Craft CMS 5: What's New?

March 27, 2024 / Time to read: 3 minutes
Craft CMS 5: What's New?
Craft CMS version 5 is now released, bringing with it a host of exciting new features. It represents their most significant update yet, boasting hundreds of enhancements. As a Commerce and Enterprise Verified Craft CMS Partner, Convergine is thrilled to introduce you to some of the latest enhancements in this powerful content management system.

Craft CMS 5.0.0 officially launched on March 26, 2024, and it's a big deal for anyone who creates or manages content online. Whether you're starting fresh or updating your existing projects, Craft 5 has lots of exciting features to try out. Let's uncover some of them together: 

Advancements in control panel functionality.

Some small but helpful changes were made. The Craft CMS control panel now has a sidebar that's less noticeable and can be turned on and off, new icons, and a slightly adjusted layout. Additionally, more slide-out menus for editing have been incorporated, improving usability, especially for individuals requiring accessibility features. These changes enhance the user experience and streamline navigation within the control panel.

Matrix blocks turned into entries.

In Craft CMS 5, Matrix blocks have been redesigned to function like regular entries, simplifying content management. This means it's now easier to manage all your content in one place, giving you more flexibility and making things more consistent. Plus, you can nest blocks within blocks more easily, which opens up a bunch of new possibilities for organizing your content.

Customize your element displays.

Now you can customize how your content looks in the control panel. Think of it like rearranging your digital workspace to fit your needs better. The new card view makes it a breeze to manage and organize your content, so you can find what you need faster.

With CKEditor, generate long-form content.

Craft CMS 5 now lets you use CKEditor for creating long-form content, which is a way of saying you can make great stuff without needing complicated tools. It's all about simplicity and making it easier for you to tell your story.

Expansion of authorship.

Now, Craft 5 lets you credit multiple authors on a single piece of content. This is great for teamwork because it means everyone who works on something can get the credit they deserve. It's all about collaboration and recognizing everyone's contributions.

Better security with 2FA and Passkeys.

Security has always been a top priority in Craft 5. As a new addition, it now offers support for two-factor authentication (2FA) and Passkey. These important features help keep your accounts safe from hackers and unauthorized access, giving you peace of mind.

Edit content directly.

Editing content becomes quicker and simpler with inline capabilities in Craft 5. You can now make immediate modifications directly where the content appears, streamlining the editing experience. It introduces inline editing for select first-party and third-party fields supporting the InlineEditableFieldInterface.

All these features are significant, marking a substantial advancement in Craft CMS. 

According to CraftQuest, moving from Craft 4 to Craft 5 might be trickier than upgrading from Craft 3 to Craft 4. This can be especially challenging for projects that use intricate "page builders" or "content builders" incorporating Matrix fields. So, before you make the switch think about what your project needs and any challenges you might face along the way. It's important to plan carefully and get expert help to make sure everything goes smoothly when upgrading.

Should you require assistance, our Convergine team is ready to accompany you on this new journey and address any challenges that may arise.

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