SDL Tridion Workflow & Components

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Sending components directly into Workflow when they are saved/created is a nice way to ensure only “approved” content makes it to your website, however there is a gotcha. When you create a new item, the item is created as version 0.X, as it has yet to be “approved” and therefore has not reached its first major version (1.0). The problem is, editors can only add major versions to pages (as Component Presentations). In order to “approve” content it is most common that the approver will want to see the content in-context (on a page). We could consider a few approaches, like […]

SDL Tridion (SDL Web): Defining a Workflow

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Workflow is a rarely implemented (but extremely powerful) piece of the SDL Web (SDL Tridion) solution. It allows companies to introduce governance and control to the material on their website, inline with general content editing activities. Why is it rarely used? Workflow is seen as complex. All to often when talking to customers it is deemed to complex (or scary) to implement. Or worse still, it has been implemented and disabled as it caused problems. Why is it disabled? Normally, the reasons are simple. It was either defined to be too strict or too complex. What should you consider when defining […]

SDL Tridion/Web Workflow & Approval Status

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Recently I’ve been working with SDL Tridion Workflow and Approval status, to restrict the publishing to the live website. I’ve been reading other community blog posts,  including Dom’s http://www.dominic.cronin.nl/weblog/what-should-we-hope-for-tridion-workflow, and for Approval Status’ things have changed a little in recent versions. What is Approval Status Approval status was a “Metadata” that could be assigned to any publishable item, originally to help indicate control its publishing during Workflow, but more recently at all times. At the beginning the Approval Status of an item could only be set during a Workflow process. What is Minimum Approval Status Minimum Approval Status is a restriction that […]