Vanity URLs in OWCS 11.1.1.8.0: Known Bugs as of Patch 12

Oracle Webcenter Sites' vanity URLs have quickly become one of the most popular features in this product.

Multiple clients have already benefited from this feature significantly, but they've also had to struggle as bugs and shortcomings impacted their respective projects.

In the years we've been assessing clients on the use of OWCS, we've found frustration in many cases, derived from their not being aware not only of the existance of those flaws but, more importantly, the impact they have on the technical solutions they've implemented around their websites' business...


OWCS 11.1.1.8 Missing Nodes in Site Plan Tree

You wake up one morning, get into work, grab your morning coffee and log into Web Center Sites.  As you sip your coffee you look at the Site Plan Tree tab, which contains the 600 or so pages that you painstakingly organized with pride.  You get an email saying that now Page X needs to be moved under Page Y for the breadcrumbs.

You put down your coffee and you start to drag Page X under Page Y.  Page X has 100 pages underneath it and the dragging seems to lag.  You let go of your mouse button only to see the Page and all its children disappear.  You frantically expand various nodes...


How to Create Custom Content Tabs in the Contributor UI

Applies To

OracleWebCenter Sites 11g (version 11.1.1.8.0)

 

Introduction

Often our flex assets have quite a few attributes which all end up on the same "Content" tab in the Contributor UI. The tab ends up being inconveniently long and the attributes are disorganized.

By customizing some UI elements, we can add new tabs to the content entry forms like in the image above (notice the new "Article Metadata" tab).

This blog post describes how to create these new tabs.

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To Engage or not to Engage

There are approximately 7500 types of Apples in the world; roughly 100 types of those are grown commercially, to be sold in the U.S.  Due to regional and seasonal constraints those get narrowed down to a handful in our local supermarkets.  Can you imagine if all the Apples sold in a supermarket were put into a single container and you had to find and pick six Royal Gala Apples amongst the hundreds or maybe thousands of Apples?

Luckily for us most supermarkets will have their Apples separated by type, organic vs non-organic and is likely located in a dedicated area for produce.  If...


Installing Oracle WebCenter Sites 12c

The following tutorial, by Function1's Michael Crawford, takes you step by step through the process of installing WebCenter Sites 12c from scratch, including installing Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Infrastructure, and then Sites itself. You will be guided through each step with screenshots of the entire process.

Login as oracle user

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Files are on desktop

They can be...


How to create a modal window in WebCenter Sites Contributor UI (11.1.1.8)

If you have been working on WCS for a while, you have probably run into situations where you need to customize the contributor UI. WCS has provided some hooks for this, but often the documentation is too basic and requires more research and reverse engineering.

In an effort to shed some light into UI customization, at Function1 we have authored a series of UI customization blogs: How to build custom attribute editors in WebCenter Sites 11.1.1.8,...


Create a Vimeo Proxy Asset in WebCenter Sites

In a previous article, Sridhar discussed Proxy Assets and how they work in WebCenter Sites. For example, say your site has lots of video content from Vimeo. In the past, maybe you created a string attribute to hold the Vimeo id, and maybe you even went so far as to create an attribute editor or Contributor UI customization to embed the video preview...

Creating a Custom Flex Filter in WebCenter Sites

WebCenter Sites Flex Filters provide a natural mechanism to do some post asset-save processing.  Out of the box, Oracle provides the following 4 Flex Filters: Doc-Type, Thumbnail Creator, Field Copier, and Document Transformation. Generally, these filters can be configured to take an input value from an asset and then do some processing on it resulting in something new. For example, a blob valued attribute named ImageFile can be used as input into the Thumbnail Creator to create a derived attribute containing a thumbnail rendition of the...


Troubleshooting GSF Vanity URLs

So you've set up GSF Vanity URLs in your WebCenter Sites environment -- or at least you thought you did. But what should you do if vanity URLs aren't displaying in your website -- and instead you just see query string URLs everywhere? Here's a few things to check:

IS GSF FULLY INSTALLED

Go to the AdminSite site in WebCenter Sites and view the GSF WEM app. On the main page, you should see two messages like this:

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Those (tricky?) "date" attributes in Webcenter Sites 11.1.1.8.0

In Webcenter Sites, every type of attribute is paired with a "native" editor provided by WCS which allows your entering the corresponding attribute value, even if you have not assigned an ad-hoc attribute editor to that attribute.

One of those attribute types is the "date". WCS provides a native editor which greatly simplifies your entering such an attribute's value in the right format (i.e. as expected by WCS and the underlying database) without much of a hassle.

This native editor comprises a text field where the...


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