The city of Lausanne and Lausanne Tourism prefer Magnolia CMS

  • September 2012

The city and the tourist office in Lausanne gradually shifted from a custom Content Management System, to an enterprise product, following the excellent experience with the online services available to citizens on


The city of Lausanne, the capital of the Vaud Canton, has over 120,000 inhabitants and is the fourth largest city in Switzerland. Located on the north shore of Lake Geneva, it is an important center of commerce, banking and universities as well as the seat of the International Olympic Committee. Lausanne is a very culturally active city, peculiarity which made it become a major tourist attraction.

The project and its objectives: a successful migration

The main objective of the project was to manage the Lausanne City and Lausanne Tourism websites with a single CMS (Content Management System) in order to get rid of the old system, based on a dated, obsolete, and no longer supported technology.

The requirements of this new technological solution have been identified in the simplicity of use, the ability to easily handle the pages in different languages ​​and in supporting a large number of internal and external editors to the institutions.

The other objectives can be summarized in these two distinct types:


  • Switch the actual custom CMS (GDA) to Magnolia CMS
  • Increase the maintainability and scalability of portals
  • Improve content editing and publishing
  • Build a platform with CMS' state of the art
  • Make content accessible via mobile devices


  • Improve the performance and stability of the sites
  • Maintain the same look and ergonomics
  • Ensure continuity of service during the transition phase 

Solution: flexibility and independence with Magnolia

The technological solution to respond to all the requirements received has been identified in Magnolia CMS, the tool already used by the city of Lausanne for, the site that makes available to citizens a series of personalized online services. 

Magnolia meets all requirements of the project in particular for its ease of use, the ability to quickly manage content in multiple languages, ​​and an integrated publishing workflow process that allows access to multiple editors simultaneously. 

In addition, the modularity and flexibility of the system allowed two environments to live during the migration phase, one based on the old CMS, and one based on the new CMS Magnolia. This allowed a gradual and solid transition of content from old to new system, and has avoided disruption to users who do not actually perceived the transition between the two environments.

Hourly page views (peak) 9.000
Monthly page views 300.000
Max page response time 3 seconds
Portal languages 8 (FR / EN / DE / IT /ES / RU/ AR / JA)
Number of editors 70
Number of pages 8.300
Number of templates 15
Number of paragraphs 50
Volume data 35 GB



The strengths of the solution developed by Tinext are mainly related to the optimization and customization of the Magnolia CMS in order to meet customer requirements.
The following points are of major importance:
  • Coexistence of two environments in parallel throughout the process of content migration
  • Creation of a high number of paragraphs reusable in different contexts
  • Mirroring pages and sections
  • Advanced table creation paragraph
  • Advanced page categorization and search paragraph
  • Dynamic sitemap.xml generator with cache
  • Integration with external data: weather, contacts, Google maps, feeds json
  • Integration with Active Directory
  • Complex form builder
  • Development of advanced workflow processes
  • High migration rate to the new Magnolia CMS


Customer: Ville de Lausanne
Goal: CMS switch
Technology: Magnolia CMS
Year: 2012