Self service with Fluid Templating for editors in Optimizely CMS
A classic need in many websites - especially self-service sites - is a placeholder mechanism, so editors can use placeholders in their text to be replaced with user specific data. Recently, working with a client, we ran into this problem and tried out a new approach to empower the content creators to solve this themselves.
Secret debug tools in Optimizely CMS 12
Secret treasures are always fun. And when I was examining the endpoint list from my previous post, I noticed a few hints that I couldn't leave unexplored. It turns out that just as the previous versions, Optimizely CMS 12 comes with a couple of hidden debug gems.
Anti-Pattern: Don't modify Optimizely CMS (Episerver) content objects in the Controller
Using your content object (CurrentPage / CurrentBlock) as a makeshift viewmodel where you change settings or extend it with user data in the controller before passing it to the view, is unfortunately (and to my surprise) a pretty wide-spread practice among developers implementing Optimizely (Episerver) web sites. But it really needs to stop.
Optimizely (Episerver): Split folder structure for blocks and media
Since version 7 or 8 of Episerver (now Optimizely CMS), the shared Blocks and Media have been sharing the same folder structure. Some people see a benefit with the shared structure, and some absolutely hate it. Personally, I have gotten used to it - but I was recently asked if it's possible to split it up. Here's the hack I came up with.
Using TwentyThree video service with Episerver
Videos and well executed webinars are key tools in achieving a higher engagement and conversion rate from your visitors and customers. TwentyThree is a powerful video hub and webinar service. I was lucky enough to get an account and access to their API and that escalated quickly into a prototype integration into Episerver.