Feb 14

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 5

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I reflect on again being awarded Kentico MVP status by Kentico software. We both feel incredibly honored to receive the award and talk about what it means to be a Kentico MVP. 

From the very first day I used Kentico CMS, I was sold that this was the CMS for me and my company. Now, over 4 years later, I am still constantly impressed with the quality and functionality of the product and the people behind it. I love working with Kentico and am honored to be once again nominated as a Kentico MVP for my contributions to the Kentico community. I can't wait to see what the future of Kentico brings. You can listen to the entire podcast after the jump.

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Feb 09

Kentico CMS Quick Tip: Scheduled Task Execution Troubleshooting

My goal of this Quick Tip is to help any Kentico developer out there who may run into a situation where neither the built-in Scheduled Tasks nor custom Scheduled Tasks are executing either manually or automatically. I actually ran into this situation twice in the last two weeks on projects that we are working on with Kentico CMS 7.0 at BizStream.

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Jan 26

8 Updates Coming in Kentico EMS 8

Kentico CMS / EMS 8 is slated to be released in just a few short months (official release date is set to end of Q1/2014).  But with early preview builds in the wild, some great feedback is coming in from the Kentico community for those who have taken a first look at it. I myself have been reviewing the latest builds for a bit now. I am truly impressed with this update, and I want to share with you what you can expect in the new release of Kentico Enterprise Marketing Solution.

Keep reading to find out about what’s new for the on-line marketing tools that Kentico EMS gives you. Side note one: they are no particular order other than the order I discovered them in. Side note two: All content of this blog post is from the Milestone 2 Beta version of Kentico 8 and is subject to change before the final gold version is released.

 

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Jan 11

Kentico EMS Quick Tip: E-commerce Conversion Names

If you are using Kentico EMS to power your E-commerce shop don't forget to set the On-line Marketing related Conversion Settings. There are three sets of Conversion names and values that come built in. 

  • Registration conversion - name & value of the conversion that will be logged when a user successfully registers on the website through the checkout process.
  • Order conversion - name & value of the conversion that will be logged when a user completes an order.
  • Add to shopping cart conversion - the name & value of the conversion that will be logged when a user adds a product to the shopping cart.

These conversion settings and values are very valuable peices of data to have when measuring the activity and effectiveness of your e-commerce website. Once these values are configured, your Activities log should show them with their repsective values. 

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Jan 01

Top 10 Kentico Related Posts of 2013

2013Happy Holidays everyone. Since it's the first day of the year, and the Rose Bowl game doesn't start until 5:00 pm, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the past year.

2013 was a successful year for myself, BizStream, and Kentico. My blog here at Mcbeev.com saw it’s traffic increase by over 55% from 2012, that is a tremendous increase. Most of that traffic is attributed to my two most popular blog posts of the year combined with the fact that I feel Kentico is becoming more and more popular among developers.

The various social channels that I participate in didn't have quite as big of a jump, my Twitter followers increased only about 10%, but my Google +1's increased about 35%. To be honest 2013 was so busy I didnt have enough time to be overly social. But, enough about me, let’s get to the real point of this blog post.

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Dec 22

Ask the Experts 5 Coming Soon

One month from today my fellow Kentico MVPs and I will be joined by Thom Robbins and Juraj Ondrus from Kentico to answer your questions about Kentico CMS and Kentico EMS. Ring in the new year with us and your Kentico questions.

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Dec 08

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 4

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I discuss how best to use Kentico CMS to power E-commerce websites. We talk in detail about how and why we like using the Kentico platform for building E-commerce solutions. Bryan and I have both been building Kentico E-commerce sites since Kentico 5.5 came out and share our inisights into how the platform has matured over the last few years. Any developer who is thinking about using Kentico CMS or Kentico EMS to create a new E-commerce based website should definitely listen up.

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Nov 23

Kentico Rocks Podcast Now on iTunes

I'm happy to announce that Kentico Rocks is now available on iTunes. The following URL should open up the iTunes store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kentico-rocks-podcast/id754786884

You can search the iTunes store for Kentico or Kentico Rocks and it should come up as well. By all means subsribe to the feed and feel free to rate each episode if you like them. As always we are very interested in any feedback you may have on the podcast. Feel free to leave a comment on my blog here to let us know what you think.

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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 03

Yammer Web Part Pack for Kentico CMS

I'm happy today to introduce 4 new Yammer web parts for Kentico CMS. If you or your company have a Kentico CMS based intranet and are wondering how to be more social than you need these web parts! With these new parts you can display your company's group feed, like a page, follow a page, and finally comment on a page. Utilizing the group of web parts is a powerful way to foster enterprise collaboration on your company's intranet.

Why Yammer? Well, did you know that 85% of Fortune 500 companies use Yammer for Enterprise Social? I was a bit surprised that number was so high myself, but it explains why there has been a recent trend of requests from our customer base at BizStream. Customers as well as potential clients are asking to include Yammer feeds in their intranets or help them integrate Yammer with their SharePoint installations and business applications.

After seeing this trend we started using Yammer recently for our own internal BizStream intranet. I am quite pleased with the results so far. And since we use Kentico to power our intranet it was time to fire up Visual Studio and write some code.

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