A slightly different type of post today, the next entry in the series I am writing about extending xDB and Experience Profile is coming at the end of the week. Instead of the usual development guides, sample code and concepts its more of a “Good news everyone!”
In my previous post I explained how to extend Sitecore’s Experience Database so that you can store custom data against each Contact (visitor) of your site. I also recently posted about updating an xDB Contact with basic information. This post will explain how to uniquely identify Contacts from one another and how to merge Contacts, and their data, once you have determined that they are the same User. Continue reading
This is a quick, short and sharp post covering how to add data to Contacts in xDB, specifically to the Facets and Elements that come with Sitecore out-of-the-box. This post is to provide additional info to that goes with recent posts covering how to identify and merge Contacts in xDB and how to extend xDB to store custom data.
It’s about time we start doing with Experience Database. Out of the box, xDB is awesome for collecting general data such as name, address, contact details etc and that’s really useful. But how about we take it to another level; store specific information to the website, the client and the interactions of the visitor.
Follow Field Target – Click through to the Item referenced by a Sitecore Field
Fed up the roundabout way of navigating to the Item referenced in one of Sitecore’s Link and List Field Types in the Content Editor I’ve built a concise Sitecore Marketplace Module that lets you click through to the Item the field is targeting.
Secure File Upload – Restrict files uploaded via WFFM by Mime type and file size
At the beginning of the year I posted a blog on a secure way to validate uploaded files that goes beyond checking the file extension. I have since redeveloped it from the ground up to exist as a self-contained module which is now available on the Sitecore Marketplace for Sitecore 8 all the way back to 6.5;
If you are seeing the following Exception when accessing the Index Manager in Sitecore it is likely you have errors within your Index configuration files.
Control Users Publishing Options via Sitecore Security Policies
As with most go-lives a showstopper ticket comes in just as you feel like you can finally go live. Fortunately the issue came in didn’t require a new release only some digging around in Sitecore and learning about a lesser known feature
Sitecore 8 Content Testing
Anything with the codename Skynet immediately gets my attention so I dug into Sitecore’s Content Testing. Essentially Content Testing can learn from AB and Multivariate tests to suggest changes and create tests which can improve conversion rates, engagement values, site usage. So lets create some robotic Overlords!
How to Add Content Testing to Sitecore Workflow
To give the option to Content Test in workflow you need to create new Workflow Commands under a new or existing Workflow State, commonly the State before Item is publishable. In this example, the Content Test will be created on the Review State before the Item is moved to the Approved State for publishing.