Apr 18

11 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kentico Website - Part 2

This is the second part of the blog post series that wraps up spring cleaning checkup. If you did not read the first post of the series, please be sure to read part 1 of 11 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kentico Website.

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Apr 18

11 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Kentico Website - Part 1

The sun is out, winter coats are disappearing, the BizStream barbecue grill is starting to be used at lunch time, ants are trying to invade our office, and baseball is back. This must mean that spring is in the air. It’s the time of year where getting some seasonal chores completed and setting up for summer is the norm.

As I was reflecting on the nice weather today on my commute home, I thought why not also use this time as reminder for all you Kentico developers and even Kentico marketers out there to do a little preventative maintenance on your CMS. It is easy to let small things like the items on this list slip by the cracks. Now would be a good time to address them especially if your Kentico site has been up and running for some time now. Without further ado, I have 11 tips that will keep your Kentico site in tip-top shape for 2015.

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Apr 11

A Helpful Kentico Scheduled Task for Team Development

One thing that I have learned over the years is that large web site implementation projects require good team development methodologies. Object versioning in Kentico allows for groups of developers to make sure they don't step on each other's toes. It's actually one of the Kentico best practices for team development that I have spoken on before. There is, however, one little problem that checked-out objects such as page templates or css stylesheets can cause when it comes to deployment time and it has to do with content staging. In this post I am going to show you how to avoid this pitfall and hopefully save your development team some heartache. 

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Mar 28

I'm Speaking at Code PaLOUsa 2015

Code PaLOUsa is a multi-day software development conference, April 27th - 30th 2015, designed to cover all aspects of software development regardless of technology stack. The conference schedule features presentations from well-known professionals in the software development community. The list of aspects that the conference covers is very impressive, SQL Server, Agile, Angular, ASP.NET are just a few of the topics that are on the list.

This year Kentico and BizStream are supporting the event as platinum sponsors. We will be present at booth number 502. If you are attending come say "Hi!". Also as a part of that sponsorship, I am proud to announce that two of those well-known professionals will be myself and Bryan Soltis, Kentico's Technical Evangelist. We will be co-presenting during the conference.

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Mar 08

Free Web Part for Kentico - Related Blog Posts by Tag

Do you want to know what my favorite web part of all time, in the entire galaxy, across any version of Kentico is? The title of this blog post may have given it away to the astute Kentico developer, but you might be surprised at how one of the oldest and simplest of web parts is still super useful to this day. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, in my opinion, the champion of all Kentico web parts is...

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Feb 25

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 12

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about some changes that have happened in the first few months of 2015. Listen to this episode to find out what has changed in one Kentico MVP's world, a quick explanation of why we missed last month's scheduled recording, and what else is on our minds in February of 2015.

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Feb 16

I'm Speaking at GR DevDay 2015

GR DevDay is a one-day software development conference in Grand Rapids, MI. This year the conference is scheduled for March 21st, 2015 and is being hosted at Calvin College. The conference is completely volunteer-run and organized by developers with other developers in mind. It is definitely one of the most prominent software conferences in the state of Michigan. A wide range of technology topics will be explored and developers of all backgrounds are welcome.

This year I have the honor of being chosen as one of the speakers. I am going to give a talk on how developers have new tools in their tool belts to facilitate advanced Marketing Automation capabilities. If you attend my session you can expect to learn, from a developer's point of view, how you can utilize and extend your CMS to turn it into an automated ROI machine. 

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Feb 14

Ensure Your Kentico EMS Site Is Running At Peak Performance

If you are a long time user of Kentico or a Kentico developer who maintains sites that utilize Kentico EMS, this tip is for you. So stop what you are doing, go grab a cup of coffee (or something stronger) and continue reading to see how you can keep your online marketing solution running in top notch form. I should also mention that you won't need to change a single line of code to do so. Yes that's right, not a single line.

I am going to start with a question though. Have you ever heard the saying that "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? If you have, then this post should make a ton of sense. If you have not, then maybe I can teach you something today.

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Jan 03

Kentico 8.2 Quick Tip for Importing Contacts

As you probably know the release of Kentico 8.2 is right around the corner. During my initial testing of this minor point release, a few of the new online marketing features have piqued my interest. The change to Email Campaigns from Newsletters is pretty nice, the online marketing performance improvements are welcome, and the ability to import Contacts from a file rounds out what's new in this area of Kentico. The ability to import contacts from a CSV file is nothing earthshaking, however, I was pretty curious to see how it was implemented in 8.2 so I decided to put it through its paces.

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Dec 25

Top 10 Kentico Related Posts of 2014

It's hard to believe that I am sitting here, on Christmas day, the temperature outside is above freezing, and there is no snow on the ground. A green Christmas just really isn't the same as a white one I guess. However, now that all the presents are open, stockings unhung, and my girls are happily playing with their new toys, I have some rare free time to reflect on what happened this year. 
 
It is only fitting to start with the biggest news of the year and that would be the release of Kentico 8.0. This year's major point release was a huge success. The newly redesigned user interface and reduced footprint made developers and marketers quite happy. The product has never been easier to use. Not stopping with just a single release in the year Kentico also pushed out a minor point update to 8.1. This update included a few performance upgrades and a small set of new functionality. As a result Kentico 8.0 and Kentico 8.1 topics dominated the developer community blogs, podcasts, and questions on DevNet.

2014 turned out to be another great year for many more reasons too. Keep reading to find out what else happened and which posts made it to my Top 10 Kentico related posts of 2014.

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