Feb 24

Why a Kentico MVC Upgrade Should Not be One Hour of Work - Part 2

In the second part of the series, I am going to continue on with the reasons why Kentico Upgrades take what they take and answer the $64,000 question as to what should an upgrade take for a Kentico MVC Site. Be sure to read part one first of the this two part mini blog post series about Why a Kentico MVC Upgrade Should Not be One Hour before continuing on.

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Feb 24

Why a Kentico MVC Upgrade Should Not be One Hour of Work

Recently, I have been involved in multiple Kentico MVC Upgrades and Hotfixes for versions 10, 11, and 12 of Kentico. Some have went really well, and some have went not so well.  This hasn't really surprised me as, this is typical of any complex software upgrade. Raise your hand if you have even seen a Visual Studio or MS Office installation completely crap out due to user permissions, mis-matched .Net framework components, or even in the old days dll hell. Yep, I've been there too.
 
But here's the deal, sometimes customers, and even developers, expect an upgrade to hit all three points on the magic business triangle of the speed: fast, the cost: cheap, and quality: good. Over the many years of working with Kentico and end clients, I have been told by Digital Marketers, IT Directors, and CEO's that why can't this upgrade "just" be finished tomorrow? Why is it so hard? Can't it "just" be done in an hour or two?
 

Pro Tip: Just is the most evilest word in I.T. Can't we just add this feature? Can't we just deploy right now? Can't the code just work as I told showed you in my napkin drawing? If I had nickel for every time someone used the word Just…I'd have a lot of nickels.

 

My answer to all of these questions never beats around the bush. I always look the person directly in the eye, take a small deep breath and simply say "No". 
 
Keep reading after the jump to find out why a Kentico MVC upgrade really does take more than an hour or two.
 

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Jan 17

My First Impressions of Kentico 9

Today I would like to share my thoughts and observations on the latest version of Kentico. Especially since I recently finished upgrading my site here at Mcbeev.com. That’s right my blog is now on the latest and greatest version as you read this.

Kentico 9.0 has been released officially for about a month and a half. However, I have actually had my hands on it for much longer. Thanks to being a Kentico MVP, I was actually lucky enough to be included in some of the preview builds of 9.0 for a few months prior to release. During the beta period I was tasked with giving as much feedback as possible to the Kentico product team and I tried my best to do so. As usual I basically let them know that they knocked it out of the park with this release.

Keep reading to learn more about the big and small changes that come with Kentico 9.0.

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Jan 17

My First Impressions of Kentico 9 - part 2

This is the second part to My First Impressions of Kentico 9. It finishes up my thoughts on some easy to miss changes in Kentico 9, plus what it was like to upgrade from Kentico 8 to Kentico 9. Make sure that you read the first part of the post before continuing.

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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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Nov 01

I'm Speaking at Kentico Connection Boston 2014

On November 10th and 11th, just a few short days away, Kentico Developers, Partners, Employees and Customers will be meeting up in Boston, MA for the 2014 version of Kentico Connection. I am attending and speaking again at the best, most informative Kentico CMS conference of the year. 

As always I am truly looking forward to the event. It is going to be a great opportunity to meet and network with other Kentico Developers and Partners, especially Brenden Kehren who won a free a ticket to the conference from my own give away. However, this conference is going to be jammed packed for me. I am pulling triple duty. I will be giving two sessions and taking part in a new event this year, a live CMS-Connected show.

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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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Nov 14

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 3

I'm happy to present the third episode of Kentico Rocks by Brian McKeiver and Bryan Soltis. In this episode Bryan and I discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to upgrading Kentico CMS. One of these days I promise that it will be up as a podcast subscription service / iTunes. Maybe.

 

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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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Mar 13

Kentico CMS 6.0 Upgrade Quick Tip – Fix Blank Content Areas That Should Not Be Blank

Like I have mentioned before, at BizStream we have done our fair share of upgrades from Kentico CMS 4.x, 5.x, or 5.5 R2 to Kentico CMS 6.0. Along the way we have run into more than a few issues, but overall the process is usually quite smooth. Today I had an interesting problem though. When a newly upgraded site loaded up in the CMSDesk, the main content area was just a blank looking box. It appeared to be in some sort of disabled state. This was something that I had not seen before. Especially since the site was not using workflow nor the versioning system.

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