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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Feb 14

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 5

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I reflect on again being awarded Kentico MVP status by Kentico software. We both feel incredibly honored to receive the award and talk about what it means to be a Kentico MVP. 

From the very first day I used Kentico CMS, I was sold that this was the CMS for me and my company. Now, over 4 years later, I am still constantly impressed with the quality and functionality of the product and the people behind it. I love working with Kentico and am honored to be once again nominated as a Kentico MVP for my contributions to the Kentico community. I can't wait to see what the future of Kentico brings. You can listen to the entire podcast after the jump.

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Feb 09

Kentico CMS Quick Tip: Scheduled Task Execution Troubleshooting

My goal of this Quick Tip is to help any Kentico developer out there who may run into a situation where neither the built-in Scheduled Tasks nor custom Scheduled Tasks are executing either manually or automatically. I actually ran into this situation twice in the last two weeks on projects that we are working on with Kentico CMS 7.0 at BizStream.

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Jan 26

8 Updates Coming in Kentico EMS 8

Kentico CMS / EMS 8 is slated to be released in just a few short months (official release date is set to end of Q1/2014).  But with early preview builds in the wild, some great feedback is coming in from the Kentico community for those who have taken a first look at it. I myself have been reviewing the latest builds for a bit now. I am truly impressed with this update, and I want to share with you what you can expect in the new release of Kentico Enterprise Marketing Solution.

Keep reading to find out about what’s new for the on-line marketing tools that Kentico EMS gives you. Side note one: they are no particular order other than the order I discovered them in. Side note two: All content of this blog post is from the Milestone 2 Beta version of Kentico 8 and is subject to change before the final gold version is released.

 

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Jan 11

Kentico EMS Quick Tip: E-commerce Conversion Names

If you are using Kentico EMS to power your E-commerce shop don't forget to set the On-line Marketing related Conversion Settings. There are three sets of Conversion names and values that come built in. 

  • Registration conversion - name & value of the conversion that will be logged when a user successfully registers on the website through the checkout process.
  • Order conversion - name & value of the conversion that will be logged when a user completes an order.
  • Add to shopping cart conversion - the name & value of the conversion that will be logged when a user adds a product to the shopping cart.

These conversion settings and values are very valuable peices of data to have when measuring the activity and effectiveness of your e-commerce website. Once these values are configured, your Activities log should show them with their repsective values. 

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Jan 01

Top 10 Kentico Related Posts of 2013

2013Happy Holidays everyone. Since it's the first day of the year, and the Rose Bowl game doesn't start until 5:00 pm, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the past year.

2013 was a successful year for myself, BizStream, and Kentico. My blog here at Mcbeev.com saw it’s traffic increase by over 55% from 2012, that is a tremendous increase. Most of that traffic is attributed to my two most popular blog posts of the year combined with the fact that I feel Kentico is becoming more and more popular among developers.

The various social channels that I participate in didn't have quite as big of a jump, my Twitter followers increased only about 10%, but my Google +1's increased about 35%. To be honest 2013 was so busy I didnt have enough time to be overly social. But, enough about me, let’s get to the real point of this blog post.

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