Jul 14

Automatically Post Your Content to Twitter and Facebook using Kentico CMS 7 - Part 1

This post continues my review of some of the new features of Kentico CMS 7. Up next on my list is the new Auto Publishing feature. This feature adds even more social media integration between Kentico CMS and Twitter / Facebook. The icing on the cake is that Auto Publishing comes right out of the box, no custom code is needed. Today I am not only going to review how to use the new Auto Publishing feature of Kentico, but also show you how to add it to any custom document type that you might have.

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Jul 06

More on Kentico CMS 7 RC

I've been playing around a little more with the latest release candidate of Kentico CMS. After reading up more on Martin’s Hejtmanek’s post about the full set of changes and updates, I was inspired to blog about a few of the new features and changes that excited me. Don’t forget to check out my last post about the release of Kentico CMS 7.0 RC if you have not done so already.

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Jun 29

Kentico CMS 7 RC Released

Today Kentico CMS 7 Release Candidate (RC) was made available to the general public. Again there are a large new set of new features and improvements that come with this newest version. I recommend reading the official Kentico CMS 7 RC blog post, and then diving into the release notes.

I have downloaded the RC, and got it running. It looks very polished at first glance. The first thing that looks very nice is the new e-commerce starter site. This is an option you can now choose right away during the installation process.

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May 31

Kentico CMS 7.0 Right Around The Corner

Kentico CMS 7.0 will be released at the end of June 2012. That's less than a month people! As usual there will be a host of new features added to the Kentico CMS and Kentico EMS products. The full feature list can be found on the official Kentico Roadmap. As soon as I get my hands on the beta, my plan is to start reviewing the new features just like I did for the 6.0 release. Then when 7.0 officially comes out I hope to have my full review ready to go.

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Apr 02

Kentico CMS 6 Runs Smoothly on SQL Server 2012 and Visual Studio 11 Beta

Tonight I was lucky enough to have a few hours of free time between work and family activities.So I decided to take some of the next generation of developer tools from Microsoft for a spin. I downloaded and installed the newest Microsoft SQL Server 2012 release and the Visual Studio 11 Beta release. Once I got past those installers, I fired up the Kentico Installation Manager and installed a fresh Kentico CMS 6.0 instance.

I’m happy to report that everything works flawlessly. The default Kentico CMS solution was effortlessly upgraded to a Visual Studio 11 compatible solution. The web project itself compiled and built just fine. Running the project via the built in web server, as well as, IIS Express worked without a hiccup.

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Mar 25

Build A Content Slider With The Kentico CMS REST Service–Part 2

Now that we are sure our REST Service is working. Let’s setup the example. Create a page in your site named Image Slider or re-use the Home page that you probably already have. You might want a page that has a unique Page Template because we will be adding some web parts to it. Next lets add some images as Attachments to the page. Basically we are going to use the page as the container for the image slider, and the attachements will be the content of each slide in the slider. At the end you should have something that looks like this.

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Mar 25

Build A Content Slider With The Kentico CMS REST Service–Part 1

As I have mentioned before Kentico CMS version 6.0 introduced a ton of new features. One of those new features does not get mentioned enough in my opinion. In this blog post I will try to shed some light and how and why you should be using the new Kentico CMS REST Service. The real world example that we are going to walk through building is a very typical home page element, the venerable content slider or image rotator as it is sometimes called. We will use the REST Service to handle retrieving images from the content tree and populating the content for the content slider.

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Mar 13

Kentico CMS 6.0 Upgrade Quick Tip – Fix Blank Content Areas That Should Not Be Blank

Like I have mentioned before, at BizStream we have done our fair share of upgrades from Kentico CMS 4.x, 5.x, or 5.5 R2 to Kentico CMS 6.0. Along the way we have run into more than a few issues, but overall the process is usually quite smooth. Today I had an interesting problem though. When a newly upgraded site loaded up in the CMSDesk, the main content area was just a blank looking box. It appeared to be in some sort of disabled state. This was something that I had not seen before. Especially since the site was not using workflow nor the versioning system.

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Feb 04

Kentico CMS Blog Migration Complete

It was long overdue, but I finally was able to finish migrating my blog from BlogEngine.Net to Kentico CMS. And as you can tell, not only did I migrate it, Adam Reece was kind enough to do a complete redesign. So thanks a lot Adam!

I actually enjoyed using BlogEngine.Net quite a bit because of it’s slick widget / plug-in capabilities. However, those capabilities can’t compare to the out of the box functionality of Kentico CMS. Plus the previous version of my blog had a theme that really limited what I could do with content. It was tough to fit good screen shots and code samples in the main content area. So it was time to move. 

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Jan 16

I’m a Kentico MVP!

A little while back Thom Robbins, Chief Evangelist from Kentico CMS, and I sat down and had a private conversation. It was then that he first informed me that Kentico would like to make me a Kentico CMS Most Valuable Professional. After getting over my initial shock, I felt honored about being the recipient of this award.

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