple languages, document versioning, .doc and .pdf autoi ndexing), are just a click away with this app.

What do you dislike?

eZ is not that easy to develop. To start, it is a dual app/framework thing. It comes with a whole app already working, but there's a huge API to build whatever you can dream of, and everything is customizable. It needs some time to learn all the corners. And docs are sometimes on the basic side, addressed to the ninja-level developer.

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

Creating bundles and add-on to integrate with eZ. Good thing is that it's easy to make each bundle as isolated, or as integrated as one needs. It can be almost standalone, as an independent service, or ride almost all on top of the eZ framework.

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"The better of most (all?) content management systems."

What do you like best?

The fact that it's built on top of great technologies like Symfony2 and Twig.

What do you dislike?

Getting started (understanding) the system isn't the easiest to get going with, but once you do get going, you don't want to go back to other systems.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take your time when evaluating the system, it's not the easiest to get started with, but it's well worth it.

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

Large enterprises sites that have tens of different sites in as many countries. All easily brought together in a multi-site and multi-lingual installation, working together like a charm.

eZ Systems review by Andrey A.
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"eZ Publish CMF"

What do you like best?

I've been working with eZ Publish since v3. The case to use it is that it helps to create complex solutions definitely quickly. Quickly enough if you know how it works ;)

eZ Publish is not for simple homepages. It is more than just CMS. It is a rather powerful framework which gives developer possibilities to implement a lot of things such as new kinds of content, editor workflows, rest apis etc. Now, with Symfony2 as an underlying framework, eZ Publish is even more powerful.

What do you dislike?

Current database model can result in a bad website performance. I hope eZ Systems is going to change it in eZ Publish 6.

Moreover, it is not that easy to learn eZ Publish. Developers who starts with eZ Publish have to change their minds to understand how to create their solutions with this CMF.

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

High-loaded web projects with a lot of content and services, e-commerce solutions.

eZ Systems review by Igor V.
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"Working with eZ Publish for more than 10 years in various size projects, and it never let me down."

What do you like best?

The most important feature of eZ Publish, and the one that made it such a great choice for us, is its flexibility. From highly customizable content modeling options to complete separation of content and presentation, all aspects of this CMS are thought through with adaptability in mind. Underlying PHP framework (Symfony) provides superb extensibility and can be utilized to develop custom made solutions for enterprise level clients.

What do you dislike?

Administration of content tends to be somewhat tedious, due to customizable content model that needed a generic administration interface. That being said, it is rather easy to develop a custom admin interface tailored to a specific use case. Additionally, the system had a somewhat steep learning curve, which should flattened with switch to a well documented Symfony framework that is used by recent versions of the CMS.

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

We are developing custom made web solutions for medium sized and large customers. These kind of clients need flexibility and can appreciate the stability and customization options that eZ Publish provides. Additionally, integration options are a must in projects we are usually working on and Symfony PHP framework, upon which is eZ Publish is built, excels in these situations.

eZ Systems review by Peter K.
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"I've been building enterprise websites with eZ Publish for 8 years."

What do you like best?

* Separation of content and design: this means we can say "yes" to almost any import/export requirements, including mobile and syndication

* Flexibility of the content model

* Extensibility at every level: editorial workflows, reverse proxies (Varnish), e-commerce, audit logging

* Multi-language features in its core

* Backed by a company but still open source

* A focus on best practices

* Enterprise search with Solr

* Community of developers

What do you dislike?

* Steep learning curve

* Slow mainstream adoption in the US and Canada

* Some missing documentation

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have in-house developers, get proper training and/or partner with an implementation company who can help you learn the best practices.

Do not expect to just "pick a template". The CMS is meant for companies who have complex functional requirements and specific design needs.

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

We work with a variety of companies where content is one of the most important parts of their organization. eZ Publish solves a wide range of problems in industries such as:

* Online publishing: high traffic, high availability needs; complex content modeling; editorial workflow; multi-channel; multimedia content, SEO

* Financial services: audit logging, security, content editing and syndication rules, complex user and editorial permissions

* SaaS companies: integration with the client company's core product as well as with common marketing tools such as Salesforce, Marketo, Eloqua, mailing list management, and marketing automation tools

* E-commerce integrations and capabilities

* Others: museums (high volume of content and integrations), hospitals (workflow tools, export to CSV, PowerPoint, PDF, Excel, and more), higher education (reporting, search, large volumes of content)

eZ Systems review by Frank D.
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"A flexible, modern CMS and a good platform for ecommerce"

What do you like best?

I like best that eZ Publish is very flexible. It allows editors to work and arrange content as they want and enables developers to implement even very complex solutions.

