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Action bar

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Action popup

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Activation is the process of publishing content from an author instance to public instances. Activation is typically not instantaneous but involves an approval workflow.


AdminCentral is a legacy term that is being discontinued in Magnolia 5. The Magnolia 5 Shell uses a version of AdminCentral that works in close conjunction with the Magnolia 5 UI. Essentially, while the the Magnolia 5 UI is where you can perform all of the necessary operations for creating and updating content heavy web pages, AdminCental keeps Magnolia 5 UI configuration strictly in the back-end. From a high-level perspective, AdminCentral enables you to configure the Shell.


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App controller

The AppController interface manages the context in which an application runs. Context is an abstraction layer that represents the environment of the current process. It provides access to important components such as the current user.

App descriptor

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Apps launcher

Apps launcher is the first page you see when you log into Magnolia CMS. It organizes the available apps into groups and allows the user to launch apps.

App framework

This app framework is a collection of classes that makes it possible to develop apps. It also controls app lifecycle events such as starting and stopping the app and bring the app into focus. In addition, the app framework maintains a history of app use and remembers what app the user used last. 

Browser subapp

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Content app

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The dashboard in the Pulse is where you can see the current status of your projects and notifications from editors etc. in relation to the publishing of pages and content. Colour coding on the Dashboard provides an at-a-glance indication about the status of a page, letting you know that it has been updated, published, deleted etc.


Digital asset management is a common term for Magnolia modules that allow you to work with images, videos and documents. Assets stored in the DAM can be used on pages.


The Favorites app is your personal workspace. This is where you add shortcuts to apps or other aspects of Magnolia 5. Highly configurable, Favorites allows you to add apps and common actions in one handy location for quick reference. The Favorites app runs under a 'what, with, where' mechanism: 

  1. "What" is an action to run.
  2. "With" is an item serving as template or input to the action.
  3. "Where" is the location where the action occurs.

When using favorites you must have a 'what', together with a 'with' or 'where' (or both). An example of a Favorite action would be the task of creating a specific page type (what), uploading assets (with) into specific folders or editing specific pages (where). Say you have a website that frequently requires product pages; you can create a favorite that creates the exact page type that you require with the characteristics that you require. The principle behind the Favorites is "two clicks and you are there". The first click opens Favorites; the second launches your shortcut. 

History fragment

Magnolia 5 automatically appends a history fragment to the end of the URL for each app and feature, making it possible to bookmark locations and states simply by using your browser.  For example, you can select a particular page in a site hierarchy simply by going to your bookmarks and selecting the relevant one.


On the Apps screen a group is a selection of apps used for a particular range of operations. For example, the Edit group contains the Pages, Assets and Contacts apps. Each app in the group covers a specific aspect in relation to creating, editing and deleting pages. Note that the apps available in the Edit group depend on the edition of Magnolia that you are working with and on your user rights.


The original is a DAM asset in its original form before it is imported into Magnolia CMS.

Pages app

The Pages app allows you to create and organize the site structure. This is where you create and edit pages.

Page Editor

The Page Editor is embedded in the Pages app. It allows you to edit a page directly. If you are using an iPad or similar device, tap the area that you want to edit and make the necessary changes. The Page editor provides WYSIWYG editing functionality.


The Pulse app keep a check on the status of your website. This is where you find statuses and messages you may need to act on.


The Magnolia Shell is the visual layer of Magnolia CMS and encompasses all of the user interface that you see when you log into the system: the green background, the Magnolia logo and the app icons. The Shell is the UI administration interface. All apps reside in and are launched from the Shell. An app will continue to run in the Shell even when you have exited the app. From a functional viewpoint the Shell is a container that provides basic services for apps. It allows you to launch apps and display dialogs. 

In addition, the Shell is what enables the smooth transition from using one app to another and is responsible for visual effects when you switch between apps. For example, when you go back to the Apps screen to launch another app, the app were just running fades into the background. This transparency is called the app stack and provides a visual indicator that the app is still running. 

The Shell is responsible for sending messages to the Pulse. A developer does not need to know which exact Shell method to invoke in order to send such a message; in the app code is is sufficient to create a reference to an AppContext object instead. This object provides shortcuts for sending messages, displaying confirmation dialogs and many other everyday things. It is more straightforward to interact with the AppContext object than with the Shell itself.


Apps are divided into subapps. Each subapp specializes to do one task. For example, in the Pages app a browser subapp displays the hierarchy and a detail subapp allows you to edit a single page.


The Tools group contains ad number of core Magnolia 5 apps: JCR,View dependencies, Logging, Backup, Mail and Cache. The Tools group is where any apps developed by the community should reside. The tools groups has been developed especially to accommodate a wide range of apps. For information on developing apps for Magnolia 5, please see the User Interface Guidelines.


Workbench an area in the ContentApp user interface that allows the user to work with content. The workbench is displayed on a tab and contains a data grid of content items. It also contains three buttons that allow you to view the data as a tree, list or grid and search box. The Action Bar also belongs to the Workbench. In the Pages app the Workbench displays a list of Web pages, in the Contacts app a list of contact persons and so on. The user can select items from the workbench and perform actions on them, such as open a page for editing.

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