What’s new and changed in Matrix 6?
Learn about the new features and important changes released in Matrix 6 and how they are different from the previous Matrix 5.5 version. This document is updated frequently as a tool for users to compare features between Matrix 5.5 and Matrix 6.
- New features
- New backend UI
- New page builder
- New inline editing experience
- New asset creation experience
- Beta feature configuration
- New asset reference report
- New image editor
- Icon selection for component templates
- Dynamic usage conditions for component templates
- Component template descriptions used in page builder
- Improved asset right-click context menu
- Settings screen removed
- New Dates screen
- Web Paths screen renamed to URLs
- Improved recently viewed list
- Improved handling of the content screen on standard pages
- Admin UI access for content editors
- Improved lock acquisition
- Improved image variety editing experience
- Important changes
Matrix features a newly designed and improved backend UI that aims to improve the usability and intuitiveness of the overall application.
A new design theme is applied that follows the new Squiz Design System conventions used by all products in the Squiz Digital Experience Platform.
The new design theme improves the overall visuals of all UI elements such as fonts, colors, backgrounds, buttons, menus, and more.
The system default sign-in and password change screen also reflect the new design system.
Finally, backend notices, warnings, and errors are visually improved to be easier to read and understand.
The Matrix application toolbar has a couple of new improvements to it. You can see your Matrix system name in the toolbar to quickly identify it if you have access to more than one system.
A new help menu option gives you quick access to the product documentation and a link to the asset type reference screen.
The new screen header aims to make it easier to do everyday actions such as navigating asset screens, seeing asset information, saving, acquiring editing locks, and changing status.
Navigating between screens is now much easier and faster because you can access common screens from the tabbed navigation. You can find additional screens within the Settings drop-down menu.
The new screen header also features a brand new status switcher. This feature lets you quickly change the asset status from any screen without always navigating to the details screen to do it.
You can cascade the current status while also seeing how many child assets would be affected by the status change.
You can also add a workflow comment when requesting approval of an unpublished or draft asset.
The main panel area of the UI has been improved in layout and design to offer a more visually appealing and user-friendly experience.
Sections on screens now have a maximum width so that content within them is easier to read. Some screens, such as code editing screens, still have a fluid 100% width applied.
The main panel now also features an asset lineage that tells you the full hierarchical location of the current asset you are editing.
Furthermore, the current screen’s name is also now a heading on top of the main panel, together with the filter field tool being available to the right-hand side.
Your browser’s URL address bar updates automatically to represent the area or asset you are currently on and which screen you have active.
For example, navigating to the metadata screen of an asset with ID #1234 will result in the following URL: https://www.example.com/_admin?screen=metadata&asset_id=1234
Dynamic backend URLs are useful for when you want to share a backend location quickly with another user or if you want to bookmark that location to return to it later.
The <title> tag is also dynamically updated to quickly identify which asset and screen the bookmark refers to.
A new page builder has been introduced to make it easier, faster, and more enjoyable to create, edit, and publish new page content with Matrix.
Access the new page builder by navigating to the “Content” screen of any asset that supports components. Content assets such as standard pages, custom forms, and layout assets like paint layouts and inline editing layouts support this screen.
Adding a new component now opens a brand new panel that makes it easier to add new components by selecting from a unified list of core and custom components.
If the list of components is large enough, a filter tool will be available to find the component you want to add quickly.
Each component can have a colored icon and a description that tells the user more information about it.
Components on the page are less cluttered when you view multiple components on a single page.
Hovering over a component displays the new component toolbar, which gives you access to all settings and tools of a component.
The design of the component properties panel is improved.
Advanced settings are now hidden from view until you need them.
You can reorder components through the page builder in addition to the existing asset tree method.
Drag-and-drop the component to the location you want.
This release introduces the new inline editing experience for Matrix 6.
Inline editing enables users to edit content quicker and more intuitively. You can directly see what your changes will look like on the frontend as you edit the content.
By default, inline edit mode is only available on standard page assets. Using the custom editing layout feature, you can create inline editing experiences for other asset types such as news, events, or even data records.
You can access inline edit mode on a standard page in three ways:
Right-click on the page in the tree and select “Inline edit”.
Click on the inline edit mode button (“pen icon”) in the screen navigation when viewing a standard page.
Append the inline edit mode suffix (
/_editby default) to the end of a page’s URL. For example, https://example.com/about-us/_edit.
Once you load this screen and acquire the locks, you will see the editable content highlighted within grey dashed outlines.
Click into these areas and start editing using the WYSIWYG editor.
Click Save once finished to save your changes, just like editing any other screen.
Within this mode, you can also click on-site navigation links within your design to navigate to other standard page assets to quickly edit them as well.
