Recent features

Recently released major features

Summary of major features delivered by Magnolia in the last two years.

New App Launcher

The App Launcher is your new Home, the first screen after login. The new App Launcher comes with a revamped, clean and modern, look and feel. It helps to navigate and click through your new home with more ease.

In the new App Launcher layout, each authoring apps group has a grey background, while dev groups maintain a white background. The grid can be further configured with the help of your developer.

There’s a new Favorite apps group on a green background. The group is user-based, meaning that each user can customize the group according to their preferences and needs. Here you can add/remove your most-used apps without any developer help.

The new Favorites Switcher (next to the Home button) gives you access to your Favorites from anywhere within Magnolia, allowing for faster context switching.

See the App Launcher page for more details. Note that the new App Launcher is only available with Magnolia CMS 6.2.22 onwards.

GraphQL module

Getting content via API’s is the foundation of a Headless CMS approach. The new GraphQL standard for working with content over API empowers frontend developers to be able to get exactly the content that they need from Magnolia.

Due to its standardized approach, it’s easy for developers to start using. This standardization also makes it easier for other systems to connect and integrate with Magnolia.

The GraphQL endpoint is available instantly. For each Magnolia content type in the system, GraphQL types are automatically created. You only need to configure your desired access rights for the content, and the endpoint is ready to use.

The GraphQL endpoint provides access only to Magnolia content types. Content from Pages or Stories is not supported. The REST delivery endpoints are the best suited for these content.

The GraphQL endpoint is read-only. It delivers Magnolia content, it does not support writing or changing Magnolia content.

See the GraphQL module page for more details.

A/B/n Testing Special Feature

A/B/n testing is a statistical testing strategy in which two or more versions of a page are compared with each other. The goal of testing is to determine which version of a page performs better among customers to increase your online conversion rates.

Magnolia offers native A/B/n Testing to help you make decisions about your content based on real data from your existing traffic.

Our marketer-friendly Testing app enables you to quickly create and manage your tests in a single location.

See A/B/n Testing for an overview of the functionality provided. Note that A/B/n Testing is compatible with Magnolia CMS 6.2.4 onwards.

Multisource content

Siloed content that is spread across disparate systems makes it extremely challenging for marketers to create compelling, personalized experiences (not to mention the higher costs and slower time to market for campaigns). With Magnolia you can bring in content and data from your PIMs, DAMs and even other CMSs using Light Development. You can declare REST clients in YAML – no Java code needed! You can then use the content and data in Magnolia apps, forms, templates and search results just like local content.

See Magnolia 6.2 released on March 27, 2020 for more details.

Support for Single-Page Applications

Marketers and content practitioners can edit a JavaScript-based SPA (single-page application) such as React or Angular app in the Magnolia Page editor in the same way they would edit a traditional website. This means developers can implement a headless approach with all of its advantages, and yet content authors still get the control, context and high-fidelity preview of the Page Editor.

See Magnolia 6.2 released on March 27, 2020 for more details.

IUX – Integrated User Experience

IUX slots are places in the AdminCentral UI where elements from integrated applications or other Magnolia content apps can live. Elements such as charts and widgets add value to the user’s workflow inside Magnolia. We pull in data from adjacent applications and content apps and display it in the right places so that users do not need to switch contexts.

See Magnolia 6.2 released on March 27, 2020 for more details.

Marketing Automation Connector Pack

The Marketing Automation Connector pack offers web-to-lead functionality through seamless integration with your third-party marketing software solution. Magnolia provides out-of-the-box connectors to:

  • Adobe Marketo

  • Salesforce Sales Cloud

Use your forms or form fields crafted your external tools directly in Magnolia and efficiently collect data about your prospects and customers.
See Magnolia 6.2 released on March 27, 2020 for more details.

DAM Connector Pack

The DAM Connector Pack enables you to seamlessly integrate with your external DAM or storage system. This means you can access and use all your assets centrally from Magnolia regardless of where they are stored, eliminating the need for switching tools, costly and time-consuming asset migration or changing processes.

The DAM Connector Pack caters to enterprise customers who have thousands of assets to manage, including videos, PDFs and images. The pack provides out-of-the-box connectors to:

  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

  • Bynder

See Magnolia 6.2 released on March 27, 2020 for more details.

Commerce Connector Pack

The CMS functionality of a specialized e-commerce platform is often limited and costly to extend.

With the Commerce Connector Pack, you connect your e-commerce solution to Magnolia CMS to fulfill your needs with powerful templating while retaining the strong cataloging features offered by your e-commerce solution.

Magnolia also communicates shopping cart and order information with your e-commerce solution over a REST API.

Magnolia provides out-of-the-box connectors to the following third-party solutions:

  • Adobe Commerce (formerly Magento)

  • commercetools Commerce Platform

  • Salesforce Commerce Cloud (certified connector)

  • SAP Commerce Cloud (certified connector, formerly Hybris)

See Magnolia 6.2 released on March 27, 2020 for more details.

Analytics Connector Pack

Measuring and improving the performance of your website is a universal requirement. The Analytics Connector Pack allows you to connect third-party web analytics tools such as Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics and Matomo (Piwik) to Magnolia.

The typical scenario for using the Analytics Connector Pack is:

  • Track metrics such as visitors and sessions on your Magnolia site using the third-party tool of your choice.

  • The third-party tool tracks events on the site and generates analytics data.

  • Use the Analytics Connector Pack to fetch the analytics reporting data collected by the third-party tool.

  • Display the data in user-friendly charts directly in the Magnolia UI.

  • With the Analytics Connector Pack, marketers and authors can make data-driven decisions about their content without switching tools.

See the 6.1.x release notes on the legacy documentation site for more details.

Live Copy Special Feature

Magnolia’s Live Copy is a powerful tool aimed at authors and marketers who want to easily and quickly manage and share content across multiple websites.

With Live Copy, you manage complex multisite installations by:

  • Quickly creating live copies of master sites.

  • Disabling and enabling updates from master.

Live Copy lets you manage content at both page and component level with a locking/unlocking mechanism and clear visual indicators of the relationship between pages.

See the 6.1.x release notes on the legacy documentation site for more details.

Content Types

Magnolia Content Types allow you to define the content models of your projects in Magnolia, including the properties the types may contain and their relationships to other types of content. Content type items can be managed by a content app. You can define content types in light modules on a running Magnolia system without redeploying the WAR file of your Magnolia instances and without restarting the instance or a module. This makes it a perfect approach for Magnolia Cloud users.

See the 6.1.x release notes on the legacy documentation site for more details.

Data privacy

May 2018 saw the introduction of new European regulations aiming to protect the online rights and data of European citizens. Magnolia introduced new data privacy features making us a GDPR-friendly CMS. We help you manage personal data, track website visitor consent, facilitate data portability and ensure your visitors’ right to be forgotten.

See the 5.7.x release notes on the legacy documentation site for more details.