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  • How to use ‘web.config’ transformations with Sitefinity 4

    ASP.NET applications traditionally store database connection details in the web.config file.  Once configured, the entire web application can easily utilize these settings to connect to the database.  However, Sitefinity 4 does not adhere to this traditional convention.  By default, Sitefinity stores database connection details in ~/App_Data/Sitefinity/Configurations/DataConfig.config.  This was done to ...
  • Creating Page-Based Modules in Sitefinity 4

    One of the most powerful features of Sitefinity 4 is the ability to use the CMS platform itself to modify its own Administration Backend. This means you can use Sitefinity to edit Sitefinity, creating pages on the backend as easily as you do on the front end. This presents a ...
  • Sitefinity 4.1 SP1 Upgrade Considerations

    If you haven't already heard, the Sitefinity 4.1 SP1 has been released. It is an essential upgrade and we encourage all our customers to install this update as soon as possible. For help upgrading, be sure to check the Sitefinity 4 upgrade documentation as well as this previous post: Upgrading ...
  • Essential Upgrade: Sitefinity 4.1 SP1 is now available

    Last week the Sitefinity team released a service pack for Sitefinity 4.1.  This service pack is loaded with over 50 features & fixes.  Many of these items were reported by customers, acknowledged in PITS and addressed in this release. All customers are strongly advised to upgrade their Sitefinity 4 ...
  • Utilizing your Sitefinity CMS license on various work environments

    In my previous blog post I wrote about how to make the most out of your Sitefinity license file. In today’s post I will continue the licensing topic and provide you with further insight on using your license on development, staging, and production environments. Let’s look at how to ...
  • Sitefinity gets plenty of attention at London Internet World 2011

    Sitefinity’s booth was immensely popular at the 3-day Internet World exhibition which took place in London from 10-12 May 2011. The Telerik team had the chance to demo the sleek interface of Sitefinity CMS to all interested visitors and speak to a great number of prospective clients and partners.
  • Internet World 2011 Recap from Day 1 & 2

    The Telerik Sitefinity team has been extremely busy at Internet World 2011. There has been huge interest towards Sitefinity and we are very happy to have the chance to demonstrate our product and the capabilities it offers to all of you. Internet World is also a unique opportunity to meet ...
  • 5 Things: Benefits of External Widget Templates

    Now that we've gone over Mapping External Templates for Sitefinity 4 Widgets, I thought it would be helpful to briefly review some of the benefits that are gained by using them in a new post in the 5 Things series. 1. Intellisense The widget template editor within Sitefinity is ...
  • Mapping External Templates for Sitefinity Widgets

    As we saw in the last post , it is possible to run server-side code by placing it directly in the Widget Template. However, although this works for quick examples, it lacks many of the conveniences of developing your template inside Visual Studio such as Intellisense and debugging. Fortunately, it ...
  • Running Server-Side Code in Sitefinity Widget Templates

    Breaking Changes NOTE: As of Sitefinity 4.2, new security enhancements will automatically strip server side code from widget templates. If you wish to run server side code on your widget templates, see this article on Mapping External Templates for Sitefinity 4 Widgets.   Widget templates in Sitefinity 4 provide ...
  • Sitefinity is coming to Internet World London

    This weekend I’ll be traveling to London to attend the Internet World conference. Internet World is a large European conference devoted to digital marketing & online business. This will be my 2nd trip to this conference. In years past, it’s been a great venue for Sitefinity (and CMS in ...
  • Making the most out of your Sitefinity CMS license file

    All Sitefinity licenses are domain based and they consist of the actual software license and a license subscription that is free for the first year. The subscription entitles you to a support package and free product updates, both minor and major, at no additional investment on your side. In this ...
  • Special courtesy to Sitefinity 4 early adopters

      I’d like to use this opportunity to express the gratitude of the Sitefinity team at Telerik to all of you who dove deep into Sitefinity 4 with the initial release. This was not just the next version of Sitefinity which introduces some new things and improvements, this was the ...
  • Sitefinity SDK 4.1 delivers a brand new Samples Browser and much more

    The Sitefinity team has been busy with preparing a new Software Development Kit that ease the process of running and deploying Sitefinity sample projects to your local environment. I am glad to announce that the new SDK release features a significant set of improvements and new developer tools that will ...
  • Using the ASP.NET Sql Membership Provider in Sitefinity

    In the Sitefinity security space, all user and role management is handled through the ASP.NET Membership APIs. Sitefinity's backend uses its own custom membership and role providers, which utilize OpenAccess ORM to persist the users and roles into the Sitefinity database. Before the 4.1 release of Sitefinity, we didn't ...
  • Taking advantage of the Virtual Path Provider in Sitefinity 4.1

    We’ve done a lot to improve overall performance in the Sitefinity 4.1 release. Part of the performance comes from the upgrade of OpenAccess ORM. We also introduced a lot of caching improvements. The third major change that impacts performance a lot is the Sitefinity implementation of a Virtual Path ...
  • Sitefinity 4.1 released; here is what you’ll find

    Sitefinity 4.1 is now officially available and this release marks a special milestone for us. We’re now following the release schedule of all other Telerik products. This means 3 releases per year (Q1, Q2, Q3) with service packs in between. This adds up to 6 releases per year and will ...
  • Localizing the administrative backend of Sitefinity

    Sitefinity now allows you to have the administrative backend translated easily into any language. We have prepared 8 translations that you can download and plug into the system right away! Here is what you need to do: Download the Sitefinity backend language pack you would like to use from the ...
  • Important upcoming Sitefinity webinars

    There are a couple of Sitefinity-related webinars on the horizon that will be packed with lots of great information.  The details are listed below; please register and attend. Sitefinity 4 Automated Tests with WebUI Test Studio April 14th, 2011 - Learn how Sitefinity 4 and WebUI Test Studio come together ...
  • Important considerations before upgrading to Sitefinity 4.1

    The Sitefinity team put a lot of effort into making Sitefinity upgrades trivial (or mostly trivial). With 3 major releases per year (and service pack in between) the upgrade experience needs to be extremely streamlined. However, the upcoming 4.1 release (planned for this Wednesday) includes a pretty big ...