Cumulative Hotfixes and Product hotfixes are now on SDL FTP servers

A new FTP repository has been made available for downloading Cumulative Hotfixes and Product Hotfixes SDL Tridion 2011 line and onwards. 

The end of world is near

Today (Tuesday Feb 3rd, 2015) SDL launched its new community site. 

SDL SmartTarget 2014 SP1

SDL, the leading provider of solutions for Customer Experience Management announces the launch of SDL SmartTarget 2014 SP1. This Service Pack introduces a brand new feature called "Experiments".  

Do You Know What's in an SDL Tridion Functional Design?

A Web Content Management (WCM) Functional Design (FD) can improve your implementations by translating graphic design (wireframes and mockups) into WCM functionality while ensuring a content author-friendly setup. The FD make projects smoother by confirming project scope, standardizing terminology, and getting stakeholders to sign-off on the project. The FD explains the "what" rather than the "how." 

Gartner names SDL a Leader

SDL was named a Leader in the "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management" report (2013). 

Setting up SDL Tridion Multi-Item Workflow

This tutorial describes how to set up SDL Tridion 2013 Multi-Item Workflow with Bundles. 

SDL gets highest score for Current Offering

SDL Receives Top Score Among All Vendors in Experience Management Category According to Independent Research Firm. Maidenhead, U.K. April 9, 2013 

Community Power

The SDL Tridion community has grown over the past years and this is certainly noticable through the amount of bloggers which on a regular basis write articles about SDL Tridion.  

MVP Award Program

The SDL Tridion MVP Award program is a program developed to thank and recognize all the great professionals that freely share their knowledge, real world experience and objective feedback to help others implement and enhance our technology. An MVP award is given to those who offer exceptional contributions to the SDL Tridion community. You can nominate candidates at any time during the entire year. 

Reponsive design on SDL Tridion World

Responsive design is a technique to make your existing web site suitable for a broader range of devices by having it respond to the media it is displayed on. This article looks at how we made SDL Tridion World better looking on mobile devices by employing responsive design techniques. 

Portal Integration Scenarios and Considerations

The focus of this document is to discuss the delivery aspect of SDL Tridion, specifically to deploying content to portals. First, we will outline general integration principles around the Web Services that is true for all Portal deployments. We will then outline three portal deployment scenarios, discuss the pros and cons of each, and address typical portal integration concerns. Ultimately, the decision as to which is best will be based on specific business needs of the customer. 

Deployer Extensions with Eclipse - Step 1: Introduction, Concepts & Requirements

In this tutorial we will cover all the steps you must follow to create a deployer extension using Eclipse. We will create a "Custom Module" and will configure Eclipse from scratch to develop, test and debug our code. 

Using oData with Tridion (.NET/C#)

With the release of Tridion 2011, SDL has incorporated OData support into its API's for the display layer via web services. By doing this Tridion allows developers to talk to the content broker and retrieve data for consumption within their own code. This guide will walk you through setting up, and using OData for your first time to connect to Tridion 

Using Content Porter 2009 SP1 for DTAP

This document describes a process to move Content Manager changes between various different Tridion systems (Typically named DTAP, or Development, Test, Acceptance and Production) 

The different levels of Compound Templating � Part 2 of 3

In this series of articles, a unified way of working with the Compound Templating Framework is presented. Part one started with Dreamweaver Template Building Blocks, this part is a continuation of part one and describes Custom Functions for Dreamweaver TBBs. The other parts cover C# fragment Building Blocks and .NET assembly Building Blocks. 

Easily Publish Website Design

The Dreamweaver integration for Modular Templating enables you to rapidly upload HTML designs into SDL Tridion and publish them onto your website. However there are some common stumbling blocks related to how 2nd level dependencies are managed (for example the relationship between CSS and images), and the structure of the published files on your website. This article outlines these issues and illustrates a simple approach to overcome them. 

Setting up a SDL Tridion 2011 GUI extension in 8 steps

This tutorial shows how to configure an extension for the SDL Tridion 2011 GUI from start to finish. 

What is the SDL Tridion Object Cache?

The SDL Tridion Object Cache is an in-memory cache that stores frequently used objects from the Content Data Store. The cache keeps objects available to applications for repeated usage. This prevents SDL Tridion Content Delivery from having to retrieve objects from the Content Data Store for each request. Typically caching includes linking information, metadata and component presentations. The Object Cache is designed to significantly improve the performance of your Web sites and is available to every Content Delivery module. SDL Tridion recommends implementing it in every production environment. 

