What’s new in July 2017
July has been a busy month for Watson Content Hub too! On July 11th we announced our new Watson Content Hub Standard Edition which will provide marketers with new tools to directly manage the web experience. In addition, we also deployed a selection of new fixes and updates, building on what we shipped in January, February, March, April and May/June.
This month we have focussed on content model enhancements that enable you to model any kind of content, as well as other useful asset management changes too. We also launched a new sample storefront site which users can leverage to build their own custom eCommerce site. Finally, we’ve also being doing a lot of work behind the scenes getting ready for some upcoming features in Standard Edition. However, the features that you can see continue to improve Watson Content Hub – we hope you like them! Click on the banner or this link to take the free 30 day trial to see for yourself.
Watson Content Hub Standard Edition will feature new site management tools that build on top of Watson Content Hub’s headless CMS. This is a natural extension of our headless CMS, and will provide optional tools for marketers to directly manage the web experience. This doesn’t take away from our headless capabilities and content can be used both in sites and via headless APIs. One way to think about this is as a “decoupled CMS”, in which content is decoupled from presentation and you can choose how to present it. With the addition of the new Standard Edition, we will now have two editions of Watson Content Hub.
- Essentials Edition. This is our Headless CMS product, with a great contribution user interface, APIs, CDN and Watson services built-in.
- Standard Edition. We build on Essentials Edition with tools for marketers to manage customer experiences, working together with their front end development team.
We will make WCH Standard Edition available in September 2017, and provide a free trial via IBM Marketplace. You can read about it in more detail here.
New Sample Content
We’ve published a new sample that shows how you can build a storefront shopping website hosted on Watson Content Hub. The sample comes complete with categories, products, search, and checkout functionalities. It couples WCH features with headless commerce APIs from Watson Commerce. The sample can be customized so that you can use this sample as a quick start to implement your own custom eCommerce site. You can read about it in more detail here.
Sample Content for New Trials
We have also improved the on boarding experience when new users sign up for Watson Content Hub trials. Now, trials are pre-populated with sample content for content types, image profiles, assets, content, and HTML files.
Content Management Enhancements
Users can now use the reference element to link to content items that are in the draft status. We have also made it easier to navigate between referenced elements. Now, when you click on a referenced item and then close it, you’re directed back to the original referencing item.
Formatted Text Element
We added a new formatted element so that now you can control the formatting for the text. This includes the ability to bold, italicize, underline, and format alignment as well as introduce bulleted and numbered lists in your text content.
Templated Content Publishing
For those situations where fully Headless CMS isn’t enough, Watson Content Hub now lets you generate markup during content publishing. You can now upload Handlebars templates to Watson Content Hub and associate them to a content type via a layout. When Watson Content Hub publishes the content of this type the templates are applied and they transform the content into markup. This can be accessed from the embedded CDN. The diagram below shows the simple concept of this relationship.
Asset Management Enhancements
Usage Rights Metadata
In a major enhancement to the usage of taxonomies within Watson Content Hub, we have now included a set of default taxonomies to handle usage meta-data. Users can configure the out of the box categories to add their own usage categories. You can use this information to classify how you’d like your assets to be used. You can also filter images and videos in the search palette using the usage rights facet, making it even easier to find the assets you need.
We have added the ability for users to update an asset. An example use case would be replacing an image with a similar one that has been tweaked in an image editor. In this way, all the tags and metadata of the original asset are still retained after the image has been replaced. All content referencing the original image will also automatically point to the newly updated image, so you to update your content in one click. You can access this by clicking on the upload icon that appears when you mouse over an asset.
In addition to everything else, we have the usual ongoing fixes and enhancements.
You can sign up for a free trial by going to our page on IBM Marketplace. Other technical information is available on this Developer Center site, which is organized into sections about managing and publishing content.