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Why upgrade to Sitecore 10 – Some improvements

More Improvements to Horizon

Horizon is the next-generation editor in Sitecore Experience Platform. Horizon includes the following features:

  • The page editor, which you use to create and edit web pages. As you edit a page, you can see how it will appear on different devices.
  • Simulator mode, which you use to preview web pages as they will appear on different dates and on different devices.
  • Insights view, which you use to see analytics for your web pages.
  • Horizon integrates with Content Hub, a platform for managing content operations. Such integration opens new opportunities for marketing specialists, including personalization and the usage of intelligent technologies such as AI and ML.

The platform has been the improved Horizon editing experience, a potential long-term successor to the Experience Editor which is arguably entering its twilight years.

Sitecore first introduced Horizon in version 9.3, and it went through some improvements in 10.0. As expected, 10.1 brings further tweaks, including the ability to:

  • Search for content and media items.
  • Edit link fields, number fields, checklists and drop-down menus.
  • Create and edit data source items.
  • Publish sub-items associated with a parent item.
Horizon EditorA – The left-hand pa
ne displays the content tree. In Content, the content tree contains all content items for the current site. In Pages, the content tree contains the pages for the current site. When you create items in the content tree or add renderings to a page, the left-hand pane displays a panel specific to the current task.B – When you select a page or item in the content tree, it is displayed in the content area in the middle of the editor.

C – The right-hand pane contains information about the selected item. This can be an item in the content tree, or it can be a field, rendering or placeholder. You use the right-hand pane to carry out actions such as changing the workflow status of an item or applying formatting to rich text fields.

More Power to Sitecore Forms

Sitecore has undergone major improvements to Sitecore forms over the last couple of releases. In Sitecore 10.1 fills some substantial gaps, such as making it much easier to send an email message when a form is submitted. There are also improvements for front-end developers who can now create lists of CSS class options and link them to different elements of a form with auto-complete enabled, reducing the manual effort previously required. This will help better stylings on Sitecore forms and a more consistent approach, thus making the use of Sitecore Forms an attractive option for marketers.

Sitecore 10.1 has come up with custom validation options to make it easier to validate different fields.

Sitecore Experience Database (xDB) Reporting and Management

Sitecore has some major performance issues in Sitecore xDB reporting. Personalization, digital marketing and analytics all involve large amounts of data, prompting occasional performance challenges etc. Sitecore 10.1 helps to minimize the risk of performance issues and gives more control over their data through:

  • Merging standard reporting and content management roles, meaning you don’t need as powerful hardware for Sitecore xDB to run at its optimum level.
  • Making improvements to data encryption.
  • Providing a tool that allows you to clean your analytical data and purge data sets that you don’t need anymore, saving space.

More Flexibility for HTML Caching

Another new feature in Sitecore 10.1 allows for more flexibility over HTML caching, an area that has been awaiting improvement for a while. Sitecore admins now have much more granular control over caching policies and how the cache is cleared, right down to the page and component level. Previously there was a ‘one-size fits all’ policy that meant you sometimes had to choose to switch caching off for a whole page. The added flexibility of 10.1 means you can control caching to optimize the experience on every page.

Enhancements to the Email Experience Manager

The Sitecore Email Experience Manager (EXM) also gets a bit of TLC with a small round of improvements. Here, more controls to stop pointless retries of email sends, better support for emails in languages that aren’t currently in the default set supported by Sitecore and new email templates will make a difference across specific use cases.

Tighter Integrations for Sitecore Marketing and Personalisation Professionals

Content Hub

As enterprise organizations grapple with the copious amounts of content assets to manage and increase the use of DAMs, Sitecore 10 moves the dial to improve its Content Hub integrations so you can manage more of your content in “the hub” for better cross-channel and cross-functional team collaboration.

Salesforce

Salesforce – WikipediaSitecore 10 allows for real-time synchronization with the Salesforce Marketing Cloud and marketing automation tools enable you to share data of your customer interactions across channels. Synchronized data between the platforms means you can respond to your customer’s needs in real-time and help them move along in their customer journeys.

Sitecore Experience Analytics

Sitecore improved filtering of Sitecore reports show how segments, content, marketing campaigns, and personalisation are performing. Through Sitecore’s new Audience Filtering capability, you can quickly sort through email segments of users.

Out-of-the-box filtering gives you the power to pull reports that tell you what you need to know to keep your content performing well, as well as identify what content needs a little (or a lot) of TLC (tender loving changes).

Improved Data Privacy (GDPR Compliant)

Some Sitecore 10 updates concern data privacy, which is crucial for many clients. Thus, the process of data collection via Sitecore Forms has become more compliant with GDPR.
The update in Sitecore Forms simplifies the removal and anonymization of personal data while saving the ability for marketing teams to see anonymized reports.
Another update brings new consent management tools. Using these tools, marketers can customize consent requirements for different sites.

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