Dec 26

Top 10 Kentico Related Posts of 2015

Another year has rolled by, and with it comes the chance to reflect on what has happened in the Kentico community and my own blog here at

2015 started out with a bang, with the release of Kentico 8.2 in early January. Kentico 8.2 turned out to be one of the best releases of the year. All of our projects at BizStream quickly upgraded to this new version because of the increased performance and stability. I think everyone would agree that 8.2 rocked.

The year continued with all sorts of new activity for Kentico enthusiasts. The Kentico Developer Roadshow ran through 4 cities. We added a few new Kentico MVPs to the mix. Kentico DevNet itself saw a lot of new and interesting updates. And of course, the Kentico Connection conference in MelbourneOrlandoBrno once again proved it is the premiere Kentico event of the year.

Finally 2015's biggest news must of course be that Kentico 9.0 was released this past November. Kentico 9 allows for faster website development through CI, Modularity improvements, and optimized auto scaling in the cloud. It also gives marketers a way to optimize campaigns for more insight into their results, and has better support for semantic content editing.

2015 was an exciting year for sure. Now on to my best of lists for Kentico Related Posts.

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Dec 12

Kentico CMS Quick Tip - Mixed Mode Authentication

Kentico has supported multiple authentication methods for a long time now. I know this capability was in the older versions like 4.0, and 5.0, heck it may have even been there since version 2.0 or 3.0. Chances are if you have been developing on Kentico for any length of time you may have been tasked with configuring Kentico to do more than just Forms based authentication. That could be in the form of some sort of custom authentication, Single Sign On (SSO) authentication, or the next most likely, Windows Active Directory for Mixed Mode based authentication.

My team and I have done this exact thing many times. Most frequently it involves enabling what is commonly referred to as mixed mode authentication. In Kentico, mixed mode authentication lets you use both Forms based authentication as well as Windows AD based authentication. Even though I have done this specific task many times there always seems to be some sort of trick required to getting it to work correctly. Today I am going to share a tip that hopefully helps out any developer who needs to configure Kentico to utilize Windows AD for Mixed Mode authentication.

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Nov 11

Kentico Connection 2015 Orlando Wrap Up

I just finished attending and speaking at the Kentico Connection conference in Orlando, FL. The annual conference once again showed that it is the premier event for Kentico developers, partners, and end clients. Just like past editions of the event, the conference was broken up into three tracks.

The Developer track focused on Kentico best practices and product improvements slated in Kentico 9. Next, there was a Marketing track which showcased customer success stories and real world marketing examples illustrated by some truly great Kentico solution partners. The last track was new this year, the Hands-on track. This new track was a welcome addition to the event and it allowed end clients, marketers and developers get their hands dirty with Kentico.

Throughout the conference, I wished I could be in two places at once because of the quality of each session was pretty high. I know I say this year after year, but it is a fact. The connection event truly is one of my favorite events of the year because there is so much to see and so many like-minded people to network with. This year BizStream was also well represented by myself and Bizstream's founder Mark Schmidt. We were happy to be a lanyard sponsor for the event.

Keep reading after the jump to find out more about what happened in sunny Orlando.

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Nov 02

Free Web Part for Kentico - Better Subscription Form

Most people agree that the Kentico email marketing capabilities are pretty good. However, one web part we frequently have to "tweak" to get to match a custom design is the tried and true Newsletter Subscription web part. Couple that scenario with the fact that some of our clients ask us to do something a bit special when it comes to asking for a subscription conversion, and you have that making for an interesting set of requirements. This was the motivation that got me thinking it was time to create a new web part that my team and other developers could use to solve this situation. As a result, today I would like to introduce a new free web part for Kentico.

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Oct 22

I'm Speaking at Kentico Connection 2015 Orlando and Brno

In just 18 short days from now, Kentico Connection 2015 will be upon the United States. The Kentico Connection conference is the premiere event for marketers, developers, partners, and/or end users who are looking to learn about the product or network with their peers. Hands down this is best event of the year when it comes to any current or new Kentico user.

This year the conference will be hosted at SeaWorld Orlando on November 8th - 10th. In my opinion that is a pretty good choice of locations for late fall, especially if you are living in balmy west Michigan like I am. I feel very honored to once again be given a speaking slot at the US version of the conference. This year Kentico has asked me to present in the Marketing track. I have a new presentation worked up that I feel should be very interesting for those in attendance.

Soon after the US edition ends, the conference heads to second-largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno. The 2015 Brno Kentico Connection event, which runs from November 23rd – 25th, will feature a new set of great speakers that I am excited to learn from. In Brno I will switching hats from marketing to technical and be speaking on the developer focused track.

Keep reading after the jump to see my full session abstracts for both the marketing and developer tracks.

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Sep 30

Kentico CMS Quick Tip - Enhance your Media Library File Metadata

One of the things that I love about Kentico is that the platform and the people who work on it are very smart. Sometimes eerily smart. In tonight’s blog post I am going to describe a real world scenario where I thought I would have to customize the system to pull off a feature that I needed for my own purposes at

As it turns out, I was wrong, no customization was required. The system was already built in a way that made my requirement dead simple to solve. Kentico never stops impressing me even after using it for 5+ years.

Keep reading to see how this quick tip will allow you to add and manage metadata to Kentico Media Library files without dropping into any code.

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Sep 30

I'm Speaking at Dog Food Con 2015

Dog Food Conference is a two day event focused on Microsoft tools and technologies. It is taking place in Columbus, OH on October 7th & 8th 2015. I am pretty excited to be able to speak at the event because the organizers expect to have over 800 developers and technologists attend. There isn't a better audience than that for me to address about some ideas and topics that I am pretty passionate about. Keep reading to find out about my Integrate & Automate Enterprise CMS Deployments session.

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Sep 30

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 15

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I were able to catch up on what is happening in the Kentico development community. We cover a powerful new tool that every Kentico developer should know about, and we discuss the recent Kentico Developer Competition over on DevNet. We also were able to recap some of the Kentico Developer Roadshow events, and highlight some other events that Kentico has sponsored recently. Think of this episode as your one stop shop for what's recently happened in the community.

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Sep 06

I'm Speaking at Digital Summit Detroit

Digital Summit Detroit features over 40+ sessions on the latest digital trends & best practices from industry educators. The two day event is happening September 22nd and 23rd at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit Michigan.

Digital Summit gives digital professionals an opportunity to learn directly from the world’s digital industry experts on topics that include Marketing, UX & Design, Search, Content, Mobile, and more. Digital Summit Detroit is part of the Digital Summit series that runs in multiple locations across the country including, Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Raleigh, and Washington DC.

I am happy to be representing BizStream at the event as a speaker. This time I will be talking about one of my favorite topics, Marketing Automation. I am very excited to share my ideas of a few quick automation steps that should be easy for any marketer to add to their own site, plus get feedback from such a great group of experts and colleagues. BizStream and Kentico are sponsoring the event so If you are attending don’t forget to stop by the BizStream / Kentico booth. We have some fun planned for the booth that I can’t give away yet.  If you haven’t registered and are interested in attending make sure you take advantage of the $50 off registration promo code that we have made available.

Keep reading to see my entire session abstract. Make sure you follow along at the hashtag #DSD15 as well.

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Aug 26

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 14

In this special episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I were able to take advantage of the fact that we were physically in the same room. We were able to easily record an episode on the Kentico Developer Roadshow and some of the most recent updates to the Kentico product roadmap. Listen on to hear what the roadshow is all about, as well as, what you can start to expect from Kentico 9.0.

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