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Mura review by <span>Ben S.</span>
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The answer for all CMS solutions

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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 business 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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Ben, thanks very much for the review and feedback. You're very kind.

If you'd be willing to share what you'd like to see in bulk editing, we'd be happy to take a look. It's been on our radar and seems like it could be a welcome addition. Just shoot me or someone on the team an email.

Thanks again!

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Mura review by <span>Damien B.</span>
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The best CMS I have ever used

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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 business 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!

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Mura review by <span>Wesley M.</span>
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Mura as a Daily Driver

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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 business 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.

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Mura review by <span>Joshua J.</span>
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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 business 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.

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Mura review by <span>Mike P.</span>
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Open-Access Publishing with Mura CMS

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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 business 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.

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Mura review by <span>Aurélien D.</span>
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Enterprise Class CMS... for humans

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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 business 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.

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Mura review by <span>Mike C.</span>
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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 business 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.

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