Manage Online Magazines with Vivvo CMS

Long gone are the days when you were forced to hard-code a new website for yourself. It’s just so much easier to invest in a powerful content management system, leaving the complex coding to the experts so you can focus your time on creating quality content and marketing your site to readers.

Many bloggers prefer using WordPress, but a more commercial application may want to look into something like Vivvo. This commercial-grade CMS serves as the subject of today’s review. By their own description, Vivvo has empowered “thousands of industry leading online newspapers, magazines, portals and media publishers.

A Look at the Final Product

Naturally, you can spend any amount of time you want on customizing the look of your website, but here is an example that was provided to me for the purposes of this review.

This kind of layout is perhaps best suited for an online magazine of some kind. In fact, when you look at the front page of Vivvo, you can see the faded out screenshot of what appears to be Cosmopolitan. Whether or not Cosmo actually uses Vivvo is unclear, but that gives you an idea of what you can expect from this CMS.

Among the features that you’ll find with Vivvo are the ability to publish both articles and static pages, photo galleries, event calendars, a commenting system, a WYSIWYG editor, drag and drop customizable menu elements, three styles of SEO-friendly URLs, bridges to integrate popular forum software, workflow approval system, and 100+ free plug-ins and widgets.

User Dashboard and Control Panel

Vivvo is designed to be both robust and easy to use. The user dashboard can look a little daunting to novices, but it’s reasonably straightforward to understand.

Along the top of the page, you find six different sections: dashboard, content, categories, files, users, and layout. Along the left is a sidebar with additional options and these change depending on the section of the control panel you are accessing.

From the main dashboard, you are immediately provided with at-a-glance metrics, a listing of yesterday’s top stories, and a highlighted box for comments requiring moderation. You also find quick links for adding new articles, reviewing pending articles, and viewing inactive members.

Article Management and Design Elements

Diving a little deeper into the Vivvo content management system, we find a section for managing the various articles that you have published on your site.

This appears to be more robust than WordPress, particularly when it comes to the search utility. You can look for keywords, filter by author, search by date, and so forth. This makes it easier to access articles from your archive.

Further still, each article has quick links (the three “buttons” to the far right) for accessing a preview, editing the article, and reviewing its individual statistics. The stats show number of comments, tags, total views, views today, ratings, and number of times the article was emailed to a friend.

While you could certainly code your own theme to use with Vivvo, the content management system is preconfigured with a good number of options for changing your site’s look and layout. From the “layout” section of the dashboard, you can choose your theme, as well as change the frame layouts for individual sections like categories, articles, topics, and tags.

Pricing and Plans

Offering “web publishing at your fingertips,” Vivvo is available in four different editions. The smallest package is the professional license, which allows for a single website at $295. Going up from there, you find the $395 business package and the $999 developer package. The enterprise package requires you to call in for a quote.

You can check out the pricing comparison chart to see further differences between the four editions. This is not the cheapest way to go — other CMS options like WordPress are free — but it may be more appropriate for a large commercial site.


31 thoughts on “Manage Online Magazines with Vivvo CMS”

  1. Tony says:

    It looks nice, but wordpress is so extensive and so widely supported, it would be interesting to see if it’s really better, and in what ways.

    It seems hard to justify the cost knowing worpress is as good as it is.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      I agree. I would prefer to use WordPress, especially because it’s free whereas the cheapest plan with Vivvo is $295!

      1. Abhik says:

        There are other factors too..
        A paid cms script never gonna reach the level where wordpress is now with its user base and customization processes.

        1. d3so says:

          That’s true, I don’t think it has a solid community support.
          A better CMS would be joomla or drupal.
          I don’t even consider wordpress a CMS but more of a blogging platform.

      2. Lakhyajyoti says:

        I am also not planning to use Vivvo.

  2. Kayce says:

    Wow, great article. I do have an online magazine so this would be something worth looking into 🙂

  3. This appears pretty robust. Just because WordPress is the go-to doesn’t make it the better solution. Anyone else already using Vivvo? I suspect it’ll be tough for those WP users to ever jump jump and try this but you never know…

    1. Abhik says:

      Well, it’s the price which bother bloggers to try it out.

      1. d3so says:

        Bloggers shouldn’t even touch CMS platforms unless they deliver a wide variety of content and downloads.

  4. Alex Dumitru says:

    It really looks great, but I wouldn’t switch from WordPress, because it’s way better. I’m pretty sure they won’t have too many clients 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      You have to note that CMSs aren’t really used by bloggers but for clients that want to develop mulitmedia sites.

  5. I wonder what are the advantages over WordPress. Your article doesn’t make this clear.

    1. Lakhyajyoti says:

      I think wordpress is the best.

      1. Free Picks says:

        Yeah wordpress is best, but i like the effect of web 2.0 in ViVVO

  6. Andy says:

    Don’t forget there’s a clear advantage of commercial solutions over WordPress – support. You’re not paying $295 for software only, you’re buying yourself a parachute in case you need help, especially if you need it fast.

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah that’s true. When you look at forum scripts, vbulliten is most favored and it’s paid while a free script like phpbb is secondrate but adequate.
      But you really can’t compare wordpress to a true CMS.

  7. iii says:

    WordPress is free, but it’s not a real CMS, it’s a blog engine that was later extended to suit other purposes as well. If you want to use WP for professional news publishing you’ll need a developer to make the necessary customizations, install the right plugins, etc. And that will probably cost you at least twice as much as purchasing Vivvo or some similar specialized CMS would cost, plus all the risk and extra work that it takes to build a custom solution.

  8. Abhik says:

    Looks Good..
    Will give it a try on my next project.

    ouch!! overlooked that pricing section. Not gonna bother to even think to try that.

  9. says:

    It’s nice but the price not 🙁

    1. Lakhyajyoti says:

      Absolutely right.Price is little bit high.

    2. d3so says:

      Well, it’s targeted to those who run high profile and traffic sites.

  10. Had a snoop around looks great, But!! I’m just a little confused or perhaps just being dumb is the ridiculous licence pricing for 6 months or a one time fee? Anyhow I don’t think I’ll be investing in such a complex system yet. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Mike says:

      License is perpetual (lifetime), and free support/upgrades period that comes with the license is 6 months.

      1. Had another snoop around, think I might well be interested after all thanks for the clarification Mike.

  11. Lakhyajyoti says:

    What are the advantages it has over wordpress?

  12. Essays says:

    You didn’t discuss the SEO options available in the package. Prices are affordable. E-magazine can not attract more visitors if it does not get good ranking at search engine.

  13. Free Picks says:

    WOW wonderful CMS system, now making your own magazine is too easy 😀

  14. Alex Campain says:

    I would use WordPress it’s free and to me it looks just as good and professional as Viwo, YES Viwo looks impressive but so does Worpress

  15. I run an online magazine. I heard about Vivvo a long time ago, but I still stuck to WordPress. It has nothing to do with the price or the fact that some people think it’s the “go-to” software. WordPress is what works for me & my readers love the functionality. Don’t mess with it if it ain’t broke.

  16. Tube says:

    WordPress is realy the best.

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