Sitecore .Net 10 Certification Notes

This is an attempt to help to prepare people for this certification based on the notes I gathered to prepare myself. This assumes you have some previous Sitecore Knowledge since the content is composed mainly of links from Sitecore documentation.

Note: I did read the children of the links and not only the link. I suggest to do the same since it gives you a deeper understanding of the topics. Although, the certification does not go into lot of details of implementation.

Competency 1: Sitecore structure & platform—12%

[From Sitecore] To meet this competency, you need to be able to do the following:

  • Define Sitecore-specific terminology in a Developer context. Terms include Content Editor, Experience Editor, component, rendering, placeholder, template, layout, item, and serialization.
  • Differentiate between Sitecore MVC and Sitecore Headless Development methods, tools, and processes at a high level.
  • Identify the different deployment options for a Sitecore Experience Platform environment (e.g., on-premise, containers, Managed Cloud).
  • Install Sitecore Experience Platform on a development workstation without the use of containers.
  • Create a .NET solution with the appropriate projects for your development method.
  • Execute development tasks assigned from a development plan for a Sitecore environment.

Tips:

  • What is patching and how to control patch file sequence (load order)
  • Best practices for multisite structure in Sitecore
  • Template is the data structure in Sitecore
  • How to manage multiple domain bindings in Sitecore?

Competency 2: Security & user management—16%

[From Sitecore] To meet this competency, you need to be able to do the following:

  • Create users and roles within the Sitecore platform.
  • Configure the security roles to meet the needs of the business and use cases of the environment.
  • Configure item security properly for existing and future items.
  • Manage permissions for items, roles, and users.
  • Identify when security rights are conflicting and resolve the conflict.
  • Use role inheritance to simplify role creation and management.
  • Use the Sitecore publishing features to publish items and sites to the appropriate databases.
  • Configure item workflows for Content Authors, Editors, and Publishers.

Tips:

  • How to unlock a user?
  • Remember that one roles that denying access overrules other roles accesses.
  • Sitecore Domains. What is extranet used for?

Competency 3: Item management—20%

[From Sitecore] To meet this competency, you need to be able to do the following:

  • Define Sitecore-specific terminology in a Developer context. Terms include standard values, insert options, item GUIDs, fields, field types, source values, inheritance, component definition items, layout definition items, placeholder settings items, and package.
  • Add items in multiple areas within the content tree, such as templates, component definition items, layout definition items, and placeholder settings items.
  • Create templates and standard values and set insert options to match the data structures outlined in a development plan.
  • Recognize the differences between the standard Sitecore databases used, such as Web and Master.
  • Locate where search indexes are managed.
  • Use Sitecore packages to transfer Sitecore items and environment changes to another Sitecore environment.
  • Install a Sitecore package.

Tips:

  • Purpose of data template and standard values.
  • Find the fields that can be re-used in an example (data templates inheritance).
  • When a field is not recommended as inherited from base between different templates.
  • Sitecore Tokens. Make sure you know what those are.
  • Few questions about workflows/workbox
  • What is the purpose of a Sitecore support package?
  • Why content author are not allowed to edit web database items directly?

Competency 4: Layout & placeholders—10%

[From Sitecore] To meet this competency, you need to be able to do the following:

  • Create layout definitions items within Sitecore and set the presentation details for a layout.
  • Create a corresponding layout file within your ASP.NET project.
  • Explain the difference between a static and dynamic placeholder and give the purpose of each.
  • Set presentation details on a template item.
  • Create a placeholder settings item.
  • Set Allowed controls on a placeholder settings item.
  • Define a placeholder on a layout, both dynamically and statically.

Tips:

  • A question about dynamic placeholders.
  • Dynamic vs static placeholders.
  • Versioned layout usage.
  • Use of edit frame buttons.
  • How to make a field editable or not editable in Experience Editor with Sitecore helpers.
  • What are the necessary things to create a layout?

Competency 5: Components, controls, & renderings—26%

[From Sitecore] To meet this competency, you need to be able to do the following:

  • General:
    • Differentiate between the different rendering definition items in Sitecore, such as view, controller, and JSON rendering items.
    • Set the compatible renderings on a rendering definition item.
    • Control component usage by configuring the Datasource Location and Datasource Template fields.
    • Set up additional control properties and component parameters.
    • Use caching controls on a rendering item to improve environment performance.
    • Build components that utilize the Rendering Contents Resolver to access additional information from the Sitecore platform, such as content tree structure and system- based templates.
  • Sitecore MVC:
    • Create view and controller renderings.
    • Differentiate between static component binding and dynamic component binding with placeholders.
    • Explain the purpose of Sitecore MVC field helpers.
    • Render Sitecore fields as editable in Experience Editor by using Sitecore MVC field helpers.
  • Sitecore ASP.NET Core Rendering SDK:
    • Create and register model-bound view components, custom view components, and partial view components.
    • Explain the purpose of Sitecore tag helpers.
    • Rendering Sitecore fields as editable in Experience Editor by using Sitecore tag helpers in component views.

Tips:

  • When a model-bound view should be used?
  • What is the difference between model bound view and view component?
  • Questions mention SXA to refer MCV websites. For example, In non-SXA sites….
  • Compatible renderings.

Competency 6: Sitecore Content Serialization—10%

[From Sitecore] To meet this competency, you need to be able to do the following:

  • Locate and connect to the source control location for your development project.
  • Install the Sitecore Command Line Interface (CLI).
  • Log in to Sitecore from the CLI.
  • Configure a Serialization module with included paths and rules.
  • Execute the CLI commands to push and pull content item from Sitecore.
  • Use serialization packages for continuous integration.
  • Install Sitecore for Visual Studio (VS).
  • Use Sitecore for VS to push and pull content items from Sitecore.

Tips:

  • Understand how and where the modules are set (sitecore.json).
  • Sitecore CLI and Sitecore for VS (same functionality but different tools).
  • Where do we define modules for serialization?

Competency 7: Containers—6%

[From Sitecore] To meet this competency, you need to be able to do the following:

  • Prepare the files necessary to deploy Sitecore XP to containers.
  • Launch a Sitecore environment with docker-compose.
  • Set up a Sitecore solution with your own Docker images based on Sitecore provided images.
  • Develop and debug within a Sitecore environment running on containers.

Tips:

  • Difference between environment variables HOST_LICENSE_FOLDER and SITECORE_LICENSE
  • Is container deployment supported for production deployment.
  • How do you debug code running in containers?
  • What is the purpose of Sitecore Container Registry (SCR)?

Other reference

My notes include some of the links from the below resources as well, but of course they deserve a shot out and reference since I based my preparation on their notes.

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