Read more about the new inline editing features in the Inline edit mode documentation.
You can create custom edit layouts for the inline editing feature using the Custom edit layout (formerly known as “Simple Edit Layout”) asset.
The Custom edit layout asset lets you create inline editing experiences for assets that do not offer a native inline editing experience. This feature is useful for template implementations that use many metadata fields and customized paint layouts.
Once created, you can apply it to an asset using its custom edit layouts screen.
After that, users can access the “Inline Edit” screen on that asset and edit it using the customized layout.
For more information on custom edit layouts, please refer to the Matrix 6 documentation.
A new setting called Enable standalone inline edit mode has been added to the details screen of design assets. This setting lets you control the behavior of accessing inline edit mode on assets.
This setting is off by default.
When users add the inline edit mode suffix (
/_edit by default) to an asset URL on the frontend, they get redirected to inline edit mode within the Admin UI.
With the setting turned on, the redirect from
/_edit to the Admin UI will not happen, meaning that users can edit inline without loading the full Admin UI.
This mode does not give you all inline editing features. However, it may be a better choice if you heavily customize, limit, or control your users’ editing experience.
When creating a new asset, you’ll notice the creation screen loads inside a modal overlaid on the current screen you are editing instead of replacing it entirely.
The modal makes it much quicker and easier to create the supporting assets you need while not leaving the current screen you are viewing.
For example, if you are on the Details screen of an asset and need to add a thumbnail image quickly, you can do so without leaving the details screen at all.
After creating the asset, you will see information about the newly created asset, including its asset ID, status, lineage, and URL.
You can choose to navigate to that asset to edit it or close the creation modal to return to the screen you were on.
Furthermore, improvements to the creation interface of several asset types make the asset creation experience more consistent no matter what asset you are creating.
If you are a system administrator, you can use a new system configuration screen to toggle experimental features on your Matrix system.
You can help the product development team gather early feature feedback by testing features before they are officially released.
|Beta features are considered experimental. By enabling these features, the system may experience undesirable side effects. Enabled features apply to all users of the system.|
This tool is accessible to system administrators only from the System Configuration drop-down menu in the toolbar.
A new reference report screen has been added to all user creatable asset types in Matrix.
You can generate a report on this new screen that tells you all the places in the system that reference the asset.
For each asset in the report, it will tell you where and how that reference is set.
This report is helpful when you want to unpublish or delete a specific asset, but you want to make sure that doing so will not impact any other assets.
A new image editor has been added to Matrix. You can make quick and simple edits to image files on image assets without relying on an external tool.
You can access this new editor on either the image’s Details or Varieties screen.
Once the image editor is open, you can use it to crop, rotate, or flip the image file easily.
You can also use the editor to upload a different image file and edit that instead.
You can apply a colored icon to a component template that displays when you view the list of components to add to the page builder.
The icon helps users quickly find and identify component templates in the list and visually separates them from core components.
You can apply a usage condition to a component template that, when met, makes it conditionally appear in the page builder.
You can use any keyword combination to create custom and flexible conditions. For example, you can base a condition on the user, the page, or anything you can get from keyword values.
The description field of component templates now displays as help text in the new page builder.
Any description added to the field appears when a user hovers over the “?” icon when viewing the components they want to add to the page.
Some basic HTML styling is supported, such as bold, italics, and links.
When you right-click on an asset in the asset tree, you get a better-grouped list of asset screens from which to select.
The new menu layout makes the menu less cluttered when you first open it. The most commonly-used asset screens are readily accessible to you.
This screen no longer exists, and its functionality moved to other screens.
This functionality is now available from the new “Dates” screen.
This functionality is no longer available from asset screens.
This functionality is now available on the “Details” screen.
Read the asset settings documentation for more information about the new structure.
This new screen lets you configure the date values of an asset.
Read the Asset dates screen documentation for more information about this new screen.
The “Web paths” screen on all supported assets is now named “URLs” to make it more representative of what you can do on the screen. This name change also makes it consistent with the already named “URLs” screen on Site assets.
Previously known as the “Asset Navigation History”, the recently viewed list has been improved with a new design and more functionality.
The way this list is generated has also changed to be more efficient, where the list shows you the last ten viewed assets or screens.
This list now also includes system configuration, maintenance, and tool screens.
Each asset listed now shows the asset ID and a shortcut for finding it in the asset tree.
Navigating to the “Content” screen of a Standard Page no longer redirects you to the dependent child bodycopy asset.
This change improves screen navigation when editing standard pages. You can use the screen switcher to easily switch between screens without ever leaving the top-level standard page asset.
Content editors (previously known as Simple Edit Users) can now access the Admin UI (
/_admin interface was previously not allowed for this user type because content editors could only use the
/_edit and Edit+ interface to edit content.
