The next Sitefinity version will contain option to have different Taxonomy content for the different sites in a Multisite instance. Version 1 of the wireframes is here.
Currently, if you have taxonomy Categories with items related to clothing, say: “leather”, “cotton”, “nylon”,etc., those same categories will appear on all sites in Sitefinity. So, if you want to create a site to display books, and you want to have categories such as: “educational”, “professional”, “art” etc. you cannot use Categories for that, and you need to create a new custom taxonomy.
Sitefinity 8.0 will solve this problem by giving you the option, when browsing a given site, to set a taxonomy to differ on this site only. So, in the example above, in the context of the Books Site the user can set Categories to have different content (book related) in the site.
A preview of how this will look for Categories is here. In the Actions menu there is option “Set categories for this site only”. Once this option is selected, the categories created on this site can be used and displayed on this site only. In time, you can decide to revert your action and make taxonomies the same as for other sites. In the Actions menu there will be an option “Delete categories for this site only” which you can use for that.
Below are some questions as to how you plan to use this feature on which we’ll need your feedback:
- Once you set a different taxonomy for a given site, do you want to use this taxonomy on other sites as well? So, in the example above, if you create a second Books Site, do you want to reuse the books related categories from the first Book Site? How common is this scenario in your experience?
- Do you see the need to be able to set up just a few categories to be different on a given site? So, in the example above, you can have “professional” category shared with both the Clothing and Books site, and then the rest of the categories should differ. In this case, only some, and not all categories, is different. How common case is that?
Any other scenarios related to the use of categories in Multisite instance will be of help. Your feedback will help us design the feature in the best possible way.
We look forward to receiving your comments.