Information Architecture in a Helix Era – Part 4 – Media access in foundation and feature modules

This blog post is a part of a collection of posts about Information Architecture within Sitecore. The blog can be categorized as a “How we do it”, and gives our view about the setup of a flexible information architecture that can be reused in multiple projects.

Within a previous posts I introduced a Content module. This module contains fields that are used in pages. The definition of the content module is:

NameBase templatesFields
IContentStandard template
_ContentTitleStandard template, IContentContentTitle
_ContentAbstractStandard template, IContentContentAbstract
_ContentImageStandard template, IContentContentImage

Pages that are constructed in the project scope, inherit one or more of the _ContentTitle, _ContentAbstract and _ContentImage templates. When we focus on the _ContentImage template, containing a Sitecore image field type, we are confronted with an interesting challenge. The Source value for the image field type has to be set to a certain value from where the editors can select images. Because images are most likely project or even site scoped we have to find a way that images from other projects or sites are not accessible in the image selector.

Continue reading “Information Architecture in a Helix Era – Part 4 – Media access in foundation and feature modules”

Information Architecture in a Helix Era – Part 3 – Outline of the settings type template and content structure

This blog post is a part of a collection of posts about Information Architecture within Sitecore. The blog can be categorized as a “How we do it”, and gives our view about the setup of a flexible information architecture that can be reused in multiple projects.

In the previous post we’ve given an explanation how interface templates in a module are defined and how a page and a datasource template can be constructed from the flexible nature of the interface templates. The table below gives a list of template types that are defined in the Helix architecture:

Continue reading “Information Architecture in a Helix Era – Part 3 – Outline of the settings type template and content structure”

Information Architecture in a Helix Era – Part 2 – Outline of the module interface templates

This blog post is part of a collection of posts about Information Architecture within Sitecore. The blog can be categorized as a “How we do it”, and gives a view about the setup of a flexible information architecture that can be reused in multiple projects.

In the previous post about this subject, a high-level overview of an information architecture in the Helix context was given. It introduced a granular definition of features. In this post I like to give a more detailed explanation about the setup of the interface templates

Template types

The Helix architecture document gives a set logical template types:

Continue reading “Information Architecture in a Helix Era – Part 2 – Outline of the module interface templates”

Information Architecture in a Helix Era – Introduction – Initial thoughts about the granularity of the information architecture

This blog post is the first in a collection of posts about Information Architecture within Sitecore. The blog can be categorized as a “How I dit it”, and gives a view about the setup of a flexible information architecture that can be reused in multiple projects.

In 2016, Sitecore introduced a Helix, a document containing the overall design principles applied to a Sitecore project (http://helix.sitecore.net/). Besides this, a demonstration implementation of Sitecore was released, named Habitat (https://github.com/Sitecore/Habitat).

The Helix document covers all aspects of a Sitecore implementation, from Visual Studio project structure to Template definitions, to Rendering implementation. At the time Helix was introduced, I had just set up our own implementation that has similarities with Helix and Habitat: including the separation between foundation, features and projects. However, the solution setup, with the differentiating of the modules in separate projects was a great eye-opener.

Continue reading “Information Architecture in a Helix Era – Introduction – Initial thoughts about the granularity of the information architecture”