Tridion Ideas…

June 25th, 2019 | Posted by Robert Curlette in Uncategorized - (2 Comments)

The idea to submit new ideas to a Tridion Ideas site is not new….we have had this opportunity for many years now, originating with a request to Customer Support for a specific idea over a decade ago. The latest incarnation of this idea of Ideas being submitted to an Idea site is the SDL Community SDL Tridion DX Ideas site. So far, this is the site with the longest name, and that means….well, I don’t know what that means, but it exists and it’s THE place to be for getting your great ideas to the big minds behind the SDL firewall and in front of people who decide what goes in, and out, of the product.

First, sign-in and create an account at https://community.sdl.com. If you get an error while logging in (like me), chances are you once had logged in with that browser sometime before their update, and now you need to either delete your cookies, or just try with another browser. I tried with Firefox and I got back in.

Next, start browsing the current ideas – there’s some really great ones there! Upvote liberally, and feel free to comment and leave your own 2 cents, or your mark on the next greatest feature.

Finally, this is the time to tell the world the idea that you’ve been dreaming about for ages.

I’ve submitted a few ideas recently.

First, I would like to see the location an item is published to in the Tridion GUI. So, I added an idea to the site and you can see it here: https://community.sdl.com/ideas/sdl-tridion-dx-ideas/i/sdl-tridion-sites-ideas/add-icons-to-list-view-to-show-if-page-component-is-published-to-staging-or-live

Another idea I submitted was to see the filename in the Tridion GUI.

https://community.sdl.com/ideas/sdl-tridion-dx-ideas/i/sdl-tridion-sites-ideas/add-a-filename-column-to-the-structure-group-list-view

This was a request from a client many years ago and I implemented it as a GUI Extension. (See a similar example here) However, for most clients they don’t have this option in their GUI. Finding an index page in a long list of Pages can be painful if we need to open each individual page, but with the extension we can see all the Pages (and URLs) in the list view. Will Price added a comment to my idea, and suggested it’s also a quick and easy way to review URLs for SEO. The community at work with ideas exchange!

Finally, the last idea is to not re-publish Multimedia Components if they have not changed since the Page was last published. This would improve performance time a lot and also reduce the load on the Publisher and Deployer. https://community.sdl.com/ideas/sdl-tridion-dx-ideas/i/sdl-tridion-sites-ideas/do-not-re-publish-binaries-if-they-have-not-changed-and-have-been-previously-published-to-that-target

How to stay on top of new ideas? If you would like to get an email with a list of the new ideas on a daily or weekly basis, head over to https://community.sdl.com/ideas/ and at the bottom select the Email digest options. Then, in the Tridion ideas site, turn ‘Ideation notifications’ on. That’s it!

What can you do now? Create a new idea, blog about it, write it on the Ideas Exchange wall, and maybe we will see it in a product release soon and we will have shared the idea to the world and maybe have made it a little better….

And come to the next Tridion Developer Summit in Amsterdam on 11-12 November, 2019!

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