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.
Listing all endpoints in Optimizely CMS 12 / .NET 5
Routing has significantly changed in .NET 5 - and that affects many parts of Optimizely (Episerver) CMS 12. For example we have to get used to endpoints a middleware. As I am working on upgrading a few different add-ons I found it could be useful to see which routes are registered out of the box.
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.
New Project: Optimizely (Episerver) Health Checker
Wouldn't it be nice if there was just one place you could go and get an instant overview of the health of your Optimizely (Episerver) installation? With checks that are both technical, functional, business and covers product, addons and implementation? Here it is. Or at least the start of something that could be very useful.
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.