Sep 17

How to Connect Disqus Comments to Kentico EMS Activity Tracking - Part 2

In the second part of the mini blog post series I am going to cover how we connect the items that we created in part one to the front end of the Pages that you want to use the Disqus blog post comment system on. Make sure you read and follow part one of How to Connect Disqus Comments to Kentico EMS Activity Tracking first before you contine on. In this post I will show you how to finish off all of the required configuration.

 

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Sep 17

How to Connect Disqus Comments to Kentico EMS Activity Tracking

My team and I use the Disqus blog comment system on the blogs that we have created for BizStream.com, my site here at Mcbeev.com, and many other of our client projects. Disqus is a great system for handling blog post comments. It makes the moderating, anti-spam, and community building aspect of running a blog a breeze. I could not recommend it more.

All of those aforementioned blogs are of course powered by my favorite ASP.Net based CMS, Kentico. You might be wondering why, for those very same sites, we do not use the built-in Blog Comment View webpart that comes with Kentico. The truth is that this one area of Kentico is a bit outdated in terms of HTML markup and overall functionality. These deficiencies make styling the webpart a challenge, to meet a good responsive design, plus the anti-spam system that Kentico has is ok, but not great. For those reasons we now use Disqus.

One thing that has always bugged me about using Disqus for comments is that the service is all purely client side / JavaScript based, and therefore I lose a little bit of insight into exactly who is commenting on my blog posts from a Kentico Contact Management and Activity Tracking perspective.

My goal today is to show you how to fix that and trap those client side events that happen via JavaScript and log them in the built in Kentico Activity Tracking database and UI. Dive into my two part mini blog post series by following the read more link.

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Aug 16

Kentico 8 Marketing Automation Sample Code Snippets

Recently I was tasked with creating my own On-line Marketing Automation Process Action inside of Kentico 8. I wasn't exactly sure of which method signature to start from so it took a bit of digging to figure out the right class to inherit from. Luckily it didn't take long because the excellent help documentation that comes with Kentico 8 set me on the right path. I'm hoping to save the next Kentico developer who has to do this some time, so I have posted two sample code snippets below. Have I mentioned that I love how easy it is to extend the built-in foundation of Kentico ?

 

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Aug 13

I'm Speaking at Kentico Connection 2014 Prague

I'm very happy to announce that I will be attending and speaking at Kentico Connection 2014 Prague. Yes that's right my passport is fully renewed and airfare is booked to the Czech Republic for September 29th - 30th. Kentico Connection is the premiere conference for Kentico developers, customers, and partners. Attendees can expect to gain deep technical and industry insights into all things Kentico and I am very honored to be a part of it.

My session, Harness the Power of Marketing Automation, will walk through Kentico's built-in Marketing Automation tools. The goal of the talk is to show attendees how the platform can be used to save time and generate more traffic to their website. 

There also is an added benefit that my fellow Kentico MVP's and I will all also be attending the conference in Prague. For the first time ever all four of us will be in the same timezone, same location, and most likely same room. This is a great opportunity to pick our brains on your Kentico issues. 

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Aug 07

First Impressions on Kentico 8.1

As you may or may not know, the beta version of Kentico 8.1 was recently released. I've had a chance to take it for a spin and wanted to share my first impressions on what the newest version of Kentico brings to the table. Here's a secret...it's pretty darn impressive.

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Jul 31

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 9

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and Brian McKeiver talk about the Kentico Marketplace. Did you know there are tons of tested and proven add-ons that you can use to enhance your Kentico website? Even better most of them are free. From there we venture on to the upcoming release of Kentico 8.1 and what to expect plus a shout out to the newest Kentico MVP.

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Jul 22

Mcbeev.com Upgraded to Kentico 8

I finally had enough time to sit down and upgrade my blog here at Mcbeev.com to Kentico 8. All and all it was not that bad of a process. I'm pretty happy with the results because the improvements in the product are quite worth it. The only challenging part was upgrading all of the custom code and developer examples that I have written over the years. It has been a fun trip down memory lane for some of them. 

Keep reading to find out a few Kentico 8 upgrade tips that might just save you some time during your upgrade.

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Jul 14

Yammer Web Part Pack Update for Kentico

A few people have recently asked if my web parts for integrating with Yammer work with version 8.0 of Kentico. As it turns out, not only has Kentico released a new major version since I wrote these web parts, but so has the Yammer API. Tonight I retro-fitted the code to work with the new API as well as both versions 7.0 and 8.0 of Kentico. You can grab the download of my Yammer Web Part Pack 1.1 after the jump.

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Jun 11

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 8

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about the the recent goings on in the Kentico community. Bryan ventured out to a whole different hemisphere to speak at Kentico Connection Sydney, while I took a 15 min car ride downtown to speak at the local CMS Shootout event. I think I got shorted in the travel aspect of this whole thing...

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Jun 01

How to Increase Subscribers on Your Kentico Website with Marketing Automation

In this quick How To guide, I will show how you can increase your subscriber count using the power of Marketing Automation via built-in Kentico functionality. The best part about this solution is that there is no custom code required. That's right, all you have to do is follow these simple steps to help generate more subscribers for your digital marketing efforts which should in turn get you more leads from your Kentico website.

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