New Features in EPiServer 8
The new release EPiServer 8 has come up with update in CMS. It is the core CMS that got updated in addition to EPiServer Find and EPiServer Commerce, that was included in the last version of 7.5.Earlier EPiServer would not have frequent updates, but off late it has come up with a lot of new features and a long list of bug fixes. This new form of approach means faster bug fixing and a product that is much improved than its previous version. The change to major version number is now for symantic reason.
The new feature included in EPiServer 8, has good news for the editors, as the biggest feature in this new release is 'Project'.
Big new release in EPiServer 8 is 'Project'
Project was earlier only a feature available in Beta, but now is officially released. This functionality swears to give the content editors and authors more power by giving them an upper hand to publish multiple pieces and several types of contents in groups. When it comes to publications, they just do not add a single thing they make a whole lot of changes and want the whole thing to go live, at the same time. They want a preview of the entire website with the new content immediately. However, with this new feature Project in EPiServer 8 authors can now work on multiple projects at the same time. They can easily group content that has to be published as per the relevance of the campaign.
The feature lets editor create groups of content that includes pages, blocks, products, images as well as videos. The author or editor can also preview it. As the content gets ready it can be published easily with a single click. It can also be set up with a timed release for the future. This feature has made content publishing much easier.
Supports canonical URLs
The version 8 of EPiServer handles canonical URLs and it also supports working in multiple domains. Earlier multiple domains could be set up for the same content, and the user could set different language for several versions of content that has to be connected to different domains. But the EPiServer 8 allows you to specify which domain is for the primary URL and there you can easily insert a canonical tag to ensure that Google knows which page it should index.It is a basic feature, but required some extra coding, to deal with any extra piece of content that has multiple domains and therefore an SEO who forgets to do so would be penalised the SEO way. Now it is included in the settings of every page to make it certain that the site authors are following SEO norms strictly and in its best practices.
Updates in EPiServer Find & Commerce
EPiServer 8 has come up with best updates and improvements for the Find and Commerce functionality, called the Best Bets. It includes functions like the site editors can promote, specific pages for a specific search query. This got extended to the Commerce as well. Therefore, one can choose a particular product for promotion of certain queries. This product gets displayed in the search, for that query.
Some other features of significance
These features are groundbreaking for this version of 8 as it is the semantic versioning of the CMS 8. However, the changes are not as big as the earlier version. Yet the new added functionalities can ease your process and make your task easier.
The feature project is useful for the editors and the performance improvements are noticeable. Therefore to enjoy and use the benefits of the EPiServer 8, it is feasible to upgrade.
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