Jun 02

Ask the Experts 3 Coming Soon

In about 3 weeks from now, my fellow Kentico MVPs and I will be joined by Thom Robbins and Juraj Ondrus from Kentico to answer your questions about Kentico CMS and Kentico EMS. We'd love to answer any of your burning questions so don't miss your chance.

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May 25

6 Things to Check if your Web Part is Not Working in Kentico CMS

Have you ever had your Shopping Cart web part not get past step two in the checkout process? Or ever had your Logon Form web part not authenticate correctly. Maybe your Comment View web part doesn’t allow you to edit or add a Blog Post comment ? There is nothing more frustrating to a Kentico developer than spending time on a problem that should not be a problem.

Most developers that have experience with Kentico have probably added hundreds of web parts to web part zones in their careers. 99.9% of the time they just work the way they should. However, every once in awhile something goes wrong, and when it does, it can be infuriating. I have put together the following list below to hopefully save even the most grizzled Kentico veteran some time when it comes to troubleshooting why a web part refuses to work the way it should.

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May 04

I'm Speaking at the Azure Kentico Virtual Conference

I'm honored to be a part of the first ever Windows Azure Kentico Virtual Conference hosted by Kentico Software. This event is set to take place on June 11th, 2013. The day long virtual conference will feature multiple sessions that intend to help jump start Windows Azure development using Kentico CMS and Kentico EMS.

I'm presenting my session, "Get set.. Introduction to Windows Azure Development", that reviews how to prepare your development environment for Windows Azure and Kentico CMS. It will include a review of the required components, a walkthrough on how to setup your Microsoft Windows Azure developer account, and an install of Kentico CMS configured for Azure via the Kentico Installation Manager. I will also try to give out some pro tips on how to enhance your day to day Visual Studio 2012 productivity.

Don't miss your chance to sit back, relax, and learn about Windows Azure and Kentico CMS from some of  the best and brightest members of the Kentico community. To find out more about the event and register for it, visit Thom Robbins blog post -  Announcing the Azure Kentico Virtual Conference - Registration open!

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Apr 14

Bit.ly Metrics Module for Kentico CMS

Today I am pleased to announce my latest contribution to the Kentico developer community, the Bit.ly Metrics Module for Kentico CMS 7.0. The purpose of this module is to bring everything you need into Kentico CMS when it comes to using the Bit.ly URL Shortening service. The module gives you a way to see all of your Bit.ly metrics, aka user link history, as a custom Tool in the CMSDesk and at the page or document level. The data for each shortened link is stored in a custom table, and it is kept in sync using the Integration Bus component of Kentico CMS.

The Bit.ly Metrics module also gives content editors the ability to shorten any Document URL right from within the CMSDesk. Utilizing this module saves you or your content administrators the time of jumping out and logging into the backend of Bit.ly to see how often your links are being clicked. My favorite part about it is that with one click I can sort the data and compare how often one or more of my links are being clicked.

Modules in Kentico CMS represent groups of functionality in Kentico. They can be a set of web parts, scheduled tasks, custom settings, and just about anything else in the platform. They are a great way to extend the system to allow for custom functionality. They are also easily exportable from one instance of Kentico to another. This module is a result of my presentation last fall at Kentico Connection 2012 about integrating with Kentico CMS. I demo’d the functionality to the audience during my session, but time flies fast, and I did not have a chance to finish it until a few days ago.

 

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Mar 31

Ask the Experts 2 Coming Soon

In just about 10 days from now, my fellow Kentico MVPs and I will be joined by Thom Robbins and Juraj Ondrus from Kentico to answer your questions about Kentico CMS and Kentico EMS. Recently I spoke with Thom Robbins about how the first virtual panel went and what to expect this time. You can watch our discussion below. We'd love to answer any of your burning questions so don't miss your chance.

  • Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
  • Time: 8 AM PST/11 AM EST/4 PM BST
  • Location: Everywhere! Google hangouts and Twitter at: #KenticoExperts

 

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Mar 22

Cloud Power GR 2013 Wrap Up

I’m happy to report that the Cloud Power GR event went off without a hitch this past week. We had a pretty decent turnout, although the unexpected snow storm that morning did not help attendance wise. The event was hosted this past Tuesday at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids MI.

Cloud Power GR 2013 featured six different presentations on a wide variety of technical and non-technical aspects of how cloud computing can help businesses reduce IT cost and increase productivity. The morning started off with the audience hearing about trends and changes to Microsoft’s Cloud platform and service offerings from Paul Schenkel. Paul challenged the audience to think how they could leverage cloud services to meet their infrastructure needs.

 

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Mar 10

Announcing Cloud Power GR 2013

I’m proud to announce the second edition of our free educational technology event March 19th, 2013 in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, Cloud Power GR. The event is hosted by BizStream and NVINT, providers of cloud hosted applications and cloud hosting services. The goal is to explain cloud computing in a way everyone from the seasoned IT Director to the typical business person can understand. You can read my recap from the first edition of the Cloud Power GR event too to find out more.

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Feb 24

Kentico CMS Performance Tip for Resource Loading at Adam-Reece.com

My co-worker and all around good guy, Adam Reece, has blogged about a slick CSS and JavaScript loading technique on his site at Adam-Reece.com. Adam works as a Senior Web Designer and Front End Developer with me at BizStream. He is also a certified Kentico developer. What I am trying to say is that he really knows a ton about designing and building websites, so when Adam speaks we all listen.

The tip itself relates to how a developer can control the order of script and link tags via simple web parts on a page template in Kentico CMS. Selectively controlling the order that CSS and script loads on a page is very important in terms of overall load speed of a page. You dont want your script loading before your style sheets because the browser will block until all of the CSS is loaded. 

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Feb 10

7 Things Developers Should NOT Do With Kentico CMS

If you are reading this blog post then you probably already know that I think Kentico CMS is the best ASP.NET based Content Management System around. Kentico is an incredibly powerful and flexible platform to build web sites and web applications with. With that being said, just like any other system on the planet, if you are not careful you can end up using it the wrong way. Today I am going to try to shed some light on a few common mistakes that I have seen in the wild with Kentico. Hopefully after you read this list you will be able to avoid some of them.

Keep reading to see my list of 7 things that developers should not do with Kentico CMS.

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Jan 19

MaryFreeBed.com a Finalist in Kentico’s Site of the Year 2012 Contest

Over 200 web sites were submitted to the Kentico “Site of the Year 2012” contest. Those submissions were divided up into 12 categories based on which industry that each website was based in, as well as a few special categories like best mobile website and best overall graphic design.

One of the sites that was named a finalist is www.MaryFreeBed.com. The Mary Free Bed website falls in the Healthcare category. It just so happens that it is a website that BizStream developed from the ground up, and one that we are very proud to be a part of. We worked with a great set of people to make this website and I commend everyone who was part of  the team. This is the second time in the past few years that an implementation of the Mary Free Bed website has been recognized in this global competition.

 

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