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30 Mar 2014
Media Content Indexing Updates in Sitecore 7.2
In Sitecore 7.2 we've changed the way in which media content is extracted to give you more control over what gets indexed and how. In Sitecore 7+, media content is extracted using a computed field. This is required because the media content itsel...
24 Mar 2014
Content Tagging with Sitecore 7
Sitecore 7 has added some new features to change the way we structure and classify content. In this post we'll dive into tags and content tagging. The Sitecore content tree provides a hierarchical structure to create and maintain our content. But...
14 Mar 2014
Sitecore 7.2 has been released and brings with it a huge amount of changes affecting publishing performance, SPEAK UI, Content Search and more. Tucked away in that list of changes is a section on the FillDB page: The FillDB.aspx page can n...
21 Oct 2013
Sorting and Ordering Results in Sitecore 7
Sorting and Ordering Results Sorting with a Search Provider is a bit of an oxymoron in my opinion. Search engines use complex algorithms to determine the order of the results - normally referred to as relevance order. However with Sitecore 7 and the ...
17 Oct 2013
Facets Explained Urban Dictionary defines a facet as one of the flat surfaces of a precious stone. Yes, that didn't help me either. Wikipedia on the other hand defines a facet as flat faces on geometric shapes...ah jeez! A search facet is used t...
3 Oct 2013
Adding a Workflow State Facet
A common request we are seeing through our support channel is to add a facet that shows workflow states for items. This is a nice way to not have to switch over to the workbox to see which content is in which state. In fact we even added a dynamic qu...
2 Oct 2013
How to handle Accented Characters
Now that I am a local/official Dane (I went through an initiation phase of eating an entire raw herring, liquorice ice cream and my sarcasm level increased by 3) and have finished my first stint of Danish language lessons, it is my duty - nay - honou...
2 Oct 2013
Using the new Sitecore 7 Field Types
Using the new Field Types Sitecore 7 introduced a few new Field Types for you to use. The main additions were all based around search and offering field types that would allow you to utilise the power of the new ContentSearch LINQ layer. If you have ...
1 Oct 2013
Sitecore 7 Getting Access to the Provider
Sitecore 7: Get access to the provider to run complex queries In Sitecore 7 we have done a lot of work to abstract away the provider that is powering all the search and indexing that is being done within the system. By doing this we have also abstrac...
26 Aug 2013
Start using the power
Great! You have made the upgrade to Sitecore 7. Coming with this you would have instantly got nice search within the UI, your old searches will be running on a new version of Lucene and you can start indexing media files. The next natural step is to ...
23 Aug 2013
Execution Contexts Explained
Sitecore 7.0 introduces a feature called Execution Context. When indexing or searching for content, we allow you to work with your index in a context that will affect the way that content is indexed or queried. We have abstracted this away into an In...
20 Aug 2013
Update 1 Explained
Sitecore 7 Update 1 has been released and we thought we would take some time to take the release notes and explain the changes and new features so that you can start using them in your solution. Of all the changes/additions we will highlight the fol...
9 Jul 2013
Sitecore 7 Special Queries
Sitecore.ContentSearch Special Queries There will most likely not be a lot of places where you will need to run these types of queries however every project has its oddities and we aim to provide as many search solutions as possible. Regular Expressi...
9 Jul 2013
Using an IOC Container with SOLR
Sitecore + Solr – Reusing an existing IOC container One of the things you need, when you setup Sitecore 7 with Solr, is to choose an IOC container. This is a large subject fraught with many opinions. The great thing about current container mark...
8 Jul 2013
Sitecore 7 Making Google Part 3
Sitecore 7: Making Google Part 3 Let's continue the next part of building Google with looking at the 3 most vital parts. Hopefully this blog shows that build simple search pages is super easy and can actually be done with one line of code. S...
8 Jul 2013
Sitecore 7 Making Google Part 4
Making Good Part 4: Filters, Paging and I'm feeling lucky. Filters are a very interesting feature in Sitecore 7. The feature comes to us from a well known paradigm in the search world of adding a filter to a query that does not affect the score o...
3 Jul 2013
Multisite Tips with Sitecore 7
Isolating SOLR/Lucene to a site. Prompted from many attendees on our Google Hangout yesterday, we thought it was best to have a blog post on Multisite with Sitecore 7. The approach you take to Multisite solutions has not changed dramatically, rather ...
30 Jun 2013
Your path to Sitecore 7
We have not seen an uptake of the latest version of Sitecore as much as we have with Sitecore 7.0 and this is truly exciting. Daily, the team are getting emails from proud developers saying "we are running on 7.0 now". This blog post is for...
27 Jun 2013
Solr – Advanced multi-language support
Solr – Advanced multi-language support This post looks at strategies for indexing multi-language content and how the Solr provider tackles this problem. Multi-language strategies Indexing text in any language is not a straight-forward affair; i...
27 Jun 2013
Top 50 Gems of Sitecore 7
Inspired/told/instructed/demanded/forced/hold to gun point/asked by one of our MVP's (let's call them D. Solovay....no....too obvious....Dan S.) for Sitecore while we were in New York, here are the top 50 Gems you probably have not seen in Si...
25 Jun 2013
Bucketing Strategies "Bucketing" seems to have now been turned into a verb here at Sitecore. Item Buckets are part of our answer to scalability in the UI. By definition, an Item Bucket is an item that represents a repository of "hidden...
21 Jun 2013
Why does my IFilter not work?
Trouble with PDF Filter? There is a common saying in the Software Engineering world that if you do something more than once then you should write a script or a piece of code to automate it. The same goes for support questions, hence the need for this...
19 Jun 2013
Solr – Schema vs. Schema-less
This post looks at a key difference in the Solr search provider implementation when compared to the default Lucene version. Solr is different from Lucene in that it requires a schema in order to know how to process each field. The schema file (schema...
17 Jun 2013
Inside Sitecore 7 Session 3: A UI that is free from the tree
Come learn about Sitecore 7 from the core development team in the first of a series of Google+ Hangouts On Air. The team will take you through the new features of Sitecore in intimate detail. The aim of the Inside Sitecore series is to to give develo...
5 Jun 2013
Sitecore 7 POCO's explained
What your POCO's can do in Sitecore 7 Key Takeaway's We support all primitive types, IEnumberable<T>, IList<T>, ICollection<T>, ItemUri, ID, DateTimeOffset, TimeSpan out of the box. In most cases, all your POCO'...