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29 Jun 2016
Display Public URL and Published State in Sitecore 8.1 Ribbon
We ran across a helpful blog post by Kevin Buckley explaining how to display the published state of an item in the Sitecore ribbon using a ribbon panel. https://webcmd.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/sitecore-ribbon-that-displays-published-state-of-an-item/...
23 Jun 2016
How to Quickly Determine License Information in Sitecore 8
The Sitecore 8 login screen has a new look and feel, and by default, no longer contains the license information. Sitecore does provide a way to enable the display of the license information by modifying the following setting: <setting name=&r...
16 Jun 2016
Sitecore Content Anonymizer
Introduction I was tasked to create a sales demo from an existing Sitecore training site. The existing training site was completely functional and had a good amount of data. There were a couple items that I needed to address to convert the training s...
8 Jun 2016
Site Context, Computed Fields and Live Mode in Sitecore 8.1
Overview We ran into an issue with code that worked in Sitecore 8.0 but not in Sitecore 8.1. It took us a while to determine the root cause of the issue and how to fix it, so I thought I would share what we found to help anyone else that might ...
8 Jan 2016
Handling Last Name Changes in Sitecore
Overview I wanted to share with you an approach for handling Last Name changes for items that represent people in Sitecore. The problem you usually face when changing a person’s name is what to do with their record after you’ve changed t...
24 Sep 2015
Sitecore Update and Zip Package Installer Web Service
Overview I am in the process of automating Sitecore deployments using Octopus Deploy . As part of this process, I need to install .update packages that are generated by TDS and also .zip packages generated by developers. Out of the box, Si...
18 Sep 2015
Using Lucene Query Syntax to build Sitecore 7.x and 8.x Queries
Overview Sitecore 7 introduced many improvements to Lucene Search. Among those improvements was the added LINQ support for Lucene queries. Developers can now use LINQ-based queries to retrieve data from the Lucene indexes. Prior to Sitecore 7, develo...
26 Aug 2015
Sitecore: Workflow Full History
Overview Our clients were asking for a way to view Workflow History for all versions of an item at the same time. Out of the box, Sitecore provides a way to view the Workflow History for the current version of an item. We decided to create an additio...
30 Jun 2015
Templating Rich Text Content in Sitecore using Razor
Overview Contact us forms are common on the sites I work on. Many times, the end result of a user filling out a contact us form is sending a confirmation e-mail to that user. The confirmation e-mail generally includes information that the user filled...
11 Jun 2015
Data Integration using the Sitecore Publish Pipeline
Overview I recently used the Sitecore Publish Pipeline to do a data integration with other systems in our network. While going through this process, it occurred to me that a “how-to” might be helpful to others trying to do the same. We ha...
20 May 2015
Sorting Sitecore Items by Popularity using Google Analytics
Not too long ago (prior to Sitecore 7.5) we had a requirement to add the ability to sort Sitecore items by Most Viewed and Most Shared. We got to thinking about what was the best way to implement something like this. In the past we may have created a...
8 Apr 2015
Storing Tabular Lookup Data in Sitecore
Overview In some cases, there may be a need to store tabular data in Sitecore. For example, you may need to store pricing information for a product based on quantity. Product per lb 3+ lb 5+ lb 8+ lb Apples 1.13 0.81 0.80 0.80 Bananas 0.49 0...