Sitecore architecture – Building websites for success

17th November 2015

How the Sitecore architecture helps successful websites

The Sitecore architecture is built with Microsoft’s .Net framework. The .Net framework is the standard for Windows, which is backed by a global community of top developers. You know what you’re getting with Microsoft. It’s reputation for stability means your Sitecore architecture is in good hands.

Sitecore websites are designed to be easily accessible on all browsers or browser-based devices. The .Net framework means that Sitecore is built to drive enterprise website design on a global scale. A site built in Sitecore will deliver content with super-fast page speed.

Now the .Net framework is open sourced, Microsoft have enabled a wider community of .Net developers. This is a catalyst for further improvements in the future. Microsoft had the right idea keeping the framework closed in the past. Because of it, the framework’s had time to grow up. And as fresh developers work to evolve it, the framework is stable enough to maintain a common global identity.

Sitecore projects are object based

Sitecore uses and object based approach that lets you build your site from basic content blocks. Site components are stored within a single repository for use across your site. You can quickly and easily deploy these components across any sites or microsites in your Sitecore installation. Content blocks and site components are like Lego bricks that can quickly be swapped or re-used.

The object based Sitecore architecture makes it easy for marketers and content editors to organise content across their site without the need for coding. Being able to set up page templates with predetermined content blocks helps to keep the design of your site consistent. So content editors can create pages quicker and more efficiently. It’s easy to customise each block with new content or content that’s stored in your media library. And Sitecore will let you set rules for this content, so that everything goes where it’s supposed to.

Sitecore is very scalable

There are different types of scaling methods for handling your business growth, vertical and horizontal. With vertical scaling you add power or resources to a single machine. So you’re limited to the amount of power one machine can hold. Whereas horizontal scaling involves adding more machines to source power from. There’s no end to the amount of power you can add alongside your machine. The Sitecore architecture is built for this method of scaling, so it’s pretty limitless.

Sitecore are continually working to develop the scalability of the Sitecore architecture.  These developments let Sitecore manage an impressive amount of data. And this amount can grow without affecting site performance. Scalability is important if your content library or the number of visitors to your site suddenly increases. You can just add servers and Sitecore will work just as effectively.

Scalability has always been important. The release of Sitecore 8.1 and the new Sitecore licensing model have made this crucial for marketers. The latest version of Sitecore supports offers a CMS only mode as the first scalable step for businesses with smaller budget and more modest short-term digital goals. You can build your way up from a simple content managed website to a multi-lingual, global network when it suits your business on one platform.

Easy integration

Don’t think of your website as being built on Sitecore, think of it is as being built into the Sitecore framework. Every part of the Sitecore architecture has access points that you can control. So, you can mould it to the needs and rules of each individual site.

The framework is also known for being extensible. The built-in capabilities of the .Net framework use APIs to support easy connections between different systems and Sitecore. So whatever can be integrated into Sitecore, can be controlled and customised.

Integration makes enterprise website content management easier, more consistent and more cost effective. Your systems will all operate within the Sitecore platform so you get a single view of your website and any integrated systems like your CRM or eCommerce platform. This lets marketers foster good customer experience, which relies on consistency. Marketing automation also depends on Sitecore’s easy integration capabilities. By integrating marketing automation systems, marketers keep a single view of campaigns and strategies.

Get the best from Sitecore architecture

At Kagool, we’re all about Sitecore. We’re one of the top UK Sitecore Platinum partners. And the biggest UK partner to be exclusively Sitecore. This means our developers, like Sitecore MVP Martin Davies, have the focus and freedom to explore Sitecore’s full potential.

We’ve been able to develop our own methods for leveraging the Sitecore architecture to create award-winning websites. If you want to know more about how Sitecore boosts enterprise websites or Sitecore pricing feel free to get in touch with us. If you’re new to Sitecore, talk to us about a free Sitecore demo.