The content is stored in a way that in can be reused for different content channels.

Beneath the CMS function eZ Publish is a powerful platform for applications. A powerful search engine based on Solr allows to run complex search queries.

Starting with version 5.0 eZ Publish uses a modern and reliable framework (Symfony2).

What do you dislike?

It is not so easy for new developers to learn how to develop eZ Publish applications. The learning curve is quite high.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are planning to use eZ as an enterprise please check the support contracts as well. The support is very fast and helpful.

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

We are using eZ Publish mainly for complex e-commerce solutions. A powerful shop based on eZ Publish allows to build online shops connected to ERP systems.

eZ Publish allows to implement solutions with a lot of users or products. We are using eZ for shops handling more than 20 languages and more than 1 million products. The build in search engine provides a fast access to large numbers of data or faceting. The CMS allows our customers to enrich the products with content to build interesting shops.

eZ Systems review by Aleksander D.
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"Have used eZ Publish since 2009"

What do you like best?

The possibilities to integrate with other systems (even internally developed and readily available ones) is a great benefit. If you need complete control and customization this is it and the support is grate. I would definitely recommend getting a good contact at eZ Systems and make sure he or she understands your need - if you do this you will be taken well care of.

What do you dislike?

The admin interface is quite complex and is in need of improvement due to the feel of an old interface. This should have been improved a long time ago and hopefully they are about to get to it! A complex system needs some internal education and should have someone who uses this system often - otherwise the vast amount of possibilities can be overwhelming.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do a good analysis of your need and consult someone with experience as well as someone at eZ

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

We have increased conversion through how we communicate and have minimized a lot of manual editing since the integration is very good. Our main issue at this time is not the same as I have used previously. Now we are also integrating an e-mail marketing system known as marketing automation or eZ MA (eZ Marketing Automation) and this will connect our e-mail marketing with our web page in a very good way. We need to have this integrated with our in house developed CRM system as well and this is very well handled by this solution. We are looking forward to seeing the effect on this during this year.

eZ Systems review by Jani T.
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"Feature rich and very reliable, but a bit hard to learn"

What do you like best?

The product like mentality. A lot of functionality out of the box and the built in features work together and I don't really need that many additional plugins/modules/etc. to accomplish a site.

The adoption of the Symfony 2 full stack makes development very structured and familiar to newcomers with an MVC framework background.

Reliability. Few surprises in running eZ Publish for years.

What do you dislike?

Learning curve is quite steep and there is limited documentation and tutorials available.

The Symfony stack helps this, but there are still so many cases where it's easy for a newcomer to get confused (obsolete tutorial), new stack vs. legacy stack.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Finding an experienced vendor to working with eZ Publish (and eZ Systems) is key. It's a complex system with many features and inexperience is an unlikely recipe for success.

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

Mostly corporate B2C websites with light integrations to eCommerce and other external systems.

Upgrades to latest versions (3.x --> 5.x) have been quite straightforward and have not required a complete rewrite. This will naturally change with 6.x since it's dropping the legacy stack.

eZ Systems review by Sébastien M.
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"Really more than just a Content Management System"

What do you like best?

I have been working with eZ Publish for almost 10 years since 2005 beginning with eZ Publish 3.6.1.

In Europe this product is well known and use by a lot of company.

I really like this CMS not only because I know it very well technically but because it’s clearly more than just a CMS.

eZ Publish is a platform, it’s a CMF, a CMS and a CXM

I don't want to list all the good features provided by eZ Publish out of the box (content structure, flexibility, multilingualism, multi channels and so on) you should try! There are a lot and moreover it's very simple to extend the system yourself. (or add professional extension)

For me the most important thing I noticed over the years about eZ Publish and eZ Systems is their professionalism.

The backward compatibility has been maintained at least since 3.6.x. (yes! For almost over 10 years you can preserve your content in the database!)

That’s for me one of the most important thing I like in eZ. That’s what customers like and need!

eZ Publish is a platform adapted for professional projects. And professionals build non short-lived projects, they want to get something stable, scalable and able to evolve.

The second thing I like is the quality of the product under the hood. Everything is unit tested, it’s really clean, the source code respects a lot of web standards and that’s managed by teams of engineers completely committed to deliver a really good product.

It's a OpenSource project but eZ Teams valid, fix, improve community contributions and they assure the quality of the product.

Last point, because eZ Publish 3.x has suffered about some bad reputation : You can build high performance website with eZ Publish.

I have built with our team some very highly available websites on eZ Publish. Websites able to handle the traffic generated by (for example) the FIFA World Cup on a famous nationwide (France) newspaper website.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the Administration Interface. The first thing we do when we start a project: we change the CSS, add some icons to turn the Administration Interface more “user-friendly” for customers and contributors.

