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Area: Episerver Customer-Centric DXP
Applies to versions: Not applicable

Development considerations

This section provides guidelines for developing solutions for a cloud environment, and Episerver Customer-Centric Digital Experience Platform (DXP) in particular. Running your solution in any cloud environment requires a few new strategies. Following these recommendations helps to ensure smooth deployment and good site performance.

DXP and Azure resources

Although Episerver DXP is based on Azure components, you should not create additional Azure resources using your DXP account, because any such resources could be deleted during deployment clean-up. However, you can create additional accounts, such as for managing integration with other cloud services. 

DXP and Web Apps

In Episerver DXP, a Web App is a solution built on the Episerver platform, and operating as an Azure Web App including an SQL Database, a BLOB storage, and an Episerver Search & Navigation index.

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A default configuration of DXP for packages GroupCorporateEnterprise, includes one Web App, a CDN and three environments - IntegrationPreproduction and Production. You can run multiple websites on one Web App (DXP license), without any restriction on the number of websites. The websites will share the same code base, and the same Search & Navigation search index.

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Some specific scenarios may require separated code bases., in which case you can add additional Web Apps to the Group, Corporate, and Enterprise configurations. These Web Apps are included within the same DXP, and additional page views or content items are counted towards the total amount for the primary configuration.

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Single and multisite and Web Apps

  • single Web App means a shared code base, which in turn means reduced cost, less complexity, but also shared content and users, and shopping carts for e-commerce sites.
  • single Web App lets you follow best practices for object-oriented code reuse, and makes development, upgrading, testing and deployment easier.
  • Multiple Web Apps may be required in some cases for fulfilling specific requirements.

See Multisite development for more information about multisite scenarios.

Integrating with Azure AD

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is Microsoft's multi-tenant cloud-based directory and identity management service. Azure AD provides single sign-on (SSO) access to many cloud-based SaaS applications, and includes a suite of identity management capabilities. See Integrate Azure AD using OpenID Connect.

Logging

Episerver DXP redirects all Episerver logs into .NET Diagnostic Trace, if the code uses the Episerver logging abstraction EPiServer.Logging.LogManager.

If you are using log4net and deploying to DXP, replace log4net with EPiServer.Logging. See also Logging for more information about switching logging APIs.

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Last updated: Mar 16, 2017