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  • Sitefinity Ecommerce – Combining widgets together on a widget template

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    One of the great features of Sitefinity is most of the user widgets (widgets are dragged-dropped onto pages) come with a default template that you can modify and customize.  This is a very powerful feature of Sitefinity as it allows you to change the look and feel of the template, ...
  • Forcing authors to use your predefined CSS classes to style their content in Sitefinity 5

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    Coming from this blog post, I wanted to highlight the way the Sitefinity team made it easier to change the configuration of the WYSIWYG editor that is used in various places throughout the CMS. You don’t even have to enter the “Advanced” section of the administration of Sitefinity, as ...
  • What’s new in Sitefinity documentation for the past two weeks

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    We’ve been busy publishing more content in the documentation portal for the new features released in 5.0. Here are the new resources we published in the past two weeks Developers Guide Sitefinity Thunder Upgrading Sitefinity Thunder Registering a widget Uploading a theme from a Sitefinity project to another remote Sitefinity ...
  • How Sitefinity helps prevent broken page links

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    I was recently chatting with our sales team and learned that several customers did not know they could move pages by simply dragging & dropping them to a new location in Sitefinity’s page manager. This is nice little feature that makes it quick & easy to organize the website.  Not ...
  • Sitefinity Ecommerce Donation Widget

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    I thought it would be exciting to demonstrate how you can use the Sitefinity Ecommerce API to create a custom donation widget for accepting online donations.    Donations are usually difficult for many ecommerce systems.  Below I have listed a few reasons ecommerce applications struggle with online donations. The donation amount ...
  • Make your Sitefinity web site more navigable with the Breadcrumb widget

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    What is this page?  How do I get back to where I was?  For large web sites it's relatively easy for customers to become lost or navigate to a section where they feel they cannot escape.  Breadcrumb navigation is a tried & true technique for giving visitors a “You are ...
  • Sitefinity Ecommerce - Buy Now Button

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    Introduced in Sitefinity 4,  the Sitefinity Buy Now widget allows you to add a purchase button to any content page, allowing the visitor to add a product to their shopping cart, or proceed directly to checkout.   It is very similar to PayPal’s Buy Now button except ours includes a few ...
  • What’s new in Sitefinity documentation – March 2012

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    With the 5.0 release we’ve been also publishing documentation for the new features, as well as rewriting some old articles. Here’s a summary of the latest resources you can find. Developers Guide Sitefinity Thunder Forums API A new section on the Security API Managing Users Managing Roles Managing Permissions Developing ...
  • 5 practices to avoid when doing Sitefinity development

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    As many of you know, the extensibility of the Sitefinity product is one of our top concerns. We try to expose everything and make it easily accessible through the Sitefinity API. And by everything, I don’t mean just content, but the whole architecture. We try to provide hooks and events ...
  • Introducing Sitefinity Thunder

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    Sitefinity Thunder is a free Visual Studio extension designed to help developers extend and customize Sitefinity websites. It allows you to both enhance local development projects, as well as connect to remote staging (and even live) websites to keep all custom elements in sync. Although the current release (1.0.1.0 as ...
  • Sitefinity is Ready for VS11 Beta

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    For those of you who would like to stay abreast with the latest technology from Microsoft, we are happy to let you know that Sitefinity supports the beta version of Visual Studio 11. To use Sitefinity in Visual Studio 2011, download Sitefinity 5 from your account and install it:...
  • How to view the Sitefinity API Reference in Visual Studio 2010

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    Update: This post was written while the API Reference was still in the SDK. Since then we've excluded it from the SDK and provided a separate download in the client accounts on www.sitefinity.com. Once you download it, the steps to install are the same as the ones described below....
  • Sitefinity 5.0 Ecommerce Features Explained

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    In this blog post, I will explain how to create a digital download, how the pre-processing hook works and review the update we made to product variations adding support for multilingual variations. Digital Downloads Below are the steps you would follow when creating a digital download in the Sitefinity ...
  • The era of 5.0 has begun–Sitefinity 5.0 released

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    Moments ago, the Sitefinity team uploaded Sitefinity 5.0.  This is our first release of 2012 and it adds numerous features and enhancements for Sitefinity customers.  We previewed this release a couple of weeks ago, but it’s now available to everyone to download and use. Download Sitefinity 5.0 from your Telerik ...
  • Using Kendo UI with Sitefinity User Controls

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    This week, Sitefinity partner Falafel Software has been exploring using Telerik's Kendo UI JavaScript platform within Sitefinity. Be sure to take a look at these articles for some of the background that not only inspired this article, but made it possible. Using Kendo with Sitefinity - Part 1 - Kendo ...
  • Do you want to influence the Sitefinity product? Start now

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    Following the agile processes within the Sitefinity team, we tend to express and shape our requirements in a user story format. Sometimes, though, we have to communicate complex changes of the system that need the opinion of multiple stakeholders such as architects, managers, and customers where user stories are falling ...
  • The benefit of having a system built on the provider model

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    One of the great advantages of Sitefinity is its flexibility and extensibility. A significant contribution for this has been made by the provider model that was chosen as essential part of Sitefinity’s architecture. In simple words, what it gives you is the ability to connect Sitefinity to different data repositories ...
  • Creating one to many relationships in dynamic modules

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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) With the Sitefinity 5.0 release we are introducing two new field types for the Module Builder - Guid and Array of Guids. This blog post ...
  • Extending Sitefinity search functionality - Autocomplete

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    NOTE: The following blog post has been updated for compatibility with the latest Sitefinity versions.  Autocomplete functionality has been one of the most useful things implemented on a search box. Not only the displayed suggestions can speed up your search by simply clicking on one of them instead of typing ...
  • Join us at the Sitefinity & Beyond Conference

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    We are excited to invite you to the first Sitefinity & Beyond conference which will take place on April 17th at the British Museum in London. Sitefinity & Beyond is a one-day must-attend event gathering Sitefinity customers, partners, community members, and enthusiasts. Join the event and see an early preview ...