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  1. 1. Sitecore 7 New Features for Users An Overview of New Features and Functionality in Sitecore 7 May 3, 2013 1
  2. 2. Sitecore Enterprise Web CMS • Popular .NET Web Content Management System for mid-to-large organizations • Provides friendly tools for non-technical Content Authors and Marketers • Can be customized and extended to meet almost any conceivable business need 2
  3. 3. Sitecore 7 Can Find Moved Items Sitecore 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 move Sitecore 7 has less errors when users move items • Renderings continue to work when users move an item that contains a datasource • Sitecore displays a warning when users try to delete an item that contains a datasource 3
  4. 4. Larger Numbers of Content Items Previous Sitecore versions placed items in a tree • Restrictions set limits on immediate child items to 100 Sitecore 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 located 4
  5. 5. Organizing Items in Buckets Sitecore 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 box 5
  6. 6. Alternatives for Pick Lists Pick Lists were used on previous Sitecore versions • Sitecore displayed a Treelist or Droplist of items • Users would have to navigate through the list of items Sitecore 7 includes new field types • Users can now perform searches for list items • New fields that provide search contain “Bucket” • Bucket Rich Text • Bucket Tree List, etc. • Previous list types still available 6
  7. 7. Sitecore 7 Quick Actions Quick 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 pages Sitecore 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 users 7
  8. 8. Sitecore 7 Search Features Users 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 databases Lucene Search (enhanced in Sitecore 7) • Useful for searching less than 100 million documents Solr Search (new to Sitecore 7) • Useful for searching through billions of documents 8
  9. 9. Sitecore 7 Search Results Boosting • Some results can be displayed more prominently Facets • Search results can be further refined by users Quick Actions • Each Search Results item can display specific actions Bulk Operations • Search Results Page lists all available operations 9
  10. 10. Sitecore 7 Boosting Options Search 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 personalization 10
  11. 11. Search Results Bulk Operations Content Authors can apply bulk changes to items • Add Tags • Search and Replace • Copy or Move • Delete Results • Publish Items • Apply Security • More… 11
  12. 12. Custom Search Results Display Sitecore 7 offers multiple views for Search Results • List View • Grid View • Custom Views • Tabs for retrieving saved searches Sitecore 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 fields 12
  13. 13. Sitecore 7 Content Editor Features Content Tree (left side of Content Editor) • A Search command appears when you right-click items • Search appears directly below Insert command Edit 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 item 13
  14. 14. Sitecore 7 Support for Media Sitecore 7 Media Library • The content of documents can now be searched • A Download Quick Action exists for media items 14
  15. 15. 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 items 15
  16. 16. Caveat Emptor This slide deck is based on data available at the time • The data came from well-intentioned bloggers • Review your Sitecore 7 needs with your Sitecore partner • Review proposed upgrades with all stakeholders • Implement new versions or Sitecore on a test system first This presentation is intended to be academic • To enhance public knowledge of Sitecore 7 features • To promote a better understanding of Sitecore 7 Author cannot guarantee accuracy or fitness for your site • Author makes no representations or warranties • Author disclaims any liability if you act on this information 16
  17. 17. More Topics from TIC All Sitecore-related SlideShares from TIC How to Assure Success for a New Sitecore Site (full slide deck) How to Avoid Shooting Yourself in the SEO Implementing Routine Sitecore Maintenance Performance Tips for Sitecore Mobile Users Sitecore Performance Tips for Visitor Engagement Troubleshooting Sitecore Performance 17
  18. 18. The Inside Corner, Inc. • The Inside Corner, Inc. (TIC) is owned by Craig Nelson • TIC is a Sitecore partner & web consultancy • A U.S. point of contact for teams of Sitecore specialists • We create new Sitecore sites & enhance existing ones 18
  19. 19. Primary Developer - Craig Nelson • Sitecore Specialist certified for Sitecore 7 • 10 years of system administration experience • 10 years as a Microsoft Certified Trainer • 5 years of ASP.NET web development experience • 4 years of Sitecore development experience • 3 years as a Sitecore technical instructor • Sitecore architecture & configuration expert • Performance & SEO optimization specialist • Workflow configuration specialist 19
  20. 20. Get Help with your Sitecore Site Follow TIC on LinkedIn • Add TIC to your Circles on Google Plus • Follow TIC on Twitter • Contact Craig Directly • Craig Nelson - Certified 7.0 Developer and Sitecore Partner • cwnelson[at] • Mobile - 707.319.7446 Visit the TIC website • 20
  21. 21. 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 search improvements 21 Download slide presentation to view URLs
  22. 22. Thank you for taking the time to view this presentation on Sitecore 7 -New Features for Users Please share with others and add a comment if you think it is useful Thanks! May 3, 2013 22