Editing pages

Use the Pages app to create and edit pages on a Magnolia author instance. When you are done editing, publish the changes to public instances.


Green toolbars identify editable page elements:

  • Area bars are containers. Click the bar to add a component in the area.
    Area bar

  • Component bars allow you to edit and move page components.
    Component bar


Pages are based on templates. A template gives the page structure which is important for presenting content in the right order and building a consistent looking site. A template defines what components editors can create, edit and move on the page. They also define how many components are allowed in a particular area of the page. Without a template it would be difficult to keep the site design consistent.

See Templating for more details.


Components are the smallest blocks of editable content. At its simplest, a component consists of a heading and some text but can contain almost anything.

  • To add a component, select an area first and click Add component in the action bar.

  • To duplicate a component, select it and click Duplicate component in the action bar.

  • To move a component, drag it above another component in the same area.

  • To delete a component, select it and click Delete component in the action bar.

  • There are two items that you can copy to the clipboard using the Copy item action in the list of actions on the right-hand side:

    1. An area, including all the components within the area

    2. A component

  • To paste the copied component(s), click Paste item (illustrated in the screenshot below).

    1. If you select an area before pasting, the copied item is pasted at the end of the area

    2. If you select a component before pasting, it is inserted immediately after the selected component.

      Copy and paste a component

      You can paste a component multiple times by repeating the procedure.

Suppose you copy a component from one area to another. In that case, the component must also be available in the target area for the paste operation to work. Any component added to a page or duplicated remains selected for further editorial actions.

Remember My Last Location

Magnolia memorizes your last selection when you add link fields to your content (e.g. Pages, Stories, Tours).

For example, when you create or edit a Page in Magnolia, you click on the Text and Image component to add a photo to your page. You select an image from the Assets Chooser dialog, let’s say somewhere from the middle of the list of images you have in your Assets app. The selector memorizes your last selected image across the stories and content apps. When you go to add another image, the selector will be set on the image you have selected previously (from the middle of the list, not the root).

Selected image based on 'Remember my last location'

The Remember My Last Location functionality works per browser session so if you change to another tab, the selection gets reset.


In Magnolia, you edit content in a dialog. A dialog typically contains a form. Editors type content into the form fields and the dialog stores the content in the repository. You can create your own dialogs.

Previewing pages

Click Preview page to see the page without toolbars.

Preview on tablet and smartphone

Use the dropdown at the bottom to switch between desktop, or tablet and smartphone in both landscape and portrait view. The resolution of the non-desktop options display in the bar. The resolutions are some of the most common device sizes on the market.

Preview in a separate tab

In the lower-right corner, you can click the Preview in tab button to open the current page in a new tab showing it not surrounded by the page editor.

Publication status

The page editor displays the publication status in the status bar at the bottom of the screen and on each component that has changed:

Publication status
  • Publishing status icon - Published Published (solid green circle): Content was published from the author instance to the public instance. Identical content exists on both instances.

  • Publishing status icon - Modified Modified (amber circle with a dot): Content was modified since publication. The author instance is not in sync with the public.

  • Publishing status icon - Unpublished Unpublished (red circle): Content exists only on the author instance.

The status column also displays the read/write access status of the page.

A fresh Magnolia installation does not have versioned content. Demo content is bootstrapped and immediately marked as published. You see a green publication status but no publication has actually happened.

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