CQ 5.4 Documentation

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Built atop Day's industry-leading JSR-283-compliant CRX 2.2 content repository, CQ5 provides a complete suite of applications enabling organizations to optimize online communication.

This documentation includes information on installing, administering, using and developing with CQ 5.4. It also covers CQ concepts and architecture.

New in CQ 5.4

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 detailed information on what is new in this version of CQ.


Related Documentation

Getting Started with CQ

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

First Steps for Authors
Start creating, editing and publishing content. Quickly and easily.

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

CQ and the Web Accessibility Guidelines.

Exploring the CQ Platform

Unique Concepts
Explains the concepts behind CQ and describes the unique characteristics of this Web platform.

Applications and Features
Solutions provided by the CQ platform.

Author and Publish environments
CQ environments and how they interact.


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

Technology Stack
An introduction to the Sling, Jackrabbit and Felix Apache projects, and the JCR Java Content Repository.

Scalability and High Availability
Caching, clustering and load balancing.

Development Environments
Suggested tools and best practices.

Deploying CQ

Authoring Websites in CQ WCM

The basics of connecting to CQ and finding your way around CQ's graphical user interface.

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

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

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 CQ 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 CQ5 GO iPhone app to manage a workflow.

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

Working with Digital Assets in CQ DAM

Administering CQ

Managing Content

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

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

Workflows control a series of actions on pages or digital assets that support any editorial process. Using the visual drag-and-drop workflow designer, you can easily define workflows, be they simple or advanced.

CQ's social collaboration tools offer extended user profiles, blogs, and calendars that are fully integrated into the CQ5 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 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. Several sources of information are available within CQ.

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

Developing on CQ

Development Tools

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


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


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 CQ Designer simplifies the implementation.

Leveraging CQ Functionality

Certain functionality is already available within CQ but can be developed further.

Multi-Site Manager for Developers

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

Testing CQ Projects

Managing CQ Projects

Planning Project Phases

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