A few years ago, my good friend, Deane Barker, wrote the Flying Squirrel Book, the official O'Reilly animal book on Web Content Management. I was lucky enough to be invited to write a little sidebar in that book - and the first few lines describes very well how I felt about Content Management when I first got into it. CMS is about putting content into a database and then pulling it out again and presenting it. How hard could that be.
But what I've found is really fascinating is how the CMS often is the center piece of many other systems that needs to integrate in often quite advanced ways while providing editors with capabilities that enable them to produce great content and target it at the right visitors.
Before I joined Episerver, I worked with both SiteCore and Episerver CMS - and over the years I've taken a natural interest in several other WCMs.
Using Episerver Forms to book meetings in Outlook with Microsoft Power Automate
It's not as hard as you might think - and doesn't require any code - to connect your Episerver Forms with hundreds of other systems, using services like Microsoft Power Automate (formerly Flow), Azure Logic Apps, IFTTT or Zapier. I made a 5 minute video, showing how you can let your visitors request a meeting on a given date from a form on your website, and then having it being automatically booked in your Outlook 365 calendar.
Idio: First look on Content Analytics and Recommendations
I recently got a chance to try out Episervers latest acquisition, Idio, right here on codeart.dk. In this post, I'll share my first impressions.
Attribute to set XHTML property settings in Episerver
A pretty normal task is to have an XHTML property that uses only a very specific subset of the normal TinyMCE functionality. For example a text field that also allows the editors to create links - but nothing else. I came up with what I think is an elegant solution here.
Episerver Forms: Adding custom validators to existing elements
It's easy to extend Episerver forms with custom validation types. But it's a little bit harder to add the new validation types to the existing elements. In this blog post I'll add an ultra simple letter-only validation option to the existing TextboxElement.
Ascend 2019: Code Mania
Yesterday, I had the honor and pleasure of giving the traditional Code Mania demo at Episerver Ascend 2019 in Miami together with Fredrik Haglund. After popular demand, here is a blog post about some of the components we showed.
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.
Episerver Forms and Pardot Form Handlers
Episerver comes with a wide range of connectors that allows you to connect Marketing Automation systems to Episerver through multiple integration points. However in some cases you might want to hook directly into the Marketing Automation systems form handler. In the case of SalesForce Pardot it's very easy to do!
Getting started with Contentful UI Extensions - Part 3
Getting started with Contentful UI Extensions - part 2
In this post, I'll show how to make a field editor that will let you have any kind of syntax highlighted code in a long text field, as well as taking a look at command line interface (CLI) and Github distribution.
Getting started with Contentful UI Extensions - Part 1
Contentful has a handful of extension points, where you in a fairly straightforward and simple manner can extend the editorial experience with minimal development effort. In this post-series I'll show some examples of this.