This restriction is now relaxed because of the significant improvements and changes to the backend UI in Matrix 6.
This improvement also enables content editors to perform a similar list of actions they had access to in Edit+ back in Matrix 5. Some back-end features are unavailable for content editors, such as restricted access to specific tools, asset screens, and asset types.
Lock acquisition has been improved for content editing.
When you click Edit (acquire locks) on either the Details, Content, Metadata, or Inline edit mode screen of an asset, you now also get the locks for the Attributes, Linking, and Metadata screens.
This improvement means that you no longer have to click Edit multiple times to start editing content for each of these screens.
The experience of editing image varieties has been improved in this release of Matrix.
Image varieties can now be edited directly on the details screen of image assets, making it faster and easier to add and edit image varieties.
You can create multiple varieties at once, including using a new and intuitive interface for specifying dynamic image variety options.
Once created, each variety will be listed with information such as the name, dimensions, and file size with options to edit them further, preview them in a new window, or quickly delete them.
When creating or editing custom varieties, you can also use the new image editor to get the perfect image size and crop.
Read the Image asset documentation for more information on how to edit images in Matrix.
Several terminology changes are present in Matrix 6 to support the new backend UI.
|Matrix 5.5||Matrix 6|
Read Content components to learn more.
Read Working with component templates to learn more.
Example: “WYSIWYG Content type”.
Example: “WYSIWYG Component type”.
Read Content components to learn more.
Raw HTML Content Type
Code Component Type
Read Code component to learn more.
Read Link types to learn more.
Asset navigation history
Recently viewed list
Simple Edit User
Simple Edit Layout
Custom edit layout
Edit Mode Suffix
Inline edit mode suffix
Custom edit layouts screen
Custom edit layout manager
Payment Express Payment Gateway
Windcave Payment Gateway
The default password rules now contain the following settings:
The minimum password length is 12 characters.
Disallow User Info defaults to Yes.
The character rule Numeric Digits is active and set to
Password History Enforcement is now
The default blocklist now includes a broader range of insecure passwords.
Furthermore, the term “blacklist“ changed in favor of “blocklist“.
The default minimum word length for search term indexing is set to
The default value of the Enable Use Default Option is
By default, new metadata fields that get created will not show the "Use default" option.
The inline edit mode suffix (previously known as Edit Mode Suffix) behavior is optimized for the new inline edit mode feature introduced in Matrix 6.4.
By default, adding this suffix to a Matrix asset URL (
/_edit by default) will now take you to the Admin UI (
/_admin) and onto the asset’s inline edit mode screen.
If the asset does not have inline edit mode enabled, the details screen is loaded instead.
This behavior can be changed using the new Enable standalone inline edit mode setting on the details screen of design assets.
The Edit+ editing interface has been deprecated in Matrix 6 and replaced with a new and improved editing experience for content editors.
Users that sign in to Edit+ on Matrix 5.5 are used to seeing the following editing experience:
In Matrix 6, the editing experience is replaced with this new interface:
To access this new interface, users still use the
/_edit suffix on any given URL to enter edit mode on an asset.
Once loaded, users are presented with an interface offering similar functionality that they had access to in Edit+.
The default screen that users see when accessing
/_edit on a URL depends on the asset type and the design used for your site.
Users will either load the asset in inline edit mode, the details screen, or the content screen.
|Inline editing can be disabled for a design using the Details screen.|
Read the Admin UI overview documentation for more information on the new user interface experience in Matrix 6.
The following features are now deprecated and are no longer supported or expected to function. You can still make changes to these deprecated features if they exist in your system. However, Squiz recommends that you consider migrating functionality built with these features away to another supported feature. The features identified in this section will be removed in a future version release of the product.
PayPal Express Checkout Payment Gateway
PayPal Ecommerce package
These features have been removed from Matrix and can no longer be used.
Internet Explorer 11 browser support for the backend UI
Classic WYSIWYG Editor
Upcoming Events List
Restricted-Period Calendar Page
Rolling Calendar Page
Force Secure Setting
Access History Design Area
Colourise Image Design Area
Constant Button Design Area
Custom Image Design Area
Cart Design Area
Datetime Design Area
Linked CSS Design Area
Head Design Area
Menu Stalks Design Area
Request Vars Design Area
Search Box Design Area
XML User Bridge.
The following user preferences are no longer available:
Admin Mode WYSIWYG Type
Raw HTML Content Type Preferences
Save Button Position
Assets in Navigation History
Asset Map Font Size
Asset Map Width.
The following system configurations are no longer available:
Editing Interface Settings.
For more information on all previous and upcoming deprecations, visit the Deprecated Assets and Features page on Matrix Manuals.