Productivity Tips for Sitecore Content Authors and Experience Marketers

Posted 03-12-2018 by Ken Gray

Since October 23, 2011 I’ve been helping content managers, authors, editors and marketers become more experienced, successful and productive with Sitecore.

I remember the date because I was hired as a Webmaster and exposed to Sitecore on the same day. Talk about a double-whammy! I had to learn a new culture and a new robust enterprise website content management system – that’s really a digital experience and marketing platform – right out the gate!

So, if you’re diving into Sitecore for the firs time or looking to squeeze more juice out of it, don’t worry – you’ve got this!

In this series of posts, I’m going to share my experiences, along with anecdotes and maneuvers, to help you efficiently work in Sitecore. I’ll do my best to keep the articles version-neutral and when I am not able to, I will note the version accordingly.

At the end of each post, I will also share some additional resources to enhance the content and I will give you the opportunity to ask questions or request a specific topic that you would like me to cover.

So, let’s get started.

Twice a week I will release a “deep-dive” article and update the Productivity Tips for Sitecore outline below. Feel free to bookmark this page to return periodically to check for updates. You can also subscribe to this series and get an alert when the next post is released.

Content Authoring Productivity Topics

  1. Sitecore Content Governance

  2. The first step to Sitecore productivity is having a clear process for managing your content. In this post we’ll look at…

    • A couple of content governance definitions
    • Why content governance is important
    • Getting buy-in from stakeholders and your team
    • Governance steering committee roles
    • Style guides and content naming conventions
    • Content life-cycle and content auditing
    • Sitecore’s important role in content governance

  3. Workflows and the Sitecore Workbox

  4. Workflows allow your content team to seamlessly work together to move content through legal, editorial and styling phases while simultaneously enforcing your content governance policies. Workflows speed up content delivery by having each team member responsible for their queue or stage in process without the mess of e-mail or phone confirmations. In this post we’ll look at…

    • Where to start with content workflows
    • Questions to ask when defining your workflows
    • A look at Sitecore's Sample Workflow
    • Workflow Best Practices
    • Dangers of not using workflows
    • Additional workflow resources

  5. Sitecore IA 101: Tree Design and Naming Items

  6. While providing Sitecore support over the years, I’ve work with a lot of websites and content trees and I can tell you I’ve spent [cough…wasted] a lot of time just looking for items before I could even begin to investigate a problem. Yes. I’ve used search, but sometimes, even that didn’t locate the items I was after. So, to that end, here are some tips to help you as content authors and marketers save time. We cover the following:

    • Placing items in the Content Tree
    • Naming Items for SEO and User-friendliness
    • Using Sitecore’s Display Name
    • Automating and enforcing Best Practices
    • Keeping the Media Library organised and tidy
    • Fixing a slow loading Sitecore Tree
  7. Managing Sitecore's Media Library

  8. Recovering deleted items in Sitecore

  9. Scheduled and Advanced publishing with Sitecore

  10. Sitecore content alerts and reminders

  11. The Sitecore Experience editor

Additional Resources

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