But I know eZ Systems are working on a new User Interface really interesting.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Since eZ Publish is based on Symfony2 there are many new possibilities. The community is now bigger than ever with the Symfony community.

My recommandation would be to test the product and think about eZ Publish like a platform and not just like a CMS.

There are a lot of concept behind eZ Publish, so it could appear to be a complex product. That’s true! But it’s a complex product able to lead you to what you want to.

Moreover there is a Support, an Enterprise Edition and very good consultants provided by eZ Systems.

But also Web Agencies able to help you on your projects ;-)

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

We realized different kind of project with eZ Publish from simple corporate website to very big news website able to handle a lot of contributors and a lot of visitors in the same time and also a mobile application with hundreds of thousands users and a good REST API.

eZ Systems review by Luis C.
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"Only one doing localization right at the time"

What do you like best?

My review is based on working with the 3.X version of eZ; the recommendation score is based on not having used the 4.X or 5.X versions that have been released in the years since I actively used the product. I can't say how well it currently measures up to the competition, but I would recommend at least giving it a try.

At the time, eZ was the only CMS system that supported localization "out of the box". That was a huge win for supporting a company based in Germany but with customers in Europe, the US, and Japan. It allowed us to quickly build a site to meet the needs of marketing and sales across a variety of languages.

The template system was robust allowing for deep customization of how content was presented across various areas of the site. Its extension system allowed us to integrate our existing license portal system with it and build a sales tool platform on top of it.

Was a solid enough CMS system, that I began using it for my personal web site as well.

What do you dislike?

The system / UI for managing templates was not intuitive and required manually bookmarking template files once you found them. Otherwise, you would have to spend time hunting for it again a few months later when you finally needed to access it again.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Hard to say based on not having used any of the latest versions. At the time, it had fantastic localization support where other CMS systems lagged behind.

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

Solved the issue of multilingual content, single-sign on with other platforms, and having a unified web site. The extension system allowed us to integrate or build on top of it a number of mission critical services.

eZ Systems review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Very flexible platform and the only one which fully supports Symfony"

What do you like best?

eZ offers a great content model which allows you to tailor the system to your needs. Unlike other CMS platforms eZ is both multi-lingual and ready for multi site projects without assuming web to be the only content channel. This is a clear advantage to many other solutions which require plugins. One of the best reasons for chosing eZ Publish 5x or eZ Platform is that it fully supports Symfony. Other platforms are using this, but not full stack.

One of the best things about rendering the content is that you are free to design your own views , meaning your content can be output in different ways and this can be done consistently. Reuse of content is easy and all data is stored independently of your presentation format, meaning it can be easily exported or offered by other solutions via APIs for instance.

What do you dislike?

The hybrid stack is a great idea, but has been tough to work by. One of the challanges has been that it has taken some time to get the necessary features supported. The idea of having a mixutre of architectures is not the best, although it does offer existing customers a clear path to transition to the new system.

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

The great content model allows you to easily solve any task you want to when it comes to content representations in any channels. We have used this to both integrate with other software because of the flexible architecture. Being able to fully translate a content is also something which has not been as easily possible in other products.

eZ Systems review by Amir K.
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"eZ is the best thing happened to my life!"

What do you like best?

makes life so much easier and fun! it has the best features when it comes to general use of some features.

What do you dislike?

eZPublish features and framework can sometimes be tough and it has made its learning curve steep.

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

the special model of content management and use of their Framework has brought us a lot of fun :)

eZ Systems review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Integration of eZ Publish in various projects"

What do you like best?

The principals points of eZ Publish are the possibilities of customization : creating objects, access to .ini files, global parameters, site parameters. All of those parameters can be set in the backoffice.

Those facilities gives a maximum of flexibility, and the ability to create various sites or application with no much specific code.

The connection with Varnish works fine and allows the possibility to create extensibleend efficient platforms for high capacity sites.

What do you dislike?

eZ Publish is a PHP platform : for specific code (unit testing, evolutivity of code) and security, i consider java is more efficient.

But eZ Publish, with its customization interface and clustering facilities compensate this point.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I think the roadmap chosen this year by eZ Publish is the good one. eZ Publish is a good product with a qualified development team.

The customization facilities of eZ Publish, and the further customer enhancements will be very interesting for most of users,

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

First, we have studied various CMS for one of our customer (Jahia, Magnolia, eZ Publish, Drupal) and have chosen eZ Publish for its customization properties and possible enhancements.

