Aug 19

Kentico CMS 6.0 Beta is Out

Right now Kentico CMS partners can login to the Partner Portal and download the beta version of Kentico CMS 6.0. The beta of 6.0 is intented for testing only.

I'm downloading/installing it right now, and I can't wait to get it up and running to see all the new features. For more on what to expect check out the great post by Jeroen Furst a Kentico MVP and his review of the 6.0 CTP.

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Aug 08

Proud to be a Kentico Certified Developer

This weekend I finally had time to sit down and focus on taking the Kentico developer certification test. And after 42 minutes of test taking, I passed! Obtaining the Kentico cert was on my list of things to do since back in 2010 when it first came out, but we have been so busy at BizStream that I haven’t had a really good time to do it.

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Jul 08

Google +1 Button Web Part for Kentico CMS

This post is intended to introduce my latest web part that I have created for Kentico CMS. This new web part wraps up all the logic you need to add a Google +1 button to your Kentico CMS pages or page templates.

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Apr 03

Kentico CMS QR Code Module

What is a QR Code ? A Quick Response code, or QR code for short, is a a two dimensional bar code that is readable by QR code scanners and various mobile devices. The QR code was originally created to store such things as serial numbers, part numbers, and other manufacturing type information. There is now a trend to store more web friendly information in these codes such as URLs, vCard contact information, or anything web marketers can dream up these days. You’ll notice them all over the pl...

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Dec 15

5 More Things to Check After Launching a New Kentico CMS Website

To date, the most visited post on my blog has been “7 Things You Might Want to Check After Launching a New Kentico CMS Website”. Based on that post’s success I have decided to create this follow up post. Below are 5 more items to add to your launch checklist.

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Nov 05

MaryFreeBed.com a Finalist in Kentico’s Site of the Year 2010 Contest

Over 150 sites were submitted to the Kentico “Site of the Year 2010” contest. Those submissions were divided up into 10 categories based on which industry that each website was based in, as well as a few special categories like largest integration website and best overall website design.

One of the sites that made it to the final round of voting 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.

We are so proud that we really want to get the word out. We want to get as many people as possible to vote for the site so that it can win the contest. Browse on over to the Site of the year 2010 contest on Kentico’s site and vote for the www.MaryFreeBed.com website in the Healthcare category right now! I promise it will only take you about 3 minutes of your time and it will help us out.

At the very least, you will also be able to see some great examples of websites built with Kentico CMS that are powerful, easy to use, and look great.

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Oct 07

Kentico CMS Quick Tip – Exclude App_Data from Antivirus Scanners

This may seem like a very obvious tip, however, it is something that can easily be overlooked. Check your server to make sure that the ~/App_Data folder of your Kentico installation is totally excluded from its antivirus engine. If the antivirus engine is scanning that directory then you might already be a victim of a performance hit. Let me give a little background first. The Kentico CMS application utilizes the ~/App_Data folder to perform various tasks like importing and exporting objects, pu...

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Sep 19

Kentico CMS and the recent ASP.NET Security Issue

Over the last few days I have read about a security flaw that many sites and blogs are reporting, that Scott Guthrie originally posted. In fact I am quite surprised that it has gotten so much attention, usually these things go a bit un noticed.

That attention prompted me to check out the default Kentico installation and see what the settings are in the web.config file, to see if the default installation was at risk.

Sure enough the default installation looks like this (ASP.NET 4)

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Sep 01

Kentico CMS Quick Tip - Smart Search without User Input

Today I'm writing a small quick tip type of post that allows you to customize the Smart search wep parts inside of Kentico CMS in a way that I think helps the usability of searching Kentico based web sites.

Kentico's Smart search web parts easily create functionality that allow you to have a very powerful search engine right at your own disposal. The built-in functionality indexes your site's content and displays search results that are ranked based on relevancy. Trust me, it's much more than just a SQL WHERE clause.  I'm not trying to cover the entire spectrum of search inside a Kentico site so if you are not used to using the Smart search check out the Smart Search documentation on Kentico's Devnet.

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Aug 18

How To Call the Kentico CMS WebService from a JavaScript method

Reader Tip - Cick the Hide Sidebars link at the top right toolbar on this page to give you some more room to read this post on the screen, because it is code heavy. The Kentico CMS WebService is a little known tool when it comes to the functionality of Kentico. It is used in a few Web Parts, the Repeater for web service Web Part comes to mind right away. The WebService’s job is pretty straightforward, it’s main purpose,  as you could probably guess, is to return data from the Ke...

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