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SDL Web 8.5

SDL Web combines web content management with digital media management, targeting, testing, personalization and localization for high-impact digital experiences. 

Providing a modern architecture and smooth upgrade path, SDL Web 8.5 is the best way to modernize your web environment. It is available as an on-premise, hybrid and cloud solution and serves as the next generation web content management solution to support your omni-channel digital marketing efforts, today and in the future.

Download the SDL Web Upgrade Roadmap data sheet

New features for greater marketing effectiveness

Instant Site
With Instant Site, marketers can create and launch campaign sites, country sites and any other online pages in less than 10 mouse clicks using a wizard.
Personalization preview
Marketers can now personalize content, preview the experience for specific personas and run experiments with different variations of content to see what works best.
Translation review & preview

Translation management capabilities are enhanced with the ability to review translations in-context while a translation is in process. Translators benefit from feedback during the translation processes, allowing for greater efficiency.

Adaptive BluePrinting
You can now promote and demote items in a BluePrint hierarchy, giving you new options to restructure and reuse content globally. It allows you to take full advantage of content that performs well by promoting it to other sites and channels.

Enhanced IT agility

Extended cloud options

Deployment of SDL Web in the cloud provides flexibility and lower maintenance costs. It now supports Microsoft SQL Azure and Amazon RDS (SQL Server databases), centralized delivery configuration across on-premise and cloud, docker componentization, and deployment flexibility.


The updated authorization model introduces the concept of Privileges which gives system-wide settings management to select users, without requiring full administrative access. This allows select users to manage activities such as Group Management or Child Publication creation.

Faster web application development

SDL Web 8.5 simplifies building and maintaining complex web applications by providing a microservices-based delivery environment, public artifact repositories (Nuget & Maven), event tracing debugging for windows, decoupled web application server technology and mixed-mode upgrades.

SDL Web 8.5 Digital Experience Accelerator (DXA)

Digital Experience Accelerator provides a quick-start foundation for web projects. This complete SDL Web implementation provides a fully implemented in-site editorial environment, mobile support, digital media management, testing, targeting, standardized content and components, and search using Apache Solr or Amazon Cloud.