Jul 21

9 Reasons Why Your Company Needs a Wiki

I’m a huge fan of using a wiki to help organize our business and it’s various functions, such as creating software. In fact I usually end of recommending the use of a wiki to almost all my clients who do not already have one.

If you are not familiar with what a wiki is, let me give a simple definition right here:

A wiki can be defined as a web page or web site that allows a community of users to add, edit, and maintain content that usually surrounds a given topic or topics.

It’s a simple concept really, a web page that holds content, that’s almost no different than any web page out there. But the real difference between any old web page and a wiki is that anyone can edit a wiki right on the fly, while a web page is normally maintained by one person. In fact the more users that a wiki has adding and editing content, the more relevant and informational that wiki will become.

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Jul 12

Rocking the Google Site Map Feature of Kentico CMS

I’ve been pretty surprised at the traffic, mention, and email feedback that my last post, 7 Things you might want to check after launching a new Kentico CMS website, has received. In fact I was presented with a very good question in my inbox today about a detail from the fourth item in that list.

Pretty much the question boiled down to, why after submitting the Google site map URL to Google’s Webmaster tools, was the specified website’s pages not showing up in the resulting index or when viewed at the sites ~/CMSPages/GoogleSiteMap.aspx page.

Since the question came in from a friend, I decided to dig deeper and lend a hand. As soon as I logged into the site’s CMSDesk I quickly noticed what was up. Most of the content pages were using Custom Document Types. I was actually impressed to see this because it is sort of an advanced feature to use inside Kentico and normally an under utilized feature as well.

The output of the GoogleSiteMap.aspx page looked something like this, only the normal Menu Items from the CMS Tree:

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Jul 05

Custom Document Aliases in Kentico CMS

(Note: this post assumes that you read the primer post on URL Rewriting & Aliasing in Kentico CMS)

 

In my last post I described what it takes to use the URL Rewriting and Document Aliasing capabilities of Kentico. I also promised a twist to those who made it through the entire blog post, and here it is. So without further ado, I now present my solution for creating a Custom Document Alias in Kentico that is QueryString aware.

Let’s get started. Now that you understand more about URL Rewriting say you had a URL like this:

 

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Jul 01

URL Rewriting & Aliasing in Kentico CMS

Kentico CMS is extremely powerful when it comes to controlling the URL of a website. Right out of the box, you get the power of aliasing whatever URL you want to whatever document or resource you have in the content tree.

Heck since Kentico 4.x you can even mask/change the extension or just get rid of it all together, to get more control of your site’s URLs.

I can’t stress enough how beneficial this feature is when it comes to creating SEO friendly links, maintaining out of date website paths/structure, or just making it easier on your visitors to reach the pages that they need to get to.

Let’s get started with an example. For instance let’s say your website had a products section that sold different types of potato chips. My favorite potato chips are Baked Lays. So we will go with that for the example.

Way back when developers didn’t do much to make the URL SEO or user friendly, you would have a typical URL like these:


http://mcbeev.com/products/chips.aspx?name=Baked Lays

Google and other search engines see this only as one URL, …/chips.aspx, which doesn’t do us very good.

Now let’s say you had this same website in Kentico. It might look something like this:

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