Hippo Plugins - Enterprise Java Content management system - Hippo CMS

This article covers a Hippo CMS version 7.9. There's an updated version available that covers our most recent release.

Hippo Plugins

Hippo CMS has a pluggable architecture and many additional features are available as plugins. Hippo provides three levels of support for plugins:

A "Hippo certified plugin" meets Hippo quality standards, is properly documented, and is tested against each new Hippo CMS release and updated if necessary.

Further alignment and integration of the Certified Plugins, promoted to Standard Plugins in Hippo 10.0

The upcoming Hippo 10.0 release will bring some notable changes regarding the Certified Plugins:

  • The development and support for the Certified Plugins will be further aligned with Hippo CMS and the setup application, and these plugins will be promoted to  Standard Plugins.
  • As Standard Plugins they will be regarded as integral but optional part of the Hippo product and thus receive the same level of support and quality assurance.
  • To be able to provide and support this alignment and integration, the development of the Standard Plugins will be moved to and continued in the  Hippo open source SVN.
  • The Documentation for the Standard Plugins also will be moved and integrated in the community website at  www.onehippo.org.
  • The code, documentation and maintenance of the Certified Plugins for Hippo 7.9 and earlier will remain at the Hippo Forge.
  • Although the Maven coordinates (groupId, artifiactId) of the Standard Plugins will be changed to reflect these changes, there will be no code or configuration changes as result of this move.

In addition to these upcoming changes, we already promoted the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) as Certified Plugin as of the latest Hippo 7.9.5 release, and also will be a Standard Plugin for Hippo 7.10.
The Tag Cloud Management Plugin will not be promoted to Standard Plugin and therefore become non-certified and community supported only through the Hippo Forge as of Hippo 7.10.
Finally, the Selections plugin will be further promoted as  default plugin: it will be configured by default for new projects through the Maven archetype, like the Gallery Picker and the Resource Bundle Editor plugins.   


Hippo Certified Plugins in the Hippo Setup application/Feature Library

Hippo's setup application provides a library of out-of-the-box features that can be added to your project with a single mouse click. All features in the library are Hippo certified. Some are based on Certified Plugins hosted at the Hippo Forge, those are linked to their respective Forge projects in the list below.

Hippo Certified Plugins at Hippo Forge

At this moment there are three certified plugin hosted at the Hippo Forge that are not available from the Hippo setup application/feature library:

The Gallery Picker and Resource Bundle Editor certified plugins already are included in the Maven archetype used to  start Hippo projects and no additional installation or configuration through the Setup Application is needed.

Community Plugins at Hippo Forge

Community plugins are maintained by the Hippo community. It is up to the community to make sure the plugins meet quality standards, are properly documented, and are tested against each new Hippo CMS release.  

The following community plugins are frequently used in Hippo CMS projects:

As part of Hippo's Enterprise Edition,  Enterprise Forms provides additional functionality over Easy Forms such as multi-page forms, easy grouping of fields and reuse of those groups across fields, conditional form fields, more flexible field validation and many usability improvements. There is also documentation explaining how to migrate from Easy Forms to Enterprise forms. From July 1, 2014 onwards Easy Forms is a Community add-on.