Create a Simple 'Contact Us' Form with GSF

If you're familiar with the GSF, then you already know how helpful it is for developing basic JSP Templates and how it lets you do the same work as before, except with a lot fewer lines of code. But what about another type of page that most sites need? I am, of course, talking about the Contact Us form page. The GSF 11.x makes it easy to add your own custom form processing logic without having to write your own Java controller from scratch. In a few easy steps, your Contact Us form page...

WEM Distilled

In the world of information technology the acronyms are a plenty and their translations are often debated and overloaded. So what is WEM you ask? Well, WEM is short for West Edmonton Mall located in the glorious province of Alberta Canada OR a line of vintage guitar amplifiers depending how you structured your Google search...I'm just kidding, don't leave just yet! Let's rewind. WEM, Web Experience Management, is an acronym used to describe the evolution of Web Content Management software into a realm that encompasses online interactions with visitors across multiple delivery channels...

WebCenter Sites CSDT tip: Recommended Order of @ALL_ASSETS for Error-free Imports

As anyone who has worked with Oracle WebCenter Sites "Content Server Development Tools" (CSDT) already knows, the import process can get a little “tricky”, especially when trying to import "@ALL_ASSETS".

Regardless if you're operating from the command line or via Eclipse's CSDT plug-in, there are inevitable errors that occur because of the complexity of certain sites, and all the dependencies that arise between workspace resources.

When a CSDT import error occurs during “@ALL_ASSETS”, it’s typically difficult to pinpoint which specific element caused the error, and there’s...

CSDT Command throwing HTTP 401 Error


The error "Server returned HTTP response code: 401 for URL" occurs when running CSDT commands from the command-line.


If you're using Oracle WebCenter Sites 11gR1 BP1, the following error will occur when running CSDT commands from the command-line: Server returned HTTP response code: 401 for URL: http://<>/cs/ContentServer?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/PrologA......

Setting Up a Development Environment in Oracle WebCenter Sites

Function1 would like to take this opportunity to welcome Mike Field (co-author of this blog) to our Web Experience Management team.  Mike joins us from Metastratus Web Solutions and brings in-depth expertise in all aspects of Oracle WebCenter Sites.  Mike and I worked together on creating a development environment in Oracle WebCenter Sites for a client and decided to document the process.

As all of us enthusiastic developers know, setting up an initial development environment can sometimes be a tedious and painstaking process, regardless of the platform or software we use.   It can...

How to use Vanity URLs in the GSF with WebCenter Sites

WebCenter Sites does not support vanity URLs without customization.  The GSF provides a great vanity URL package that is flexible and easy to use, and this post will describe how to set it up.


First, a little background.  Native URLs in WebCenter Sites all have to include a query string parameter called "pagename".  If the page is rendering an asset, "c" and "cid" are also included, and recently, other parameters like "childpagename" have crept into the standard set of parameters that are found in URLs.  This simply doesn't cut...

Installing WebCenter Sites 11gR1 on Windows

So you're a PC and not a mac (or a line-ux either for that matter) and somehow you find yourself yearning to test drive and/or develop on the latest release of Fatwire Content hem...I mean't Oracle WebCenter Sites? Well then you've come to the right place. I will walk you through some of the idiosyncrasies of getting a local WCS 11gR1 instance up using and running on a machine running Windows 7.

Caveat Emptor: The 12 steps outlined below may lead you to another type of 12 steps...just sayin'

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of JDK...

Oracle WebCenter Sites 11gR1: Displaying an Asset via a Template

Hello everyone! Welcome to a simple tutorial that will demonstrate, in Oracle WebCenter Sites 11gR1, how to create an Asset Definition for an asset called “Tutorial Press Release” and then display Press Release assets via a Template.

First, let’s create the Flex Family for our tutorial content:

Oracle WebCenter Sites + Real-time Decisions

Oracle WebCenter Sites has a lot to offer when it comes to delivering targeted content. You can create a market visitor segments with a wide variety of flexibility; define what should be shown and where on the page it should be shown. You can further define these segments based on implicit and explicit criteria. Implicit criteria would include geo-location, time, click stream and search engine referrals for keywords. While explicit criteria includes anything the visitor has decided to share with you (age, gender, hobbies, etc..).

Armed with this information, you can deliver very...

Oracle WebCenter Sites Asset Modeling: An Introduction

Welcome everyone, to an introductory blog about Oracle WebCenter Sites (WCS) Asset Modeling.  Asset Modeling is the first major step in planning and designing the structure of a website using WCS.

When you sit down to analyze the requirements of a website, you should first compartmentalize all the different aspects and sections that will be necessary to fulfill the requirements.  This approach will eventually lead to the most efficient design and modeling of assets for the website.

For example, how many different kinds of webpages do we need? Can any subsections of webpages...

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