This is the second part of Sitecore EXM following my article on a Get Started with Sitecore EXM. As you can read from the title, today’s article will focus on personalization on emails. Personalized email is very important nowadays because a user will more likely want to get newsletters he is interested. This allow for better customer experiences.

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Throttling is the process of limiting the number of requests a user can submit to a given operation in a given amount of time. Even Sitecore has its own throttle mechanism. You need to activate it since it is deactivated by default when installing a Sitecore instance. During today’s blog, I will go through the lesson learns.

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In the past few weeks, I have been playing with the Sitecore Email Experience Manager (EXM) in order to increase my knowledge about this particular module. EXM is used to create highly customizable email campaigns and make them both personal and relevant to your customers. Note that I have been using EXM on a Sitecore 10.2 instance.

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The Sitecore Content Tree is a not miss visual when you access the CMS. Like most CMS, Sitecore uses a tree like structure to display items. The items can be contents, configurations or just directories. The content tree allows a much more easier navigation among the items. Note that each item can be mapped to an icon which make it much more user friendly. Sometimes, looking at an icon will already make you aware of what type of item is it.

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Sitecore with Alexa

Voice AI is becoming more and more popular. Companies such as Google, Apple, Amazon and Microsoft have their own Voice AI and it is being mainly use for home automation. During the Sitecore Symposium 2017 in Las Vegas, I attended a presentation where the Amazon Alexa was used to book tickets. The presentation was focused on detecting the same user via different devices.

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Using Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SXA), it allows you to easily manage your site content, settings etc. Furthermore, my personal feeling, with SXA, your content tree is well structured. Note that even without using SXA, you can easily structure the content tree properly but you may need to have some pipelines in place to better organize things. For example, if you have some settings on items, you may want to expose and access those settings easily. The site definition is another example.

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The process of copying an item from source to target database is called Publishing in Sitecore. In brief, Sitecore has 3 types of site publishing namely, Incremental, Smart, Republish publish. Smart and Republish can also be performed on item. Today’s article is mainly about when launching publish which takes lots of time to complete.

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Sitecore – The Checklist

I have been working on Sitecore since version 6.5 and I have been involved on many high profile client projects. With the different updates and upgrades, Sitecore CMS has changed drastically over the years. One of the main reason why clients use Sitecore is because of the neat content tree, ease of use and provides extensions / modules on top of the CMS such as Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SXA). This allows for faster deliveries of sites.

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When using Sitecore JavaScript Services (JSS), there are 2 types of development workflows that you can use. The first one is the Code First Approach. Code First Approach allows you to start the development without a Sitecore Instance and acts as the master copy. The manifest is then imported/deployed to Sitecore.

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Following a question on Sitecore StackExchange, I have answered the question by providing 2 possible solutions. So, in today’s article, I will provide more details for each solution on how to perform the implementation with examples. Moreover, please provide your comments below if you have other ideas.

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