Sitecore 8

Sitecore in September

September is an exciting time to be a Sitecore customer and partner. Not only will Sitecore be holding their annual Sitecore Symposium, but the Sitecore 8.2 release is scheduled to hit the market. Join us September 28th as we discuss all this and more at our St. Louis User Group.

September 01, 2016
Sitecore, Sitecore 8, Company News

Advantages of Sitecore from Four Perspectives

When searching for an enterprise content management system, the market can be overwhelming. As one of the leaders in the field, Sitecore stands out among the others, providing advantages for entire organizations. As a Sitecore Gold Partner, Roundedcube has outlined some of the high level advantages to Sitecore from four team perspectives; executives, developers and IT, marketing and content management.

February 03, 2016
Sitecore, Sitecore 8, Web Development, Digital Marketing, Web Strategy, User Experience Design

Creating A Custom Save Action for Sitecore WFFM

In my last blog post I covered the beginning steps of a Sitecore WFFM and Salesforce integration. In this post I would like to expand on that topic by sharing how to create a custom save action for Salesforce.

Sitecore allowed the Web Forms for Marketers (WFFM) module to let you create simple data collection forms. This WFFM module comes with some prebuilt functions that will act on the data being submitted through the form by a visitor. Two of the most common save actions are “Save to Database” and “Send Email Message”.

January 06, 2016
Sitecore 8, Sitecore, Web Development

Introducing Sitecore 8.1

To put it simply, Sitecore 8.1 is the latest version of Sitecore that offers quality enhancements since 8.0 and tighter integration of all the features released since 7.5. But even more importantly, it marks the arrival of two new offerings designed to service two distinct types of customers.

November 03, 2015
Sitecore, Sitecore 8, Web Development

Quality Assurance Testing for Ecommerce

The Case for Custom E-commerce on Sitecore

Not too long ago, in a sales briefing with a prospect, the topic of e-commerce came up with a request for a recommendation. At first, we hemmed a bit-- we’d need data and content requirements, budget, integration dependencies, etc. and only then could we provide a definitive recommendation after a thorough discovery…yada..yada…yada. It wasn’t until later, driving back, that we discussed as a team what we had all been thinking in the meeting. For many of our customers, for many scenarios, it makes more sense to build custom e-commerce than try and find something on the one size fits all market. Period.

September 24, 2015
Sitecore, Sitecore 8, Web Strategy, User Experience Design

5 Frequently Overlooked Sitecore Features

Sitecore has been around for a long time. I've been working with the platform since 2005 and I have seen tons of improvements throughout the years. I have noticed that there have been many features that seem to have gotten lost along the way. Here are a few of the features that you may have forgotten about that deserve a second look:

September 09, 2015
Sitecore, Sitecore 8, Web Development, Web Strategy

Understanding Sitecore as a Code Less Platform

One of the many reasons why Sitecore remains a leader in the WCM/CMS/CXM space is because of its foundation as a .NET framework. In the development industry, Sitecore is known as a codeless platform, not to be confused with a platform requiring no code, such as Squarespace or other SaaS for website creation. Instead, think of Sitecore as a platform that can be used to standardize your approach, simplify MVC architecture, separate design from content and code-behind from mark-up. It can also provide a single point of application integration and speed-up both development and deployment efforts.

September 01, 2015
Sitecore, Sitecore 8, Web Development, Web Strategy

How to Do a Quick Sitecore Self-Audit

Whatever your reason for a self-audit is, it's prudent to do a review of your Sitecore implementation to make sure it addresses your needs. I know that it can be expensive to do a full review when sometimes you only need to get a temperature check, so here's a quick guide on what to look for. As a disclaimer, this guide is not a replacement to a full audit and evaluation by an experienced Sitecore architect. If you feel a need for such, give us a call and let's see how we can help.

August 24, 2015
Sitecore, Sitecore 8, Web Development, Web Strategy

5 Steps To Prepare for Sitecore Experience Marketing

For marketers, the opportunity to use Sitecore Experience Marketing is very exciting. However, with all of the new changes, it can also be a bit daunting. Here are five steps for your marketing team to complete before creating a Sitecore Experience Marketing strategy.

May 22, 2015
Digital Marketing, Sitecore, Sitecore 8, Web Strategy

Measuring the Impact of Personalization with Sitecore 8

You know what would be awesome? If in Sitecore, you could clearly get clear data on how your dynamic personalized content was doing in optimizing the user experience. Which personalization variants are doing well? Which are not? You've gone through the work of creating more relevant content and defining conditions by which they will be triggered and increase the likelihood of your user reaching their intended goal - a conversion. But it sure would be nice to see how much of a difference it made. Well, looks like you can do just that!

May 07, 2015
Sitecore 8, Sitecore, Digital Marketing

Exploring Sitecore 8: From A Developer’s Perspective

From a developer’s perspective, there are a lot of changes in Sitecore 8. Some of these changes are visible to all users and some are behind the scenes for only developers to experience. 

March 17, 2015
Sitecore, Sitecore 8, Web Development

Exploring Sitecore 8: Transitioning from DMS to Sitecore Experience Marketing

With the release of Sitecore 8, users and marketers are now trying to decide if they should upgrade. While Jim, Roundedcube's Development Manager, weighed in on the technical path of upgrading, there is another perspective to consider, the Sitecore managers, users, content editors, and marketers. Whatever their title is, they need to know what upgrading to Sitecore 8 would mean for their day-to-day work.

March 12, 2015
Digital Marketing, Sitecore 8, Sitecore, Web Strategy

Exploring Sitecore 8: The Upgrade Path

Using old software can be a challenge. Upgrading to a more current version of the software and getting used to the “new” ways in which it has been enhanced can also be a challenge. Sitecore 8 is no different but it does have some compelling reasons to make the move.

March 05, 2015
Sitecore, Web Development, Sitecore 8, Web Strategy

Exploring Sitecore 8: Versioned Layouts

One of the new features of Sitecore 8 that is of interest is the introduction of versioned layouts. First, the term 'versioned layouts' is a bit misleading. Based on discussions with a few users familiar with the tool, it seems the term leads to an expectation of creating actual layout versioning for an item, rather than creating layout instances for an item's language version, which is the basis of this feature. So, for the sake of clarity within this post, I will refer to this feature as 'Language Version Layouts'. With that being said, lets delve more into this feature.

March 04, 2015
Sitecore, Web Development, Sitecore 8

Inaugural St. Louis Sitecore User Group a Success

We just wrapped up our first official meeting of the St. Louis Sitecore User Group and I couldn't be more pleased with the member turn-out, engaging conversations, and panelist insights! If you missed it, we'll try to catch you up. We hope you'll join us next time.

February 26, 2015
Digital Marketing, Sitecore, Company News, Sitecore 8, User Experience Design, Web Development, Web Strategy

Connecting and Integrating Sitecore 8

At Roundedcube, we’re interested in implementing the best Sitecore solution for our clients while also looking for ways to extend customer experience management (CXM) to other parts of their business. This includes building universal (social and web) user profiles, integrating with my customer’s CRM and allowing bottom-up content creation through innovative social intranets. The new Sitecore 8 release promises to make this effort easier-- If there’s one thing that is exciting to me about the new Sitecore 8 release it’s connectivity.

January 27, 2015
Sitecore, Digital Marketing, Web Strategy, Sitecore 8