What’s new
We constantly release updates; here are some recent highlights and favorites.
For a full list of new features and improvements, see our detailed ChangeLog.

Gatsby preview

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.

Gatsby preview extension

Custom sidebar

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.

Customizable sidebar


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.


User management improvements

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.

Team view

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.

Multi-region delivery infrastructure

Contentful continuously evolves its infrastructure to take advantage of cloud best practices and advancements in technology. The introduction of multi-region deployment offers customers a new platform option designed to guarantee up to 99.99% availability of our content delivery APIs.

The multi-region delivery infrastructure uses an active-active setup: Under normal circumstances, all traffic is distributed between two regions. If one of the regions experiences an outage, the traffic is automatically redirected to the healthy region. Contentful uses North Virginia (us-east-1) as the primary region, and Oregon (us-west-2) as the secondary one. To find out more about the technical details, availability and pricing of the multi-region delivery infrastructure, please contact the sales team.

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