Wednesday 3 January 2024

Advanced Task Manager for Optimizely CMS 12 Is Now Available

I am thrilled to announce the release of Advanced Task Manager Version 3 for Optimizely CMS 12, a major upgrade from the previous version designed for CMS 11 and .NET Framework 4.7.1. This release marks a significant step forward, leveraging the power of CMS 12 and .NET Core 6 to provide an enhanced and efficient experience for CMS editors.


The Advanced Task Manager for Optimizely is a tool designed to empower CMS editors with advanced oversight of administration tasks related to Awaiting Review in Content Approval and Change Approval processes.

What's New

1. Migration to .NET Core 6 and CMS 12

Advanced Task Manager has undergone a complete rewrite from the ground up, embracing the latest technologies. The tool is now compatible with .NET Core 6 and Optimizely CMS 12, ensuring optimal performance and compatibility with the latest platform advancements.

2. New User Interface

The tool features a revamped user interface that not only provides a modern and intuitive experience but also enhances the overall usability of the Advanced Task Manager. Editors will find it easier and more efficient to manage tasks within the CMS.

3. Bug Fixes and Enhancements

Version 3 includes several bug fixes and enhancements based on valuable feedback from users of the previous version. I've addressed issues and fine-tuned the tool to deliver a smoother and more reliable user experience.

4. Optimized for Latest Optimizely API Requirements

The entire codebase of Advanced Task Manager has been refactored to align with the latest Optimizely API requirements. This ensures seamless integration with Optimizely CMS 12, providing editors with a robust and reliable tool for their daily tasks.

Installation and Configuration


To install Advanced Task Manager version 3, simply add the NuGet package using the Optimizely NuGet package manager:

dotnet add package AdvancedTaskManager


Configuration is made easy with the flexibility to adjust settings either in the Startup.cs file or through the appsettings.json file. Here's an example with available configurations:

public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
    services.AddAdvancedTaskManager(o =>
        o.DeleteChangeApprovalTasks = true; //Default true
        o.PageSize = 10; //Default 30
        o.AddContentApprovalDeadlineProperty = true; //Default false
        o.DeleteContentApprovalDeadlineProperty = true; //Default false
        o.WarningDays = 4; //Default 4;
        o.DateTimeFormat = "yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm"; //Default "yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm";
        o.DateTimeFormatUserFriendly = "yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm"; //Default "MMM dd, yyyy, h:mm:ss tt";


"AdvancedTaskManager": {
    "DeleteChangeApprovalTasks":  true, 
    "PageSize": 6,
    "AddContentApprovalDeadlineProperty":  false, 
    "DeleteContentApprovalDeadlineProperty": false,
    "WarningDays":  4, 
    "DateTimeFormat": "yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm",    
    "DateTimeFormatUserFriendly": "MMM dd, yyyy, h:mm:ss tt"

The settings specified in the appsettings.json file will take precedence over any configurations defined in the Startup.

Integrating Advanced Task Manager into the CMS

The solution seamlessly integrates with Optimizely CMS, automatically adding administration pages to the CMS Admin menu titled Adv. Task Manager. The implementation of the IMenuProvider ensures the effortless inclusion of the Advanced Task Manager pages in the CMS Admin menu.

Restricting Access to the Admin UI

Access to the Admin UI is, by default, limited to users with the administrator's role. However, for additional flexibility, access to the Adv. Task Manager menu can be granted to specific roles by configuring the authorization policy during registration.


services.AddAdvancedTaskManager(o => { },
    policy =>

Overview of Features

1. Approve Entire Approval Sequence (Content Approval Only)

The tool prompts editors to approve the entire Content Approval Sequence for single or multiple contents. A comment in the comment field is mandatory for enhanced communication and is already prefilled to make editors' lives easier.

2. Publish Content After Approval

Editors with publishing rights for content approval can now choose to publish selected content after approval, either in bulk or for individual tasks.

3. Deadline Field for Content Approval Sequence (Optional)

A new deadline field has been introduced for content approval, allowing editors to assign priority to content with a specified deadline. This ensures that approvers are informed about the urgency before approval.

4. User Notifications Linked to the Task

The tool now facilitates reading user notifications linked to the task, providing editors with deeper insights and better control over tasks and notifications.

5. Task Ordering

Editors now have the option to sort through all tasks with the status Awaiting Review in various columns, providing a more organized view of tasks.

6. Information for Change Approval Tasks

Change Approval tasks now display detailed information in an accordion-style table row, offering a clearer view of security setting changes, content movement, language setting changes, and expiration date setting changes.


Advanced Task Manager Version 3 for Optimizely CMS 12 represents a leap forward in providing editors with enhanced oversight and control over Content Approval and Change Approval processes. The new features, improved user interface, and compatibility with the latest technologies make it a valuable tool for optimizing workflows within Optimizely CMS.

The comprehensive documentation is available on the project's GitHub page

About the Author

Adnan Zameer, Lead Developer at Optimizley UK, is a certified Microsoft professional, specializing in web app architecture. His expertise includes Optimizley CMS and Azure, showcasing proficiency in crafting robust and efficient solutions.


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