Apr 18

11 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kentico Website - Part 2

This is the second part of the blog post series that wraps up spring cleaning checkup. If you did not read the first post of the series, please be sure to read part 1 of 11 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kentico Website.

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Apr 18

11 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kentico Website - Part 1

The sun is out, winter coats are disappearing, the BizStream barbecue grill is starting to be used at lunch time, ants are trying to invade our office, and baseball is back. This must mean that spring is in the air. It’s the time of year where getting some seasonal chores completed and setting up for summer is the norm.

As I was reflecting on the nice weather today on my commute home, I thought why not also use this time as reminder for all you Kentico developers and even Kentico marketers out there to do a little preventative maintenance on your CMS. It is easy to let small things like the items on this list slip by the cracks. Now would be a good time to address them especially if your Kentico site has been up and running for some time now. Without further ado, I have 11 tips that will keep your Kentico site in tip-top shape for 2015.

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Feb 14

Ensure Your Kentico EMS Site Is Running At Peak Performance

If you are a long time user of Kentico or a Kentico developer who maintains sites that utilize Kentico EMS, this tip is for you. So stop what you are doing, go grab a cup of coffee (or something stronger) and continue reading to see how you can keep your online marketing solution running in top notch form. I should also mention that you won't need to change a single line of code to do so. Yes that's right, not a single line.

I am going to start with a question though. Have you ever heard the saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? If you have, then this post should make a ton of sense. If you have not, then maybe I can teach you something today.

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Jan 03

Kentico 8.2 Quick Tip for Importing Contacts

As you probably know the release of Kentico 8.2 is right around the corner. During my initial testing of this minor point release, a few of the new online marketing features have piqued my interest. The change to Email Campaigns from Newsletters is pretty nice, the online marketing performance improvements are welcome, and the ability to import Contacts from a file rounds out what's new in this area of Kentico. The ability to import contacts from a CSV file is nothing earthshaking, however, I was pretty curious to see how it was implemented in 8.2 so I decided to put it through its paces.

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Nov 16

5 Things I Learned At Kentico Connection Boston 2014

Another year and another successful Kentico Connection conference has just finished. Just like last year, the US version of the conference was hosted in Boston. In 2014 there were new sessions, new people to meet, and plenty of things to learn. As usual I had a great time at the conference. I really enjoy meeting with the other great Kentico partners around the country and seeing how they are using Kentico to create successful solutions. Today I thought I would share a few things I learned during the conference and give my impressions on the two day event. Keep reading to find out the top 5 things I learned at the conference.

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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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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 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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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 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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