This is a positive step towards alleviating any budgetary and adoption reservations held by key decision makers. Because with the Sitecore Experience Platform 8.1 CMS-only mode you can run Sitecore XP without the Experience Database (xDB) enabled thus saving start-up license costs.
For businesses looking for a robust and flexible .NET CMS solution but who have one eye on the early phase budgets then the CMS-only mode is a welcome option with an upgrade path to getting xDB functionality further down the line when the business is ready.
So what do you get with CMS-only mode?
The Sitecore XP CMS-only edition is fully compatible with the Experience Explorer
, Content and Page Editor
, Device Detection
and IP Geo-location Detection
. You will also have some functionality within the new Campaign Creator Tool
and be able to run in-session personalisation.
However, as it’s a CMS-only version there are some Sitecore XP 8.1 features that are not available. These include the Email Experience Manager, Federated Experience Manager, Experience Analytics, Experience Profile, List Manager, Path Analyser, Segmentation, A/B, M/V Testing and Personalisation based on historical visits.
CMS-only mode also works in a single-instance (single-box) configuration, when the instance acts as a content management and content delivery server.
To facilitate the upgrade of your existing Sitecore website to version 8.1 then you should choose an experienced Sitecore Partner mindful of the potential pitfalls in the upgrade process. Choose Codehouse if your priority is a professional, smooth and safe transition to your next Sitecore version.
As one of the most experienced Sitecore Partners with multiple Sitecore awards we have huge expertise in implementing, upgrading and integrating Sitecore solutions within businesses. Choosing Codehouse and Sitecore will give you a future-proof solution tailored to fit your needs – with the added value of custom-made Codehouse modules and 24/7 support.