Sitecore 7 New Features for Users

Sitecore 7 New Features for Users



An Overview of New Features and Functionality for Users in Sitecore 7

An Overview of New Features and Functionality for Users in Sitecore 7



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  • Sitecore 7New Features for UsersAn Overview of New Features and Functionality in Sitecore 7May 3, 20131
  • Sitecore Enterprise Web CMS• Popular .NET Web Content Management System formid-to-large organizations• Provides friendly tools for non-technical ContentAuthors and Marketers• Can be customized and extended to meet almost anyconceivable business need2
  • Sitecore 7 Can Find Moved ItemsSitecore 7 adds support for users moving items• Datasources specify a source of data for renderings• This reduces the renderings required for a site• Sitecore 7 uses IDs instead of Paths for datasources• A path changes, but not the ID, when items moveSitecore 7 has less errors when users move items• Renderings continue to work when users move anitem that contains a datasource• Sitecore displays a warning when users try to delete anitem that contains a datasource3
  • Larger Numbers of Content ItemsPrevious Sitecore versions placed items in a tree• Restrictions set limits on immediate child items to 100Sitecore 7 has new items called Item Buckets• Lifts restrictions on number of direct children• Can contain tens of millions of child items• Users use a search box to locate and update content• Sitecore does not display children of buckets by default• Users don’t need to organize items in the Content Tree• Users don’t need to remember where items are located4
  • Organizing Items in BucketsSitecore 7 items can be arranged in item buckets• Any parent item can be converted to an item bucket• Users can now manage large numbers of content items• Search boxes have been added to many Sitecore tools• Content Editor Edit Pane• Page Editor Ribbon• Insert Link dialog box• Insert Media dialog box5
  • Alternatives for Pick ListsPick Lists were used on previous Sitecore versions• Sitecore displayed a Treelist or Droplist of items• Users would have to navigate through the list of itemsSitecore 7 includes new field types• Users can now perform searches for list items• New fields that provide search contain “Search”• Multilist with Search, Treelist with Search, etc.• Previous list types still available6
  • Sitecore 7 Quick ActionsQuick Actions are links in Search Results pages• Each link activates a command• Each command takes an action on the associated item• Applies to all items that appear in Search Results pagesSitecore 7 Quick Action Definitions• Some Quick Actions are included with Sitecore 7• Add a Version, Lock for Editing, etc.• Additional Quick Actions can be created for users• Quick Action access can be restricted to specific users7
  • Sitecore 7 Search FeaturesUsers search content, not just item names• Search through Word, PDF and other documents• Perform complex searches (sorts, dates & wildcards)• Faster search retrievals• Search results can include files and external databasesLucene Search (enhanced in Sitecore 7)• Useful for searching less than 100 million documentsSolr Search (new to Sitecore 7)• Useful for searching through billions of documents8
  • Sitecore 7 Search ResultsBoosting• Some results can be displayed more prominentlyFacets• Search results can be further refined by usersQuick Actions• Each Search Results item can display specific actionsBulk Operations• Search Results Page lists all available operations 9
  • Sitecore 7 Boosting OptionsSearch Results can be boosted six different ways• Field Boosting gives more weight to a particular field• Field Type Boosting gives more weight to a field type• Item Boosting gives more weight to a particular item• Rules-Based Item Boosting sets specific ranking rules• Global Rules-Based Item Boosting defines general rules• Query-Time Boosting uses context for personalization10
  • Search Results Bulk OperationsContent Authors can apply bulk changes to items• Add Tags• Search and Replace• Copy or Move• Delete Results• Publish Items• Apply Security• More… 11
  • Custom Search Results DisplaySitecore 7 offers multiple views for Search Results• List View• Grid View• Custom Views• Tabs for retrieving saved searchesSitecore 7 allows field values in Search Results• Specific fields of an item can be displayed in the results• Content Authors do not need to click links to see fields12
  • Sitecore 7 Content Editor FeaturesContent Tree (left side of Content Editor)• A Search command appears when you right-click items• Search appears directly below Insert commandEdit Pane (right side of Content Editor)• Hourglass with a plus (+) icon added to the tab strip• Clicking Hourglass tab is same as clicking Search in Tree• Users can open any number of search tabs• These tabs stay open as users move from item to item13
  • Sitecore 7 Support for MediaSitecore 7 Media Library• The content of documents can now be searched• A Download Quick Action exists for media items14
  • In Summary• Sitecore 7 has removed all quantity restrictions• Content can now be organized in Item Buckets• Sitecore 7 users use search tools to manage content• The Search Results page is now a primary CMS tool• Field values can appear on the Search Results Page• Search results can be refined with facets• Use Quick Actions to implement commands on items• Use Bulk Operations to apply bulk changes to items15
  • For More InformationCraig Nelson - Certified Developer and Sitecore Partner•• cwnelson[at]• Mobile - 707.319.7446http://www.theinsidecorner.com16
  • Caveat Emptor• This slide deck is based on data available at the time• Sitecore 7 is currently in pre-release• The data came from well-intentioned bloggers17
  • Bibliography• A Peek at Sitecore 7• Apache Solr website• Sitecore 7: More Search• Sitecore 7: Quick Actions• Sitecore 7: Six Types of Search Boosting• Sitecore 7: Your content authors will love the searchimprovements18
  • Thankyoufor taking the timeto view this presentationonSitecore7 - New Featuresfor UsersMay 3, 201319