How to use HTML helper to render a SXA component in Razor view

If you are migrating from traditional Sitecore to SXA, you may find part of your traditional component markup can be replaced with out of the box SXA component. Or if you are already using SXA you may find a need to reuse a SXA component or its Rendering Variant inside of your custom component's view. In my case, after building a custom Search Results component I realized that I can reuse one of the custom Rendering Variants I created for a Bootstrap Card markup to render search result item of my custom component. It allowed me to reuse the markup I created using Rendering Variant there by eliminating duplication of code. To render a component in your Razor view you can use the @Html.Sitecore().Rendering(path or id) helper. This works fine for rendering traditional Sitecore components. However, this helper was not built to accept the parameters required for SXA components, for e.g. the rendering variant name or id. I couldn't find any documentation on o

Using Sitecore FXM to update and track contacts

Sitecore Federated Experience Manager aka FXM is a great feature to utilize some of the Sitecore's CMS, marketing and analytics capabilities on non-Sitecore websites. If you are new to FXM you can read more about how to integrate FXM into your non-Sitecore website and utilize its capabilities on  Sitecore's FXM documentation page . While the well-known uses of FXM are to add placeholders to pages to show Sitecore content, track click action, assign marketing attributes and track goals, the area FXM lacks out of the box is contact tracking and updates. The FXM's scbeacon JavaScript API has following three methods you can use trackEvent trackGoal trackOutcome You can read more about these methods in the documentation . As you can see there is no out of the box API method to identify or update contact. In cases where you have a non-authenticated public website on Sitecore but an authenticated member portal on non-Sitecore website it would be really useful to pass the authentic

Sitecore Content Search API - Random Search Results using Solr

More often than you think you may get a requirement to show random related content on a page, whether it's related news articles for news website or related sale items for an eCommerce website or friend suggestions for a social networking website. This is a common requirement in eCommerce where we want to cross sell items from the same category as the current item. Most of the RDBMS databases have this feature built-in to return a random results for a select query, however Sitecore uses search providers to get its results which makes this little tricky to achieve. In this article I will show how to achieve this using the Sitecore's default search provider Solr . Solr comes with a RandomSortField out of the box which you can use to sort results randomly. You will need to pass random_{RandomValue}  or  {RandomValue}_ random  as value for sort parameter to get your search results sorted randomly. However, for the same sort value the results are always sorted in the same order. So

SXA Scriban extension to get link field target URL

Scriban is the new templating language which was introduced in Sitecore 9.3, it replaces the obsolete NVelocity templates in the earlier versions. If you are upgrading from earlier versions of Sitecore and used a lot of NVelocity templates, you need to convert all your NVelocity templates to Scriban as NVelocity is no longer supported in Sitecore 9.3. Scriban is a powerful language with support to import your own .Net functions. Sitecore provides a rich set of Scriban extensions to use which meets most of the common requirements. You can find more about the out of the box Sitecore Scriban extensions here . While using Scriban to create custom markup which can't be achieved through other Rendering Variant fields I came across a requirement to wrap a section of HTML with an anchor tag targeting to an URL set in a link field in the template. In SXA we would set the link target field on the Rendering Variant and set the Is Link property value of the Rendering Variant field to W

Inline thank you message in Sitecore Forms

With the release of Sitecore XP 9.3 a lot of modules that were previously part of Sitecore Forms Extensions now come out of the box, which is great. The new features like automatic bot detection, file upload field and option to publish from the Forms Editor makes life easy. However, one thing that kept bothering me is the lack of option to show an inline thank you/success message on the form without having to move to the next page within the form or redirect to a whole new page. This seems to have been asked in forums multiple times and there are a couple of hacks to achieve this. But I couldn't find any of them clean or easily maintainable in the long run. So, I decided to take the matters into my own hands. Here are few simple steps to achieve this... Step 1 Create a custom pipeline processor for forms.renderForm pipeline. We want to show a thank you message only on submit button click (not on first load) and only when the form is submitted successfully. We can find if t