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Preview multiple Visitor Groups directly while browsing your Optimizely site
Visitor groups are great - it's an easy way to add personalization towards market segments to your site. But it does come with it's own set of challenges if used intensively. For example it can be hard to predict how any given page will look for visitors with a specific combination of visitor groups - and viewing it in a proper way often requires more than what you see in the quick preview mode. Here's a bit of code that will help you out.
Linking to a specific text fragment on another page in Episerver
Chrome 80 introduced a new cool feature that you may or may not have noticed in your google search results. You can now link directly to a text fragment on a page, and Chrome (along with a few other browsers) will then scroll to it and highlight it. Perfect for ultra deep linking and search results. I took the standard Alloy site and put it to the test.
Profile Manager v2 - KQL edition
We just launched a new version of the online tool Profile Manager - a tool that makes it easier for developers and content analysts to work with Episervers Profile Store. The new version lets you easily try out different KQL queries and build Filter Definitions with them.
Experimenting with Wikipedia topics for Content
Automatically tagging your content with topics from a known, well described topic base like Wikipedia can have many cool uses. You can organize your content, suggesting keywords and outbound links, not to mention that you can build up interest profiles of your visitors. These interest profiles can the be used to suggest appropriate content and keep your visitors engaged. Inspired by Episerver Content Intelligence and a couple of earlier projects I've done in the past, I decided to perform an experiment to see how far I could get with a DIY approach as opposed to the traditional cloud-based NLP/AI.
Exploring the Episerver Nuget Feed
The best thing about Episerver is the community and all the great contributions coming from it. Many of them make it into packages on the Episerver nuget feed - along side Episervers own packages. I have for a long time worked on building tools to explore and visualize this more - and now I'm finally ready to one-by-one share some of the tools coming out of it.
Powerslice: Identify unused blocks
Powerslice might have a few years on it's back, but it's still a great editorial tool, when you are working with large amounts of content and have access to Episerver Find. Here's an example of a recent slice I made that let's editors easily identify unused blocks.
Getting more Insight (pun intended) into Episerver Profile Store
Profile Store, Insight, Tracker, Advance - Episerver offers a myriad of different (but connected) REST services for managing and tracking your visitors and prospects. It can be slightly confusing at first - and some of the documentation might be a tad misleading - but once you get the hang of it, they are really powerful tools. I've recently had a chance to explore them in depth. Here is what I've learned so far.
Publicwww - searching for interesting Episerver CMS use patterns
I recently discovered publicwww.com a cool service that lets you search for any text in the html/css/js of all it's 550 million (2019-05-09) indexed web pages, including the cookies sent out and the http header. In this post I put my Episerver goggles on and had some fun with this data.
Auto Tagging Using Search
You don't always have to go the full AI route to get AI like results. In this blog post I'll describe an approach I've used several times (and for multiple purposes) with pretty decent results. Instead of classification algorithms, deep learning or neural networks I'll just simply query my favorite search engine.
Storage Performance Aftermath - ElasticSearch Joins the Fight
In 3 previous blog posts I compared various azure storage technologies with regards to performance and scalability in typical web usage scenarios. I was actually done with the series, but with all that interesting data, I decided to throw my current favorite search/storage/no-sql technology into the mix to get an idea about how it all compares. So - ElasticSearch enters the competition!