Modern User Profile Management and GDPR

What does your business think about its customers’ privacy? Since the dawn of the internet, the answer to this question has varied from company to company. Some organizations have gone to great lengths to protect personal information, while others literally exist to aggregate and sell it to the highest bidder. All of this will change starting in May of this year.
 
Citizens of the European Union have sought a more transparent, responsible, and trustworthy attitude towards consumers from its businesses. This has ultimately led to the creation of Regulation 2016/679,...

Are you getting the insights you expect from your website search?

When considering search, the first thought is generally SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing). Both involve driving and maximizing the visitors to a site or a given page.  However, once they get there, are they getting what they want? Maybe. Can we do more? Probably. How? One way is to factor in the insights from your website search when selecting the content to show them.

We live in a content-centric age where a vast quantity of content is available to everyone. The trick is not only to get people to your site to see your content and show them relevant...


Content-as-a-Service: An Architecture for Evolution

The one constant in technology is evolution. The CMS space is no exception. With the growth of delivery channels, cloud technologies, microservices architecture, and the progression of web rendering technologies Content-as-a-Service (or CaaS)...

Oracle WebCenter Sites and Siteminder

We are far from the days when logging in was as easily implemented as a username, password, and cgi script in between your user’s anonymous and logged-in states. Today’s world is ruled by powerful web access management softwares that not only securely keep intruders from accessing your most secure pages but also allows for a user management system hooked up to your LDAP environment. Among them: HP’s IceWall SSO, IAM (Identity and Access Management), and CA Siteminder. Let’s focus on the latter.

 

Per their website, CA Siteminder promises to...


Back Door to Modify an Out-of-the-Box Element When You Only Have Access to the UI

Quite often you need to modify an out-of-the-box element in Oracle WebCenter Sites to either make a change or add some debug code.  Also just as often we don't actually have the access we need to modify said element because it is a simple Element Catalog element and we only have access to the UI.

Do not fret, there is a little trick you can use to gain access to the element for modification.  Simply wrap it with a CSElement.  

If you create a CSElement and give it the full name of the element you are trying to modify it will magically hook up to the actual code.

For...


WEM Assets: Understanding the Assets in WebCenter Sites

One of the great advantages of implementing a web experience management tool such as WebCenter Sites is the standardization and management of assets. In the words of many of my non-developer friends and even my own father, Long pause …“Ok that doesn’t mean anything to me, I thought you built websites. What is an asset?”   

Simply put in WCS everything is an asset. Let me explain. An asset is defined as:

“An object that stored in the WCS database that can be created, edited, inspected, deleted, duplicated, placed into workflow, tracked through revision tracking,...


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...


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...

Vanity URLs in WebCenter Sites 11g Release 1

The latest release of WebCenter Sites, 11g Release 1 (11.1.1.8.0), now includes vanity URL support. If you’ve ever used GSF’s vanity URLs, this will look very familiar to you. WebCenter Sites’s implementation, however, does contain some slight differences. More significantly, there are some nice enhancements compared to the GSF vanity URLs.

The purpose of this post isn’t to bore you with all the technical details of how the vanity URLs are setup. For all those details, check out the Oracle WebCenter Sites documentation (...


Using External Content as native assets in WebCenter Sites 11.1.1.8

Is your organization leveraging videos in YouTube and embedding into organizations website via Video/Media assets?   Is your organization's press releases managed in different sites and displaying them in organization's website using iFrames?   Is your organization's product knowledge base articles managed in external sites and displayed on a product page?  Or perhaps your content contributors are recreating the content in Web Center Sites instead of just referring to the application service provider APIs?

If you answered yes to any of the above, then the new Oracle WebCenter Sites...


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