When to use Remote versus Local Rendering

The following table describes the considerations that you should take into account when determining whether to use local or remote rendering portlets, broken into suggested Primary and Secondary considerations. Based on your own requirements, you should determine which considerations are primary for you.

via Local and remote rendering with Web Content Management.

Advantages
Disadvantages
Local Rendering
  • No XMLaccess required (for deploying portal pages)
  • In-line editing allows user to easily create, modify and delete content from within the website
  • Easier and quicker to manage both pages and content – nice ways for nontechnical users to interact with the site
  • Supports the use of the WCM API
  • Provides support for publishing to mobile devices
  • Provides a foundation for using WCM and growing with WCM in the future
  • Requires enough capacity to handle updates occurring immediately. Server must be able to handle servicing the uncached requests.
  • Potential loss of some of the immediate control around the approval processes since syndication is used to push content to the other environment(s)
Remote Rendering
  • Easier to tune the performance of each environment
  • Could provide support an SOA infrastructure that has the applications and content hosted in different parts of the organization
  • Adds complexity to deploying changes by having multiple environments
  • Requires customization and separate environments if in-line editing will be used
  • Requires export/import to move portal page changes to the other environment
  • Can require additional performance testing based on the additional hop to a remote server
  • Does not support the use of the WCM API
  • Does not provide support for publishing to mobile devices
  • Will likely require migration to local rendering at some point in the future

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