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  • How Marketing Automation Supports Your CMS Platform

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    Although more and more consumers are buying online, it doesn’t mean that they want to give up the personalized service to the business with whom they are engaging.  In actuality, that personalized connection is more important than ever as they give up the human interaction.  An online brand must speak ...
  • Code Sync & Deploy in Depth

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    Sitefinity 6.2 introduces exciting new features to simplify and streamline collaboration and deployment for Thunder users. Last week, I wrote about a few problems solved by these features. This week, I grabbed the latest build, and now I return with screenshots and steps to sync and deploy. Figure 1: Access ...
  • Building Sitefinity MVC Widgets with KendoUI Grid

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    Building Sitefinity MVC widgets with KendoUI controls has some specifics that I will outline in this blog post. By default the Kendo Grid can be directly bound to the MVC Action that will return the json for populating the databound control. In Sitefinity CMS, however, it is necessary to bind ...
  • How To Modify an Item Template In Sitefinity CMS To Show Some Custom Data?

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    In Sitefinity CMS we have a built in ability to modify any control ascx template from the backend, but to implement some custom code-behind logic, we will have to add new web control to our Sitefinity project with Visual Studio. The main ascx template difference between single item and list view ...
  • Introducing Sitefinity Code Sync & Deploy

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    The release of Sitefinity 6.2 is right around the corner, and it includes a brand new feature for developers using Sitefinity SiteSync: Code Sync & Deploy. Solo or Team As a solo developer, you are responsible for delivering on all the projects development-related requirements. You must use the processes ...
  • Server-Side CAPTCHA for Sitefinity Forms

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    We have had numerous requests of implementing RadCaptcha into a web form. This short post illustrates how to modify a Sitefinity form control to perform a server-side validation. Sitefinity 6.2 release will add captcha for form controls out of the box!  Register CAPTCHA as Form Control First, go to ...
  • Select the Right CMS to Personalize the Online Experience

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    If you are ready to break out of your static cookie-cutter mold and personalize your website, make certain you select the right web content management platform to help.  You will want a solution that will work well for both technical and nontechnical users.  Marketers should be able to easily accomplish ...
  • Developing JavaScript Widgets for Sitefinity CMS: Async Search Results

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    If you haven’t already you should read part one of this series where I describe how to get web API up and running within your Sitefinity project. Everyone knows that a large part of the user experience is performance. You want your pages to load as fast as possible and ...
  • Partial Caching for Content in a Custom Sitefinity CMS Widget

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    There are times in your development cycle where you may want to exclude certain items from the page cache. You may be inclined to turn off caching for that specific page or fiddle with post cache substitution. However, when it comes to a simple widget you'd probably prefer a simple ...
  • Website Personalization in Action: Supporting the Customer Journey

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    Today more and more companies adopt website personalization techniques to help them reduce online abandonment rates, improve conversion rates and drive an uptick in sales.  An important factor in making personalization programs work is to understand the online customer journey.  A Website Personalization Scenario Online visitors will interact with your ...
  • Content Personalization Using Custom Criteria

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    Delivering personalized content to specific target audiences is a powerful way to attract website visitors and promote the right content to the right people, at the right time. This is how you can display products of regional interest to localized target groups, maybe display time-limited promotions to various user segments ...
  • Developing JavaScript Widgets for Sitefinity CMS: Building the Web API

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    The first post in this series that will eventually lead to developing a full set of Javascript widgets for your Sitefinity CMS users involves developing the web services we will utilize in the app. We need to develop our own web service to wrap the API because Sitefinity requires authentication ...
  • How to Harness the Power of a Personalized Website: A Personalization Primer

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    A new era of expectations is driving change in the online world.  A generation of users steeped in Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media expect to find what they are looking for online immediately – regardless of where they are and the device they are using.  As a result, static, ...
  • Mapping External Template in Sitefinity with the API

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    The ability to map external templates to different Sitefinity widgets is performed in the backend UI from Administration->Settings->Advanced->Controls->View Map. To perform the mapping of a template trough code refer to the sample below: var configManager = ConfigManager.GetManager();             var viewMap = configManager.GetSection<ControlsConfig>();             ConfigProperty property;             var viewMapValue = viewMap.Properties.TryGetValue(...
  • Everyone has heard of Hybrid Cars and Hybrid Mobile Apps, but What about Hybrid Cloud Solutions?

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    A hybrid cloud solution is an interconnected environment in which an organization provides and manages some resources in-house while others are provided externally. The hybrid approach allows businesses to take full advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness that an external cloud environment offers without exposing all their data and applications ...
  • The Importance of the Sitefinity Partner Awards Program

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    A Portfolio Is Worth a Thousand Words! Before joining the Sitefinity team at Telerik, I have worked at a couple of web design and solutions agencies, where I contributed to various projects ranging from small static sites to integrations between CRM systems and ecommerce platforms. I always felt rewarded when ...
  • Humans Are Not Your Only Visitors

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    Sitefinity 6.1 offers semantic improvements to Content Blocks and the Navigation Widget, making design and development tasks easier. This is great for us, but how do you explain the importance of this to a business user when the site looks the same? Easy. Humans aren’t the only ones looking at ...
  • Increase Website Registrations and Ecommerce Sales with Sitefinity and Login with Amazon

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    Image source: Amazon.com In May 2013, Amazon launched the Login with Amazon, a service providing the more than 200 million active Amazon customers a simple and secure login to other applications, games and websites. What if your website offered an option for users to register and login with their existing ...
  • Updating the Store Locator Widget with the GeoLocation API

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    When customers visit your store locations page from any mobile device, they’re at a critical juncture in their buyer decision process. Without a store locator, you could lose their business. Courtney Wilson described how to create a store locator back in March, and we have now built some of that ...
  • Sitefinity Update Introduces a DAM, a Geolocation API, and Touch-Friendly Mobile Navigation

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    A CMS Updated with Your Customers in Mind Your customers expect to connect and engage with your business at an increasingly accelerated pace.  They expect to engage with you using a multitude of devices and have access to a vast amount of content and digital assets.  We kept this in ...