New New Tridion Best Practices

With the release of SDL Tridion 2013, I'll be managing CreateAndBreak with my test 2013 VM.

Just a few content types at-a-time!

Device Preview renders the site nicely as well. 
SDL Tridion 2013 introduces Bundles, which are virtual folders that allow authors the ability to manually group and add items to an organizational item (rather than by search).

Combine this with the Core Service's role as the API behind-the-scenes for the Content Manger Explorer editor and we can create three new best practices:

  • Core Services Instead of Templating (One API for everything!)
  • The Single-Folder Setup (It's All Bundles)
  • Return of the All-in-One-Component (Beyond Content Forward or Page Backwards)

Update (2-Apr):

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Of course I wouldn’t recommend such crazy best practices. Nor am I managing CreateAndBreak with Tridion (a single tech blog doesn’t quite  fit the enterprise customer scenario, no matter how much I post).

The Enter Web Address option and Device Preview are really a part of SDL Tridion 2013–and the screenshots come from my test VM’s browser. I used the Enter Web Address option, which lets you open Experience Manager-enabled pages without leaving Experience Manager. This is especially useful if you don’t have an easy-to-navigate URL.

For fun put in any website  and turn on the Device Preview feature.

Bundles is a compelling new feature introduced in SDL Tridion 2013, but you’ll still want to use folders (you need at least one!).

And yes, the Core Service is behind the Content Manager Explorer’s API calls in 2013 as well, but don’t confuse it with templating best practices. Keep CM and CD separate and don’t bypass publishing even if your use case is a single blog. Even Google’s Blogger has a publish button.

See how I really feel about Tridion Best Practices.

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