Sitecore is a powerful enterprise-grade content management system. It has been a leading .NET CMS for many years.
Available from version 8.1 onward, the Sitecore Experience Manager (XM) allows you to run Sitecore XP without the Sitecore Experience Database (xDB) being enabled.
As an open, extensible content management platform, Sitecore XM offers easy integration (via connectors). It also supports many different systems, plug-ins, extensions, and modules, which include, but are not limited to:
- Social media
- Advanced search modules
- Language translators
- Marketing automation
Sitecore has always decoupled content from presentation. This is referred to as 'headless'.
Headless delivery allows content editors to use XM to create a single piece of web content. This singular content can be seamlessly delivered to create meaningful digital experiences across multiple devices and channels like web, mobile, point of sale digital signage, augmented reality and more.
Headless delivery reduces the 'content burden' placed on editors. It allows for better planning, implementation and measurement.
Like it's big brother, Sitecore XM offers flexible website hosting deployment options, such as on-premises, hybrid cloud, or managed cloud hosting. It also supports the deployment on Microsoft Azure PaaS.
These variety of hosting options gives you a huge amount of flexibility in development,, security, and upgrades. A robust infrastructure will also improve your website's performance as well as quicker time to market.
Sitecore XM feature compatibility
When it comes to the Sitecore Experience Manager vs Sitecore XP, there are some compatibility limitations you should be aware of:
- Included: Content editing in the Experience Editor
- Included: Device detection
- Included: Geo IP detection
- Included: Experience Explorer
- Limited functionality: Campaign Creator (no analytics)
- Limited functionality: Commerce Connect
- Limited functionality: Personalisation (in-session only)
- Limited functionality: WFFM and Sitecore Forms (no analytics in Forms)
- Not included: AB & multivariate testing
- Not included: Email Experience Manager
- Not included: Analytics (Experience Analytics, Experience Explorer and Path Analyser)
- Not included: List Manager
- Not included: Segmentation
- Not included: Federated Experience Manager
- Not included: Marketing Automation
- Multisite management: Share content, presentation, and modules, with central management and monitoring across multiple websites
- Multilingual content: Present the right language to the right customer regardless of the digital channel or device they’re using
- Optimised for mobile: Automatically detects and optimises website content for visitors’ devices, and Geo IP detection enables personalisation based on physical visitor location
- Personalisation: Deliver targeted, relevant web content of your products and services to your visitors by setting personalisation rules in session. This creates a better brand experience, improves the customer experience, increases conversions, and ultimately, customer satisfaction
- One system: Content authors can manage and write multilingual content in one place
- Headless: Takes a ‘write-once-distribute-across-any-channel’ approach, and automatically serves omnichannel content in the best format for each customer’s device
- Enterprise-class search: Offers website visitors, as well as content authors, a user friendly search engine to easily find the right content
- Increases speed to market: Reduce web development time with a new Docker-based development workflow and Sitecore Containers
- Flexible hosting options: You can deploy with on-premises and cloud or use Sitecore’s Managed Cloud services
- Moderate your content: Manage your content flow with effective workflows
- Form creation: Easily create forms using drag and drop functionality
- Efficiently create apps: Developers can access the latest services and APIs to quickly create applications
- Publish static JSS websites: Sitecore Experience Edge (available for version 10) enables static Sitecore JSS websites to be published, while also delivering real time content to headless websites
We’ve designed and built Sitecore websites for numerous brands across a variety of sectors, including integrating Sitecore websites with systems such as CRM, ERP, PoS, payment gateways and more.
Our experienced developers and digital experience team are ready to help you achieve you business objectives. If you’d like to know more about Sitecore Experience Manager then get in touch.