CMS-only mode compatibility

Last updated Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in Sitecore Experience Platform for Developer
Keywords: Configuration

CMS-only mode lets you to run Sitecore XP without enabling the Experience Database (xDB) or purchasing xDB licenses.

In CMS-only mode, any functionality that depends on data collection will be unavailable and a number of applications will not run.

CMS-only mode

In CMS-only mode, the Sitecore XP applications and functionality are classified as:

  • Fully compatible
  • Compatible with limited functionality
  • Incompatible

Fully compatible

The following features will run in CMS-only mode without any changes:

  • Content editing in the Experience Editor
  • Device detection
  • IP Geolocation detection
  • Commerce Connect

Compatible with limited functionality

The following features will run in CMS-only mode with limitations:

  • Campaign Creator – runs without analytics functionality
  • Personalization – in-session personalization works, while personalization based on historical data is unavailable
  • Web Forms For Marketers
  • Sitecore Forms – runs without analytics functionality (Sitecore XP 9.0 or later)


The following features are incompatible with CMS-only mode:

  • Content testing
  • Email Experience Manager
  • Experience Analytics
  • Experience Explorer
  • Experience Profile
  • Federated Experience Manager
  • List Manager
  • Path Analyzer
  • Segmentation
  • Marketing Automation

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