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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May 21

Registering Custom Classes in Kentico 8 Has Never Been Easier

Since the Kentico 8 Upgrade tool dropped, I have been itching to get some time in on upgrading my Kentico blog here at Mcbeev.com. Tonight I was working on viewing the results of the upgraded code and some newer changes in the API when it comes to custom Scheduled Tasks.

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Apr 15

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 7

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about the our first impressions of Kentico 8.0. During the first two weeks of its release we have put the platform through its paces and have a lot to report. Hear what we think about the new User Interface, Custom Module development, new Kentico 8.0 API changes / enhancements and more.

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Apr 13

5 Dead-Simple Kentico A/B Tests for Website Optimization

You might know by now that Kentico's Online Marketing Solution allows you to optimize your website content with an advanced set of digital marketing tools. In my opinion, the easiest and most simple way to optimize your page content is to utilize A/B testing. With the release of Kentico 8 optimizing your pages utilizing A/B testing has become even easier to do.

If you are not sure how to do an A/B Test in Kentico, the full example can be watched via the Kentico 8 A/B Test Feature Series that Thom Robbins has put togther over on Kentico DevNet. It's a really great walkthrough on every step you need to take in Kentico to create your A/B Test. Now on to the dead-simple Kentico A/B Test examples.

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Apr 12

Ask the Experts 6 Coming Soon

About a month from now my fellow Kentico MVPs and I will be joined by Thom Robbins and Miro Remias from Kentico to have a discussion on tips, tricks, and best practices for building websites using Kentico. In our last edition of the show we made it much more a conversation and the feedback was great. We plan on continuing the new format this time. To find out more read the offiical Kentico devnet blog post all about our expert virtual panel. Click through to the full post to to Ask Us Your Question Now.

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Mar 09

2 Under-the-Radar Kentico 8 E-Commerce Improvements

Chances are that you if you are reading this, you have seen that Kentico 8 is right around the corner. Improvements to the Kentico E-commerce solution are also a part of the focus in this major point release. I’m very excited to introduce 2 under-the-radar improvements that you may not have seen yet. These 2 improvements come with the MMP3 build of Kentico 8. Kentico has listened to the community and updated the Shopping Cart engine to be even easier to work with than before. I am very excited about it. Keep reading to see how you can customize the checkout process and mobile experience on your Kentico E-commerce website.

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Mar 08

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 6

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about the upcoming release of Kentico 8.0. It's been 18 months in the making, and I think that it has been totally worth the wait. Neither of us Kentico MVP's can wait for the official release date of March 31st.

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