Contentful’s rich text editor comes with a point-and-click interface, universally loved by content creators, and a number of additional capabilities. Despite its freeform appearance, the rich text field stores content in a structured format — making it easy to create new content and deliver it to any screen.
When paired with an appropriate content model and external integrations, rich text enables editors not only write copy, but also embed media, add signup forms, insert A/B experiments, work with dynamic text and perform many other advanced tasks within the editing interface. If you are adding the rich text editor to an existing content model, make sure to check out the migration tools we’ve built to support the transition.
Preview content before publishing an entry. We have released an instant preview extension that takes advantage of the Gatsby preview feature to rebuild pages in real-time. This makes it easy for editorial teams working with Gatsby-powered websites to preview their content in context, without triggering a new build process. The extension lives in a sidebar and enables authors to choose between automatic and manual rebuilds. Please note that this extension requires a premium version of the Gatsby framework that can be purchased here. You can install the extension in your space from the marketplace page.
The custom sidebar gives customers full control over prime real estate inside the Contentful web app. It is now possible to remove core widgets and add custom extensions and sidebar elements in an arbitrary order. Sidebar extensions are not bound to specific fields, making them an ideal candidate for integrations providing contextual data, workflow tools and advanced content transformations.
After a successful beta period, the GraphQL API is now public. GraphQL is part of the next generation of API design, enabling developers to assemble content from multiple sources and deliver it to exact frontend requirements with a single API call. The GraphQL endpoint offers powerful filtering capabilities and built-in caching, and supports both the content delivery and content preview APIs. The GraphQL API is currently available on Large and Performance space types.
Collaborating across roles and departments comes with its own set of challenges, and your CMS shouldn’t get in your way. Our user management page now includes the ability to filter users by roles and spaces, displays last login and SSO status information and includes sorting options. For companies with hundreds of Contentful users, the new User Management API eases the burden of administration by providing a programmatic way to accomplish common administrative tasks.
We have also introduced the concept of teams, found under the organization settings tab. The team view allows administrators to create teams and add or remove users. Regular users have read-only access to a team view, designed to help them discover the teams they belong to and the peers they collaborate with inside the space. These features are currently in alpha mode, with more functionality expected in the near future.