Ability to provide social content in-context of WebSphere Portal pages is a great way to build value for customers and help them deliver a true social digital experience
. IBM Connections portlets provides a way to bring social content in context of portal, but have some limitations in terms of flexibility to customize the social content to gel it with other information present on WebSphere Portal and ability to contribute to IBM Connections. IBM Web Content Manager (WCM) social rendering enables us to bridge this gap and helps build a true social digital experience
feature enables a page editor to display social objects hosted on a remote IBM Connections server inside WebSphere Portal server using WCM conventions (presentation template, authoring template, PZN & HTML components, piece of content, and a web content portlet). This allows separation of concerns, meaning that the designer can then quickly or easily modify the visual appearance of social data to match the portal design, whereas the content author may define the content that will be available for a page editor. Page editors can easily add social list definitions by using this feature. WCM social rendering capability is a flexible way to query and render IBM Connections social content. It allows to integrate social content in a portal web page with little effort. This provides an option to keep users within portal and view the social content which avoids media discontinuity or direct users to IBM Connections native user interface when required.
By default, the social rendering feature is disabled in IBM WebSphere Portal 8001. Once the feature is enabled, portal displays content as below in Edit Mode. Enabling this feature also displays the IBM Connections web content library in WCM. Page Editors can select the social list definitions which they want to add in their portal pages from the content tab in Edit Mode. They can also customize the look and feel of social list definitions using the WCM Personalization component. It is recommended to use the WCM Social Rendering portlets instead of IBM Connections Summary portlets.
Prerequisites for using WCM social rendering:
- IBM WebSphere Portal and IBM Connections server are running properly.
- SSO is configured.
- Social rendering is enabled.
For SSO configuration, refer to Using LTPA for Single Sign On between IBM Connections and WebSphere Portal
In this section we will cover the social rendering features, configuring it, and customizing the social list.
We cover the following topics in the subsections: