The Evolution of Content Authoring: From Experience Editor to Sitecore Pages in XM Cloud

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Written By: Sana KamalmazPublished On: Feb 21 2024


As a 4x Sitecore Strategy MVP, I've witnessed the evolution of Sitecore's content authoring tools over the years. One of the most significant advancements in recent times is the introduction of Sitecore Pages in XM Cloud. This new tool represents a major leap forward from the traditional Experience Editor, offering a more intuitive, efficient, and powerful content authoring experience. In this post, we'll explore the key differences between Experience Editor and Sitecore Pages, and how these changes can benefit content authors and developers alike.

The Limitations of Experience Editor

The Experience Editor has been a staple of Sitecore for many years, providing a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface for content authors. While it has served its purpose well, it comes with several limitations:

  1. Performance Issues: The Experience Editor can be slow, especially on large and complex sites. This can hinder productivity and frustrate content authors.
  2. Complexity: The interface can be overwhelming for new users, with a steep learning curve that can deter efficient content creation.
  3. Limited Flexibility: Customizing the Experience Editor to meet specific business needs often requires significant development effort.

Introducing Sitecore Pages in XM Cloud

Sitecore Pages, part of the XM Cloud offering, addresses many of the limitations of the Experience Editor. It is designed to provide a faster, more user-friendly, and flexible content authoring experience.

XM Cloud Pages is a WYSIWYG application where you can create new pages for your website, as well as edit existing pages. XM Cloud Pages combines editing and design capabilities for building web pages. With Pages, you can create any number of websites, in any language, and publish any versions of the pages composing your website at any time of your choosing.

Here are some of the key features and benefits:

1. Enhanced Performance

One of the most noticeable improvements in Sitecore Pages is its performance. Built on modern web technologies, Sitecore Pages loads quickly and responds instantly to user actions. This means content authors can work more efficiently, without the frustration of waiting for the interface to catch up.

2. Intuitive User Interface

Sitecore Pages boasts a clean, modern interface that is easy to navigate. The drag-and-drop functionality allows content authors to quickly and easily arrange components on a page. The learning curve is significantly reduced, making it accessible to users of all skill levels.

3. Real-Time Collaboration

With Sitecore Pages, multiple users can collaborate on the same page in real-time. This feature is particularly useful for large teams, allowing for seamless collaboration and reducing the need for back-and-forth communication.

4. Flexible Customization

Sitecore Pages is designed with flexibility in mind. Developers can create custom components and templates that integrate seamlessly with the authoring interface. This allows businesses to tailor the tool to their specific needs without extensive development effort.

5. Improved Preview and Publishing

The preview functionality in Sitecore Pages is more accurate and reliable, allowing content authors to see exactly how their changes will appear on the live site. The publishing process is also streamlined, with clear indicators of the status of each page and component.

Transitioning from Experience Editor to Sitecore Pages

The introduction of Sitecore Pages in XM Cloud marks a significant milestone in the evolution of content authoring tools. By addressing the limitations of the Experience Editor and offering a more intuitive, efficient, and flexible interface, Sitecore Pages empowers content authors to create exceptional digital experiences with ease. As the Sitecore ecosystem continues to evolve, embracing these advancements will be key to staying ahead in the ever-changing digital landscape.

For organizations currently leveraging Sitecore XP or XM, the transition to Sitecore XM Cloud offers a host of advantages with the new DXP. While the prospect of such a move might appear challenging, there are efficient solutions available to simplify the process. Discover how you can migrate to XM Cloud while reducing development time and costs by up to 70%. Learn more about our AI-powered migration solution here.

About the AuthorSana Kamalmaz
Sana KamalmazDirector, Digital Strategy