On Saturday, December 14, 2019, Oracle Content and Experience cloud deployed version 19.4.3 with 21+ new features. This is a huge release with several flagship sized new features.
Here are just a few notable enhancements:
When you have a Digital Asset (an image) selected in the Asset Repository view you will now see a new menu option “Find Visually Similar”. This is a pretty neat trick and helps you find “like” images for use in your content. This is a great new way to get more value out of your imagery.
Assets now have versions! This is a pretty big deal. This really provides a step up for the enterprise capabilities of the system. Users can now roll back changes, restore previous versions, etc.
This goes hand in hand with tracking asset versions. You can view a list of activities like status changes, revision history, etc. This can help you decide how things go in the current state or even explain the history of changes to co-workers.
Image components can now trigger file previews. This is really handy when your site contains white papers or books. You can display a picture of a book or the first page of the white paper on the site. Then set that picture to trigger a preview of the file when the user clicks the picture.
This is a BIG NEW feature. Developers can now write layouts, components, etc., with a little extra code to support producing a static version of the site. Out-of-the-box components like paragraphs, images, etc., all already support this!
A statically compiled sites creates an extremely FAST user experience. Components are still dynamic and allow for settings and such in the SiteBuilder where you create and edit your site. In fact, you can add static compilation to individual layouts and components over time. It does not have to be all or nothing.
Finally, components can also be “partially static”. They can have static structure that gets hydrated with data as the page loads. The system allows for a wide range of behavior so you can squeeze the best performance and value out of your efforts.
That is where pre-rendering comes in. OCE pre-renders your site and serves the pre-rendered page to requests with specific User-Agent values. OCE ships with the most popular User-Agents already configured. For example, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. If you use a system that doesn’t seem to be working you add the User-Agent in the Admin Configuration to allow that system to be served the pre-rendered page HTML.
Oracle continues to update the OCE Toolkit on GitHub. Make sure to check it out. You’ll need to this to take advantage of all the new features.