Jun 23

Help! My Kentico Macro Is Not Working

As a long time Kentico developer and enthusiast, I have used and written many Kentico macros over the years. It’s actually one of my favorite parts of the platform. When executed correctly macros are great. However, when they don’t work, the situation can be more frustrating than just about anything I’ve encountered with Kentico. Because of my experience with macros, my colleagues at BizStream frequently come to me with the statement of: Help! My Kentico macro is not working. This common issue inspired me to create a flow chart / troubleshooting guide for what to do when a Kentico macro does not function as expected.

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May 21

Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes - Part 3

It's common knowledge that when using a website most website visitors prefer using an on-site search component as opposed to an overbearing navigation menu. Searching is believed to be the primary way to provide visitors with exactly the content that they are looking for. If implemented correctly, an internal site search can provide a nice boost to the overall user experience a site visitor. If implemented poorly, it can also quickly increase the bounce rate of the initial landing page.

This is part 3 of How to Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes. Please be sure to read part 1 and part 2 first before reading this post. The third part of this blog post series illustrates other Smart search filter options and real world examples.

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May 21

Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes - Part 2

It's common knowledge that when using a website most website visitors prefer using an on-site search component as opposed to an overbearing navigation menu. Searching is believed to be the primary way to provide visitors with exactly the content that they are looking for. If implemented correctly, an internal site search can provide a nice boost to the overall user experience a site visitor. If implemented poorly, it can also quickly increase the bounce rate of the initial landing page.

This is the second part of How to Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes. Please be sure to read part 1 first before reading this post. The second part of this blog post series focuses on explaining how to create the solution.

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May 21

Improve Your Kentico Site Search Experience in Only a Matter of Minutes

It's common knowledge that when using a website most website visitors prefer using an on-site search component as opposed to an overbearing navigation menu. Searching is believed to be the primary way to provide visitors with exactly the content that they are looking for. If implemented correctly, an internal site search can provide a nice boost to the overall user experience a site visitor. If implemented poorly, it can also quickly increase the bounce rate of the initial landing page.

In this blog post series I am going to show you, in only a matter of minutes, how to create a better search experience than what the out of the box configuration provides. The impressive part of this solution is that it also utilizes additional out of the box functionality that I feel most Kentico users and developers are not aware of.

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May 03

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 13

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about our experience at the recent developer conference, Code PaLOUsa 2015. After that we move on to how to sharpen your Kentico API skills, and we finish with what the future of ASP.NET vNext holds for .Net developers and the Kentico community. You can listen to whole podcast after the jump.

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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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