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  • Bringing Responsive Web Design to Sitefinity CMS

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    Recently, the Boston Globe has received a lot of praise for their redesigned web site.  With this redesign they used a technique known as responsive web design.  This technique builds a single template/layout that dynamically adapts to any resolution or device.  If you haven’t already, I encourage you to give ...
  • Creating Advanced Sitefinity 4 Widget Control Designers

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    In the article Anatomy of a Sitefinity 4 Widget we looked at the basic building blocks for building a Sitefinity Widget and its associated Control Designer. Today we’ll take a look at a new example, making use of different HTML elements such as checkboxes, drop-down menus, and radio buttons. Also, ...
  • Windows Azure: What You Need to Know About the July/September Upgrades and Sitefinity

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    As many of you may already know, the SQL Azure July 2011 Service Release increased the database engine version of SQL Azure from 10 to 11 which caused many applications to stop working as soon as this update was applied to the data center they were running in. Sitefinity was ...
  • Sitefinity’s roadmap for the remainder of 2011

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    Last week, the Sitefinity team published the roadmap for the remainder of 2011.  This roadmap includes 2 major releases and 1 service pack.  The major enhancements found in these releases are divided into Sitefinity features and Ecommerce features. Below I’ve posted a summary of what’s still to come for Sitefinity ...
  • Extend the Image Selector for Content Items with Filtering by Album

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    A while ago I wrote a blog post, showing you how you can implement your own widget to associate any content item with an image. A lot of people had interest in such a task, at least judging by the comments all of you left. With this next installment, ...
  • How to style the Sitefinity Navigation Widget

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    Sitefinity’s built-in navigation widget is used to quickly create page links.  These links are based on your web site’s sitemap and automatically updated when pages are added or removed.  However, by default this navigation might not be styled to match your web site.  This post will explore how to style ...
  • Adding a new Content Type to Search

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    With the release of 4.2 there are a lot of changes related to the Publishing System and the Search. They were focused mainly on the extensibility. Actually the search relies on the publishing system to process the data. There are inbound pipes which are responsible for pushing the data into ...
  • How to use jQuery and other JavaScript Libraries in Sitefinity

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    JQuery and other Javascript libraries are becoming essential for modern web development.  Through these libraries developers are able to create rich interactive client-side web UI’s with minimal grief.  Sitefinity 4 makes heavy use of JQuery and other Javascript libraries in its own administrative UI.  Consequently, JQuery is included in Sitefinity ...
  • Anatomy of a Sitefinity 4 Widget

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    We previously looked at a quick “Hello World” example of a Sitefinity Widget and Control Designer. Today I would like to take a closer look at the different components and options available when building widgets. I hope this will give developers a deeper understanding of the architecture to make ...
  • Change Your Sitefinity Media URLs. Three ways of doing it

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    Media content has become increasingly important and preferred element for almost every content manager who aims for attracting large audience to their website. Therefore, content managers try to create unique media materials (video, audio, images) that will give them the vital competitive advantage in the dynamic business environment they operate ...
  • Quick and easy way to extend the News module by making use of the Sitefinity provider model

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    In this blog post I will share with you a specific Sitefinity use case and how to go about it. User story “As a website administrators I want to have 3 different News modules just like the built-in Sitefinity News module because we have 3 different news authors who should ...
  • Disabling widget code in Sitefinity’s Page Edit Mode

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    It’s extremely easy to create new Sitefinity widgets by creating a new ASP.NET control.  However, sometimes this custom code doesn’t work well in Sitefinity’s Page Editor.  In those cases it becomes necessary to disable the offending code while working in Sitefinity’s design mode.  To do this, we need to know ...
  • Vote for Sitefinity in the DevProConnections Awards

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    The annual DevProConnections Awards is upon us and Telerik has 20 of its products (including Sitefinity) nominated for various categories.  The volume of coverage represented by Telerik’s product portfolio is evidence of how comprehensive the Telerik “toolbox” has become. Please help us by voting for your favorite Telerik products: Visit ...
  • “Hello World” guide to custom Sitefinity Widgets & ControlDesigners

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    One of the primary ways that Sitefinity is extended is through custom widgets.  These custom widgets enable you to tackle challenges that might not be addressed with Sitefinity’s out-of-the-box features.   A user-friendly interface (known as a ControlDesigner) can then be added to these widgets to enable content authors ...
  • Using Update Panel in sitefinity

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    If you try to use the update panel in Sitefinity and check Include Script Manager setting in page properties you will run into a little problem. Apparently, the update panel control expect to have registered a script manager on the page during the execution of OnInit method.  This is a ...
  • Empowering end-users using custom Sitefinity Layouts

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    Prior to Sitefinity 4, when I needed 3-columns on a page, I had several bad options available: Inject a table using the Rich Text editor.  Toggle into HTML mode and type raw HTML. Create a brand new template for this narrow scenario. However, using Sitefinity 4’s layout editor I can ...
  • Sitefinity Publishing System: A Brief Walkthrough

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    NOTE: We are currently working on updating the Blog post content to reflect the refactoring in Sitefinity PublishingSystem introduced in our latest releases. In addition we're planning on extending the sample project with a couple of pipes we encounter as frequently requested by clients. Please find attached an updated sample ...
  • The Sitefinity Designers Challenge is now in progress!

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    Looking for a way to turn your design skills into some quick cash, software and exposure?  If so, then I recommend giving the Sitefinity Designers Challenge a quick look. Act fast to win a Sitefinity Small Business Edition license Be the first to create a template with the template builder...
  • Ready to upgrade from Sitefinity 3.x?

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    Included in Sitefinity 4.2 is an Alpha release of the Sitefinity Migration Tool.  This is an early release of this tool, but the eventual goal is to enable everyone to make the leap to Sitefinity 4.  This post contains information and guidance about this tool. The migration story continues This ...
  • Registering custom pipes in Sitefinity

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    Introduction Prior to Sitefinity 4.2 it was not possible or at least not easy to change or extend the publishing system of Sitefinity. That's why we reworked the publishing system with the idea one to be able to extend it or change it easily. The main idea is to add ...