Product Update: July 2021

Emily Nielsen
Emily Nielsen

July 15, 2021

TL;DR

  • We’ve recently introduced granular permissions, enabling teams to create roles that mimic your organizational structure.
  • Our Rich Text Editor has had some major improvements including the creation of a HTML-to-RichText Converter.
  • After collecting community feedback on our approach to Docs, we’ve released a clean new layout!
  • We’ve revamped our CMS onboarding screen with new starters and templates to create a fully deployable project from start to finish, making it easier to test out GraphCMS for your new project.
  • With our new Onboarding flow for new users, teams have quick access to resources to make their first days with GraphCMS straightforward and hassle-free.
  • We’ve released loads of new content this month and seen some great action from the community.

Introducing Granular Permissions

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We’ve done a complete overhaul of our permission system and created our new granular permission system. This approach enables teams to model their organizational structures and business logic, and makes it possible to restrict visibility and access as required. Teams are now able to create custom roles for internal and external users, and tokens, to give more control over who has access to what content and their ability to interact with that content. Using custom roles and permissions, teams’ GraphCMS projects can be even more flexible and a broader range of use cases are now possible.

Read the full announcement →

Catch up on the documentation →

Reach out to us for a full walkthrough →

Improvements to our Rich Text Editor

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We’ve made several big improvements to the Rich Text Editor so that Content Editors can continue to quickly create engaging content. Teams that wish to import existing HTML can now do that using our HTML-to-Rich Text Converter. The converter is open-sourced and published on our Github and to npm for users to add to their GraphCMS projects.

We have also released Copy and Paste Support from other tools including Google Docs, Medium, and Confluence. Content Editors will now be able to create content in an external tool and copy and paste the content into the GraphCMS Rich Text Editor while still maintaining the formatting. Additionally, we have added Soft Break Support (Shift + Enter), Full-screen mode for our Rich Text Editor, and Code block handling improvements.

Read the full announcement →

We’ve rolled out new Docs!

After several iterations, enhancements, and modifications based on user feedback, we’ve revamped our documentation to have a much cleaner look, making it easier to find the right references faster.

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Our redesigned Documentation brings API references and Guides all into one place and has dedicated sections for some of our most developer-focused features, the Management SDK and UI Extensions.

Check out our fully redesigned Docs →

Revamped Project Starter Templates

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We’re working to build Project starters that offer an end-to-end experience of project creation. Now with our starters, teams see the full power of GraphCMS using existing content and create an entire website using the starter. Our Blog, Commerce Shop, and Marketing Website Starters now have links to a live demo, a Github repo, and a guide on how to deploy your own iteration of the starter. These starters are great for POCs, onboarding to GraphCMS, or trying out new approaches in a separate project from that in production.

We’re looking to add more of these in the future so if there is a specific use case you’d like to see featured, let us know in our Community Slack. We’d also be keen to collaborate with you in creating new templates and starters, so get in touch!

Start a new project →

Improved Onboarding Experience

To help make sure new users get up and running smoothly with GraphCMS, we’ve added several Getting Started with GraphCMS videos to our UI for new users. It will help them understand the basics of working with GraphCMS without leaving the UI. You can check out the entire playlist of our “How to GraphCMS” videos on Youtube.

If you find the new guided videos helpful or would like more of them let us know in our #feedback channel in our Community Slack.

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Taking a closer look at dynamic content with the Jamstack

We’ve released some exciting new Jamstack content this month! We took a closer look at how Dynamic content can work seamlessly with the Jamstack and what considerations teams should make when creating modern experiences with the Jamstack. We’ve also shared a comprehensive guide on choosing the best tooling for your use case with 28 different tools that work well with the Jamstack.

Read our Tools to Expand User Experience with the Jamstack Guide →

GraphCMS in the Wild

  • Leigh Halliday released an example project to create and share memories using Next.js and GraphCMS. It takes advantage of static site generation and StaticPaths. It’s a great example of the wide range of projects that can be built with GraphCMS, breaks down the data models, and gives a walkthrough of setting up the project.

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