SDL Tridion 2013 Articles

This section has SDL Tridion 2013 articles and tutorials. 

SDL Tridion 2011 Articles

This section is full of SDL Tridion 2011 articles, tips, tutorials (yes! tutorials!) and samples. 

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." 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

SiteEdit 2009 Essentials (1) - The Basics

So you have installed SiteEdit 2009.... what's next? This article contains details on how the basics of SiteEdit 2009 can be implemented in your templates, and then moves on to address additional features such as controlling the publication in which components and pages are edited, making embedded or linked components editable through SiteEdit, and enabling the editing and creation of components that are published as Dynamic Component Presentations. The whole article refers to functionality provided by SiteEdit 2009 SP2. Earlier versions will not necessarily work with the described approaches. The TT72267 hotfix is also required.  

The different levels of Compound Templating Part 1 of 3

In this three part series, a unified way of working with Compound Templating or Modular Templating is presented. Part one starts with Dreamweaver Template Building Blocks, part two continues with C# code fragment Building Blocks, and part three finishes with .NET assembly Building Blocks. 

Micro-Site - Maxi-Impact

I recently worked on rolling out an SDL Microsite and was impressed by how quickly this could be achieved with SDL Tridion 2009. Since I left our Professional Services team a few years back, I had not really worked on a full-scale project and it was good to see that quick implementations are no rocket science. After talking about the project to fellow marketers, I realized however that planning microsites for many of my peers is still paired with a general hesitation. So, let's demystify microsites.  

Cache Extensions

This little module provides information about extensions of the Content Delivery caching mechanism. 

Passing the PageURI to a DCP for Dynamic Linking

Tridion Dynamic Linking API requires a PageURI value to be used when resolving dynamic links. This TCMURI is used when calculating the the proximity of a potential target URL relative to the current Page (where the link appears on).  

Altova XMLSpy

SDL Tridion partners with Altova to offer a high class XML editor within its software development environment. Altova XMLSpy delivers the power you need to create the most advanced XML and Web services applications. 

Training Matters

Training - the acquisition of knowledge, skills and competencies - is an essential part of any employee's toolkit for their daily jobs and without it employees will struggle to do their job in an efficient and successful manner. For an organization, it is crucial that the right people are trained well to use tools, such as a Content Management System (CMS), so that the organization can fully leverage the potential of their investment. 

Developing an Extensible SDL Tridion Workflow Framework

The SDL Tridion Web Content Management System provides a flexible approval workflow engine which is tied directly into the vision of Content Management held by Tridion. The system does not readily integrate with business processes. 

Seven Sins of Website Translation

Today, I had to do some research on the web. As I surfed in this sea of information, I put on my consumer glasses and had a closer look at the translation features of these sites. Working for a global Web Content Management vendor, I was surprised by what I saw. And because I did not get far with my intended research, I decided to at least share with you what to me are the Seven Sins of website translation: 

Five steps to make it personal

All visitors, even anonymous ones, want information that relates to their interests. If they don't find it on your website, they will look elsewhere. If they do, they'll keep coming back. According to Gartner (source: a Framework for Creating the Future Customer-Centric Web, Feb 2009) by 2012, organizations that lack customer-centric web strategies will soon trail competitors that have them. I'm often asked how you should you go about implementing website personalization. So here are my top 5 tips. 

Ode to the Form

In the previous article, I looked at interaction offline and online and the differences between the two. As I said then, there are a lot of different ways to create an interactive experience for visitors and to learn about their preferences. Undoubtedly one way of doing so is via online forms, because this is where you can directly ask your audience what they expect and think. 

Online Interaction Matters

As little as ten years ago, online communication tended to be purely one-sided. Websites presented themselves as a brochure-ware monologue to the visitor. As marketers, we usually did not know who visited our websites and what people were looking for. In the majority of cases, we were not even in control of our internet presence. The familiar old statement that we knew we were wasting budget, but had no idea which bit, was as valid for the online channel as for all the others. For our audience, the message was clear: "Love it or leave it, sink or swim". 

Safeguard movie

SDL Tridion Safeguard provides quality and compliance management functionality so you can deliver consistent, high-quality websites that comply with internal and external standards and regulations. 

Website standards

Website standards are the library of standards specified by an organization to govern the content, function and appearance of their web estate. Managed effectively, they deliver tangible performance and operational benefits, and are powerful tools for regulating the process of website creation and publication. However, defining, implementing and managing website standards presents organizations with common logistical challenges. 

Using P&P in Distributed Environments

Mihai Cadariu shows how to solve the challenge that occurs when you use the Content Delivery software component called Personalization & Profiling (P&P) on a different server than the server to which the Web site visitor logs in.  

Web2.0: engaging customer passion

The communication channels available through social networking, blogs, customer communities and online interactive environments have given rise to remarkable levels of user involvement and user-generated content. This has resulted in a new Web economy, where content is transformed into passionate customer activity rather than passive browsing behavior. 

Using SDL Tridion Object Caching with Apache Active MQ

In R5.3 GA, SDL Tridion introduced Object Caching using JMS as a mechanism for synchronization of the caches. The mechanism allows cached objects, cached by the websites, to be invalidated in the event of a newer version of the object being deployed to the website. JMS based messaging provides a more scalable mechanism for cache updates than RMI based messaging which was the only option prior to R5.3.  

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. 

Monitoring Tridion Publishing with Tridion Application Monitoring

SDL Tridion introduced Application Monitoring as part of the SDL Tridion R5.3 GA release. This functionality enables Administrators to monitor certain aspects of the environment to ensure optimal uptime of essential processes. Tridion Application Monitoring can be extended to enable Administrators to monitor even more than what is delivered out of the box.  

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.  

Dynamic Linking in ASP.NET websites

This article gives a detailed step-by-step guide to configuring both your ASP.NET Web application and your SDL Tridion Content Manager to enable the publishing of pages that contain dynamic links using the new ASP.NET Server Controls introduced in version 5.3 of SDL Tridion R5. Although all this information is available in the standard documentation, it is spread out over several documents. This article brings the information together in one place. To perform this task, follow the numbered steps below. 

Visual Studio 2005 To COM and .NET 1.1

Making your Visual Studio 2005 code work with COM and .NET 1.1 This article explains: * how you can make code you develop in Visual Studio 2005 visible to COM applications * how you can make code you develop in Visual Studio 2005 run in a .NET 1.1 environment  

SDL Tridion Certification!

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

10 tips for installing SDL Tridion R5

There is more to installing SDL Tridion R5 than simply clicking 'Next'. The following few simple guidelines can help you install SDL Tridion R5 in a way that leads to less issues and better results.  

Seven Sins of Website Translation

Today, I had to do some research on the web. As I surfed in this sea of information, I put on my consumer glasses and had a closer look at the translation features of these sites. Working for a global Web Content Management vendor, I was surprised by what I saw. And because I did not get far with my intended research, I decided to at least share with you what to me are the Seven Sins of website translation: 

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