Sitecore SXA

Sitecore SXA
22nd August 2018
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Get websites up and running quickly with Sitecore Experience Accelerator

What is Sitecore SXA?

Sitecore Experience Accelerator is favoured by organisations that want to achieve a speedy, smooth sailing website build and deployment. Sitecore SXA enables businesses to utilise reusable, templated user experience components and layouts to improve project efficiency.

Project managers, developers and content specialists dream of projects that are planned, managed and implemented to meet tight deadlines. However, tasks can often end up being squeezed into existing time constraints, deadlines rapidly change and as a result communication may suffer.

In reality, nobody can control unforeseen project set-backs. But with Sitecore SXA (Sitecore Experience Accelerator), organisations can speed up the build process and keep teams on track through a collaborative approach.

Sitecore 8.2 introduced this feature simply to help their users create websites more efficiently and get to market faster. SXA joins the list of great Sitecore features that are available with Sitecore 9 and the most recent Sitecore upgrades, including:

How does Sitecore SXA work?

Without physically removing any of the stages in a build, SXA switches the experience around so that more can be done in the same timeframe. SXA does away with typical linear-build timelines, meaning that content editing and other latter-stage elements can be implemented much earlier in the project.

This keeps teams happy and means the project is always moving forward.

In standard build processes, development doesn’t usually start until wire framing has been completed. Sitecore SXA changes all of this by creating a fluid development environment, in which processes become circular, as opposed to linear.

In short, you can start more actions simultaneously, getting more done in less time – hence the ‘accelerator’.

What are the key benefits and features of Sitecore SXA?

The Sitecore Experience Accelerator does just that – it accelerates. Everything about SXA is designed to make the website build process faster.

Scaling out templating

One way that SXA aims to speed up build processes is through utilising Sitecore Helix principles that can be used and re-used. The Sitecore Experience Accelerator can replicate complex processes in each build, cutting down on time in two ways.

Firstly, it allows you to pick up a template and follow set best practices without spending hours re-thinking the fundamentals. Secondly, it cuts down on time spent correcting errors as a result of this because you’re following a tried and tested method.

By working in this way, you can be sure that your team are working smarter, leaving them with less detail to worry about in the process.

Getting the whole team involved from day one

Sitecore SXA’s unique way of working means that there are no hold-ups for developers or content editors in the early stages of the build. Using SXA, those traditionally involved in a later stage of the build don’t have to wait for initial stages to be completed.

This inclusive approach means that the whole team can be involved in the project right from the start. In theory, the more elements that get completed earlier, the less pressured those final stages of development should be.

Stop deadline-related angst

Better overall deadlines. We all know the feeling; a website has days to go live and your content editors are being told to drop everything and work flat out for five days. This creates an imperfect environment for working in, as well as being a catalyst for mistakes.

Sitecore SXA allows content editors to get involved much earlier. They can have clear deadlines given to them in advance, meaning they’re not taken off other projects haphazardly. Clear deadlines not only keep everyone happy, but also leave extra room for correcting bugs and errors before going live.

Multi-use, multi-project

SXA isn’t just a tool for new website builds, you can take full advantage of its features when starting a number of different projects, including:

  • Microsite builds
  • Instances where technical teams wish to work with design and content teams simultaneously
  • Adoption projects where a lengthy, multi-stage approach is needed

Should you be using SXA to get the most out of your Sitecore website?

If you’re thinking of investing in a new-build website or a large development project, then Sitecore SXA cuts down on time. And time equals money.

As a Sitecore Platinum Partner, we can offer you a free Sitecore demo. If you’re an existing Sitecore user and you’d like to get more out of it, talk to us about a Sitecore audit.

To find out how we can help you streamline your build and development processes using Sitecore SXA, get in touch and speak to one of our Sitecore experts today. Or fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you shortly.