In this page, we have gathered the most frequently asked questions by Episerver users. The questions are grouped into the following areas:
- CMS editor FAQs
- CMS administrator FAQs
- Commerce FAQs
In the Episerver navigation pane, there are a number of icons relating to the page status. Note that some of these status icons are only displayed for the first draft version where no published version exists (this is to avoid cluttering the user interface with too many icons).
|The root page.|
|Published page. See Working with versions.|
|Page that links to another page on the same website. See Shortcut to page in Episerver CMS under Shortcut in Working in All properties editing view.|
|Page that links to an external website or a specific address. See Shortcut to page on another website under Shortcut in Working in All properties editing view.|
|Page containing a shortcut that is not linked anywhere; it only displays the text and is used to create a heading with no link in the menu. See No shortcut, display text only under Shortcut in Working in All properties editing view.|
|Page that fetches and displays content from another page on the same website. See Fetch content from page in Episerver CMS under Shortcut in Working in All properties editing view.|
|Container page used for storing other pages; not visible on the website.|
|Draft of a new page; not visible on the website yet. See Working with versions.|
|New page scheduled for publishing; not visible on the website yet. See Working with versions.|
|Expired page; not visible on the website anymore. See Working with versions.|
|Page that is set to Ready to Publish. See Working with versions.|
|Page that is set to Rejected. See Working with versions.|
|Page is currently In review and must be reviewed and approved before it can be published. See Content approvals.|
|Previously published page; not visible on the website anymore. See Working with versions.|
|Page locked for editing for the logged-in user.|
|Page being edited by another user. You can see who by hovering your mouse over the icon.|
|Published page. Note: This icon appears for project items; not in the Pages navigation pane. See The projects feature.|
|You do not have the rights to publish this item or the specific item version does not exist anymore. Note: This icon appears for project items; not in the Pages navigation pane. See The projects feature.|
Content items can have the following status in the Versions gadget:
- Draft. Content that is work-in-progress and is not yet subject to any publishing actions. There can be multiple drafts.
- In Review. The version is set to Ready for Review and must be approved before it can be published. See Content approvals.
- Published. The most recently published version and the one publicly displayed. Only one published version can exist.
- Previously Published. One or more versions that were published before the latest published version.
- Ready to Publish. Content has gone through a content approval sequence and was approved for publishing, or it was manually set to Ready to Publish. Withdraw and Edit from the Options/Publish menu sets the content to an editable draft again.
- Rejected. A draft that was declined by someone as part of an content approval sequence, or manually after it is set to Ready to Publish. You can edit and update declined content and then set to Ready for Review or Ready to Publish again.
- Scheduled for Publish. Content scheduled to be published at a later time.
- Expired. Content where a stop publish date and time were set and passed.
See also Working with versions.
- From edit viewA section of the user interface where you edit content items, such as pages and blocks. To access edit view, log in and select CMS > Edit. (See admin view for comparison.), click Tasks in the navigation pane.
- Use the drop-down to select the status of interest.
No, you can safely click this option. No previous edits are lost.
Click Preview to access preview mode. From there, you can click links and verify that they are accurate.
- Select Undo in the page information area to discard changes made since the last autosave.
You can undo changes made only in the current editing session. If you move to another page, close the browser, log out, and so on, the history of actions that can be undone is emptied.
- If content was previously published, select Revert to Published from the Publish? button to return the last published version.
- In edit viewA section of the user interface where you edit content items, such as pages and blocks. To access edit view, log in and select CMS > Edit. (See admin view for comparison.), open the content item that has different versions you want to compare.
- From the toolbar, click the Compare button . Select the On-page compare mode, if not already selected.
The current version appears on the left.
- From the Comparing bar, click the Previously published drop-down list. Previous versions appear.
Note: A system administrator configures the number of versions that your site maintains. The default value is 20.
- Select the version that you want to compare with the current one.
- When you are done, click the Compare button again to return to the edit view.
Add the Recent gadget to your left or right pane. The Recent gadget displays content viewed during your current session. See also: Managing gadgets.
Click the Toggle Full Screen Mode button.
Click the same button again when you want to close the full screen.
If you add an image to a page in edit view but it is not displayed when the page is published, it is most likely because the image itself is not published. Media (such as images and files), blocks and forms need to be published just as pages do. Publish the image and it will be displayed on the website.
Avoid this with the following solutions:
- An administrator can enable the Auto publish media on upload feature. This automatically publishes images and files when you upload them. However, media is not auto published, even if this option is selected, if the folder you are uploading to has a content approval sequence set.
Warning: Even though the media is not publicly available on your website until it is included in a published page, it is indexed immediately and can be found through a search. This is worth remembering if you are uploading sensitive information that should not be accessible until a set time, such as an annual report.