Maintaining SDL Tridion Databases

The SDL Tridion uses two and possibly three different databases. The SDL Tridion Content Manager Database (called Tridion_cm by default) that is used to store all Tridion content, the SDL Tridion Logging Database (called Tridion_cm_log by default) which holds all error and warning messages that the Content Manager server logs and the SDL Tridion Content Delivery Database (called Tridion_broker by default) which stores all dynamic content and metadata information that is available for the Content Broker, Dynamic Linking, Dynamic Content Delivery and Personalization and Profiling on the Presentation Servers.  

Some words about the Reference Implementation

So you heard about the SDL Tridion Reference Implementation (a.k.a. Digital Experience Accelerator), and now you want to know what it is all about. 

SDL Tridion MVP 2014

The MVP Selection Panel is happy to announce the winners of the SDL Tridion Most Valued Professional awards for 2014. This year we have 15 (3 more than last year!) amazing professionals that were chosen from the many high-quality nominations received. 

SignalR and MessageCenter

This tutorial explains how to show users a message in the MessageCenter GUI from the .Net parts of the system, such as the Event System, Templates or Custom Resolvers using a Microsoft open source product called SignalR. 

Namespace Changes for SDL Tridion 2013 CMS Items

This document describes a process to update Content Manager items which have had namespace changes applied. 

SDL Tridion 2013 Released!

SDL, the leading provider of solutions for Customer Experience Management announces the launch of SDL Tridion 2013. This new release refreshes workflow functionality and makes it easier for customers to integrate with external media content providers.  

Creating an SDL Tridion 2013 Development VM - Part 1: Setting up the VM

This document details how to install and test an SDL Tridion Content Manager 2013 install on Windows 2012 with a SQL Server database. 

Using LINQPad with SDL Tridion

LINQPad is a development tool that allows you to write C# scripts. This article explains how to use LINQPad in combination with Tridion. 

Creating mobile websites using SDL Tridion

Having recently completed a mobile website development and rollout using SDL Tridion we thought we would share some advice based on our experiences and realization that SDL Tridion is the perfect tool for creating and publishing mobile content. 

Analyzing the Tridion Object Cache

Tridion Content Delivery comes with an Object Cache module that keeps frequently requested information in memory to speed up access to your web site. In many cases this is all you need to know about the Object Cache: if you enable the Object Cache your web site becomes faster. But there are also situations where you'd like to know how your Object Cache is being used and whether assigning more memory to caching will improve performance even further. To do this you can use the Content Delivery logging mechanism to write out a separate log file with just the output from the Object Cache subsystem.  

SiteEdit with positive z-indexes

When you have used SDL Tridion you will no doubt also have encountered SiteEdit and will have seen how useful it can be to easily maintain your web content. With Modular Templates the implementation of SiteEdit has been made really easy, but getting it to work for you properly within your own website design can sometimes be some more work.  

Setting up an IIS Deployer (Manual)

In this article we'll be taking a look at setting up a SDL Tridion .NET deployment environment. SDL Tridion gives you many options for deployment and methods for getting your data to your web servers. Tridion supports multiple web servers including Apache and IISas well as multiple methods to transfer data include HTTP(s), FTP, Local File System, SFTP, and SSHFTP. Looking at that list we can immediately see the cross platform and extensibility options for our environments. For the purpose of this article I'm going to keep it Microsoft technology, but feel free to explore all the options listed above to find out which method is best for your environment and requirements. 

Content Delivery Network Integration

If your website visitors have to wait a long time for your site to load, at best you will bore them. At worst you will lose their business. This article illustrates how Tridion's extensible storage mechanism enables you to mitigate these risks by integrating with a CDN. 

HowTo: Tackle Integrations in SDL Tridion 2011

SDL Tridion comes with a broad extension framework. This document explains how to utilize the standardized interfaces to integrate SDL Tridion with your IT ecosystem. Whilst SDL Tridion offers you standard features to enable your content and channel strategy to drive the business end of your interaction, there will always be a wish to leverage your existing software investments by means of back-end integrations. SDL Tridion caters for this need through its extension framework. On both the Content Management, as well as the Content Delivery side there are a wide range of extension points, which allow you to extend functionality without the need for customizations. 

SDL Tridion 2011 Interface Eyes User Experience

In the past few years, it seemed like more and more software companies focused on the user experience element of their products. We have seen popular office suites move from drop-down menus and toolbars to ribbons showing in-context options. SDL has not missed this trend and has improved their Tridion 2011 Content Manger Explorer (CME) interface in much the same way. 

SDL Tridion 2011 .NET events

SDL Tridion 2011 comes with a new implementation of the event system. The event system is now part of the extensibility features that support extending the Content Manager kernel, which means you can make your event system modular. 

HowTo: Extending Content Broker Storage

An example of storing comments using the new extensible storage model 

SDL Tridion Certification!

The SDL Tridion Certification Program for Technical Consultants is a Professional Services initiative targeted at the SDL Tridion Technical Consultant community.

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