Product Update: June 2021

Emily Nielsen
Emily Nielsen

June 24, 2021

We've been busy this month, rolling out a highly anticipated feature - UI Extensions! In addition, we've launched a new official GraphCMS starter, a guide to import content into GraphCMS, tons of new content, and several community updates.

TL;DR

Announcing UI Extensions!

UI Extensions in GraphCMS

We are thrilled to announce the launch of UI Extensions!

UI Extensions give teams the ability to expand the functionality of the GraphCMS Web app with custom self-hosted applications. Just some of the many use cases include creating your own Rich Text Editor, adding custom fields to search, and choosing products from a Shopify catalog, and much, much more.

Our Head of Dev Rel, Jamie, also created a short video walking through creating a UI Extension. Check it out.

This feature is still in Preview so we are looking forward to your feedback as we continue to improve it. You can drop your feedback in the #feedback channel of our Community Slack.

Get started with your own UI Extensions using the SDK reference docs

Releasing our Marketing Website Starter

GraphCMS starter for Modern Marketing Websites with a Headless CMS

With GraphCMS it is now easier than ever to quickly spin up a modern website using our new Marketing Website starter.

The repository is open-sourced, making it easy to prototype and iterate your own website built with Vercel, Next.js, Chakra UI and GraphCMS. The starter includes a fully functional reference application, a step-by-step guide on how to create your own project, and the open-sourced repo.

Create a new project using the Marketing Website starter.

Importing Content into GraphCMS

We’ve had many requests for a guide on migrating large amounts of data into GraphCMS.

Earlier this month, Jamie created a guide to help teams do just that with plenty of helpful tips on things to look out for when migrating content into GraphCMS. This generic step-by-step guide will give you a helpful bearing when migrating content from almost any system.

Gaining momentum as “most preferred Jamstack Headless CMS” and “trusted DXP Vendor”

GraphCMS was ranked as the “Most preferred headless CMS amongst Jamstack Developers” in the 2021 “State of Jamstack” Report from Kentico.

To gauge the maturity of the Jamstack and the technologies most important to developers who have adopted the Jamstack, Kentico surveyed 750 developers globally. Surprisingly, only 39% of respondents stated that performance was one of the driving forces behind switching to the Jamstack. Security (45%) and Cost-effectiveness (42%) were more popular reasons for the shift.

Read the details on the report.

GraphCMS was also included in the latest “Now Tech” report on Digital Experience Platforms from Forrester. This report is intended to advise companies looking to improve agility and scale by adopting digital experience platforms. The report highlights leaders in the space as well as asserts that composable digital experience platforms will play a key role in content, data, and marketing in the future.

Read the details and access the report.

Launching our new Community pages

GraphCMS Community and Showcase

We wanted to show off all of the exciting things that our community builds with GraphCMS as well as create a go-to place where you can find all the things you may need as a part of the community.

Users can also take part in our technical writing program and you can have your content featured on GraphCMS. Our /showcase page gives you a taste of just how many things can be created with GraphCMS around the world.

Want to have your project featured on our Showcase page? Submit your project here and we will be in touch!

Using GraphCMS with your favorite Frameworks

Scott has been working hard on creating a playlist of videos demonstrating how to use GraphCMS in tandem with other common frameworks and tools.

Ranging from Using MDX in NextJS with GraphCMS to Using GraphCMS with SvelteKit, and many more. These videos can serve as a jumping-off point for new users or for those starting on a new project and wanting to try out a new approach.

We’ll constantly be working on more videos and expanding on the GraphCMS Examples repo, so if you have any contributions to make, the repo is open-sourced and PRs are welcome!

Working with GraphQL Code Generator

Jamie created a new post on how to work with the GraphQL Code Generator and GraphCMS. The GraphQL Code Generator is an open-source project which generates code from your GraphCMS schema. The post gives a quick and easy overview of how to incorporate the GraphQL Code Generator into their tech stack. In addition to being a huge time saver, the code that is generated is also type-safe.

Releasing our latest GraphCMS Talks

In our latest edition of GraphCMS Talks, Ronak chatted with Preston So, Senior Director of Product Strategy at Oracle to discuss Content Management, Content Strategy, and Voice Readiness.

The conversation dove into the evolution of content from WebCMS to DXPs and the shift in considerations when creating content for “non-visual” displays. Preston shared his insights on Voice Content and Usability including that data and content will continue to evolve beyond the web browser and that there are some technologies that will better equip teams for the future.

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