Liferay Digital Experience Platform Review

You can create and manage dozens of sites with a single installation of Liferay, without a single line of Java code.

What is most valuable?

You can create and manage dozens of sites with a single installation of Liferay, without a single line of Java code. Liferay has an excellent website concepts model, with a clear separation between content, applications, users, themes, layouts, etc.

How has it helped my organization?

We use Liferay on our modern-look, mobile-ready website and we also use it on out intranet. We use it on our customers projects, and they love Liferay's flexibility

What needs improvement?

Liferay is a phenomenal product with deficient marketing. More OOTB examples are needed to allow the user to faster realize it's full potential. We also need better translations. Some of the multi-lingual functionality can be improved.

For how long have I used the solution?

We are using Liferay on and off since 2007, but we've chosen to standardize on this product around 2012.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

We've had no issues with deployment.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've had no issues with stability since 6.1

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've had no issues with scalability but we never had any project with more than 500 users (up to 2015). The benchmarks published by Liferay, however, look very promising on this matter.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

I've been using mostly the Community Edition, but for customers with critical apps/sites I think the Enterprise Edition is good value.

Technical Support:

I'm currently not a user of the official tech support but the forums and the web is full of useful information. When that fails, we can always look into the source code t understand what might be going wrong.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, we used several PHP site management products but, when comparing to Liferay, they lack coherence and simplicity in the content management functions. As for integration and scalability, Liferay beats them all easily.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very easy but the OOTB themes are poor, when comparedto modern web design. If you register on the Marketplace you can download some very moderns themes and use them in your websites.

What about the implementation team?

We have in-house expertise.

What was our ROI?

We have been using Liferay for our websites and intranet, and its difficult to calculate the ROI for that. But, since we adopted Liferay we have the ability to change contents and apps much faster, and that is invaluable , nowadays.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

While we're not using the subscription services, we are aware that Liferay has very competitive pricing, when compared to the competition.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had experience with Drupal, Joomla and other PHP platforms and we evaluated Sharepoint also.

We also evaluated Alfresco, but we decided that Alfresco and Liferay are not competitors. Instead, they both play very well together, for complex situations involving ECM, BPM and Web apps.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: My company sells Liferay Community Edition based solutions, not supported by Liferay Inc. We have a good relationship with the vendor, participating on community events and activities.
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