Perhaps there are several different ways of naming this, I am referring to the process you have for deploying your upgrades/updates to your clients’ Sitecore Production environments. For the different projects I have worked on so far: we create very detailed instructions for a technical person (the client) to deploy this to their environment we create detailed instructions for a Sitecore...
Integrated and Classic Pipeline mode
It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted, so here is something I thought was worth writing about seeing there might be some others out there that might find this useful. These are some experiences I had with Integrated pipeline mode with Sitecore. We’ve had to switch our pipeline mode in IIS7 to Integrated mode for one of our clients, I found it a little hard to come across...
ShowLink Title extension
Just something little that might be of use is an xslExtension to display Titles and Titles as tooltips. Created a ShowTitle.cs class that gets passed an Item’s ID as a string then fetches title fields; Navigation Title, or Page Title (if Navigation Title is blank), or finally the Name of the Item if both Navigation and Page Title fields are blank. public static string...
Hi all, just wanted to post a short note to say that my blog is still alive! I am hoping to post a lot more stuff for 2009 on Sitecore as I will be working on (hopefully) more projects this year. Thanks :)
Working on my first Sitecore 6 project, I was able to have some fun with flash integration. The flash file was already provided for us from a third party, the XML feed was provided for us also, however we had to generate this dynamically with particular content in Sitecore using the format that was given to us. With the help from my colleague Peter, we first created a blank template “XML...
Futureintech: First school visit
I am happy to also be part of Futureintech, a chance for a representative like myself for Datacom in an industry such as ICT, to speak with prospective students - ages range from Primary school (ages 5-13) to Secondary school (13-18) to encourage and inspire them in a career in technology. My very first school visit was Heretaunga College and I spoke to a small IT class which then got broken...
Sitecore Webforms for Marketers Module →
Webforms for Marketers is Sitecore’s new forms module for Sitecore Version 6. It is completely embedded in the page editor (in context) and has great functionality. I am yet to have a go at Sitecore Version 6 and the Webforms module but doesn’t look too bad so far!
Solution! IIS Doubles image size when using...
Thanks to the support guys at Sitecore we were able to solve this problem with images accessed from the file system. The solution was a change to the Web.Config file. The ISAPI extension mapping settings have remained unchanged, however for Windows 2003 Server there is an extra step which is adding the StaticFileHandler HttpHandler to the Web.Config file. For Windows XP:...
Setting up a Common solution: FieldTypeExtensions
We have set up a Common solution project to provide a lot of common methods and classes that our projects will use. As we have multiple Sitecore websites we are working on, we have created this solution to allow us to configure multiple sites as well as allowing us to create multiple instances of a site. Our Common solution has a project: FieldTypeExtensions. Within this are several classes...
IIS doubles image size when using original file...
We have configured IIS to use original file extensions (.jpg, .gif, etc) - we have configured ISAPI application mappings so that our Google box can search images from the Media Library (so it doesn’t use the .ashx file extension). Images that are being accessed from the file system directly (for example, www.site.com/images/img.gif) have appeared to have a size double than its original...
Experiences with the Poll Module
Connection string We’ve had to alter a few things with the Poll Module which involved us using SQL database instead of an Access database. This was because we noticed after adding a poll the vote count was always one vote behind. Upon changing the database to SQL, we had problems connecting to the database. We were testing the Poll using two websites - one that has a named instance and...
Title attribute and Macron characters - update
We have found a solution to our Macron Character problem in the title attribute. The beginning of the post below refers to an entry (Sitecore - Custom Text Field) on creating a custom text field - particularly a “Macron Text” field. The problem was in the class created to insert a macron character into our custom Macron Text field. The Sitecore - Custom Text Field post has a switch...
Title attribute and Macron characters
We have been having slight problems displaying Macron characters in a “title” attribute. Particularly for links that have the title attribute for mouse-over text or “tooltips”. Macron characters such as [ Ā ] are special characters thus it requires a little more attention. In Sitecore, we have created a custom text field called “Macron Text”. This is just...
XSL rendering unwanted HTML tags
The project I am working on at the moment allows content editors to create “widgets” usually appearing on a right-hand column of the website. These widgets are little boxes with information such as “True Facts” and contains a paragraph of facts relating to the current page the user is on. Continuing with the “True Facts” example, there are two fields in the...
XSL Shortening tags
A colleague informed us about using empty tags in XSL. If you have an empty tag such as: <div class="clear"></div> XSL will shorten this to: <div class="clear" /> Web browsers can get confused by this type of tag and can produce random side effects on the page, such as the overall layout of the page - this tag can mess the page’s layout. A way around this is to escape the...
Field type Link and Internal Link
If I thought things weren’t going to be more embarassing than the “Recursive” post, I think my beginners blog has started off with amusing (and for me, embarassing) experiences with the latest addition to do with Sitecore’s Link types. I was assigned a task to create a drop-down of a list of links. In Sitecore, each item in the drop-down was an item under a “Featured...
Sitecore is "taking too long"...
So I was working on an .xslt rendering and everything was fine until I tried to preview my rendering on a page in Sitecore and it just took forever and ever to load. When I clicked on another item or, infact anything in the Sitecore client, it completely crashed and it was just a complete mess. I got the latest version of the project in Visual Studio, I rebuilt the project, restarted IIS,...
I made a post on the SDN forum in search of how to display the “display name” - used in the content editor in the Rename chunk under the Home ribbon. This was because I was creating a breadcrumb navigation displaying either the Page Navigation or Page Title field that the content editors can enter. Page Title was a mandatory field but as a fall back I wanted to have the Display Name available for...
As a new grad my IT journey has started at Datacom in Wellington, New Zealand. I have just recently been introduced to the Sitecore world and was quite eager to start working with it and learn more. After completing the training, Philipp, our trainer encouraged our group to write a blog. I jumped online and had a peep at the Sitecore blogs out there and thought I couldn’t do it! I felt my lack of...