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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.

Improved webhooks and webhook templates

Aug 23, 2018

Contentful has rebuilt its webhooks from the ground up, making it easier than ever to connect your content to 3rd party services and tools. The new webhooks offer powerful filters (including the ability to filter events by environments), support secret headers, and allow developers to transform webhook payloads to match the requirements of the target destination. All this means that you can access a rich ecosystem of complementary services without the overhead of building and maintaining custom API gateways.

In addition to webhooks improvements, we are also releasing a set of pre-built webhook templates that make it possible to connect to popular third-party services like Slack, Algolia, and Netlify — without writing code. For most templates, the configuration process involves providing a valid access token and selecting from a dropdown of pre-configured settings. If you don’t know where to start, our blog offers an concise overview of popular workflows used by current customers.

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Space environments

May 21, 2018

Sandbox environments enable Contentful customers to respond to market changes by evolving their content structure in an agile, reliable way. Built to support the CI/CD workflows used by agile development teams, space environments offer an efficient way to develop, test, and ship content changes.

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We expect teams adopting environments to see the following benefits:

  • Faster build cycles. Spinning up new development environments and integrating them with the complementary testing/CI tools now takes a fraction of the time and opens up new possibilities for automation. As a result, developers can deliver the changes requested by business users in a shorter span of time.
  • More reliable results. Since QA tests run on a copy of production data, development teams are more likely to catch edge cases and unexpected behavior caused by live data, thus building confidence in the changes that they ship.
  • Reduced downtime risk. By isolating software development, testing and review processes from an actual production instance, space environments dramatically reduce the scope for human errors and unexpected downtime. Since content model changes are introduced through Migration DSL scripts, they can also be easily reversed at short notice.
  • More oversight and control. Space environments establish a way to prototype changes and experiment with alternative approaches without cluttering the account with new spaces. This means lower fees, better oversight, and tighter control over user permissions within your organizational account.

To understand how environments are helping digital teams at Telus and TUI Nordic redefine their web development practices and get ahead of the competition, watch the webinar “The Need for Speed.”