Top 20 New Features Introduced in SDL Tridion Sites 9

By John Winter

SDL has recently launched the much-awaited version of their flagship web content management system SDL Tridion Sites 9 as part of their SDL Tridion DX suite.

SDL Tridion Sites is a scalable enterprise-wide web content management system that provides unparalleled multilingual, omni-channel and multi-brand capabilities.

SDL Tridion Sites 9 offers interoperability with the broader digital experience ecosystem through robust open APIs and connectors plus it offers web content management with personalization, targeting, A/B testing, and localization for high impact digital experiences.

SDL Tridion Sites comes with few exciting new features – below is a snapshot of top 20 new features introduced in the new CMS:

  1. Content Mashup: SDL Tridion Sites 9 can be integrated with SDL Tridion Docs to fetch content from both products and display them together on the same webpage.
  2. Headless CMS: SDL Tridion Sites 9 provides REST-based APIs that returns JSON objects. This allows user experience delivered through frameworks such as Angular and React.
  3. Connector Framework: SDL Tridion Sites 9 provides a “Connector Framework” to felicitate integration with multiple third-party platforms
  4. Alibaba Cloud Support: SDL Tridion Sites 9 supports Alibaba Cloud to offer web  hosting in China
  5. Docker Support: Docker Containerization support for micro-services allows cloud orchestration easier and simpler
  6. Page Regions: These logical areas in a Page allows to have a better content authoring experience and allows to have restrictions like what component presentation, how many component presentations etc. are allowed in a specific region of the page.
  7. Image Editing: Content Authors now can do basic image editing (for jpg and png only) with in the multimedia components. Following actions can be done: Crop, Resize, Flip, and Rotate.
  8. Improved XPM Features: XPM improvements includes – Image Editing, easier selection of multiple components to insert, more customization in Start Region tag etc.
  9. TTM Health Check: You can check the health of the Topology Manager including connectivity to corresponding database by hitting an anonymous endpoint – http://<TTM Website Host URL>/ttmhealth/check
    A response of – 200 OK – would mean it is up and running.
  10. Powershell cmdlets for undo packages: Get-TcmUndoPackages and Remove-TcmUndoPackages, allows you to get and delete, respectively, undo packages stored in the system’s application data, mostly generated by the content porter and/or import-export service
  11. High Availability Search: You can setup SDL Tridion Sites 9 search indexes in cloud as a master/slave setup, allowing failover and high availability.
  12. SAML 2.0 Support: SAML 2.0 allows to have a better, updated, and flexible SSO implementation in SDL Tridion Sites 9
  13. Duplicate Items in Bundle: This ensure a better experience when items are added multiple times in a Bundle and avoid a check on what all items already exists in the Bundle
  14. UGC Threaded Comments: User Generated Content (UGC) in SDL Tridion Sites 9 allows to have threaded comments in place of necessarily a flat list.
  15. UGC Enhanced Filter Comments: UGC in SDL Tridion Sites 9 introduced new ways to paginate, traverse and filter comments and comment threads
  16. Public Content API: This is a new API based on GraphQL API query language and available as GraphQL endpoints for the Content Service and Session-enabled Content Service.
  17. Micro-services Health Check: SDL Tridion Sites 9 allows to check the health of micro-services by using /health URL. For Example: Discovery Service health can be checked as: http://localhost:8082/health

  18. Micro-services Info Check: SDL Tridion Sites 9 allows to check the information like version, description etc. of micro-services by using /info URL. For Example: Discovery Service info can be checked as: http://localhost:8082/info

  19. Elastic Search in XO: Experience Optimization (XO) now uses Elastic Search instead of Fredhopper for “Storing” and “Retrieval” of data.
  20. XO Powershell cmdlets: These PowerShell cmdlets to allows easy management of various aspects of the solution, including page regions and trigger types.