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October 4, 2020 / kiranpatils

Comparison between Sitecore Custom and SXA Approaches

Challenge

Sitecore supports Various development approaches:

Image Credits and blog reference

If you have been using the Sitecore Custom Development approach for a long time and haven’t heard about SXA yet. I would strongly recommend you to read more about it. You might like my earlier post: Sitecore SXA Basics

Or you have already learned about SXA and currently trying to figure out:

  • How can you move from the Sitecore Custom approach to SXA approach?
  • What are various approaches to do something in SXA compared to the Sitecore Custom approach?

Then this post is for you.

When we started exploring SXA. We had similar questions in our mind.

For my mind mapping, I used to compare each SXA approach with the Sitecore Custom Development approach. So, my mind can visualize and understand it.

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Thought to share my learnings with you!

Solution

I’ve listed down the following table, Which compares various approaches for specific requirements.

RequirementSitecore Custom approachSXA approach
Multi siteConfig Driven : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/100/platform-administration-and-architecture/en/configure-multiple-managed-websites.htmlSitecore Item Driven : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/manage-multiple-sites-with-the-sxa-site-manager.html   https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/tenants.html
LayoutNeeds custom developmentOOTB : https://doc.sitecore.com/users/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/layout.html
Page DesignConfigured on Template’s standard valuehttps://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/recommendations–structuring-pages.html#UUID-d7d17364-b635-606b-41df-eb2f39df385e_section-idm46212287364752_body   https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/page-designs.html
ComponentsNeeds custom developmentOOTB Various Components are already available : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/components.html   And it also allows you to tailor it as per your needs or create your custom component   Customize OOTB Component’s views per site : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/customize-rendering-html-per-site.html   You can also clone rendering : https://www.markvanaalst.com/blog/sxa/making-changes-to-standard-sxa-components/ Note: Has initial learning curve.
SearchNeeds custom developmentOOTB SXA Search Components and Services : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/search.html
Custom Link ResolverConfig Driven : https://jammykam.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/site-specific-link-provider-for-multi-site-implementation-in-sitecore/Sitecore Item Driven : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/add-and-select-a-custom-link-provider.html
WorkflowNeed to assign at Template LevelSXA 10.0 : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/assign-a-data-source-workflow-action-in-sxa.html   Earlier version (Rule based and custom development) : https://www.mastertoweb.com/blog/assign-default-workflows-to-sxa-items-without-creating-new-templates/
SecurityNeeds custom development and configurationhttps://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/set-up-security-for-a-tenant-and-a-site.html
Site CloningNeeds custom developmentOOTB : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/clone-an-sxa-site.html
Front end – Back end integrationFED and BED works in isolated mannerCreative Exchange Live : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/working-with-creative-exchange.html   SXA 9.3 : https://www.markvanaalst.com/blog/sxa/installing-the-sitecore-sxa-cli/   Note: Has initial learning curve.
ThemeNeeds custom development and mostly coming from file systemOOTB : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/the-sxa-themes.html
Sitemap/Robots.txtNeeds custom development or Marketplace moduleOOTB : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/configure-a-sitemap.html
Error PageNeeds custom development or Marketplace modulehttps://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/generate-a-custom-static-error-page.html
Page output as JSONNeeds custom developmentOOTB : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/use-the-sxa-layout-service-to-model-your-pages-in-json.html
CachingNeeds to do it at each component or item levelItem Driven OOTB Configurations : https://doc.sitecore.com/developers/sxa/100/sitecore-experience-accelerator/en/set-sxa-caching-options.html

You can also locate this table from following sources:

Google Doc can be located from here

Have I missed any requirements? You would like to contribute your learning to this document? Please let me know, I will give you edit rights to update Google doc.

Hope this document helps you reduce your SXA learning curve.

Happy SXA Development! 🙂

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