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Getting started with SilverStripe's Content Personalization Module (SSCP)

Notice

Please note that this module is under development and not suitable for use in production!

  • There will be a lot of changes.
  • We may change the database structure.
  • It is not feature complete.

Installation

To install this module:

  1. Either clone the code from the GitHub repository with git clone https://github.com/yukiawano/sscpmodule.git or download it at https://github.com/yukiawano/sscpmodule/downloads.
  2. Add the folder to your SilverStripe installation and rename it to sscp.
  3. Access /dev/build/?flush=all to install the module.

Configuration

You must configure the module before you can start using it. Copy the two configuration files

sscp/_config/audiencetype.yml.sample
sscp/_config/apikey.yml.sample
sscp/_config/default_location.yml.sample

to

mysite/_config/audiencetype.yml
mysite/_config/apikey.yml
mysite/_config/default_location.yml

APIKeys (mysite/_config/apikey.yml)

You need to some set the following API keys to use the respective thirdparty services:

AudienceTypes (mysite/_config/audiencetype.yml)

The module personalizes content based on AudienceTypes. An AudienceType is a collection of conditions.

You can define AudienceTypes in YAML like this:

AudienceTypeDefinition:
  MatchingRule: InclusiveOR
  AudienceTypes:
    NewComer:
      NewComer: true
    JapanLinuxUser:
      Location: Japan
      Device: Linux
    Japanese:
      Location: Japan

After you have changed audience types you must access /dev/build/?flush=all to reload the configuration.

Default Location (mysite/_config/default_location.yml)

To render the page faster, we getting location of a visitor in background with javascript. Then our module uses default location as the location of new comer.

You can define default location in YAML like this:

DefaultLocation:
  Location:
    Lon: 35.011642
    Lat: 135.768011
    Country: Japan
    Region: Kinki
    City: Kyoto

Tutorial

In this tutorial we will create a customized block, which shows a welcome message for first time visitors. We will use the audience types from the sample configuration, which already covers this.

1. Add Personalized Content

A BlockHolder is a place holder for content personalization and looks like this in the template:

$PersonalizedContent('WelcomeBlock')
  • $PersonalizedContent() is a method provided by the module.
  • WelcomeBlock is a template key, which we will use to load the desired content. You can select any (unique) name you want.

Now add the BlockHolder to your template. If you are using the Simple template that is bundled with SS3, includes/SideBar.ss may be a good place - the second line is the relevant change:

<aside>
    <div>$PersonalizedContent('WelcomeBlock')</div>
    <% if Menu(2) %>
        <nav class="secondary">
            <h3>
                <% loop Level(1) %>
                $Title
                <% end_loop %>
            </h3>
            <ul>
                <% loop Menu(2) %>
                <li class="$LinkingMode"><a href="$Link" title="Go to the $Title.XML page"><span class="arrow">&rarr;</span><span class="text">$MenuTitle.XML</span></a></li>
                <% end_loop %>
            </ul>
        </nav>
    <% end_if %>    
</aside>

2. Create a Snippet

Snippets are reusable pieces of HTML, which are the different personalizations your page can display.

For this tutorial we need to create two Snippets, a WelcomeSnippet and a WelcomeBackSnippet. Log into the CMS and go to the Personalization page (/admin/personalization) and click on the Snippet tab where you can Add Snippet add the information shown in the following two screenshots:

Welcome Snippet
Welcome Back Snippet

3. Create a BlockHolder

BlockHolders are the containers of personalized content. They provide the mapping to the template key from the first step.

Go to the Block Holder tab and click on the Add Block Holder. On the following page set the Template Key to WelcomeBlock and add a title and description to give it some context.

Create Block Holder

4. Create a Block

Once we have defined a BlockHolder, we need to add Blocks to it. These Blocks specify the audience types and map to the correct Snippet.

Go to the edit page of BlockHolder which we have created in step 3, and hit Add Block.

Edit Block Holder

There, add the information as shown in the following screenshot:

Create Block

5. Define a DefaultSnippet

Now a new comer gets the WelcomeSnippet that we have created, but we also want to show the WelcomeBackSnippet to returning users. To accomplish that, we set the WelcomeBackSnippet as the DefaultSnippet, which is shown when there is no block that corresponds to the current session.

Go back to the details page of the current BlockHolder, check Show default snippet and set the WelcomeBackSnippet as the Default Snippet.

Set Default Snippet

6. Congratulations

Now when you access the site for the first time, you will get a welcome message.

And when you access the site again, you will get welcome-back message.

If you want to see welcome message again, delete the cookie of this site or use private browsing mode.

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