Sitecore Experience Platform

Experience Manager


Run Sitecore CMS without the Experience Database

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

With Experience Manager, you can use Sitecore to create, manage, and publish content to your websites.

To run Experience Manager, you must have:

  • Sitecore XP 8.1 or later.

  • A SQL server or a MongoDB database.

  • A server environment that has a content management and a content delivery server.

  • A valid Experience Manager Sitecore license.


Experience Manager can also work in a single-instance configuration, when the instance acts as a content management and content delivery server.

With Experience Manager, Sitecore XP applications and functionality can be described as:

  • Fully compatible

  • Compatible with limited functionality

  • Incompatible

Fully compatible

The following features can run Experience Manager without any changes:

  • Content editing in the Experience Editor

  • Device detection

  • IP Geolocation detection

  • Experience Explorer

Compatible with limited functionality

The following features can run Experience Manager with limitations:

  • Campaign Creator – runs without analytics functionality.

  • Commerce Connect – currently incompatible, but will run with limited functionality in future releases.

  • Personalization – in-session personalization works, while personalization based on historical data is unavailable.

  • Web Forms For Marketers – will provide a SQL solution in the future.


The following features are incompatible with Experience Manager:

  • Content testing

  • Email Experience Manager

  • Experience Analytics

  • Experience Profile

  • List Manager

  • Path Analyzer

  • Segmentation