IF you have external website not managed by Sitecore, and you want to implement some personalization rules, create goals, track visitor intercations … etc, you still can do that by using Federated Experience Manager (FXM)
In this post i will explain how we can do simple personlization on external website not managed by Sitecore it is simple HTML Website.
I will have two components one displays car, other one displays plane, and i will use Sitecore rule engine to switch between these components based on the time, so first i will add the car component, then i will add rule to change the component after 1 minute I will refresh the page it should display plane on the HTML Website.
1) I have two components in Sitecore one called car and the other on called plane.
2) I have HTML Website (http://simplehtmlwebsite.local/) , it has only one page :
3) Login to Sitecore and click on “Federated Experience Manager” from launchpad, then click on Add External Website, and you just fill the Website Name, and Domain :
4) On the external Website take the generated beacon script and add it the the header :
5) Click Save, and Sitecore will send request to the external website to make sure that website is accessible and it has the script tag in the head, then you can see “Open in Experience Editor” button
Note : if you did not see that “Open In Experience Editor” button or you get error when you save just make sure that website has the “Matching Rule” to your external website domain, if it is not there you can define that rule there , just navigate to /sitecore/system/Marketing Control Panel/FXM/simplehtmlwebsite
6) when you click on “Open in Experience Editor” button, it will open the external website in experience editor mode, and you will have tool bar similar to the experience editor tool bar where you can add place holders and components there, click on “Add Placeholder”, this will allow you to create placeholder to add your component there (add before, replace or add afer) :
7) I will add it after the paragraph that i have when you click there, you have to define your placeholder name (ex: phBody) and select the external website that you have :
Then you can add your component here :
8) Click on “Add here“, i will add the car component:
9) Now i will add new rule i will call it Plane Rule to switch to plane component after passing specific time, for this example when 10:07 AM passed it will display plane component :
10) Make sure the the rule that you add is selected and click on publish website and click publish
here is first view for the component at 10:06 AM it will be the car :
here is the second view after the specific time passed (10:07 AM):
I hope you find this post helpful, If you have any additional knowledge on this subject, comments or questions, please let me know in the comments section below.