This is the CodeArt blog. This is where we share everything from tips & tricks to thoughtleadership articles or interesting code samples.
If you are looking for older blog posts published by Allan Thraen (Like those from labs.episerver.com or Allantech.com) you might be able to find them in our Archive.
When best practice isn't the best - Dependency Injection and Optimizely CMS
Some people live and breath 'best practice' development. I am not one of them. Risk is, in-experienced developers (or sometimes experienced) might use them just cause they are 'best practice' and not think more about it. Even when it turns out they are not. Here is little example...
Automatically have Optimizely Content created in the correct place
A classic problem is that you want better structure and governance in for example your blocks. Maybe you have a policy to have all Banners or FAQ items in a specific folder so they can easily be found and re-used across the site, but way too often editors take the 'easy' approach and use the "Create a New Block" option in a content area - which by default places the block in the "For this page" folder, rendering re-use impossible. Here is a simple solution to that.
AI Assisted Content Creation - in Optimizely CMS & Commerce (AI Series - Part 2)
AI assisted content creation is an exciting new approach driven by algorithms and models like GPT-3, DALL-E, Stable Diffusion and more. At CodeArt we've been experimenting how to use these technologies to enhance the editorial process. In this second part of the blog series on the topic I'll share a video of a prototype integration to Optimizely (Episerver) CMS of content creation using AI for both images and text.
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.
Content Report Generator v.2.
When you are about to migrate a site from CMS 11 to CMS 12, it's not unusual to want to do some rewriting and re-implementation to clean up the architecture as part of the project. When you do that (and in many other cases) it can be incredibly helpful to have a handy overview of your content, it's usage and your visitor groups and their usage. Here is an easy way to get that.
Optimizely CMS: List content recursively on a page - and list the visitor groups used
Quite often a lot of the content on pages in Optimizely Content cloud (aka Episerver CMS) is structured in blocks placed in content areas. And often even blocks in blocks. Sometimes it's needed to quickly get a list of all the content items on a page - and sometimes you might also be interested in which visitor groups are used. Here is a couple of extension methods to help you with that.
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.