IBM has been reworking WebSphere Portal themes for a long time now. The feedback I get on themes in Portal 7 is they are too complicated, too slow, and not well documented. With WebSphere Portal 8, IBM is addressing these concerns with a new theme architecture. IBM is touting the new theme as very modular, which should lead to a flexible framework that improves download times and minimizes the number of requests going from the browser to the server.
In my last post about Managed Pages, I said that I had received some errors when creating a page. I had built a blog page and wanted to include a tag cloud on that page. When I dragged the Tag Cloud portlet to the page and saved my changes, I received the following messages:
Apparently, I was missing some Dojo files that were needed for the tag cloud. After looking into this, I figured out the default theme must not have been quite right. I looked at the page properties and noticed a theme profile select box. When I clicked on that entry, I found that I had a choice of several profiles:
I changed the profile to Full and saved the page again. This time, I was able to save my page with the Tag Cloud portlet. So why would the profile matter?
A theme profile is one mechanism IBM implemented to improve load time. A profile loads modules that the theme designer designates from the list of available modules. Modules are part of the new module theme framework. So a theme profile can load all modules (i.e. Full), or the profile can load selected modules based on the needs of the page.
If you don’t need the entire Dojo library, for example, you can create a theme profile that loads only those modules you do need. The Portal documentation contains a list of modules supplied by IBM and you can create your own modules. By choosing only the modules your page absolutely needs, you can skinny down the overall theme, improving load times.
You can learn more about the module framework here. While its too early to tell if IBM finally has a workable, modern theme, this new module framework certainly looks very promising.
My 4 days in the Desert with Adobe — Part 2
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 7:12a Eric Herman As I mentioned in my last blog post, the time I spent in the desert with Adobe at the sales conference was incredibly valuable. As the best of breed digital platform, three key themes resonated with me and want to take the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the benefits of the adobe partnership and how it impacts the work we do for clients.
One of the first things I learned is that Adobe has grown tremendously over the past few years and has really cemented its place as the leader in digi [read] Keywords: development
Facebook Introduces New Campaign Structure
Thu, Mar 6th 2014 1:12p Mark Polly Facebook has been hailed and maligned at the same time for its advertisement features. On one hand, Facebook ads promise to reach large, targeted audiences with your message. On the other hand, Facebook ad reach is a black box that only Facebook controls. In a previous post, Why Facebook is Failing Marketers, my colleague Michael Porter wrote about Facebook ads reaching only 16% of a company’s fans.
I don’t know if the New Facebook Campaign Structure that Facebook is rolling [read] Keywords: facebook
My 4 Days in the Desert with Adobe – Part 1
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 12:12p Eric Herman In mid-December, I attended the Adobe Worldwide Sales Conference in Las Vegas. It’s a time when Adobe invites its entire sales organization – along with Adobe’s key partners – to discuss the past year’s performance, celebrate the major sales successes, and layout the company’s sales and product strategies for the next year.
As Forrester & Gartner’s leader in Web Content Management, Adobe certainly has much to discuss and no lack of thought leadership within the Digital Marketin [read] Keywords:
A Primer on CMO, CIO Collaboration
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 8:11a Michael Porter Tom Wentworth at CMSWiRE has a short but very interesting article on collaboration between the Chief Marketing Office and the Chief Information Officer. He engages you at the beginning with the reasons why the two roles are blurring. I personally of one CIO who also wears the CMO hat.
…today’s marketers have a required skillset that often overlaps with that of the CIO, who has traditionally managed and maintained a company’s IT infrastructure. For that reason, CMOs are becoming int [read] Keywords: collaboration
Cool Mobile Infographic
Wed, Feb 26th 2014 5:12a Michael Porter Thanks to the Marketing Tech Blog for a reference to a cool “Future of Mobile” info graphic by Three. It’s UK focused but still a nice summary of mobile. I especially like the internet use via mobile devices now and in 2025. Click to get to the entire info graphic. [read] Keywords: mobile
What’s The Difference Between Beacons and Geofencing
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 5:12a Michael Porter Thanks for John Spyers for pointing this out to me. I’ve heard a lot lately about the “contextual” experience. By that I mean, an up to the minute completely personalized experience based on more than just what a company knows about you. Now you can take into account all of the usual items like how good a customer they are, do they have a shipment on the way, and did they just call customer service. You can add to that things like, where are they and do they have a rese [read] Keywords: mobile
What Does SoftLayer Mean for IBM?
Tue, Feb 25th 2014 5:12a Michael Porter So I’m not the cloud guy within Perficient but let’s face it, everything I see within my portal, web content, social, and marketing automation world has some cloud component. Let me give you some examples:
We see more and more requests to host IBM Portal and IBM WCM on an easy to manage external entity. Perficient uses a partner, Blue Iron because they stand up actual working instances of software and support more than just the base OS.
Sitecore has a Sitecore Azure option which [read] Keywords: ibm
5 Signs of A PC Exodus
Mon, Feb 24th 2014 6:12a Michael Porter CRN has an article on five signs of a PC exodus. Given all the stats we’ve seen on the dominance of mobile, I’m not surprised. Here are a couple mobile stats to consider before I list the five signs.
And now the list: (Go to the CRN article to get more in depth information)
Is LG leaving?
Asus’ smartphone shift
Acer’s executive shakeup
Samsung dumping desktops? [read] Keywords: mobile