May 21

Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes - Part 3

It's common knowledge that when using a website most website visitors prefer using an on-site search component as opposed to an overbearing navigation menu. Searching is believed to be the primary way to provide visitors with exactly the content that they are looking for. If implemented correctly, an internal site search can provide a nice boost to the overall user experience a site visitor. If implemented poorly, it can also quickly increase the bounce rate of the initial landing page.

This is part 3 of How to Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes. Please be sure to read part 1 and part 2 first before reading this post. The third part of this blog post series illustrates other Smart search filter options and real world examples.

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May 21

Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes - Part 2

It's common knowledge that when using a website most website visitors prefer using an on-site search component as opposed to an overbearing navigation menu. Searching is believed to be the primary way to provide visitors with exactly the content that they are looking for. If implemented correctly, an internal site search can provide a nice boost to the overall user experience a site visitor. If implemented poorly, it can also quickly increase the bounce rate of the initial landing page.

This is the second part of How to Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes. Please be sure to read part 1 first before reading this post. The second part of this blog post series focuses on explaining how to create the solution.

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May 21

Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes

It's common knowledge that when using a website most website visitors prefer using an on-site search component as opposed to an overbearing navigation menu. Searching is believed to be the primary way to provide visitors with exactly the content that they are looking for. If implemented correctly, an internal site search can provide a nice boost to the overall user experience a site visitor. If implemented poorly, it can also quickly increase the bounce rate of the initial landing page.

In this blog post series I am going to show you, in only a matter of minutes, how to create a better search experience than what the out of the box configuration provides. The impressive part of this solution is that it also utilizes additional out of the box functionality that I feel most Kentico users and developers are not aware of.

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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 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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