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9 Questions to Ask When Auditing Your Sitecore Solution

Jason Hedlund
Jason Hedlund

One of the key differentiators with Sitecore is its open framework, providing you with endless options on how to configure and deploy your website solution.

Regardless of how you develop your solution, there are some key best practices to follow to ensure your solution is scalable, maintainable and operates with peak performance. With over 80 deployments under our belt at Aware Web Solutions, we have fine-tuned our best practices to make sure these goals are met.

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” – Albert Einstein. We will be the first to admit, we have made mistakes over the years, however we have learned from those mistakes and are willing to share our lessons learned. In the ever evolving world of the web, it is a necessity to try new things and to stay on top of the latest technologies and trends in the industry.

Now, back to your Sitecore deployment. If you are about to launch a new Sitecore site, now is a good time to pause, take a deep breath, and take a look at your implementation. Here are 9 questions to ask when auditing your Sitecore solution:

  1. Are standard values leveraged for token replacement?
  2. Are all presentation settings set at the standard value level and not on individual items?
  3. Are the insert options properly set on the standard values?
  4. Was inheritance leveraged on data templates to minimize duplicate fields and field sections?
  5. Is your content tree balanced, ensuring you will not have more than 100 items at any given level?
  6. Are non-page items segregated from your home node so you can easily restrict users from directly browsing to these items?
  7. Was caching properly set on individual controls, which will greatly improve the overall performance?
  8. Is security properly set, leveraging roles and not individual users?
  9. Is security properly set by breaking inheritance and not explicitly denying access whenever possible, which will improve overall performance?

This quick checklist denotes a few of the key areas we at Aware evaluate in any Sitecore deployment. Please let us know if you have any questions are or looking for support while you conduct your own Sitecore Audit.

Interested in a Sitecore Best Practices Audit?

You’re not on an island when it comes to auditing your Sitecore deployment. A comprehensive Sitecore Best Practices Audit report completed by Aware’s Special Ops Team of Sitecore Certified Solution Architects is the fastest, most comprehensive way to proactively expose any issues and help defend your Sitecore investment. Take a look at our Sitecore Best Practices Audit service and contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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