Jul 22

Mcbeev.com Upgraded to Kentico 8

I finally had enough time to sit down and upgrade my blog here at Mcbeev.com to Kentico 8. All and all it was not that bad of a process. I'm pretty happy with the results because the improvements in the product are quite worth it. The only challenging part was upgrading all of the custom code and developer examples that I have written over the years. It has been a fun trip down memory lane for some of them. 

Keep reading to find out a few Kentico 8 upgrade tips that might just save you some time during your upgrade.

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Apr 15

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 7

In this episode of Kentico Rocks, Bryan Soltis and I talk about the our first impressions of Kentico 8.0. During the first two weeks of its release we have put the platform through its paces and have a lot to report. Hear what we think about the new User Interface, Custom Module development, new Kentico 8.0 API changes / enhancements and more.

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Apr 12

Ask the Experts 6 Coming Soon

About a month from now my fellow Kentico MVPs and I will be joined by Thom Robbins and Miro Remias from Kentico to have a discussion on tips, tricks, and best practices for building websites using Kentico. In our last edition of the show we made it much more a conversation and the feedback was great. We plan on continuing the new format this time. To find out more read the offiical Kentico devnet blog post all about our expert virtual panel. Click through to the full post to to Ask Us Your Question Now.

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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 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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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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Oct 25

Kentico Rocks Podcast Episode 2

This is second installment of Brian McKeiver and Bryan Soltis' Kentico CMS Podcast. Today we are discussing some of our favorite customizations of Kentico CMS and why they were successful.

Our goal of the new podcast is to talk about Kentico and focus on what is going on with the Kentico development community. In our opinion there is a boom in Kentico projects and opportunities out there recently, and anything that we can do to let more developers know about Kentico and how best to utilzie it is a good thing.

No update yet on if we should throw up the podcast files on iTunes or Windows Store or wherever. Hold tight and we will get a syndication feed up soon. For now you can subscribe to my blog via email if you want to know when new episodes come out. Just go back to the home page and enter your email address in the side bar under the Stay Up To Date section.

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Oct 12

How To Create a Facebook Page Tab App with Kentico CMS

In this post I will walk you through creating a new Page Tab App in Facebook using any existing Kentico CMS web site page. It is shockingly easy how to do this once you know one simple secret. But more about that later on in this post. The idea here is that we can leverage the fact that your Kentico CMS web site can easily be extended to host pages or apps "inside" of Facebook.

In case you do not know what a Facebook Page Tab App is, I would encourage you to read more about it on Facebook's developer documentation. Basically a Page Tab App is one of the small boxes, or tabs, that appear on any Facebook Page.

 

Facebook Page Tab in Kentico CMS

 

Most on-line marketers configure their brand's Facebook Page to have custom tabs that showcase a brand's product a service, or utilize custom tabs to create mini applications that give incentive to Facebook users to “Like” the page or brand. These tabs are really nothing more than just iframe elements to an html page that can be hosted anywhere. Specifically not hosted on Facebook itself.

I am providing a full walk-through on how to create this solution below. However, if you want to jump right to the end result and see what the heck I am talking about, you can navigate to my own Mcbeev.com Page on Facebook and click on the Subscribe Page Tab App. That is what we are building in the full example.

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Jul 31

Kentico CMS Quick Tip - Use ClientIDMode Appropriately

A few of my fellow developers were recently inspired by one of the newer knowledge based articles post over on Kentico DevNet about how to serve less HTML code from a Kentico web part. While their intentions were good they forgot one golden rule of correctly utilizing ASP.NET controls that involve PostBacks. It took me awhile to figure out why none of the Edit and Delete buttons were working as expected on each row of the UniGrid. So I am sharing this quick story today to hopefully save some time for other Kentico developers out there.

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Jun 02

Ask the Experts 3 Coming Soon

In about 3 weeks from now, 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. We'd love to answer any of your burning questions so don't miss your chance.

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