Editing Tools In Sitecore

Learn the difference between Content Editor and Experience Editor.

Exploring Sitecore's Editing Tools

Sitecore's content editing tools let you manage, create and edit all the content on your website. With them, you can create rich text pages, insert images from your computer or from an external source, format the text, and add links to other content items on your site.

There are two content editing tools in Sitecore that enable you to build and manage content more efficiently:

  1. Experience Editor
  2. Content Editor

Content editing tools are available in the content editing section of the Sitecore launchpad. They both provide content update functionality, but they work very differently from each other and are tailored to different content-authoring audiences.

Experience Editor

The experience editor is Sitecore's WYSIWYG - What You See Is What You Get tool. It used to be called the Page Editor, and was referred to it as an inline editing tool. The biggest advantage of the Experience Editor tool is that it allows us to make content updates directly on the page. Let's say we want to update the paragraph. Simply click where we want to perform our update, make the change, and hit save. The Experience Editor will refresh and display our change on the page immediately.


  • The ability to provide immediate feedback (content editors are able to view the impact that is made on to page immediately)
  • Hides the complexities of a content structure from content authors
  • Ability to provide preview functionality

Content Editor

The Content Editor is a form-based content editing tool. On the left side, we have the display of a content tree and on the right side, we have the main content working area. The working area shows only the relevant items for the selected node on the left side. If you want to update content using the Content Editor, you first need to select the item you want to update. Then, navigate to the field you want to update, make the change, and save.

The Content Editor exposes functionality that the experience editor does not have out-of-the-box, which makes it much more flexible than the Experience Editor. It also exposes the website content structure, although it could be a disadvantage for someone who is not familiar with the website. The content editor tool is usually used by more advanced content authoring personnel. It exposes all editable content out of the box, with no additional development effort required.


The Content Editor and the Experience Editor are two essential tools in Sitecore’s customer experience management platform. The Content Editor is used to create and manage content while the Experience Editor is used to optimize customer experiences. Both tools are powerful and intuitive, allowing users to quickly and easily create and optimize digital experiences.

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