Feb 10

7 Things Developers Should NOT Do With Kentico CMS

If you are reading this blog post then you probably already know that I think Kentico CMS is the best ASP.NET based Content Management System around. Kentico is an incredibly powerful and flexible platform to build web sites and web applications with. With that being said, just like any other system on the planet, if you are not careful you can end up using it the wrong way. Today I am going to try to shed some light on a few common mistakes that I have seen in the wild with Kentico. Hopefully after you read this list you will be able to avoid some of them.

Keep reading to see my list of 7 things that developers should not do with Kentico CMS.

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Jan 19

MaryFreeBed.com a Finalist in Kentico’s Site of the Year 2012 Contest

Over 200 web sites were submitted to the Kentico “Site of the Year 2012” contest. Those submissions were divided up into 12 categories based on which industry that each website was based in, as well as a few special categories like best mobile website and best overall graphic design.

One of the sites that was named a finalist 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. This is the second time in the past few years that an implementation of the Mary Free Bed website has been recognized in this global competition.

 

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Jan 17

Don't Miss Your Chance to Ask an Expert!

Calling all Kentico Developers, Customers, and Partners; about one week from now, January 24, 2013, a panel of Kentico Experts will be getting together to answer any and all questions you may have about Kentico CMS. The panel will be made up of the three Kentico MVPs, including myself, and official Kentico representatives Juraj Ondrus and Thom Robbins.

During the virtual panel you and the rest of the internet will be given the chance to have your pressing Kentico CMS or Kentico EMS questions answered by the panel of experts.

We are very excited to see how this session pans out, and can't wait to start the discussion. See how to participate further over at Kentico DevNet. After the jump I have some ideas for common questions that I get asked all the time about Kentico. Click the Read More link to see them.

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Dec 31

Top 10 Kentico Related Posts of 2012

The holiday season has provided me with some rare downtime, as a result,  I thought it would be a good time to take a moment and reflect on the past year. 2012 was a very successful year no matter which way you slice it. The year started out with a bang for me personally, as I was named a Kentico MVP for the first time. I was and still am honored at having this distinction. My very own blog here at Mcbeev.com saw it’s traffic increase by over 25% from 2011, and the number of followers that I have on Twitter increased roughly about the same amount too. But, enough about me, let’s get to the good stuff.

One of the most significant events of 2012 when it comes to Kentico, was the the release of version 7. The 7.0 release focused on optimizing and improving the Kentico CMS Desk user’s and/or developer’s experience. The overall interface is also a bit snappier than other previous releases of Kentico. And of course the release also included a whole host of new features and functionality; On-site Editing, Advanced Workflow, Translation Management, Chat, Banner Management etc. etc..

But without any further ado, below is my list of the Top 10 Kentico Related Posts of 2012 at Mcbeev.com.

 

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Dec 26

Convert Existing Documents to Products via Kentico CMS API

A very common request that my team and I receive at BizStream revolves around adding on a new chunk of functionality to a web site. This request can come in the form of social media integration or a customer feedback form, but 9 times out of 10 it has to do with adding e-commerce functionality to an existing site. This type of work is very common for sites that have been around for awhile or previously acted as just a brochure type site.

These sites commonly already had product pages defined, but were only intended to serve out information about each product or service a company offers. As a web site grows, the logical next steps are to add the infamous “Buy Now” button, configure e-commerce store settings, hook up a payment gateway, and start collecting more revenue (hopefully).

The above steps are all easy to do if the site is built with content management system like Kentico, but what if the site has 100, 500, or even 1,000 products that already exist? I sure would not want to create those SKUs by hand. This scenario is a perfect time to use some automation to solve the problem.  Below is an example code snippet that used the Kentico CMS API to accomplish this task.

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Nov 16

Creating a Campaign Programmatically in Kentico EMS

In case you missed it, this week my fellow Kentico MVP's and I took over Kentico Chief Evangelist Thom Robbins' Blog.

Kentico EMS provides a great way to create marketing campaigns that allow website owners and authors to measure the effectiveness of their different marketing activities. I really feel that it is a great tool to use. So in doing my part in the blog take over, I created a post about how to use the Kentico EMS API to create on-line maketing campaigns automatically and on a scheduled base. 

The full blog post can be read over on Thom Robbins' Blog on DevNet.

Also don't miss out on Bryan Soltis's post on the Top 5 Things When Deploying Kentico CMS to Windows Azure and Jeroen Furst's take on Mobile layouts in Kentico 7.

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Nov 10

Mcbeev.com Upgraded to Kentico CMS 7.0

I finally had a few spare minutes to upgrade my blog. Let me know if you see anything that doesn't look right. Now if only I had time to turn on all the cool new features. Oh, and one last thing, Kentico Installation Manager is pretty damn sweet. Download, apply, next, next, done!

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Oct 21

Kentico Connection Recap 2012 Edition

Last month I attended and spoke at the 3rd annual Kentico Connection conference in Denver, CO. This was my second time attending the conference, but first time presenting at it. As expected it was a great event. I meant to get this blog post out earlier, but it has been a crazy past few weeks at BizStream as far as deadlines go.

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Sep 06

Kentico CMS Quick Tip - Content Staging and Large Files

Content Staging is a really great feature of Kentico CMS. We use it all the time at BizStream. The major benefit that we get by using this feature is that it saves a ton of time when it comes to deploying content and object changes from our development servers to our client's production servers. However, earlier this week I ran into a slight issue with Content Staging. The dreaded synchronization failed error happened when I went to sync a new file in the Media Library.

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Aug 31

And The Winner Is...

By now I think everyone knows that I am giving away a ticket to Kentico Connection 2012. So let's get right down to business. Drum roll please....

Congratulations to @probrandono!

ProBrandono was selected at random from the 10 different entries that the contest received.

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