Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Communities provides the ability to quickly create an on-premise community site that has improved performance, improved site management, and encourages the conversion of site visitors to valuable community members.
AEM Communities enables the development of a relationship with site visitors, which:
Communities features can be demonstrated using the AEM Demo Machine available publicly on GitHub.com or with the new We.Retail reference implementation.
A community site is an AEM Site created using a simple wizard that results in a website with many common features pre-wired into the site.
The site creation wizard:
Assembles features of the site, based on the selected community site template which is:
Uses settings to configure:
Provides essential features:
Responsive design: uses Twitter Bootstrap themes
Login : self-registration, social login, user profiles
members see events of relevance to them, and user generated content where they are @mentioned.
Messaging: members may send or receive messages within the community site.
Search: ability to search within the community site.
Language switching: ability to select a language for a multilingual site.
Administration: access for authorized members to moderate and manage users within the community site.
Eliminates many page-level authoring steps:
To experience the ease of quickly creating a new community site, visit Getting Started with AEM Communities.
To improve the performance and synchronization of community content, AEM Communities requires a common store specifically for user generated content (UGC) shared between all AEM (author and publish) instances.
Community content is easily accessed through the storage resource provider (SRP), which provides a layer to separate access from the underlying topology and supports a common store for UGC.
To learn more about community content persistence and recommended deployments see:
In the author environment, the global navigation console provides access to the Communities console, which contains:
Members and Groups management consoles
The global tools console provides access to the following Communities tools:
Site Templates console
Group Templates console
Community Functions console
Storage Configuration console
Community site creation is based on selection of a community site template to quickly setup a community site that is independent of any sample site.
A community site template, composed of community functions and community group templates, provides the structure for a community site including login, user profiles, messaging, site menu, search, theming, and branding features.
See the Site Templates console.
The features expected of a community experience are well known. With AEM Communities, these features are available as building blocks, known as community functions.
Community functions are normal AEM pages includes components wired together into a feature that is easily incorporated into a community site template.
See the Community Functions console.
The community groups feature is the ability for a sub-community to be dynamically created within a community site by authorized users and community members from both the author and publish environments.
From the author environment, community groups (sub-communities) may be created within an existing community site or nested within an existing group, when the structure of the template contains the Groups function.
Creating a community group requires the selection of a community group template that provides the design of the community group page(s). When a Groups function is added to a template structure, it is configured to either specify one group template or to provide a choice of templates at the time a new community group is created.
The community components from which a community site is built may be used to add Communities features to any AEM Site.
The community components guide is available for interactive exploration of the components.
An engagement community is a community site focused on engaging customers to inform, solicit feedback, and allow customers to interact as community members.
Features of an engagement community may include:
To experience the ease of quickly creating a new engagement community, visit Getting Started with AEM Communities.
An enablement community is a community site that includes features for online learning.
Features of an enablement community may include:
An enablement community may be created when the Enablement add-on is configured, which requires additional licensing for use in a production environment. An enablement community site will include the assignments function.
To experience the ease of creating a new enablement community, visit Getting Started with AEM Communities for Enablement.
The AEM Demo Machine manages and runs demos for AEM Sites, Assets, Communities, Apps and Forms, which often require more setup than simply launching a QuickStart instance. The AEM Demo Machine will setup additional infrastructure such as MongoDB, Solr, MySQL, FFmpeg and email servers.
The AEM Demo Machine includes:
Packages to install.
The AEM Demo Machine was tested successfully with CQ 5.5, CQ 5.6.1, AEM 6.0, AEM 6.1, AEM 6.2, AEM 6.3, and AEM 6.4 on Windows, MacOS and Linux.
The AEM Demo Machine requires a valid AEM license.
View a video introduction to the AEM Demo Machine (13:26).