What’s new in Brightspot

Check out the latest and greatest features in Brightspot CMS.

Brightspot 4.7

In our latest version, we made it even easier to customize front-end digital experiences with a flexible design system, speed up the content creation process using AI and collaboration features, improve content creation efficiency, and optimize site performance.
Brightspot's new Design System offers hundreds of pre-built templates, styles and interactions that let CMS users get started fast, plus makes it easy to customize your digital experiences with or without code.
Introducing Brightspot 4.7—our latest release designed to streamline content creation and front-end customization.
Introducing Brightspot 4.7—our latest release designed to streamline content creation and front-end customization.
Stay at the forefront of digital innovation with our upgrade program. Our expert team of developers and QA professionals will handle upgrade intricacies to make sure your team can harness all the newest tools and functionalities. Enjoy the peace of mind that you're operating on the most secure codebase with the latest bug fixes.

Plan your upgrade

What are the options to handle the upgrade work? Can Brightspot do it for me? Can Brightspot and my dev team handle it together?

There are several ways to handle your CMS upgrade to Brightspot version 4.7, including deploying yourself with your internal dev resources, working together with the Brightspot team to complete the work, or having the Brightspot team deploy the upgrade on your behalf. The best place to start, as always, is to talk with your Brightspot account representative to identify the solution that best fits your needs.

How much does it cost to upgrade?

Beyond the development resources required to deploy and test the latest Brightspot CMS codebase, there is no cost associated with upgrading. However, depending on what path you decide to take for deployment and testing, you will need to discuss with your Brightspot account representative if there are additional Brightspot development resources required to help facilitate.

How much time will the upgrade take?

The amount of time required to deploy the newest version of Brightspot to your specific CMS instance can occur quite quickly with minimal downtime. However, you will need to allocate adequate time for testing and validation in lower environments, as well as testing in the production environment as soon as the deployment occurs. Please connect with your Brightspot account representative to discuss the most appropriate deployment plan for your project(s).

What should I test to make sure nothing breaks when upgrading?

The Brightspot documentation library includes Release Notes that outline the various enhancements, bug fixes and new features that are available as part of each release. This documentation also includes breaking changes that will require specific attention as part of any upgrade.

In addition to following your standard deployment testing and validation procedures, your Brightspot account representative can help guide you through the appropriate upgrade test cases that will ensure smooth deployment of your newest version of the CMS.

Some additional standard testing protocols to consider include:
  • Double check the version of the upgrade is the latest that contains fixes based on the features your site is using
  • Make sure a copydown from production is completed prior to the upgrade being done, so you can make sure you have the latest content
  • During testing, compare your upgrade test environment to production to see if the upgrade broke something or if it's an existing issue
  • Use Shot check—or your prefered QA testing tool—to compare the content on the two sites (to make sure the upgrade didn't break anything from the UI point of view)
  • Conduct page performance and accessibility testing against both environments (note that lower-level environment typically don’t use the same server specs, but this should give you an idea of any big issues that are the result of the upgrade)

Get in touch

Ready to upgrade? Get answers to all your questions, guidance on when you should upgrade, and more by contacting your customer success representative.

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