Migrating to the New GraphCMS

We are pleased the announce the new version of GraphCMS. Our Team has put a lot of time and effort into delivering the future of content management. In this guide we will discover all the new features, find out how we can migrate to the new version and what breaking changes you might stumble upon.

New Features

New User Interface

We spent the last few months overhauling the complete GraphCMS experience. The UI comes now in a much lighter representation, helping you and your editors to focus on the important things.

UI Refresh Content Model

The editing interface also features a new sidebar (right side) to help you keep track of publishing, localizations and versions.

UI Refresh Content Form

Content Staging: Drafting & Publishing

One of the biggest changes to GraphCMS is the introduction of Content Staging. It allows your editors to keep working on drafts, without altering the published version.

By default, all content that you create will be in the DRAFT stage. Once you decide to publish your entry, a copy will be pushed into the PUBLISHED stage of your project. You can also decide which localizations of your entry you want to publish, giving you full control of the workflow.

Publishing Entry

The content edit form also offers a comparison view to compare your current draft version with the published version.

We will allow the creation of multiple custom stages in Q2 2020.

Sortable Relations

Relations also got a significant update. From now on, you can manually determine the order of your related entries via drag and drop in the content management interface.

As can be seen on the short clip, we have replaced the relation table with an easy to use list, that renders the title fields of the connected model. You can configure title fields in the field configuration.

Relations can also be sorted by using the mutation API.

Polymorphic Relations: Support of GraphQL Union Types

Easily building complex content structures like a large set of landing pages will become much easier with the new version of GraphCMS. Relations can now be polymorphic, meaning a model can be connected to multiple other models. Polymorphic relations also allow ordering of the connect entries, as seen above.

Localization Improvements

Just like before, localization can be enabled on field level. However, one big difference in the new system is, that you can now selectively enable or disable localizations per entry. This allows you to have certain entries only in your default language, while others are partly or fully translated. The new publishing feature also allows you to have full control on what locales are published to a stage.

Add Localizations

Locales are configurable in your project settings.

Accessing localizations via the API has also improved. Read more about this in the Breaking Changes section.

Granular Webhook

The new GraphCMS allows you granularly define the trigger of your webhooks. You can choose on which Content models, stages and actions the webhook should trigger. For example, if you want to rebuild your static website only when content is published or unpublished from a stage, you can do that now!

How to Migrate

Migrating a project will create a copy in the new system. The old project will remain active until you decide to remove it. If you have an active subscription, reach out to us to discuss moving it to the new project.

In order to migrate your legacy project, you can head to app.graphcms.com and login with your existing user account. If you scroll down, you can see a section called "Legacy Projects". Click on the project you want to migrate and the following dialog will open:

Migration Dialog

Select "Configure and clone" to start configuring the parameters for the migration. You can select if you want to clone over content & assets, members, webhooks and content views. If you also want to move your existing subscription to the new project, tick the box to notify us at the bottom.

Migration Config

Once those settings are configured, just press "Clone Now" and the process will be kicked off. Depending on the size of your project, this might take a while. We will send you an email as soon as the migration is done or failed.

Only the owner is able to clone the project into the new system.

Breaking Changes

Publishing

To find out more, also have a look into our Content Stage Documentation.

The old status field is now called stage.

Publishing of entries via the API is now done by using a publishModel mutation. The normal publish mutations takes a where argument to select the entry to publish by ID or other unique fields. You also need to specify the content stage you want to publish to with the argument to.

mutation publish {
publishPage(where: { id: "xxx" }, to: PUBLISHED) {
id
}
}

The arguments for models with localized fields are where, locales, publishBase and to. With where you decide which document to publish by ID or any other unique fields. locales allows you to publish any additional locales besides the default locale. publishBase is a flag that lets you publish the default locale, relations and the base fields (non-localized scalar fields). Finally to is the target stage, so PUBLISHED currently. In the future you will be able to create additional content stages.

mutation publish {
publishPost(
where: { id: "xxx" }
publishBase: true
locales: [de, es]
to: PUBLISHED
) {
id
}
}

To find out in which stages your document and its localizations are available, you can use the following query as example:

{
pages {
documentInStages(includeCurrent: true) {
id
stage
localizations(includeCurrent: true) {
locale
stage
title
}
}
}
}

Localization

In the new version of GraphCMS we have reworked the way localization works on the API level.

More information is also available on the Localization Documentation page.

In order to fetch available localizations, you can use the following query as example. includeCurrent allows to specify if the current selected locale should be included in the localizations list. If no other locale is specified in the header or query param, the default locale will be returned.

{
pages {
id
title
slug
locale
localizations(includeCurrent: true) {
locale
title
}
}
}

The returned data will look like this, where the default locale is en:

{
"data": {
"pages": [
{
"id": "ck7g2vs1k00110188fmc81h26",
"title": "Homepage",
"slug": "homepage",
"locale": "en",
"localizations": [
{
"locale": "en",
"title": "Homepage"
},
{
"locale": "de",
"title": "Startseite"
}
]
}
]
}
}

Creating localized Entries via the API can be done as follows. The top level fields in the data object always belong to the default locale or are non-localized fields. Adding additional locales can be done by passing the localizations object, which allows to create or update locales.

mutation xx {
createPage(
data: {
title: "English"
slug: "testing"
localizations: { create: [{ data: { title: "German" }, locale: de }] }
}
) {
id
}
}

Passing a locale header

The gcms-locales header is also still present, which allows you to specify the returned locale of the query you are sending.

An example could look like this: 'gcms-locales': 'rb, de, en'. Here the order specifies the fallback order. If theres no localization for locale RB, DE will be used. If there's no localization for DE, EN will be used.

API Filters

The new version of GraphCMS replaces the pre-applied filters for Public APIs and Permanent Auth Tokens with a content staging system with selective configuration of default stages.

API Filter

Date Fields

The normal date fields are now actual date fields in the format of 2020-03-26, opposed to the legacy system where it still included a time.

The format of the DateTime fields also changed slightly from 2018-12-14T14:32:46.082Z to 2018-12-11T20:20:00+00:00 in the new system.

Result Set Size

The new system has a default result set size of 100 entries. This means that any query will return a maximum of 100 entries. You can extend this result set up to 1000 entries by using the first parameter:

{
products(first: 1000) {
name
}
}

If you want to fetch more than these 1000 entries, you should make use of pagination. In general, we highly recommend to use GraphQL pagination whenever possible.

Rich Text Raw Value

The new system introduces a new Rich Text AST, which is now based on SlateJS v0.5. This means that mutating rich text fields now requires using the new AST. You can find out more about it in our documentation.

Assets are localized by default

Our new system introduces a major change to the way we handle localization, as mentioned before on this page. Thus we also changed the way how localization works with Assets. Previously you were able to mark asset fields as localized, in the new system, the Asset entry itself is localized already. This means on an asset entry you can upload a file for each localization that you have in your project.

This also applies to localized relation fields in the old system. As the entries now handle the localization on the document itself, this isn't needed anymore in the new system.

Uploading Assets via API

We also introduced a new way to upload Assets via API, which you can find here.


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