Fortifying Sitecore Web Applications: 7 Best Security Practices & Solutions

In the ever-evolving landscape of web development, ensuring the security of your web applications is paramount. This holds especially true for platforms like Sitecore, a powerful content management system used by many organizations worldwide. To protect your Sitecore web applications from potential threats and vulnerabilities, it’s essential to implement robust security standards. In this blog, we will delve into the key aspects of security standards for Sitecore web applications and explore the best practices to fortify your digital assets.

Security Standards – Sitecore Web Application

Security plays an indispensable role in safeguarding any .NET application, ensuring the perpetual safety and integrity of your servers and applications. Regular employment of security tools and site scans is essential to ascertain that best practices are consistently upheld, preserving the sanctity of your website and environments.

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Oracle Eloqua Pros and Cons | Sitecore Integration | Eloqua Series | Part 8

Our Eloqua Series is coming to an end, where we’ll discuss Eloqua’s pros and cons as well as the integration with Sitecore CMS.

Listing all the blogs of the Eloqua Series:
Oracle Eloqua Reports to Google Spreadsheets | Eloqua Series | Part 7
10 Email Marketing Best Practices | Eloqua Series | Part 6
Eloqua Insight | Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) | Eloqua Series | Part 5
Custom Data Objects [CDO] | Eloqua Series | Part 4
Eloqua Forms | Oracle Eloqua Series | Part 3
Email Campaigns | Oracle Eloqua Series | Part 2
Oracle Eloqua – Marketing Automation Review | Part 1

Oracle Eloqua

Eloqua is one of the leading email marketing platforms. Below are the Pros and Cons of Eloqua.

Pros:
API IntegrationsEloqua Rest API integration is incredibly straightforward to set up and customize with any system. The main approach for the integration should be Forms, as I stated in an earlier blog post. There are two types of integration with Eloqua, one for the Sitecore Forms and the second for System forms or fixed forms like registration, login, newsletter subscription, etc,. In our case, we have a Sitecore Submit Action called “Submit to Eloqua” that is linked to Eloqua. We construct a form on Sitecore Forms, and the exact same form is built on Eloqua. We then connect the two forms using the Sitecore Submit Action, passing the correct Eloqua Form ID and other fields in the necessary JSON format. And for System forms obviously, we need Developers to set up a one-time configuration.

Bulk API Integration – Earlier I created the utility to transfer the users in Bulk from the SQL database to Eloqua. It was really easy to understand and implement the Bulk API Integration. This is used to send large amounts of data to Eloqua. I also created a scheduler that runs every day at midnight and sends the daily new users to Eloqua.

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Sitecore Submit Action – Send Notification Email using Sitecore Dispatch Manager

I’m going to walk you through how to use Sitecore Dispatch Manager to implement Send Notification Email for Submit Action in Sitecore Form Submissions.

Let’s go ahead and create Form Submit Action.

Sitecore Item Path: /sitecore/system/Settings/Forms/Submit Actions/Send Notification Email

Add “Send Notification Email” action on the Submit button.

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TypeScript with Sitecore JSS in less than 30 minutes

Hello friends,

Since you’re here, I assume you’d like to enable TypeScript with the Sitecore JSS application. It’s easy and simple.

We can say that ‘TypeScript is like JavaScript, but with types.’ It helps make our code easier to read and avoid errors that could become debugging nightmares.

Here are a few of the advantages of TypeScript:

  • Great tooling support with IntelliSense
  • The ability to compile down to a version of JavaScript that runs on all browsers
  • Typescript is purely object-oriented programming which means it is a programming paradigm based on the concepts of objects.
  • One of the biggest advantages of Typescript is its code completion and intelligence.

In order to enable TypeScript with Sitecore JSS application, see the video tutorials below:

TypeScript with Sitecore JSS – Part – 1:

TypeScript with Sitecore JSS – Part – 2:

To stay updated, like and subscribe to my YouTube channel for more Sitecore tutorials.

[Source references]:

While creating my videos, I referenced two good blog posts from the Sitecore community:

Happy Coding!

5 Sitecore Interview Tips by Nilesh Thakkar

Are you looking for a change and preparing for an Interview OR Do you need any tips for Sitecore Interview?

If so, then you must watch this video before appearing for an Interview. I got a chance to have a quick chat with Nilesh about the interview tips and see what he says in the video.

Here are the Top 5 Tips shared by Nilesh Thakkar:

  1. Know More About Your Interviewer
  2. Show Your Problem Solving Skills
  3. Know How Sitecore Works Behind The Scenes
  4. Show Your Right Attitude
  5. How Do You Handle Conflicting Situation?

