Hippo CMS

4.3 out of 5 stars

Hippo CMS is an open source Java CMS for creating personalized omnichannel web experiences.

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Hippo CMS is an open source CMS that should be one of your top considerations

What do you like best?

Hippo CMS is open source and extremely flexible for developers for that reason. You can develop your own components for stakeholders to create their own documents and own their content.

User management and publication workflow is as you would hope for and expect from a CMS. There are many starting components to help build your site that can also be duplicated and customized. The documentation and "trail" available to download and walk you through setting up a Hippo site are fantastic.

For enterprise clients, the paid components solve many issues in internationalization and personalizing the web experience for customers.

What do you dislike?

If you are not familiar with a content-based CMS, Hippo CMS will take some getting used to. It uses JCR and other underlying technologies are necessary to understand to set up your new customization. If you are coming from a JAVA background, the switch will be less severe.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For a JAVA content-based open source CMS, Hippo CMS is a top contender for consideration.

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

To let stakeholders take charge and ownership for their content (and give developers a break from these tasks) a content-based CMS approach was desired that Hippo CMS could meet.

Being able to internationalize content and target user personas and customized content met the biggest needs and client expectations.

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Hippo CMS review by Agency in Information Technology and Services
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Best Medium Size Java based CMS I selected based on analysis from other 240 systems.

What do you like best?

Document centric approach

YAML config in latest version

Google groups support


A lot of documentation

What do you dislike?

- No Docker image to start with.

- There is no clear way to REST API to integrate CMS layer with customized UI

- Tutorials are not that precise from time to time, like you follow it but you don't get the result and later on you need to ask questions on hippo forum.

- I had a basic problems when starting the tutorials. It was hard to start a project because of not a lot of information on the website, so of info in tutorials was wrong there were mistakes e.g. in prom files or the setup was intended to use by Hippo Developers only

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

Having a system to tune a bit and propose as a part of ready solution for organizations that won't just to manage their texts on website

Saves time to not write a lot from scratch.

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