Optimizely (Episerver) Release Notes - April & May 2021

Highlights for Optimizely releases include enhancements to the CMS editor, updates to the Content Management API, and new options added to the Silverpop-Episerver connector.
by 
David Korff, David Fewless

Optimizely's (Episerver) continuous release cycle provides new features and bug fixes on a bi-weekly cadence. Every other month, C2 will aggregate and highlight some of the bigger updates to Optimizely software. To learn more, or if you have specific questions, you can contact The C2 Group, an Optimizely Gold Partner, here.

Hide preview options for content without a view.

Fixed in: EPiServer.CMS.UI 11.35.0 [ID: CMS-17745]

With this latest update, Developers can now hide certain features in the Experience Editor that don’t apply. When a page does not have a view associated with it (ex. Settings page), some features, like the preview button or on-page compare, will show a blank page for the content manager. Now these types of features can be hidden from view when they don’t apply. This will simplify the interface and improving the experience for content editors.

The features that are hidden with this update are:

  • Preview button
  • On-page compare mode
  • View settings: "Select to view as a visitor group" and "Select to view in a channel or resolution".

Basic Content Management API.

Fixed in: EPiServer.ContentManagementApi  2.20.0 [ID: HAPI-14724]

The new basic Content Management API (CMA) was added to interact with the world outside the CMS. The API adds RESTful endpoints for managing content objects and will be helpful for pushing external content to Episerver. The Content Management API (CMA) shares formats with the Content Delivery API (CDA) with the major difference being the CMA has access to unpublished content using common drafts.

The Capabilities of the CMA include  

  • Create new object using POST
  • Update specific properties using PATCH
  • Upsert entire object using PUT
  • Get unpublished common draft
  • Publish object
  • Move object
  • Trash or Delete object

For more information on the Content Management API please review the Episerver Developer Guide.  

Optimizely Connect for Acoustic (Silverpop) gets new configuration options.

Fixed in: EPiServer.MarketingAutomationIntegration.Silverpop  4.4.0 [ID: MAI-1878]

Marketing connections to and from EPiServer are becoming more widely used. This connector is for Acoustic (Silverpop) if your company uses Acoustic and EPiServer, this is the connection for you. You can read more about the Silverpop-Episerver connector here.

With this update configuration options were added to the Silverpop connector settings screen. You can now specify to include all lists, enabling this setting will include all contact lists. There was also a change to how the data is pulled. If the user enters a Database folder id, then only the specified lists are pulled. If this field is disabled or not filled in the lists are obtained from the top-level folders only and not any of the sub folders.  

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