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    • 13 Jul 2018

    Technical Marketing: Going to Sitecore Symposium 2018? Here’s how you can get a free ticket!

    What does Developer Trial mean to you? The official launch is here. The Sitecore Developer Trial is up and running and we want to hear your feedback. Put your blogging skills to the test. What does the Sitecore Developer Trial mean to you? What is your story? Why did you sign up? Learn anything? Was it helpful? Would you recommend this to others? Post your Developer Trial story online. Share your story on...
    • 12 Jul 2018

    Technical Marketing: Sitecore Experience Commerce 9 – Entity Composer

    The release of Sitecore Experience Commerce 8.2.1 last year introduced the entity concept that the new system would be based on and with the release of version 9 this year all of the functionality in the system is now based on this concept. Now this is super-flexible, but until recently if you wanted to extend the definition of any of the entities, for example to add a new field to the Sellable Items , then you would...
    • 12 Jul 2018

    Technical Marketing: Sitecore Experience Commerce 9 – Security Roles

    With the introduction of Experience Commerce (XC) 9.0.2 we’ve extended the Security roles available to restrict the actions that your merchandisers & marketers can complete in the Commerce Business Tools. Once you install XC 9.0.2, if you take a look into the one of the engine instances then you’ll see a new configuration JSON file called PlugIn.AccessByRoles.PolicySet-1.0.0.json which is where the new...
    • 12 Jul 2018

    Technical Marketing: Sitecore Experience Commerce 9 – Versioning

    With the release of Sitecore Experience Commerce 9.0.2, we now have rich extensible versioning functionality built into the commerce engine. This works in a similar flow to versioning items, e.g. the existing published version can’t be changed, to amend an entity’s details you need to create a new version which can then contain your changes. This has some great benefits as it allows you to now make offline...
    • 12 Jul 2018

    Technical Marketing: Sitecore Experience Commerce 9 – Workflow

    The pricing & promotions features in Sitecore Experience Commerce have always had workflow built in to allow an approval process to take place before data changes are reflected on the storefront. With the release of version 9.0.2 there is a new customisable workflow included that allows you to apply custom workflow patterns to the entities you store. The functionality works in two steps, first you declare your workflow...
    • 12 Jul 2018

    Technical Marketing: Sitecore Experience Commerce 9 – Reporting

    With the release of Experience Commerce 9.0.2 you now get a whole heap of Commerce specific analytics data collected for you out of the box. This comes in the form of aggregated reports covering overall activity on your site, and also individual user level reporting allowing you to drill down and see how each of your individual users are interacting with your site. So let’s take a look at each of these now. Experience...
    • 1 Jul 2018

    Technical Marketing: Announcing the Global Availability of the Sitecore Developer Trial!

    Are you looking to become a Sitecore Developer and join our great community? Are you trying to evaluate how to make Sitecore a part of your agency’s practice? We have what you need! After a successful multi-month preview program, it is with great pleasure that Technical Marketing is announcing the global availability of the Sitecore Developer Trial effective July 1 st , 2018 ! Developers will now have an online...
    • 28 May 2018

    Technical Marketing: Sitecore Marketing Automation

    With the latest Sitecore 9 release, a completely new Marketing Automation tool is available for users to quickly plan and extend their automation activities with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Also, a new fully-scalable engine architecture is now available so that you can make sure to process new activities as quickly as you need to. Getting Started It’s helpful to get a quick tour of how to use the...
    • 4 May 2018

    Technical Marketing: Getting to know the xConnect API

    Let's start by defining xConnect: xConnect is that layer that you're going to use to interact with the experience data in xDB. This will make things much easier for you than executing queries directly against the data store. Creating and Retrieving Contacts One of the first things you’ll need to do with the API is learn how to create a new Contact and retrieve existing contacts. If you are gathering...
    • 30 Apr 2018

    Elizabeth Spranzani: Fallback Series Post 20: SEO Best Practices for Multilingual International Sitecore Sites

    In this blog post, I am going to talk a bit about some best practices to keep in mind from an SEO perspective around Multilingual and Multi-Country Sitecore solutions. My colleague at Verndale, Kevin Schofield, contributed much of the knowledge here for identifying steps to follow for the best SEO experience when you are executing on a multilingual, multi-country strategy. I touched upon this briefly in my previous...
    • 16 Apr 2018

    Elizabeth Spranzani: Fallback Series Post 19: Learn from Language Fallback Experience

    In my recent posts I have talked about what Sitecore provides now out-of-the-box with version 8.1+ to support Language Fallback , an overview of Language Fallback , a How To on configuration , and the Questions you should be asking for your strategy. Just knowing what the questions are you should be asking is half the battle! But I'm sure you would love a little insight into what some of the answers to those questions...
    • 12 Apr 2018

    Technical Marketing: Installing Sitecore 9: Breaking down SIF

    As described in a previous blogpost you can use a PowerShell script to install Sitecore on your machine using the Sitecore Install Framework (SIF). There are a few variables here that you can change to match your situation. If you look closely then y...
    • 30 Mar 2018

    Elizabeth Spranzani: Fallback Series Post 18: Ask the Correct Internationalization and Language Fallback Questions

    In my recent posts I have talked about what Sitecore provides now out-of-the-box to support Language Fallback , an overview of Language Fallback and Enforce Version Presence concepts , and the How Tos for enabling Fallback and configuring it . That isn't all that you need to know, though! It may be easy to 'turn on', but there are key decisions you need to make, and many questions should have been popping...
    • 29 Mar 2018

    Technical Marketing: 23 days of Architecture and Scaling!

