Product Updates

DatoCMS changelog for new features and general improvements
New SDK and updated plugins!
April 8th, 2020

We've just released a round of updates on the plugin SDK and the plugins that we maintain.

We've added to the SDK the following methods/properties:

  • scrollToField(...pathChunks) - Plugins can use this method to navigate the record form.

  • saveCurrentItem() - Plugins can use this method to trigger a record save action without pushing the save button.

  • notice(message) and alert(message) - Use these methods to display UI consistent notifications and alerts.

  • itemStatus - Information about the publishing status of the record the plugin is attached to.

  • isSubmitting - Information about the record's form submitting status.

Read all the details on the SDK in the documentation.

Together with the SDK update we've released a new plugin:

  • Field anchor menu - A plugin that creates a sidebar menu that link to the fields in your record

and a few updates:

  • in the Conditional fields plugin - added a new option, invert, that inverts the logic of conditional fields - ie. show slave fields if master boolean is false.

  • in the Yandex translate plugin - we've fixed a bug that prevented the plugin to work with all_locales_required = false

  • Upgraded all dependencies and SDK

  • Removed localtunnel as default option as it's not maintained anymore and you can do withouth

Vercel (formerly ZEIT) integration!
March 16th, 2020

We are very proud to announce our latest integration, with Vercel!

You can now add Vercel as a deployment environment. You can trigger a build as usual from DatoCMS for static site generators but you can also use that to clear the cache of a Next.JS application.

Read all the details in our blog post about this.

UI Improvement
Assets in rich text fields are detected as in use
March 12th, 2020

When using assets in rich text fields we couldn't detect them as "in use" in our media area filters.

But now instead we are doing that, so if you want to clear some space, deleting some unused assets from your media area, you are now good to go! The "in use" filter is now safer to use.

Last but not least, if you replace an asset we'll replace the URLs for you in all the rich text fields! This was sort of expected behaviour, but not implemented. Now it is and as a bonus we are doing it also on JSON fields, making also plugins that were saving assets in those fields more reliable.

UI Improvement
Set default values for every locale
March 5th, 2020

We have just launched a highly voted feature request on Community: the possibility to set a default value for each locale, in the field settings, like so:

UI Improvement
CMS UI improvements
February 12th, 2020

We took some time to improve our UI, mainly following the suggestions that came through the feature requests over at Community.

Thank you very much for sharing your ideas, they are really making DatoCMS better every day! We are very grateful for all your feedbacks.

Here comes the list of the most recently released.

Menu item with custom internal links

When adding menu items in the left navigation you can now open an "External URL" in the same tab.

This allows you to create custom links to filtered models or specific pages of the CMS, customising even more the structure of a DatoCMS instance.

Change language of UI

We have been adding community-contributed UI translations in the past few months.

So now that we have a few we've added this switch:

to let you manually pick your preferred translation, if you want to override the browser's default selection.

Remember size of sidebar

Minor improvement, but now we remember the size that you have picked for the sidebar, as you have requested on Community. Thank you ;)

Ability to collapse branches in tree-like collections

If you have a big tree-like collection of records you will be pleased to know that you can now collapse the branches to improve navigation. Thank you for your suggestion!

Add record ID in sidebar

A small but handy addition is the record ID in the sidebar. Previously was present only on the address bar of the browser, which made it invisible when opening records in modals. Showing it in the sidebar will make it always visible and hopefully more useful.

Show real deploy URL instead of dummy in global SEO

We've implemented and launched another little UX improvement coming from a suggestion on Community. It's about using a real deployment URL rather than a dummy address in the global SEO settings. Thank you!

UI ImprovementDocs, Guides and DemosAPI Clients
New React demos and UI improvements
January 22nd, 2020

Here's a quick list of some little improvements that we have released recently:

  • a record selection made on a filtered list is retained when the filter is cleared, making the filter-select actions more useful

  • added an integration with Google Cloud Storage for custom assets domain. Have a look at the docs

  • performance improvements in the UI and API (still going)

  • added a few supported locales in project settings

  • new documentation for responsiveImage in Content Delivery API

  • a new filter for uploads with sizes selector (B, KB, MB)

  • little improvements for key-based navigation in the UI interface

  • a lot of little bug fixes!

We've also recently released updated versions of our plugins:

  • Ruby client v0.7.10

  • Gatsby source plugin v2.1.23

  • JS client v3.0.14

On the demos side instead we've launched a new example in React, pulling information directly from our Content Delivery API using three different GraphQL clients.

You can read more in the documentation or launch the demos directly from your Dashboard > New project > Demo project > Single-page app!

Content Management APIAPI Clients
Deprecation notice on our Content Management API
December 18th, 2019

Starting from February 1st, 2020, it will no longer possible to directly create, duplicate, update or delete modular block items using the following endpoints:

  • POST /items

  • PUT /items/:id

  • POST /items/:id/duplicate

  • DELETE /items/:id

  • DELETE /items/

The only supported way to perform any operation on modular block items will be by updating a modular content field on the parent item.

For example, to create an item with two modular blocks inside its modular content field:

import { SiteClient, buildModularBlock } from 'datocms-client';
const client = new SiteClient('YOUR_TOKEN');
itemType: '111',
content: [
buildModularBlock(text: "Foo", itemType: '222'),
buildModularBlock(text: "Bar", itemType: '222'),

This change is required to ensure atomic, reliable operations on content.

Content Delivery APIUI ImprovementContent Management API
Renewed media area... and some more!
December 5th, 2019

We have just released the biggest single update ever done to DatoCMS!

Here's a succinct list of all the changes that we have released.

Most importantly a big set of features strictly linked with the media area that you can read in the blog post.

Very briefly:

  • video support via integration with Mux

  • HSL video streaming

  • thumbnail and meta data extraction

  • extraction of meta data and Blurhash from images

  • redesign of the UI to support different image layouts and dimensions

  • advanced sorting and filtering

  • shared/personal filters to group and organize content

  • video previews

  • show where the image is used

  • the APIs have changed in a backward compatible manner to support all these changes and also our clients are supporting all the new features already

While doing that we also worked on a set of related feature requests:

NewUI ImprovementContent Management APIContent Delivery API
A bundle of features!
November 25th, 2019

In the last month, while preparing to the big launch of the media area, we've shipped a handful of features that you have requested!

Here's the summary:

  • Content Delivery API explorer directly in the CMS interface

  • ability to rename uploads

  • added metadata to uploads, e.g. copyright, author, notes, custom metadata, etc

  • editors that have publishing capabilities can see details on deployments

  • added a link to go from model settings to collection/instance

Bear with us a little bit and we'll be in touch soon for the big release of the media area!

NewUI Improvement
New Features and Tools in the Media Area
October 11th, 2019

We have significantly improved the Media Area, with a wide range of new features, QoL changes, and brand new tools.

Here's a quick list:

  • New Search Filters

  • General UI improvements

  • Fast access to asset details from Records

  • Localizable Titles and Alts

  • Real-time Image editor

To accommodate some of these features, we updated our APIs and released version 3.

If you want to read more about the topic, have a look at our blog post.