Happy Job Hunting!

Sitecore Watch Face | Google Wear OS

After buying Google Wear OS-powered smartwatch, an idea came to my mind to personalize the watch face with Sitecore logo.

As it’s round, a watch face will definitely fit the round dial.

Wear OS Watch Face App is now on the Play Store for you as well, if you are having Google Wear-OS powered smartwatch — go and check out this simply designed watch face.

Sitecore Watch Face

On your watch Play Store, search for Sitecore and you’ll find Sitecore Watch Face.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nikkipunjabi.sitecorewatchfaces&rdid=com.nikkipunjabi.sitecorewatchfaces

If you know Android Development and would like to contribute, you are free to play around with the project.

https://github.com/nikkipunjabi/SitecoreWatchFace

The comment section is open for your suggestions/feedback. 🙂

Enjoy Sitecore Watch Face!  😉

Automate Sitecore Workflow Approval Process and Email Report

Automation is the key to tech. It is the process by which tasks which were previously done by humans, are performed entirely by machines. In this post, I shall take you through how to automate Sitecore Workflow Approval for a more efficient way of working.

Why do you need Auto Approve?

Every project has a different set of requirements, and one of the requirements I was tasked to do was to automate the Workflow approval process. You may think, what is the purpose of having a workflow if you want things to be approved automatically. Well, as mentioned earlier, there are different scenarios that may deem such a requirement necessary.

It is not because of the risk in approving content that may be incorrect. It is due to that fact that there are a lot of items in the workflow coming in from the translation agency and in order to verify the content, it requires physical approval to push on to Stage. The automation to be implemented here will help us to know that translations are coming in and send it to the respective content team member to verify. Once verification is done, then in one simple, a user can push it Live.

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Sitecore and GatherContent Integration | Part-2 | Challenges and Solution

In an earlier post, I wrote an overview on Sitecore and GatherContent Integration Overview and the challenges we faced. In this post, you’ll see many other challenges that we faced with GatherContent and Sitecore Integration and how to crack them.

I got the source code of GatherContent Module thanks to the devs. It’s also available on GitHub.

We faced many challenges with it, but we managed to fix the issues one by one and get it to work. Some of them were fixed by the GatherContent Dev Team.

Most of the changes were done in GatherContent.Connector.SitecoreRepositories project.

Challenges:

  1. Different folder structure
  2. Zero-width space
  3. Blank space in GatherContent
  4. Sitecore General link, Number and Checkbox support
  5. Alt Text for Images
  6. Redirect Rule Issue

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Sitecore Package Assistant | Sitecore Module

Hey Sitecore Devs,

This module is for you. It will help you track Sitecore items which you worked on and create a package of it easily. If you want to skip any item, you can just ignore it and that will never be tracked. This will be helpful when you are working on many items in the Sitecore and once you are done creating the module you can easily package it using Sitecore Package Assistant.

The idea for this module popped to Saad Ansari and he shared it via blog post: Sitecore Package Creator – The untracked/unpackaged changes while creating the packages

I took his views and started conversation with him for creating a module of his idea. We started one by one with the requirements and implimented this module.

Pre-requisite: This module works based on Sitecore PowerShell Extensions. So before you install this module it is must to have Sitecore PowerShell Extensions.

Download: Sitecore Package Assistant

Source Code: GitHub

This module will:

  • Track item on items created and saved.
  • It will show an icon in the gutter for the items which are getting track.
  • You can track/untrack any item once it is updated.
  • You can easily create the package of the items which have been tracked and on complete, the tracking is removed.

After installation, you’ll have to first enable Sitecore Package Assistant in the Sitecore Gutter.

Now, as you work on the Sitecore items, which ever items you have added/updated, you’ll start seeing an  icon. On hover, you’ll see a tool-tip: This item is being tracked by SPA. Click to untrack. You can click on the gutter icon and that item will be added as untrack item. You’ll see an  icon.

In case you don’t see the icon in the Sitecore Gutter. Open Sitecore PowerShell ISE, go to Settings and Rebuild Content Editor Gutter.

The details about the item track/untrack is logged at: /sitecore/system/Modules/Sitecore Package Assistant/SPA

Once you are done with your functionality in the Sitecore, you can right click on any item and create a package of tracked items using Sitecore Package Assistant. It will give you an option to Download the Package.

This will be helpful for the Devs, so that you don’t miss any item while creating a Sitecore Package.

You can also refer Saad Ansari’s blog: Sitecore Package Assistant — Where you can know more about this module in very detail and benefits of it.

There is much more that can be done. Your suggessions/feedback/ideas are worth sharing in the comments below.

Happy Sitecoring!