When you are looking to find the best content management system of CMS in the market, it can get somewhat overwhelming because of the variety of choices available. It is, rather, a difficult decision to go with user-friendliness, reliability or customization capabilities. However, there is one platform - Sitecore, that offers every crucial feature-packed in one place.
Workflow in Sitecore enables you to manage and control the entire process of approving, editing and publishing content and ensuring that only finalized and approved content is sent out and published. It consists of three fundamental components - Actions, commands, and states.
State: This is the building block of any workflow. A workflow state depicts the various levels of the process of content creation.
Command: Commands help the user to move different content elements from one state to another. For executing a command, the user should define a specific workflow state in the command for moving it to another workflow state.
Action: Actions are the automatic functions which are performed on content items whenever a command is executed.
Sitecore poses a number of benefits for different ranks of people, from executives to developers to marketers. Here are the biggest advantages of Sitecore:
1. Built-in capabilities: Sitecore constitutes of several crucial marketing tools such as EXM (Email experience manager) and WFFM (Web Forms for marketers). These kinds of built-in applications enable customization in Sitecore.
2. Extensive platform: The extensibility of Sitecore and its in-built supporting modules take care of most of the requirements of a company. In fact, these modules can be customized according to the unique needs of any company and even enable multi-channel marketing.
3. System Integration: When it comes to data, many companies face the hassle of moving it from one platform to another. This especially gets difficult when the platforms between which the data is being moved are not compatible with each other. However, in the case of Sitecore, the platform is compatible with many major workplace systems like Salesforce and other CRM. This ability of Sitecore helps in a seamless data transition between different platforms.
4. Fast development: Sitecore helps the developers by reducing errors and enhancing development speed. It enables developers to use tools like Visual Studio and integrated debugging tools. Using these tools help in rapid development.
Sitecore 8 has seen the introduction of many Content Testing enhancements. To make the most of these enhancements, developers will want to include the updates in their workflows. Sitecore workflow is simplistic in nature, and it acts as a content gatekeeper. It is best used in approving content that is almost ready and in evaluating the looks and functions of the content within the website.
A successful Sitecore workflow doesn't in any way come between existing processes for content creation and approval. It's more of an enhancement than a total replacement.
Join us on this webinar to learn more about configuring advanced workflows and a plethora of new marketing features in Sitecore 8.
Business importance of content publishing workflow
Introducing workflow in Sitecore
Defining a simple workflow
Configuring advanced workflows
Programmatically manipulating workflows
Workflow enhancements in Sitecore 8
Aby has been working as software developer at Suyati Technologies for over three years. He has extensive experience in working on various CMS platforms, and is a certified Ektron and Sitecore developer. He has been involved in a large number of sitecore projects and has delivered out of the box solutions.