SOURCE: Magnolia Americas, Inc.

Magnolia Americas, Inc.

February 23, 2011 08:02 ET

Magnolia CMS Brings Centralized Management to 294 Sites at Texas State University, Drastically Reducing Administrative Overhead

New Case Study Details Additional Collaboration Benefits From Recent Magnolia 4.4 Upgrade

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 23, 2011) - Magnolia, the open source content management vendor that delivers simplicity on an enterprise scale, today announced publication of a major case study detailing how Magnolia CMS brought centralized management to 294 web sites at Texas State University (TSU), winning over faculty and staff, and drastically reducing administrative overhead.

TSU, located in San Marcos, Texas, is one of the largest educational institutions in the U.S. with more than 32,000 students from around the globe. While it is ranked among America's Best Colleges, website administration had gotten out of hand -- with 250 sites built, hosted, and managed individually by departments and other entities. Each site worked differently -- centralized coordination and updates were out of the question.

The university's first attempt to implement a centralized CMS received a failing grade: after two years, they had managed to get only a dozen sites into the system, resulting in stale content and unhappy users. Since switching to Magnolia Enterprise Edition, they now dynamically coordinate updates to 294 sites, with increased reliability, and significantly reduced infrastructure costs. Moreover, users love to work with Magnolia.

"Our switch to Magnolia CMS brought tremendous operational benefits under budget, plus its simplicity and ease of use quickly won over the 1,000 faculty and staff with website editing privileges," said Sean McMains, TSU's Technical Lead for Enterprise Applications. "Its high quality open-source code, including its adherence to Java standards, allows our programmers to easily customize the system to our needs."

TSU's recent upgrade to Magnolia 4.4 brought additional benefits such as collaboration controls to coordinate simultaneous editing. "Our 4.4 upgrade was really simple," continued McMains. "The new soft-locking feature helps editors coordinate their work, and deferred deletion lets us keep sites consistent when we activate lots of changes."

"We are delighted that such a prestigious institution as TSU has been able to roll out hundreds of sites on Magnolia CMS, with only a small web team and within the typical budget constraints of higher education institutions. It shows that our focus on ease-of-use for authors as well as developers provides outstanding value for higher education content management requirements," said Boris Kraft, President of Magnolia Americas.

TSU case study available online
The TSU case study is available for immediate viewing and download at

About Magnolia Americas
Magnolia Americas, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Magnolia International Ltd, whose open source content management system delivers simplicity on an enterprise scale. Its outstanding combination of ease-of-use with a flexible, standards-based Java architecture has led to its adoption by enterprises and governments throughout the world, including ING,, Johnson & Johnson, Lloyds TSB, Sony, Seat, Unilever, and the U.S. Department of Defense. To find out more about Magnolia, including service, support, implementation, consulting, training, and our international network of qualified partners, please visit

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