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The relations between repository, CMS and delivery tier.

How it all fits together

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Source code, forge, license, roadmap and system requirements.

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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 modeling 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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Re: [hippo-community] Building my First Hippo Website
by: bert.leunis | 23-03-17 13:10:13 (CET)

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 4:45 AM, Christopher Dodunski <> wrote: > Hi Bert, > > Thank you for the links concerning point (1) and (2), I'll study both. > > Regarding point (3), the navigation menu items work when the device is > large enough to display them by name.

How to use Store locator in Hippo CMS.
by: Ranjit Sahoo | 23-03-17 09:25:45 (CET)

Hi All. Can you provide solution who to store Country, State, City, into Hippo CMS and Display into page Based on Country select respected State and City should come. Please share how to design the document type of Country State City relation. Thanks! Ranjit Sahoo

Re: Custom hst:type attribute values on a channel node?
by: Thorben Heins | 22-03-17 18:25:47 (CET)

Hi Jerry, thanks that's what I hoped. Templating is fully responsive so we'll be fine. greetings Thorben

Re: Custom hst:type attribute values on a channel node?
by: Jerry Hill | 22-03-17 18:15:17 (CET)

Thorben, We have used various custom values in order to organize channels for easier management (channel manager is grouped by type). When there are lots of channels for different regions, we have added values such as "website-europe, website-na, website-sa, etc...". We don't use channel

Custom hst:type attribute values on a channel node?
by: Thorben Heins | 22-03-17 16:32:58 (CET)

Hi folks, we are currently looking into distiguishing diffent types of channels in our project. Anyone ever used anything else than website, mobile, ipad-magazine that are referred to in [1] ? Greetings, Thorben [1]

Relevance Module - Google Maps API Key
by: Jerry Hill | 22-03-17 14:35:08 (CET)

We have been noticing that the Map in the Audiences -> Realtime tab no longer works on our server environments. The reason in the Javascript console is: No API Key. Google now requires all Map API calls to use an API key. We have an API key, but I am having a difficult time finding where the

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