Components components

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Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) comes with a variety of out-of-the-box components that provide comprehensive functionality for website authors. They are available when editing a page and are grouped by main functional area (called component group) to aid filtering.

The components are available when editing a page. To aid filtering, the components are grouped by main functional area (i.e. component group).

This section only discusses components that are available out-of-the-box in a standard AEM installation.
Depending on your instance you may have customized components developed explicitly for your requirements. These may even have the same name as some of the components discussed here.

General Usage general-usage

The components are available on the Components tab of the side panel of the page editor when editing a page.

You can select a component and drag it to the required location on your page. You can then edit it using:

For further information about adding components to a page see the article Editing Page Content.
Components are sorted according to various categories called component groups. Examples of such component groups include:

  • We.Retail: Includes the core components proxied for use with the We.Retail reference implementation.

  • We.Retail Commerce: Includes commerce components such as carts and product grids

  • General: Includes the layout container and experience fragment

Overview of All Components overview-of-all-components

The Components Console gives an overview of the component groups, and components, that are provided by your AEM installation. You can view key information about the individual components and their usage.

Components - Major Areas components-major-areas

The following pages provide links to some of additional, important information about components:

  • Core Components - The Core Components offer flexible and feature-rich authoring functionality, which provide essential content types to create pages.

  • Communities - Components provide interactive features for a website, such as forums and comments. Many of these components are included when a Community Site is created.

  • eCommerce - The eCommerce functionality within AEM also includes a range of components. Actual use can depend on the commerce engine being used.

Configuring Components configuring-components

In addition to the components that authors can access in a standard installation, various other components are also available.

  • If your page is based on the recommended, modern, editable template, you can edit the template enable/disable these and edit parameters for specific components.
  • If your page is based on a static template, you can use design mode to enable/disable these and edit parameters for specific components.