- Use the projects feature. When you are working in a project and add images, blocks or forms to a page, these are automatically added to the project. From the project overview you can set all items (including media, blocks and forms) to Ready to publish and publish them at the same time. If the projects feature is enabled, media is not auto-published, even if the Auto publish media on upload setting is enabled.
Add the Versions gadget to your left or right pane. From this gadget, you can view and republish older versions. See also: Managing gadgets.
The projects feature automatically associates pages, assets, blocks, catalog items and so on while they are under development. When ready, use the project overview to simultaneously publish all items with a status of Ready to Publish.
If the projects feature has not enabled on your website, you can use the projects gadget instead to multi-publish items.
The A/B test feature does not serve versions or count views for user agents that are not browsers. This includes robots since they have their own user agent type. Crawlers that request content that is under test always see the published version and thus rank the page for SEO based on what is currently published.
A/B tests are tracked in a visitor’s cookie, so one view to a block on any page on the website counts as a single view for that visitor (provided they are included in the test and they don’t clear cookies between page requests).
All views of a block can cause a user to be included in the test and count towards the statistics. (For the more technically-oriented: Blocks that are loaded manually via an API call for a request can also trigger the user to be included in a test for the block.)
Conversions happen once a user is included in a test. Since any view of the block can include the user in a test, it is after that view that the package will start evaluating if the visitor has converted that view for the test.
No, the A/B testing feature tests two versions, the control option and the challenger.
- From the navigation or assets pane, select Settings > View Trash.
- Select the content to restore.
- Click Restore.
The content is restored to its original place. If it was published, it is republished.
- In the upper right corner, click your user name.
- Select the Display Options tab.
- At the Personal Language drop-down, select the language of your choice, and click Save.
Use the Versions gadget to work with multiple drafts. The gadget also lets you label any draft the primary draft. When opening an item, Episerver CMS displays the version that is set as primary, or, if a project is active, the version associated with the active project. See also Versioning when working in projects and Managing gadgets.
Drag-and-drop is available in many instances.
- While editing a page in the rich text editor, create a link by dragging a page from the page tree.
- Drag and drop images into the editor.
- In the assets pane, drag and drop assets between folders.
- In the page tree, drag and drop pages to change the order.
Go to global menuA group of options that appears in the uppermost part of the user interface when logged in. The global menu displays products and systems integrated with your website. It also displays links to the user guide and user settings, and to a global search. See the User interface topic for further information. > Reports. See Reports for a list of standard Episerver reports.
When creating or editing the page, click All properties. Then, clear the Display in navigation check box.
- From the dashboard, navigation pane or assets pane, select Settings > Rearrange Gadgets.
- Drag and drop a gadget to the desired position.
There are two ways to enable Episerver projects functionality.
- Your administrator enables the projects feature for the entire site. In this case, you see a project bar at the bottom of the CMS window. If you create a project from that project bar and have it selected, content is automatically associated with the project when you create or edit it. The specific content version is associated with the project for all users, so other users must use that project to update that version or create a draft from it.
- If the project feature is not enabled for the entire site, add the projects gadget to your work area and manually add content to the project. That project is accessible to other users if they use the project gadget. You can also edit content outside of the project.
Use these tips to find content from the CMS edit viewA section of the user interface where you edit content items, such as pages and blocks. To access edit view, log in and select CMS > Edit. (See admin view for comparison.).
|What you know||Action|
|Content location within page, asset or block structure||Navigate the page tree structure or the blocks and media assets pane and select content.|
|Content location on the website||Using the preview option, navigate to the content on the website.|
|Content is associated with a project||Use the projects gadget or, if you are using the projects feature, the project overview or the project items navigation pane.|
|Text within content title or body||
Use the global search in the global menu, or the search fields at the top of the navigation and assets panes.
See Search for search tips.
|A page's status (for example, draft)||Use the Tasks tab in the navigation pane to find content in that status.
Note: The statuses Draft and Rejected show items that you, as the logged-in user, have created or modified, while other statuses, such as In Review and Recently Changed, display all matching items on the website, regardless of who updated them. For a complete description on what the statuses display in the Tasks tab, see Use the Tasks tab.
|Content was edited recently||Use the Recently changed status in the Tasks pane or the Recent gadget. See Managing gadgets to add this gadget.|
Prerequisite: The desired language is activated and enabled in edit viewA section of the user interface where you edit content items, such as pages and blocks. To access edit view, log in and select CMS > Edit. (See admin view for comparison.). See Managing website languages.
When translating an existing content item or block, click Compare. See Comparing language versions when translating content
When translating a website, the Episerver Languages add-on is helpful.
- Activate the project in the project bar, if not already done.
- Select the content that you want to preview.
