Changing the rich text editor configuration for HCL Web Content Manager | HCL Digital Experience

Perform the following configuration tasks to change the configuration of the rich text editor.


Rich text editor is an important component required to enhance the user experience of the WCM author.

There are two rich text editors available for use in HCL Digital Experience 8.5 and 9.0:
  • CKEditor - The "Default Editor" configured out-of-the-box; and
  • - The "Advanced Editor" that needs to be configured depending on where it is used.
The following use cases specify how content editing can take place using the rich text editor:
  • In the standard WCM authoring portlet. See WCM Authoring Portlet topic section for more information.
  • Inline editing where a remote action is added to the presentation to place links into rendered content, and, when clicked, these links open the authoring UI containing the rich text editor in a separate self contained pop-up dialog. Inline editing is also used when working with WCM authoring components.
    Note: Pop-up dialog opens the content in "Reserved Authoring Portlet," which is different than standard authoring portlet.
    The following tasks use the reserved authoring portlet:
    • Selecting a web content folder when you create or edit the properties of a web content page.
    • Configuring the web content viewer, such as selecting the content item to display.
    • Using inline editing or authoring tools components that are rendered in the web content viewer.
  • In-place editing where rendered content appears in the web content viewer portlet and its presentation includes an EditableElement with the mode attribute set to 'dialog'. When that page has edit mode on and the rendered element is clicked, the custom editor opens in a dialog.

Configure standard authoring portlet to use

  1. Log in to HCL Portal server.
  2. From the site toolbar, go to Applications > Web Content to launch the standard WCM Authoring portlet.
  3. Within the WCM Authoring portlet, click Preferences > Edit Shared Settings.
  4. Under Editor options, change the Select the rich text editor to use in rich text fields drop down to Advanced Editor as shown below:
    Figure 1. Select Advanced Editor in WCM Authoring portlet
    Select Advanced Editor in WCM Authoring portlet

Configure reserved authoring portlet to use

  1. Log in to HCL Portal server.
  2. Launch the Manage Pages portlet. From the site tool bar under Applications, go to Administration > Site Management > Pages.

    In HCL Digital Experience 8.5, the Manage Pages portlet is under the Administration Portlet.. Go to Portal User Interface > Manage Pages to launch the portlet.

  3. From the Manage Pages portlet, edit the page layout of Content Root > Hidden Page > Web Content Authoring.
  4. In the Web Content Authoring portlet menu, click Edit Shared Settings.
  5. Under Editor options, change the Select the rich text editor to use in rich text fields drop down to Advanced Editor.
    Figure 2. Select Advanced Editor in reserved authoring portlet
    Select Advanced Editor in Reserved Authoring portlet

The inline editing tools in web content pages and rendering portlet should reflect the editor changes.

Configure in-place editing to use

From CF12 and later releases, is used as the embedded editor, and the CKEditor is used as the in-place editor.

Follow the steps below to use as the in-place editor:
  1. Log in to IBM WAS console or Deployment manager.
  2. Go to Resource environment providers > WCM WCMConfigService > Custom properties.
  3. Click the New button and add the following properties:
    • Name: inplaceEdit.defaultRichTextEditor
    • Value:
  4. Click OK and save the configuration.
  5. Restart the server.