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Sitecore Interview questions and Answers

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Sitecore interview questions part 1

1.Q: Is there compulsory to put the new picture in a certain place?

A: No there is no designed place for new pictures in the media library, so we may choose our own folder for this, but we must be aware to use a common place because the folder numbers is quite big. Also we must know the purpose of the folder before doing anything.

2.Q.When editing a page and publishing it, the modifications are not visible, why?

A: When the user clicks publish, the program may tell you that the publishing was successful even if the version published is not the same with the version we have worked at. For this to not happen we must unlock the page version prior to publishing.

3.Q: After we upload a picture on a sitecore page, even if it may look good in the media library, when we are in the content editor the image looks bad, why?

A: Recent uploaded images may appear bad in the content editor if we don’t hit the save button. It is not always but it happens often, so we have to click save and then Sitecore will understand better that the new picture is the right one that needs to be showed.

4.Q: Would it be possible to avoid anchorlink anchors to be transformed into links by Sitecore?

A: In Sitecore, text lines don’t have to be transformed into links, but there is another way to make an anchor. We must put the cursor above the thing that is out anchor’s destination, with no text highlighting. After that we should click the hyperlink button to make the anchor and then go on with the rest. This is the right procedure to avoid text transforming into an undesired link.

5.Q:What is the best place for our Word and PDF documents?

A: Word, PDF, Excel, Power Point documents will have their place where the images are, in the media library, so they don’t have a particular folder, they must be placed wherever we place the pictures.

6.Q:Why we are unable to make new folders in media library?

A: The method in the editing window with the “Insert Sitecore Media” button (the one that looks like landscape) that appears to us in a dialog box doesn’t work. We must do something else instead. After we save what we have done until now we will terminate the editing window and click on “Media Library” which we will find in the top right corner of the display and looks like a little blue bar with a white arrow. From here we will create a new folder, we must also publish it prior to inserting pictures on it. To return to our page we must hit “Content Editor” from the blue bar, the new folder will be visible on the next use of “Insert Sitecore Media”.

7.Q: What is the meaning of the sea watchtower image that appears at Sitecore log in?

A.Q: This image appears because you are not logged in to the Content Editor, but to the developer tool to the Desktop. The button from the bottom left corner of the display must be pushed(it has the “Sitecore” label on it), then we must hot the “Log off” button for returning to the login part. From here the login procedure will be normal: we must hit “Content Editor”, insert the user and password then “Login”.

 

8.Q:When a page is verified with the Page Editor button on the intranet, a picture that we didn’t really put there could appear, why does it appear?

A: We don’t have to change this. It is a standard for the size and placement of pictures given by the Sitecore Intranet Portal and the place where a standardized picture should be found is showed.

 

9.Q: When we make cloned items in Sitecore 6.4, modify the template to an edited copy is it true that the parent of the clone’s inheritance will be damaged?

A: Since we can think that clones are not fully fledged items so modifying a template is not damaging the contruction of the clone.

10.Q:How can we access pages in the way that they behave like folders?

A: First we must make sure that add AspxExtension is set to false in LinkManager. An then we have to map the wildcard extension into ISS. According to what version of IIS we do have there are many ways of doing this.

11.Q:In what way is the use of XSL better than C# in Sitecore?

A: XSLT has advantages over other languages in the way that it gives you the possibility to customize or reuse a large variety of pages or various structures for source documents or other structure. For doing this a rule-based processing model will be used, a thing not liked by most people because of the apparent difficulty that is has on first use. Even if this seems hard at first, it can be viewed like a long term investment. XLST has no performance issues, if a website appears to have performance problems, it must be from other reason.

12.Q:what is the purpose to use a CMS?

A: This is not a hard question, but we don’t have to focus on managing web content as the strength of a CMS because this is not the entire picture. Content Management Systems give us much more than content management, like giving us the possibility to get the content ownership outside of the subject matter experts. This thing is known to have impact on all CSM platforms like Sitecore, Umbraco, Interwoven, Drupal, Ektron, WordPress or others.

13.Q:How do we implement Sitecore?

A: Sitecore CMS uses the .NET technology, so if our company is a Microsoft shop, Sitecore will fit great. Sitecore is better than many other platforms based on .NET like Sharepoint or Opentext.

Pre-implementation

Before we choose Sitecore or any CMS we have to consider our processes and workflows. We must to see where will we put our content and how will we publish it, what strategy and what architecture do we have, what needs to be changed etc. After we get answers to these questions (which was not really easy) we can employ a consultant if we have the required money to help us further.

Implementation

After pre-implementation we have to implement our Sitecore CMS platform. The first phase is gather our staff and make some training to become certified. Being more than a simple paper, the certification helps our team to be more in the know of the Sitecore terminology. If this phase is skipped we will have to do it anyway later ata higher cost so it’s better to save money now.

14.Q: What do we know about these three parts of CMS implementation: Development, content and training?

A: Development: Is the same as other .NET development, it is not hard but we must focus on the platform architecture, the IT infrastructure

Content: Now that we have a Content Management System  we can begin the content architecture implementation and putting content in the Sitecore tree. This job has to be done by one content team and not by the content owners.

Training: Not only that we have to make the website, content and applications, but we must also begin the introduction of the Sitecore CMS the users of the company. This implies having a lot of meetings, training and talking about the purpose and the advantages of CMS. We also have to see end-user training as very important.

15.Q: What is the meaning of Sitecore?

A: Sitecore is a software platform that is good for making and updating full featured and dynamic websites of every possible type. It has the advantages of scalability, flexibility and can very well integrate in systems, marketing organizations and investments giving the visitors a very dynamic experience.

16.Q: What is the difference between these Content Management Systems: Sitecore, Umbraco and Episerver?

A: Episerver has a lot of positive feedback. Sitecore has the enterprise level and the price is also at the enterprise level. Sitecore is developer friendly, extensible and has a big community is case we look for support, it has a content structure as a tree of nodes, it is known to lead the content management market and is highly rated by many companies. Umbraco has many similarities with Sitecore being constructed on ASP.NET but is a little cheaper. It also has a great community. Actually we will choose one of these depending on taste, money and the style that we have when working.

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