Later, for other customers, we achieved doing internet and intranet sites, with connectors with other applications (Nuxeo, Alfresco, java applications, etc.).

The templating model allows us to create efficient front office independant of datas and functionalities of back-offices : for example we created a site which allows powerpoint creation and manipulations (creating slides form web, fusion, rearranging slides, etc.) with eZ publish (front is eZ Publish template, files ares stored in eZ Publish) and a connector with a java application which generates the powerpoint modifications and creation.

eZ Systems review by Philipp K.
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"I successfully developed websites with eZ Publish for the last 7 years"

What do you like best?

* flexible content structure

* multi-language support

* multi-site support

* easy to customize

What do you dislike?

The CMS is powerful and has a lot of feature ready to use but it's also complex and it will take before you start liking it as a developer.

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

Managing (web) content for clients which is then available for multiple output channels. Once you have experience with eZ Publish you can quickly develop solutions.

eZ Systems review by Anaël C.
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"I love eZ"

What do you like best?

The thing what I like the best on eZ is the way of display contents and the API

What do you dislike?

I dislike the documentation (even it's better than before :) )

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be self-confident and do not be afraid by the complexity :)

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

News website (100 000+ users), Blogs

eZ Systems review by Shirley M.
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"A very robust open source system that can handle complex set-ups if you have staff resources "

What do you like best?

Extendable - can program and modify in-house. Capable of complex set ups and limitless permissions possibilities.

What do you dislike?

The complexity of the system is both a positive and a negative. It is fairly user friendly for the end user inputting page content but not user-friendly when it comes to managing and set-up of sections, sites, extensions, permissions and upgrades.

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

Multi site with many users requiring various permission levels via single sign on login tied in to our membership AA system.

eZ Systems review by Pascal B.
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"symfony dev"

What do you like best?

Integration of Symfony2 was a great move

What do you dislike?

the community repos are not getting enough love

Recommendations to others considering the product

go directly to ezplatform without legacy

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

giving moderate to complex cms solution to my customers

eZ Systems review by Thiago C.
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"The most powerful CMS, but not for amateurs!"

What do you like best?

Code quality

User roles and policies management

Content version management

Possibility of creating custom content classes easily

Siteaccess system

Localization and Internationalization feature

Multi language feature

What do you dislike?

We can't use pure eZ publish 5 stack because it is lacking legacy features.

Steep learning curve, and even worst now with eZ publish 5.

Not so popular.

Support could be better.

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

I have implemented over a hundred projects successfully.

eZ Systems review by Henning K.
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"Deep down in the murky depths. "

What do you like best?

You can achieve anything. Anything! The integration with Symfony was a stroke of genius.

What do you dislike?

Lots of moving parts. It sometimes feel like building a spaceship and flying it at the same time.

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

Content availability, webshop.

eZ Systems review by Dennis C.
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"One of the best enterprise-grade CMS platforms available."

What do you like best?

eZ Publish is a highly flexible cloud-based CMS system for managing, publishing any kind of content and across multiple devices. The countless number of no-cost add-ons and ease of administration is a huge plus...

What do you dislike?

Lack of a site setup wizard is one of the few areas where eZ Publish falls short.

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

We were looking for a robust multimedia management system, eZ Publish met and exceeded the requirements.

eZ Systems review by Agency in Internet
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"Flexible and well-designed CMS for developers with a good future"

What do you like best?

The CMS is very flexible, the project is open so it is easy to help contribute to fix bugs and add features, eZ does a good job of making substantial updates to the system without leaving old features behind.

What do you dislike?

Interface for selecting content and custom tags in content blocks, no embeddable custom form designer, coupling with YUI for new backoffice component

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

Inflexibility of other CMS applications, or poorly-designed content models of other systems

eZ Systems review by jenifer J.
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"We picked eZ after a long look at the competition. "

What do you like best?

What make eZ standout is its speed ,feature list and great support. Its at the cutting edge if digital marketing and that is a very important feature moving into the future.

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What do you dislike?

A letter too expensive. Some of the open source options are tricky to check out.

Recommendations to others considering the product

you must this this a look

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

CMS and eCommerce

eZ Systems review by Consultant in Internet
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"Developing wonderful sites with eZ"

What do you like best?

That eZ is based on a modern architecture/framework as symphony.

What do you dislike?

Old user interface for editors was hard to understand and use for editors.

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

Normal information sites for large companies. Integrating data in/out of eZ.

eZ Systems review by Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Internet
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"Building a bespoke CMS with eZ Patform"

What do you like best?

Dual stack approach, extensibility, move to Symfony

What do you dislike?

Focus on eZ Studio :) If you do not need it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use platform

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

Content management, process management,

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