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Built atop the industry-leading JSR-283-compliant CRX content repository, Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) provides a complete suite of applications for the Web Experience Management (WEM) of organisations.

This documentation includes information on installing, administering, using and developing with AEM 5.6. It also covers AEM concepts and architecture.

New in Adobe Experience Manager 5.6.1

The following sections provide in depth information on the most significant new features, and help you explore the relevant functionality.

See the release notes for more details on what is new.

Release Notes

CQ Cloud Manager

Getting Started with Adobe Experience Manager

Download and start working
Install and run AEM in record time using the AEM quickstart.

First Steps for Authors
Start creating, editing and publishing content with the classic UI. Quickly and easily.

First Steps for Developers
Build your first AEM component in only 10 minutes.

AEM and the Web Accessibility Guidelines.

Exploring the Adobe Experience Manager Platform

What is AEM?
A fast-track introduction to the unique characteristics of this Web platform.

Architecture Overview
An overview of the internal architecture and deployment architecture of AEM.

AEM Consoles
AEM uses a range of consoles to provide clear access to the wide range of functionality.

Concepts of the Touch-Optimized UI
Explains the concepts underlying the touch-optimized UI.

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (Top Issues).


See AEM in action to kick-start your learning curve.

Caching, clustering and load balancing.

Authentication and Authorization
How AEM handles A&A.

Development Environments
Suggested tools and best practices.

AEM How-To Documents

Deploying Adobe Experience Manager


Check the technical requirements, then install or upgrade AEM - fully integrated into your environment.


AEM can be configured in a variety of ways to provide integration, scalability, and high-availability.


To ensure smooth operation you should perform regular maintenance and updates, monitor normal operations and adjust your installation to changing circumstances.



Acceptance Testing

Authoring Websites in AEM WCM

Classic UI - Working with WCM

The basics of connecting to the authoring environment and finding your way around the graphical user interface of WCM.

Classic UI - Managing Pages

The fundamentals on creating and managing pages and all content, including digital assets.

Classic UI - Publishing Pages

Describes how to publish content to your website and how to restore previous versions of content.

Touch-Optimized UI - The Basics

The touch-optimized UI brings a new look and feel to AEM. The basic handling has also been updated.

Touch - Managing Pages

Managing pages can take several forms, now including wizards for creating a page, site, site copy or launch.

Touch - Settings

Various tools within AEM now use the touch-optimized UI. Various aspects of the touch-optimized UI itself can be configured.

Targeting a Specific Audience

Tuning your content to the interests of specific visitors ensure that you convey your message, while they receive the information they need. Various features in WCM enable you to do this.


Creating mobile specific websites, viewing a mobile page in a way that emulates a mobile device or switching between several views. Author webpages with an iPad. Using the iPhone app to manage a workflow.


WCM offers simple, social tagging and taxonomy management. Here is what you need to know about creating, managing, and working with tags.

Media Publisher

Media Publisher provides tools for creating media- and publishing-related content, including manuscript management, copy editing, and integration with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite (DPS).

Adobe Experience Manager Touch-Optimized UI


Adobe has introduced a touch-optimized UI with responsive design for the author environment. This differs considerably from the original classic UI as it is designed to operate on both mobile and desktop devices.

The Basics

The touch-optimized UI brings a new look and feel to AEM. The basic handling has also been updated.

Tools and Configuration

Various tools within AEM now use the touch-optimized UI. Various aspects of the touch-optimized UI itself can be configured.

Managing Sites and Pages

Managing pages can take several forms, now including wizards for creating a page, site, site copy or launch.

Managing Assets

There are many actions you can take to manage your assets, including upload, edit, annotate, version assets, amongst others.

Managing Workflows and Tasks

Workflows enable you to automate Experience Manager activities using a series of steps that are executed in a specific order. Tasks can be assigned to help manage content change and log change events. Both can use the Notification Inbox.


The touch optimized UI integrates new concepts and technologies with the existing methodologies.

Working with Digital Assets in AEM DAM

Working with AEM Workflows

Adobe Experience Manager eCommerce


The eCommerce integration framework has been built to allow you to easily integrate eCommerce systems with AEM. This allows you to connect with a purpose built eCommerce system to control product data, shopping carts, checkout and order fulfillment, while AEM controls the data display and marketing campaigns.

AEM native eCommerce

A standalone, AEM native eCommerce implementation of the API. This can be used to control product data, shopping carts and checkout in conjunction with the existing data display and marketing campaigns. In this case the product database is stored in CRX (Adobe's implementation of JCR).

AEM integration with eCommerce engines

The eCommerce integration framework has been built to allow you to easily integrate eCommerce systems with AEM.

Administering Adobe Experience Manager

Managing Content

Provides detailed information and procedures for the efficient handling of content, including replicating, tagging, using content tools, and importing/exporting content.

Users and Groups

Covers how to manage users and groups in order to provide them with the appropriate rights necessary to perform various functions.

Adobe Marketing Cloud Integrations

The Adobe Marketing Cloud includes powerful web analytics and website optimization products that deliver actionable, real-time data and insights to drive successful online initiatives. It offers an integrated and open platform for online business optimization.

Social Communities

The social communities tools offer extended user profiles, blogs, and calendars that are fully integrated into the Web Content Management platform.


Personalization provides your users with a customized environment that displays dynamic content selected according to their specific needs.

Multi-Site Management

Multi-Site Management handles multilingual and multinational content, helping your company balance centralized branding with localized content.


Analytics form the basis for gaining insights into how your website is being used by visitors and therefore, how it is serving your business.


As all information is already resident within the repository, many reports can be generated. Default reports are provided, customized reports can easily be developed.

Adobe Creative Cloud and Third-Party Services Integrations

AEM provides integration with the Adobe Creative Cloud as well as Third-Party Services like Facebook and Twitter

Developing on Adobe Experience Manager


Build your first components in 10 minutes
Getting acquainted with AEM-based development.


Developer Guidelines and Best Practices
Ensure your implementation is robust and maintainable.

Development tools
Choosing and setting up your development environment with CRXDE Lite, Eclipse or IntelliJ.


Data Modelling
How to model content in a content repository.


Website and Web application development
Building a new project, inheriting, reusing and extending existing functionality.

Development Tools

Looks at the various tools, from both Adobe and third parties, available to configure an optimal development environment.


Learn about developing components, which form the essential building blocks for content input with AEM.


What you need to know about templates. These allow you to define default page layouts and functionality.

Designs and the Designer

The design of your website is vital. The Designer simplifies the implementation.

Extending Mobile

Development techniques for mobile or multi-device web sites.

Multi-Site Manager for Developers

What you need to know when developing your own Multi-Site Management solution.


AEM uses the Granite platform as a base and the Granite platform includes, amongst other things, the Java Content Repository.

Touch-Optimized UI

The touch-optimized UI is designed to operate on both touch and desktop devices, providing the author environment with responsive design.


HTL is a new HTML templating language that was introduced in AEM 6.0, made available as a feature pack for AEM 5.6.1

Testing AEM Projects

Managing AEM Projects

Planning Project Phases

Defining the following phases and milestones will help simplify the implementation of a typical AEM project.

Setting Target Metrics

Defining quantitative measurements for the quality of your website will help ensure you fulfill your goals.

References, Checklists, Examples

The following sources of information are listed to provide you with background information in various areas.