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The relations between repository, CMS and delivery tier.

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What is Hippo CMS?

Hippo CMS is an open source Java CMS. We built it so you can easily integrate it into your existing architecture.

Open Platform

We are big believers in open source. We use and contribute to many open source components - and our entire core is available under the Apache License

Java Stack

What you'd expect from a Java environment: easy to integrate, testable, ready for continuous integration, and sticking to familiar Java standards such as JCR 2.0 and JAX-RS


Highly scalable platform which supports both clustering and replication


Performance matters to us! Hippo CMS  scales both  horizontally and vertically and makes use of  multi-layered caching to squeeze the most out of your implementation


Query content using REST, or import content from elsewhere into Hippo. Hook up an external application into the rendering phase via Spring. Build a Mobile app or an AngularJS app that consumes content from Hippo. Use external data systems to feed our personalisation engine


Protect your content with fine grained authorizations,  LDAP support and secure replication

The CMS Features You'd Expect

Content editing, workflow, history, version control, image library, user management, out of the box

Multi-lingual, Multi-site, Multi-channel

Out of the box support for multi-language, multi-site and multi-channel implementations. Cross-domain, cross-site, cross-language and cross-channel linking between documents are resolved automatically.

Separate Content from Presentation

Break free from page oriented development. Redesign your website without modifying content and reuse your content across websites, mobile  apps, etc. Use Hippo's  fully customizable document oriented model and built-in modelling tools to separate content from presentation.


Deploy on-premise or in the cloud on your preferred servlet container

Extensible Components

Use or extend existing components from the Hippo Feature Library or build your own. Use JSP, Freemarker or AngularJS to render your components

Give Control To End Users

End users can manage page configurations, menus, URL structures and component mappings. Without you having to go into code


Deliver personalized pages to visitors with the Relevance module


We don't mess with your HTML output. Use whatever web framework you like; Bootstrap, AngularJS, it's up to you


Out of the box querying, facetting and full text search capabilities based on Apache Lucene - or hook up Elasticsearch if you need more power


Can I try it out?

Yes! Try the online demo of  Hippo Enterprise Edition or create your own  project with Hippo Community Edition.

Look under the hood if you like, we share our source code.

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Last week, we announced the release of Hippo CMS 10. Now we want to take the time to truly introduce this new release.

Use hippo to store translations for angular-translate
by: Serena | 27-05-16 23:31:35 (CEST)

I am looking into using hippo with angular-translate. Has anyone here manged to make this work and do you have any pointers to reference material. Thanks Serena

Re: [hippo-community] Usefulness of Docbase vs. Link compounds
by: w.ko | 27-05-16 19:00:40 (CEST)

Hi, Here's what I'm thinking of each pros and cons: [link picker compound] - stored as child node under document variant node. in hst, you can access those through #getLinkedBean*() - pros: maybe more natural from model perspective because a link itself exists in its own form, so perhaps there

Usefulness of Docbase vs. Link compounds
by: | 27-05-16 17:27:50 (CEST)

I think I understand the implementation differences between the docbase and link picker compounds, but what is the practical difference and usefulness of each? Is there a reason why I would use docbase over link?

Configuring active GalleryProcessorPlugin
by: Nils Zonneveld | 27-05-16 14:02:04 (CEST)

We've got several GalleryProcessorPlugins at the same time in our configuration. Only one of these can be active at one time. In order to switch to another GalleryProcessorPlugin, we have to change these nodes/attributes: /hippo:configuration/hippo:workflows/gallery/image-gallery/frontend:render

[hippo-community] Announcement: Hippo CMS maintenance releases 10.2.1, 10.1.3, 7.9.12 & 7.8.13
by: Junaid K Sheriff | 27-05-16 13:48:31 (CEST)

Dear All, We have released the following Hippo CMS maintenance versions for general use: - 10.2.1 - 10.1.3 - 7.9.12 - 7.8.13 Apart from the usual improvements and bug fixes, these releases include a fix for a CSRF security vulnerability in the CMS application. When

Need help regarding plain restful services
by: Phani Raj | 27-05-16 12:59:02 (CEST)

Hi Team , I am new to hippo cms 10 and i am working on implement plain rest service in my project, i had made changes by going thru the code in the url : " " but i have some questions on the ProductPl

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