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Built atop the industry-leading JSR-283-compliant CRX content repository, CQ5 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 CQ 5.5. It also covers CQ concepts and architecture.


CQ Cloud Manager

Release Notes

The Release Notes offer detailed information on what is new in that particular version of CQ.

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.

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (Top Issues).



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


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


CQ 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 CQ WCM

Working with WCM

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

Managing Pages

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

Publishing and Restoring Pages

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

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.

Working with Digital Assets in CQ DAM

Working with CQ Workflows

CQ eCommerce


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

CQ native eCommerce

A standalone, CQ 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).

CQ eCommerce with hybris

The eCommerce integration framework has been built to allow you to easily integrate eCommerce systems with CQ. A reference site has already been implemented using hybris.

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.

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.

Developing on CQ


Build your first components in 10 minutes
Getting acquainted with CQ 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 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 Designer simplifies the implementation.

Extending Mobile

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.