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We.Retail Reference Implementation

Introduction

We.Retail is a reference implementation and sample content that illustrates the recommended way of setting up an online presence with Adobe Experience Manager.
We.Retail makes use of the latest AEM technologies such as HTL, responsive layouts, editable templates, core components, and much more.
While it illustrates a retail vertical, the way the site is setup can be applied to any vertical, and only the product catalog and cart features are retail-specific.

Features

As AEM's standard reference implementation, We.Retail showcases some of the most powerful features of AEM.
Feature
Description
Interested?
We.Retail includes language masters which are live-copied into country-specific sites.
All pages feature responsive layout to adapt dynamically to screen and device size.
All pages are based on editable templates, allowing non-developers to adapt and customize the templates.
All components are based on HTL
Features a product catalog
Allowing visitors to join in community discussions, read blogs, and much more
All components are based on the new core components and are more usable and user-configurable out-of-the-box
The We.Retail Experiences section showcases the power of reusing content via content fragments.
An Experience Fragment is a group of one or more components including content and layout that can be referenced within pages.

Getting Started

We.Retail is delivered as AEM's sample content. In order to use, simply start AEM as you normally would , making sure that sample content is not disabled.
We.Retail should not be installed on production instances. Production instances should be started in nosamplecontent runmode .
We.Retail is based on the latest AEM technology and therefore does not support classic UI authoring .

Latest Version

Although We.Retail is distributed with the AEM release, updates to the content and its features may be made after the release. Therefore it is possible to download the latest release from GitHub and then upload and install it as a package on your AEM instance.

First Steps

  1. Once AEM is started (and/or We.Retail is installed), the site We.Retail is available in the sites console .
  2. For example the following page can be opened and it should look as displayed in the appendix below:
    https://<server name>:<port number>/editor.html/content/we-retail/language-masters/en.html

We.Retail & Geometrixx

Geometrixx and its many incarnations served as sample content in earlier versions of AEM. Since version 6.3, We.Retail has been the sample content delivered with AEM and serves as the new standard reference implementation.
We.Retail is technically more robust and exploits the latest AEM technology to be more flexible and scalable, while also demonstrating the newest features of the product.

Feature Comparison

The following table gives an overview of major features that are available in We.Retail as compared to Geometrixx.
  • Available means that examples of the feature are found in the sample content.
  • Not available means that examples of the feature are not available in the sample content, but does not mean that the feature itself is not.
Feature
We.Retail
Geometrixx
Globalized site structure
Language masters live-copied into country-specific sites
Not available
Content Fragments
Available
Not available
Experience Fragments
Available
Not available
Responsive Layout
For all pages
Only Geometrixx Media
Editable Templates
For all pages
Not available
HTL
All components
Limited
Targeting
For all pages
Only Geometrixx Outdoors
Screens
Available
Not available
Mobile
Not available
Available
Manuscripts
Not available
Available
Carousel, download, chart components
Not available
Available
Column control
Replaced by layout container
Available
Forms
Not available
Available
Campaign
No email samples
Available
This list strives to be complete, but should not be considered exhaustive.

Contribute

We.Retail has been released as an open-source project and the latest version of the source code can be downloaded from GitHub.
CODE ON GITHUB
You can find the code of this page on GitHub
The latest release can also be downloaded directly as an installable package.
If you encounter problems, please file GitHub issues .
Feel free to fork or to contribute with pull requests .

Preview

Preview of the We.Retail welcome page: