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  • Enhancing Widget Templates with Client Side Libraries

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    Users have become more and more demanding in terms of user interface characteristics. To address that ever-increasing hunger for more fluid user experience akin to a desktop applications, browsers have evolved to adopt more and more powerful JavaScript libraries and HTML5 based elements. Sitefinity has many tools in its arsenal ...
  • Filtering dynamic items by custom taxonomy in the front end

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    Since the release of the Module Builder we have received number of requests how to filter items by custom taxonomy from the generated widget. Here I am going to show how with very little custom implementation this can be achieved. First we need to have a dynamic module with a ...
  • How to display related data in dynamic content widgets

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    (With Sitefinity version 5.1 and above there is a simple way to relate dynamic modules and here is a blog post that summarizes the process) Dynamic modules built with the Module Builder give you the ability to relate items using Guid fields. But after relationships between content types are defined, ...
  • Sitefinity Thunder supports Visual Studio 2012 and helps developers avoid ALT + TAB

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    Earlier today Microsoft announced the official availability of Visual Studio 2012 and we are happy to announce that the latest release of Sitefinity Thunder, a Visual Studio plug-in that helps developers extend Sitefinity CMS, has now been updated to support Visual Studio 2012.  This extended support is included alongside ...
  • Sitefinity - Adding custom fields to search index

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    In Sitefinity 5.1, custom fields can now be easily added to a Sitefinity search index.  No-longer do you need to use pipes and custom programming to include custom fields. How it works The properties for the search results widget and search index now contain a field whereby you add the ...
  • Installing the Template Importer module in Sitefinity

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    Recently I’ve been receiving requests for help with the installation of the Template Importer module included in the Sitefinity SDK into an existing Sitefinity project. I’ve decided to create a blog post and a  video to record the whole process. Generally, the steps that I will list below could ...
  • What’s new in documentation for the past two weeks

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    With the 5.1 release of Sitefinity, you have plenty of new features and improvements to play with. We’ve published documentation about new and old features. Here is the detailed list. User Guide Creating an A/B Test A/B Test full report Setup email notification for form responses Configuring custom hierarchical widgets...
  • Introducing PageTitleMode for ModuleBuilder DynamicContentView

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    Some of you have shown particular interest in controlling the Page title behavior when viewing ModuleBuilder items. While we have this task on our to-do list, we decided that it'd be good to provide you with a solution before the actual feature implementation. With this blog post we're going to ...
  • Sitefinity MVC Store Sample Website Project

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    As mentioned in today's webinar, Sitefinity now includes full support for developing using ASP.NET MVC. Because this implementation is fully in line with Microsoft's guidelines, we can make use of their samples and code from the ASP.NET MVC website. I've put together one of those samples using Sitefinity CMS for ...
  • Adding custom thumbnails sizes for Videos and Images in Sitefinity

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    A couple of clients have shown interest in specifying a different size for the generated video thumbnails in Sitefinity. In this post we're going to demonstrate how you can do this and a couple more useful things with the default thumbnail generation logic.   Out of the box when uploading ...
  • Implementing a Membership or Subscription Service using Sitefinity Ecommerce

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    Out of the box, Sitefinity empowers you to easily manage permissions for CMS users and roles.  Many customers have used Sitefinity to create content pages that are assigned to certain roles; like platinum, gold or silver.   You can use these permission roles along with Sitefinity Ecommerce to create a membership ...
  • What's New in Sitefinity Thunder 1.1.3.0

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    We last looked at the new features in Sitefinity Thunder 1.1.1.0 and since then, the Thunder team has made some fantastic updates and additions to the extension. Let's take a look at what you can do with the latest version of Sitefinity Thunder. Improved Widget Designers When creating a ...
  • Sitefinity performance boosters - keeping your pages warm

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     A question I’ve received multiple times is “Why is it taking so long to load Sitefinity the first time after I recycle my application pool/restart my server/make change in my web.config file, etc"? The answer is simple – it’s how .NET works! Sitefinity is an ASP.NET web application. As such, ...
  • Sitefinity Ecommerce – Enhance your product images using Magic Zoom Plus

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    Sitefinity Ecommerce comes package with a free 3rd party image tool called Fancybox.    FancyBox (www.fancybox.net)  is a JQuery tool for displaying images, html content and multi-media in a Mac-style "light box" that floats overtop of web page.   Fancybox is great tool to use for displaying images, however it ...
  • Versioning and upgrades in custom modules

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    There are two types of modules in Sitefinity – static and dynamic. Dynamic modules are much easier to work with and we recommend you use those, unless you have very specific requirements that are not supported (hierarchies, complex data models, integrations with other systems). There are still cases where customers ...
  • Sitefinity Ecommerce - Adding related products

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    Out of the box, Sitefinity Ecommerce V5 does not have an interface for relating products to each other.  This feature is currently in design, but until it is released, I would like to show you how you can create related products using the API and creating a custom view based ...
  • What’s new in documentation for the past two weeks

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    We just published a batch of new documentation topics. The highlights this time include more topics about creating payment processor providers in ECommerce, as well as a new section for Field Controls. There are also the new features of Thunder, of course. A detailed list of topics follows. Ecommerce Creating ...
  • Sitefinity Ecommerce–Adding a customer survey or poll after purchase

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    Poll and surveys are very common in ecommerce as it provides important marketing information from customer.   Most often you will find surveys which pop-up when a customer has successfully checked out.   In this blog post, I will show you how to create your own poll / survey asking the customer ...
  • What's New in Sitefinity Thunder 1.1.1.0

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    Last Friday marked yet another update to the Sitefinity Thunder extension for Visual Studio. Here are some highlights since the last blog post update. Create Website Templates in Website Projects The Website Template project was introduced in Sitefinity Thunder 1.0.9. Now, you can create these templates (combining Themes and Master ...
  • What's new in documentation for the past two weeks

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    As usual, we’ve been busy updating the Sitefinity documentation. As you might have guessed from the previous blog posts, we’ve focused on the ECommerce guide recently. Here are the new topics. ECommerce Guide Downloadable Files Querying the “Downloadable goods” library Uploading files to the “Downloadable goods” library Adding downloadable files ...