What's new in Sitecore 10.1

Abstract

A list of the new and changed features in Sitecore 10.1.

This topic lists the new features and the changes in the most recent release of Sitecore Experience Platform and Sitecore Experience Commerce. For an additional overview of the changes in 10.1, see the What's New in Sitecore Experience Platform 10.1 video on YouTube.

This release includes a redesigned Sitecore Launchpad. For more information, see Overview of the Sitecore Launchpad.

The following table lists new features and improvements made in Experience Manager and Experience Platform 10.1.

Area

Change

Description

Upgrade

New methodology

The upgrade process has been simplified and improved with the introduction of a new upgrade methodology.

There is now a single Upgrade Guide that describes how to upgrade from Sitecore XP 8.1.0 or later to Sitecore XP 10.1.0.

Horizon

New feature

You can now search for pages, content items, and media items in Horizon.

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Horizon

Improvement

You can now edit link fields and number fields in Horizon Pages, and you can edit checklists and drop-down menu fields in Horizon Content.

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Horizon

New feature

You can now create and edit data source items.

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Horizon

Improvement

You can now publish items with subitems.

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Digital marketing

New feature

New conditions and rules for marketing definition mapping enable you to assign profile cards to multiple items.

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Forms

New feature

To make work easier for form designers, you can create an autocomplete list of available CSS class options for each field type using easy-to-understand names.

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Forms

New feature

You can now send an email message automatically using the email message submit action.

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Forms

Improvement

Web form validation ensures a website visitor enters the correct value in a field on a web form. These topics provide details of how to create a custom validation or validator.

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Contact Behavior Profile

New feature

There are now two ways to calculate the ContactBehaviorProfile facet. With the new approach, the calculated facet contains the aggregated profile scores from all interactions, instead of the older approach that keeps only the profile scores from the latest interaction.

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Role scaling and configuration

Improvement

The xDB Reporting role has been combined with the Content Management role to reduce hosting costs.

Role scaling and configuration

New feature

The xConnect Scalable Reads feature allows you to offload the primary database from read-only workloads using one of the read-only/secondary replicas.

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Role scaling and configuration

Change

The method for encrypting contact IP addresses that are stored by the Content Delivery role has changed.

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xConnect Data Purge for Contacts

New feature

The Data Purge tool allows you to clean up analytical data that is not used anymore to free up space and get rid of irrelevant data.

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Sitecore CLI

New feature

With NuGet extensibility, you have the possibility to add different sets of plugins to your project.

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Sitecore CLI

New feature

You can now use package referencing (NuGet and/or npm) to import serialized items into your solution.

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GeoIP

New feature

It is now possible to use GeoIP rules for personalization, and there have been changes to the API for retrieving GeoIP data.

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In addition, the setting for activating the geolocation services has changed.

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HTML caching

Improvement

It is now possible to configure the way Sitecore clears HTML caches.

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HTML caching

New feature

You can configure dependencies for MVC renderings, and use this when you configure how the HTML is cached and cleared.

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Content search

New feature

You can configure how Solr retries when an operation fails.

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Content search

New feature

You can programmatically test if the Solr service is available.

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HADR

New feature

There are changes to the setup script, failover, and failback processes. These changes apply to all supported versions of high availability disaster recovery (HADR).

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The following table lists new features and improvements made in Experience Commerce 10.1.

Area

Change

Description

Entity archiving

New feature

Entity archiving lets the Commerce Engine move eligible, inactive Commerce entities stored in the Shared Environments database to an archive database.

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Redis Connection Pooling

Improvement

The Redis cache provider uses connection pools to help improve Commerce Engine and Commerce Engine Connect performance when responding to a high volume of complex requests for cached data.

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Redis compression

Improvement

The Redis cache provider compresses cached data at rest in the cache store and during network transport.

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The following table lists new features and improvements made in Email Experience Manager (EXM) 10.1.

Area

Change

Description

Templates

Improvement

There are new default templates available for email campaigns

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Retryers

New feature

You can now configure the exponential retry mechanism for SMTP errors.

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Multilanguage management

Improvement

You can now create email messages in languages that you do not have as your own language to, providing that you have Language Write permissions to them.

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The following table lists new features and improvements made in Sitecore Experience Accelerator (SXA) 10.1.

Area

Change

Description

Themes

New feature

You can now assign themes to specific components.

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Page branches

New feature

You can now create page branches that editors can use as templates for sites.

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HTML Includes

New feature

You can now use HTML Includes to render externally hosted assets in your themes.

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Horizon integration

New feature

You can now enable your editors to use the Horizon editor for SXA sites.

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