Tridion DXA – Blueprinting Options


Thinking of updating the default DXA blueprinting structure? I’ve outlined some of the common scenarios to help consider how to best structure your DXA implementation.

Why change the DXA blueprint?

The out-of-the-box blueprint is great for sites that have completely different content whilst sharing common functionality but does not allow for (a) sharing of global content (b) differing functionality per site (c) differences in local content.

The great thing is that the simplicity of the default DXA blueprint allows for many variations of extension. Creating just a handful of publications can get you on the way to a more suitable structure for your organisation.

Each example below shows the default DXA structure (left) with my recommendation (right).

TIP: It may be worth downloading each variation then flicking between them to easily see the differences.

Same functionality – Same content

Use this when you want multiple sites with the same functionality and the same content. The importance here is the global content at the 300 level which allows you to share content between DXA sites. Notice that you can always localise components at the 400 level for any site specific content.
DXA BLUEPRINT DESIGN - Same functionality - Same content

Same functionality – different content

Here we allow for sites with the same functionality and shared content but we introduce an additional translation layer so we can have multiple sites of a specific language.
DXA BLUEPRINT DESIGN - Same functionality - different content

Different functionality – different content

Imagine you want one content manager to host a multitude of DXA sites all inheriting the core functionality whilst allowing for additional functionality per blueprinting flow. e.g. you have 2x site types, ‘marketing’ and ‘corporate’, they’re both DXA but differ in specific functionality, i.e. one uses social media and the other doesn’t.

In this scenario our ‘100 master’ will contain the out-of-the-box DXA module (core) and the 150 level will contain modules specific to a site variation.

‘200 global content’ allows us to define shared content whilst the 250 level allows us to define content specific to site type. DXA BLUEPRINT DESIGN - Different functionality - different content

Different functionality – different content (with Translation)

Same as previous but we take this one step further and introduce a translation layer.DXA BLUEPRINT DESIGN - Different functionality - different content (with Translation)

Requirements differ per implementation but I hope this provides you a foundation for designing your DXA blueprint structure.

Note, you’ll most likely end up moving some pages between publications to match your chosen layout e.g. creating your search/HTML design page where appropriate.

Enjoy guys!

2 thoughts on “Tridion DXA – Blueprinting Options

  1. Nice post Jon. I’d also comment that the architect should really be considering / discussing with the client what the longer-term plan is for DXA driven sites. Whilst the initial concept has been to put out a quick minisite (something some clients would have previously moved away from the CMS and towards WordPress etc. for) – they can very quickly start to move from the ‘minisite’ mentality to expecting DXA to be almost as flexible as a traditionally Blueprinted model – having some sites share functionality and some sites share design and some – well – both!

    It will be interesting to hear the experiences of others working with clients and what their expectations of DXA evolve into…

  2. One discussion we’ve been having is if the design publication is needed anymore. I hinted at this omni-channel BluePrint in this post: It’s nice seeing some of the same patterns in your post.

    One thing to be careful with the last translation example: separating the content between 250 Marketing and 250 Corporate can double the number of language Publications and non-localized global content (since it’s shared across both branches). I’ve seen this fit organizations with fewer translations or a small number of branches. But it can get unwieldy if the branches or languages increase.

    Nice post and thanks for sharing. But where’s the animated gif? :-)

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