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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 somewhere else 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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Meet Hippo CMS 10 for Developers
May 27, 2015

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

Simplify Upgrades with Hippo's Synchronization Add-on
June 15, 2015

Use the Synchronization Add-on you to smoothen the process of continuous delivery.

Re: [hippo-community] SpringBridgeHstComponent Breaks Editing Component Item Parameters
by: w.ko | 10-10-15 04:38:01 (CEST)

Ah yes! It was really great to meet you in person! :-) Enjoy the Colorful State and see you later! Cheers, Woonsan On Sat, Oct 10, 2015 at 8:38 AM, Josh Suarez <> wrote: > Thank you Woonsan for your quick response. Your answer makes sense. I > forgot to mark this post as

Re: [hippo-community] SpringBridgeHstComponent Breaks Editing Component Item Parameters
by: Josh Suarez | 10-10-15 01:38:41 (CEST)

Thank you Woonsan for your quick response. Your answer makes sense. I forgot to mark this post as complete and have done so now. By the way, it was good to meet you and the other Hippo developers at the Hippo Connect conference last week. Cheers, Josh On Monday, August 31, 2015 at 7:19:47 AM

Re: [hippo-community] Namespace Migrator reordering nodes
by: u.hommes | 09-10-15 23:50:05 (CEST)

Hi Paul, This looks like a bug in the migrator. The nodes are migrated in the order they appear in the database which probably is the natural order between their UUIDs, although this may vary somewhat with the database that is used. Are the disordered nodes named using the migrated namespace

Namespace Migrator reordering nodes
by: phammer | 09-10-15 20:39:40 (CEST)

Namespace migrator Version 1.01.00 has a problem. When the namespace to be migrated involves multivalued child nodes, it changes the order of those nodes. We have two cases among many where the content may contain any number of html blocks. The node order is used to display these blocks on a

Re: [hippo-community] custom functionality inside hippopicker plugin for CKEditor ( Hippo X)
by: Piyush Mohan | 09-10-15 20:21:22 (CEST)

THanks Mathijs and William, Being a back end dev guy, I went with William's approach and it was a super quick solution :) Pi On Friday, October 9, 2015 at 11:03:16 AM UTC-4, w.borgbarthet wrote: > > Hey Pi, > > that sounds like a job for the custom content rewriter [1] to me. > > [1] - >

Re: [hippo-community] Problems with Hippo External Resource Project
by: Daniel Sequeira | 09-10-15 18:15:58 (CEST)

Ok, so now after I added the dependency to dependencyManagement with the scope as provided, when I try to run the project I get this stack trace: [INFO] [talledLocalContainer] 09.10.2015 18:11:55 ERROR localhost-startStop-1 [RepositoryServlet.init:230] Error while setting up JCR repository:

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