What's New in This Guide

This section introduces the new features of WebCenter Sites 12c (12.2.1) and provides pointers to additional information. This section also lists deprecated features.

Oracle WebCenter Sites 12c (12.2.1) includes the following new features:

Feature Description See These Sections
Visitor Services

Visitor Services allows WebCenter Sites pages to benefit from visitor data captured across multiple external platforms, such as Google, Facebook, major CRM systems, and custom data sources. Captured visitor activity data can be aggregated from multiple repositories into unified visitor profiles (via template-based aggregation combined with a unique visitor ID) that WebCenter Sites marketers can use to improve their visitor segmenting and per-segment content targeting.

Progressive profiling continually enhances previously captured visitor data with new data, increasing targeting accuracy as visitors spend more time on the site. Built-in REST APIs allow the sharing of captured and enriched visitor data with external applications for integration with email marketing systems, CRM systems, and many others.

A/B Testing

A/B testing enables marketers to field-trial individual pieces of content against one another to determine which commands the highest visitor preference. Accessible directly from the Contributor interface, A/B testing bestows complete control of the test on the marketer and provides the choice to use content, presentation, or a mix of both as either test variant. Marketers can choose the criteria for starting the test, qualifying the success of the test, and ending the test.

Once a test is under way, interactive, in-context reporting allows marketers to track the performance of each test in real time directly in the target page, stop or promote a specific test variant, and to continue to the test reporting interface to view more comprehensive performance metrics. A/B testing is fully integrated into WebCenter Sites, eliminating the need to license and train for a separate third-party testing tool, providing a single, integrated author-build-test-deliver solution.

Enterprise Manager

WebCenter Sites and Visitor Services can now be administered and monitored using Oracle Enterprise Manager. Starting/stopping instances, viewing the component home pages, managing logs, and reviewing performance metrics are supported.

Administering WebCenter Sites and Its Components in Enterprise Manager

Security Enhancements

For increased security, WebCenter Sites now supports the Oracle Platform Security Services (OPSS) credential store. Communication with the credential store is encrypted (HTTPS) and each individual WebCenter Sites instance is uniquely authenticated.

New WebCenter Sites Deployment Process

WebCenter Sites and its component applications are now part of the Oracle Universal Installer. Previously manual deployment tasks have been automated and post-installation configuration is now done via Web-based Configurators. Certain deployment tasks still need to be completed manually based on the specifics of the target environment.

Installing and Configuring Oracle WebCenter Sites

Shared File System Can Be Stored in a Database

WebCenter Sites now supports storing its shared file system in a database instead of a local or network disk volume. The provided conversion tool moves the default disk-based shared file system to either the WebCenter Sites repository database, or to a separate database. The tool also supports reverting back to a disk-based shared file system.

Moving the Shared File System to a Database

Admin Interface Tree Update

The Admin tree has been reworked for better usability and versatility. Tabs have been eliminated and four separate trees are now available: General Admin, My Work, Content, and Site. The trees no longer rely on a Java applet and use Dojo technology instead.

Contributor Publishing

Users who hold the Publisher role can now publish pages and assets directly from the Contributor interface, eliminating the need to involve the WebCenter Sites administrator for smaller publishing jobs.

Accessibility Enhancements

WebCenter Sites now supports configurable accessibility features compliant with Oracle Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, including screen reader support, customizable keyboard shortcuts, seamless keyboard-based navigation, and high-contrast mode for Contributor and Admin interfaces.

ODL Replaces log4j

The legacy log4j logging mechanism has been replaced with the more robust Oracle Diagnostic Logging solution.

XMLPost Command-Line Support

The XMLPost utility now accepts user credentials as arguments in the command line instead of reading them from its .ini file.

Running XMLPost from the Command Line

Configuration Import/Export Utility WebCenter Sites now ships with the Configuration Import/Export Utility, which allows you to bulk-export and bulk-import property values in WebCenter Sites and Satellite Server wcs_properties.json files.

Using the Import/Export Utility

RTL (Right-to-Left) Orientation

The Contributor interface now supports Right-to-Left (RTL) orientation for use with RTL-based languages, such as Arabic.

Setting the User Interface to Right-to-Left (RTL) Orientation

New Property Management Tool / Properties Migrated to JSON Format

Properties that govern the behavior of WebCenter Sites and its component applications are now stored in JSON format and are managed using the new Property Management Tool in the Admin interface.

Test-to-Production Support WebCenter Sites now supports the standard Oracle Fusion Middleware test-to-production switchover process.

Switching from Test Mode to Production Mode

IPv6 Support

WebCenter Sites and its component applications now support the IPv6 protocol, including hybrid IPv6/IPv4 operation.

Installing and Configuring Oracle WebCenter Sites

The following features have been deprecated in this release:

  • WebCenter Sites Gadgets and Gadget Server

  • WebCenter Sites Native authentication in Community/Gadgets

  • WebCenter Sites Analytics 2.5

  • WebCenter Sites Content Integration Platform - EMC Documentum

  • WebCenter Sites Content Integration Platform Filesystem

  • WebCenter Sites Content Integration Platform Sharepoint

  • WebCenter Sites Janrain Integration

  • WebCenter Sites Netomat Mobility Server

  • SOAP-based web services

  • Page Debugger


    Use IDE integration for JSP debug capabilities. DebugServlet is not deployed.
  • Sites Desktop

  • Sites DocLink