Refresh 2 has arrived: You asked and we’re delivering

Refresh 2 has arrived: You asked and we’re delivering

Jun 23, 2021
VP Product, Kentico Xperience
Refresh 2 has arrived: You asked and we’re delivering

It’s exactly three months and six days since the first Refreshand we’re continuing to deliver on our promise of providing smooth transition to the newest version of Kentico Xperience. Please, welcome Refresh 2 to the stage! With its installation, as easy as unboxing a parcel, you enhance your DXP with features that save you time and polish your user experience. 

We strive to fulfill our clients’ every wish, and that’s why we develop the features you ask for the most. The latest changes improve existing functionalities, which makes work easier and more intuitive for both marketers and developers. But we’re not just staying in the comfort zone of the current product. We’re developing the DXP for the future. And so, Refresh 2 is introducing an out-of-the-box integration with a new, ground-breaking technology based on AI.

Sentiment Analysis

One of the most exciting tech trends, sentiment analysis uses Artificial Intelligence and natural language processing to define the emotional charge of a text. The program recognizes positive and negative wording and provides results showing the sentiment of a whole text, as well as details for every sentence. It is extremely useful when working with user input.

Now, you can use this technology in Kentico Xperience. We developed an out-of-the-box integration with Azure Text Sentiment Analysis and an extra step in our Marketing Automation.

The tool helps you sort negative and positive comments and reviews on your website. You can preset an automated Thank-you email for positive reviews and display them, straight away. In case the review is negative, you can set up a notification to the support team and send an automated apology. This way your customers get an instant response, and you don’t have to sort all reviews manually. On top, Kentico Xperience offers sentiment analysis built in the fields of its text editor for feedback on a marketer’s own work.

Advantage for developers 

Advantage for marketers and editors

The API is ready for integration with Microsoft Azure Text Sentiment Analysis from front-end (JS) and from business layer (C#).  

Thanks to this integration, marketers can use AI to analyze the sentiment of users’ comments and set up automated responses and notifications depending on the tone of the text.  Also, they can measure the sentiment of their own texts directly in the text editor.


Copy-pasting widgets in Page Builder

The Page Builder is one of the highlights of Kentico Xperience DXP. Marketers love it because it’s so intuitive and gives them an extraordinary freedom. Still, we found room for improvement. Did you ever dream of taking a perfectly composed widget and placing it on another page exactly as it is? With the new functionality, you can add up to ten widgets including their content into a clipboard and paste each of them to whatever page you like.  

Advantage for developers

Advantage for marketers and editors

The feature is ready to use, no need for extra developing. The clipboard takes up to ten widgets, which means saving a lot of time when creating similar parts or whole new landing pages based on several different pages.
Until now, if editors wanted to use the same widget on a different page, they had to create the same widget with the same settings in another template. There is no need for that, anymore. Copy-pasting widgets save time and prevent mistakes caused by manual work.


Customizing form sections

Form Builder in Kentico Xperience gives marketers a lot of freedom already. But so far, it didn’t reach its full potential for customization. Refresh 2 offers a feature called Form Builder Section Properties, which enables dividing forms into sections and setting different properties for every one of them. Just like in the Page Builder, developers can define section properties and then, marketers can add titles, styles, descriptions, or even dynamic layouts anywhere in the form.

Advantage for developers

Advantage for marketers and editors
During implementation, you can configure form properties that will be used throughout your website. Then, editors can use them independently in every form they create.  

Forms now provide more options for customization. When creating a complex form, editors can divide it into separate sections with titles, different background color, or styles simply by choosing options directly in the Form Builder.


Creating clean multicultural URLs  

We have developed a convenient solution for creating URLs of multicultural websites. Culture Alias Support for Dynamic Routing now allows system administrators to define their own culture aliases and use them in URLs for distinguishing different language versions. For example, instead of ‘en-US’, you can use ‘en’ or ‘english’. Compared to the previously used standardized culture codes, URLs with culture aliases are more user-friendly and cleaner.  

Advantage for developers    
Advantage for marketers and editors
Developers don’t need to create their own solution for using culture aliases in URLs, anymore. It comes out-of-the-box and system administrators can easily set it up by filling a form in the Kentico Xperience administration.
From now on, if you decide to change the language component in your website’s URLs, you don’t need to ask a developer for a custom solution. The functionality is ready to use in the DXP.      


Are you ready to enrich your platform?  

Installing Refreshes on the latest version of Kentico Xperience is a piece of cake compared to upgrading to a new version. For this small effort, you get a selection of new features, cutting-edge technology, and hotfixes, all with a thorough security review.  

We know what we’re talking about. We installed Refresh 2 on the website as soon as it was ready, and it’s already showing improvements in efficiency and elevated user experience.

Update your Kentico Xperience now and stay tuned for more exciting news. The next Refresh is coming in September.  

Do you want to know how the next Refresh will boost your business? Talk to one of our experts, who will discuss your needs and answer your questions.

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