Upgrading from OpenCms 7.x to OpenCms 8

Track: Workshop
Speaker: Michael Emmerich (Alkacon Software GmbH)


OpenCms 8 introduces a lot of great new concepts and functionality that content managers certainly don’t want to miss. While OpenCms 8 is fully backward compatible, to make full use of these new features, existing OpenCms sites need to be adapted for the new technology.

In this session, Michael did show how to gradually upgrade an existing OpenCms installation to OpenCms 8. He did explain how to use existing OpenCms 7 Templates in an OpenCms 8 installation. How to use templates of the old and the new technology together has been presented, too. Strategies for a migration of existing templates and content so that they can make full use of the OpenCms 8 features were also shown.

Michael did also explain the benefits of upgrading to OpenCms 8 even when staying with the old templates, as OpenCms 8 provides a much improved publishing dialog, support for mobile devices, extended content subscription, support for xsd:choice in the XML content editor , HTML 5 based multiple file upload and improved content galleries . All these features are usable without changing the templates or content structure of an existing OpenCms installation.


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