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HCL Digital Experience provides a single access point to web content and applications, while it delivers differentiated, personalized experiences for each user across multiple touchpoints, such as web, mobile, hybrid mobile/web applications, and more.
Supported migration paths
Migration is supported between equivalent HCL Digital Experience offerings.
Supported installation and upgrade paths
Installation and upgrade is supported between equivalent HCL Digital Experience offerings.
Getting the software
New and existing users need to register at the HCL Software License Portal and download their entitled HCL Digital Experience package(s).
Creating your website
Review the following topics to understand how to create your website using the latest HCL Digital Experience.
Installing HCL Digital Experience
Review the planning information on HCL Digital Experience, then select your operating system and installation pattern that most reflects your business needs.
Run the following tasks after you install and deploy HCL Digital Experience. They address tasks that are typically run one time and have a global effect. Some configuration changes are made more frequently or do not have a global effect. These tasks are addressed in the Administering section.
Backup and restore
Backup and recovery of data files and databases is an essential operation for any business system, particularly for data and applications that run in production environments. Create and follow a plan for backing up and recovering data on all tiers of your HCL Digital Experience deployment. IBM Installation Manager must also be included in backup and recovery planning. If you back up the HCL Portal file structure and then install a fix pack, your HCL Digital Experience and IBM Installation Manager become out of sync after you restore the HCL Portal file system. This condition is not recoverable.
Successful migration requires significant planning and preparation, understanding the tools that are involved, and careful execution of the appropriate steps in the order provided.
Integrate HCL Digital Experience with software such as HCL Sametime to enable your users to collaborate more easily. You can also use the unified task list portlet to integrate HCL with your backend business process software, such as IBM Process Server.
Use the administration tools that are provided with the HCL Digital Experience to do various day-to-day administration tasks.
Security tasks include setting up property extension databases and custom user repositories, configuring and activating SSL, and configuring authentication. In addition, tasks such as activating Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) and NIST SP800-131a security modules and configuring external security managers such as Security Access Manager might be required to secure your portal environment.
HCL Portal includes tools and features to help you monitor the portal site.
Setting up a website
Setting up a website includes, creating pages, adding navigation, setting up search, and adding content to the site. Themes are used to customize the portal's look-and-feel. Out-of-the-box templates and the site wizard can help you set up your portal site faster. You can add wikis and blogs to your site and let users tag and rate content on your site.
Staging to production
During portal solution development, the solution is initially developed, tested, and refined on one server or a limited number of servers. The solution is deployed later on live systems, referred to as the production environment. The process of moving the solution from the development environment to the production environment is called staging.
This section includes developer documentation on extending applications and development assets for HCL Portal and HCL Web Content Manager.
Docker and Containerization
Find topic information about Docker and Containerization for HCL Digital Experience.
Practitioner Studio
Practitioner Studio is a newly designed user experience for HCL Digital Experience. Please see the following pages to understand how the new navigation is organized.
HCL Experience API
This shows developers how to provision, configure, and use the HCL Experience API with the HCL Digital Experience 9.5 platform.
HCL Content Composer
The HCL Content Composer delivers simplified processes for creating and managing Digital Experience site content.
HCL Digital Asset Management
HCL Digital Asset Management (DAM) adds a central platform to store and include rich media assets in Digital Experience site content to present engaging, consistently branded experiences across digital channels.
The Woodburn Studio demo site
The Woodburn Studio is a website that demonstrates the use of some of the popular HCL Digital Experience features.
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