- Click Preview. You can now navigate your site and see what it would look like if items in the project were published. That is, previewing when a project is active shows you the draft associated with the project or, if there is no draft associated with the project, the published version.
A landing page is an important tool for generating leads and converting visitors. The following tips can help you make the most of it:
- Landing page visitors who are redirected from an ad or a search should see content that matches their expectations. For example, if an ad promotes a 10% discount, the landing page should give the same message.
- Keep it simple and do not forget to use white space. A cluttered landing page scares people off.
- Create engaging copy. Who are your visitors or customers? Adjust your language and tone to your target group.
- If you want visitors to perform an action (sign up for a newsletter, enter a competition, buy an item), make sure that a form, block, or teaser is the focus.
- Keep forms short. For the Submit button, use a phrase that is more engaging than Submit such as Buy now! or Visit our travel site!.
- A/B test your conversion blocks.
- Test your landing page. Make sure it functions as well on a mobile device as on a larger screen.
- Include links to your company's social media pages.
Prerequisite: Assumes that the users already exist, and belong to the WebEditors group and a group that gives them access rights to content being created/edited.
- Go to admin viewWhere administrators manage access rights, website languages, scheduled jobs, export and import of data between websites, and configure new websites in a multi-site solution. (See edit view for comparison.) > Admin tab > Access Rights > Administer Groups > Add.
- Create a new group called German editors.
- Under Access Rights, click Search User/Group.
- Select a user.
- On the Edit User screen, assign the users to the German editors group.
- Repeat steps 3-5 for all German editors.
- From the Admin tab, go to Config > Manage Website Languages.
- Select German (Deutsch).
- Click Add Users/Groups. The Add Users/Groups dialog appears.
- At the Type drop-down, select Groups and click Search.
- Select the German editors group. Then, click the right arrow to move it to the Add area.
All users belonging to the German editors group now have access to German content.
The user needs membership in a structure-based group that has Change access rights.
Each group can have different access levels, for example create and change, or create, change, and publish, and so on. Make sure the user belongs to a group that has Create and Change access rights for the page.
Episerver comes with a content approval feature that gives you exactly this functionality. As an administrator, you can define which content must go through the review and approval procedure, and also define who should review and approve each content item. Read more on how to set up this procedure in Managing approval sequences.
To enable the creation of content in multiple languages, you need to complete two steps. If you see this error, you completed step 1 but not step 2 for a page in the following procedure.
Episerver's personalization features let you optimize each visitor's experience by customizing web pages for different users and groups. Customization is based on factors such as geographic location, language, previous visits, day or time of visit.
Episerver is installed via a number of NuGet packages and if you have access to the website's code base, you can check the version number of the NuGet packages. You can also see the version numbers of the installed components in the admin view > Config > Tool Settings > Plug-in Manager.
- A product packageCommerce: a sellable unit that contains variants and/or other packages, with a single price; similar to an SKU because it must be purchased as a whole (such as a computer system). contains multiple products or variantsCommerce: a variant or SKU corresponds to a specific product with specific characteristics. For example, a product line of shirts has individual variations/SKUs that include size, color, and collar size., and has one price.
- A product bundleCommerce: a collection of packages, products, and variants (SKUs) that let customers purchase two or more items at once. Each item in a bundle is a separate line item in a shopping cart. is a collection of variants with individual pricing. Customers can purchase two or more items at once.
The team developing Commerce at Episerver blogs about new features and best practices etc. on the community site Episerver World.
CatalogsCommerce: a top-level container for catalog entries such as categories, products, and variants (SKUs)., marketsOne or more countries, regions or customer groups, to which you want to apply languages, catalogs, currencies or promotions. The market features support targeted merchandising and personalization., and paymentCommerce: the verification of a money transaction in a website shopping situation. The e-commerce system most often needs a verification for a payment to create the actual purchase order and complete the shopping workflow. and shippingCommerce: A set of information and rules that determine the shipping cost. Displayed on the front-end public site while a customer checks out an item from the shopping cart. The shipping fee is added to the total price of the purchase. A shipping method is mapped to a shipping provider visible to a back-end administrator in Commerce Manager. For example, when a customer picks "Ground Shipping," UPS (or another provider) may fulfill the shipment. methods.
Both promotionsCommerce: A way to apply a discount to products, order totals, or shipping; a marketing tool used to increase sales of certain products or product lines. A promotion is associated with a campaign. In recent Commerce versions, this term is replaced by "discount." should apply as long as these conditions are met:
- The promotions are not excluded by each other or by other promotions.
- The conditions for the second promotion (lower priority) are satisfied after the first promotion is applied. For example, the first promotion discounts the cart $50, making the cart subtotal $480. If the second promotion requires the cart subtotal to be at least $500, it is no longer satisfied.
See this forum post on Episerver World: Best practice catalogue design and product/variant options.
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