    As part of a countdown to SUGCON EU in 2018, we held a special Master Sitecore YouTube event. Starting April 1st, we released 23 Architecture and Scaling videos covering Experience Management, Experience Platform, and Experience Commerce. Links to these great videos are below, brought to you by Mr. Thomas Eldblom ! Let us know what you think of the video content! Video Series Part 1: Architecture and Scaling - Sitecore...
    • 21 Mar 2018

    Technical Marketing: Installing Sitecore 9: Installing the platform

    The Sitecore Install Framework (SIF) uses configuration files to install Sitecore and configure the whole environment. Before you are going to install Sitecore you need to download the right files for your topology. On the download site you can find ...
    • 21 Mar 2018

    Technical Marketing: Installing Sitecore 9: Install the Sitecore Installation Framework Module

    To install the Sitecore Experience Platform you need the Sitecore Installation framework first. You can download SIF from the Sitecore developer site at https://dev.sitecore.net but it is also available on the Sitecore gallery, a public MyGet feed wh...
    • 21 Mar 2018

    Technical Marketing: Installing Sitecore 9: What is the Sitecore Install Framework

    Okay now that we took care of the prerequisites , it is finally time to install Sitecore. With the introduction of Sitecore we introduced something called the Sitecore Installation Framework, also known as SIF (you know we love those three letter acro...
    • 21 Mar 2018

    Technical Marketing: Installing Sitecore 9: Prerequisites

    Before you are planning to install Sitecore you need to make sure that your environment meets all the prerequisites. First of all you need a Windows OS (8.1/10 or Windows Server 2012 R2 (64 bit) or higher) which has the .NET Framework 4.6.2 or later ...
    • 20 Mar 2018

    Technical Marketing: Installing Sitecore 9: Introduction

    Our Installing Sitecore 9 series of posts will help you understand the overall architecture of Sitecore and how to install Sitecore. For the blog series we will install Sitecore on a local Windows 10 machine. Before installing Sitecore let’s lo...
    • 15 Mar 2018

    Elizabeth Spranzani: Fallback Series Post 17: Nitty Gritty Developer Details to Configure Language Fallback

    In my previous two recent posts, I have explained what now comes with the core Sitecore platform for Language Fallback support as well as explanations of what, how and why to use Language Fallback and Enforce Version Presence . Now I will show you how easy it is to quickly enable these settings and start using them. Configuration File Updates In a patch config file, update the site nodes for each applicable website...
    • 28 Feb 2018

    Elizabeth Spranzani: Fallback Series Post 16: Language Fallback and Enforce Version Presence: What, How and Why

    In this post in my series on Language Strategy and Fallback, I will clarify what Language Fallback is, How it works, and why anyone would want to use it. I will do the same for Enforce Version Presence. These two concepts, although not dependent entirely on one another, very much go hand-in-hand. Language Fallback Definition: Functionality that allows control over which items and fields in Sitecore re-use content...
    • 26 Feb 2018

    Technical Marketing: Sitecore Virtual Developer Day - Q&A Contest Winners

    Thank you so much for attending our Sitecore Virtual Developer Day! Below, you will find the names of all the winners from our Q&A contest. We will be contacting each winner individually to let them know how they can claim their prize. Congratulations to all our winners! Winner Name Winner Country Aiden Zadeh Australia Ashneel Kumar New Zealand Ben Lipson...
    • 19 Feb 2018

    Technical Marketing: Configuration Layers and Rule-Based configuration in Sitecore 9

    Sitecore 9 introduced a new concept called Configuration Layers. These layers are dedicated folders in the App_Config folder to provide clear separation between Sitecore and custom configuration files. Sitecore 9 has also introduced the concept of rule-based configuration which allows you to more easily configure your individual instance roles when you start scaling out your infrastructure. To get an introduction to...
    • 15 Feb 2018

    Elizabeth Spranzani: Fallback Series Post 15: Language Fallback with Sitecore 8.1+

    You may be familiar with my earlier posts about using the Partial Language Fallback module with Sitecore a few years ago. This was a separate module that could be installed into a Sitecore instance and although it allowed content to be reused across languages, because it wasn't core to the platform, there were many workarounds and use cases that needed to be custom built to ensure everything worked as expected. Much...
    • 5 Jan 2018

    Technical Marketing: Habitat Federated Authentication for Sitecore 9

    Did you know there is an example of how to implement Federated Authentication available in the Sitecore 9 Habitat branch? The Feature.Accounts module configures the use of the Facebook provider, but it will also show additional buttons to any providers you configure in the config file: https://github.com/Sitecore/Habitat/blob/feature/v9/src/Feature/Accounts/code/App_Config/Include/Feature/Feature.Accounts.config Check...
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